6 months. 183 days. 26 weeks. 1/2 year.
Any way I write it, my mind still can’t quite come to terms with it. Maybe it’s because Evy is our last baby, but I’d really love for time to slow down. Maybe even pause for a second or two.
I have been trying to soak up as much of these little moments and changes and milestones as I possibly can. But, it’s just all going too fast.
Evy is such a smiley, happy girl. She craves interaction and attention, and absolutely loves watching her big sister’s every move. She squeals at the top of her lungs most of the day (see my Insta-Stories for the shrills) and her face lights up any time Daddy walks in the room. She is a joy. Plain and simple.
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We’re still going strong and baby girl still loves to nurse. I plan to nurse her for the first year, just like I did with Harper. I’ve decided I’m not going to pump. If for some reason she needs milk and I’m not around (which rarely happens anyway), we’ve given her formula. I’m much more easygoing about that whole thing this time around.
We introduced solids for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I had planned to wait until 6 months, but she kept reaching for my food and watching my like a hawk every time I took a bite of something. Then she would cry if I didn’t share it with her. (Ummm. No, baby girl, you can’t have a bite of my apple and peanut butter.) So, I took those as signs that she was ready to start trying out the whole real food thing.
I started out with oatmeal (we like this kind) mixed with formula. (For Harper, I pumped so I could mix the oatmeal with breastmilk. This time? No damn way.) She still spit a lot out, but she’s slowly getting the hang of it. She’s also loving bananas (I just give her a big chuck to gnaw on), avocado (thin slices) and sweet potatoes (pureed). We aren’t doing strict baby-led weaning, but we’re dabbling.
I’ll be dedicating an entire blog post to this subject soon, but here’s a quick update: baby girl has been sleeping MUCH better the last week or so. We’ve made it through the 4 month sleep regression and seem to be on the other side. (Always crossing everything anytime I talk about sleep improvements.) However, it wasn’t without a fight and more than our share of sleepless nights. Phew.
We’ve graduated from the Merlin Sleepsuit and she’s now sleeping in this little suit. (The transition has been easier than I expected, so of course I’m still waiting for the bottom to fall out…) Next up is this suit. She snuggles with this little guy during the night. (Our Pediatrician okay’ed it at our last visit.)
She’s waking up once or twice a night to nurse, which I’ll take. I definitely don’t expect her to be sleeping through the night and have come to enjoy those quiet moments with my girl, when the rest of the world is asleep.
6 MONTH SCHEDULE
I’m not even sure we can call it a schedule at this point, because that sounds pretty profesh and like I have my stuff together. Let’s go with loose schedule or routine.
Here’s a typical day:
7/7:30 am – wake up
7:30 am – Breastfeed
8 am – Breakfast (oatmeal + fruit or veggies)
8:30 – 9:30 am – Play
9:30 am – 11 am – 1st Nap
11 am – Breastfeed
11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Play
12:30 – 2 pm – 2nd Nap
2 pm – Breastfeed
2:30 – 3:30 pm – Play
3:30 – 4 pm – 3rd Nap (catnap)
4:00 pm – Breastfeed
5:00 – 5:30 pm – Dinner (oatmeal + veggies)
5:30 – Breastfeed again if needed
5:45 pm – Bath + Bedtime routine
6 pm – In crib for bedtime
This is a ROUGH sample of our days. I tend to breastfeed more frequently as the day goes on because I want to make sure her belly is full before bed. She used to cluster feed a lot in the evenings, and she still seems to want to nurse more before bed.
She is a champ at rolling from her back to her front, but still doesn’t seem to want to roll from front to back. She has done it a handful of times, but still gets stuck and then pissed off when she can’t figure out how to roll on her own.
She just sat up on her own for the first time today! Still very wobbly, but it’s cool to see her getting stronger every day.
Baby girl has been loving playing in this lately, and mama’s been loving it because it lets me do the dishes and get some things done.
We haven’t used the highchair yet. Instead, I’ve been feeding her in this little seat and LOVE it! So easy to use and clean and it grows with her. She likes to play with this toy when she’s in the seat. Ummm, and it’s only $17. Can’t beat that.
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