Bowen :: Six Months Old
Weight: 18 lbs 1 oz (50th percentile.) He's still wearing 3-6 mo clothes and 6 mo sleepers. Since he's not mobile yet, we're talking some serious chub.
Eats: He's dropped a feeding so he's down to 4 bottles of 7 oz each. He is absolutely loving solid foods - he eats oatmeal, fruit and a veggie twice a day. Loves everything except, as we've established, peas.
Sleeps: Sleeps at night in the crib from 7:00/7:30 to 7:00/7:30. (WOOHOO!) Man, it was great when he dropped the 5:30 am feeding. 3 naps - mostly in the crib, but occasionally in the carseat or swing. He consistently wakes up around 30-40 minutes and has to cry/whimper/babble himself back to sleep but then he'll stay asleep for another hour plus after that. I guess the 45 minute intruder never goes away? (Does it?)
Hair: Blonde and so fuzzy! Tonight after his bath, I finger combed it into a little mohawk. Matt was not amused.
Eyes: Blue - here to stay? (I guess at some point I can eliminate some of these categories…)
Nicknames: Bo, Bowie, Biscuit, Biskie, The Biskers, Kiddo Biscuit
Milestones: He sits! He can sit unsupported for awhile and play with a toy - a whole new perspective on the world! He grabs, reaches and passes toys back and forth. A little bit of babbling started this month - when he's excited, he'll say "da da da da da!" He's soooo close to rolling over - he'll get all the way up on his side - but then flops right back to his back. He has officially mastered sucking his thumb. I'm not sure if this is a true milestone, but it surely took coordination to go from nomming on the whole hand to figure out how to pop that thumb in his mouth.
Likes: Mangoes, bananas, sweet potatoes and a hearty bowl of oatmeal. Bouncing in his exersaucer, watching Buddy, splashing in the bath, pulling hair, mommy-baby yoga class, his Skwish toy, crunching an empty water bottle in his hands, Ellie the Crinkly Elephant (toy), looking at himself in the mirror, grabbing Mom's iPhone when she's not fast enough to get it out of reach.
Dislikes: peas, getting dressed, hitting his head on the crib rail when he's wiggling around, being carried like a baby, being overtired.
I can't believe a half year has gone by! It both seems like the time has flown by and at the same time, that it was a lifetime ago that Bo wasn't a part of our family. This month, his personality has just exploded. He giggles, he babbles, he screams with excitement. He loves watching other babies at mom-baby yoga and at our playgroup. I'm savoring this sweet spot right now where he's able to entertain himself for a few minutes with a toy (or laying under the mirror on his activity gym), but he's not mobile yet… I can actually walk away for a minute and come back to find him in the same place. He's great at independent play, but his face absolutely lights up whenever anyone talks or sings to him. He loves being in the exersaucer - although it cracks me up that he generally expresses this through screams of delight. He's become so curious in the last month. When I'm holding him on one hip, he's usually trying to dive across my body to reach whatever I'm holding in the other hand - water bottle, coke can, basket of laundry, phone - whatever it is, he wants to be holding it too. The last couple weeks he's been touchy in the mid-afternoon, and I can't figure out if he's on the verge of teeth or a cold. Yet even in the midst of his smushed up pouty face, he's still adorable to me. This half year has been more fun and more rewarding than I would have ever imagined. It sort of blows my mind that in the same amount of time to come, he'll be rolling, crawling, standing and maybe even walking… and good heavens, I don't know if I'm ready for that. But I know Bo is - this boy wants to explore his little world so badly. What a fun month it has been with you, Baby Bo. You are sweet, you are silly, you are social - and we couldn't love you more.
Happy 6 months, little boy!