So let’s just get to the update(s), shall we?
And yes, baby Lily has been 6 months for about 2 weeks now….better late than never, right?!
previous PP & baby posts:
Postpartum & Baby: 6 Months Update
Postpartum: 6 Months (Body, Mind)
Similar to last month’s body update: I’ve fit into my clothes & everything for awhile now, so I’ve been focused on getting stronger & fitter, rather than getting skinnier or weighing less. Actually, those last two things don’t ever cross my mind.
I am not in the game to be skinny or weigh less. I want stronger muscles, I want to be able to jump higher, I want to be able to run faster, and I want to be able to teach fitness classes at a higher fitness level. And this month I HAVE been able to put more weight on my barbell, do a few more pushups on my toes, and hold hovers on my toes longer. I am still working on all that, of course….but new this month? I can finally see more definition in my abs and that area is tightening up. Woot!
I’m telling ya–(taking or) teaching CXWORX is the key to getting a stronger midsection!
Everything is tightening up again, and in the way of feeling like ‘myself’ in my body, it’s all there. Not sure I will do any more PP updates actually (we shall see), because I feel like I am pretty much back to where I was before I got pregnant.
This month I was mostly happy/content, with a few hard days thrown in there for good measure. Because baby L sleeps much better (normally) this past month than she did the previous month, I felt more emotionally stable because I got more sleep too.
Of course there are ups & downs, but overall, this month was a good one on the emotional front…..
…until we had her 6 month doctor’s appointment. Then it all went downhill from there. More on that in a second.
Baby: 6 Months
And on to the main event: Baby Lily!!! <3
My little munchkin is adorable!
6 month stats:
- weight: 12 lbs 11 oz (3rd %tile)
- height: 26.8 in. (76th %tile)
- head circumference: 15.9 in. (5th %tile)
She is a tiny, long thing!
She wears size 2 diapers, and 6 month, 6-9 month, and some 9-month clothes right now.
Her normal pediatrician was at this 6 month appt. (thank goodness!) so it went much better than the 4 month appointment, and he was kind in saying it, but he mentioned that her weight percentile is dropping, which can affect things later one.
I was a basket case after that. And I ordered everything online to increase my milk supply (again!!<—I had, admittedly, gotten lazy). I also went and bought rice cereal, so now she eats whatever fruit/veggie WITH rice cereal AND breastmilk.
So, as you can see, it was a tough ending to a good month. It was hard because I haven’t seen any signs from her that suggests she isn’t getting enough food (she’s a pretty content/happy baby & sleeps, generally, really well), so I felt like a failure hearing that she might not be getting enough. That was really, really tough.
Obviously none of it was intentional, but I guess I just need to eat more, drink more, and use every milk supply increasing mechanism under the sun. The thing with milk supply is this: it is fluid. So you can’t just increase it and then think ‘you’re good’ for awhile. Nope. It is a constant, consistent thing….and I simply wasn’t making it a priority.
It’s hard to admit you may have messed up….especially when you had no idea you were doing anything wrong. But I am going to do everything I can from here on out to help her gain some weight.
And now my milk supply and her eating is a huge priority. I am giving myself 2 weeks to see if she gains (we’re going back to the doc in a week or so), and then we will go from there. I will keep you updated!
*Note: it should be noted that all my sisters in law (Jared’s sisters), and his mother, all had small babies, Jared was a small baby, and I was an average baby. Baby Lily was also not born huge (even though she was 15 days late), so I am okay with her maybe being on the smaller side, but I’m not okay with her weight percentile dropping at each appointment. The doc was kind too and mentioned that he’s fine with skinny babies, but if the percentiles drop each and every time, it might be saying something.
And yes, I’ve been eating calories (and water) of any and every kind for the past week. It’s kind of fun to stuff my face!! Any awesome (calorie-heavy) food suggestions are welcome!
This month she continued to be a good eater, but I must admit, she pulled off of the breast more often than I would wish. She seems like a not-so-patient baby, so I believe when the flow slows down and the milk gets thicker, she gets annoyed and pulls off. And me, not knowing much about it, wouldn’t try too hard to put her back on & on and on again, which is a key to increasing supply and helping them get the hind milk (the fattier milk).
We are working on all of that above, and it seems to be working (she eats longer). Score!
This month she did begin to eat veggies!
Before her 6 month birthday she’d eaten:
- sweet potatoes (love!)
- carrots (like)
- parsnips (like!)
