We’ve made it half of a year with our sweet baby girl! In some ways it seems impossible that much time has passed, but in other ways it feels like a lifetime since we were carefree DINKS (double income, no kids). Here’s an update on all the things we’ve been up to with Audrey this month:
How old is she: 6 months and 2 days (but who’s counting) 😉
How big is she: We find out today at her 6-month appointment her exact measurements, but we’ve weighed her in at 14 lbs., which means she’s doubled her birth weight! 🙂
Sleeping: Audrey is still sleeping from about 9:30 p.m. until about 8 a.m. She’ll take one long nap during the morning and a shorter nap in the afternoon. If we have errands to run, sometimes she’ll catch an extra snooze in the car. She is great about falling asleep in the car.
Eating: Over the past month we’ve tried solid food for the first time. She started with rice cereal and she did… ok with it. I wouldn’t say that she gobbled it up, but she ate a decent amount. We’ve also tried carrots, which she seemed to like after the first few bites. Breastfeeding is still her primary food source, but she’s less and less likely to sit still long enough to get a good feeding. Ten minutes is about her maximum patience level for breastfeeding, so I usually pump a few additional ounces, add in an ounce or so of formula and feed that to her to top her off. She doesn’t like the taste of the formula very much so even feeding her the bottle is sometimes a struggle.
My new thought process is the sooner she’s on solid foods and able to digest dairy, the sooner I can be done with breastfeeding and all the frustration that goes along with it!
Milestones: Our biggest milestone this month was traveling back to the Midwest by plane and then by car. I was so worried about how it would go but she did so well! We tried to nurse during take-off and landing, but she usually fell asleep as soon as they dimmed the cabin lights for take off and stayed asleep until we landed. Her ears popping only seemed to bother her on the landing, but we tried to nurse through it and that worked to make her feel better. As for the car portion of the trip, she slept like a log. It was wonderful!
Personality: Audrey has been the most calm, go-with-the-flow baby. It’s been wonderful. But something has happened recently. Within the past few days she’s been irritable, refusing to breastfeed, trying to escape when I hold her and generally seems frustrated. Is this normal 6-month-old behavior as she desires to be more independent, or is she reacting to the recent changes (travel and solid foods)? Experienced parents, please feel free to weigh in in the comments section below.
Best moment this month: We’ve had quite of bit of change over the past month. We tried the swimming pool and solid foods, we rode in an airplane and a car for several hours, and we visited several new states. The best moment for us of this month was spending time with our families in the Midwest. Audrey was able to meet several of her aunts, uncles and cousins for the first time. In fact, on one day we got to see all the members of both sides of our families. That never happens! It was really special and I’m so glad we got to spend some time together.
Audrey’s favorite things are: Audrey is still so fascinated by everything she sees, hears, feels or smells. Most of the time, her favorite thing is when Dan makes funny faces at her, but she also loves exploring her toys, toes and just about everything else with her mouth.
Any surprises this month: Traveling, especially flying, was a big surprise for me this month because I had no idea how she would react. I’m so thankful that she did so well. That said, I think it might have messed with her routine, which she’s still recovering from. Like I mentioned above, I wonder if the travel disruptions have caused her normally calm temperament to go a bit wild or if that’s part of being 6 months old and wanting to be more independent. Regardless, the change in her temperament has surprised me.