A half a year old already? How is that even possible? Time is already going by too quickly.
L’s 6 month stats:
Weight: 17 pounds, 10 ounces (80th percentile)
Length: 27.5 inches (95th percentile)
Bottles & ounces per day: still 5/6 bottles, only a few ounces in the morning and usually 7 oz. for your later feedings
Diaper size: Size 3 in Pampers Baby Dry during the day, size 4 in Pampers Baby Dry for overnight – considering switching to all size 4′s very soon, though
Clothing size: 9 months or 6-12 months
Loves: Veggies! You’ve tried lots of different veggies so far and have loved all of them – your favorites being carrots and peas. You also have started to love spending time in your jumperoo this month – you’d probably spend over an hour in there if we let you! Also, you’ve started grabbing people’s faces and squeezing different facial parts (your favorites being the nose and cheeks) and get a big kick out of it. Playing peek-a-boo with Daddy at dinnertime is a favorite game of yours, too.
Hates: Fruits, in general. Your pediatrician is thrilled about your veggie preference, of course. You’re also not a huge fan of bread. I’ve tried giving you big chunks to gnaw on when we’ve been eating dinner, and you act like I’m giving you something toxic and are quite offended. You’re rarely content to spend much time laying on your back and playing anymore - you prefer the Bumbo or any other means of sitting up. This has been slightly problematic when I’m trying to change your diaper!
Things of Note & Milestones: This month was a big month – not just because you turned six months old (which is huge!) but also because we stopped swaddling you. Yes, we swaddled you up until you were 5 1/2 months old – until that point it was working perfectly! I started noticing, however, that you were waking up in the middle of the night and trying to get your hands into your mouth. So, one evening, we stopped swaddling cold turkey (and fretted about whether or not we were doing the right thing). Turns out, you love sleeping on your left side, and almost every time we lay you down to sleep at night, you immediately turn onto your left side and snuggle with your lovey.
Potentially related to breaking the swaddle: you’ve been waking up in the middle of the night to eat lately (usually between 3-5 AM) and you’ve been eating almost an entire bottle each time. I’m more than happy to feed you if you’re hungry, and it seems like you are, so we’ll just chalk this one up to a growth spurt. You wake up other times during the night and calm yourself back down to fall back asleep, so I know you can soothe yourself to sleep if you need to – it’s the times that you’re hungry that you start squawking a little bit louder and more incessantly we know it’s time for a bottle.
You’re very close to sitting independently - your pediatrician said she suspected that within the next 2-3 weeks you’ll have mastered it. You’ve also started figuring out object permanence, and will look (and sometimes try quite hard!) to pick up objects that you’ve dropped while playing. You’re also becoming quite vocal, and have started babbling “ma-ma-ma, ba-ba-ba, and da-da-da” – and when you’re tired and ready for bed is usually when you babble the most.
I can hardly believe you’re already six months old! I thank God every day that we have you and we can’t imagine our lives without you.
I love you so much, sweet pea.