Where have the last six months gone? It is absolutely astounding that the first half of Jane’s first year has already whizzed right by. So far, parenting has taught me many things, not the least of which is the value of time. I only have this one day with Jane, and want to make the most of it. I want to soak in her sweetness and enjoy each milestone and stage.
It feels like we’ve packed a lot into this month, but that’s probably just because we’re extra tired. We took a cross country trip to Portland for Thanksgiving, and the prep and readjustment from that has taken up most of our month. Oh, yeah, and getting ready for Christmas.
Length: 26.5 (75%-ile)
Head circumference: 45 cm (off of the charts)
Sleep: Ugh. We have hit major sleep regression. It started at four months, but when we got to Portland, Jane was going to bed at 6 pm & waking at 5 every day until two days before we left. When we came home, she decided that 11 pm was her bedtime. She also decided that she needed to go back to cosleeping while we were away and we have had to continue in this. Sometimes I love it, sometimes I hate it. This is definitely not what I want to be doing long term, so I’ve started reading The Baby Sleep Book by the Drs. Sears in hopes that they will have some helpful tips. Jane is waking between 3 and 6 times every night, so I feel like I have a newborn again when it comes to sleep. In addition to our plane trip, Jane also got her first immunization last week, and I’m pretty sure she’s in a growth spurt. It also seems that she’s hitting a new milestone every day, so hopefully once things slow down after Christmas she will start sleeping better. Fingers crossed.
She is still taking 4-5 naps a day and still can’t decide if she’s ready to give up her evening nap. This girl keeps us guessing!
Shoes: 2, but I think she will outgrow them before the end of the month.
Diapers: I’m stuffing her into 3s at night, but when we run out I will buy 4s. On a side note, I really love cloth diapers! I am a pretty lazy person, but for the most part I haven’t found laundry and stuffing to be burdensome. I would highly recommend it!
Milestones: Jane can pass things from one hand to another, sit unassisted (although I need to be close by because she will occasionally tumble), reach up and down for objects that she’s interested in while sitting, jabber jabber jabber and with consonants. She is very interested in our food and reaches for it; last week we discovered that she can drink from a straw so we will start using that for breast milk when I work. She has also started to show a bit of a stubborn streak by throwing an occasional short-lived temper tantrum when we are switching from what she deems are very interesting activities.
Successes: I feel so much more comfortable taking Jane with me on errands now. Now that I’ve learned how to nurse in the Ergo, I am very confident about nursing in public and being able to keep her comfortable and accommodate her naps. It is so liberating! Also, Jane did amazingly well on all of our flights to and from Portland. We received many compliments on how well behaved she is.
Challenges: See “Sleep”