By six months, Bridgette was sitting up on her own very well. She appeared to be interested in what we were eating. She even reached out for the food on our plates on occasion. We figured she had reached a stage where she was ready to learn about solid food.
Feeding Bridgette solids is something that Chris and I were very excited and eager to begin with her, but as most people say, it quickly became more of a chore and less of a "fun" experience after a couple of weeks. Don't get me wrong. I still enjoy watching her expressions as she tries different foods for the first time. It's fun to try to read her face to see whether or not she likes a certain kind of food. On the other hand, it's a mess. It takes time. She tries to pull the spoon out of our hands. It doesn't all go in her mouth. Sometimes the baby food just ends up splattered across the feeding tray, her bib, the floor, her clothes, her hair, in the dog's mouth, and the list goes on. When it doesn't go in her mouth, I remind myself that this is just for learning. The goal here is teaching her how to eat food. We're getting her used to new textures. She doesn't need it for nutritional value at this point because "food before one is just for fun"- or for "not always fun" in my opinion!
Here are some photos of her trying some of her first few foods!
The second thing we were waiting for Bridgette to turn six months old do was kicking her out of our room. From the time we brought her home from the hospital, she always slept in our room in the pack n' play. We had even had to drop down the bassinet attachment in it to let her sleep just in the play yard for a month or so because she had grown to over 15 pounds and became too heavy for it per manufacturer's warning label. At six months the risk of SIDS goes way down. One of the ways to reduce the risk is letting the baby sleep in your room- not in your bed, but in the same room. I guess the thought is that if they were to struggle in their sleep with breathing or something, you could hear it and help them to safety. I am not really sure, but by six months she hadn't been swaddled in months. She could roll completely over in both directions. She actually rolled over a lot to sleep on her stomach at this point. We had been letting her nap in her crib during the day and evening for about a month to get her used to the crib. We felt pretty safe with moving her into her own big girl crib for the night. We enjoyed finally being freed from have to hear every sound she made through the night! Honestly, I think the only reason we made it with her in our room as long as we did is because she's a relatively good sleeper at night. Once she went down for the night, you really couldn't disturb her very easily.
She had her six month well visit at the beginning of December just a couple of days after she turned six months. She had grown to be 16 pounds and 7 oz. She was 26" long. Her head was 42 cm. That's 55 percentile for weight, 51 percentile for length and 53 percentile for head circumference according to her doctor. She had two standard immunizations that day, and I opted to have a third one done on her. She was 6 months old, so she was eligible for the flu shot. I thought we should go ahead and have her take that one just because she's always around people. I wanted to protect her during flu season. We have a big family. She goes to a daycare. She's handled a lot at church. She only had half a flu shot that day because they split it up the first time you get it- at least they do for babies- to help build immunity. Her doctor told me to bring her back in at the end of December for the other half of the flu shot.
She didn't care much for the shots. In fact, her face was so sad that I decided just to show her legs here. Don't worry, I offered her lots of love and comfort after the shots. She was back to her normal smiling self before we left the doctor's office.
Her schedule didn't change much from five months, but we did add solid foods once per day. This is what her schedule looked like around six months:
- Sometime between 6:00 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. nurse before we leave for work/day care
- 9:30 a.m. bottle at day care
- 12:30 p.m. I leave work to nurse at day care on my lunch break
- 3:30 p.m. bottle at day care
- Sometime between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. nurse
- Sometime between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. offer solids (not every day, but we did if there was time!)
- After 7:30 she would fall asleep for the evening until I would wake her up to nurse one more time and get her ready for bed
- Sometime between 8:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. nurse for the last time of the day
- 10:00 or 10:30 p.m. get ready for bed, read with Daddy, bed for the night!
- Trying food for the first time! She loved her first food, sweet potatoes. Aside from bananas, it's probably her favorite so far. Her second food was squash, which was also tolerated. Some foods that she does not like are avocado or turkey. Who would like pureed turkey though, really?!
- Sleeping all night in her big girl bed!
- Learning how to jump in her Jumperoo, a big toy she sits in to jump and it has toys attached all the way around it.
- She learned how to get someone to bounce her- she would bounce when Grandma Lolo (Chris' stepmom, Lori) would bounce her up and down while holding her.
- She loved hearing herself "talk."
- She started learning how to sit up at five months, but at six months she could do it really well for long periods of time unassisted.
- We visited Elizabethtown to see grandparents and her Aunt Niki who traveled in for Thanksgiving. We all rode in a caravan to Lexington from Elizabethtown to spend Thanksgiving with Lori's family, so she got to meet Grandma Masters, Lori's mom.
- Looking at all the beautiful Christmas decorations and lights as they went up! Moving the advent calendar each day! I am not sure she cared so much about Christmas this year. Maybe she will next year!