First, a baby update: C turned 6 months old yesterday. Six whole months! It’s unbelievable to me.
- Squealing at the top of her lungs, especially when I match her squeal for squeal. It’s quite a fun game!
- Jumping in her ExerSaucer
- Grabbing ALL THE THINGS, ALL THE TIME
- Putting all the things she grabs immediately into her mouth
- Tugging on dad’s beard
- Reading books
- Crinkly toys
- Getting dressed
- Being strapped into her car seat
- Sitting up
- Not being able to put my iPhone into her mouth
She hasn’t had her 6 month check up yet, so I don’t know exactly how big she is, but I would estimate about 16-17 pounds and maybe 25 inches long (that’s a total guess).
I’m still breastfeeding, and pumping while at work. It’s kind of a pain, especially when I travel, but I know it won’t be forever. In fact, I plan to wean at 12 months, if she hasn’t weaned herself before then. We have introduced solids. Our original plan was to do baby-lead weaning, but C doesn’t have much patience for learning to feed herself. She actually prefers that we put food directly into her mouth (which goes against baby-lead weaning). Instead, we’re doing a sort of hybrid. We give her whole foods from our meals, along with baby cereal and purees. Her favorites are strips of cooked red bell pepper, baked sweet potato fries, oatmeal, and peaches.
The first thing everyone asks us is, “How is she sleeping?” The answer always varies, because sometimes it’s great and sometimes it’s not so great. But it’s mostly pretty good. Between teething, growth spurts, learning new skills, and eating new foods, it’s a wonder she doesn’t have more bad nights.
So far, I think she’s hit all the milestones we would expect. She rolls over both ways easily, and can sit up for short periods unassisted. She doesn’t crawl or scoot yet, but she has learned how to rotate on her stomach. She can stand with help, but she’d rather be jumping. She LOVES to “talk,” especially when I pick her up from daycare.
I could go on and on, but I don’t want to bore you. In a nutshell, C is awesome and things are going as well as I could hope!
The Best Laid Plans
It may be premature to talk about this, but M and I made a big decision recently. We decided we would try for baby #2 starting in August (when C will be a year old). We will try naturally (I can barely type that without laughing) until the spring of 2016, when we will attempt FET with our frozen embryos. Even though it’s a whole six months away, just thinking about trying naturally brings up a whole host of emotions, most of which make me want to vomit. I think I will have to force myself to not think of it as trying at all, but it won’t be easy.