One of the biggest changes this month was that you started solid foods! I could tell you’d probably be ready to eat earlier than six months. I initially tried to hold off because I wanted to give your inner digestive system as much time to develop as possible but at about 20 weeks you made it clear that you were quite ready to start eating. You could sit up on your own for short periods of time, were super interested in everything we were eating and constantly made attempts to grab food off our plates! Plus you were maxing out your formula, usually getting 34-35 ounces per day. We bought you a high chair that you absolutely love! (For those of you wondering, it’s this one and we love it: Graco Blossom 4-in-1 Seating System.
We decided to try babyled weaning with you and it’s been a huge success! You’ve tried cooked sweet potato, avocado, carrots and butternut squash and you love them all but sweet potato and avocado are your favorites! Mommy cuts them into french fry shapes and steams them so they’re soft. Sometimes you like to pick them up yourself and sometimes mommy holds them for you and lets you guide her hands to your mouth. I’ve also let you chomp on cold cucumbers, green beans and raw carrots just to try out the texture.
You’ve also tried oatmeal and you love that as well. Mommy makes it herself because she didn’t love all the crazy ingredients in the store bought kind! (Moms: I just put rolled oats in my food processor and process until I have a 1/4 cup, then boil 1 cup water, add the oats and simmer for 10 minutes with some cinnamon. They get super thick once they cool, so feel free to add some breast milk or formula to thin out the portion you’re serving if you want to. I like to leave them thick).
Squish tried oatmeal! A video posted by Lindsay L, RD (@theleangreenbean) on
You’re very good at guiding the spoon to your mouth and sometimes you even take the spoon and get it in your mouth yourself! Right now you’re eating solid foods twice a day. Usually around lunch time I’ll give you a few finger foods – 2-3 slices of avocado and 2-3 veggie sticks. It can get a bit messy but you actually manage to get almost all of it in your mouth. Around dinner time you eat about a tablespoon of oatmeal.
You’re still drinking your formula as well. We bought these Born Free Glass Bottles and absolutely love them! Now that you’ve started eating some solid foods, you’re drinking 5-6 bottles a day…anywhere from 24-31 ounces.
You still don’t love it when meal time comes to an end 🙂
Another big development this month was that you figured out how to roll from back to front at about 19 weeks. Last month you figured out how to roll front to back but you really haven’t done it since you initially figured it out. This month you got back to front and you will not stop doing it.
The problem is that you still hate being on your tummy. And even though you know how to flip back over, you refuse to do it. Instead you just lay there and scream. This made for one VERY long week since you would flip over no less than 100 times per night and pretty much the only way I could get you to sleep was to hold you…so me and you spend several nights on the couch just so we could get some sleep. After about a week, things got a little better. You seem to be content to sleep on your back or side initially and then once you wake up, you tend to flip on your stomach and sleep that way for another 2 hours or so. You’re still sleeping in your pack and play because you haven’t quite mastered sleeping through the night. Usually you’ll sleep from 9 to midnight, eat, sleep until 6:30 or so with a few relatively quick wakeups, eat and then go back to sleep til 8:30 or so. You like to rock with mommy in the glider to help settle down before bed and I think this month we’ll be ready to try the big boy crib and see how that goes! You usually take a couple of naps during the day but the timing varies.
You wake up happy and tend to stay that way most of the day! We got you a Jumparoo last month ( Moms, we have this one: Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo and you’ve really started to like it this month. You are LOUD when you want to be.
It’s impressive. Now that you can roll around, we spend a lot of the day on a blanket on the floor playing with toys. You have a Curious George monkey that you love and you still love Mortimer the Moose the best. You love books! One of my blog friends sent you a big shipment of amazing books and we’ve been having fun reading them. Sophie the Giraffe stays in the diaper bag and you love chewing on her when we go places.
You still do well in your carseat and when we go out to eat you’re usually happy if someone holds you.
You like being in the Ergobaby but mommy’s really hoping someone gets her the Ergo360 for her birthday so that you can start facing outwards! The weather is finally getting warmer so we’re getting back into our afternoon walks.
More big news- you’re big enough to sit in your stroller facing forward instead of in your carseat! We’ve taken a few walks with daddy.
We even took you to the park…but there was snow on the ground so we can’t wait to take you again when it gets a little warmer. We have this stroller- BOB Revolution SE Stroller and it’s amazing! You’re always rocking your Babiators!
You like to watch daddy work out and go to the gym with mommy to see your crossfit family. The loud sounds don’t bother you at all.
While you’re generally happy, you certainly have your moments of discontent:
Usually this happens in the witching hour…sometime between 4 and 6 pm. Some days are rough but we always survive 🙂
You love your daddy. He can make you laugh like no one else!
You’ve started taking an interest in the dogs and cats. If they come near you, you’ll reach out to try to pet them. Occasionally you’re a little grabby so we’re working on that.
We had one health scare this month. Mommy noticed a pretty pronounced ridge on the back of your head so we took you do the doctor and they sent us to get x-rays so we could make sure your plates weren’t fusing early. It was scary, but the x-rays came back fine and we think it’s just the plates in your head moving around as you grow.
And you’re certainly growing. You’re already growing out of some of your 9 month clothes. You can wear some 6-12 month clothes but you’re also wearing lots of 12-18 month clothes…and size 3 diapers. When you were at the doctor last week you were 19 1/2 pounds! We bought you a swim suit, a couple summer hats and your first pair of shorts! We’re ready for warm weather!
Mommy loves you, sweet boy! Can’t wait to see what the next month brings!
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