Friday, April 28, 2017

Jack: Six Month Update

Jack is officially six months old... HOW and WHEN did this happen?!

He is growing so quickly, getting teeth, he knows and responds to his name (when he wants to...), and is absolutely as sweet and cute as can be. Here's an update on his sixth month of life!



Age
Jack turned 6 months old on April 25th at 11:23PM!

Weight
Jack weighs 20lb 5oz and is in the 90% for weight; he was 8lb 6oz when he was born.

Jack is 27 inches long and is in the 65% for length; he was 21.5 inches long when he was born.





Nursing
Jack eats 5 times per day and still gets exclusively breast milk. Who knows how I lasted this long nursing him... I really didn't expect it if I'm going to be honest, but I am so thankful that it has been pretty easy for us.

In addition to milk, we have started Jack on some solids. Last month he had oatmeal and sweet potatoes, and this month we tried peas! I was expecting a strange face when giving him the peas (since it was his first green vegetable), but he seemed to enjoy them right away. He actually really loves food, and I am so surprised how well he does actually eating (and not just getting it all over his face!). He leans into the spoon and grunts wanting more if you take too long... The boy has a very healthy appetite!

He is so interested in food and is always reaching for ours. I feel a bit bad because this month it has become more and more clear that he is interested in and ready for solids, but we have just been so busy that I haven't had the time to really start going full force... that is on my list of things to do for month six! He is also really starting to communicate with us in other ways too - he had a bottle of milk, and he started reaching for it and grunting trying to get it. It took me a second to realize what was happening, and it was the first time that I have ever seen him really communicate (in a way that I could understand) and ask for a bottle... lots of brain development this month!

I still have a ridiculous amount of breast milk frozen (around 800oz) so this past month I started the donation process to donate some of it to make room for other things (like more milk... or actual food!). I'm donating through the Austin Mother's Milk Bank and they require you to donate 150oz to start. I'm sure I'll end of donating most of everything that I have, but I want to hold on to some it until it is all closer to expiry just in case I may need it. The process to donate was quite extensive and took about a month (a paper application, a phone interview, blood work, OB and pediatrician forms, etc.), but it is a worthy cause - all of the milk is given to infants in NICU who are prescribed the milk from their doctors.



Sleep
Jack continues to be a great sleeper! John and I joke that Jack has been sleeping so well for so long that we should probably start working with him to gain other skills besides just sleep. ;)

About half way through the month he started to really fight his naps. It took us awhile to adjust (since I first thought he was fighting his naps due to teething), but we extended his wake time between naps from 1.5 hours to 2 hours and he has been going to nap much better ever since. We still are doing two good naps and a cat nap in the evening, but I bet that in the next month or so we will be transitioning down to only 2 naps.

Jack's sleep cues have become more and more obvious this month. When he starts to get tired he gets very loud with screams (not crying, just being silly with shrills and shrieks). He then will move to non-stop raspberries. It's all super cute and we think it is the funniest thing, but we know that when it starts to happen it is our 15 minute warning that he is going to start getting frustrated and upset if we don't start getting him ready for a nap or bed.



Likes
Jack has been loving sitting up, and I am so impressed with how well he has been doing! He could hang out in his Bumbo all day and loves the new views that he has when he gets to sit up. He still can't quite balance unassisted (he's pretty top heavy with his sweet cheeks!), but I think in only a couple more weeks he will be sitting up by himself.

Jack also loves peek-a-boo. I'm unsure if it is the hand motion he likes or the sound of the "peek-a-boo!!", but he really thinks it is pretty fun. We also Facetime my parents pretty often and Jack loves to hear their voices over the phone. I don't think he can really see them on the screen, but he can definitely hear and reacts to them. He is constantly reaching and grabbing for the phone too... it's pretty cute!

This month Jack has also been loving to show off his new raspberry skills... one day he realized he could do them, and he hasn't stopped since! Sometimes I think he forgets how and will start playing with his tongue until he can figure it out again. It is super funny, and I love seeing him do it.



Dislikes
Jack got his first two teeth this month, and he very much dislikes teething... poor guy (and poor momma too!). Jack's first tooth broke through only a few days after turning 5 months old. I swear, he was fine one day and then the next day he had a tooth! I bought him just about every teething toy I could find on Amazon Now, but he was still pretty upset. His second bottom tooth broke through a few weeks later.

Although Jack doesn't mind one bit, he is still spitting up quite a bit (which I dislike!). Without fail, any time you put him in his car seat you can count on him spitting up - you've got to have a bib ready! The doctor has assured us that it is nothing to be concerned about because Jack does not express any discomfort when he spits up and he is gaining weight wonderfully. 

I'm happy that it is nothing to worry about, but I am so ready to not have spit-up all over me (or him!) every single day. Jack and I basically hang out in our pajamas all day since we don't want to risk getting our nice clothes dirty! I am very much looking forward to this phase passing so both he and I can start to wear "normal" clothes.




John
Jack got to ride on John's shoulders for the very first time this month. Despite me telling John that Jack was a bit too young, John insisted and basically demanded that Jack ride on his shoulders. Jack had fist fulls of John's hair and very much enjoyed taking big mouthfuls to try and taste it.

