Somebody’s been in this world for half a year! Luke recently turned 6 months old (I’m a little behind on these updates so he’s actually 6.5 months already) and we are loving this stage. Gone is the newborn who was content to sit in his bouncy chair and stare at the teddy bears hanging in front of him. This boy wants to move! He’s turned into a curious baby who wants to see, touch, and taste everything.
His biggest accomplishment in the last month is learning to sit up independently. He looks like such a big boy sitting up!
I hope he takes his time learning to crawl; this is one milestone I’m not anxious for him to achieve. We’ve got lots of baby proofing to do around here. Meghan’s got so many toys with small parts and pieces that need to be put up to where curious little hands can’t reach.
Although he isn’t crawling yet, Luke can get around. He does a combination scoot/creep/roll if there is a toy out of reach that he wants. Of course the toys he wants the most are not the baby toys I put in front of him, but instead whatever his sister has. Meghan is patient with him so far, but it should be interesting when he is crawling and can really attempt to take her toys.
At his 6 month check up, which we went to a week early because of our vacation, Luke was 20 pounds, 10 ounces and 30.25 inches long. He moved up from the 85th percentile to the 95th percentile for weight and is off the charts for his height. At less than 6 months, he surpassed where his sister was at one year!
He is outgrowing all of his 12 month clothing–it’s kind of insane! It’s been so hot, though, he’s happy hanging out in his diaper a lot.
He was quickly outgrowing his infant car seat, too, so we switched him to a convertible seat (rear-facing, of course). He was getting too heavy to carry around in the infant seat, anyway.
Luke is going strong with breastfeeding. I’m still on my dairy, soy, wheat, and nut-free diet. His pediatrician advised me to start adding back in foods between 8-9 months, so I’m praying when I do he’ll have outgrown his intolerances.
He is now eating solids two times a day right now and it is going well.
Due to his sensitive digestive system and food intolerances, we’re taking it slow. So far he’s tried summer squash (possible fail), carrots (possible fail), pear, and avocado. This week we’ll introduce peaches. I’m making his food for him like I did for Meghan. I prefer to know exactly what is going into his food, plus more nutrients are retained since the manufactured baby food has to be heated at such high temperatures.
We also give him water with his solids to help prevent constipation. He’s doing well with the sippy cup. I haven’t been able to find a non-plastic age-appropriate sippy cup yet, so I had to settle for a BPA-free plastic one. I’ll let you know if I find something that is non-plastic that works.
While he is still waking two times during the night, his naps have gotten consistently better. I’m working on coming up with a plan to get him to sleep better at night because he eats better at night than during the day. That’s not good!
After waking for the day at 6 am, he goes down for his first nap at 8am. This nap usually ends between 9:30-10:00. Two hours after waking, he goes down for nap #2, which also lasts between 1 1/2-2 hours. He takes a third catnap of about 45 minutes-1 hour to get him through until bedtime, which is between 6-7 pm.
As for me, at 6 months postpartum, I am at my pre-pregnancy weight. That’s not to say my body looks exactly the same, but I’m happy to at least be at the weight I was before being pregnant. I still have the little baby pooch, but luckily that can be easily concealed with tops that are loose in the stomach area.
My fitness routine has gotten really inconsistent. I feel like I need something to train for or some sort of program to do to keep me accountable. Unfortunately, when I tried to train for a race it resulted in me being overtired and problems with clogged milk ducts and mastitis. I’m going to be searching for a happy medium so I can exercise regularly without overdoing it. Despite my exercise routine being irregular right now, I do stay active as a mom.
As I was searching for pictures of me to use for this post (I have so few to choose from!), I found this one that I think sums up how I feel these days:
Tired! I’m not complaining. This is the stage of life I’m in and I think being tired comes with the territory. And all the joy that comes with motherhood is totally worth the lack of sleep. Just don’t ask me if I feel that way at 3am.