Emma is 6 months old today! This is a big milestone, not only because it’s half a year, but because Emma is now old enough to go to the gym daycare and children’s ministry at our church! I am excited to workout more and go to a whole church service. I checked her into the children’s ministry yesterday, even though I knew she might have a meltdown. She did, but I at least I got to hear almost the whole sermon before having to go get her!
At her 6-month appointment this morning, Emma weighed 16 lbs, 6 oz (54%). She was 26 inches tall (54%) and her head circumference was 16.73 inches (58%). Still growing well!
Emma is wearing mostly 3-6 or 6 month clothes, but some of her 3 month clothes still fit too (Carter’s runs really long!). She’s wearing size 3 diapers. Weirdly, Emma’s feet haven’t grown hardly at all since birth – I compared her feet now to her footprints from birth and they’re only like 1/2 inch longer! She has 2 pairs of shoes that say they’re for 3-6 months and they are still about 2 inches too long on her. Our pediatrician says that feet don’t grow linearly, so she might have abnormally small right feet, but they’ll eventually catch up. She’s just focusing her growth on other areas. Like her cheeks.
She wasn’t sure what to think about riding in the shopping cart.
Emma still takes 3-4 naps a day, which range from 40 minutes to 2.5 hours (though those long naps aren’t very common). She stays awake between her naps for about 2 – 3 hours.
At night, Emma sleeps for about 10 hours total. She went through a stretch of sleeping 10 hours straight but for the past 3-4 weeks, she’s only slept about 4-8 hours in a single stretch. I think it might be because she gets hungry in the middle of the night, so we’re going to try giving her a bottle before bed to see if that helps. We’re also going to try to cut out her 4th nap (but sometimes she falls asleep in the car on the way home from daycare).
I’m still breastfeeding Emma about 6 times a day, roughly every 3 hours, for about 15 minutes. She’s gotten very distractible and doesn’t have the patience to spend a long time nursing anymore.
I estimate that she drinks 4-6 oz when she nurses (depending on time of day). I had been giving her only three 4 oz bottles while I’m at work but I’m going to start bumping that up to 5 or 6 oz, because she seems to be hungrier in the past week or so. Unfortunately, this means we’re going to have to start supplementing with formula because I can usually only pump 3 – 4 oz, 5 if I’m lucky. I haven’t done *absolutely everything* I can to keep breastfeeding, but honestly, I don’t have the energy or desire to bend over backwards to keep it going. I am going to try a few other supplements though (like Mother’s Milk and fenugreek), just in case they help. And I will keep breastfeeding Emma as much as I can.
About 3 weeks ago, we started solids. So far, Emma loves eating and has done really well. She’s a natural! She has tried (in order) avocado, banana, applesauce, oatmeal cereal with cinnamon, sweet potatoes and peas. She usually gets a meal in the morning and evening, though we are definitely not consistent yet.
She didn’t make any funny faces except with the sweet potatoes – but I think that may have been because I took them out of a soup I made and she may have gotten some onion with it. Next up, we’re going to try apples, carrots and lentils. We’ve been feeding her in her Bumbo seat so far, but we are planning to buy a high chair soon. Any recommendations?
Emma likes being around people. She’ll be content in her jumperoo, swing or on her playmat if you sit next to her and watch, but if you get up to go do something, she gets frustrated pretty fast!
She loves to smile. Sometimes, she’ll smile at someone she doesn’t know and then turn and bury her head in our shoulder, like she’s shy.
She talks a LOT. She coos, sighs, shrieks, and giggles. It’s really cute but when she gets really loud, it’s hard to hear anything else! She also laughs a lot at funny noises.
LIKES & DISLIKES
Emma has no interest in things she can’t put in her mouth. Everything you hand her, she looks at for about 10 seconds and into her mouth it goes. She still loves to suck on her hands and toes, but now that she can hold toys so well, she likes to suck on those a bunch too.
I’ve tried playing easy iPad games or reading books with her – after a minute or 2, she says it’s time to move on to the next thing. The only way I can get her to listen to a story is if she’s doing something else she enjoys.
Speaking of which, her favorite thing to do by far is lay on her back and suck on toys. She’ll put her little legs up and roll over from side to side, but never rolls on to her belly – I think because she still doesn’t like being on her tummy! When we put her on her stomach, she immediately rolls over. To get some tummy time in, we lay down and put her on our chest, but even then, she wants to roll off after just a couple minutes! (Which is fun game to play on the bed, BTW).
We just recently bought Emma a Rainforest Jumperoo for $40 on Craigslist (before, we had a Bounce Bounce Baby which was really hard for her to bounce on) and SHE LOVES IT! It’s funny too, because she’ll keep bouncing even after she gets tired, so she starts looking (and sounding) upset but keeps bouncing anyway.
She still likes her swing and playmat, but the Bumbo seat has lost its appeal for playing – though we’re still using it for feeding her, as I mentioned before. Emma can sit up on her own for 5-10 seconds before tipping over.
Emma loves to grab things (like hair and faces – OUCH!), and doesn’t mind getting dirty. She and I were soaking up the warm weather two weekends ago and she was so excited about pulling out clumps of grass and dirt – and trying to eat them! I kept telling her “Yucky” but she still snuck some in her mouth. That love of grass and dirt is from her daddy, not me!
Emma really only cries about 2 things: 1) being overtired and 2) getting a shirt put on. When she’s hungry, she just whines a little bit, but put a shirt over her head and the world is coming to an end. And watch out if you combine the two and put a shirt on her when she’s tired!
Other random facts about Emma:
- Still loves baths.
- No teeth yet.
- Doesn’t mind getting her nails cut.
- Had her first stuffy nose.
- Loves being outdoors.
- Has been on 6 plane flights – that averages out to 1 a month!
- Rode in the stroller facing forward for the first time
- Also rode in the Baby Bjorn facing forward for the first time