Alex is Six Months Old!

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One of my recent favorites, taken by daddy.

Alex has a ready smile these days!

Alex has a ready smile these days!

My baby had a half birthday last week!!  I was going to throw a party (everything would have been halves- the food, the decorations)- nothing big, just something to celebrate.  Unfortunately, because we kept it a surprise from the guests, half of them canceled and we had to call it off.  I was really disappointed for a whole afternoon.  I might still do it when my parents are here next month.  We’re having Alex’s church dedication on July 13, his 7 month birthday, so it would be a 7/12ths birthday party.  Doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, does it?  OH well.

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attending a wedding

attending a wedding

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THANKS for helping me stand, Deda!!

Milestones and achievements:

Anyway, my baby.  He’s BIG!  We weighed and measured him tonight: 19 pounds, 28 inches!  He’s wiggly too.  He wants to be constantly moving, seeing things, touching things, putting things into his mouth!  He wants you to hold him while he’s doing all those things, though, so it can get pretty tiring.  During the last few weeks, Alex went through the fussy period for his 26 week developmental week- the world of relationships.  Man, it was the worst one yet!   He was actually a pretty fussy baby, and some days there wasn’t much I could do to fix it.  Whereas he used to be completely content as long as he was held, sometimes that wasn’t enough.  He also began to really protest when he wasn’t allowed to play with certain things- mommy’s papers or phone, for example.  He has thrown some huge fits over that.  Thankfully, though, the leap is pretty much over, and we can tell the past few days that things are improving.

Mommy's hand is so interesting!

Mommy’s hand is so interesting!

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He sure is learning new skills right and left though!  Yesterday he somehow got from lying down to sitting up all by himself!  He was lying on the bed and I was in the bathroom.  When I looked back over, he was sitting up!   Oh, and he sits really well now, too.  Sometimes he falls over, but in general he has excellent balance.  It’s SO nice to be able to sit him on the floor where he can watch me fold laundry or do something really quickly that’s tough to do while holding a baby!  Yesterday he also actually got his toes into his mouth instead of trying but just putting his hand in his mouth while holding his toes.  The other new thing I’ve noticed is the “b” sound escaping his little mouth sometimes.  Consonants- yay!

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Alex is working on crawling.  He can roll onto both sides very very well and can get up on his hands and knees.  He’s been rocking back and forth like crazy and he can maneuver himself in a forward direction when he really wants to reach something, but it’s very slow as yet and doesn’t involve coordinated arm and leg motions.  It’s very very exciting for me to watch his crawling develop.  Yes, I know that once he’s crawling I’ll have whole new set of issues to keep my busy, but I know he’ll be so pleased to be able to move about that I can’t help but look forward to it.  🙂

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going for gold- that camera!

Sometimes trying to crawl can get very frustrating, especially when Mommy says you can't have what you were trying to reach!

Sometimes trying to crawl can get very frustrating, especially when Mommy says you can’t have what you were trying to reach!

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Those teeth look so cute when he grins 🙂

Alex got his first two teeth!  At first we thought it was just one, but pretty soon we realized it was two.  They are SHARP!  No more chewing on our fingers.  Sorry, Alex.  He definitely drooled like maniac and stuffed everything into his mouth for two months while they were coming in, but other than that it didn’t seem so bad.  Maybe the amber necklace is working?…..  We’ll see how subsequent teeth go. I suspect he’s working on some more now because they drool has ramped up a bit again.  Hmmmm…..   He’s not bitten me while nursing yet.  Not intentionally, anyway.  I have gotten snagged when he latches off in a funny way and it wasn’t very fun, so I hope Alex never thinks to bite me on purpose….

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Nursing:

Still nursing strong!  I have no idea how often or anything like that because I basically don’t worry about it anymore, as long as Alex is happy and healthy.  He still nurses a couple of times a night usually.  Once when I go to bed or shortly thereafter and once close to morning.  My biggest nursing issue is actually with me.  I noticed a few weeks ago that my appetite really increased (I think it coincided with a growth spurt) and since then I’ve lost some weight.  I’m sure that the composition of my milk has changed to contain more fat and it’s just sucked it off my body.  That is usually a great thing for most nursing moms, but not for me.  I struggle to maintain my weight as it is, so doing so while breastfeeding is a pretty big challenge.  I’m doing my best to not skip meals, and I’m snacking like crazy.  I had to get measured for my dress for my sister’s wedding and I was embarrassed for the lady to see my so skinny.  😦  I mentioned that I was breastfeeding and losing weight because of it.  She asked how old my baby was and was then shocked that I was still breastfeeding…. at six months??  I then told her that the World Health Organization actually recommends breastfeeding for the first two years.  She didn’t know what to do with that information.  Is it bad to enjoy dropping a bomb like that?  😛

playing with Auntie

playing with Auntie

Enjoying his cousins

Enjoying his cousins and Deda

Sleeping:

