Baby Middle is 6 Months Old

On February 11, our baby boy turned 6 months old!

John Rapsilver Griffin at 6 months old!

John Rapsilver Griffin at 6 months old!

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Baby Middle is now weighing in at just over 20 pounds.  The week of his birthday, he did two new things.  First of all, he tasted real food for the very first time.  I gave him avocado mixed with breast milk, and it certainly appeared that he loved it!   I try to introduce a new food every four-five days.  So far he has eaten avocado, pears, egg yolk, and banana.  He absolutely loves to eat, which is completely unlike his sister at this age!  She preferred nursing over solids, but he seems to be exactly the opposite.

First time to eat egg yolk - loved it!

First time to eat egg yolk – loved it!

His second milestone was learning to sit up.  He had been teetering back and forth for a few weeks, but right on the 11th he became more stable.  He loves to see the world from this new position and is always reaching for toys.

I took this at the exact moment that he sat up on his own without falling down.  Go, Middle, go!

I took this at the exact moment that he sat up on his own without falling down. Go, Middle, go!

Currently he will put just about anything in his mouth.  His favorite toys are Sophie the Giraffe, balls, anything that crinkles, and my car keys.  For the record, I have never in my life sanitized my car keys and they are literally always in his mouth.  Ha… hey, just being honest over here.

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Baby Middle is still adored by his big sister, Poppyseed.  He is the object of her affection almost every waking moment of the day.   She is always swinging and bouncing him in his bouncer, “helping” him with tummy time on our living room rug, and practicing the art of sharing her toys.

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Great pose, kids, great pose.

Great pose, kids, great pose.

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This baby is definitely a mama’s boy.  I try to take this in stride, but I have to be honest and admit that it gives me a little bit of anxiety when I drop him off at the nursery to attend a MOPS meeting.  It’s now been twice in a row that he has lasted about 90 minutes and then I get a phone call to pick him up early.  I’m able to hear his screams all the way down the hallway, and by the time I get to him he has tears streaming down his face and he is blotchy.  He will cry so hard that he will sweat through his clothes.

He seems to do much better with babysitters and grandparents, but if I leave him in a room with a high caregiver to baby ratio he only lasts about an hour.  We’ve been trying to attend church, but after a few weeks of going to a Sunday School class and then the traditional church service, Oatmeal and I realized that the best thing for everyone is to just choose one or the other.  Both hours is too much, even if we take him to the traditional service with us.

A huge blessing is that Middle is awesome in the car.  As a young infant he would scream and scream, but at some point in the last few months he became really chill about riding back there!  I took both kids to see my mom this weekend, and he slept for about 3 of the 4.5 hour drive on both trips.  I’ve finally learned that if he begins to cry and won’t stop, it almost always means that he either has a dirty diaper or his seatbelt is too tight.

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I took Middle to his ENT, Dr. Duncan, last week to follow up on a few things that were diagnosed last month.  He still has a mild case of laryngomalacia that his doctor feels certain he will grow out of by 12-18 months.  He also still has reflux, and the doctor sort of rolled his eyes when I told him I had decided not to give him his medication.  (Hey, if you’re a mom who never makes anyone roll their eyes, you probably need to write a book or teach a class.  As for me, I’m comfortable with it!)

The main reason I went back to the doctor was to have his ears reexamined.  He failed his hearing test at our last visit, and Dr. Duncan said it was because he had quite a bit of fluid on his left side.  I don’t think I took a breath while I watched him examine Middle’s ear with his microscope, and I know that I breathed a huge sigh of relief when he said he did not see ANY fluid this time!  I have been more than a little bit worried that I would take him back and the fluid would still be there.   I’ve even been taking him to a chiropractor twice a week for ear adjustments!  So, it was great news to hear that his little ears look perfect.  He actually still failed his hearing recheck (dangit) but Dr. Duncan said that his score improved enough to make him comfortable that we can wait another three months before bringing him back in.  Go Middle!

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He still doesn’t have any teeth, though he seems to drool constantly.  I would not be surprised if he got a few teeth in the next month or so.

Sleeping arrangements continue to be a challenge.  I really do feel like sleeping swaddled in his swing helps him to sleep for longer stretches at night, but he is beginning to look way too big for that thing.   Plus, last month he even fell out of it in the middle of the night (!!!) resulting in me cutting up a swaddle so that I could seatbelt him in.  The pro of the swing is that it keeps him inclined, but the con is that when he wakes up he doesn’t really have the ability to move around or reach for his lovey or pacifier.  So, I think we may just wait until he is 7 months old to go back to the crib.

Currently we put him down for the night around 6:30pm-7pm.  He wakes up to eat between 11pm-12am, and then he goes right back to sleep in his swing.  After that he will sleep until 2am-4am, at which point he gets to sleep in our bed until the morning.  He takes two naps a day, one around 8am and the other around 12:30pm.  He isn’t a great napper, but I try to stay consistent.  It seems he is always waking up after 20-30 minutes and I never really know what to do.   At this point I think that the longest he has ever slept is roughly 8.5 hours, which happened the day I gave him solids for the first time.  If only that were more consistent!!

 

I took this one day just after I gave up on naptime.  Sometimes you have to wave a white flag.

I took this one day just after I gave up on naptime. Sometimes you have to wave a white flag.

I know I’ve said this before, but this age is one of my favorites!  It’s like you get all of the cuteness, but none of the worry that comes with having a crawler or new walker.  It’s so nice to have a happy baby sitting nearby and smiling up at you.  I love it, and I love him.

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Our first ride as a family of four!

Our first ride as a family of four!

There will be many, many more of these in his future.

There will be many, many more of these in his future.

Hanging out with Alf, Oatmeal's childhood lovey.

Hanging out with Alf, Oatmeal’s childhood lovey.

I couldn't resist posting this boy's sweet profile!

I couldn’t resist posting this boy’s sweet profile!

I don't think he is malnourished, do you?

I don’t think he is malnourished, do you?

A day with friends!

A day with friends!

Blue pacis are so hot right now.... practicing being big boys with Duke.

Blue pacis are so hot right now…. practicing being big boys with Duke.

A quick group shot at our most recent playdate with the Fulhams...

A quick group shot at our most recent playdate with the Fulhams…

Fun with sister.

Fun with sister.

 

Snuggle time in the recliner with Daddy!

Snuggle time in the recliner with Daddy!

He still refuses to be worn anywhere but outdoors.  He is quite comfy in his ergo when we go to the park.  I'll take what I can get!

He still refuses to be worn anywhere but outdoors. He is quite comfy in his ergo when we go to the park. I’ll take what I can get!

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