We’re here! Right at six months. Still on our feet. Ok, fine, mommy is about two weeks late with the 6 month milestones post because she’s been swamped at work while keeping the rest of the plates at home spinning. Daddy? Ditto. And Dilan? Here’s how he’s doing:
State of the Dilan
Dilan has turned into a super smiley and very strong-willed 6 month old. He literally smiles the entire day, unless he wants something or someone needs to get out of his face. Doesn’t happen very often. 99% of the time he cries or fusses because he simply wants food or sleep or is bored. Speaking of food, we started solids! Here’s what he’s had so far:
- Veggies: organic avocados, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, green peas, and carrots
- Fruits: organic bananas, pears, and peaches
- Cereal: organic rice and oat
He definitely enjoys the veggies more. Doesn’t seem to care too much for the sweet stuff. This makes a ton of sense to me since I’ve lost my sweet tooth myself! Ever since pregnancy, the only sweet treats I still enjoy are those with a salty element to them or dark chocolate. Hard to find a girl who will give up chocolate, right?
Dilan is not quite sitting up yet, but he does roll over from front to back and back to front. He combines vowels and consonants into mini-phrases such as “ba” as well. He seems to have a preference for simple toys, instead of the loud and flashy ones. I’m ok with that :-). On the sleep front, we are a 2 oz bottle and some random fussing away from sleeping through the night. I promise you that there is no baby or even owl you know who has had a more difficult time with sleeping at night. We spent tons of hours on sleep research and training. Plenty of “$%&! when is this going to end?!” moments. We worked for every minute of sleep we get. I can go on for ages on this topic and have some excellent tips and mistakes to share, so look out for many more posts to come on this soon!
Physically, Dilan has gotten chubbier. He’s always been pretty tall, but he’s growing horizontally now too. Sounds like mama pretty much all of last year. Here are his physical 6 month milestones:
- Height: 27.5 inches, 79th percentile
- Weight: 17 lbs, 50th percentile
- Head size: 17.32 inches, 75th percentile
Parents tend to get obsessed with these numbers, but unless they drastically fall or increase, I would just shrug them off. Nice to know, but no need to panic and go crazy with comparing your infant to other kids. That’s my advice.
State of the Mommy
I’m definitely doing much better than I was a few months ago! I’ve been swamped at work and still feel exhausted from sleeping 4-5 hours each night, but I’m slowly getting back to where I want to be. I eat a lot of gluten and dairy-free meals – helps a ton with keeping energy levels up and makes me feel much healthier overall. I’ve lost 36 pregnancy pounds and am back in all my original clothes, but want to lose about 4 more. Piece of cake? Well, that’s exactly the problem. I need to get more toned too. Now taking notes for any do-at-your-desk exercises you can think of.
Out of all the 6 month milestones, my biggest one is having reached my goal of breastfeeding for 6 months. I’m so glad I kept it up because those white blood cells make sure that Dilan hardly ever gets sick (knock on wood). I’m still going at it, even though it’s mega tricky with work, meetings, and all the other million things to do. I’ve battled low supply. And no, eating a ton of fenugreek does not just magically bring it back. More blog posts and tips to come on this as well. I’ve also found time to read! I know, those of you with newborns and multiple kids are really going to HATE me now, but before you get jealous: by reading I mean trying to get through Lean In on my iPhone, while nursing, picking boogers out of my son’s nose and wearing spit-up stained yoga pants. Glamorous, right?
Overall, I’m happy. Make that elated. Being a new mom, and also a full-time working one, is the toughest job in the world. Even in the first world. Somehow I’m making it happen. House still intact. Marriage still intact (note that I have the wonderful hubs to thank for ALL of this). Happy & HEALTHY family. Crankiness minimized….most days. No complaints!
State of the Daddy
The daddy told me that he’s in a state of shock that 6 months have already gone by. Work is as busy as ever for him too (comes with the package when you’re an entrepreneur, I think), but he’s more driven than ever to get work done during working / waking hours. The brightest part of his day is the time between when he comes home and Dils goes to bed. Sometimes that’s only about 5 minutes, but it’s still the highlight of his day. He’s been traveling quite a bit and feels more rested in some ways. But, Dilan sleeping longer stretches is almost worse because his body is still used to waking up every 2.5 – 3 hours. So, in some ways he feels even more tired. Weird, right? We’ve never been big coffee or tea drinkers, but do a cup a day now on most days.
When I asked if he’s happy, he said that he couldn’t really ask for more. I had to put in here that he’s proud of my nursing effort and calls me the Dairy Queen. It’s better than calling me a cow, so I’ll take it :-). The one complaint he does have is that he’s trying to figure out when the hell we’ll finish Battlestar Gallactica. We’ve watched maybe a total of 3 shows in the last 6 months. Still a milestone, I think. We’ll finish up the rest when we’re completely back on our feet.