Almost 6 months!

Hello long lost blogging friends! This is just an update to say hi and give an update on baby A. 

She will be 6 months old on Monday! Seriously, where did the time go? I think she’s just over 14lbs based on my inaccurate weighing myself and her and then doing math. She’s really strong, already rocking back and forth, loves jumping in her jumper, sitting up with me close by and rolls all over. She’s getting better and grabbing objects but doesn’t quite pass them between hands. And she’s vocal, but just vowel sounds (ooooo and ahhh), and an occasional goo or gaa. She’s a tough cookie, smiles a lot at mommy and daddy but getting her to laugh is so hard! And she rarely laughs at the same thing twice. She does squeal and squeak though. Her favorite things are her changing table, chewing on her Sophie the Giraffe toy, and bath time with Daddy (complete with blow-drying her at the end…her most favorite part). 

Sleeping has gotten better. We are still co-sleeping but I have stopped nursing her to sleep at bedtime (as of this past Sunday). I just lay with her in bed (around 7pm) while she falls asleep. She cries for less than 10 mins. The first two nights she woke up after about 40mins and cried for just over an hour. My husband and I took turns soothing her until she fell asleep. Then she slept for about 5 hours before needing a feed. I still nurse her in the middle of the night (especially to keep up my supply with being back at work). Last night she only cried for 5 mins and then slept 5 hours before feeding. So I guess it’s working. We are planning to transition her to her crib this weekend (in our room…we live in a 1 bedroom apartment). Honestly I’m not wild about sleep training but she really needs to go to bed earlier than 8:30-9 (more like 7) and it’s just not feasible for me to lay down with her at 7 every night (especially since on work days I get home around 6).  We will be starting with the camping out method. I’m going to give it a week. If it’s not working we will go back to me laying in bed with her around 7pm till she falls asleep since that is working right now and we will try again later. I’m just glad we easily stopped nursing to sleep. I also plan to keep co-sleeping in the middle of the night for easier night time nursing. 

Please don’t bite my head off about sleep training!! But if you have any suggestions or can tell me about your experience (both good and bad) please feel free!!

Naps are better as well. I keep her awake for about 1.5 hours before putting her down. She generally will put herself to sleep at nap time. The past couple of weeks I’m FINALLY getting some 1.5-2 hour naps out of her instead of the 30-40 min cat naps. But she still cat naps in the afternoon. She’s also a tummy sleeper (we put her down on her back in the crib and she immediately flips over to her tummy). I do not let her tummy sleep in the bed, she sleeps right next to me. And daycare doesn’t let her tummy sleep per my request. At home I can check her frequently but you can never be sure at daycare. Luckily she sleeps pretty well at daycare (better than at home). Baby A loves daycare and we found a great in-home provider thank goodness. Certainly makes it easier to go to work!

We have been giving her tastes of solids but with no real structure. I plan to actually start with avocado and go from there. Maybe this weekend? I’m going to make them myself. She’s still exclusively breastfeeding, and seems to love it (as do I), so no plans on weaning yet. I still haven’t gotten my period so I wonder when that will happen. Not that I miss it!

I also got a new job! I work in a procedure center, with a later start time and NO WEEKENDS!!!! I like it so far, but I really miss the kids at my old job. But family first and this works way better for my family. On another note, this is the same place I had my hysteroscopy and now I’m giving the IV sedation for that very procedure. Weird being on the other side. I also work with the IVF doctor I consulted with, Dr. H. He remembers me (and he’s awesome). If I worked Wednesdays I would work with my actual fertility doctor, Dr. N. Weird! 

My pumping schedule at work is a bit off but it doesn’t seem to affect my supply (yet) so I’m just going with it. I pump before work for 15-20 mins, at lunch 4-5 hours later for 25 mins, then at the end of the day 3-4 hours later for 10-15 mins before driving home. That’s why I still do the night feeds. Since I’m only working 3-4 days a week I just make sure to feed on demand on my days off. 

I think that’s it for now! Even though I post pretty rarely, I love reading everyone’s updates so keep them coming!

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14 thoughts on “Almost 6 months!

