Half a year?! Both the best and most challenging 6 months of my life. Likely not a surprise to other moms, but I have fallen even more in love with this little girl. I didn’t know it would get even better than when we first met, but it has.
There are lots of first at 6 months old! Both of Evie’s bottom teeth are making their way through. I guess she really did get two front teeth for Christmas! Want to know a secret? I cried. My husband discovered the sharp little thing in her mouth when she was chomping on his hand, and called me over. I took one look at it and started crying. What am I in for?! I am crying at her first tooth! I am totally going to be that embarrassing blubbering mess of a mom.
Another exciting first…Evie started solids! I wavered back and forth between starting out with purees or baby-led weaning (BLW), but after taking each of them into account and speaking with her pediatrician, I went with purees. All of Evie’s reflux issues went into that decision as well. She will eventually start finger foods in a couple months, but the purees seem to be working well at the moment. Have a look for yourself:
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched that video, and it makes me laugh every time. Needless to say, the girl likes food. There is one exception – avocado. I know, right?! Is this my child?! To be honest, I didn’t like avocado until my mid-20’s. I thought it was bland, and I didn’t like the texture which also kept me from having guacamole. Yes, I was missing out. But I’m pretty sure I’ve made up for lost time. Back to my baby who doesn’t like avocado. I’m talking adverse reaction here, gagging, making faces, grunting…just in case she hadn’t made it clear with just one of those actions alone. She’ll be trying it again soon! I read it can take up to 10 tries before a baby/child will finally accept and get used to that particular food. I will not force anything, but introduce it again occasionally to see if anything changes. Other than that, she has tried and liked (all organic) peas, carrots, sweet potato, banana, oatmeal, green beans (not sold yet, but not nearly the reaction like the avocado), and unsweetened applesauce. I’m going to grab some parsnips today to steam and puree for her as well. I’ve been using my Cuisinart food processor for most of the pureeing (unless I can just mash it with a fork) and have found the Vitamix unnecessary and not as handy since I have the really tall cup – makes it quite difficult to scoop out the small amounts I’ve started with. Last night I decided to go ahead and store some food in Mumi & Bubi Solids Starter Kit freezer trays. They are divided into 24 1-ounce cubes to make it easy! You can just pop out however many you need and warm it up. Since I don’t have a microwave (by choice) I use a double boiler. We’re pretty much starting with veggies, and some fruits, to start with.
Evie also had her first Hanukkah and Christmas! It was also our first holiday season in our new house. There were lots of parties (mainly here and I cooked! Cookie dough balls anyone?! Brownies?!), and LOTS of presents for Miss E. I’ll admit, most of the presents were from family and friends because my husband and I came to the realization we were never getting another Christmas without spending big bucks. So we took full advantage! The other reason is I was hopeless at saving anything I bought for her for Christmas morning, I just gave it to her right away. I need to get better at that in the future.
Her 6 month check up went well, she weighs in just shy of 16 pounds! She grew 2 inches since the last visit measuring in at 25 inches long. Apparently she has a big head, 17 inches around, but I don’t think it looks that big compared to her body! She’s 48th percentile for weight at 55% height. 100% cuteness!
To my surprise with all the teething going on, Evie is still sleeping through the night 10.5 – 11 hours straight. She loves sleeping with “Mr. Bunny”, her pink bunny Wubba Nub. Her “typical schedule” is 5:30am wake (that varies, many times it’s 4:30 or 5am), naps every two hours (she still can’t hang any longer than that) for about 30 minutes, bath at 5:30pm followed by her massage, 6pm bottle, and 6:30pm bedtime.
Evie is still scooting around, not full on crawling yet. She’ll get on all fours and go back and forth, but it’s been about the same since she turned 5 months. If she sees something she wants across the rug (like our dog), she’ll get it. Otherwise she’s perfectly happy just hanging out playing with what’s in front of her. Evie is even more obsessed now with her jumparoo since she’s figured out how much height she can get when she bounces. She laughs and laughs. I usually stand in front of her bouncing too. Why not.
I put together some of our favorite baby products in case you’re interested in what we’ve been using! Some Evie likes, and some mommy likes!
1. Babyganics everything! But really, I love their products. We use their lavender laundry detergent, dryer sheets, foaming hand sanitizer, wipes, and cleaning spray. 2. Cotton On Kids bandana bibs. We also love the big square ones because they cover so much area! Cotton On Kids (Baby) is great. Their clothes are super cute too. 3. Fisher Price Rainforest Jumparoo. So fun for her! 4. Green Sprouts hand teethers. Evie loves these because they’re easy to grip and the little fingers go onto her gums perfectly to chomp on and soothe them! 5. Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether. We renamed her Ginger. This teething toy is fantastic because she can maneuver it, squeeze it, and bite all sort of areas, mainly her head and legs. 6. Nuby No Spill Sippy Cups. She doesn’t completely grasp the concept yet, but it has something edible in it which means she grabs it and takes charge anyway. 7. IKEA ANTILOP high chair. Recommended by a few close friends, and the always trusted Lucie’s List, it did not disappoint. All plastic equals minimal, easy clean up. Check! 8. OXO storage containers. We used these for formula when we needed it, and now it’s great to store purees too. It’s great to take a little piece of banana and just mash it in there using a fork! I like how well it’s sealed to keep the food fresh. They come in different sizes too. 9. Gerber Graduates spoons. I love these because they’re not in too much of a “spoon” shape, the sides are flattened out (think when you get a sample of gelato) so it’s easier for the baby to eat! 10. Scooties fleece booties. The real popular ones are made by Zutano (we got a pair too), but I prefer the Scooties. The reason I like the Scooties better is the velcrow fasten rather than the snap. These little things matter when your six month old is kicking all over the place! 11. The Pout-Pout Fish. I don’t know who likes this book more – my husband, my daughter, or me. It’s too cute. I highly recommend it. 12. Hyland’s Teething Tablets. These work. I mix two of the tablets with some water or gripe water and put it in a dropper since I think she’s a little young to put under her tongue to dissolve.
What are you favorite baby products? I’m looking forward to what the next month brings! Happy New Year!