River at 6 months:
Weight/Height: 17.8 lbs 27 inches long
Sleeping: We moved River to his own bed this month and he has been sleeping all night ever since. The transition was super easy: he was ready to have his own space to stretch out, a quiet room with no distractions. We didn't use any special strategy or technique, we simply followed our normal bedtime routine and put him in his crib: dinner, bath, story time, prayers, and then bed. He was a little fussy for the first two nights, understandably so. Being alone in his bed was a new concept and so we stayed nearby and went into his room to reassure him when he cried out or fussed. We picked him up, rocked him, calmed him down, and then put him back down. I've never been able to let my kids cry it out, it's just not for our family. But going into River's room to reassure him when he was upset worked for us. After two nights of this, he was comfortable in his new bed and slept 12 hours straights, from 7 to 7. Words can not describe the difference a full night's sleep has meant for ALL of us, baby and parents. We are all happier and starting our days which much better attitudes.
Feeding: River is nursing like a champ, so much so that I've had to add an extra pumping session during my work day to keep up with his demand. I have to be very vigilant about staying hydrated and eating enough calories to keep up with my growing boy's needs. He is showing a big interest in food, reaching for things at the table and watching us intently. We will start solids with his pediatrician's approval after his 6 month check up.
Milestones: River is sitting up independently and rolling over both ways. He gets up on all fours and rocks back and forth. He has two bottom teeth and is working on more. He babbles "dadada" and "mamama" and squeals and coos constantly. He recognizes faces and voices and gives me the best greeting when I get home from work. He also protests very loud and clear when I try to put him down. This month, River celebrated his first Mardi Gras with his first trip to New Orleans, had his first Valentines' Day, and spent lots of time with family and friends.
Personality: River is very active now and seems to be in constant motion: rolling and scooting and grabbing. He is a very, very happy baby and giggles and smiles constantly. His hair is a strawberry blonde color and his eyes are still grayish blue. He looks exactly like his Daddy to me. He loves to hug and give kisses and play on the floor with his sisters. He loves to play with his feet and eat his toes. He loves to be outside and enjoys going on walks. River is a thumb sucker and loves his Sophie the Giraffe. River loves to sleep on his tummy and no longer likes to be rocked to sleep, preferring instead to fall asleep on his own in his crib. I will admit that this makes me very sad.
This has been my favorite month so far with our little buddy. His likes and dislikes are very clear and his cues are very easy to read. I feel so comfortable with him and he is by far our easiest and most mobile baby. He has stolen all of our hearts and is truly a very loved little boy.