6 Months

How we already have a 6-month-old, I’ll never know. I know I’m joining the ranks of parents who say this all the time, but time seriously flies!

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It’s amazing to look back at photos of her from the first couple months. “Is that even our baby?!” She seems so small, yet so big at the same time. It’s even harder to believe that she has more than DOUBLED her size since birth. Of course this is all completely normal, but it never ceases to amaze me.

I remember opening gifts from people and the clothes sizes were 3-6 months, 6-9 months, and I thought at the time that those clothes seemed so big! “She’ll never fit into that.” And now I’m stuffing her big ole chunky legs into her teensy jeggings.

Which brings me to my next topic. Big momma has some rolls! Scott especially loves to point this out at each bath time. She weighs 18 pounds 3 ounces and is 26.75 inches long. She is in the 80th percentile for head, height and weight!

EATING
As far as food goes, she eats 6-6.5 ounces of breast milk 5 times a day and we’ve introduced oatmeal. Some days she woofs it down, other days she couldn’t care less. As far as solids go we’ve tried avocados, applesauce, bananas and sweet potatoes. She LOVES bananas. We have a little mesh feeding ring that I’ll put chunks of frozen banana in and she gnaws nonstop on it.

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She was a little gaggy with the avocado and wasn’t too sure about the applesauce. I should also confess that I let her try a little bitty bit of the icing off a donut. Homegirl thought that was the best thing ever. She definitely has a sweet tooth!

I was going to go the whole Baby Led Weaning route (i.e. no spoon feeding, just jumping straight to soft foods), but since daycare only spoon feeds and Quinn’s gag reflex is off the charts, we’ll just have to spoon feed and maybe mix in some softer foods she can grab when she’s at home. I know that I’m stating the obvious here, but kids are a mess! Her favorite thing to do right now is blow a big ole raspberry right after she takes a bite of cereal. Stinker!

SITTING
She started sitting up a few days before her 6 month birthday. And I mean sitting up. No assistance, no falling backwards, completely stable sitting. We practiced with her some, and her daycare said that morning they would work with her on sitting up. Then, that evening when Scott picked her up, she was sitting in the middle of the room just chillin. Baby genius I tell ya. Hahaha!

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TALKING
As for talking she still babbles nonstop. She’s been doing this since 2 months old, but her latest thing is saying “da da” and “ba ba”. Still working on “ma ma”!! She loooooves her daddy and says “da da” all the time. She still hasn’t made the connection between Scott and what she’s saying, but I have a feeling that is just around the corner.She is such a daddy’s girl. He can make her laugh the hardest just by smacking his lips and kissing her. I try the same exact thing and she barely gives me a smile!

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The cutest thing is if we whisper “da da” she’ll whisper it back. Or when she’s going to sleep at night she’ll jabber for a couple minutes before falling asleep. We think she’s saying her prayers. 🙂

TEETH
She hasn’t gotten any teeth yet. There are some days where she is crankier than others and we think it’s teething, but we haven’t seen any little white spots pop up. So, she’s probably just crabby! Her doctor also said her gums aren’t red or swollen, so it will probably be a little while!

SLEEP
She is finally sleeping through the night! Hallelujah!! For the past month she has been awesome. We lay her down around 7 p.m. and she sleeps until about 6:30 – 7 a.m. the next morning. We finally realized that she is a belly sleeper but won’t roll onto her belly to sleep. So, when we lay her down, we roll her over and she’s out within a minute or so.

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Her naps at daycare are still crap. I think since she’s such a social baby and wants to be where the action is, she can’t block out the crying newbies … so, she stays awake. Her daycare will only put babies to sleep on their backs unless there is a doctor’s note, so you better believe we are getting one of those! On average she sleeps about 12.5-13.5 total hours each day.

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SICKNESS
Oh the joys of daycare. I’m not saying that she would never get sick if she stayed at home the whole time, but I know she would be sick a lot less. This month she had a nasty chest/head cold with some thick snot (I had it too). Miserable. We tried our best to keep her mucus free, but there was just so much of it.

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So, when she got a fever we knew we had to get her to see the doctor. After many tests, a finger prick, x-rays, the whole gamut, we found that she just had an ear infection. She tested negative for RSV, pneumonia, bronchitis, strep, etc. However, since a baby at her daycare had RSV they wanted to go ahead and treat her for it just in case she did develop it within the next couple days.

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This meant an albuterol treatment 4 times a day and a steroid treatment twice a day. It was a pain to have her sit still for the nebulizer that much each day, but I am thankful we did it. Her cough and snot cleared up really quickly.We are SO ready for winter to be over with!

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FAVORITES
Daddy, bath time, grabbing your face and giving you kisses, her jungle mat, watching the Golf Channel, kicking her legs, standing up (assisted!), squealing, playing catch with Scott, pulling off her socks and eating them, playing with her toes and eating them, when we sing “opera” … my God this is hilarious.

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We always hoped that she would be a musical baby, I’m still not sure if she is musical, but she LOVES it when we sing to her. It calms her if she’s upset or makes her laugh and smile really big. Her favorite songs are: A Whole New World (Aladdin), Uptown Funk (Bruno Mars), Sleigh Ride, Heigh-Ho (Snow White), ABC’s, and anytime we sing with vibrato in our voices.

She also really seems to enjoy the jogging stroller. She’s finally big enough to sit in the stroller rather that in her carseat snapped onto the stroller. We still roll up some blankets so when she falls asleep her head has something to rest on. She’s soooo quiet on stroller rides! She just likes to look around at everything. Sometimes she’ll talk, but usually she just hangs out and then eventually falls asleep.

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She is also very interested in textures. She loves to feel different types of fabrics. Even her toys. She is very inquisitive and inspects them thoroughly. She also loves to grab our faces and hold them in her hands (especially Scott’s beard!). It melts my heart! … Until she grabs a fistful of my hair and yanks me right into a slobbery kiss. 🙂

DISLIKES
There’s honestly not much she dislikes. She hates being confined. People love to hold her, but she is happiest laying on the floor and interacting with you.She doesn’t like getting the snot sucked out of her nose … but who does? A lot of times if she’s cranky it’s more from being tired than actually disliking something.

Over this next month I think she’ll be adding more words to her vocabulary and I have a feeling she might start the beginning stages of crawling. I’ve noticed that when she’s on her belly she’ll stick her booty up in the air and try pulling her knees up. If that’s the case, we’ll have some baby proofing to do!!

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4 thoughts on “6 Months

  1. I loved reading the update and seeing the gorgeous pictures. Quinn is growing so quickly!! Allie, you are a born writer! I so enjoy reading your posts. Sending love and big hugs to all. Aunt Diane

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