So, I've been reading friends' blogs and they post monthly milestones for their babies. I don't know why it has taken me so long to catch on!
Weight & Length:Today was the buddy's 6 month check-up! He was 14 lbs 4 oz and 25in. He's still hanging out around the 10th percentile in both areas. So, it's good and normal that he's along the same growth curve, even though he's a little guy.
Sleeping: The buddy has been sleeping through the night since 12 weeks, so we're lucky! About a month ago we cut out the "dream feed," which was when we fed him after he went to bed for the night, but right before we went to bed, around 10pm. That has been SO nice!
I was kind of nerdy (but loving it) when I started moving his bedtime slightly later right before Daylight Savings, so when we gained that hour, he went to bed at 8:30pm and woke up at 7:30 and we didn't miss a beat! Wahoo!
This month he DID start rolling from back to belly in his swaddle, so he's been sleeping most of the night without a swaddle! (If he wakes between 6-7am we swaddle him and put him back to sleep and he usually sleeps until 7:30/8am.) It takes him a while to fall asleep for the night because he rolls around and talks to himself and plays with his lovey, but we think it's good for him to practice falling asleep on his own! It just takes about 10-20 minutes and is adorable to watch on the video monitor. :-)
I'm still trying to figure out a nap schedule for him. The problem is that his nap lengths are so inconsistent that it's hard to make them at the same time every day. I will like it when we get to this point. :) For now he takes 3-4 naps a day.
Eating: The buddy is still mostly fed from donated breastmilk. Our supply recently almost ran out, and when reaching out to potential donors we got such a big response! He (and we) are so blessed!
He also started solids! We're doing the Weston A Price method, which is good, but difficult as a working mom. It's kind of difficult for me to puree meats for him, etc.. I hope to get a chance to do this in bulk over Thanksgiving and Christmas break.
He started with egg yolk, but one time threw up his entire next bottle several hours later, so we haven't tried it again in over a week. But, he's doing GREAT with vegetables and a couple of fruits! He has been eating bananas, peas (I figured if we got him to eat those, he would then eat anything later on.. ha!), squash, sweet potatoes and now prunes! (And the prunes accomplished their intended purpose I might add... hehe).
Diapers: We still do cloth diapers except for the one day a week he's at dayschool/daycare or when I got to the bottom of the stack before doing laundry. We snapped up to the next level though, so they're bigger! He's still in Size 2 disposables.
Clothing: I think it's strange that onesies in the same size as other "outfits" seem so much smaller! He's mostly wearing 6 month and 3-6 month clothes, but some of the onesies of the same size are to small! So, I just did a large load of 9 month and 6-9 month onesies and other outfits I might start trying on him. :-)
Also, is there a difference between 6 month and 3-6month clothes? Is it based on weight? I'm still confused about this.
Personality: This kid has gotten SO happy, playful and interactive this month! He jabbers and laughs and is very ticklish. He is also very loud. Whether it's happy or upset sounds that he's making, for some reason he thinks he needs to shout. :-)
Milestones & Firsts: There are so many of these in his 6th month! Here's a list:
-Started making both a "b" and "g" sound.
-Plays around with his mouth and making mouth sounds, including blowing bubbles, making raspberries and sucking in his lower lip.
-Laughing at people making funny sounds and funny faces at him, and not just tickles- We just LOVE this guy's belly laugh!
-Rolls from back to belly now too
- Sleeps without a swaddle at night
-Started solid food (and therefore he now has formed turds in his diaper... hehe)
-He has started scooting himself in a circle when doing tummy time. He hasn't gotten onto all fours yet to start crawling, just scooting to get to more toys. :)
Prayer Request: I don't think most people include this, but I will! As of today the buddy has been with us for 6 months! This means that in our state any day after today his adoption can be finalized. Currently the adoption agency is legally his "parent" and we are his guardians. You can't imagine how much we want to change this so he's legally OURS! We are waiting for our lawyer to hear from the judge about what the date will be.
Not only do we want this to be soon just for our mental health, but also financial! If we finalize before the end of the year we will be eligible to get the Adoption Tax Credit. If not, we our out thousands of dollars we were counting on. It might seem easy to get a court date, but I've never done this before and there is only between 2-4 days a month that the court hears adoption cases so I'm getting anxious! Please pray that we are given a date soon and that all goes smoothly!