Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Avery | Six Months

I know each month's post starts with the same ol "I can't believe you are __ months old, each month is flying by" sentiments. But seriously. She's six months old this time. Six months is so very different and so much more emotional for me than any previous month. We are officially on the downhill to her first birthday and I find myself just hanging on for dear life wanting it all to slow down just a little bit so I can soak her in even more at this age.

This past month as been pretty eventful for her. We've had a lot of milestones and a lot of changes, and she has handled them all like a champ. She's resilient and easy and doesn't seem to mind when something isn't the same as it was yesterday. We've settled into a pretty predictable schedule and she's simply just a happy, chunky, sweet little girl.

At six months old she weighs 15 pounds 13 ounces and is 26 1/4 inches long. She is wearing six month clothes and is in size two diapers. She has blonde hair and blue eyes, and looks nothing like her mama.

In the past month, we've really fallen into a schedule and she seems so content, rarely cries, and is sleeping really well now (hallelujah!!). She's eating every three hours still and is solely on bottles. She is taking 5-6 ounces each time. I started solids with her a little over a week ago and we haven't made much progress with them. I've tried oatmeal and avocado and she just can't figure out what to do with them! She holds it in her mouth and eventually it falls out. Hopefully she'll catch on soon! I've read a lot about the baby led weaning method also and wonder if that might be a good fit to let her self feed and explore food on her own versus me feeding her pureed foods. Maybe we'll give it a try?

A typical day in the life of Avery looks something like this:

7-7:30, wake up and eat
9-10:30ish AM nap
10:30-11 eat
1:30-2 eat and down for PM nap
2-4:30 PM nap
4:30 eat
7:30-8 eat
8:00 bath
8:30 bedtime

After five long months of awful sleep and inconsistent naps, I ordered the Moms on Call book series, and we quickly got on track and Avery has been sleeping through the night for the past few weeks. I knew most of what they recommended, but it was good to re-read and also learn their other tips! We stopped holding Avery to get her to go to sleep and instead laid her down in her crib,  and would comfort her without picking her back up. After a couple nights, she caught on and is able to put herself to sleep without issue. We use a sound machine, pacifier and she has a seahorse that plays music which she loves (not a Moms on Call recommendation, but it works for us). Those first nights I let her fuss, but never let her truly cry it out. I always went in before she got too upset and helped her settle back down. I can't just close the door and listen to my baby cry!

At the end of April she was fitted for her helmet and has been wearing it for 23 hours a day since then. It is estimated that she will need it for 3-6 months. We are praying its closer to three months. Call me crazy- but I already see a change in her head shape and its a little more rounded at the back than it previously was. She seems unfazed by her helmet. Her sleep hasn't been affected and she doesn't cry when we take it on or off. I think it is more of an adjustment for us parents because it requires cleaning and skin checks and I am more mindful of keeping her cool now that the weather has started warming up. She's a hot natured baby, so the summer months should be interesting for us!

Milestone wise- She can roll from back to tummy and also tummy to back. I frequently find her on her stomach in the morning when I go to get her out of the crib. She seems to sleep on her side most of the time. She is babbling up a storm and making all kinds of letter sounds and loves to hear her voice. She isn't afraid of being noisy! I'm sure once she really learns to talk she'll never stop!

She loves Landon and he gets the best laughs out of her. She lights up when she sees him! He loves her too and is always asking where she is or what she's doing. He loves to sit next to her and snuggle her in bed. Avery also loves baths, which I'm praying will mean she will love the pool! She loves cruising in her stroller. She loves her seahorse, octopus toy, bunny, and of all things- she really loves the blue plastic cup that we use in the tub to rinse her off! Something about that cup makes her so happy!

This month we made our first trip as a family of four to Greenville, NC for our annual baseball weekend with my side of the family. She traveled really well- but let me tell ya, I forgot how involved it can be traveling with a baby! I pack light- but our car was still full. Going to the beach for a week this summer should be interesting!

We love our girl- we love the smiles and giggles she gives and the joy she brings to our family.

Happy Six Months, Sweet Avery Kate!

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