6 months. Half a year! I cannot believe I have a 6 month old. It seems like such a big age!
I have loved every day, every week, every month with baby K. However, this is by far my favorite age yet. He is just so much fun, and he is learning things so quickly. It’s amazing to watch him grow, develop, and explore the world around him in new ways.
Kevin took the baby to the pediatrician for his 6 month appointment last week. He weighed in at 15 pounds even (10th percentile) and 27.5 inches (90th percentile!). The doctor was very happy with his weight gain. He gained 23 ounces in the 21 days since his last appointment, and went from being in the 3rd percentile to the 10th.
He is now in all 3-6 month clothing except for a few bigger 0-3 size onesies and jackets that still fit him. He is so tall that a lot of his pants are getting to be way too short, like in the picture below. He’s also in size 2 disposable diapers at night, we are cloth diapering the rest of the time.
Here are the monthly comparison shots… 1 month to 6 months.
This baby is such a little HAM! He loves smiling and laughing at the camera and everyone he comes in contact with.
He is also super noisy. His babbling has changed this month and he’s now saying more consonants (rarara, dadada, bababa, nanana, mamama, yayaya), in addition to vowel sounds he’s been doing for a while (aaaaaaaaaaaa, ooooooo). He likes to shriek and scream and laugh. All. Day. Long.
Probably the most exciting news this month is that we started to introduce solids. Our pediatrician gave us the go-ahead to start and recommended we go for fresh fruit and vegetables rather than cereals, in order to get the most out of it nutritionally. His first food was avocado. Since then we’ve been (mostly) doing the 3 day rule, where we have him eat the same food for 3 days before introducing a new one. In his 6th month he also had roasted sweet potato, banana, steamed carrots, and steamed broccoli. There has been a lot of trial and error (FYI- bananas stain light clothing!), it requires a bath every night, and we’ve learned he definitely likes some food better than others. Banana and avocado are his favorites so far. He was not a fan of broccoli!
We are doing a combination of Baby Led Weaning where we put soft pieces of food on his tray and let him explore and feed himself, and feeding him some purees/mashed up food as well. He is able to pick up the food and put it in his mouth, but he really likes when we put food like avocado and banana in the mesh feeder. He has a hard time picking those foods up without it because they are so slimy. It’s so cute to see him hold it and suck the food right out of it.
Speaking of eating, he is soooo distracted when he is breastfeeding or eating from a bottle these days. He stops all the time to look around or smile at us. It’s really cute but it takes him forever to finish!
He’s still gnawing on anything and everything he can get his hands on and drooling a ton. I can see his teeth below the gums but they haven’t emerged yet.
Sleep. Oh sleep. He sleeps through the night regularly (8:30ish to 5:30ish)… if he is in our room. He was doing fine in his crib until we couldn’t swaddle him anymore because he rolled over, and then he started teething, and his sleep became horrible. When he was in his crib he would wake up every hour. It was so, so hard to get up 5-6 times a night and then go to work the next day. So we caved and brought him back into our room and magically he starting sleeping through the night again. Truthfully, I don’t mind having him there and I think my husband likes it even more than I do. But I don’t want him to be in there forever and form bad sleep habits, so we’re looking into different forms of sleep training. I feel more comfortable trying something now that he is 6 months old. We’ll see what happens!
Other exciting news: he is now big enough to go in the main part of the stroller! And he LOVES IT! The first time we ran with him in there he was smiling and laughing the whole time, especially when daddy ran ahead and looked back at him. He thought it was so funny.
He loves his toys. He’s obsessed with his exersaucer and anything that makes noise and/or lights up. He likes to pass his toys back and forth between both hands now, and he has become a pro at reaching for what we wants and getting it.
He is not able to sit unassisted yet but likes practicing in the Boppy and his Mamas and Papas chair. Without support he will last for about 2 seconds before falling over.
Loves: getting scared, being tickled (especially his armpits and feet), banging his hands on things, reading books and turning pages, the Paint Sparkles app on my phone that he ‘draws’ with, bananas, practicing standing up, chewing on everything
Hates: hiccups, his pacifier (he just recently started refusing it), getting his face/nose wiped, his crib
A lot to say this month! Still at my regular pre-pregnancy weight of 130 and feeling pretty good about my body at 6 months post partum.
I have two body issues this month: the acne that comes around my period, and weird little red bumps called Keratosis Pilaris on the back of my arms and upper leg area that have developed post partum. I’ve actually had them for a while but kept forgetting to mention them. I looked it up and it seems like a lot of women get them after having a baby. I made an appointment with the dermatologist but they couldn’t see me until June! So I guess I’ll just have to deal with it until then.
Here is the comparison of some post partum photos. It shows week 1, month 1, month 3, and month 6 [click to enlarge]. Both my belly and my butt have shrunk, apparently!
In other body news, there is a new development in breastfeeding this month. I’ve written a lot before about my major supply decrease due to stress at work and then my period returning. It got to the point where I was lucky if I could pump 6 ounces total a day- enough for 1 bottle- from pumping 3x at work and once in the middle of the night. It made me so sad to work so hard and watch my supply continue to go down, especially since I tried everything I could naturally to bring it back up.
After much thought and research, I started Domperidone on March 7th, about a week before Kevin turned 6 months old. Domperidone is a medication that treats nausea and even reflux in babies, but has the strange added side effect of increasing milk supply. There’s been some controversy over it, because the FDA put out a ban on it due of its ‘off-label’ use and some evidence that it can cause cardiac problems (only if taken intravenously). However, it is available from compounding pharmacies in the U.S. I talked to my doctor about it and he wrote me a prescription, but had difficulty getting it from the compounding pharmacy because it was a far drive and they had horrible hours. Since I had my doctor’s approval, I went ahead and ordered it from Canada. I’m taking 9 pills a day (3 pills 3x a day, a total of 90 mg) and within one week I had doubled my supply. It has now been another week and it keeps on climbing. Yesterday I pumped almost 14 ounces, a big difference from 2 weeks ago when I struggled to pump 6. In addition to that, I actually feel my boobs getting full more frequently, and the baby doesn’t cry when he’s finished breastfeeding because I’m finally satisfying him again.
It took me a long time to take this step because obviously, I am not a person who likes to take medication. I wanted a natural birth, I never take painkillers like Tylenol and Advil, and I usually prefer the ‘natural’ way rather than the alternative. I told myself that this was my last attempt, and if it didn’t work I’d be fine with accepting that I can’t breastfeed like I want to. I didn’t have high expectations, so I was so excited when it actually worked. I’m so thankful that the baby is getting more of my milk again, plus the medicine costs less than formula which is a bonus.
I just reread what I wrote last month about my mental state, and things are SO MUCH better now, thankfully. Kevin’s 6th month started with a trip to Myrtle Beach to visit my in-laws. It was so nice to get away for a long weekend, relax, and let my stress disappear.
It was made even better by the fact that I had an awesome first post partum half marathon that left me feeling strong, physically and mentally.
Another highlight of the month was finally going back to Pennsylvania to see my friends and family. We hadn’t been home since Christmastime, so it was so much fun to be home again. I loved being able to see my dad and sister, who got some quality time with the baby when they watched him while I went to my friend’s bridal shower. I also got to catch up with my amazing friends. Again, this trip just left me feeling so much better about life in general.
Overall this month I feel a lot less stressed and worried. I’ve been able to relax and let go of a lot of things, and I’m feeling the weight lift off my shoulders. Things at work are getting better too, and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel… SUMMER VACATION in June 🙂 Kevin has, as always, been amazing through it all. He is my rock and I honestly have no idea what I would do without him.
I love my big boy!
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