If I had to describe Claire in one word at 6 months old, it would be happy. 99.9% of the time, she is so happy and content. She loves her siblings, mom and dad, and everyone around her. At church, we rarely hold her, we have so many helping hands and I’m so grateful for that(and that it’s not winter and I don’t have to worry as much about sickness).
Claire has moved into the nursery and sleeps in the crib. I started transitioning her into her own room about a week before she was 6 months. Before she was in a pack n play next to my bed. It took the whole week to figure out what she likes for her to be able to fall asleep on her own.I loosely follow Baby Wise but I don’t like the cry it out method, but I know sometimes it’s necessary so that they know how to fall asleep during the night without me. So began the week of trial and error. I would nurse her( once she hit 6 mo I started giving her rice cereal at night too), burp her, swaddle her, then lay her down awake in her crib, sing her a song and then walk out. The first few nights she would cry and not settle down, so I wouldn’t let her cry for more than 5 min without checking on her, re-swaddling if she needed it and putting her binky back in. Finally, after doing this routine for a few nights and a similar routine during the day for naps(I don’t nurse her before naps) she falls right to sleep! She was getting up 2x to eat, but I’ve slowly been weaning her off of those(her dr. said her weight is great and she shouldn’t need to eat at night) and last night(2 weeks later) was her first night sleeping through the night and not needing to eat!
It feels so good to be 6 months postpartum. I was telling Josh the other day, that I finally feel like my hormones have regulated and I have SO much more energy and feel like myself again. I think there’s 3 big factors why I feel this way; time, the weather is sunny and warm, and Claire is sleeping through the nights most nights.
At 6 mo Claire LOVES:
- sitting up, if she’s laying down she cranes her neck to try and sit up haha
- rolling around and scooting to get to toys
- sucking on everything
- eating food- she’s eats rice cereal 1-2x a day and I let her chew on a banana or watermelon sometimes when I’m trying to prepare dinner.
- laughing at her siblings
- being outside
- being swaddled
- riding in the car during bed time
- being put down while I’m trying to make dinner(her and Lily always BOTh want to be held then haha
Claire is such an angel, she lights up any room she enters and we love her!