I have all sorts of thoughts and feelings about the six month mark. I can be overly sentimental and six months sounds SO old to me right now. Halfway to a year. Is one year the end of babyhood? I’m not sure, but it sounds dangerously close….
I must say though, it has been a wonderful month. We’ve gone on lots of little adventures and also had many quiet days at home and in the backyard. Now that it’s so much easier to get out of the house, I really enjoy the days we spend at home too.
Before we had kids, I told my husband I thought six months was the cutest age for babies, and I must say, it’s pretty darn adorable.
Enough sappiness though. What has James been up to?
Weight: 17 lb 10 oz (53rd percentile)
Height: 27 1/2 inches (85th percentile)
Head circumference: 44.6 cm (85th percentile)
It always makes me laugh when the doctor says he’s a “long and lean” baby…his thighs! This is actually the highest his weight percentile has ever been though, so that made me happy.
More on this soon, but we gave James his first solid food last weekend.
We went with avocado for his first food and it was…messy. So much fun though. My sister was in town for the occasion, which made it extra special.
He’s been grabbing for my food the last few weeks and he really seemed to enjoy having some of his own.
James is still all about learning to move. He can quickly roll across the room now and also spends lots of time on his tummy “air swimming” and getting frustrated that it’s not getting him anywhere.
He’s been a proficient roller for quite a while, but I feel like he just realized that he could use rolling to move around the room and get where he wants to go. There is no stopping him now!
On that note, does anyone have a natural floor cleaner they love?
I’ve seen the most change this month in his ability to bear weight on his legs while we hold him. This kid is ALL about bouncing. Bouncing while we hold him up is his number one hobby (in conjunction with spitting…). It is his happy place. He gets the biggest grin and sometimes sticks his tongue out while he bounces up and down. It’s pretty great.
He is not, however, very interested in sitting up. When I sit him up to practice, he’ll often rock back and forth, trying to scoot, as if to say, “this surely must get me somewhere, or why would mom insist that I try it?” Sometimes he’ll just bend down and suck on his toes lol.
Lately though, he often lunges back or to the side as soon as I sit him up, clearly making his opinion on sitting known.
The exception to this is when we’re at story time, where he easily sits by himself. He once sat up for like twenty minutes there, I was shocked. I think it’s because he was busy watching and listening, and so was not jerking around trying to move. I try to mimic this by sitting him in front of the mirror so he has something interesting to look at, which sometimes works briefly, but he’s really not that into it. I suspect that as soon as he’s interested, he’ll be able to sit unassisted no problem.
James now passes objects back and forth between his hands. He’s also able to pick something up and rearrange the way he’s holding it to get the desired part in his mouth. It amazes me to watch his little hands at work when it seems so recent that all he could do was ball them up in little fists.
James is so happy and funny! He cracks me up every day. He is a little scientist, so eager to explore his world.
He takes solid naps more often than not, but hangs in there really well if we’re occasionally off schedule when we’re traveling or have a busy day.
He loves being sung to, playing with scarves, looking in the mirror, and playing games like peekaboo or making silly faces together. He also tolerates long walks on the beach..er around the neighborhood, which has been great since I love to walk and to be outside. I worry that it’s already getting hot for long walks though; he’s so warm when I take him out of the stroller!
He has a little baby friend from the library and they are so cute together. They don’t interact too much, but he definitely seems to recognize her and they reach out to touch each other and smile at each other. It makes me happy to see him with a little buddy.
He is super chatty when we arrive home after going somewhere new. He’s often silent when we’re out, just taking it all in, but then he tells me all about it when we get home.
Things I Want to Remember
How he gives me the biggest smile when I go in to greet him in the morning.
How he goes about life with his tongue sticking out, hoping to taste something interesting.
How he sleeps in the strangest position with his little butt in the air.
How he grabs my nose while he’s nursing or while I’m singing to him before a nap (LOL).
How soft his skin is.
How he grabs his belly rolls in the bathtub.
How he looks in the smallest little swimsuit I’ve ever seen.