Hey—and happy Friday!
It’s been almost 1 week since Baby M turned 6 months, but I still want to share his monthly update. I decided to write this one in letter form like I did at 4 months.
My dear, sweet son:
Last Saturday we celebrated two very important birthdays—your Gigi’s 60th and your 6-month—or “half”—birthday.
Each and every day you continue to amaze me and fill me with such joy. Your sweet, electric smile brightens the darkest of rooms, and your endless energy is contagious.
Month 6 brings quite a few developments and milestones. For one, you’re sitting up by yourself! You do a great job sitting on our laps while we’re in our chairs, and if we place you on the floor in a seated position, you’ll hold it for a few seconds. Sometimes you topple over, but you’re getting so strong! Pretty soon I think you’ll start realizing that you can use those arms of yours for balance—and then you’ll sit for days.
You’re still not very interested in rolling over, but you’ve proven to us a few times that you can do it. I think you’re more interested in moving. You can hold your chest up for a long time when on your tummy, and you even hold yourself up on all fours—the precursor to crawling!
While crawling won’t happen for a while (we hope!), you decided to shimmy and scoot yourself—backward!—while on your tummy. I think it frustrated you when you were moving further away from your toy, so you’ve only done it a couple times.
Sometime last month you finally took immense interest in your feet. You’ve loved your hands for months, but those little feet were always covered in socks! Now you hold on to them—or try to eat them—socks or not.
You still love to laugh at your big brother, Iggy—although you need to learn not to grab handfuls of his hair or pull on his ears. And, please, don’t try to eat his tail!
You’ve started doing the cutest thing—sucking on your bottom lip. I don’t know if it’s because you’re teething (lots of drool—but no teeth yet!), but you go to town on that little lip and have the most intense look of deep concentration on your face. You’re like your mama when she’s focused on something!
You’re still so tiny—and while mama’s gut tells her you’re healthy and thriving, she can’t help but worry. I think you’re just so full of energy that you burn through every single calorie you ingest. As much as you love bouncing in your jumper swing (or simply on our laps), we may have to take a break sometimes.
You have a new friend—Sophie the Giraffe. You weren’t a big fan at first, but now you love to gnaw on her. You also have discovered a new “toy,” mama and daddy’s iPhones—and you fuss and cry when we take it from you. It’s not actually an apple, sweetie!
You continue to breastfeed well and usually drink a bottle of formula while staying with Mimi and Papa. Even though you loved your oatmeal last month, you lost interest and still haven’t quite warmed up to other solids yet. We keep trying to feed you sweet potato, squash, banana, and avocado, but you just don’t seem to care for being spoon fed. Go figure that you have an independent streak—I think you’re more interested in feeding yourself when the time’s right (since you love to grab the spoon). We’ll just keep trying.
While you’ve always been a great sleeper, you’ve been waking up more lately. Maybe this is a 6-month rather than 4-month sleep regression? You had your first cold or bout with allergies early this month, so that runny nose and cough of yours kept you awake. Mama doesn’t mind feeding you twice during the night, but she’s getting awfully tired!
Daddy and I cannot believe you’re already 6 months old. The time has flown by, but every day is a new and exciting adventure that’s better than the last. We love you dearly, and we cherish our morning cuddles in the bed each weekend.
Happy half-birthday, bright eyes!
If you’re catching up, you can find Baby M’s other monthly updates on my Baby page.