caleb at 6 months

Somehow, we’ve made it halfway through this crazy first year of Caleb’s life!

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Growth

Caleb continues to grow, although not quite as rapidly as he did last month. He’s hovering around the 16.5 to 17-pound mark these days, which puts him at about the 40th percentile. I have no idea how long he is these days (that’s a bit harder to measure with a wiggly, kicking baby), but I wouldn’t be surprised if he has added a few inches to his frame. He spends a lot of time in his exersaucer, and he no longer needs a pillow or blanket underneath him to stabilize–his little tootsies reach the floor now! We go to the pediatrician on Thursday, so we’ll know his progress for certain after that.

Likes & Dislikes

This past month has included lots of fun changes in terms of Caleb’s cognitive development. He’s very interactive and loves playing with other babies, including his two cousins who are close to him in age. He giggles often and still loves his evening tickle fights with Daddy. Caleb is also learning to love the water; we put him in our backyard pool every weekend for a little swim. Dislikes are pretty much the same as always: being left alone and sitting in the car seat.

Eating & Sleeping

Caleb was able to sit up unassisted relatively soon after my 5-month update, and he has shown intense interest in food, so we made the decision to try a few solids around Memorial Day weekend. We’ve been limiting the options to fruits and vegetables, with the intention of expanding the menu once we get the go-ahead at his 6-month appointment. We’re continuing with the baby-led weaning approach, and as you might expect, it really makes a mess more than anything. He doesn’t eat a whole lot, so his intake of breast milk + formula hasn’t changed all that much yet. Favorites thus far include avocado, applesauce, mango, and bell peppers. He has not been a fan of honeydew or any type of stone fruit (peaches or plums).

We still haven’t managed to get Caleb to sleep through the night. He consistently wakes up twice per night; on both occasions we’re slowly reducing the amount we’re allowing him to eat in hopes of de-conditioning the nighttime snacking. Fingers crossed…

Other Quirks

-Caleb is officially teething. His bottom two teeth are coming in quickly, and he has been in some pain as a result. Seth had the genius idea to put some water in his pacifiers, then freeze them–the result is quite an effective way of soothing the pain. Raw bell peppers are another go-to for makeshift teethers–something about the texture must feel good on his tender little gums.

-We also had our first bout with some sort of stomach bug this month. Fortunately, it was over a weekend, so we were able to monitor him pretty closely, but man, those projectile vomits and poos were pretty nasty!

caleb at 5 months

This month was full of firsts for Caleb, from starting daycare to swimming for the first time. Check out the details below…

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Growth

This kid is moving up the growth curves at a rapid rate! He has gained about a pound and a half since our last update. After struggling for so long to get him to gain at the rate he should, this development delights me. He continues to wear 6 months size clothing, although it varies quite a bit by brand–I even managed to squeeze him into a 3 months size outfit for Mother’s Day a few days ago.

Likes & Dislikes

Caleb started daycare this month (sniff, sniff), and he absolutely loves it. He seems to really enjoy the constant engagement with his teachers and classmates. This month also included Caleb’s first swimming experiences, first in our backyard pool and then in the local lake. I’m happy to report that he seems to like the water…provided that it’s not too cold. I’m looking forward to splish-splashing with my baby boy this summer! Caleb is a pretty happy baby these days, so the only thing I can think of in terms of dislikes is when he gets stuck on his tummy in the midst of rolling over. He also really doesn’t enjoy going too long without food. More on that below…

Eating & Sleeping

Caleb continues to love to eat. We’re struggling to get him to go more than three hours between feedings, which is a little ridiculous considering his age. Every time I try to stretch that interval a bit, I end up with a very hangry baby. This predicament makes nighttime a delight (insert sarcasm here). I have been reluctant to cut out nighttime feedings entirely considering his previous struggle to gain weight, but now that he’s been on a good trajectory for more than a month now, I feel like it’s time to minimize his evening “snacks.” He certainly eats enough during the day that he shouldn’t need to feed in the middle of the night. Plus, uninterrupted sleep is very important at this stage of life. Oh, and Seth and I could use a good night’s sleep too.

Other Quirks

-Caleb is getting ever closer to sitting up on his own. He can now prop himself up on his hands such that he is in a hunched sitting position. He’s also getting much better at sitting in his high chair; he can last the entire duration of dinnertime now. It’s nice to have the three of us sit down to a family dinner together, even if he’s not eating anything (yet).

-Speaking of eating solids, we’re still holding out for a while longer. The pediatrician indicated that it’s best to wait until 6 months if at all possible, so that’s the plan for now. I’m eager to start that phase (for obvious reasons), so I’ve been excitedly pinning everything related to baby-led weaning.

-Still no “mama” from Caleb yet, but he continues to discover and practice new sounds. His latest favorite is the “motorboat” sound, particularly when he’s having his diaper changed (<–weird, I know).

caleb at 4 months

Another month over–this time last year, I was just finding out that I was pregnant with Caleb!

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Growth

Caleb continues to be a looong boy. Neither Seth nor I is exactly sure where this length/height comes from. Maybe he’ll be tall and end up on the Duke basketball team? A girl can dream. Anyway, his weight gain continued to be less than stellar at the beginning of the month, but after making a difficult decision regarding his eating (more on that below), we seem to be on the right track. He’s finally getting some of that adorable baby chub! He now wears 6 month size clothing. I’m slightly bummed that we skipped right over the 3 month size–I had so many cute outfits for him. I guess that just means I’ll have to have another little boy in the future.

Likes & Dislikes

Caleb continues to love singing, which, quite frankly, is a godsend when it comes time to soothe him. We recently discovered that he enjoys several Disney songs, particularly “A Whole New World” and “Part of Your World”–two favorites that I’ve had memorized since, oh, 1992. We’ve also figured out that Caleb loves being tickled, so obviously Seth and I have been exploiting that fact to get our daily fix of baby giggles. While I don’t think it’s reached the level of “dislike,” Caleb is not a big fan of his car seat these days. He’ll tolerate it for the duration of the car ride to Nonnie and Pa’s house, but anything after that is entirely too long for his liking. Whenever we’ve arrived at our destination, he puts out his lower lip and furrows his brow as if to say, “GET ME OUT NOW.”

Eating & Sleeping

As I alluded to above, we had to make some changes in Caleb’s eating habits. Shortly after my last update, the physical burden of breastfeeding started to wear me down. I contracted a pretty wicked cold/sinus infection (a rarity for me) and was tired all the time; keeping up with an insatiable baby was taking its toll. Something had to give. Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life is ideal, but that’s not the case when your baby is going hungry. We started supplementing with (organic) formula a few weeks ago, and everyone is happier as a result. I’ve been doing some research, and it seems that inadequate milk supply is common among hypothyroid moms such as myself, so that eases at least a little bit of the mommy guilt I’m experiencing. Caleb has decided he really likes eating now…so much so that he likes to wake up at least once every night for a snack. We had it so easy for the first three months in terms of sleeping, so I can’t really complain too much about this sudden nighttime wakefulness. We’ve also attempted to put him in his crib at night but have failed miserably thus far. To be continued…

Other Quirks

-Caleb has figured out how to roll from his back to his side, a skill he’s developed from many hours with his activity gym. He can also hold his head up pretty well these days, making it much easier to lug him around on my hip. The kid’s got core strength, at last!

-Caleb has been vocalizing for a few months now, but it has reached a new level lately. He’s moved on from his vowels (i.e., screaming a joyful AAAAAHHH when we put on the Disney Pandora station) and is now fascinated by the “ffffff” and “bbbbbb” sounds. I keep pushing for a little “Mama,” but no luck yet.

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