04/05/2016

Jack’s Six Months Update

Is it just me, or does it feel like only yesterday I was publishing this post?

Jack 6 Month UpdateMy Jack turned half a year old on St. Patrick’s Day and I am still trying to figure out where the last six months have gone. The first 12 weeks after having him was literally a blur, and the weeks that have followed went way too fast as well. I am not ready for my sweet, smiley, squishy baby boy to grow up!

Jack 6 Month UpdateFor the first six months Jack was still only drinking breast milk, about four ounces or so every three hours with his first feeding of the day being closer to six ounces. We just started incorporating ‘real’ food into his diet at the end of March, starting with organic oatmeal cereal. I cannot wait to see how my little guy likes sweet potatoes, avocado, bananas and all that good stuff too. He is very interested in what mommy and daddy are eating at any given time, and so far he has been more interested in using the food than actually eating what’s on it. It’s so funny to watch him make smacking noises with his lips and reach for our plates and cups when we’re eating and holding him. If Jack likes food as much as he acts like he will, this mama will have one serious grocery bill as he grows!

Jack 6 Month UpdateJack is one of the happiest and most smiley babies around. He absolutely loves snuggling, cuddling, and being held and kissed as much as he can. He also thinks being told ‘I love you’ is the best thing in the world …don’t we all feel this way?!

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 7.29.00 PMOne thing that does drive him crazy though is when he is exhausted and trying to fall asleep. This babe fights sleep like there’s no tomorrow and once he does finally fall asleep, he refuses to be put down. Although I don’t mind holding him, sometimes mama needs to get other things done. When he refuses to sleep if he’s not being held it can get a little frustrating at times. Thankfully he takes a morning nap in his swing about 45 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes daily so that is my chance to run around frantically to get things done. I am hoping this will change as he gets older, but I also realize I need to do a better job of putting him down and being patient when he wakes back up. I choose to hold him as to not wake the sleeping giant, but I also know to create change I have to make a change and allow him to figure out how to sleep without being held.

Jack 6 Month UpdateJack had his six month check-up on March 22nd and is growing right on schedule. He weighed in at 17 lbs. 10 oz. (Almost exactly 10 pounds more than his 7 lb. 14 oz. birth weight!) and measured 26 1/2 inches long. He is just over the fiftieth percentile in height, weight and head circumference so he is quite the proportional little guy. He prefers to stand (with help) more than sit, and I’ll be interested to see if he is one who skips crawling and goes straight for walking. I have also learned this month that what used to be safe may not be so much anymore. He rolls like crazy and I now have to think about what objects he could roll into or grab. It was obviously much easier when he was stationary! I know it’s only going to get worse so we have baby proofing the house ASAP on our radar.

Jack 6 Month UpdateCurrently he can sleep for about 7 1/2 hours, usually from 10pm-5:30am. During the night I usually have to ‘paci-plug’ him a couple times when he wakes up crying, but we are working on not doing this as much so he can learn to soothe himself. Although as soon as he has that pacifier back in his mouth he will typically fall back asleep quickly, so it’s hard for me to risk him truly waking himself up. One of our goals is to start getting him to sleep in his crib before 9pm. He usually falls asleep around 7:30pm with one of us holding him, and then waits for his last feeding around 9:30pm before putting him down. We don’t like to get him down and then back up again to eat, but I think this is our best option so that we can have those extra couple hours in the evening to get things done and also get to sleep earlier as well. Currently we are working on a bedtime routine now that he is getting older.

Jack is still loving walks so I am looking forward to the warm spring weather even more so than normal this year. Whenever he is having a fussy day, I know a walk will calm him down and get us all some fresh air! He also started swim lessons this month and we go to mommy and baby yoga on Tuesdays so he’s certainly been a busy bee lately. He has plenty of new experiences coming up in the months ahead and I can’t wait to see how he continues to grow and flourish.

Comments

  1. He’s so cute! That’s fun that you’re doing mommy and baby yoga!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thanks Emily! 🙂 Yes, it is a blast! We do quite a bit of cuddling/snuggling and baby massage too. However, I also get a workout in doing leg lifts and squats while holding him!

  2. Sweet boy!! He is growing like a weed!! This is random and might be unsolicited friend advice, but a friend of mine at work pointed it out to me and it has been a game changer! I used to let Adeline take an “evening” nap after we got home from work/daycare and then I’d wake her up at like 8, bathe her, then start getting her down and she’d go to bed at like 9 or 9:30. Well, we slowly realized that she was trying to tell me that she was actually ready for bed earlier than that so then we tried to keep her awake a little longer when we got home and instead of letting her take that evening nap we started putting her to bed for the night instead, and now she’ll go down between 7:30 and 8 for the night. Just a thought – Jack may not be for that, but it was like a lightening bulb went off for Adeline! 🙂 Do you think if you fed him at 7:00 he’d fall asleep asleep at his normal time at 7:30 and be okay not eating again at 9:30? — When is little fishy’s next swim lesson?? I love seeing little videos of him! Have you gotten in the pool with him any or in Tim still leading the way? Also – are you still using a bathtub with a “sling” in it? Adeline’s fat legs are about to outgrow hers and I’m not sure what to do next!
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    • I read that as well! I heard anything after 6 is night sleep. But, I’ve definitely broken that if a nap just has to happen!

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      He just had another swim class last night! It was the first one that I did with him and it was so fun, but I don’t think I am tall enough to do it lol! It was hard for me to keep his head out of the water if I wasn’t on my tip toes and to get him up on the floating mat was tough too!

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Oh, and I agree with you on the sleeping part. I think he would go down about 7:30 and sleep through the night. I know a lot of it is my fault. I am selfish and love holding him while curled up watching television on the couch!I know I need to do a better job getting him situated with a good night routine, but I also miss him once he goes down lol!

  3. What a cutie! Oh gosh he just gets more adorable every month. I’m so glad you are able to stay home with him more! So he only eats every 6 hours?! Annabelle freaks if it’s more than 4 hahah! I have quite the hungry one over here I guess 😉 How is the food going? I understand the whole soothing/trying to get sleep thing! we’ve tried letting A go in the middle of the night to soothe herself but it ends up being over an hour of her crying. Sometimes it’s easier to just put the pacifier in and all of us go back to bed! lol I can’t wait for spring weather too just to walk! Fresh air is both of our favorite things!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Ahh – no! Sorry, that was a typo on my part. He actually eats every three hours! He would go nuts if I tried to make him go six lol. I think I wrote six ounces and then the six hours just followed ha. Food is going pretty good. So far we are doing oatmeal cereal in the morning and then the past three days he has done avocado either at lunch or dinner time. This weekend we are going to try banana and next week will be sweet potato I think. And ahh yes, I cannot wait for warm weather again! We haven’t been on many walks lately and it definitely is giving me cabin fever!

      • That makes more sense! haha I was like man she is a rockstar getting him to go that long. Yay for food! We tried sweet potato last night and she LOVED it!
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        • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

          Oh fun! We are trying sweet potato and banana this weekend and next week! He is still questionable about avocado ha ha!

  4. What a cutie! How is he already half a year old?! He’s growing so fast 🙂

    Blessings,
    Edye // Gracefulcoffee
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