Lady L is 6 months old! Celebrating her half-birthday! And this past month saw a LOT of changes. Here’s an update.
Sleeping: Boy oh boy has this changed! So, Lyra started teething and started sleeping crazy erratic. Now we know this is one of her tells before a new tooth because she will sleep horribly for a few nights and then a tooth will pop through (she has two now!). The first time this happened she moved so much in her sleep that she made her way down to the bottom of the bed! We were prepared for the sides of the bed but were not for the bottom, so we moved her crib into our room. The first night I tried putting her down in her crib for bedtime was a huge success. She went down well and slept crazily but she was safe in the crib. She still got up to nurse in the middle of the night so once that she woke the first time I just pulled her into bed for the rest of the night and it worked out. Her crazy movement sleeping is usually just at the beginning of the night when she first goes down and just before she’s going to wake up for the day. So we started putting her to sleep in her crib, but she would still spend a good chunk of the night in bed with us. This last week, she’s just been in bed with us because she hasn’t been crazy sleeping like she did before cutting teeth. I think when the top teeth decide to make their debut and she gives us her tells, we will go back to the crib sleeping at the beginning again. Her naps are the same as usual, although she is sleeping in her crib more and more for naps too — so it is nice that she is comfortable in that for when we decide to fully transition her to her crib in her own room. Neither John or I want this to happen. We love bed sharing. The day we transition Lyra to her own room, John and I will probably both end up sleeping on the floor in her room.
Eating: We’ve started solids! Our nursing relationship is still solid and strong but we have introduced some solid foods into the diet. She’s now, officially, had avocado, sweet potatoes, and applesauce and she loves them in that order — applesauce is a distant third. She’s unofficially had bananas and peaches (just gummed on them and had some off our fingers). I’m going to do peas this weekend and then probably introduce some brown rice to see how she does with grains. She only eats her solid food for dinner and we sit down at the table to eat as a family. (We always make sure to introduce a new food early in the day though to make sure she doesn’t have a reaction.) I think in another week or two we will start doing lunch and dinner solids. She also loves to drink a little water in her sippy cup with her meal.
Weight & Length: Haven’t gone to the doctor yet (next week, I don’t know why we’ve started scheduling appointments about a week after her MonthDay but we have). I don’t even know where to begin to guess her weight. 16lbs? More than that? Length is 26″? I truly don’t know and I haven’t done the step on scale step on scale with baby thing in a while. After next week I will edit this post with her stats! ETA: 16lbs 9oz and 26.25 inches
Wearing: A lot of her 6 month clothes are pretty snug, especially bottoms of her outfits because of the cloth diapers. She’s mostly in 6-9 month right now but there’s still a few roomier 6 month rompers that she wears.
Likes & Dislikes: Rory, our dog, is basically the Harry Styles to Lyra’s screaming/giggling teeny-bopper. Rory is a celebrity in our home because Lyra loves dogs. Big dogs barking in her face?! The louder the better — the baby thinks it is hilarious. We went to our friend’s house the other week and she has a 50-60lb hound dog that has never been around babies — the dog didn’t really know what to make of L so she barked her loud hound dog bark in L’s face which made her laugh which made the dog bark louder which made the baby laugh louder… it was awesomely cute. She also loves when Rory sneezes and when Rory catches treats in her mouth. And don’t even get me started on the level of excitement when we let Lyra climb on Rory. When we look back on L’s life I think we will say that dogs were her first favorite thing.
As for dislikes: she doesn’t have too many. She hates teething, but who doesn’t? She hates when she’s hungry and you don’t get food in her fast enough… but again, who isn’t like that? She’s pretty good. No weird dislikes, just the usual stuff. We’ve not yet discovered anything she’s scared of yet. So yeah :)
New Milestones & Developments: She continues to crawl everywhere. Everywhere. Having an early mover is adorable but also a lot of work. She’s a pretty fast little thing. Let’s see… what’s new? She has pulled herself up to stand on the back of the couch. She sits unassisted for much longer than she used to. She can cruise a bit on the couch (but I have to have hands nearby because she still topples pretty fast when cruising). She’s EATING! Woohoo! And she has two new teeth! The bottom two teeth have made their way through and they are sharp. I don’t know when we will see the top two but I suspect in a few weeks they will start making their way through. She has bitten my toe once (I had my leg up on the couch to block her while she was cruising and she side stepped right over to my foot and chomped down) and has bitten me once while nursing (OUCH!) but I think it was because she was so hungry and trying to furiously latch on. She’s not tried to bite any other time — let’s hope it stays that way.
So that’s the 6th month update! I don’t have her unofficial official 6th month photo yet because it’s been a busy week around here. I will edit this post and add the picture in either tonight or tomorrow.
ETA: Pictures… Finally…