Happy 1/2 Birthday, Annie B! Six months has flown by. Tanner and I were just joking that we might finally be getting the hang of this thing. But she changes every day, so ask us again tomorrow.
It’s been a while since I’ve done a baby update because it just feels like we’ve been flying by the seat of our pants. I’m always happy to share pictures and real life moments of our day to day, but with these updates, I feel like the most useful thing for other people in the same phase of life might be to provide some answers. I am by no means an expert on babying. To be perfectly honest, I have no idea what I’m doing. But while I was pregnant, I loved to read blogs from other moms who were a few steps ahead of me so I could get a glimpse into the future. Something would happen to Annie B and I would think, HEY. I read about this once. Let me re-read that article and maybe the same things will work for AB.
So, I’ve been keeping a running list of questions people have asked on my phone for this post, and I can actually take the time to give thorough answers. Hope they help!
Annie B started sleeping through the night when she was four weeks old. Usually, people look at me like they’d like to punch me in the face when I say that. But it was kind of a blessing and a curse. She did her deep sleep from 9-6, and that’s a long time to go without breastfeeding. It messed up my supply, and I was nervous that she wasn’t getting enough to eat.
Now, we wake up for one night feeding, and that works a great deal better for us. My supplies are back up to normal, and she doesn’t wake up starving anymore. I’m really liking the schedule we’ve worked ourselves into now. Which brings me to my next question.
It’s only been about a month since I was able to get Annie on a real schedule. We don’t always follow it right by the book, but it has been such a relief to finally see her stick to a normal flow of things. Up until last month, everything was on demand, and it was really difficult to plan my day around it. I never knew what to expect from her. She’s a pretty content baby, but I would get ready for our day, look over at her, and she was fast asleep. Plans cancelled.
WOW. That was a lot. Thanks for holding on.
Yes, for now. We are working on transitioning her out, which is why she does all her naps and starts her big sleep in her room. She seems to like it, and the bassinet is getting a little small anyway. Last night, she woke up in her bassinet, played and chatted to herself for a while, then went back to bed. That was kind of my sign. I think she’s ready to be in her crib for the night, but SOMEONE who shall remain unnamed disagrees. For no other reason than, “But I love her!” So, we’ll see who wins this one.
Yes! I love to research. I have devoured every piece of baby literature on the internet, consulted multiple pediatricians, talked to all my mom friends. I know every method and baby feeding philosophy under the sun. And I picked…
None of them. Sometimes, you don’t need a philosophy. I’m just following my instincts, her natural flow, and my pediatrician’s advice. At six months old, Annie has tried:
Sometimes, it’s in the form of a puree. Sometimes, I cut things into spears and let her gnaw away at them very closely supervised. We’re not really in a place right now where the solids are contributing to her daily nutrition. She’s just experimenting. Learning the textures, becoming familiar with a variety of tastes, and most of all, having fun. She’s still breastfeeding every day, and that’s where she gets the majority of her nutrients.
In the last month, her dexterity has been so mind blowing. It’s crazy to me how fast she learned how to grasp things and twirl around on her belly to get to all her toys. She’s got great hand-eye coordination and thinks it’s so much fun to grab her paci and pop it in and out of her mouth.
I have been making an effort not to spend a great deal of money on too many toys. After all, she has a few favorites and some important developmental tools. Everything else is just fluff. Plus, there are the tools we use for feeding, which have been totally essential. I linked everything below so you can see what Annie B uses every day!
At six months old, Annie B has endured 4 plane rides, insists on socializing every day, loves to go out on the boat and get her toes in the water, is really warming up to her sister (Mildred, the boxer-lab), loves to take food off her mommy’s plate, and has been introduced to practically every germ on the planet thanks to Debo and Bernie constantly licking her directly in the mouth. We love you, B!
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