6-month growth spurt

when is there not a growth spurt? babies grow so much, developmentally and physically, during the first year that it seems like they’re on a never-ending growth spurt. while this is true, there are common growth spurt times for most babies and 6 months is one of them.

a lot happens at 6 months. babies are starting to master skills such as rolling both ways and sitting up unassisted, if they haven’t already done so in previous months. this is also the month where many babies start solids for the first time – a huge adventure in itself! – because of stronger neck control and ability to sit on own or with little help.

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after she wakes up, i always help her sit up to practice

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she recently started rolling over from her back to belly

she recently started rolling over from her back to belly

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practicing rolling

often times growth spurts and leaps coincide making this time even more challenging. penny’s current leap ends in about a week so i’m really looking forward to that. penny is still such a happy baby when she’s awake but has serious mood swings during her leaps so we try our best to accommodate her and switch activities when she shows signs of agitation.

big smile!

big smile!

yesterday was a rough day. penny’s wake-up time used to be consistent but ever since her current leap she’s been waking up anywhere between 6-8am. this all depends how long she’d been up during her night feedings. for instance, yesterday i had put penny down for her last nap. i felt a cough coming on so i tried to quickly leave the nursery with yuri but i didn’t make it out in time. i coughed ONCE and her eyes flew open. i rocked her for 40 minutes trying to get her to fall asleep again!!!! i was so upset at myself and worried over penny’s awake time that i put her down in the crib and started bawling. everything is so much harder when you’re alone because you can’t tag-team. thankfully, my mil came over with homemade 김치찌게 and helped with penny’s bedtime routine.

i can only imagine how exhausting it must be for penny who is still trying to adjust to this big, big world. it’s obvious she’s tired but keeps waking up early from naps and bedtime due to her brain constantly whirring with all the new things she’s been learning. but it’s also incredibly hard to remember all this when you’re trying to take care of a baby (and a dog) while trying to pump, eat, and tackle some household tasks in a zombified state.

today, on the other hand, penny slept a lot during the day. her first nap was 1.5 hours, her second was the usual 30-minute, and her last was 3 hours! right now dennis is feeding her and putting her down for bed. here’s hoping she sleeps well tonight. *fingers crossed*

something i hadn’t mentioned in previous posts is that we had decided to start penny on solids a few days after 5 months. she had been showing great interest in food and would stop playing to watch me eat. we decided to start her on avocado and see how she did. i mashed a very ripe avocado and mixed in breast milk to make it more watery. we fed her, maybe, a half-teaspoon total the first time. she grimaced as if she didn’t like it… she wasn’t used to the texture. she did open her mouth a few times when we held her spoon up. we tried it out for two more days and stopped. not because she wasn’t taking to it but i decided to wait until she was, at least, 6 months.

a website i refer to often is http://www.kellymom.com. it’s a pro-breastfeeding website but also offers insight and support on many topics such as growth spurts, solids, and pumping. i have done a lot of research on when to start solids and many up-do-date sources recommend the minimum age of 6 months. the nurse at our pediatrician’s office gave us the go-ahead at penny’s 4-month check-up but we waited until 5 months. she also suggested rice cereal to start out and make her more full. (i actually think this is outdated advice – rice cereal does not make babies sleep longer at night and it also does not have any nutritional value which is why we opted to start with avocado instead.)

breaking in her new chair!

breaking in her new chair!

recently we purchased an inglesina chair to get ready for penny to start solids again. it was a request item that was languishing on our baby registry so we bought it ourselves. we like that it’s portable because it attaches to the edge of a table. to get penny used to it, we have her sit in it once in a while while we eat or do the dishes. it also helps her sit upright and she keeps herself preoccupied with toys or observing us.

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on a recent trip to target, i purchased a darth vader bubble container. i’ve been trying to think of more activities to do with penny and have been meaning to get bubbles. turns out, she LOVES bubbles! she is so fascinated when i pull out the red bubble wand and blow ~~ magically all these shimmering bubbles fly out. she tries to grab them so i catch a few on the wand for her to observe and pop.

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i’ve noticed that penny is very hands-on. she loves to feel different textures and fabrics especially things that are soft and fuzzy.  (i.e couch cushions, blankets, clothes)

speaking of soft and fuzzy, we put penny in a bear suit before going out on walks to keep her warm. it still hasn’t been nearly as cold as it usually is in november but the nights have begun to have a bit of a bite.

just before our evening stroll tonight

just before our evening stroll tonight

today was day 6 of penny’s growth spurt. it normally lasts about a week (on the long side) so i’m hoping it ends soon. i noticed that her footed pj bottoms are already getting a little tight on her! her 6-month check-up is on the 23rd so i’m excited to find out how much she weighs and how
much she’s grown in length. not thrilled about the vaccines because i hate seeing her cry but if it’s like last time,the tears will only last a few seconds.

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