On November 22nd, Kyler was officially 6 months old! These 6 months have been the quickest of my life. Kevin’s first year in general was such a struggle at times that they felt like they dragged on and on. It has been the total opposite experience this time. Time is flying! Here are all the details about what happened this past month for baby and me!
Kyler has not been to the pediatrician for his 6 month appointment yet, so I’m not sure how much he weighs – but I do know he’s getting bigger! His body is growing some adorable rolls and his cheeks keep getting fuller. He’s in 6-12 month clothes depending on the brand. According to our scale at home, he’s about 17 pounds.
2 days old to 6 months. What a difference!
His hair is getting thicker and is still very dark. By this point Kevin was pretty blonde, so I’m wondering if we’re going to have a brunette baby this time. That would be weird because my husband and myself were both blonde babies. I have a feeling he’ll end up being strawberry blonde/red like a few random family members on my side (including my sister). I guess time will tell! He still has a little bit of cradle cap underneath his hair which makes his scalp look scaly and dry. I’m not sure when that will totally go away but hopefully soon!
One of the things that made this month so great was that Kyler stayed healthy the whole time! Last month we had a few rough weeks where it seemed like Kyler would get a cold, get over it, and then come down with something new. Thankfully he was congestion/cough/snot free all month, which made us all very happy!
Sleep has been a little back and forth this month. He has been very consistent with following the developmental patterns that result from his wonder weeks, and this month he started having some separation anxiety, just as it said he would. He is starting to realize when we are not right next to him and doesn’t like it. This has led to a little bit of difficulty with putting him down at night, but it’s gotten better with time. He also seems to have developed a fear of the dark – especially in his car seat. This is a problem when we drive home from work since it gets dark so early! It also causes him to cry sometimes if he wakes up in the middle of the night and is scared. We’re going to get him a little night light which should help some.
Right next to mommy is his favorite place to be!
The other thing that has affected sleep has been that he cut not one, but TWO teeth! His bottom left tooth broke through on November 14th, and the bottom right broke through the next day. He has been chewing on everything in sight, and he has wanted to comfort nurse a lot more because of the pain. I can’t believe he has teeth already – Kevin didn’t get any until 8-9 months!
Nursing continues to go really well. His feedings have varied some with teething and waking up more at night sometimes but he tends to eat anywhere between 6-8 times a day. He is starting to get a little distracted when he eats now, especially during the day or if we are anywhere that has things going on around him. He will pull off to look around or to look up at me and smile. It’s really adorable, but also messy at times since my milk is spraying everywhere in the meantime! We hadn’t started solids yet when he turned 6 months (I’ve been kind of resisting it for some reason – just not ready to take that big step!), but over the last week we have. I will update more on that in his 7 month post!
We had a great month of development. I have loved every stage of Kyler’s life since he’s been a relatively easy baby, but I really love when they hit 5-6 months. Things start to get a lot more fun! He has become extremely vocal and has definitely found his voice. He loves to be loud, screech/scream and babble. He’s started to use some consonant sounds when he babbles (“dadada” and “yayaya”) too.
At his 4 month doctor’s appointment, our pediatrician said Kyler had strong legs and lower body, but he seemed a little “low-tone” in his upper body and shoulders. She told us to give him a lot of tummy time so he could practice pushing himself up and strengthen those muscles, and cautioned us against using things like the exersaucer and bumbo seat until he got strong enough to hold himself up. We’ve been working hard on this, and over the last few weeks, we felt Kyler had enough strength in his upper body to start using the exersaucer and he LOVES it. He will spin himself around so that he can get to all the activities, and will jump around, laughing and smiling the whole time. We still keep his time in there short until he gets stronger, but it’s exciting! Check out the comparison of Kevin (left) and Kyler (right) both in the exersaucer around 6 months old 🙂
We’ve also been letting him sit in his little seat more. He likes to play with toys that we put on his tray and watch his older brother. I think he really enjoys his new view.
He has gotten really good at reaching and grabbing for whatever he wants – whether it’s toys, my phone, my hair, our faces, etc. He’s a lot more interactive and likes to play. It’s a lot of fun 🙂
Finally, he is so in love with his big brother! He watches every move he makes and tries to copy him. It’s so sweet, and I’m really excited that they will have each other while growing up.
Nothing like showering with an audience!
My weight is still around 132 pounds, but my clothes are fitting differently now that my stomach, butt, and thighs are going back to their pre-pregnancy size. I cleaned out my closet this month and packed away everything maternity, and put a bunch of other clothes in bags to donate. I was left with pretty much nothing, so I used some credit card rewards money I had to buy myself some new clothes. Ever since I did that I have felt so much better about myself in terms of my wardrobe. It’s amazing what some better-fitting clothes can do for your self-esteem! I didn’t take any real body pictures this month, so here’s a picture of the current style I’m loving this fall. Skinny jeans, boots, and loose fitting sweaters 🙂
I am also feeling really good physically thanks to how well running is going for me. This past month I amazed myself by getting a huge PR at the Richmond Half Marathon. My weekly training regimen has consisted of speedwork (usually mile repeats), a tempo run, a long run, 1-2 easy runs, and 1-2 days of strength training. I also always take at least 1 full rest day. I’ve been pushing myself by running faster training paces in my harder effort runs and clearly it’s working. I’m getting faster and feeling stronger than ever.
