Logan turned 6 months old today and I’m left wondering where the time has gone! It feels like just yesterday his tiny little body was put in my arms for the first time. These past 6 months have been absolutely exhausting but also so rewarding and I can’t believe how much he has changed in such a short time. Some updates on where we are at 6 months follow!
Feeding. Logan was fed breastmilk exclusively through 4 months, after which we started supplementing with a bit of formula. My supply greatly depleted after returning to work and I was unable to pump enough during the workday to satisfy his appetite while at daycare. I still exclusively breastfed while at home and the majority of his bottles at daycare were still breastmilk. As we approached 5 months, the proportion of breastmilk to formula decreased and soon his bottles at daycare were all formula. At about 5 ½ months I stopped pumping and we also started giving formula bottles at home because my supply continued to drop. Currently we are down to one breastfeeding session a day (usually in the middle of the night) and I anticipate that fading out shortly.
It took me several weeks to be ok with our ending breastfeeding. I felt in some way that I had failed him, and honestly felt more hormonal deciding to end breastfeeding than I did during the first few days home with Logan. Ultimately it has been nice to have my body back and the stress and worry I felt about how much milk I was producing has melted away. Logan is just as happy with a formula bottle as he is with breastmilk and looks up at me with the same wide beautiful eyes that completely melt my heart. I am so happy I stuck with the breastfeeding for as long as I did, as I was very close to giving it up early on, and am very proud of the amount of milk I was able to provide him. I am still in awe that I was able to nourish a tiny human for so long.
We have also tried sweet potato and peas although his interest in solids is limited to about one bite and then he just wants to play with the spoon!
Sleeping. Logan got really sick around 4 months old and hasn’t slept well since then. He has an awful cough as a result of a respiratory virus that according to doctors can, and in his case has, lingered for months. I still feed him once during the night and most other times we are able to calm him with a pacifier and resting our hand on his chest. He typically wakes every 2-3 hours though resulting in very tired mommy and daddy.
We’ve used this noise machine since he moved to his crib from the bassinet and have a pretty strict bedtime routine so are hopeful things will get better. We also recently started using an essential oil diffuser in hopes of relaxing him during the night. I’ll let you all know how that works out in a future post! We swapped out the Grobag mentioned in this post for a Halo Early Walker sleepsack as it has holes for his feet to stick out – something I wanted in case he figures out how pull himself to standing sooner than we expect.
Movement. Logan is fully rolling both ways – belly to back and vice versus. He’s figured out how to roll and “worm” his way around the floor to get where he wants to go. I think he’s pretty close to crawling as well as he lifts his back end up and propels himself forward. He is also very close to sitting up from a laying position on his own and tries to do so constantly.
Other updates. Logan is teething but none have popped through yet so he is super drooly. Often times I get to work and realize I have a drool spot on my shoulder! He loves his hands and feet and more times than not one or the other can be found in his mouth.
Logan has developed quite the little personality. He can be a bit sheepish around new people which I find to be completely adorable and has developed a little stranger danger especially if he wakes up in a different place from which he fell asleep in. Not to mention he has the best laugh!
Some of our favorite baby products at 6 months are the Halo Sleepsack, this gel teether you can freeze, and this Green Sprout car rattle that Logan loves chewing on. Similac Sensitive Non-GMO and Dr. Brown’s Wide-Neck bottles make formula feeding a breeze and this probiotic seems help keep him regular. Boudreaux Butt Paste was a lifesaver when Logan developed his first diaper rash and he loves spending time in this bouncer .
I never imagined the amount of love I could have for this little human. He is the best part of my day and his smile makes me so happy. He has brought so much joy to our lives.
Read about our favorite baby products at 4 months here and my initial thoughts on motherhood here.
Let me know your experiences with a 6 month old – or what you’re most looking forward to! I love hearing from other moms (and dads)!