And now, I’ve added breastmilk and rice cereal to any and all fruits/veggies she’s been eating.
She continues to like taking a bottle of breastmilk when I am gone, as well.
She still loves playtime! She plays with pretty much anything-all her toys, teddy bears, my hair, burp clothes, magazines, the wipes bag, etc. Anything she can get her hands on, she is into it….and it goes right into her mouth, per usual!
She sits up unassisted now for a few seconds, but then she starts to lean forward so it’s more of a hamstring stretch. Her back is getting stronger though, so she will be sitting up on her own in no time.
She also likes to chill in the Bumbo!
She loves to read, sing, and listen to music. And she LOVES being outside (just like her mama), go on walks, and suck on her binkie.
She is really fun at this stage!
This month was much better on the sleep front!
Depending on the day, she will take anywhere from 2-3 naps. The 4th nap was definitely dropped the previous month, and some days it’s only 2 naps, so that was a big change! She’s awake in much longer stretches now, and that is really fun.
Her first nap is usually in the 9 or 10 a.m. hour (depending on when she woke up), and her second nap is usually in the 1 or 2 p.m. hour (depending on the previous nap). If she needs/takes a 3rd nap, it is usually a pretty short one around 4 p.m.
The 9/10 a.m. hour nap seems to be around 1-1.5 hours right now, and the 1/2 p.m. nap seems to be around 1.5-2 hours. The 3rd nap if needed (when her other 2 naps are too short for some odd reason), is around 35-40 minutes.
This is ALL very different from day to do though, but it is a basic outline of where she’s at. Also, if she goes to the gym kid’s club while I teach during the 9 a.m. hour, she will not take a nap until we are home…so those days are only 2 naps days.
She doesn’t nap well outside of her crib, but if she’s really tired, she will nap in our arms with a thin burp cloth over her eyes. We do this every Sunday at church! She is the type of baby that won’t nap well until we get home to her crib (or a pack’n’play) which I am fine with because she naps so well, that I’m cool with being home for naps.
She does get a bit ‘sedated’ in the stroller when we are on a walk, but she’s never fallen asleep in it lately. She also falls asleep in the car seat only if we’ve been driving for 40 minutes (at least), and it’s past her nap time. I’m telling ya: little munchkin is stubborn! And knows what she wants.
Luckily though, she doesn’t scream if it’s past nap time and we’re somewhere else…as LONG as the car (or I am) is still moving. Those darn red lights make her fussy! haha.
She is a GREAT sleeper….usually.
Her bedtime has been moved back from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. this month which has removed the random night waking 1 hour after bed. (My sister is a genius, it was her idea to try that!)
Good nights: bed around 6:45 p.m. (before that: bath, essential oils & massage, pjs, nursing in the dark with lullaby, into her bed by around 6:45). She usually gets up somewhere between/around 2-3 a.m. to eat and then wakes up at 8 a.m. for the day.
The other normal nights: bed around 6:45 p.m., wake-up to eat around 1 a.m., and then again 5/6 a.m., and then up for the day at 8:30 a.m.
Either one is cool with me, but I prefer the 1 night wake-up/eating ones.
When she was teething, she did more of the 2 wake-ups per night thing.
New this month: 2 teeth, and flipping over to her back almost every nap (and during the night)
She flips over really well to her back, no problem, but can’t yet flip back to her tummy, sooooo she gets ‘stuck’ in bed, and we have to flip her back over. <–this was causing some extra night wakeups, we believe. So….Jared’s mom had a great idea to swaddle her legs a bit with a big sheet, and so far it’s really helped to keep her from staying on her tummy and not flipping to her back (where she can’t sleep. Like will not sleep on her back). Word.
Overall I am grateful for the good sleeper we have. We have definitely worked at it, so it’s good to see it’s paid off.
Baby Lily likes: being held, babbling, going on walks, flapping her arm, bath time, kisses, other people looking at her (she likes the attention!), dancing around the room, music (especially Disney songs), her binkie (!!!!), sleeping on her tummy, being rubbed down with essential oils, leg & foot massage, putting all the things in her mouth, hearing us laugh/talk, eating solids
Baby Lily does not like: waiting to eat, startling noises, getting her face or nose wiped, being held like a baby (she wants to be held up)
We are so blessed to have this little sweetheart in our lives!
And a very happy birthday to my nephew who is 2 today!
Have a GREAT day, my friends!!! <3
What are some veggies that YOU or YOUR baby like??! Were YOU a small or bigger baby??!