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!

How is she sleeping?

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.

What does Annie B’s six month old schedule look like?

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.

Here’s a sample of what a normal day looks like in our house:

  • 6:30 am: Wake up, diaper change, eat. She stays in her pajamas and she and dad go out into the kitchen to make coffee and play for a while.
  • 7:00 am: THE POOP WINDOW BEGINS. I’m not saying she always does it at the same time every day, but normally, this is where it happens. And it’s bad. Apocalyptic. My daughter doesn’t take dainty poops.
  • 8:30 am: Nap time. She’s still in her pajamas. For the last week, we’ve been practicing putting herself to bed. So far, it’s worked every time. I put her in her crib with Freddie the Firefly (hooked to the side of the crib so she can’t put in over her face) and her paci. She plays for a bit, and when she’s tired herself out, she falls asleep. I’m watching her on the baby monitor, and once I see that she’s totally out, I come in and wrap her up, take out the toys, and shut the door.
  • 10:30 am: This is her normal wakeup time. While she was asleep, I got ready for whatever it is that we are doing today (going to the shop to work, grocery shopping, bringing lunch to dad, visiting family) so I can just change her diaper, feed her, and get her dressed. Then we’re out the door.
  • 11:30 am: This area of the day is pretty much unscheduled. If she takes a nap, it’s usually just a brief one in the car on the way from A to B. In general, she eats about every 3 hours.
  • 2:00 pm: Nap time. I try to do this one back at home in the crib if possible.
  • 5:00 pm: She has always woken up at this point, but as a rule of thumb, I don’t let her sleep past 5. Diaper, eat, play.
  • 7:30 pm: Bath time, lotion, pajamas, eat. We try to do something relaxing, like reading a book, playing in the crib again, or just holding and rocking around the house. She loves to go outside and sit in the front porch swing.
  • 8:30 pm: Bed time. This is later than I think most people would do for a baby her age, but we have tried earlier and it just doesn’t work for us. I’ve started putting her down in her crib instead of the bassinet while we stay up and watch a movie, clean the house, or catch up on work.
  • 10:30 pm: Dream feed and move her into her bassinet. She doesn’t wake up.
  • 4:00 am: Night feeding and right back to sleep.

WOW. That was a lot. Thanks for holding on.

Is she still sleeping in your room?

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.

Have you started solid foods?

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:

  • Rice cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Green beans
  • Carrots
  • Avocado
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Banana
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • And once, lasagna. That was a lot of fun.

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.

What toys and tools have been the most useful for a six month old?

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!