Happy Tuesday. Anyone else have a million things to do after the holiday? We decided to decorate on Sunday night instead of getting organized, so today I will be cleaning, grocery shopping, working out, + taking care of our sweet baby boy.
Speaking of Maxwell, he turned 6 months old on Sunday! Drew + I feel SO lucky to be his parents. We still call each other over when he is doing something extra cute + send each other 10 pictures of him a day when one of us is at work + the other is home.
I haven’t done a monthly update in a long time, because…I started to think he is a normal, healthy baby developing at normal pace. Of course, to Drew + I he is everything + incredible.
BUT: I love reading posts like this by other mommas that I follow. In the beginning in those tougher newborn days, I loved reading about things that I could look forward to. Like more sleep! 😉 Because he has made a couple of big changes lately, I figured this was the best time to do a little Maxwell update.
Sleep: Max has been sleeping through the night lately! It is SO great, he’ll go down at 7 pm-ish and sleep until 5am (this morning he didn’t wake up until 530!). He wakes up for a nursing session and goes back to sleep until about 7am. He had ironic timing because I had JUST posted on Instagram asking other mommas if they sleep trained + what age they did it at. I had read a post (love following this momma) about sleep training. I started to think: Oh goodness, should I not be nursing him during the night? Am I partially to blame for the 1-2x a night wake ups? This part of parenting can be a bit challenging: comparing what you are doing to other people or comparing your babe to other babies. Each baby + momma/daddy pair is SO different.
I truly hadn’t been feeling overly tired because the middle of the night nursing sessions. It only took about 10 minutes from the time I went in there until the time he was snug back in bed He is a fast eater + I could put him back down still awake (although most of the time he had drifted back off after eating). I decided to go on without sleeping training since it seemed like things were starting to head the right direction. At each appointment with our pediatrician, he always told us that Maxwell was sleeping really well for his age. I think the bump in the road that we had experienced was due to him being sick, with a possible sprinkle of sleep regression.
The same night I asked on Instagram, he slept through the night! I did put him in a HALO SleepSack (we think this made the biggest difference) that night + turned his mobile onto a setting that played noises if he stirred. We have also been letting him stir for about 5 minutes before we go in, just to really make sure he needs us.
I think Maxwell was ready to sleep through the night without utilizing any new technique. You know your baby best + have to make the best decision for your own little family. 🙂 Over here we are hoping that this rather new trend (about a week) continues. He even did well on the two nights we slept away from home (which had been challenging in the past) + we attributed some of that success to his new DockATot Grand Dock. This is a comfy, easily portable bed. We even took it to our friend’s happy hour baby shower + he went to sleep in a room away from the action.
Eating: We started introducing solids shortly after 5 months. Maxwell was sitting up really well on his own + showing a lot of interest in our food. Shortly after that he developed a terrible cough/cold. We put the starting solids on pause because anything thicker than breastmilk made him cough bad enough to vomit (eek!). We’re just starting back up. He is really great at taking the little spoonful into his mouth, but usually most of it comes back out. Otherwise, we’re rocking the breastfeeding/breastmilk in bottles combination.
Weight: We head to his 6 month appointment tomorrow! Everyone that sees him thinks he is such a big boy, but we’ll see what the growth charts say.
Mood: We have the happiest little boy lately! Drew + I are obsessed with this stage of babbling, smiling, laughing, + interacting. He really only is upset if he is hungry or tired or sometimes he isn’t happy about being in his carseat. Maxwell does very well being held by other people, he was passed around a baby shower the other night + was giving everyone his gummy smiles.
Development: He has mastered sitting up. He can pushup onto both arms, like he is practicing crawling. But, for now if anything is out of reach for him he just dives toward it with no regard for his own safety. Max does pretty well at entertaining himself, I think this is mostly a skill picked up from daycare. It is nice to be able to put him down for a while + get a few things done…watching him play as happy as can be.
I’m going to do a separate postpartum post soon! Tomorrow, I have my friend Kayla coming on the blog to talk about her battle with anxiety + how she has found new ways to manage it. I loved + learned from what she wrote, so come on back to read that!