  1. My Perfect Breakdown

    6 months?! That seems so hard to believe, and yet amazing at the same time! I loved reading this update and I’m so happy she is doing well and it sounds like you are too!! Congrats on the new job that fits your family schedule better. 🙂
    Also, we tried avocado first and Little MPB hated it! Apparently most kids love it as their first food, so I was surprised. But, even though he was 6 months old when we started solids he had no interest in anything until he was about 7-8 months, so I don’t think it was the avocado so much as it was the concept of food.

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  2. mylifeasacasestudy

    Hey! Great update! CONGRATS on the new job and on nursing/pumping for 6 months! That’s hard work. I still cosleep with BG and nurse her to sleep but I am the last person who will poo-poo you for sleep training because 6 months is a reasonable age and your plan is reasonable and you have to find a work/life balance in order to survive motherhood. So you go gurl–I hope it goes smoothly for you. Thanks for your support through my rough patch ❤ XOXO

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    1. RJ Post author

      I love co-sleeping so part of me is sad to do this. But I really hope bringing her into bed in the middle of the night will work! I read sometimes it doesn’t so we shall see.

      Here to support you always! Glad you’re feeling better.

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  3. Amy M.

    Happy half-birthday, A!! It’s funny that you said she rarely laughs at the same thing twice, because we seem to be dealing with that with C right now, too!! It’s so strange! I’m glad you found a good day care where she is happy. That seems to be such a huge struggle for people, and I don’t look forward to ever having to do it!! We’ve started some solids too, but we’re not structured about it at all either. I keep thinking to myself that perhaps we should get on some sort of schedule…but it’s so much easier to be sporadic lol!! Glad things are going so well for you guys!!

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  4. notpregnantinrezza

    Happy six months to A for Monday! Well done on getting her to sleep without nursing, I’m trying that too now and it’s no small feat. I’m also glad to hear that babies can eventually get beyond the cat napping to having longer naps – that must be nice for you to have a bit more time. Good luck with the sleep training 🙂

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  5. EmilyMaine

    Sounds like things are going really well! 6 months is a great age to start sleep training and given she responded well to the no boobie to sleep change I think she will do just fine. Sounds like you’ve got this all covered. Nice work! And the new job sounds great. I’m glad it is all coming up roses for you 🙂

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  6. Dani

    Happy 6 months!! Congrats on EBF for 6 months and keeping up with all the pumping too that’s an amazing achievement ☺️ well done on getting her to sleep without the boob! I have no advice but sense that you will do great at sleep training if she has done this already – lots of luck ☺️

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  7. mamajo23

    Congrats on 6 months! As far as sleep training- I think you just have to do what you are comfortable with. It is for you and for baby so very personal. I was surprised how quickly my son was sleep trained using the cry it out method at 8 months ( seriously took only 3 nights and he was going to bed easily) but then he lasted a while just going to bed easily and I went back to rocking him to sleep from about 14 months until almost 2 because he was so upset to go to bed and I just treasured those cuddles. I guess my point is just go with what works for you!

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  8. ourgreatestdesire

    Live that you guys are doing so well! Our Baby A goes to bed between 8:30-9:30 too. We have been doing rice cereal and fruit for a long time now but that’s what got her sleeping well at night. She used to nap really well and then the last couple weeks, not so much so the last day or two, I started giving her solids for breakfast and lunch and I had to wake her up from both naps yesterday. She slept 3 hrs in the morning and 4 hrs in the afternoon. She’s usually up about 2 hrs in between sleeping periods, longer in the evenings. If she sleeps in the evenings it’s usually a quick cat nap in our arms or the car. Congratulations on the new job…no weekends is fantastic!!!

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  9. Bela85 (flatwhitetogo85)

    It sounds like you’re doing really well. Good luck with the next few months. I have no advice about sleep training as you are already doing much better than us (Baby Flat won’t consider going to bed until 9pm, wakes through the night and will rarely have a proper daytime nap!).

    Congrats on the new jobs as well. How funny that you’re working with those doctors and being on the “other side” now. I hope things go well. I look forward to reading your next post x

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