BABY WINTER’S MONTHLY UPDATE: 6 months old
Baby’s Age: 6 months old
Height: 25 1/2 inches (34th percentile)
Weight: 16 pounds even (50th percentile)
Head: 42.2 cm (43rd percentile)
Diaper Size: Size 2 (we are about to move up to size 3)
Clothes Size: 6 months and some 6-9 months
Here is Winter in her Bumbo:
April 10, 2014 – How on earth has half a year already passed by since Winter was born?! It seems like you blink and you could miss it. I’m constantly begging my little baby to stop growing and for time to slow down. But somehow my wish hasn’t been granted. 🙂
Winter is doing so well. She sits up all by herself. Her main activity that she enjoys is sitting on the floor with toys all around her to play. She grabs a toy and plays with it for about 30 seconds to a minute and then moves on to the next toy. She is constantly wanting entertainment! She loves to pick up a toy and shake it really hard, or wave it around. She has started throwing things, though I think it’s still unintentionally! When we are at play dates with her baby friends, she grabs toys away from other babies. She sees a toy she wants, and she takes it. I guess I’m going to have to introduce the concept of sharing. For now, sharing doesn’t happen.
I experienced Winter’s first jealous moment. I babysat all day for a friend’s baby (who is only 10 days younger than Winter) so they could enjoy a day skiing together as a couple. While I fed the baby her bottle, Winter started getting really fussy and kept reaching her arms towards me!
Winter still has no teeth. I love her gummy smile. She is showing no true signs of teething, aside from constantly putting everything in her mouth. Honestly, she is so darn cute toothless that I am in no rush for any teeth to make an appearance! I want my baby to stay a baby. 🙂 Plus, I am not looking forward to getting bitten during breastfeeding with those baby teeth!!
Winter is so goofy sometimes. She makes the funniest little faces and expressions! My favorite face she makes is when she sucks her bottom lip in her mouth and purses her upper lip while blowing raspberries. So cute!
She loves playing in her Little Einstein jumper/activity center. She bounces up and down endlessly! She loves that thing.
Friends and people are continuously mentioning to us how “good” of a baby she is. We agree, she is such a joyful, happy little girl! We feel so blessed by her in our lives.
Milestones: Rolls over constantly (rarely stays on her back for longer than 30 seconds), sits up unassisted, picks up toys and shakes them furiously, sleeps 11-12 hours non-stop each night, has gone 6 months exclusively breastfed.
Sleep: Winter sleeps for 11-12 hours at night without waking up. This has been extended from a month ago when she was usually sleeping more like 10 hours straight, but I finally got brave enough to drop her late night “dreamfeed.” Instead of waking her up around 10:30 pm to feed her, she goes down for the night around 8:00 or 8:30 pm after her last feeding. Her usual wakeup time is around 7:45-8:00 am. In addition to being excellent nighttime sleeper, Winter is a fantastic daytime napper too. She usually takes a 2 hour nap every morning (9:30-11:30 am typically) and a 2.5-3 hour nap in the afternoon (usually 2:30-5:30 pm). I LOVE that she is such a good sleeper! Mommy is in heaven!
Best Moment: Lots of best moments. I love how she always smiles at me when I come into her nursery in the morning to get her out of her crib. She beams when she sees me, and I beam when I see her after missing her for 12 hours!
Worst Moment: Can’t remember any 🙂
Health: Just shy of a month ago, she somehow caught a cough that lasted for about 12 or 13 days. It wasn’t anything serious (no congestion or anything too terrible), but it was a lingering cough. It’s amazing how these germs gets spread around during cold/flu season! Hopefully we are DONE with sickness for a while!
Eating: Now that we are hitting her 6 month mark, we are going to begin introducing some solids. I still need to figure out our exact game plan, but we plan to start with pureed vegetables. Our doctor said that we could skip rice cereal if we wanted. As of her 6 month mark, she is still exclusively breastfed. She has shown much interest in food, so it will be interesting to start feeding her solids! (Because I am delayed on posting this by a week, we have now been trying to some vegetable purees once per day for the past several days. We have tasted carrots, avocado and squash. She isn’t so sure about actually SWALLOWING anything until last night, she finally seemed to get the idea a little bit! Our pediatrician said that she might be getting vegetable facials for a little while until she actually grasps the concept of EATING.)
As of now, her current nursing schedule looks like this: 8:00 am upon waking, 11:30 am after her morning nap, 2:30 or 3:00 pm right before her long afternoon nap, 6:00 pm after her nap, and 8:00 pm before going down for the night. 5 feedings per day, occasionally 6 if she gets cranky and I put her on the boob (many times around 1 or 1:30 pm she tends to have a “hunger moment” where I just feed her an extra time). It seems that no matter whether she has just eaten hours ago or 5 minutes ago, she will NEVER turn down the opportunity to nurse. She loooooves milk!
Likes: Jumping up and down in her bouncer, sitting and playing with toys, rolling all over the place, pulling hair, putting anything & everything in her mouth, smiling, laughing, singing songs, sucking on her wabbanub pacifiers, reading books, putting her hands in her mouth, playing with toys, putting ANYTHING into her mouth, taking a bath, feeling textures, getting tickled, standing up, looking at her reflection in the mirror, getting her hair brushed, getting thrown up in the air, watching the dog & cat.
Dislikes: She occasionally gets scared at loud sounds. Like one time Eric sneezed really loudly and she started crying!
How Mommy is doing: I’m doing great. Eric is doing great. Winter is doing great! We are enjoying parenthood very much. We adore Winter and can’t get enough of her. As a stay at home mom, I am so grateful that I get to spend all of my days with her, so I don’t miss anything. We are staying very busy with activities with my mom’s group (play dates, park days, stroller walks, swimming pool, runs, etc.). Life is great!
Twice in the past month Eric and I took an entire day away from Winter to go up to the mountains to ski together. Though both of us dislike time away from her, we know that in the big picture, 8 or 9 hours apart isn’t going to kill us. And we know that those times together as a couple are very important in our marriage! Skiing is our most favorite hobby and we LOVE doing it together. We plan to take one more day away before ski season ends this month.
As a couple, we trained for a half marathon together over the past 3 months. We just completed the race together! It was so much fun training for this race with my husband and daughter! It was really exciting to run side by side with my wonderful husband and cross the finish line together. I’m somewhat sad that the race is over, but we are grateful that we get our weekends back since we don’t have to go for long runs that take up a lot of time anymore. 🙂
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