This last leap messed with Alex’s sleep big time.  Not naps (although for a few days yes) so much as nighttime.  He still pretty much slept ok at night once he was asleep, but getting there was a problem.  We had some very late nights, and some nights that I just totally gave up and went downstairs and watched TV while Alex sat on my lap facing me and playing with some toys and until he was ready to pass out from exhaustion.  The child would get SUPER upset if we tried to coax him to sleep before he was ready, so to save my sanity (translation: avoid getting angry and frustrated) I just mostly didn’t fight it.  I caught up on some TV, so that was good. Somewhere in there we decided he needed to get up earlier and so we began waking him up at 8am no matter what.  Not good.  He was fussier during the day, super tired and night and would be in bed by about 8:30 or 9:00…. but then an hour or two later- up until after midnight again.  I hated it.  So, we’re back to letting him follow his own natural rhythms.  I know my husband secretly (or not so secretly) believes that my tendency to stay up late and sleep in is causing Alex to be the same way, but I’m pretty sure he’s just taking after his mama in her night owl ways.  He was like this in utero as well, after all.  Stinker.  🙂  Alex likes to wake up around 9am and then (as long as he’s not leaping) go to sleep around 10ish.

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Our daily-ish hike

Alex still sleeps in our bed.  Sometimes I put him into the co-sleeper for a couple hours during the night, but he always sleeps better right beside me.  He usually sleeps on his tummy now, and will turn that way after the first sleep cycle.  He’s getting a little better about sleeping in his own spot on the bed, which allows me to assume a sleep posture that’s more normal and comfortable for me.  Ah….

Off to explore the grass

Off to explore the grass

Banana is just so slippery, darn it!

Banana is just so slippery, darn it!

 

Eating:

Alex is eating solid foods!  We actually started this a little before six months, something I never thought I’d do.  Around the five month mark, though, he just seemed so ready. I debated for awhile, but a couple weeks ago I began giving it a solid (no pun intended) try just to see what would happen.  We are doing baby-led weaning (at least I’m trying to explain to my husband and others so they can be on board with it), and I’m really impressed so far.  At first, Alex didn’t really seem to swallow anything.   After a couple of days, though, I noticed the evidence in his diapers.  The kid is getting some food down that throat!  He’s tried a whole bunch of stuff, but his favorites are still the ones that are mushy since he’s still working on the chewing thing.  He loves bananas best and will eat half of one at a time, no problem!  I need to write a whole post about baby-led weaning.  I try to offer some foods at least once a day, but I don’t expect them to take the place of any “milkies” at all at this point.  In fact, I often nurse him just before mealtime so he doesn’t fill his tummy with too much solid food and miss out on the higher-density nutrient content of my milk.  And then he still eats half a banana!  This kid.  He’s not afraid of any tastes, either.  He’s a child after our own hearts.  🙂

Avocado- yum!

Avocado- yum!

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Please say there’s more……

I can’t believe it’s already been half a year!  Sure, some parts of it have been tough, but it’s also been really amazing.  Seeing the world through the eyes of a baby is really a special experience.  I think it’s only going to get better.  Alex, we LOVE you!  You are our little guy, our joy.  You are my buddy, my baby, my sweet pea.  Don’t grow TOO quickly, ok?

Reaching for whatever's in my hand- SO typical! :)

Reaching for whatever’s in my hand- SO typical! 🙂

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There’s that drool!

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No more pictures please!

 

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19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alyssa
    Jun 19, 2013 @ 05:37:13

    Sounds like you are having a lot of fun! My first child would NOT go to sleep before 1 am and I am not a night person, but after finally deciding to let her sleep in as late as she wanted (11am!) she was a much happier child. But she did by the end of the first year normalize a bit 🙂
    We also did the baby-led weaning and I wrote a post on that as well. It is SO much easier and when you are nursing you don’t have to worry about how much to feed them, they just eat whatever and there is no need to make special food, no preservatives in their food, and no yucky liquid food all over baby and clothes, lol! I plan on using it on number three as well 🙂
    Good luck with the crawling stage! I think it’s so much fun to watch babies develop!!

