I have a 6 month old!
That is insane. 6 months just sounds so BIG. And big he is. I can’t believe how fast we got here and know that the next 6 months are going to fly by. Then he’ll be 1 year old — but I don’t even want to talk about that!
So…6 months means Logan finally gets to eat REAL FOOD. New recommendations are urging parents to wait until these little ones are 6 months old to start eating solids. Studies are starting to show that there’s a link to early eating and childhood obesity. Also, babies digestive system is more developed by 6 months, so the chances of allergies and tummy troubles are greatly reduced. After talking with our pediatrician and obviously knowing that Logan has no problem with breast milk and his weight gain, we decided to wait until Logan was 6 months to start any type of solids.
At first I was a little sad knowing that the solid phase was approaching. But now that it’s here I am super excited!! I bought our highchair, the OXO Tot Sprout in Taupe a few weeks ago [it’s on backorder and should be here any day] and cannot wait to strap Logan in it.
Lucas and I have decided to go with the Baby Led Weaning approach instead of pureed food [again, totally a personal choice]. To us, Logan just seems so eager to eat what we’re eating and explore things on his own, so BLW seems like a perfect fit. BLW is the idea of giving baby real food, sweet potato fries, steamed broccoli spears, green beans, toast strips, and on and on. No purees. The idea behind this is that baby learns to eat real food and not be as picky. They become used to and familiar with different tastes and textures and learn to love a variety of food. It also makes meal time easier. Baby gets to eat at the table with the rest of the family and each member can enjoy their food without one parent trying to spoon feed while the other eats.
Yes, it’s a little messy, but o-m-g, Logan is in heaven! He is loving being able to just enjoy and try so many different things. The first thing we gave him was a green bean and that became his new sucking toy. He sucked on the green bean all through our dinner. The next day we gave him a broccoli spear and a sweet potato chunk. The first few times were a little scary, there was some gagging happening, which is totally normal because he’s trying to learn how to actually use his mouth. They say this is the worse part of BLW, but there’s really nothing to worry about, the chances of baby choking is very minimal. And after the first three times of giving Logan real food he seems to have figured it out. We’ve experimented now with bananas, bell pepper, sweet potato fries, eggplant, carrot sticks, and I did give him some baby oatmeal. He is obsessed! When I start cleaning up the mess he starts crying because he just wants to keep sticking things in his mouth. Such an oinker!
And now it’s so nice to sit down and eat and give him a little something to keep him occupied. I don’t feel like I’m stuffing my face with food to keep him happy. NICE. It is just so fun to watch his little expressions change with each new taste he has.
This week we also had our long road trip to Denver which went great! Logan is such a car trooper! So now we’re all done with road traveling, but we need to gear up for the long plane trip in a few weeks to California and then Hawaii. HELP! I need tips. I have no idea what to pack or take. And next week Lucas and I are going out of town for one night and Logan is going to stay at my parent’s house. Our first over night trip without him and I am already getting so sad. I’m trying not to think about it and trying to stay happy so that I’m not depressed the whole time we’re gone, but this is going to kill me.
In Denver Logan got to meet his cousin Avery and he was in love with all of her toys! She has so many more toys than we have for him here and he was just over the moon with all the different rattles and balls and toys. So I couldn’t help but go to Target when we got home and buy him some new things to play with. Here’s to our house slowly becoming stocked with toys.
Oh and when we were driving to Denver there was a short stint that I sat in the back with Logan to feed him a bottle and hang out and play. Well, we were playing with this hammer rattle and he was shaking it up and down then looked at me and handed me the rattle! I about died. So I took it, shook it, gave it back and then he did it again. Aaawweee. He’s also trying to get a good hold on his bottle. He can do it for like 15 seconds then he lets go of one hand. But he does this thing where he twists the bottle back and forth in his mouth. So weird, but so cute.
He’s starting to try and say more “words” now instead of just babbling and squealing. The last two days he is constantly saying ba-ba-ba. Lucas says it’s papa, but I refuse to believe it. And I know the difference between b an p.
6 month shots and a check up are happening later today. Ugh. I hate the shots! But I’m hoping he soldier’s through them like he’s done the last three times.
A few other random stats:
Sleeping through the night? YES
Rolling from tummy to back? Kinda
Rolling from back to tummy? Easily
Diaper size? Size 4!
Sitting up alone? No but close…still leans to the side in the shopping cart
He’s obsessed with noses
Blowing in his face will easily make him laugh
His tummy is so ticklish
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