Jesse Blue / 6 months.
And we're here—he's half-a-year old and we have very much waved goodbye to the newborn stage and don't I know it. It's so clear Jesse's had a bit of a developmental leap in the past 2 weeks as he's suddenly rolling everywhere and he certainly won't sit still anymore. His naps are few and far between and night time has been worse than ever! On the plus side, he's started to be really vocal and he'll now put his arms out and arch his back to be picked up. He's constantly holding out his hands to grab and touch whatever's in front of him and he gazes at you as if you're the most wonderful thing he's ever seen, cute.
Last time Blue was weighed, he was 14Ibs 8oz I think and he's inbetween the 9th and 25th percentile; he's always followed the same line and there are no concerns about his weight as he's gaining well and is a beautiful ball of squidge. I'm reluctant to give up on the 3-6 months clothes but I am going to have to accept defeat soon as they really are too snug.
We started solids! A week before he turned 6 months, and after a discussion with the health visitor, we decided to bite the bullet and begin the strenuous journey of weaning. You can read more about that on The many faces of weaning and we've teamed up with the fab folks at Cosatto to bring you more about our journey over the next few months. The last couple of days he hasn't really been too fussed but he's also not been sleeping well so I believe it could all be to do with the 6 month sleep regression.
Last month, I was complaining about the 1-2 hourly wake-ups and now I feel like laughing in my own face because the past week or two we've been having half-hourly wake-ups, we're actually lucky to get longer than an hours stretch! As mentioned above, I believe we're going through the 6 month regression/developmental leap as he's definitely experiencing some seperation anxiety and he's also suddenly rolling all over the place and doesn't stop moving. I've had a tough couple of nights worrying that it's because he's totally addicted to nursing but now I've realised he's going through alot of growing and he just needs his Mama, so we've given into co-sleeping whilst he gets through this and it's actually the only way I can get much sleep as all he wants when he wakes up is a 5 minute nurse and he's back off to the land of nod.
As mentioned above, he's rolling alot and he really enjoys being on his tummy, now he's able to hold himself up for longer periods of time. He's starting to tease at crawling, trying to kick his feet and move himself towards toys and he's so close to being able to sit unaided. He's showing a preference for certain people now and will hold his arms out to be held, as well as arching his back and complaining if he's not happy. He's become really vocal and always seems to have a foot in his mouth (his own) and he loves blowing raspberries, even more so when he realises it makes us laugh. He's found his winky alot sooner than A did and constantly grabs at it. Boys.*facepalm*
This month, I've absolutely loved seeing the boys together more than ever before; Jesse is paying so much more attention to Archie now and he'll try and grab him and laugh at him and be so excited to see him in the mornings. Archie's still a little rough with JB at times but he loves him so much and has taken on the role of older brother beautifully.
THINGS I DON'T WANT TO FORGET
The beautiful colour of his eyes right now; they're a really light hazel/brown colour and they're so wide and sparkly, I find them really unusual. The point where he stops being so much of a baby that doesn't take much notice of the world around him and suddenly you can see in everything he does that he's suddenly so aware of what he likes (baby mush & sucking his toes) and what he doesn't (sleeping & being put down). The exhaustion; I don't want to forget how freakin' tired I am so I know not to have anymore children for a good while!