Just last week, Owen turned eight months old, and I’ve been so negligent with monthly updates. Nevertheless, better late than never. The longer I wait, the less I remember. So what has Owen been up to since I last posted at his 5-month mark? Lots!
So, in no particular order…
His two bottom teeth came in about a week before the six-month mark! Then, just a few days after he turned 8 months, I noticed a whitish nub on his top gums. Over the course of the day, that tooth cut through the gums and made its appearance. It didn’t come easily. The days and nights leading up to this tooth were more fussy than usual. In fact, I’m glad the tooth came, because it explained all the fussing!
His 6 months stats:
27.4″ long = just over 75th percentile for height; 16 lbs = 25th percentile for weight and 100th percentile for head circumference. He’s a long, skinny peanut with a big head!
Owen got his first haircut one day after his six-month mark. We wanted to get rid of the mullet. I wouldn’t say that he loved getting his hair cut. Andy had to hold him because he couldn’t actually sit on the chair by himself. Two months later, his hair is growing in nicely and it’ll probably be another couple of months before he needs a haircut again.
He is on the move in his own unique way. He has been pushing himself backward, while on his tummy. Between that and rolling, he manages to get himself almost anywhere he wants. We’ve found him under coffee tables, under the TV cabinet, and under chairs. Then, yesterday, he figured out that he can use his toes to push off and propel himself forward. Today he was doing the army crawl in a desperate attempt to reach his brother’s Duplo. Those pieces feel so good on his gums!
He is wiggly!! Within the last month or so, he has become difficult to hold in your arms if he is restless or trying to grab something. You can’t hold him while you’re eating, because he’ll most certainly put his hand in your food or knock it off the table. The other day, I decided to carry him into the store rather than keeping him in his infant car seat. I could barely check out because he wanted to grab the debit machine, my wallet, my cards, etc…He could literally jump out of my arms – he is that wiggly.
On the other hand, he can be so cuddly. He’s the baby who will lean his head into your chest and fall asleep if he’s content. He’s still a bit of a peanut, so he fits nicely into that spot just under your chin. He’s still a fairly easygoing baby in regards to being away from Mommy. He lets me get out for my runs and do classes at the Y. Sometimes he’ll push out his lower lip and cry if a stranger gets too close or too many strangers are in his face and he can’t see me.
Owen does not prefer sitting up yet. We’ve been practicing for the last month or so, but he mostly resists it. He doesn’t know what to do with himself while he’s sitting so that frustrates him. Usually when we try to sit him down, he’ll just arch his back and push against it. He prefers to be on his tummy, rolling around. Still, he seems to be at a turning point in this regard. In the last couple of days, he’s sat up for minutes at a time, before tipping over.
Sleep is okay. Our days often begin at 5:30 – 6:30. Then he’ll often nap after Daniel goes to school, sometime between 9 & 10. It seems that he’ll nap 2 hrs most days but the times aren’t consistent. For example, today he decided to wake up at 7 and subsequently didn’t nap till 10:45, but then he slept till 1:30. Usually he’ll have one to two 30-45 min naps afterward. Bedtime is 9ish. He’ll wake and be nursed back to sleep around midnight and then again around 4 a.m. most nights. It’s really not too bad, but of course some nights are worse than others. About two weeks ago, he woke up at 2:30 and wouldn’t settle. He ended up pooping at 3 and then stayed awake till 5 a.m., right when I needed to get up for a run! Ugh! But then last night, he only woke up once at 2:30 and then was awake for the day at 6:30. Can’t complain about that! He is still in the bassinet in our bedroom, since he can’t yet pull himself up. It’s easiest for me to have him close for feedings.
Owen has started solids. He loves mum mum crackers and started eating those right at six months. We tried a little baby-led weaning, but I think six months is a tad early for that (or I’m just too impatient). We ended up trying him on pureed fruits and veggies, since I had a couple of the squeeze containers around the house. He has loved them all. We’ve given him little puffs to try and he can get about 50% of them into his mouth from the highchair tray.
We continue to love little Owen’s personality. He is not a demanding baby, but that doesn’t mean he lets you forget about him! He has a way of squealing to tell us what he wants, and he just loves chatting with you when you make eye contact. Currently, his “thing” is to grab your face and try to chomp on your chin or any other piece of your face that he can get into his mouth. His brothers are so gentle and helpful when it comes to watching Owen (when I’m in another room) or meeting his needs (like getting him toys). They love that he is becoming more interactive and they really enjoy watching him do new things. I am really enjoying 8 months. Daniel was 8 months old when he joined our family, so now I’ve officially parented three babies from this age onward. It’s a busy age but so much fun witnessing milestones met and new discoveries made everyday!!