Oliver is now 25 weeks old (so almost 6 months), and heΒ wentΒ through some MAJORΒ changes this past week. Changes that I don’t think my poor little heart can handle because it just bursts every time something new happens! In the past week, he:
Started teething! He really loves chewing on the ears of his Blabla bunny doll. I didn’t even notice itΒ until my husband pointed out two little tiny ridges on his gumsΒ and I almost cried. I didn’t think the day would ever come. Why don’t they stay gummy toothless little babies forever, why?!?!?!
Started eating solids! I’ve been reading up on baby-led weaningΒ which is basically offeringΒ your childΒ food in whole pieces or matchstick formΒ to let them gnaw on without forcing anything on them. It’s not about getting a lot of nutrition in the beginning but rather exploring and playing with food and learning how to handle it so that they become more confident eaters as toddlers. I’m totally on board with the concept because it seems so intuitive (I mean when you think about it, the cavewomen weren’tΒ pureeing baby foods in their blenders!) but I’m willing to wait a little longer to do it more regularly until he hasΒ a fewΒ more teeth so that he can actually get something down. Yesterday, I let him go to townΒ on an apple that I had taken a big bite out of just to get him started, then he gnawed on it and sucked out the juice. I think the cold crunchy feeling of the apple felt good on his sore gums! We had a good few minutes of apple exploring until he got really frustrated that he couldn’t actually consume as much as he wanted to, so our experiment quickly went south. So for now I think we’ll do a mixture of both purees and baby-led weaningΒ and let Oliver decide what he wants to do which is perfectly ok with me. As for purees, we’ve been trying pear, sweet potato, and avocado and he seems to love it all! Next up is beets and carrots. I’m holding off on the banana for a while because after we gave it to him he was up ALL night long, I’m assuming from the sugar content? Haha so NO MORE banana at night! Watching hubby feed him with a spoon is the most adorable thing ever and I have to admit it’s nice to have a break from feeding! We really like these soft grip spoons which Oliver can hold on his own and jam into his mouth, as well as this space-saving high chair which we just attach to one of our dining chairs. In the meantime I’m continuing to breastfeed and hope to continue for as long as we can.
Started scooting! I wouldn’t say he’s crawling yet. It’s more of a “flop-and-scoot.” Sometimes I don’t even notice it but I’ll find him on a completely opposite side of the room after placing him on the floor to play.Β I need to be so careful now about things lying on the floor, like staples and whatnot, so that he doesn’t swallow them. More fuel for the fire of my OCD cleaning episodes I guess. :-) Also, this picture reminds me that I need to replace my hideous blinds of doom in the background with cordless roman shades ASAP!!
Started “walking”! He has been standing with our support for a long time now but this past week he started putting one foot in front of the other and stomping around the house. What is happening to my little baby?!
Started to outgrow the sink! (I don’t have a good photo for this one but here’s just to show you how tall he’s getting!) We’ve been bathing him in his Puj tub in the bathroom sink since birth (best invention ever, people), but this week he’s starting to get too tall for it! Which means we need to transition to the bathtub soon (ugh).
Started turning the pages of his board books! Bedtime is so much more fun now that he really appreciates his books. I’ve been reading to him for a while but he wasn’t really interested in the images on the pagesΒ until recently. Our favorites are On the Night You Were Born and Touch and Feel: Farm, which he loves to scratch with his fingernails. It melts my heart.
Oh yeah, and he’s been SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT! It took almost two weeks but my sleep training paid off. Lately he’s been going to bed at 5:30pmΒ and wakingΒ up at 4:00am to nurse which is still miserably early to be rising but it’s SO MUCH BETTER than getting up at 11pm, 1am, and 3am (right?). He has officially transitioned out of the swaddle and I’ve been putting him in a cozy fleece sleep sack at night so that he can stay warm and roll around the crib without busting out his blankets and not get his feet stuck in the crib slats. He’s kind of a puker so one sleepsack isn’t keeping up with the demandΒ – I really need to get more.
So I’m definitely pleased with our nighttime sleep progress and I feel more like myself, like that little dark cloud over my head has drifted away. I’m sure there will be bad nights ahead with teething and whatnot but at least we have this experienceΒ to fall back on.Β If any other mommas are interested I’d be happy to share juicierΒ deetsΒ about how we did it.