I did have a little issue that popped up about a week before the Richmond half. I felt like I was out of alignment in my pelvis because I was having some pain in my right hip/lower back/SI joint. I went to the chiropractor and he confirmed what I thought. My right leg was rotated wrong into my pelvis. You could actually see that my toes pointed outward when I stood in a neutral position, and when I laid down, my right leg was shorter than the other. The chiropractor told me that this can be caused by many things – pregnancy, childbirth, wearing older shoes, running on hills, a weak core… basically all things that were true for me. Thankfully, I know my body really well at this point and I caught the issue early. I felt a lot better once he adjusted me and did some heat therapy on the areas that were sensitive. Since then, I’ve had a little bit of the lower back pain and it seems to flare up if I don’t stretch and foam roll like I know I need to. I got a new pair of shoes and will continue to see my chiropractor. I know if I stay on top of it I’ll be fine.
In other body news, I thought I was going to get my period back this month. I had some signs of ovulation about 3 weeks ago. Once you get used to tracking your ovulation it’s kind of impossible to ignore the signs of it. I also saw a little dip in my milk supply when I was pumping at work last week, which happened right before I would get my period each month after I had Kevin. Pumping in general has been going really well and I have still been able to pump more than what I need each day. My freezer stash is well over 700 ounces at this point. However, last week I was pumping about 2 ounces less than usual and it continued to decrease a little each day. But then I never ended up getting my period… weird! It could have also been because I had an extremely busy week and wasn’t very good about drinking enough water. We’ll see what happens.
Love my boys ❤
Finally, my hair loss is continuing and the hair I lost initially is starting to grow back. I have tons of baby hairs growing all over my head, but especially around my hairline – which is really attractive. I also really need a haircut. Since I’ve lost so much hair it’s looking thinner and it’s pretty long. I think if I cut it shorter it would look better overall. Now I just need to find the time to do it! One scary part of the hair loss is that my hair is now everywhere, including in all of our clothes when we do laundry. I guess some of my hair got into Kyler’s pajamas, and when I got him undressed for a bath I noticed it wrapped tightly around his toes. When I unwrapped it I realized it had cut into his skin. I felt terrible and it really freaked me out when I thought about what might have happened if I hadn’t caught it. I really need to keep a better eye on where my hair is going since it’s falling out so much.
Last month I talked about how it was a tough month for me mentally and emotionally mostly due to work. I still had a super busy month, but I think I did better this month at not letting work stress get me down too much – especially once I got back home. Don’t get me wrong, I still had my fair share of late nights where I stayed up to get work stuff done, but I didn’t let it get me down as much as I did in September and October. I just did what I could and tried not to get overly stressed or emotional about how overwhelmed I felt. I think it helped that I knew I had some good holiday breaks coming up that I’d be able to spend with my family, and once we hit December things tend to slow down some. I’m very thankful for that, and I know my husband is too. He’s been doing SO MUCH at home to help since I’ve been so busy. I appreciate him so much.
Best daddy/husband ever!
On a positive note, we had a lot of great experiences that lifted me up and made me feel really happy. We celebrated Halloween and were able to do some of my favorite fall traditions, like visit Clark’s Farm where we’ve been going ever since Kevin was a month old.
Kevin’s last 4 years at Clark’s Farm
Kyler’s first picture at Clark’s
I was able to get together with some friends that I haven’t seen in a while who also have babies around Kyler’s age, which was really nice. I also went to a few social events with my running buddies. My dad came to visit us for a few days (and brought me his treadmill since he’s downsizing and trying to move to a smaller house – woo hoo!). We were able to get a babysitter and celebrate our 4 year anniversary – one of our first dates since having Kyler – and it was so nice. We also had a nice little weekend getaway to Richmond when I ran the race. Overall, it was a great month, and I know it is all up from here now that I’m past the hardest part of the school year.
Babies born January-May 2015!
My local MRTT Chapter’s Birthday Party
Dad’s special delivery
Celebrating our 4 year anniversary where we got married
Kyler’s 6th month was definitely a memorable one. Since this post is late we’re already working on his 7th month – which has included Thanksgiving, starting solid foods, and more. I can’t believe it’s almost DECEMBER!! Until next month, I’ll leave you with this cute picture of my little family, and a baby with a mustache pacifier… because is there anything cuter? 🙂
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