Getting to the six month mark with Sadie feels equal parts victorious and heart wrenching; Victorious because so many of you surely understand that the first few months of infancy are often about “powering through” in many ways, and heart wrenching because I can feel our time with her as a baby rapidly slipping through our fingers by the day.
It’s a darn good thing that we don’t get to pick whether to keep our children as babies or let them grow because I could never pick. I am enamored with watching her reach milestones and can’t wait to watch her personality develop more as a toddler, but baby Sadie has added an insane amount of joy to my life and I just want to soak up as much of her sweet “baby things” as I can before they’re gone in a flash. What an emotional rollercoaster, this parenting gig.
Just like I did at the three month mark, I’m thankful to use this space to document and share about what she’s up to!
She’s still not on any kind of daytime sleep schedule, thanks to her big sister’s schedule as well as a solid month of teething. Currently (as in the last week or so), she wakes up around 7:15 a.m., maybe naps around 9:30 (for an unpredictable amount of time), possibly naps again around 2 or 3, and then typically is fast asleep between 8 and 9 p.m. Sometimes she wakes up during the night once, occasionally twice, and then once every couple weeks she sleeps straight through the night (9+ hours). I can’t complain about her sleep habits. She’s doing pretty great.
Jamie and I started working with her on baby food just a few days before the 5.5 month mark, and she’s finally starting to really get the hang of it. She opens her mouth big and wide for most bites and seems to enjoy what we’ve given her so far (bananas, apples, and sweet potatoes).
Breastfeeding is wearing me out a bit, in all honesty. She is still nursing every two hours during the day, though I’ve been trying for a couple months to train her to spread her feedings out. Not going so well. She can’t fall asleep for naps or at nighttime without comfort nursing, so that keeps my hands pretty tied when it comes to my schedule. She will only drink a bottle if it’s piping hot, so that means she won’t take a bottle if we’re out and about. Breastfeeding in public is far from my favorite thing, so that’s kind of tough. She also nurses so much that there’s never been much of an opportunity to stockpile pumped milk.
If she were better about taking a bottle I would consider supplementing with formula, but I know that that would just lead to more “battles” that I’m not quite interested in fighting yet. I also know that she truly loves nursing and that it’s her biggest comfort, so I don’t want to take that away from her either.
I’m very grateful that breastfeeding has worked for me this time around, and though it’s mostly gone really well, it’s also a pretty big challenge at times.
General Milestones & Other “Firsts”
We (well, really my mom!) felt the ridges of her first tooth break through her gums at 4.5 months. Her second tooth broke through the gums at 5.5 months. Seeing those two itty bitty little teeth sticking out when she smiles makes me smile a hundred times a day! So dang cute.
She’s sitting up unassisted but is still not steady enough where I would feel comfortable leaving her sitting alone. She’s still a little wobbly if she leans too much.
She’s starting to pull her knees underneath her when up on her arms, and just a few days ago she started rocking back and forth. I remember Hadley doing this in preparation to crawl, so I’m excited to see Sadie on the move soon!
She’s outgrown her baby bathtub, so about two weeks ago we started giving her baths in the real bathtub. We only fill it with about an inch of water, and Sadie seems to love it! She kicks like crazy and soaks the bathroom, but it makes us laugh so hard!
We’re currently battling a month-long cold, and it’s just plain pitiful. We’ve seen a doctor twice and are trying our best to plow through it. I recently received the a big package from Vicks for a future blog project (stay tuned!) and it has been such a huge blessing when she hasn’t felt her best. It had so many new items in it that we’ve been able to try as we do our best to comfort her and help her feeling better. This cold also led to her first ear infection. It’s hard to see her cough so much and be so annoyed by the snot and all that other yucky stuff, but I do understand that the only way to build her immune system is to let her body fight off these types of viral infections.
all of big sister’s toys 🙂
PS: We’d like to move Sadie over to a new convertible carseat by the start of the new year and would love carseat suggestions. We currently have the Britax Marathon for Hadley and haven’t been impressed, so we’d like to give another brand a shot.