I can’t believe my baby girl is 6 months old!!! Where did the past 6 months go?!?!
Loving this period of being a mom. I love this stage. I love seeing Madison discover and learn new things everyday.
Seriously I am blown away how much she changes daily!
I swear she gets bigger every time I pick her up.
Crazy to think she used to be that small. Everyone was right – they grow up fast.
Madison turning 6 months old.
We go in for Madison’s 6 month doctor check-up this afternoon so I will report back here later today with her updated weight.
She is still wearing 6 month clothing for the most part. 6 month PJs and some pants are starting to get tight, so I am starting to gather 6-9 month clothing.
What Madison is loving:
Still loves to watch others dance and sing.
Still loves being tickled and rubbed on her belly and below neck.
Loves being in her jumper while I workout and she laughs the whole time.
Still loves to look at yourself in the mirror.
Still loves rolling around to her sides and moving all around in her crib. And yesterday she rolled all the way over to her belly. I was watching on the baby monitor and ran in there to make sure she was ok. Which she was. She rolled herself back over to her back and just giggled. Silly girl.
Loves story time. Just the other day she grabbed at the page in the book and ripped it out!! Gary and I couldn’t stop laughing.
Still loves holding onto your fingers (and hair).
Loves being in her stroller for long walks now that she sits forward, so she can see everything.
LOVES watching us eat and grabbing at what we are eating or drinking.
LOVES rolling around and grabbing at her feet.
What Madison doesn’t like:
You taking her hands out of her mouth.
Sun in her face.
Getting out of water from bath time.
When she is tired she lets you know.
Loud or strange noises.
Seeing me cry or get upset.
How is cloth diapering going?
Great. I promise I will do an update soon.
How is breastfeeding going?
It’s going well, the only thing is she gets distracted while nursing very easily.
She is nursing about 5 times a day now with one solid meal (well playtime with food really). Gets a 6oz bottle before going to bed.
I did experience a week of low milk supply, but things are better now.
How is napping going?
Getting better!! Most days she is taking 3 naps. Two of those naps are usually 45 minutes to an hour with the other nap being 30 minutes. Although yesterday she did 4 – 30 minute naps, but that is rare these days. I am so happy she is becoming better at taking longer more routine naps! I think one thing that has helped is doing the same nap time routine and trying to always have the naps around the same time (as best as I can).
How is nighttime sleeping going?
It is still going well. She wakes up for one middle of the night nursing, usually between 3-4 am.
Her bedtime routine is still the same that I have mentioned last week.
She typically wakes up anywhere between 7am and 7:15am with a few times she has gotten up at 6am. Those are really tough on me as I usually don’t go to bed until 1am. Luckily, Gary is up and can help out.
She sits upright all by herself most of the time. She loses her balance but overall she is doing fantastic at sitting upright.
She is definitely becoming more independent with playing. She can entertain her self for a little bit. I love sitting off to the side and watching her interact with toys and figuring things out on her own.
Another big thing that happened this past month is she said ma-ma. Well, I know she doesn’t associate me with that name yet, but still I was thrilled. I love hearing her say it. On our walks she is usually talking up a storm.
And she is showing signs of crawling! During tummy time she lifts her butt on and knees up some and moves forward. Crazy. Even though she can’t crawl yet, she can move! I am always amazed how much she can get her little body around. She will be in one spot and few minutes later is completely moved. Especially in the crib when I watch her on the baby monitor.
What about solid foods?
I started giving Madison a little bit of solid foods once a day (in the morning, after her first nursing) this past week. I decided not to start with cereal which is normally recommended, as I don’t eat really grains and I know grains can be hard on babies stomach since so small.
First was avocado. I introduced that first and gave her that for 2 days in a row. She is unsure of the whole avocado thing. Second food I gave to her was carrots. I steamed up carrots and presented her some full carrots and pureed. I am doing a mix of pureed foods and baby led weaning.
I am really liking the idea of baby led weaning. I have started my research and so far it sounds like a great thing. I love the idea of her eating real wholesome foods that I eat. So, I plan to continue to offer both real whole foods and pureed. I do admit I am scared of the choking thing. Any tips for me?
I will share more on how baby led weaning is going here soon.
So crazy to look back at my maternity photos and see my baby bump to now holding my 6 month daughter!!
I can’t wait for what the next month is going to be like with her.
These past 6 months have been the best months of my life. And to think this is just the start! I love being her mom.
See all of Madison’s monthly updates here.
What do you love most about this stage of being a mom? What did you enjoy at the 6 months age?
What are your thoughts on baby led weaning?
What are you loving lately? What are your plans for the weekend?
Anyone else super excited about the Walking Dead this Sunday?? So sad it’s the season finale.