Six Months

I fell in love with my baby this month. That probably sounds weird, like I didn't love him before or something. I did. But I hear people talk about this overwhelming feeling of love they get the first time they feel their baby kick or the first time they see their baby. I didn't have that feeling. It was just a slow gradual love, until this month and now I'm kind of obsessed. Maybe its because I can see more of his personality, or maybe its because I can tell now that he loves me back, or maybe its just because he's finally sleeping through the night and is taking 2-3 naps a day. Whatever. I adore him. He's rolling around on purpose now back and forth accross the room and I often find him in corners. He sits up like a champ and he's up on his hands an knees rocking back and forth. He's got the back end of the crawl down and scoots his knees forward but he still hasn't figured out how to use his arms yet so he tries to use his forehead instead. Its hilarious. He gets the giggles when he sees older kids, especially his cousins. He thinks they are just hysterical even if they are only hopping on one foot. He's very social and always wants to talk to other babies, but his version of "talk" is extremely loud so it frequently scares them and makes them cry, ha! He loves being outside and will sit in his running stroller or on the lawn for hours. He has started sucking his thumb too which I appreciate because he can finally self soothe but I have to stop myself from pulling it out of his mouth when I think about the orthodontist bills. The biggest change this month was starting solid foods and this little guy pounds it. I really have no idea where he puts it all.

Six Month Stats:
Weight- 18 lbs 53rd Percentile
Height- 26 inches 17th Percentile

Favorite things:
Sophie the Giraffe: I didn't understand the hype about this toy until this month. It is awesome. Its light enough and shaped perfectly so he can hold it without dropping it every five seconds, it makes a  horrifying squeaky sound that he loves, and the rubbery texture is ideal for teething.
Ikea Antilop high chair: Does this thing look ghetto? I love it. First of all its $20. Hi, I can do that. Second of all its the easiest thing in the world to clean... which is important considering that's required at least three times a day.
Daddy Moments:

Evan's students decided they wanted a class pet so they bought a goldfish and named him Winston Jr. Evan brought it home to show Winston and his reaction was pretty priceless.


Solid Food!

 We are doing Baby Led Weaning, and if you're just a casual reader looking to catch up on Winston, here is where you want to check out. This is just for the other moms. So the basic premise of BLW is that babies don't actually need traditional pureed baby food. Pureed fruits and vegetables that you think of as "baby food" are designed to be spoon fed starting at age 4 months, however, pediatricians now are frequently recommending that babies be exclusively breast fed until they are 6 months old. They are doing this for several reasons including the fact that it decreases a risk of developing allergies as well as the fact that breast milk is more nutritious than other solid foods, especially rice cereal. Once babies are 6 months old they are also ready for "table foods" because they can sit up on their own and have the hand eye coordination to pick things up and put them in their mouth. So since we are now waiting until 6 months to start anything other than breast milk, and since they can pick things up and put them in their mouths on their own at 6 months...why spoon feed? BLW says, just skip the mush! There's a lot more to it than that, though. The book talks about tons of different benefits, first being you don't have to spoon feed, buy separate baby food, or make your own baby food. Your baby just eats whatever you're eating. There are some obvious things you hold back on such as nuts, or things that you or your spouse have allergies to, etc, but for the most part you can share your meals with baby providing you eat healthy foods. You cut baby's food into "stick" shapes so that they are large enough for baby to pick up and put it in his mouth and also large enough so that he can't choke on it. You offer baby several choices from your plate, they get to pick them up themselves and put it in their mouth on their own, if they don't like it, they don't have to eat it. If they do like it, they get to eat as much as they want. I really liked this part of the theory because Evan and I feel its very important for our kids to make their own choices {as appropriate for the age of course, for example our 3 year old won't get to choose his own bed time but he will get to choose if he would rather read a book or sing a song before bed, but more on that in another post}. Anyway this supposedly helps children be less picky eaters because their parents aren't constantly tricking them into eating one more spoonful of some nasty mush with "Here comes the airplane..." tricks. They eat what they like and leave what they don't. And according to their research they actually choose to eat healthy fruits and vegetables just fine, providing you give them the opportunity. Also they get to explore different textures instead of carrots feeling the same in their mouth as apples. Its much more enjoyable when our meals have different textures and its the same way for a baby. It also helps them to recognize when they are hungry and when they are full, they'll stop when they are done instead of you trying to make sure they finish off the whole jar. This prevents overeating and obesity throughout the rest of their life. Also, most babies who are breast fed are fed "on demand" which means you feed them when they "tell" you they are hungry and they decide how much to eat and stop when they are done. BLW is a natural transition to solid foods because they get to keep that freedom in deciding what and how much to eat. You'll be able to tell how much baby is eating based on his diapers. According to the book, most babies don't eat much for the first few months which is just fine because you are supposed to continue breast feeding as often as they want. They think food is just for fun at first, it takes a while for them to realize that it can fill their tummy. Winston, however, knows what food is and snatches it out of my hand and eats it at any given moment. I have no idea how he knows the difference between a slice of apple and a similar looking toy, but he does and his diapers prove it. He also still nurses every 2-3 hours though so he's just a chunk.

