12/14/12
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Hunter: 6 months

Good morning friends! Hope your Friday is treating you well.

Time for another monthly update on my little man Hunter. I have loved every stage since he’s been born, but now that he’s playing, interacting and getting more of his own personality, it’s been especially fun.

New this month:

Rolling over! It all began a week or so ago and now he rolls like a champ.  Only to the left though.  It’s so fun watching him roll over to actually get something he wants.  He’s much happier being on his tummy when he’s the one that gets himself there too.

Sitting, and preferring to play that way.  I get some me time on the couch in the morning while he plays by himself.

We’ve started solids and he’s actually eaten some. You can read more on that in my baby led weaning post, but I’ve seen banana, pear and avocado come through, and the little bit of spoon fed veggies changed his poos color. I try to do some type of food eating/playing every day, although that doesn’t always happened.

Hunter had his first full day away from me on Sunday while I was at a turbo kick training. He was a champ and took his bottles from Jacob so well. He was even grabbing for the bottle and hold it while he ate. Zero tears and zero fighting it. They had lots of fun playing together and even headed out of the house to sushi. I missed my little man, but was happy to see he did so well!

No more infant sling in his bath tub. We’ve gone to sitting! He can play a lot more easily now.  Bath time is still his favorite.  He can be grouchy before a bath, but once he’s in there it’s all smiles.

Da-da-da-da-da-da. His favorite thing to say and his face looks hilarious when he’s concentrating on talking.

He’s such a cuddler. He used to fall asleep while I’d hold him in the cradle position, now he likes to rest his head on my chest or shoulder and fall asleep like that. It is the best. He’s always done that for Jacob and now me too.

We nixed the infant car seat for the stroller runs.  He chills out like a big boy now.

Grocery shopping is a whole new experience too with him up in the front.  He always attracts lots of attention.  Good attention.

For the most part he’s still sleeping pretty well.  He typically sleeps about 9 hours a night.  We still have random wake ups, like last night, but it could be because of all the new foods we’ve been introducing, or maybe he’s teething too.  He’s been gnawing like crazy and a bit more drooly.

At his 6 month check up he was right on his growth chart (23%) at 16 pounds 2 ounces.  I forget how tall he was, but still right on that 50% growth chart.

He’s been awake a lot more.  It went from 1-2 hours of wake time, to 1.5-3 hours.  A nice big jump with way more happy play time.

Child watch has also been going much better the past couple weeks.  A good change from last month.  It could be because of timing, I’ve been teaching more 9am-ish classes compared to noon classes… or maybe he’s just getting more used to it.  Whatever it is, I’ll take it!

All in all, he’s just a super happy boy.  We definitely got lucky there!

Happy weekend all!

Heather

12/6/12
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baby led weaning, part 1

A week ago Hunter turned 6 months old. Half a year! Where did that time go? Our newest adventure we began about a month ago has been exploring and trying new foods.

When I was pregnant I read a lot about the book Baby-Led Weaning.  All I knew was that babies fed themselves, opposed to being spoon fed.  I picked the book up at the library and after getting half way through it I knew I liked the idea of it.

What’s the idea behind it?  Allowing babies to learn to feed themselves when they are ready to and able to eat, instead of being spoon fed foods on the parents schedule.  It’s baby led, which gives them control of when they start to eat, and what they eat.

By letting baby feed themselves they should become less picky eaters, says the book.  I get that.  They get to explore foods at their own pace, trying lots of different tastes and textures you just can’t get from a jar.  And from watching Hunter so far, whatever is in front of him he definitely wants to explore and try.

My big driver for wanting to do this was just not having to spoon feed.  No ‘spoon airplanes’ trying to trick him to get food into his mouth.  Plus I just thought it would be, again, easier if he’s just eating what we are eating.

A few things of importance to note from the book.  Definitely not everything, just a few that come to mind:

  • soft finger foods are easiest in the shape of sticks – softer than you would want to eat them
  • it’s going to be messy, very messy – I highly suggest having a dog around to eat the food up off the floor :)
  • your baby will gag/choke as they learn – it’s how they learn
  • check that there aren’t any pieces left in his mouth when you’re done eating

So the big worry with this – choking.  A huge concern for Jacob.  A concern of mine too, obviously I don’t want anything bad to happen to Hunter, but I guess I am just a bit more relaxed that Hunter will know what to do.  The book tells you that a babies gag reflex is really close to the front of their mouth, and as they get older and learn to eat it moves further and further back.  So while it may sound like he’s gagging/choking, really the food is no where near his throat.  I can  confirm that.  Hunter’s gagged and after letting him make noises trying to clear it, I stuck my pinkie in his mouth to get the chunk out and it was right in the front of his mouth.

Now with all that said, we have done a little spoon feeding the past week, but really only because I have lot of free baby food.  Spoon feeding goes kind of how I thought it would.  It’s much more work than having Hunter feed himself.  He sometimes spits it out and doesn’t open his mouth.  But at the same time, I’m not really forcing him to eat a certain amount, just trying things out.  Plus he really loves playing and exploring foods, so I will definitely stick with that as the main way.

So far he’s tried pears, banana, sweet potato, yam, carrot, broccoli, turkey, green beans and my green smoothie.  All in just a short time.  Yup, not really following the try one food every 4-6 days.  But that will have to be part 2 of this post.

Any experience with baby led weaning?   Please share!

Heather