I seem to go through these phases in the blogosphere where I forget this exists, haha.
The last 6 months have been both so long and a whirlwind at the same time. Piper went to the doctor last week and she weighs 16 pounds and is 26 inches long. At birth she was 6lb 10 oz and 19 inches. She’s eating a lot of solid food now, and I’ve found that I’m not really following any guidelines- I’m just going with her flow. She’s partial to fruit, as I’m sure most babies are, but she also likes peas, carrots, avocado, and sweet potato. I try and give her a mix of pureed food (baby oatmeal, applesauce, and the organic baby food pouches from the store- so so much easier for daycare) and some stuff that she has to chew. She enjoys the gerber puffs, baby mum mum rice wafers, french fries (haha), pear, banana, blueberries, I tried raspberries but I think they are too sour. She enjoys feeding herself already, so finger foods are great.
She still doesn’t sleep through the night, but its getting better. I put her to bed between 6:30-7 and she will stay in bed until 6ish the next morning. I feed her around 9 when we go to bed, and then she’ll wake 2x after that. Most of the time she goes right back to sleep. I’m starting to try and wean the night feeds though, so this whole week I’ve only been giving her 3 oz when she wakes instead of 4. Next week I’ll go down to 2 and so on. It’s my hope that she stops needing to eat and sleeps all night. Then we can start transitioning her to her own bed, in her own room. I’m hoping to avoid CIO because it bothers me, but we’ll see how it goes. Again, not really subscribing to any philosophy, just seeing what works!
Overall Piper is pretty awesome, she has a sunny, bright personality that I hope she keeps throughout her life. She is always, always happy. The cats have become her new fascination, and they’ve been good with it. Delilah keeps her distance for the most part, but Reggie will plop himself down near her. She pulled his tail the other day, and I saw him dig his claws into the couch, but he didn’t move. I think they understand, either way I’m glad that neither one has lashed out. I think she’s going to skip crawling altogether; she’s pretty good at getting around by wiggling and rolling- but who knows.
In other news, we bought at house at the end of September so we’ve been in it for a month now. It was a long, frustrating process but in the end we have about 1000 square feet of house, almost 12 acres, and a 2 car garage. Plenty of room for Gabe to do all of the things he has been wanting to do for years- he set up his tools in the garage and that keeps him busy on weekends. We’re lucky enough to have almost unlimited access to firewood, so we are heating with wood but have oil as a backup. The stove is in the basement, and so far seems to keep the house pretty warm. The real test will be when it is consistently below 0, but I’m in denial about winter.
I need to get myself and the wee one ready for the day! Suffice to say though, things are good 🙂