Happy 6 month Birthday, Hunter!
Celebrating at Marmalade Pantry
And so HALF A YEAR has sped by. We have a fast-growing ‘lil boy on our hands and we couldn’t possibly love him any more! The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of ‘Firsts’ for him, and he also had his Grandpa and Nanna come visit for 2 weeks, which meant unadulterated attention ;)
He gets more alert and fascinated with the world around him, as each day goes by. He’s spent most of the past month sitting upright by himself, and I reckon that makes a world of difference between looking like a little boy VS a baby. He doesn’t like rolling over (and rarely does so), but is rather insistent on sitting upright all the time, and will fuss if he’s laid reclining or on his back.
MONTH 5-6 PROGRESS:
Eating – We started off with solids just recently. Not a whole lot, just a few tsp during his evening feed before bed. He took to it very well because I guess he’s been watching us (and likely has our greedy genes), so he figured out the spoon and sippy cup (with water) after the first try. Now we’ll be starting off on pureed food like carrots, sweet potatoes, etc etc. A whole new world awaits us! :)
I have to admit though, I still find breastfeeding wonderful because it gives a great bonding experience AND is super easy. I travel so light with him when I’m out.. I basically only need 1 spare diaper and that’s it, which means I can go out with just my regular handbag when I have lunch/shopping dates with friends. Not anymore! Over the next few weeks and months, he’ll be taking more proper food and soon I’ll need to carry around all his baby food, water bottles, etc. And for this reason alone, I wish I could go on breastfeeding forever ;)
Sleeping – He was going down easily at around 6:30PM every day, then mid-month he really resisted his bedtime and would wail/fuss before falling asleep. I suspect it was a bit of a growth spurt as it was for a week or so, and now he’s back to going down easily (ie. put him in his cot awake, and he shuffles around for a few minutes then puts himself to sleep). I’m praying this lasts and no growth spurt anytime soon… ;) On the downside, he now wakes up between 6:30 – 7:30 AM.. which is just a horrific time for me. Why can’t he sleep ’til 8AM like he used to?! Arggghhh. But since he sleeps a pretty solid 12-hour stretch overnight, the doctor said he can’t really sleep much longer :X
Nap-times are still smooth.. still on the 3x 45-min naps a day. He goes down fine for all his naps – the morning one in his cot at home, and the 2 afternoon ones in his stroller when we’re out. But I’m still hoping he does 2 naps a day for longer periods, and make things easier for me!
Playing – His muscular action and hand-to-eye coordination improved this month. He now directly reaches out for a specific object that catches his eye, and now passes objects between his hands, looking around for it if it drops. Movement-wise, he easily sits up unsupported and steps with his feet when we help support him standing upright. He also can scooch along the ground by pushing his feet backwards and ‘swimming’ forwards. Quite funny to watch :P
He’s also learned Peekaboo, as the initiator! Previously he would just laugh if we played Peekaboo, but now he knows how to start the game and uses his teddy bear to cover his eyes then yank away… then laughs maniacally ;) A source of endless entertainment for him (and us!)
Hunter went on his first swim this month.. in a proper swimming pool! He actually likes it, much to my surprise. He’ll kick around and paddle and seems quite content.
WOT EEEES THIS…..?!
Dipping his toes in
Our lil water baby :)
On a sad note, he was diagnosed with tongue-tie this month. Thank you to those of you that took the time to write/comment/email. It makes me realise how thoughtful people can be, even with random online people who have blogs :)
It’s hard to believe half a year has already passed. It’s going to be full steam ahead from now on, and I am so grateful I get to see him develop further every day. We are very blessed to be parents and really can’t ask for more :)
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