 If you are interested in doing BLW here is my advice:

1. READ THE BOOK. I have linked to the website and if you search on Pinterest there are tons of Moms who have written blog posts about it but seriously if you want to do this, read the book. You will need to be prepared to answer everyone's questions about why you are giving your six month old baby a chicken leg and they will be horrified at your bizarre behavior. I promise. Be prepared for lots of people to think you're nuts. I still don't like feeding Winston anywhere but our house because he is new to food and still learning different tastes and textures and I hate having to explain myself to everyone regarding giving him cheese (gasp! a milk product!) or letting him feed himself. You need to read all the benefits and you need to make sure you agree with the theory before you do it. My lovely friend who let me borrow her book did this with her second child. Their oldest was fed baby food the traditional way and with their second they did BLW and difference in the way the two of them eat is astonishing. That personal testimony, plus all the research I have done has convinced me this is something I want to do. If you don't agree with it, lovely. Don't do it! I know Babywise is like a Bible to a lot of moms but it didn't work for us, and I think its the same with this.

2. Take a CPR/ECC class. Now you're probably freaking out and don't want to do it because I'm telling you your baby is going to choke and you're going to have to try and revive him. NOT SO. But if you are going to participate in BLW you will have to chant this to yourself: "Gagging is different than choking." Being a health care provider, this is something I am very familiar with and I absolutely know the difference between the two, but most people don't. Evan still freaks out when we eat dinner with Win and he "gags". Up above when I told you to cut your baby's food into shapes large enough for them to pick up, you were probably thinking babies are supposed to have small pieces so they don't choke. However, at 6 months old they won't be able to pick up little tiny pieces because they haven't developed the pincer grasp yet. The pieces need to be large enough to be grasped by their entire fist and still have some food sticking out either end so they can fit it into their mouth (they won't be coordinated enough to open their fist and get the food in quite yet). Listen to me, your baby will not choke but he will gag. Gagging is a bunch of noisy coughing and pulling ugly faces that probably will make you panic and think you're about to have to do the Heimlich. Here's the thing. Baby's anatomy is different than yours. His gag reflex is extremely far forward in his mouth and it moves back as he ages. His anatomy is this way in order to prevent him from choking. When he is first learning about food and how far back to put it in his mouth he is going to hit that gag reflex (which again is extremely far forward, so when he hits it he is not really choking) and pull faces and cough and you're going to panic. So I want you to take a CPR/ECC class so you feel confident in those moments that you will know what to do if your baby chokes. But you won't actually have to do it because your baby is not going to choke. He's just going to gag. Here's another news flash, baby is actually the best person to prevent himself from choking. When he is gagging, if you freak out and stick your fingers in his mouth and try to grab something, you're going to make it worse. He will be just fine if you let him work it out on his own.

3. Be prepared for a huge mess. Now you can probably see why I chose an all plastic high chair. Baby is going to have a learning curve and it is messy. Although, I feel like spoon feeding is pretty messy too. I feed Winston his messiest food of the day for breakfast in just a diaper and then give him a bath. For lunch and dinner we do less messy foods so I don't have to bathe him all over again. The good thing about solid foods is that if you put a table cloth underneath baby, you can just pick up the food he drops and hand it back to him, as opposed to having the entire jar of sweet potato smeared from wall to wall and a lot of it gets wasted.

Confession: We did start Winston a little earlier than his actual 6 month birthdate because he started grabbing things from off my plate and putting them in his mouth at 5 months and at 5 and a half months he was sitting up on his own. I felt like he was ready a little early, which has been the case with most of his developmental milestones so far. I started him with slices of raw fruits and vegetables that he couldn't actually eat, he just sucked on them. This helped him figure out the gag reflex thing and kind of staved him off so I could buy some more time for the whole "preventing allergies" part of the theory. Once I gave him a banana though, he figured out he could actually eat it and get full so then it was game over. We roast the veggies in the oven to make them soft enough to eat since he has no teeth. For soft food like yogurt, I load the spoon and hand it to him and he puts it in his mouth... most the time. Hence the mess. Bananas and cheese sticks are his favorite, I think its because its an easy texture for him to hold on his own and devour. He'll eat an entire banana if I let him.

So far we have tried:

Sweet potatoes
corn on the cob
toast "sticks"
bell peppers
green beans

I love the book and the theories. The practice has been messier of course. It's taken time for me to figure out just exactly what shape and texture he can manage, sometimes I roast the veggies too long, sometimes not long enough, etc. If you have done BLW please leave me any advice you have!! Its a work in progress. But I'm liking both the work and the progress.


  1. We love the theory behind BLW! I'm excited to start Eleanor on food in a couple of months. He is adorable!!

  2. Yay for BLW! I'm so glad you are loving it like we did. It's pretty awesome.

    And with both my babiesI also felt that around 6 months I am head-over-heels in love with them. I just want to EAT them up all day long. It's the best!

  3. Just found your blog! I think you're wonderful and although I haven't met you officially, I feel like I know you in some small way. You're a great mom! We did the BLW just naturally...I didn't know there was a program. That's awesome. It's gone really well for both my girls. I guess I was just too cheap to buy baby food and they wanted to be like us. Your little Winston is adorable!!


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