Eating: Still mostly breastmilk, but, as you can see above, we started solids! Since we waited until the six month-ish mark, we had more choices for H’s first food. We chose avocado – a food we both love and one that is symbolic of our current location, California. Appropriate, right?! Since we are doing a combination of Baby Led Weaning and purees, we started by cutting up thick “popsicles” of avocado that she could grab and try shoving in her mouth.
While she didn’t fall in love with avocado, her first two attempts at trying food were hilarious. She’s still working on bringing the food up to her mouth as opposed to her mouth down to the food, but she seemed to enjoy the tastes more the second time around. I’m looking forward to trying a puree with her to see if she’s more receptive to being fed; we’ll see what happens.
Sleeping: The majority of this month – probably three out of four weeks – was a challenge. H’s sleep regressed A LOT, especially while we were away for two weeks. Her naps were inconsistent and she was getting up three or four times a night, something she hasn’t done since she was about three weeks old. It was maddening, and especially hard when Tyler and I were apart. He’s really good at helping me to put her sleep in perspective. Thankfully, H seems to have turned a corner in the last week and she’s only woken up once or twice over the past few nights; I can totally handle that!
Doing: Drooling, “Happy Baby”, standing up (w/Mommy or Daddy’s help, of course), squealing and babbling (I swear it’s sounding more like words though), watching everything in motion, still putting everything in her mouth
Salient Milestones: I want to say she’s mastered sitting, and we’re almost there, but girlfriend still topples over occasionally, which necessitates constant supervision and/or a Boppy around her at all times. Also, I think she’s recognized the sign for “milk” (we’ve introduced about 10 so far), but that might be wishful thinking on my part.
- Funny noises/faces – “Peek-A-Boo” is now a fun game.
- Meeting new people – She was a GEM both times she was on an airplane this month b/c of all the people watching she could do. Thank heavens.
- “Itsy Bitsy Spider” w/accompanying hand motions – It even surpassed “Wheels on the Bus”.
- Standing up – Of course, now that she can sit, she prefers to stand all the time. Go figure!
- Watching me brush my teeth – Apparently, it’s fascinating.
Dislikes: Mostly, she just hates that she can’t move or stand up on her own. Tummy time, therefore, is not her favorite right now.
Our Favorite Moments: This month, my favorite moments have been any time she was happy. As I’ve mentioned before, H is generally a cheerful child, but during her sleep regression she became a grump. I’m not exaggerating when I say she grunted or cried 24/7 for about four days straight, which really wore on my soul. At the time, I had no idea why. My primary thought was that maybe she was getting her first tooth. Later, I realized that this “phase” came at Week 26, which a book called The Wonder Weeks says aligns with a major cognitive leap for infants. I guess if the world started shifting in new and unexpected ways, I’d be pretty thrown too.
Unsurprisingly, Tyler’s favorite moment this month was watching H try food for the first time. If I hadn’t dealt with the travel grunting, it would probably be mine as well.