Walter-6 Months

Walter-6 Months

Holy moly a half of a year with the chillest baby on the block!

Weight:  Welp…here I am again typing this out after Wally is asleep for the night. And I forgot to weigh him again. Did I contemplate waking him up so I could have his weight? Yes I did, but then I had better judgement.

Health: No health concerns this month. However, his two bottom teeth are starting to pop up. So while, there aren’t fevers or known ear infections yet, he has been a little crankier and a lot more slobbery this month.

Diet: Still going strong with breastfeeding! This last week, I did have to start getting into our freezer stash because pumping as usual starts to wane at about 4-5 months for me. I am shocked that I have made it this long without dipping into that extra supply to get through our days. I still don’t think we will need to supplement formula for awhile, but as I go back to campus more days a week in the upcoming months, I know that freezer stash is going to go down more quickly. I have however made a promise to myself that I am not going to pump extra this time around. It nearly killed my sanity with George, and I was always exhausted with Daphne because I was always trying to add more pumps to an already long day. I know it is not needed, and I don’t need that guilt put on myself. So my resolve is to only pump when I am at work on campus, and we’ll just see how long that takes us! Walt feeds 5 to 6 times a day, and on average it adds up to 2.5 hours of nursing. He is going around 4 hours between feedings during the day. My app says that we have had 168 feedings over this last month, and spent 3 days feeding him. I have also pumped 12 times over the month. We did start with solids just this weekend. We are choosing the baby led weaning way which means it can be a slow start as they get use to all the stimulation of it. We have only tried avocados, and he was really indifferent so far. Next up is sweet potatoes and black beans!

Clothes: He is in 3 month clothes and size 2 diaper. Although it is on my to-do list to change him up to 3-6 month clothes this week.

Sleeping:  We really lucked out with this kid and sleep. For the most part anytime we lay him down, he will eventually go to sleep. He goes to bed around 8pm. Then I wake him up around 10:30 pm for a feeding, and then he goes right back down. During the week, I get him up at 5:15am. On the weekends, we sleep in until 6:30-7:30 am. I am not changing the overnight piece still for awhile. I haven’t tried it in a few weeks to see if we could stretch. I am honestly too worried about my supply dipping. By cutting out a feeding at night, in theory it would really only save me a half hour in the morning since we stay up that late anyway. He typically takes two naps during the day, but they aren’t usually very long. He is still sleeping in a pack and play in our room overnight. I would say that 9/10 times, we are able to put him down awake, and he falls asleep within 5 minutes. We transitioned to the zipadee zip suit for sleeping, and he seems to love it. He has started rolling to his side in his crib, which is terrifying to me. He also has gotten his legs stuck in the crib bars a few times as he rolls around more. I don’t remember the big kids moving around as much as Wally does.

Likes:  He is still obsessed with Daphne. He loves to chew on cloth and his little wobbly toy. He loves to be rubbed like a dog on his belly and under his chin. He likes his activity jumper. He kicks his little legs around like crazy on that thing. He likes VocabuLARRY. He also loves Tom. They have little chats right before we all go to bed, and Tom gets the biggest smile out of him. To be fair, Wally gets the biggest smile out of Tom too.

Dislikes:  He has started getting really impatient with me when I am feeding him. It is really the only time he cries for the most part because I am too slow for his liking.

Nicknames: Walt, Wally, Wally Bear, Wally Olly, Butters, Sweet Bean, and Stinkerdoodle. We also have adopted most of Daphne’s nicknames: Waltie baby, Cutie baby, Sweetie baby, Baby guy, and Baby Walter. This last week she started calling him Wallace out of no where. I think the most common are Wally, Wally Bear and Waltie. We also really love to sing Wally Olly to same tune of “Body” by Megan Thee Stallion. Tom has created a whole remix to that song for Wally.

Milestones: He rolls in all directions now. However, he seems to hardly ever do front to back, but he can do it. He is starting to sit up better and better. He is starting to grab for things and is more intentional reaching and touching things. He is putting a lot more weight on his legs and likes to be helped standing.

Quirks:  When we put him to bed at 10:30 in the pack and play, he starts acting like he is paddling. He just throws his legs up and down as hard as he can and then laughs and coos until he falls asleep. It’s a little terrifying because he is so loud and then all of a sudden he’s not. (My anxiety is on a roller coaster when he is sleeping.) When he is changing his diaper he likes to pump out glute bridges, so it is super fun trying to do that task.

We parents are:  living the dream. I will say that work has been incredibly challenging this past month due to various projects ramping up and many extra hours trying to make it all work. I am also super thankful for the opportunity to work from home when I do. And I really do love my job, and the people I work with make it all worth it. I also had some good interactions with students in the past couple weeks that have been a great reminder of why we do what we do. Tom is loving work, and it is so great to see him so happy and with people that value him. We also have been putting in extra effort to get our yard looking better. Tom has taken down half our fence and been clearing out some overgrown areas to make our yard seem twice as big. We also have been getting our veggie garden in tip top shape, so we are excited to see what comes to fruition in the upcoming weeks. It is very rewarding to grow our own food.

