Thursday, July 25, 2013

Six and a half months

Monday was Caleb's six month check up and I just want time to slow down.  Our chubby little newborn is suddenly this little boy who is trying to catch up to his big brother.  While I love the changes, I hate how quickly it all goes and am trying to savor every snuggle and smile.

Stats:
Height:  27 1/2 inches (we think at his 4 month the height was a little optimistic)
Weight:  18 pounds (50th percentile)
Head Circumference:  18 1/4 inches (92nd percentile--I am sure you are all shocked that his head is huge)     Clothing:  9 months, hats--12-24 months                                                                                                        Skills:  This month was the month for moving,  Caleb rolls all over our house, can army crawl and is able to lift his round tummy off of the floor.  I can't expect him to be in the same place I left him anymore and we are re-baby proofing our house to keep little objects out of reach of little hands.  He knows his name and will look when he is called.  He grabs everything in site which causes his big brother a bit of stress.                                                                                                                                                                                          Eating:  Caleb still nurses on demand which during the day is roughly every 2 1/2 hours.  He started solid food a day shy of six months.  This time around I am totally skipping the pureed nonsense and doing "baby led weaning."  Basically that means that he feeds himself bits of food.  We started with avocado, moved to bananas, added in some sweet potatoes, and most recently peaches.  He loves to eat his solids!  I give them to him one meal a day but am going to add in a second shortly.  He gets finger sized pieces at the moment and shoves them into his little mouth.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Sleeping:  Sleeping is at best inconsistent.  He had a couple of really good weeks where he slept for 6-7 hours and woke up once.  We had a lot of family around which threw off his schedule and he went back to waking up more often but is once again settling into longer stretches.  Last night he actually slept all the way through the night.  I am not getting my hopes up.  His day typically starts around 6:30, he likes to nap around 9:30 and again at 1.  His morning nap, if we are home, will last an hour and a half.  Typically though we are out for a walk or run or playground and his nap is cut short to about 45 minutes.  In the afternoon he likes to sack out for 2-2 1/2 hours, which is awesome.  He likes to go to bed around 7:30.                                                                                                                                                                                                            Likes:  Ben is still an object of great interest, as are the dogs.  He has a hard time nursing if either are around because all he wants to do is watch them.  He likes anything he can get his hands on, especially his brother's toys.  He likes to be read to and talked to.  He loves the baby carrier and stroller  He doesn't really have a favorite toy because he is content to play with whatever is around.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Caleb is an incredibly happy, pleasant little boy. He rarely fusses or cries.  He does get upset when Ben takes toys from him or if Ben is upset.  He is truly a joy and if we were guaranteed that every child would be so easy we would probably have half a dozen more!