caleb at 7 months

It’s time for another update on this crazy kid Caleb’s life!

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Growth

Nothing new here–Caleb is sticking around the 40th percentile for weight, and he still has a gigantic head. In fact, his head is almost the same size as his 16-month-old cousin. Yikes. We’re hoping he lengthens a bit soon–he’s got quite the potbelly going on right now!

Likes & Dislikes

Caleb continues to be a chatty kid. His teachers tell me that he “talks” all day long (and at a very loud volume, I might add). He hasn’t uttered any real words just yet, but he’s finally discovered “muh-muh” and “nah-nah”–very close to “mama” but not quite. So suffice it to say that talking is one of his favorite activities at the moment.

We experienced our first Fourth of July celebration with the little one…and he’s not a fan of fireworks (yet). They were a bit too loud and close for his liking!

Eating & Sleeping

The pediatrician gave us the green light to feed Caleb almost any food (except honey). I asked her about baby-led weaning, and she expressed some concerns with regard to choking hazards and the limited opportunity to introduce him to spoons. So, we’re kind of doing our own thing with solid foods these days. For daycare, I provide soft foods (e.g., avocado, oats + sunflower seed butter, sweet potatoes, yogurt + berries), which are spoon fed to him. At home, we’re a bit more adventurous; he’ll feed himself peas, noodles, scrambled eggs, and even turkey meatballs. There’s no doubt that this kid loves to eat!

Caleb is getting into a more acceptable routine when it comes to sleeping. He sleeps from about 7:30PM to 10:30PM, wakes for a snack as soon as I slip under the covers (that figures, doesn’t it?), then sleeps until about 5AM. I’ll take it!

Other Quirks

-Our little muchacho is becoming more mobile by the day. He’s not crawling yet, but he rolls over and scoots small distances. Baby-proofing will have to happen this month, I suppose…

-We had another bout with a stomach bug this month, and it was much, much worse this time. I say that because Caleb barfed all over me one night, and I ended up with the virus the next morning. We were both out of commission for most of the work week. Gotta love those daycare germs, right?

-Caleb’s hair color changes by the day, it seems. Will it be brown or blond? It even looks a bit red in the above photo. His eyes remain the same color as his daddy’s–slate blue.

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).

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