6 Months – August 2, 2017
Height: About 27 inches (pediatrician appointment is Monday)
Hair: Super blonde
Eyes: Blue with some honey color in the middle
Clothes: 6 month
Diapers: We do a mix of cloth and disposables
Sleeping: We hit a bit of a rough patch last week, but seem to have gotten over it. Bradley usually wakes up half an hour to an hour after going to sleep, falls right back to sleep as soon as I nurse him, then sleeps a nice long chunk of time. The other night he slept for 9 straight hours, but last night he woke up once in the middle of 11 hours. He likes to sleep on his side and has started rolling to his belly to sleep.
Likes: Watching cars go by, butterflies, bath time, silly noises, banging on things, trying food, sitting up, being carried, playing peek-a-boo, looking in the mirror
Dislikes: being left to play on his own for more than a couple minutes
Eating: Nursing roughly every 2 hours (sometimes more often if a nap falls in the middle). He started trying solids this weekend! We started with avocado (he wasn’t a fan) and had peas today. He liked the peas! I’ve decided to make his food and it is so easy with the baby bullet. I like knowing exactly what he is eating and saving money!
Milestones: Sitting up on his own! He still falls over so we sit behind him, but he’s doing really well with it. Eating solids, tracking moving objects really well, jumping in his jumper
I absolutely cannot believe that Bradley is 6 months old already. Halfway to a year. The past 6 months have absolutely flown by and have continued to just get better and better. Bradley is such a happy little guy. He’s easy going, smiles a ton, and definitely has a sense of humor; he laughs when we’re being silly and he does things that he knows are silly. I love spending my days with him. Which brings us to a big change: I got a job. I’ll be working as a part time office assistant in the Little Silver Boro office. It’s only 4 hours a day, 5 days a week and my mom will be watching Bradley Monday-Thursday (Conrad is off on Fridays). I’m a nervous wreck over this. I was planning on looking for a job in the fall, but this job came about, so I applied, interviewed, and got it. I don’t want to leave Bradley yet. I know I can trust my mom to take care of him, but I’m worried about how he’s going to adjust. I currently nurse him to sleep for his naps and he sleeps in my arms. He hasn’t had a bottle since he was about 2 months old and it was a struggle. I’m torn between having him learn a bottle or just moving to a sippy cup at this point, but either way is not going to be relaxing for him to fall asleep with (when he was brand new and we had to supplement with a bottle of breastmilk, it always made him wake up more). I really really love being a stay at home mom, but I know that getting a job right now is important. It isn’t a ton of income, but Conrad and I would like to start looking for a house next summer and know that my income will at least help us get a decent mortgage (WHY is NJ, especially Monmouth County, so expensive?!). I keep telling myself that I’m doing this for Bradley, so we can buy a nice house for him to grow up in. Once we have a second child, I will probably stay home again if we can swing it, since childcare for 2 children will be too expensive.
The other big change around here is that Bradley started solids! We started a few days before 6 months, on Sunday, since Conrad wanted to be home for it. We started with avocado mashed up and thinned out with breastmilk. Bradley’s face made it clear that he did not like it! He gladly took the spoon, but spit out the avocado. I only gave him a few tastes since I didn’t want to torture the poor boy. He had the same reaction the next day. On Tuesday (day 3), I put a small chunk of frozen avocado in a silicone feeder and he seemed to like it a little more. I think this was a result of the cold feeling good on his gums (no sign of teeth yet but LOTS of teething) and the fact that super cold things have a duller flavor.
Today Bradley tried pureed peas mixed with breastmilk. He loved them and kept looking for more! His face definitely has a confused look, but that’s due to the consistency of something thicker than milk. He ate most of the little bowl I made for him and then I stopped because I didn’t want to overload his little belly. Tomorrow I’ll probably feed it all to him if he wants it.
Making and feeding Bradley solid food is already so fun. I love seeing his reactions and feeling proud of how well he’s doing with it. This also means that he’s no longer exclusively breastfed. He will continue to get all of his nutrition from nursing until he’s a year old, but from here on out, he’ll start eating something new every few days and learning all different tastes and textures. It’s bittersweet for me. I love the fact that my body has been able to provide our baby with all of the nutrition he’s needed from the minute he was born. In fact, I’m in awe. My body didn’t work the right way to conceive him, but once I got pregnant, it started to work. I had a great pregnancy but still worried I wouldn’t be able to breastfeed. It was so important to me to be able to nurse my baby to give him the best nutrition possible and to feel that bond between mother and child. The beginning was rough with his tongue and lip ties, silent reflux, my Raynaud’s, and mastitis. But we made it through and I’m so proud of us both. Because of everything we went through to have Bradley, being able to nurse him has meant so much more to me. The bond we have while nursing is amazing and I just love watching how sweet he is. So why is this bittersweet? I’m thrilled that he’s growing so well, learning so much, and thriving, but I’m sad that he’s growing up so fast! I didn’t think 6 months could go by so quickly.
I look forward to watching our sweet boy grow up, but for now I’m going to savor every single minute of him being a snuggly baby.