Here are the highlights of months 5 and 6 — I can’t believe Grant is already half a year old! (Note: if pictures aren’t loading try refreshing the page, and if you want to view them larger then click on the photo.)
The primary highlight of five months was Grant finding his feet. Once he realized he had feet and toes, he constantly wanted to grab onto them. I now know why this pose is called “Happy Baby” in yoga! He is also making a lot more sounds like high-pitched pterodactyl screeches and loves kicking his feet in the bath to splash the water. He smiles all the time and is laughing a little bit more frequently, though he has mastered the “silent laugh” – mouth wide open with big eyes when he’s amused. (You can see a video of one of his first actual belly laughs on my Instagram @be_embraced.)
The hardest part of this month was when he got a cold that went to his chest, and I noticed him breathing rapidly and straining to catch his breath. He ended up needing a nebulizer with medication we’d give him every four hours. Thankfully, they found us a machine to take home that was essentially a pacifier with holes for him to breath in the aerated medicine… much better than the over-sized mask he had to wear in the doctor’s office! Unfortunately, the medicine made him hyper, so even though he was exhausted from being sick and needed to sleep, he wouldn’t nap during the day. Somehow, he still managed to sleep through the night during this time, which I think helped him get better faster. He got back to 100% within the week – though it felt like much longer!
Grant loves being outside still and has discovered the amazing-ness that is the Sophie the Giraffe teether. (I think they need to make a way to personalize Sophie since all of our friends’ babies have the exact same one.) I feel like teething is an ongoing process with still no teeth to show for it… gummy smiles are the best though! Other notables is that Grant now has enough head control to ride in the stroller “like a big boy” without the carseat addition (unless we’re running and then I still attach the carseat) and to face out in the Ergo, which he loves since he can see everything now.
I’d heard that the six month growth spurt is a tough one, and for a couple weeks we experienced the woes of short naps and early wake up times. However, the trade off is Grant being so cute wanting to practice his new skills like rolling over and saying, “ga ga ga” over and over like he’s doing recitation practices!
Whereas before we’d lay Grant in the crib and he’d fall right to sleep on his own, now we have to coach him that it’s nap or bed time. This started happening when he learned how to roll over from his tummy to his back. (He knew how to do this around 2 weeks old -crazy!- but then stopped as he got bigger/it got harder.) Now he loves playing as soon as we put him in the crib – even when he’s exhausted. He sleeps on his tummy but will roll over and get stuck – so it’s a process of flipping him back over to his tummy, rubbing his back to indicate it’s time to sleep and not play. I’m hoping he learns how to roll back to his tummy soon!
In the morning, he’ll wake up and play contently by himself for 30+ minutes, which is fortunate since he started waking up at 5:45am as soon as he approached six months! Fingers crossed, but the past few days he’s started sleeping in until 7:45am. We’ll put him down to sleep at 7:30pm and he’ll roll over onto his back and sleep for about 12 hours. For naps, he seems to sleep better when we can get him to sleep on his tummy. Otherwise, he’ll sometimes wake up after only 30 minutes! I’m trying to implement “quiet time” where he has to stay in his crib for an hour whether he’s sleeping or playing. If he’s crying, I can only last 10 minutes of this, but I’m hopeful he’s adjusting back to his normal sleep schedule. It’s always an adjustment of something it seems!
So assuming he wakes up in the 7 o’clock hour, his schedule is similar to what we implemented at 4 months, give or take 30 minutes in either direction. (If he wakes up in the 5 o’clock hour, we have to play the day by ear):
Other notables during this month include:
- Introducing solid foods, as indicated in the schedule above. We started with rice cereal but it made him very fussy, so we stopped that and have only done fruits or veggies. So far he likes pear and avocado, and he loves sweet potato and yellow summer squash. I have made my own food at this point by steaming/pureeing veggies. He thinks banana is ok and does not like applesauce. He ate so much squash that we had to introduce prunes to get things moving, and he surprisingly liked these as well. (I boiled them then pureed them.)
- He loves the exersaucer and jumping since he much prefers standing and has no interest in learning how to sit.
- Now that he can roll over, he doesn’t mind tummy time as much (as long as it’s not right after he ate), and being outside is still his favorite. We go for a walk or run every day and try to sit outside on the porch or picnic blanket most days too.
- He is laughing much more and smiles all the time around people.
- He can say the “ga” sound and has started some “ba’s” too.
- Grant’s baptism! (See this post for pics)
- My first Mother’s Day!
Stats: We have to wait a couple more weeks until his next appointment so TBD on his weight and height.