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
1:30-2 eat and down for PM nap
2-4:30 PM nap
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!
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!
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!