Didn’t I just write a 6 month update? This month’s update came way too quickly.
Ben is dimply and chubby all over, completely different than his first 4 or so months of life where he was so thin I couldn’t find clothes to fit him. He has outgrown all his 3/6 month clothes in sleeve and leg length but torso length for onesies still works. We’ve pulled out some 9 month sleepers but mostly he is wearing all 6 month outfits. It’s been super cold around here so we haven’t gotten much use out of his short sleeves yet and with the rate he is growing, we might not get to use them at all! I went on a hunt for dress clothes for Grandpa’s visitation and funeral and as a note to other parents of boys, Osh Gosh has a decent selection of button down onesies but very few brands have pants below a 12 month size in April. I went to a half dozen stores before finding convertible pants/shorts in various shades of khaki and gray at Children’s Place.
We are still using BumGenius diapers with a 2 snap gap at the waist but will be working on slowly changing the rise to the middle snap instead of the smallest setting since explosive poo has started creeping all the way up the back to the waistband instead of staying in the middle of the diaper. Since starting Ben on solids, we’ve been learning the art of the diaper sprayer. We bought this one from Amazon. I call it an art because there is some definitely technique involved so you don’t spray the diaper with too much force and splash poop water all over the bathroom! We’ve removed the rugs and added a tub of Lysol wipes for quick clean up. B hates spraying diapers and will avoid it if possible but we are both getting better at it.
Another diaper related update was that this month we ordered a sample of Honest Company diapers and wipes. I absolutely love the diapers! They seem to not get too squishy overnight and hold in nighttime poo pretty well with the added bonus of having super cute patterns! We didn’t keep our diaper bundle subscription because we will never make it through that many diapers before Ben outgrows them but I’m seriously considering ordering individual packages for nights and traveling. You should check them out if you are interested in chemical free disposables.
No sooner did I publish the 6 month update then Ben started rolling all over the place. He doesn’t lay still for diaper changes or getting dressed anymore. If we put him in his gym, he will likely be either stuck between the support bars or across the room in less than 5 minutes. He spends very limited time in his gym now because he just doesn’t stay there anymore. Our best bet for playtime is to put out a blanket with Ben in the middle and spread toys around all the edges. He rolls around and picks out the toys that interest him. We are working on sitting up but he usually gets distracted by his feet or the cats and tips over. He loves his Jumperoo (best Craigslist purchase to date!) and will spend hours jumping and playing with the attached toys or toys that I’ve put on the tray if I’ve removed the noisy toys it came with. The jumper is especially great if I’m working on dinner because for the first time, he happily spends time in the kitchen with me.
We restarted pureed solid food right after the 6 month update. We made it through peas and green beans with some difficulty but he started getting angry every time we fed him, which would in turn frustrate us. Reaching sweet potatoes was his last straw and we decided something had to change. I had heard a little about baby led weaning so I did some more reading and it looked like something our very independent little boy would enjoy more than being fed with a spoon. So far he has had banana (loved it), avocado (indifferent), homemade pureed sweet potato on a rice rusk cracker (messy!), sweet potato on a preloaded spoon (went surprisingly well), raw apple slices with the peel removed (great for teething), steamed apple slices (he couldn’t quite figure out what to do with them), and graham cracker (not sure if he eats it or just gums it up with drool until it dissolves). I am planning on making him thick cut sweet potato fries baked with a little olive oil, baked carrot sticks, and steamed broccoli soon. He hasn’t developed the pincher grip yet so we’re sticking with wedge shaped foods or things with handles (like the stem on a broccoli floret). I love that I can make baby appropriate food out of things we have around the house instead of having to buy special food just for him.
He still loves nursing but has had some issues due to teething. About a week ago, both his bottom front incisors popped through his gums. He’s always been such a drooly baby that we didn’t even notice that they were coming in at all until we could see white. He’s been incredibly even-tempered and generally happy but went back on nursing strike because his gums hurt. He usually won’t eat first thing in the morning, even if it has been 3 hours since his last feeding simply because that is when his mouth is the most swollen. If I get him up and give him some orajel or ibuprofen, he’s usually ok to eat for a few minutes at a time about 30 minutes later. He generally refuses to nurse until the 4 hour mark now but I don’t know if that’s because of the solids or because of the teething pain.
Ben thinks that the sun rises and sets with B. He is always excited to see me in the morning, when I get him up from a nap, or even just peek around the corner when I’ve been in the kitchen but the look on his face when B gets up in the morning or comes “home” from work is something else! Ben is making the da da da sound lately and I’m starting to wonder if he is starting to associate that with Daddy. His favorite combination of sounds is “Ai ya, da da,” and he uses it all the time. Ben is very social and loves to be held by any willing pair of arms. At the visitation, there were two babies, Ben and my cousin’s daughter A. A is very cling and will only be willingly held by her mom, dad, and sometimes grandma. Ben, however, got passed around from person to person the whole time we were there. I had to fight to get a chance to spend time with him!