Big kids are:  being as crazy as usual. School just ended for George, and I am excited for summer to start so we can just be outside as much as possible. I love seeing them play outside and create new worlds when they explore our yard. We have really expanded their play area this year with removing the fence, so it will be fun to see them engage in new spaces. They both still love Wally and are very excited to watch him start eating things. They think the mess is super hilarious. Daphne is very protective of him, and she loves to tell strangers that he came from my belly. She also sings the sweetest made up songs to him. George loves to try to dance with him.

Grace is: being her sassy self. Some days she acts like the 10 year old dog she is, and then other days she bounds around like a puppy again. She is also very excited that Wally is starting foods at the table. With all the seats full, I am sure she just sees more opportunity to have a buffet on the floor.

In case you are curious, here is George at six months and Daphne at six months.

It’s hard to believe that he has been here for half of a year.

You still seemed like a dream a year ago. And here we are Wally bear!

Daphne-6 Months

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Weight:  She is 14 lbs. We don’t go in for her check up until after Thanksgiving, so we’ll see what our doctor has to say about her weight. I am a little worried that she isn’t growing, although not for a lack of trying from all parties.

Health: She has been a happy and perfectly healthy baby this month!

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Diet: We made it to 6 months of exclusively breastfeeding! After my experience with George, I never thought I would make it this long. She has been on a nursing strike this past week, but I was determined to make it work for 6 months. I really need to write about it because it has been a completely different experience this time. I nurse her once in the morning and once in the evening. She has three bottles during the day to coordinate with the three times I am pumping at work. Since she is a really good sleeper, I do pump one more time before I go to bed. This helps because she is eating 5oz bottles during the day, and I am only pumping 3 oz at a time. So this extra pump plus our stash in the freezer is making up the difference. On the weekends, I exclusively breastfeed her, and I still will pump at least once a day if not twice. In the past two weeks, we did start introducing solid food with her. We have done avocados, carrots, bananas, bread and sweet potatoes. She seems indifferent about the process most of the time. However, she is very grabby whenever she sees your food, plate, or cup in your hands.

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Clothes: She is still in 3 month clothes. She is in a size 2 diaper (which we found a brand that she doesn’t blow through). She is wearing a size 1 shoe.

Sleeping: This girl is a sleeping champ. She loves her rest. She takes two naps a day. Her bedtime is 8pm. On the weekdays, she will sleep until I wake her up at 6:30am. On the weekends, she doesn’t wake up until around 7:30/8 am. Bless you child. We do have to have her in the magic sleepsuit otherwise she is all over the place. She does not nap in your arms at all. It’s a miracle that she snoozes at all when I have her in the baby wrap carrier. She does cry a little bit at night when we put her down, but she is usually asleep within minutes.

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Likes:  She started using a pacy again this month. I think this is mostly because she uses it as a teether, but it has been helpful. She does not use it to sleep. She likes Tom’s voice. She loves me the most to hold her. She loves to chew on cloth; her favorite teether is a cloth giraffe. She adores Crosby. She is still obsessed with football.

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Dislikes:  She still hates a dirty diaper. She hates to be still. She is always rolling around, and I am pretty sure she may be crawling soon.

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Milestones: She has her first two bottom teeth. We saw a little extra fussiness right before they broke through, but the teething wasn’t too bad this first go at it. She had her first road trip this month with a trip to Iowa, and we are currently coming back from a trip from Texas. She also had her first Halloween, and she went as Amelia Earhart. She has figured out how to manipulate things with her hands, and she sits up super well.

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Nicknames: Sister Friend, Daphie, Daph. Most of the time it is still Sister. 

Quirks:  When she is nursing she likes to scratch, whether it is me or the cloth on the chair we are sitting in. She is extremely aware of her surroundings. She is super smiley, but it is not predictable so it can be hard to catch on camera.

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We parents are:  doing alright. It has been a busy month with Tom on evening shift, and with our trips. I am constantly feeling like I am behind at work, but hopefully things will slow down with the breaks coming up. We have also had some serious student issue this semester that I have been in the thick of which can be difficult on my work time but also mentally to deal with. I have pretty much neglected working out, and I am really feeling it. Hopefully after this week of traveling, I can get back into it.

George is:  seriously the best. He is so sweet to Daphie. He wants to hold her all the time, but he loves to fall back with her while doing so. He also loves to pick out books for her to read, and he wants to play with her except she can’t play with his cars. 

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The dogs are: good. Crosby is kind of a nut right now with his barking. Daph is starting to notice them more and more though and reaches out to them. And of course they are already circling around her for scraps of food or extra spit up.

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These past 6 months have gone so fast, but at the same time I feel like I have known her my whole life.

This next month will be big I have a feeling, so I can’t wait to see how she reacts to life.

Here is George at six months.