Stats: We had Jackson’s six month appointment this week – he was 15 pounds 15 ounces (apparently our scale was way off last month when it told us he was over 16 pounds!) and 26.25″ long. He’s also got a giant head (17.72 inches) which places him in the 90th percentile for head circumference. Corey and I both have large heads, so no one is surprised there. 🙂
Clothing Size: Still in all 3-6 month clothing for now! We have his 6-9 month wardrobe ready, but it’s all pretty huge for him still. He moved up into size 3 diapers this month, though, so he’s definitely growing!
Sleep: We’re officially at three good naps a day. They’re usually 1-1.5 hours, but it’s not too unusual for him to have a two or even three hour nap at some point in the day! Bedtime is about 6:30, and he wakes up to eat once between 4 and 5-ish, then he’ll go back to sleep until about 8:00. We’ve been very lucky with sleep so far, and I’m glad the sleep regression seems to officially be in our past – for now. Of course, now that we have him napping exclusively in the crib at home it can be hard to get him to nap while we’re out and about – he’ll sleep in the car but doesn’t like to sleep on us or in the stroller if he can help it…he doesn’t want to miss out on the fun!
Eating: We started giving him solids here and there soon after he turned 5 months – and it’s just been in the last couple of weeks that he’s really started to ingest the food. He’s had avocado, asparagus, broccoli, toast, chicken, squash, and part of a frozen greek yogurt popsicle! He still doesn’t actually eat very much at meals, but he loves being offered food…though if we give him something that we aren’t eating (for example, if we just give him broccoli but we are having pizza for dinner) he’s not happy – he wants to eat the same food that’s on our plates!
Milestones: Jackson is sitting up like an old pro now – he’ll fall over every once in a while if he’s not focusing on what he’s doing, but I would definitely consider him an independent sitter at this point. He’s VERY close to crawling, and I have a feeling it’ll be happening pretty soon – he’s big on scooting around and gets so frustrated when he can’t move as efficiently as he wants to. He’s taking baths in the big bathtub now without a baby bath – we just lay him down and he kicks and splashes and screeches away. It’s amazing how much he changes on a daily basis and I still can’t believe my tiny little newborn is gone and I have a full-fledged, wiggly baby now!
Things we want to remember: I want to remember how much fun baths are without the baby tub – I could watch him splash and giggle in there all night long! I also never want to forget how hilarious it is to watch him trying to figure out how to eat – his eyes get really big and he opens his mouth as wide as it will go as he tries to shove the food in there. Too cute! I also never want to forget the moments right before Corey and I go to sleep when I sneak into Jackson’s room and watch him sleep for a few minutes. He’s always so peaceful and I love to lay my hand on his back and just soak up his quiet breathing. It’s also always entertaining to see what position he’s sleeping in – the kid moves like crazy in his sleep!
Special outings or adventures: We went to the botanical gardens and a food truck park downtown this month – Jackson had a blast! We had Jackson’s first trip to the pool (and several more trips after that!) and visited friends several different times. Jackson also got to go up to my school with me a few times this month – it’s next to impossible to actually get things done when he’s there, but it’s fun to have him with me!
Favorites: He loves bath time and naked time in general, playing with Sophie (still!) and eating real food. He also loves when we make noises at him (he’s trying to figure out how to make them back!) and hanging out in his crib after a nap – he rolls around and screeches for quite a while before getting bored and calling for us to get him. We love waking up to his happy screams and how excited he is when we come to his room to get him from the crib, and watching him get a little better at eating. It’s just so fun to see him develop and learn new things – I feel like he does something new every day!
What we’ve learned: Every time we go out with him we get a little better at it – we have dealt with so many blow outs and various meltdowns out in public at this point that we feel like old pros. We’re starting to get into some uncharted territory here as he gets more mobile and starts eating more, so we’re feeling a bit lost with some of the new things we’re dealing with, but I’m sure by next month it’ll be old news to us as well!
P.S. After a nice blogging break, I’ve got something to share finally! Stuff has been happening in our house and I’m excited to show it to you! Look for another post later this week with an update.