Monday, March 18, 2013

6 month update

I swear the last 6 months have been the fastest 6 months that I can remember.  I can't believe that my little man is already a half a year {GASP!} old.  He's certainly proving to mommy that he's no longer a little baby anymore.  Lots of changes this past month - mostly good but more of a reminder that my little guy is not going to slow down in the growing up department anytime soon.

We checked in with Dr. Irwin this morning and Sawyer weighs 19 lbs 2 oz (75-90%) and is 27.2 inches long (75%).  His head is measuring 17.2 in and in the 50%.  We are moving up to 9 month (Carters) and 6-12 month (GAP, Gymboree, Old Navy) clothes mainly for length because Sawyer is going to be tall like his daddy.  He's in size 3 diapers and I've even bought some size 4s for overnight to prevent leakage.  He may be out growing his car seat soon too and we will move to the permanent carseat without the base (which is good because Mommy is having a hard time lugging the 30+ pound carseat and baby combo around).

Developmental milestones
This week Sawyer has truly mastered rolling from his tummy to his back.  Before he could do it but usually didn't do it on purpose.  Now, he does it all the time because he loves to play with his feet.  He can roll from his back to his tummy but his philosophy is "why lay on my tummy?  I can't access my feet that way." 

Sawyer is also mastering the sitting up gig.  He's not steady enough to be left alone sitting up without cushioning (usually the Boppy) but is getting better each day.  He loves to stand too especially in his jumperoo where he plays with the spinning gecko and sun.  He can grab lots of different toys and bring them to his mouth. 

No teeth showing yet but the signs are evident that they are coming.  Lots of drool, chewing on his hands and toys and he likes gum massages.

The biggest news in the last couple of weeks is that we have started solids!  Sawyer is getting the hang of eating from a spoon.  So far we've had sweet potatoes, carrots, pears and squash.  He's also gotten chunks of pair in the silicon feeder gadget which he seems to really like.  He is able to drink water from a sippy cup although he needs a little help tipping it up to get water out of it correctly.

Solids are once a day, and otherwise he is still getting plenty of breast milk.

Mmm, carrots!

For the most part it had been going well until the last 2 weeks.  He's now decided that he no longer wants to be held to nap (which is really a good thing) and had been napping in the swing.  We decided to start trying to nap in the crib (with the guidance of our nanny who has done sleep training with other kids she's worked with).  The first day of napping in the crib he ended up on his tummy.  I thought that was great because if he likes sleeping on his tummy we can quit swaddling and he might start sleeping better.  So, Thursday night we tried sleeping him in his sleep sack on his tummy.  He fussed a few times before Andrew and I went to bed but then woke up at 2 to eat and slept until 8 the next morning.  I thought "great!  There won't be this crazy adjustment time that I've heard so much about".  And then we've had the last 2 nights of being up every couple of hours.  We finally resorted back to the sleep sack with the swaddle - this way he can be swaddled but can get out of it if he wants and turn on his tummy.  Today he decided that he only wanted to take 1 nap (after an hour of fussing and 30 minutes of screaming) and won the battle of skipping his second nap (where mommy had to pass him off before she wanted to throw him and then went and cried in the kitchen).    I'm hoping that once we are back from vacation that we can get on a more consistent schedule and that he will adjust to crib napping before I lose my sanity very soon.

Likes and Dislikes
Sawyer loves his feet - if he's on his back or sitting up, one hand is usually on a foot.  He's even managed to get them in his mouth a few times.  He still likes his wubby and he now likes his orange ball.  He loves playing in the jumparoo and "flying" with daddy and jabbering with anything or anyone who will listen and talk back.  He's likes playing peek-a-boo and getting tickled.  Giggles and smiles are abundant with this boy - especially in the morning time.  He wakes up in the best mood which makes getting up with him all worth it.

As mentioned before, he no longer likes to be held when he's tired and doesn't like his nose being wiped.

We have our moments - more good than bad but this little boy is the highlight of our lives.  I love that he is a pretty happy guy most of the time and flexible.  He is happy in his carseat so we can run errands or go shopping and he rarely protests.  I just wish this time wasn't flying by so fast.  

Here are more pictures for your viewing pleasure :-)

His cousin Lyla was proving to be entertaining

Rocking the Hokie gear

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