Sunday, January 25, 2015

Man Cub: 6 months

Baby Chimwemwe,

The joy and love you instill in your family is breath-taking.  You adore people and making them smile and laugh.  You are coming into your own so much right now, and it is thrilling to watch.  We are finally, finally out of the shadows of your weight issues and feel like we can sigh a big breath and trust the Lord to keep you exactly where you are supposed to be. I made a goal for you on January 1st that you were to hit 12 pounds and not fall backward, and you have blown that goal out of the water.  Woohoo! You have learned so much this month!  We love you, precious boy, more than you can begin to fathom!

Your sleep all over the place this month.  You still fell asleep easily, but you decided you needed a meal in the middle of the night this month.  I know you needed the calories, and I'm sure that's a huge reason your weight has managed to creep up finally, so I haven't minded (too much) to catch some extra cuddles and nurse you that extra time.  You still go to bed between 7:00-7:30 each night, and you sleep til 6:45 or so each morning.  On weekends, you will normally sleep til about 7 or 7:30.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!  You're more or less at one morning nap of about 1.5 hours, and an afternoon nap of 2 hours.

Eating has been so fun this month! About 2 weeks ago, we started giving you organic, gluten free oatmeal 2 times a day, sometimes in a bottle, and sometimes on a spoon.  A week ago, we added avocado to nursing to get some more healthy fats in you.  You adore them!!!  You are also pretty good about taking the spoon from us and putting it in your mouth correctly.  Awesome!  Tonight you had your first sweet potato, and that was a hit too! You nurse around 7:00 am, 4:30 pm, and 6:45 pm during school days.  Then you'll have an 8oz pumped bottle around 10:00 am and 1:30 pm.  If it's not a school day, you nurse at those times. When you saw the GI this week, she said to keep on doing what we're doing, and add in black beans if we want.  I think we'll also look into baby yogurt and bananas in the next few weeks too.

The day after you turned 5 months, you started sitting up unassisted.  You can't quite go from lying to sitting yet, but you are almost there.  About a week later, you started army crawling.  You get up on your hands and knees frequently, and can crawl that way backward, but you still think you are faster going forward when you army crawl.  If you see a dog, a dog toy, or one of your family members, you will just take off to get to it/us! 

Baths, puppy kisses and cuddles, being outside, music, being sung to, the excer-saucer, time on your playmat, when your grandparents and great-grandparents sing and talk to you, laughing, cooing, squealing, being flown around like Super Man, being tossed in the air, the Pognae, eating, sleeping, sitting in your high chair when we are eating and eating with us, rings and other chew-on toys, your  cuddle toys, and grabbing anything you can reach.  You have a new found affection for Chikondi, your 4.5 foot tall stuffed giraffe.  You squeal and reach for her before bed and first thing in the morning. We'll hold you on her back, and you grab her head and ears and just hold on in the tightest hug! It's precious!

Dirty diapers, being too sleepy or hungry, when you get stuck under the end table chasing your toys, if your oatmeal isn't practically scalding hot

Six Month Stats:
Weight: 13 pounds, 3 ounces (yep, you gained a pound and 1/4 this month.  Go, baby, go!)
Length:  25 1/2 inches
Eating: nursing/breast milk bottles 7:00 am, 10:00 am, 1:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:45 pm; eating avocado or sweet potato around 5:30 while Mommy and Daddy eat dinner, and oatmeal 2 times, usually once midday and once right before bed
Bedtime: between 7:00 and 7:30
Awake: sometime between 6:45-7:00
Naps: usually 9:30, and 2:00.  Sometimes more...just depends on how hard you've been playing.  :)
Diapers: Size 1 
Clothes: 3-6 months and 6 months onesies; size 3-6 months and 6 months pants and rompers because you're so long

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