Sunday, October 1, 2017

Life with Benny: 6 Months




6 months, a half a year, 185 days...sweet boy how did we ever live without you and your infectious smile. You have changed our lives in the best way possible and you bring so much joy and laughter to our days. 

Weight: 16lbs 11oz (33%)
Height: 26.5" (38%)
Head Circumference:17.25" (60%)

Diapers

We finished up the size 2 diapers this month and changed our Amazon subscription to size 3's, although they are still a little big. He is still wearing (and most nights still needing) size 3 overnight diapers. He has only had one major blow-out, and thankfully it happened at daycare #SorryMissJudy
When I picked him up she told me his outfit was in a grocery sack, and that unless I was really attached to the outfit, it might be better to throw it away #ToTheTrash

Clothes

He is still wearing 3-6 month clothes, and I am still slowly putting away his 0-3 mo stuff...nothing like a snug onsie and a wedgie to remind you that your baby is getting too big too fast :(

Food

We introduced real food this month and it has been SO MUCH FUN! Seeing his reaction to new foods is hilarious!

We started with peas, which were definitely not his favorite! He gagged and shivered with every bite...it was hysterical! Next we tried carrots and he did so much better with those...no gagging ;) We then introduced sweet potatoes and oh boy, he LOVED those! Towards the end of the month we introduced pears thinking he would love them because they are sweeter...but he isn't too sure about those just yet.

Sleep

After last month I am terrified to say anything about sleep...especially because things are going so well #Superstitious

Right now he is consistently going to bed around 8:00PM and usually waking up between 6:30-7:00. During the week we wake him up at 6:45 to get ready for daycare and on the weekends if he wakes up on his own before 7, I feed him and put him back to bed and he will sleep till 8-8:30.

Naps are still really inconsistent. He takes a really short morning nap for Ms. Judy around 9AM and then a little longer nap in the early afternoon. He often falls asleep in the car on the way home and then takes another short cat-nap from about 5:30-6:15.

On the weekends his naps look quite a bit different. He will take a long morning nap (2-3 hours) and then a couple of 45 min- hour long naps throughout the day.

On the weekends if we are at home we have trouble keeping him awake for more than an hour and a half at a time, but at daycare or if we are out and about he can stay awake much longer. We don't worry too much about keeping him on a strict schedule because he doesn't get cranky or upset when he misses/changes a nap time.

Milestones

-He is sitting up for longer periods of time and playing with his toys. He eventually gets excited or reaching too far for something and falls over, but he is getting there. We also switched him to the other side of his baby bath...he is still a little unsturdy, but he is LOVING the big boy side of the tub :)

-We weaned him off of his reflux meds this month. It started accidentally at first, because we kept forgetting to give him his medicine in the morning before daycare and we noticed that he seemed to be doing okay. We then started to lower his nighttime dose over the course of week and then we completely stopped giving it to him and he has been doing just fine.

-He is almost rolling over back to front...he will turn his head and almost his entire body when he is looking for Gracie or trying to grab a toy, but then when he realizes he is about to roll over he panics and flings himself to his back. He is not a huge fan of being on his stomach, so rolling to his tummy is not a priority.

-He is laughing and giggling ALL.THE.TIME. He is seriously the happiest baby ever and we will do just about anything to see him laugh...we often look pretty silly ;)

-Lil' man was sick for the very first time this month...and let me tell you it was scary! It started out with a bad hacking cough and a trip to the doctor. He was diagnosed with group and given a steroid shot. 2 nights later he was up all night coughing and throwing up. I called the nurses line and they suggested we take him to the ER. After taking chest x-rays they decided to treat him for croup and bronchitis. Mommy and Benny had our first sick day together and snuggled all day long.

Likes

-He is obsessed with the tags on his toys and his tag blanket. I never understood the point of tag blankets until I watched Benny play with one for a half an hour! This kid is obsessed. 

-Music, music, and more music. He loves when we sing to him and help him dance. He can drop it like it's hot like a champ ;) 

-He loves to be startled or scared....this gets him laughing just about every time. 

-He is Gracie's #1 fan...he watches her like a hawk when she is nearby. He would love to get ahold of her fur...but Gracie learned quickly that he isn't very gentle. 

-Baths are still a favorite around here, and have only gotten more fun since we moved him to the sitting up side and added toys. He kicks, splashes, screams, and laughs through just about every bath. 
Dislikes

He is seriously the happiest little guy ever. It's very rare that he isn't in a good mood. The only time he tends to get a little fussy or unsettled is when he is hungry or tired. The first two months of his life he spent screaming and crying...but now, he rarely cries at all. He wakes up in the morning and from all of his naps with a big ol' grin on his face. He definitely has his dad's happy go lucky, easy going nature!

Highlights


Snuggles with his favorite cousins!


He still stares longingly at his "friends" whenever he is nearby. He loves that play-mat so darn much!


Sitting in the big boy side of the tub has been so much fun!




He got to experience a Smith tradition, and went to Old Settlers...he was too little for grange pups and walking tacos...but next year, watch out!


Seriously, always smiling...


This month he started to enjoy listening to me read books and flipping through the pages on his own. More often than not, the pages end up in his mouth though...


 We had to retire his gowns and switch to footie pj's...the off the shoulder look is so last year ;)


We fed him dinner downstairs one night, and Gracie stayed extra close...Benny was not all about sharing ;)


He was not a good luck charm for the Royals...things seem to be looking better for the Chiefs! 


You could hardly tell he was sick, minus the terrible cough. 

 and the extra snuggles! 


 While it wasn't fun to have a sick baby, I loved having a full day at home with him!


Daddy's little assistant.


 Trying new foods has been a fun experience for all parties involved...lots of gagging and shivering at first (thank you peas) but then once he got the hang of it, watch out! #FeedMe


Like I said...always smiling :)


He got really good at sitting up this month, and now it's basically all he wants to do! 


Game day snuggles <3


 We spent an afternoon with his big cousins...and it ended in a tutu dance party ;)


Sweet potatoes are easily this kids' favorite food...can't say I blame him! 


He still loves stroller runs with mommy! 


This tag blanket has become his new favorite toy...it kept him busy while mommy put away laundry.


We celebrated his half birthday with lunch and shopping with our besties...


He got to sit in the high chair...and he was in awe! He loved sitting up and seeing what was going on.


These two were absolutely perfect considering we drug them around all afternoon...they best shopping pals ever!


We didn't even get out of the parking lot and he fell right asleep, an afternoon of shopping is exhausting for everyone!


This sweet boy makes life more fun, and I can't wait to see what the next 6 months have in store!

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