March 13, 2013

Santiago: 6 Months!

Oh hi! I'm 6 months old and I can do 1,000 things more than I did when I was 5 months old!

  • Sits up by himself! Rolls back or to the side after a while. Has bonked his head on the side of his crib, on his carpeted bedroom floor, and just yesterday, on his play mat that sits on our hardwood floor - of course he fell not on the cushioned part, but on the that-might-as-well-be-concrete part. It didn't phase him, though. Must have assumed it was just a less-fluffy version of a pillow, I s'pose

  • Has rolled over four times. Once for mami, being tempted by a smoothie right by his face, and three times for his grandmami! We got it on camera, of course!
  • He holds play carrots!
  • He bites play picnic baskets!
  • He grins for the camera!

  • Naps in a loved one's arms (mami, papi, grandmami) with piano hymns and white noise. We had switched to naps in cribs but he just wasn't getting all the shut eye he desired. After all, we don't know how long he'll enjoy naps in arms, so we are enjoying it while it lasts! I'm hoping that by 15 years of age he will have weaned himself
  • Sleeps from 8:30pm to 10:30pm (usually later nights are our fault, starting bed routine late for whatever reason! Dessert soothes not happen until 8 instead of 7? we just "had to" do the dishes real quick? I needed to put the sprouted buckwheat in the dehydrator? Probably all of the above.)
  • Wakes 1-3 times to eat, falls back to sleep while eating
  • Wakes from 7:20-8:30am for the day
  • Sleeps swaddled at night, but arms-free

  • Wears 9-12 month clothes, same as at 5 months! Legs getting longer, preferring 9 months pants over 6 month-ers.
  • Weighing in at just under 21lbs (94th %) and almost 29 inches (98th %)
  • Elimination Communication: I'm not as consistent with it. I used to take him potty for a "potty-tunity" after each nap, diaper change, long or short drive, but now if he already filled his diaper I just change him and move on. All the family, however, is on board with grunting and saying, "poopy!" When he is playing and decides to go #2. He grunts and smiles at us. It's all about word association! He now can sit on his Bjorn potty on the floor (we used to sit him on the sink counter with the toilet bowl insert under him) and has done both #1 and #2 for me twice!

  • He fancies a water bottle over a toy any day, any hour. Same with paper. Hand him a light up, buttons-all-over, singing toy, and a piece of crinkly paper, and he'll go for the simple stuff made from trees.
  • He sings while mami practices her choir music in the car. He also sings while no music is playing in the car. I think he likes telling stories :)
  • No words yet, but I'm practicing, "papi" with him a lot. I think it would be beautiful if it were his first word! I mean, we get a lot of each other, so how cute would it be if he mentioned his papa before me? I vote yes. You won't catch me telling him to say, "mami" anytime soon!
  • He takes really awesome naps after getting his vaccines. I mean, over 2 hours - those types of really awesome naps.

  • He caught his first full-blown, full-throttle, this-business-is-real, I-promise-I'm-not-faking-it upper respiratory virus! Cute coughs, a sneeze or three, runny nose = days 1-2. Loud coughs, a sneeze or six, bulb syringe and some saline to remove boogies = days 3-5. Sad, violent cough, sadly large quantity of boogies = day 6.
  • Enjoyed one of his first play dates! He has met other babies, but just recently he started responding to their existence. He reached out and tried eating the nose of my friend's 2 'n a half year old daughter. I giggled really loud. This boy is bold!
  • Reaches out to us to be held! We were just waiting for this one, always enthusiastically saying, "up! Up!" as we stretch our hands toward his. And just look at that bugger, he's just asking for some lovin'
  • Continues to enjoy sucking on toys, preferably rubber-like blocks, lion feet, giraffe ears, and people's knuckles 
  • Smiles if mami is taking the picture, but not if papi is taking the picture. Way to look awesome in all of our portraits together, Santi. (Awesome in this context really means: frightened, unhappy, not-that-into-it, and disappointed.)

Baby Led Weaning!
Copied from Baby Led Weaning website

"Baby Led Weaning, quite simply, means letting your child feed themselves from the very start of weaning. The term was originally coined by Gill Rapley, a former health visitor and midwife.

According to the most recent research most babies reach for food at around six months, which is also the time that mothers are being encouraged to wean* by their Health Visitors, in accordance with the WHO guidelines.

The distinct advantage of weaning at around six months is that by then, our children are developmentally capable of feeding themselves proper food, in other words – no more mush!

You just hand them the food in a suitably-sized piece and if they like it they eat it and if they don’t they won’t. (But they do, really they do… check out the baby with the pork chop).

That’s the essence of Baby Led Weaning. No purees, no ice cube trays, no food processor, no potato masher, no baby rice, no weird fruit and veg combos… just you and your child, eating food that you enjoy with you and your family.

* re ‘wean’. This is meant in the Brit sense, not the American. In the UK, ‘weaning’ means ‘adding complementary foods’, whereas in the States it means ‘giving up breastfeeding’. Two nations divided by a common language, and all that."
  • He watches us eat more attentively than before, starting to make a chewing movement with his mouth and lips as we munch on food.
  • Has gotten food on his hands before after reaching for our plate with success, but doesn't care to put his food-covered fingers in his mouth yet
  • Planning on starting solids today of we get the OK from his pediatrician. First food of choice: avocado! If she says his sickness probably just needs loads of mommy's milk and no solids, we will wait it out a few days. Right now we have been practicing with giant, fake kiwi placemats. 

  • UPDATE: Gave the child avocado! Mind you, it seemed to have been too ripe, because he couldn't grab onto it like he grabs perfectly at his toys. So Edu ended up bringing a piece to Santi's mouth and he leaned forward and opened his mouth real wide! We video taped it and everything, expecting goofy faces, gagging and the like. We got nothing. Santi ate and ate little bits out of his papa's hand without making any faces. It's as if he has had avocado every day for lunch since he was in the womb. Hey... wait a second, could it be because I eat avocado almost daily? Maybe he tastes it in the breastmilk? Agreed. Future foods to try: anything we are eating. Quinoa, steamed veggies, salad... that's on tomorrow's menu! Will keep updates coming :)

  • Pediatrician Questions:
    * eczema: Aloe Vera Gel, natural organic soaps?
    * solids: avoid citrus?
    * delayed rolling over? * Immunizations OK with Santi's cold?
    * Bulb syringe hurting his nostrils?
  • Pediatrician Answers * Baking soda bath 3 tbsp helps eczema and rash. No Dr.Bronner soap, can cause dryness
    * Solids: citrus OK, may cause diaper rash because it's acidic
    * No rice: arsenic nowadays* but a little is okay, just not daily.
    * NoseFrida instead of bulb syringe: doesn't go in as deep
    * Immunizations OK with a cold
    * Rolling over delay okay in bigger babies! 

Praise the LORD, all you nations; extol Him, all you peoples. For great is His love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD. Psalm 117:1-2

1 comment:

  1. congrats on 6 months!!!

    i'm also planning to give Sofia avocado as first food, so want to see her reaction or lack of it! :)