nicknames: dax, monkey, munchkin, and tyke. matt's been calling him daxy-poo, too, which is kind of ridiculous but it's adorable that he's so cute with him.
likes: playing peek-a-boo. yelling, squealing, and screaming. rolling over. splashing in the bath or baby pool. trying to grab padfoot.
dislikes: being hungry. getting out of the bath.
milestones: we are officially mobile - daxon is completely rolling over now. he's been rolling front to back for several weeks, but pretty much could not care less about rolling back to front. but just within the past week, he started completely rolling. he is really good at lifting up his head, and recently started kind of pushing up his butt. he really found his voice this month - yells, squeals, screams, and talks. and he is sitting on his own for longer and longer periods of time. but the biggest milestone is that we've started solids! more on that below.
clothing size: all 3-6 month or 6 month. and a pair of old navy jean shorts that are 6-12 month.
sleep: sleep has been weird this month. all of a sudden he is having mid-night wakeups. he doesn't need to eat, but he wakes up and fusses, so i go down and give him his paci and his lovey, and usually within a few minutes he falls back to sleep. he is also waking up much earlier than usual - like 5-5:30, when it used to be that i had to wake him up at 6. he is also a bit more difficult to put down at night, which may because of adding solids to his nighttime routine. and really, he's not difficult, per se, but he's not falling asleep nursing consistently like he had been. several times i've had to put him in the crib awake. but usually i just give him his lovey and after fussing/playing for a couple minutes, he falls asleep. once or twice we've had to go give him his paci.
naps: i am trying to be more consistent with his naptime, especially his big afternoon nap (1-3). daycare marks that he naps from 1-3 every day, and though i doubt that he's actually sleeping that whole time, i'm sure he is at least getting quiet time, so i am making more of an effort to do the same thing. i take him upstairs, close his blinds, turn on the white noise machine (sometimes i'll play music instead of the white noise), and close the door. again, sometimes he'll lie awake and play for up to 20 minutes, but eventually he'll fall sleep, and then he'll pretty consistently sleep for at least an hour, and very rarely he'll go close to 2 hours. i usually try to get him down in the mornings, too, around 10, which is what they mark that he does at daycare. sometimes he'll also take a quick catnap after our evening nursing session (like 15-20 minutes).
eating: we started solids, you guys! so far, he's only getting about an ounce once a day. i'm waiting to send something to daycare until after we see the ped to really figure out exactly how to schedule adding solids to his routine. at exactly 5.5 months, we started off with egg yolk, based on this information. i hadn't really intended to start when we did, but he was sitting at the table with me one evening when matt was working late, and he was so interested in what i was doing, so i took a hard-boiled egg, scooped out the yolk, and mushed it with some breastmilk. it went well, so our next step was bananas, and only because we ran out of eggs and happened to have some bananas. he didn't like the bananas so much at first, but we tried again, and he took to them on the 2nd night. after that was sweet potatoes, then avocado. we also tried green beans, but they didn't puree very well - the hulls didn't break down, so it was kind of chunky, and he didn't like the texture. after doing it, i read that using frozen green beans is actually better than fresh, so we'll have to give that another try. we try each food 3 times to monitor for reactions. for the bananas, i just mushed them with a spoon/fork in a little ramekin. for the avocado, i put it in the food processor. and for the sweet potatoes and green beans, i used my baby brezza, which steams and purees all in the same bowl, which i love cuz it's less mess. i am basically following this guideline on when to introduce what foods, minus the grains. i'm still not sure what i'm going to do about grains and wheat. from what i've read, a baby's guts lack the enzyme to properly break down grains until they're much older. however, i am concerned that putting it off puts him at higher risk for developing a wheat/gluten allergy.
so our feeding schedule looks like this: i nurse him first thing in the morning (usually around 6-ish). during the week, he is then up for the day. he gets 3 6-oz bottles at daycare (and i pump 3 times at work). i nurse him when we get home (right around 6). he eats dinner with us around 7. and then at 7:45, it's bedtime and he nurses to sleep. i sometimes worry that he's eating too much, but then i have to remember that he's not getting a whole lot of nutrition yet from the solids - "food before 1 is just for fun!" my plan is to start sending an ounce or so to daycare and having them give it to him before his afternoon nap. he gets a bottle at noon and then goes down for nap from 1-3.
we are having so much fun with him. his little personality is definitely starting to show through. so far, we know that he loves to smile, rarely cries (unless he's hungry...like daddy), and can entertain himself just fine. he likes to sit back and watch what's happening around him (again, like daddy), but if you get him chatting he will talk your ear off (like mama). he's pretty outgoing, and will flash his big smile to pretty much anyone.
|look, ma, no hands!|
|crazy hair day at daycare|
|petting mama while nursing|
|playing on mama and daddy's bed|