Two Saturdays ago marked 1/2 a year since I gave birth to my sweet beautiful baby boy. Where do I begin!? This boy touches everyone he meets (literally and figuratively). It feels like just yesterday that I took his 5 month old pictures and here we are taking his 6 month photos! We have hit many mile stones this past month with him. I’m not even sure where to start. I think our biggest accomplishment this past month is the introduction to solid foods.
This was a bit tough in the beginning. He really wanted nothing to do with food at first. Maybe it’s because I decided to try baby led weaning which is basically giving the child food to experiment with rather than spoon feeding them pureed foods. This was kind of a disaster and the more I fed him the more anxious I became with those chunks and him choking on them. The baby lead weaning folks have said that babies will gag because they’ve never experienced that type of consistency before but that those reflexes will prevent them from choking. Well, E didn’t’ seem to be having a ton of fun with that method so I finally threw in the towel and opened a can of purred pumpkin. He LOVED it so I purred the rest of the sweet potatoes and then have been feeding him chunkier solids as well like banana, avocado, and some store bought chunky foods for 9 month olds. I want him to be able to eat whatever without preferring a certain purred consistency and becoming too picky. Anyways, he also has gotten some applesauce and loves that as well.
He holds his own bottle now too! When it’s too full then he can’t but when he reaches about 1/2 way done he likes to do it himself. It’s really cute!
At the beginning of the month we decided to surprise Emmett’s grandma Baudoin in KC for her 60th birthday. We had such a great time! We came in on a Thursday night and Chad’s mom was totally shocked and surprised. It was really fun.
Beckett also seemed to take a huge liking to his cousin Emmett. It was odd because the last time we saw them (about 3 weeks prior in Arizona), Beckett really didn’t seem to interested in him. This time around it was completely different!
The rest of the weekend entailed seeing friends and a visit to the apple orchard for some delicious apple fritters! It was a fast weekend but we feel like Emmett’s development changed leaps and bounds. He slept in the crib for a few naps (some were as long as 3 hours!) and also slept one night for 13 hours straight! He’s slept like this before but it’s always a nice surprise when he does it on vacation.
After coming home from the weekend Emmett decided to stop sleeping through the night again. This happened for a pretty consistent 5 days in a row. Low and behold, my mother kept saying “maybe he has a tooth!” and I just would not believe her. I finally decided enough was enough and checked it out. And drum roll please….there it was! A small little tooth on the bottom right side. Amazing. That pretty much explained the night wake ups and fussy days. Once we found it he started sleeping through the night again. I guess it had finally broken the surface. Emmett also met my JL provisional group and I had book club with the birth class ladies. All the babies are developing at basically the same rate. It’s just incredible! The weekend after we got home from KC, my brother and dad were in town for a wedding so they got to see E man. Unfortunately I didn’t take pictures, not a single one! But my artistic husband did take a photo of Emmett in their leaves.
Another crazy milestone for Emmett is that he’s started rolling, everywhere. This is something that his mama is both proud of and not fond of. On the one hand, it’s so much fun to see him figuring out how to get from point a to point b without having to be carried. On the other hand, at night, he’s learned how to roll onto his tummy, usually in the middle of the night, which scares the bejesus out of me. Last week he was rolling just fine from tummy to back and now he is rolling from back to tummy and somehow can’t figure out how to roll himself back to his back. UGH. Talk about a SIDS problem! I swear, I hate going in to check on him only to find him on his tummy with his face buried in his mattress. He also is really hating being on the floor. He wants to sit up and see the world. He is not interested in being placed under his play mat anymore and just being content. We are going to get a little exercauser thing from Chad’s sister when we are in KC for Thanksgiving so that E can sit up. My mom has one now and he seems to really like it since he’s not laying down. I was worried because I’ve been reading up on 6 month mile stones and one of them is to babble and another is crawling but he isn’t doing either of those things. We went to E’s 6 month check up last week and the doc. wasn’t’ worried at all. Guess that means mama can rest easy!
Here are his 6 month stats:
Height: 26.5 inches, 50%
Weight 17.2 ounces, 40%
He is still on the smaller side but is looking fantastic, even a bit bigger then his last several appointments where he’s been in the 30% for just about everything. So it’s fun to see that he’s gone up in those stats!
So that’s about it from here! We are loving watching him learn and play every single day. He is just so much fun to be around and we can’t wait to see what the next month holds!
Happy 6 months buddy!