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