I can't believe it's been half a year already..but here it is, James' six month update!
Sleep & Routine
I really pushed since he was 12 weeks to get a consistent bedtime routine from 6pm-6am and it's paid off for the most part. He was sleeping through for a while, then went through a phase of waking every 3 hours, then more than that and now he feeds twice a night at about 1 then 4. I need to make sure he gets a lot of sleep at night because his daytime naps are so short. Up until the 6 month mark I tried to put him down for a nap two hours after he last woke..A typical day looked something like this:
6am - Wake up
8am - Nap
8.30am - Wake up
10.30am - Nap
11.00am - Wake up
1.00pm - Nap
1.30pm - Wake up
3.30pm - Nap
4.00pm - Wake up
5.30pm - Bath then feed
6.00pm - Bed
Now he's turned 6 months he has started having 3 naps most days, but timings are all off at the moment and we're all over the place. And by the afternoon it's so hard to get him to sleep that I have to take him out in the pram.
We only started weaning one week before James was six months, but so far he's taken to it really well. In the first week he had baby rice, carrot, sweet potato, banana, apple and pear. He's not too keen on fruit but loves everything else. I've been cooking all his meals myself and I've really enjoyed it so far - I can imagine that will wear off though.
By six months he was able to sit up unaided for short periods of time, but didn't pull himself into a sitting position by himself till he was 6 months 1 week.
He's rolling about all over the place and gets himself into a crawl position but can't quite work out how to manoeuvre his arms and legs just yet.
He can crawl backwards.
He giggles if tickled and smiles all the time at everyone and everything. I even find him giggling and smiling at our spotlights on the ceiling sometimes! He's such a happy baby and rarely cries, except for if he's woken up too hot and when we took him to swimming lessons.
He's able to entertain himself for long periods of time now, which is fantastic because between 4 and 5 months he got wound up quite often as he wanted to move about but couldn't. I can now get a lot more done, but with weaning that extra time is getting used up cooking and washing up (typical,eh!?).
James is feeding at least every two hours in the day. He's a grazer, just like his mummy! Breastfeeding is such a breeze and a joy now. I'm so glad I stuck with it those first six weeks because I could have so easily given up. It really affected my relationship with James in the early weeks as I resented being the only one who could feed him and I was just so tired. I could have asked for a lot more help and asked his grandparents to come round and cuddle him while I slept but instead I felt the need to keep on top of housework and try to do everything myself. If we were to have another baby, I would not make that mistake again. It's so important to ask for help and not try to be a martyr. Your health and relationship with your baby is far more important!
By the way...to any mums starting out on their breastfeeding journey, it really can help you to lose weight, especially by the time your baby is six months. I eat such fatty foods some days and feel as though I must have gained weight, but I'm now 4 pounds under my pre-pregnancy weight. Of course I'm sure if you really went to town eating...it may not work :)
Weight and clothing size
He's still in most of his 3-6 month clothing and some 6-9 (with sleeves rolled up). James is a fairly small baby and was in the 25th centile at his last weigh-in, but I don't think he's put on much weight since then so may have dropped to the 9th. I need to take him to the baby clinic to check.
That's all I can think of for this month's update. Now I'm off to finish dinner cause there are things in the kitchen beeping at me.
Thank you for reading!