I can't believe we have just about hit the 6 month mark (2 days away). When I look back to what we were as a family and what we are now, it floors me.
When Ethan was a newborn, he always wanted to be held and cuddled and was not a fan of being put down, so we didn't. We held him constantly. I'm not complaining at all. I loved wearing him and letting him fall asleep in my arms for hours.
Now, he really only wants to be held if he is tired and needs to fall asleep.... yes, a habit we are creating but, like everything else, he will grow out of it.
He is so independent, always wanting to do something - whether he is in his exersaucer, or sitting in his bumbo playing with his mirror station, jolly jumper or lying on his playmat. Unfortunately I think these toys will be over soon....I can tell he is getting bored of them. He does about 15 minutes max and then onto something new.
He is so interested in watching things happen now. Gone are the days when he was happy staring at a face....now he wants to grab my face, touch my skin, feel my lips....it's cute. Then he gets that "sparkle" in his eye and half my face gets ripped off.....fun. Very fun. ;) We have some construction going on at the house and he is so amused at the bobcats digging dirt.....I'm sure he'd watch for hours.
Nature is also something he loves and I try to provide him access as much as possible. Unfortunately with a new driveway and patio being dug out and cement poured, access to outside is limited. But when we go to the Grandparent's houses, we spend the time outside and he just loves it!
He is now sitting on his own for a good 20 seconds at a time and will put his hand down if he is falling to the side (So cute)! I don't have a photo of him sitting alone because I don't want him to smash his face due to me needing to get a shot, but here is one of him on the couch playing with his toes....he is starting to suck his toes and blow raspberries on them - so cute and funny lol.
He is also in the process of starting to crawl. He gets up on his hands and knees and rocks back in forth. You can't see it well in the photo below, but he does this in his crib constantly.
I've also become more relaxed as a mom.....I look back when he was brand spankin' new and everything was sanitized and I constantly pumped milk to keep my supply up - now a quick wipe on his blanket is suffice and I pretty much pump once a week. We hardly use bottles anymore, but when we do use them I tend to still sanitize the nipple because they are used about once every two weeks. (We use the drop ins so no need to sanitize the bottle -bonus!)
I need to work on that and maybe pump 3 times a week since I pretty much have nothing left as stash in my freezer. He has taken so well to breastfeeding I don't really think about it....but I guess I should start. "sigh".
Diaper changes have become far less....we used to change about 15 diapers a day, and now we are down to about 7. Some of this is due to his age, but some is just not being so worried about it.
Changing his clothes has also become less of a priority. I used to change him if he dribbled on his sleeper, now, unless we have a pee thru, blow out or full on vomit, we don't change him much. As soon as I change him, he just drools again so we go thru a lot of bibs instead :)
I think we are doing well raising Ethan. He has routines down pat and we both know each other well to figure out what needs to be done to make each of us happy. I provide him with food and comfort and he goes down for his naps before he gets cranky :) We work well as a team I think!
Stay tuned to the adventures of giving Ethan solids!