Dear Rhys Michael,
You are growing up way too fast. Yes, I envisioned these days and waited for them, but now that they are upon us, it came all too quickly.
This month has been full of advances. You are no longer an infant–you are becoming such strong, smart baby boy. You have two best friends (both a year old and much bigger than you), two girl friends (your babysitter’s 2 year old and 4 year old), and a bazillion admirers. You are super curious and getting very fast…and that means starting to get into trouble!
Weight: 16.5 lbs, 16th percentile (6 months: 15.5 lbs, 13th percentile)
Height: 27 inch, 38th percentile (6 months: 26 inch, 23rd percentile)
Nicknames: Mr. Squirmy, Bucky, Sweetie, Baby Boy
Eating and Teething
You have 4-5 bottles of 5-6 ounces. You have 3 servings of solids: fruit (or new solids) in the morning, rice cereal at noon, and vegetables in the evening. You don’t eat at night anymore and you are getting much better at spitting up! You still do, but nowhere near the volume that you used to. We’ve also started giving you teething puffs that dissolve and Grandma had you try teething biscuits…you eat them as if you did have teeth–chomping away with your gums! We also try to give you finger food pieces of grains and fruit, but only about half of it actually gets into your mouth! But, you are such a good eater with solids–you open your mouth after each bite is swallowed. You can never have too many solids! But, it is a fight to get you to finish your bottle! Although you tried infant apple juice in a sippy cup–oh boy did you love that, but you had trouble with the sippy cup on your own.
– Really, you like every food we give you. So, here is a list of new food you tried this month
– rice puffs
– animal crackers
– infant apple juice
– corn bread (even dipped in chili)
– strawberries (Whow boy! You love the flavor! And thankfully, we got the OK from the pediatrician to give them to you!)
– lemon (We went to Red Robin’s with my family and I ordered a bottomless lemonade. I gave Rhys the wedge and was excited to see a cute surprised/puckered reaction. But there was none. So, I tried to take it away and you screeched/growled the most upset noise I’d ever heard! You chowed down on that lemon wedge, which is like Momma who can eat lemons like oranges! We had to keep giving you more wedges and each time you’d drain all the juice or it would fall, you’d be so mad!)
– limes (We were expecting the same reaction as with the lemon, but you furrowed your brows and didn’t open your lips for a second lick)
– your stomach still doesn’t like root vegetables (orange veggies like carrots, sweet potatoes)
Teething has been going bad for you the past week: diarrhea, gas, stuffy nose, excessive drooling, wanting everything in your mouth/trying to chew on everything. Your gums don’t feel even anymore and they are still white and warm. However, we still don’t see any teeth, except for a tiny white spot that I am claiming is the corner of a tooth!
Daytime: You typically wake up anywhere from 6:30-8AM. If you wake up before 7, I you back into bed with me and we fall back asleep until after 7. You take 2-3 naps anywhere from 1 hour to 2.5 hours long. It only takes less than 5 minutes of rocking to get you to fall asleep.
Nighttime: You finally got back into your pattern of sleeping very well. Typically we’d only have to give you your pacy once a night. But, that changed in the past week and a half. Not only are you teething, but it’s another Wonder Week–you are trying to pull up on the crib sides. It’s really taking it’s toll on us again since we both need sleep to function.
Relationships and Socializing
You are getting more affectionate. You give Momma more kisses and hugs, and sometimes you’d even lay your head on my shoulder. I absolutely love it when you do that! You are also starting to give me objects, like your pacy or toothbrush. You’d either give it to my hand, or sometimes, even try to put it in my mouth! You love playing with other kids, even though they are older and bigger than you. You like to explore their faces, as they explore yours. You also love to talk, and talk, and talk, and talk. Sometimes, when I go in to get you from a nap, I’ll see you holding your lovey by the arms and just jabbering away at it. You are so cute!
Milestones hit at 6 months:
– The “oh-ma” sound
– Pushing up on hands and knees or even hands and feet.
– Sitting up without support
– Trying to take steps if held in the standing position
– Rolling and chasing toys
Talking: You talk almost non-stop all day long. Unless we are outside or in the car. Basically, if there is something new to look at, you’ll be silent and just watch. Otherwise, it’s jabber jabber jabber! Your sounds include, “oh-ma”, “da-da”, “gloy gloy”, hissing with the sides of your mouth, raspberries, “mmmh”, “yayayaya”, and “hi”.
Mobility and Sitting: You have perfected crawling and are getting quite speedy. You are also trying to crawl over everything, adult limbs, toy piles, sides of your toy car, your friends’ bodies! You also love to stand with our help and walk with our help. After we undress you for bath time, we pull you up to standing position and you start taking steps. You lead us right into the bathroom, right to the bathtub, the whole time smiling and hyperventilating. Not only have you learned to crawl this month, but now you can get in a sitting position all by yourself! Seriously, it happened within a week’s time! We were astounded! Then, within a week of that, you were able to pull yourself to your knees, and now, you can pull yourself to your feet on some objects, depending on the height and friction. Again! Rhys! You are only 7 months old! We now come in to get you from your crib, and we see you pulling yourself up on the crib sides! Holy cow, Baby Boy! Slow down!
Playing and Problem Solving: You watch objects drop and try to reach for them. You maneuver objects in your hand to be able to get it into your mouth. If a toy rolls under the couch, you reach for it. You absolutely love playing with your car and all the sounds it makes when you turn the wheel and honk the horn. You like exploring now, since you can move all over the house, including pushing doors open! You are able to play peek-a-boo–if we put a cloth over your face, you can grab it and pull it off and you smile and laugh. You still like to do hand-motion songs. You love it when we play with the puppets and make them kiss and tickle you (you begin laughing before we even touch you!).
You love playing and could play by yourself for any given amount of time! You’ve been a little more fussy, but that’s because of your teething. You are also beginning to show your opinion and feelings a little more–especially dislike and frustration.
– playing with toys and people
– bath time, especially splashing
– pulling up and climbing
– his car
– his exersaucer
– bottle time
– the first minute of trying to get you to fall asleep
– diaper changes
– changing clothes
– getting frustrated
– getting tired
– taking things away from him
More and more often, I keep wishing you were a two month old again so I could just hold you all day long and you’d be content with that. Sometimes, when I go to get you when you wake up from your nap, I’ll just crack the door open and watch you contently playing in your crib. When we go to bed, we will come and check on you and just stare at you peacefully sleeping. You are growing up so fast and each day I am surprised with what you know and can do. We treasure any moment you are still and willing to cuddle with us to any degree. We love your almost-perpetual smile and sense of adventure.
You are the apple of our eyes and we are (just a tad) obsessed with you.