I can’t believe that it’s already been six whole months since Oliver was born! Even sitting down to write this, it makes me feel a little emotional thinking about how fast time is going by. The past six months have brought so many changes, tears, smiles and laughs, and it makes me so excited for all that’s to come in the next six months.
Since my last update, Oliver has changed an incredible amount. He’s army-crawling everywhere, can sit up by himself, and he’s started eating baby purées! His personality is shining through & he’s becoming quite the little wild man 🙂 Being his mom is definitely keeping me on my toes, but I’m enjoying (mostly) every minute of it. One big change for me is that I’m now staying at home full-time with Ollie. Between COVID, the uncertainty of what this school year will look like, & me being ultra-picky about childcare it just seemed like the right time to step away from teaching for awhile. I could write an entire post about my choice to stay home, so I won’t go into all the details here.
At our four month check up, Ollie’s doctor gave us the go ahead to start trying to give Oliver food once he seemed interested. At about five months old, Oliver started showing interest in what we were eating. Basically anytime we were eating around him, he would come over and try to grab food from us. So, I began researching what foods were best to introduce first and how often new foods should be introduced. We decided we would start with organic oatmeal, and while it wasn’t the biggest hit at first, it helped us see that our choice to begin introducing foods was right for our little guy. I also made the choice to make all of his purées myself because I wanted to know exactly what was going into his body and it’s much more cost effective for our family now that we’re on one income. Oliver has now been introduced to avocado, sweet potatoes, bananas and cherries. So far, sweet potatoes are the clear favorite, but he hasn’t refused to eat anything yet, and it’s been so much fun to watch him try new foods! Is there anything cuter/funnier than a baby’s face trying a new food for the first time? I don’t think so.
As far as sleep goes, Oliver has been sleeping in his own crib since he was about 5 months old. He’s still waking up for one night feeding, but he will occasionally sleep through the night (my favorite days lol). When Oliver was a newborn he had a very hard time taking a nap without being held. Like, if you weren’t holding him then you could kiss that nap bye-bye. But after lots of practice, he’s now napping in his crib like a pro. He’s napping about 4 times each day, with his longest nap of the day in the early afternoon and the other naps averaging about 30-40 minutes. He still likes to be held while he falls asleep, and I’m okay with that because cuddling with him is my favorite thing in the whole world. We’ve tried putting him down when he gets drowsy, but it seems like as soon as he’s in the crib his eyes pop open and he’s wide awake again. So, if you have any tips on how to help in that department, I’m open to ideas! We did take the Taking Cara Babies newborn and 3-4 months sleep courses, and while a lot of the information is useful and has helped me understand more about a baby’s sleep, it’s not a fail-safe to having the perfect sleeper. The biggest piece of advice I can give to have a good nighttime sleeper is just to make sure they eat well during the day to ensure they’re getting enough calories so that your little one won’t wake up to eat during the night.
One thing that I wasn’t prepared for quite yet was teething. Oliver cut two teeth at once just before he turned 5 months old. Luckily, he didn’t have a fever or tummy problems that can come with teething like I read about. But it was just a couple of really cranky days and I think everyone in our house was a little bit miserable until little man felt better. Cold teething keys and wet washcloths were our saving grace during the teething process. I will say that now that we’ve gone through the teething process once (twice?) I feel much more prepared for the next tooth to come…but I won’t mind if we go a few more weeks without teething again haha 🙂
Right now Oliver is at such a fun age and even though I loved the newborn stage, this has been my favorite time (so far). I can’t wait to tell you what Oliver is up to in another three months! If you made it through all of this…thank you!