Well Calvin is already 6 months. We had his 6 month check up complete with vaccinations. He did great. He is 16lbs 1 oz(20 percentile) and 28 inches (93 percentile.) So he’s growing great and right on track with his growth curve. We have only given him breastmilk since he was 1 week old. He nurses great, but is starting to get a bit distracted when nursing. We usually give maybe one bottle of day. I don’t pump often, unless I do the gym in the morning, then I pump at 4:30, and I’m back to nurse him at 7(his first feeding of the day.)
Speaking of nursing and schedules. He still pretty much eats every three hours. But it seems like he is starting to not be interested, so we may try spacing it out. He eat at 7am, 10am, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm, with a dreamfeed at 9:30. He goes down for bed at 7, then we dreamfeed(he usually wakes up for it, not much of a dreamfeed) and then he’ll go right back down until 7am. We had a couple of days(maybe actually a week or 2) where he would wake up in the middle of the night gnawing on his hands or paci, so we started giving him a half dose of tylenol at the dreamfeed because we suspected teething, and since them he’s been back to sleeping. When he was waking, we didn’t go to him because he wasn’t crying and would fall back asleep on his own.
We did cry it out, and he started going to sleep super easily. Then we went on vacation. It was lovely, but we were in a (barely) one bedroom condo, and if he cried it was really difficult for us to do anything. And Nina is kind of a pansy when it comes to cry it out. So he was held to sleep for about three days in a row, and we paid for it. In fact the last night there, he refused to sleep unless he was held. And because we were trying to leave at 4:30 am, and him screaming was going to keep everyone awake(seriously, he screamed for about an hour and half) I went to the living room/kitchen and pulled out the pull out couch and just held him and he slept/didn’t scream. So when we came back from florida, we had to re-cio. It only took about a day this time, and……….Calvin has learned to sleep on his belly!
Before when Calvin would roll over to his belly, he would wake up and look around and be awake. Now he sleeps, and WELL!. Seriously. Moms out there who are struggling with short naps(Calvin was called Calvin-no-nap by my mom bc there were days he’d take three 10 minutes naps) hang in there. For us, since he learned to sleep on his belly, he’s been taking 1-2 hour naps.
We did start solids on Sunday. My pediatrician recommended starting with a grain cereal, but I decided to start with avocado. We’re only doing solids once a day, about an hour after nursing. The first day, he loved it, wanted more. The last two days he has gagged and almost puked. Tomorrow we’re doing rainbow carrot puree. Carrots are sweeter when then avocado, so hopefully it goes over well. I also have kale, spinach, winter squash, and peas ready. I know I can do fruit, but a lot of those(carrot, squash, peas, and spinach) have a lot of sweetness to it. Also we don’t do a lot of fruit. I know Calvin needs fruit, and we will do bananas soon, and maybe some applesauce andpeaches. I also want to do beets, and blue berries. Our pediatrician said go for it! The only thing we need to avoid is honey until he’s a year. So I imagine we’ll do banana and then banana and peanut butter. I plan on making bulk batches and freezing the leftovers. With the avocado, I couldn’t find my ice cube tray, so I just sliced it and froze slices, when I thaw it, I just mash it up. I think I’m also going to do liver and other nutrient dense foods. I’m excited for when I can mix things.
Belly Sleeping! Love it for nap extensions!
Buddy loved the pool
Napping on the beach.
Many family members made fun of my for how covered up he was, but I wasn’t going to deal with a sunburnt baby.