Monday, January 13, 2014

A Baby J 5 & 6 Month Update

Man I get behind on posting.  Here's an idea - when I feel ambitious how about I start AND finish just ONE post, instead of starting FIVE posts all of which NEVER get finished.  Seriously.  But let's talk Baby J, shall we??

Baby J turned 5 months old over Thanksgiving weekend... and then obviously that was forever ago and then he just turned 6 months old right after Christmas!  Things are great.  There's really not a lot new - okay that's wrong - but while everything is new, at the same time things are changing so gradually that it's hard to know when it really happened.  But when I think back on how things with him used to be, there is such a HUGE difference.

Such a big boy these days!  He's just so sweet and happy and adorable! 

He's still not rolling over back to front.  He gets really really close sometimes, but just doesn't get his leg over.  While he's been rolling front to back since 3.5 months old, he only just THIS week (i.e., right at 6 months) learned to CONTROL it.  Like he's finally learned that he never has to do tummy time ever again because he can roll from front to back!  So that's going to be a struggle...! 

Although he's not rolling he IS working on sitting unassisted.  He can do it very briefly on his own WITH supervision, but can do it longer with the help of toys (or me). 

 He STILL loves that piano! 

I had a mini 6 month photoshoot like I did at 3 months and I'm just obsessed with these tie pictures!

We started feeding Baby J solids at about 5.5 months.  I was dead set on waiting until 6 months but then my parents were hounding me about some research linking diabetes to feeding solids too early (<4 months) or too late (6+ months).  Plus I was really excited to feed him solids so I caved!  Considering that Baby J is constantly ravenous I assumed he would LOVE eating real food and it would be really fun for him.

Soooo it's been pretty anticlimactic that he doesn't seem to like it... at all.  He's had baby oatmeal, which he's liked a few times but refused more times, plus sweet potatoes, avocado, banana, and peas.  Well, he's eaten a few bites of sweet potatoes and avocado but so far I don't think he's had more than a tiny taste of peas or banana.  HE REFUSES! 

Real food sure is messy!

Baby J is still a monster baby.  He's nearly 20 pounds (19 pounds, 12.5 ounces), which is the 82nd percentile and 27.5 inches long, which is the 73rd percentile.  His head is now in the 100th percentile since it's GINORMOUS (yes, the doctor actually said 100th, even though, hello, that's not possible!).  It's also still a bit flat.  Not sure that's going to right itself on its own?  Is a helmet in our future?  The doctors say no, but I really hope it rounds out a bit.

Thanksgiving came and went:

And then so did Christmas!  Time is just flying.  I'd been looking forward to this break to spend time with Baby J for FOREVER so going back sure wasn't fun.  Spring break is a LONNNGGG way away.

 Dressed up so fancy on Christmas!

We even got to visit Santa not once but TWICE.  Lucky boy.  The first time was at Petsmart so the whole family got to go! 

 Yes, the background has been photoshopped since we used it for our Christmas card.  
Petsmart was not NEARLY so glamorous!

Baby J also got to see snow for the first time!  AFTER I took these pictures I realized you can barely even tell that there's snow outside because of using the house as the backdrop instead of the yard, but oh well! 

Breastfeeding is still going well.  As I mentioned in my goals I'd love to go the distance with it, but it's not really up to me so we'll see.  I've certainly enjoyed this vacation from pumping, that's for sure.

Sleeping is still the same.  We had a few horrible nights while we traveled over vacation where he was up every hour it seemed.  Probably some of the worst nights since he was born.  But then we've had a few good nights too where he slept in 3-4 hour stretches.  We've been working hard on him falling asleep on his own and he's even been doing it during his first nap of the day!  VERY proud of that.  One big problem I think is that he's so distracted when eating during the day that I'm not sure he's eating very much, versus when he eats at night he's asleep so he's very focused. 

One thing is for sure, this little guy is BUSY, which is I guess why he's so distracted!  LOTS to see and do!  Toys are finally being used and man are they being used!  It's also tough to keep him entertained as his attention span is short - he does like measuring cups though!

He LOVES jumping and he's just so smiley and happy, I just love that little guy so much!

 He learned to stick his tongue out!

I'm definitely thankful for this little guy.