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    • travelnole
      Jun 19, 2013 @ 22:49:19

      Ok, good to know I don’t have the only late-rising baby out there! I feel like we are such the odd-balls sometimes!

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      • Kendra
        Jun 21, 2013 @ 01:37:45

        Isla used to sleep till 10am every day. Up until she was 26 months! Now she’s up at 630 and I’m like, what!?

      • travelnole
        Jun 21, 2013 @ 17:32:32

        I should probably enjoy this while it lasts, right? 🙂 I think (hope) after our experiment with waking him earlier that my husband can accept that this is just what he does. I know he thinks it’s my fault, haha!

      • Kendra
        Jun 21, 2013 @ 20:01:17

        It may last forever! And I learned the hard way to never wake a sleeping baby. Or a sleeping 3 year old. haha

      • travelnole
        Jun 21, 2013 @ 20:39:04

        Yep, every time I’ve woken him I’ve regretted it!

  2. laughingpromises
    Jun 19, 2013 @ 07:37:29

    He is so cute! I relate so much to starting solids a little sooner than 6 months. Cody is just over 5 months and is starting to “yell” at me when I’m eating and he can’t have any. I’m so tempted. I have to get him a highchair first, though!

    Happy 6 months, Alex!

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    • travelnole
      Jun 19, 2013 @ 22:51:45

      Yeah, I really felt guilty for awhile for giving him solids before 6 months, but I figured that since he would need to chew and swallow to get any food in his tummy, if he wasn’t ready to do that then he wouldn’t and there’d be no harm done!

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      • laughingpromises
        Jun 19, 2013 @ 22:53:22

        No need to feel guilty! I think it’s about letting our babies tell us when they’re ready. And I feel better knowing that other mamas out there could tell their babies were ready before 6 months.

      • travelnole
        Jun 19, 2013 @ 22:57:37

        Yeah, and if I didn’t have any preconceived notions of what was “supposed” to happen, he probably would have had solids even sooner because he would have grabbed them off my plate and put them in his mouth!

  3. M
    Jun 19, 2013 @ 19:23:49

    I know everyone says this about every single age, but 6 months is sooo fun! They’re really starting to come into mobility and personality and it just keeps getting better. He’s sooo adorable. I had the same issues with weight loss during nursing, eat up some of those avos yourself, Mama! 🙂

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    • travelnole
      Jun 19, 2013 @ 22:55:36

      Yes, I loved the stage that began at four months and I’m loving this one even more. He really makes me laugh a lot! Yeah, I am going to really start focusing on weight maintenance. I asked advice from a Facebook mommy group that I’m in and a couple of ladies had actually had the same issue and gave me some good ideas for things to try.

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  4. andi
    Jun 19, 2013 @ 21:14:37

    Wow I cant believe she thought six months was a long time to nurse. I thought it was a year minimum and two years ideally. Six months sounds way to early to stop

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    • travelnole
      Jun 19, 2013 @ 23:00:55

      It IS too early! The more I learn about breastfeeding, the longer I want to do it. I personally know some people, though, who think it’s just wrong to go past one year. It makes me so sad because I think ideas like that directly stem from lack of education and correct information. I’m gonna write a big huge post about breastfeeding and how wonderful it is. 🙂

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  5. andi
    Jun 19, 2013 @ 21:19:04

    Lol 6 months and already got the eyebrow down. I still have trouble with that. Man the look on his face when all the avacado is gone mom how could you be so cruel as to not have a whole bushel right there

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  6. Kendra
    Jun 21, 2013 @ 01:44:36

    I can’t believe he is 6 months! He’s so big! Adorable post, I love to see all the pictures of him. The one with the drool and the necklace. Love! And the breast feeding comments only get more annoying. Gracie is 10 months and a lot of people ask me if its weird to nurse her (weird!? Um, no) or what I’ll do when she gets teeth or when I’m gonna stop. Im like you, I can see myself going at least till 2 years old for sure. People love to be weird and say weird things I’ve decided.

    Also, you look great!

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    • travelnole
      Jun 21, 2013 @ 17:43:22

      I can’t believe he’s six months either or that he’s SO big! He’s getting really heavy to carry, sadly. “Does it feel weird?”- come on, people! Yeah, I can’t wait to flabberghast everyone as I breastfeed to two years, haha! I guess I used to care if people thought it was weird, but not anymore. He’ll still just feel like my little baby long after he’s weaned.

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    • travelnole
      Jun 21, 2013 @ 17:44:44

      Oh, and thanks for saying I look great!!! I’ll remember that on days I feel gross and icky. 🙂

      Reply

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