John also took Jack on his very first hike this past month (in Arizona), and John said several times that it was a weight off his shoulders to take Jack on his first big adventure. John loves to get outside and it was important to John to start sharing that with Jack right away... doesn't get much sweeter than that. :)



Scout and Lily
Jack still doesn't pay much attention to Scout and Lily (our dogs), but he really lovesss our kitty, Winnie. It is the sweetest thing ever... I will bring Jack up to Winnie, and Jack will reach for her with his hands open to grab her fur. Winnie doesn't mind at all and is a really good sport about it. 

Since Winnie sheds and Jack is reaching to pet/grab her with drooly little fingers, he always ends up with his hands covered in hair which is pretty gross to clean off - but oh well, they seem to like each other and it is fun to watch Jack bonding with my (almost) 16 year old cat that I had growing up!





Clothes
Jack is wearing 9-12 month clothes. He hasn't had to wear anything past 12 months yet, but I'm sure it won't be too long before we start picking up an outfit or two in a larger size.

As far as diapers, he is wearing size 4 and will probably be staying in them for awhile longer... they fit him well and he's got a bit of room to grow.




Favorite Moments
Jack lets out the cutest screams ever. After he screams he will look at me, and then I scream, and then he screams, and then I scream... and we repeat and repeat (yes, this is the kind of fun we have at our home)! I find it the absolute cutest thing ever, and although I'm sure it won't always be cute (like when we are at a nice dinner or something), I am absolutely loving our "conversations" in the mean time.

This past month Jack also took his first vacation! We went to Arizona for a long weekend, and he had so many firsts... first time leaving Texas, first plane ride, hotel stay, hiking, swimming pool, and meeting so many new baby friends.

Another favorite moment was celebrating Jack's first Easter. Both John and I pray that as Jack grows older that he will understand what this day represents and the life in Christ that he can have because of what our Savior did for us; John and I want to live lives that point Jack to Jesus.

We also sent out a six-month update card to friends and family. So many people love on and have invested in Jack's life, and we are very thankful for that. We want to keep friends and family up-to-date with Jack's happenings, and we thought this would be a fun way to share printed pictures... and who doesn't love snail mail?!



Looking Forward To
Baby babbles with more vowels! Jack does lots of grunts, shrieks, and screams, but he doesn't do much vowel babbling yet (ba-ba, etc.)... and I can't wait for this type of "talking!"

I'm also looking forward to my first official Mother's Day. Nothing big is on the agenda, but I'm looking forward to celebrating with my cutie(s)!



10 comments :

  1. I love reading all your updates! He and Theodore are so similar! So you've probably gotten a ton of advice, but Theo was terrible with spitting up (for a while it had to do with an over milk supply too), our lactation consulatant recommended these drops and they work wonders!! When we miss a day we know! We just put 5 drops on a paci once a day and it helps so much!

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  2. Happy half birthday, baby Jack!! I LOVE his smiles, so sweet! And I swear spitting up actually got worse for Hadley around 6 months - I think it has something to do with them sitting up and putting more pressure on their stomach (or something), but it was completely done by 7/8 months.. I can't remember the last time she's spit up now!

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  3. He is sooo adorable and these pics are all amazing!! I am working on my registry and I was wondering if you recommend the mamaroo or the regular Fisher Price swing? I recall you had both for Jack. So it would be so appreciated if you could share which you would recommend as I plan to only get one. Thanks!!

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    1. Hi Alli!

      Yes, I have both the Mamaroo and Fisher Price swing... they both have their pros and cons, but if you were to only go with one (and you really only need one), I would go with Fisher Price.

      The Mamaroo is much smaller than a traditional swing which is wonderful because so much baby gear is large and you'll need a place to store it all when they grow out of it, but it really did not do a good job of actually soothing Jack - which is the whole point of a swing!

      The Fisher Price swing moves much, MUCH faster and the swishing movement reminds them of being in your belly (or so they say). Jack would so happily nap in his swing and just hang out looking at the mobile. The swing is quite a bit larger (and an eye sore), but overall it was a much better buy for us (and it's much cheaper too!).

      Feel free to shoot me an email or find me on Instagram if you want to chat more about it or any other registry items. :) John and I used babygearlab.com for most of our registry research and it helped a lot!

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  4. Happy 6 mon Jack!!! Can't believe he's already that old! I bet you've got some great arms going with him being 20 lbs lol That is amazing you're able to donate milk like that - I love that! The pictures are so adorable and I'm so glad your first big trip went well!

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  5. Ahhh you're totally entering into the baby sweet spot! Theeee most fun and adorable and sweet baby stage! Love it.

    I'm amazed at your milk stash and am so impressed at your ability to donate it! Seriously. So so cool. I did a lot of pumping like that with A and ended up having a good bit that never got used- so, when I had Mabel, I never pumped a single time. Lol!

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  6. aww what a cutie pie! he always seems so happy! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  7. Wow that's so awesome you went through that process to donate milk, you go mama! I'm so impressed and jealous!

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