Sunday, April 22, 2012

Six Months

Quinn's Stats
Weight- 18 lbs 1.5oz (55th percentile)
Height- 28 inches (95th percentile)
Head Circumference- 17.25 inches (60th percentile)

During Quinn's 6th month he learned some really fun new skills! He is now sitting pretty well unsupported and rolling from back to belly! It's been so much fun to watch him learn these. We work on sitting a lot because he loves it so much. He pretty much always wants to sit and play! He sits in his high chair and plays with toys without me and then we sit on the floor together while he plays because he's always lunging for something and falling over if I leave him too long. He will rarely lay on his back anymore. He's always flipping over and trying to grab something in front of him. I can already tell he's thinking so much about moving, he just can't get his body to do it! The only frustrating thing about this stage is that he is always grumpy when on the floor because he can't move on his own and that's all he seems to want to do! So I'm always having to help him move and play or sit and watch his try and get frustrated (which I know is good but still hard). After months of being concerned because he wasn't rolling or interested in rolling at all, this new phase has been so nice. It really helps me relax about him meeting his milestones. I've been learning that every baby is different and his little mind and body will do things when he is ready!

Reflux- It has gotten SO MUCH BETTER! We started him on Prevacid Solutabs at the beginning of this month and they have been wonderful. He takes them with ease and they have helped a ton. He still spits up here and there but is very rarely uncomfortable. We also have been able to lower his bed to almost flat. I never thought this would happen!! He was getting so mobile while he slept that we were pretty much forced to do it but so pleasantly surprised that he tolerated it so well! I think we will probably leave it this way for another month or so and then try it flat! During this month I gave up dairy. It was really not that challenging for me and more than anything I think it just made me feel like I was trying to do something to help his reflux. As of 6 months I reintroduced dairy, so we will see if there is any effect!

Nursing- It is challenging for me. I am getting frustrated with the limitations from his sensitivities. It seems like he is sensitive to onions, chocolate, caffeine, spicy foods and then I was also off dairy. It just makes me feel so frustrated and guilty when I end up eating a dish with onions and then he's fussy and gassy all night. I've talked to Aaron too many times to count about quitting and he's now supportive of my choice, but would really like me to continue. I also spoke with my doctor about what formula to put him on if I end up quitting. SO basically the ball is in my court now. I'm going to reintroduce dairy and see what the effects are and go from there. I really do enjoy nursing him, I just have struggled a lot with feeling like his reflux is my fault because I'm nursing him. I know that's not the case, so I just need to keep pushing forward!

Sleep- This month was different than usual! He started to wake more at night and wouldn't go to sleep without nursing. I was scared this was setting a new habit but it seems like he just needs an extra feeding every once in a while. Which is totally fine with me. His bad naps have continued this month. He usually likes to nap for 45 minutes about 4 times a day. I always feel like I'm putting him down for a nap! He will wake at 45 minutes happy as can be but then around an hour after waking he seems to get tired again! At my 6 month appointment my doctor told me to eliminate his 4th nap and try putting him to bed a little earlier. Then for the 3 naps, keep him in bed for a least an hour and a half whether he is awake, sleeping, crying, etc. We are now on day one of that! His first nap he slept 45 minutes and then was up for 50 minutes awake or crying. He's now on his second nap and miraculously has been sleeping for an hour and 20 minutes! I can count on one hand how many times he's slept longer than 45 minutes over the past couple months. I am pretty sure this is just luck right now, but we will see what the future holds..... to be continued next month... {{UPDATED}} So after that wonderful two and half hour nap we went on to have two nights of the most awful sleep he's ever had. He woke up every three hours and was up for at least an hour screaming whether we held him, fed him, rocked him, gave him Tylenol, gas drops.... but we pressed on with the new nap schedule and I am cautiously optimistic that we may be making some progress. Yesterday he had two naps over an hour and one 45 minute nap. He also slept around 11 hours last night and is down for his first nap of the day now. Crossing my fingers that we are on our way...

SOLIDS- We started solids this month. He was not interested at all. In fact he won't even let us put the spoon to his mouth without grimacing. We have tried oatmeal, avocado, banana, pears, and a carrot stick to see if he would chew on it. I would say he hasn't swallowed ANY of the above. I was only trying about once a week because of how much he seemed to hate it. But since going to the doctor yesterday, she encouraged us to try at least 1-2 times a day. She said to start with oatmeal and once he's taking that progress to vegetables and so on. She said she would only be concerned if he still wasn't eating at 9 months. So we will work on it!! :) I'm really looking forward to when he's eating lots of foods! I think it's so fun to see him grow.

Hanging out at the Zoo!

Trying out his new sunglasses at the Zoo
Not a fan of solids

SO over it

Loves his Aunt Lauren!

sitting long enough for pictures for the first time on Easter Sunday

Still such a smiley happy boy almost all the time

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