Caelan Thomas: 6 months

img_2172Height: 27 3/4 inches (85th percentile)

Weight: 17 pounds, 13 ounces (52nd percentile)

Likes: music | pool/bath time | his feet | his black bear stuffed animal | trees | Color Crew on Baby First TV

Dislikes: being cold | not getting what he wants the second he wants it

Milestones: Caelan loves rolling all over the floor, can sit up tripod style, and almost crawling.  He goes backwards, and can get himself up on all fours, but still face-plants going forward! Caelan grabs and plays with his toys, transfers from one hand to the other, loves his jumparoo, and wants everything we have. He babbles and makes so many new sounds! He’s stringing vowels together and has a ton of new consonants, but no words yet.

He eats five to six times a day and started sleeping 7-10 hour stretches around 5 months. We started solids; Caelan likes avocado, sweet potato, and cereal. He did not like green beans. It was quite upsetting to his veggie loving mama.

As far as parenting goes, I felt like this past month is where I kind of started to find a bit of ease.  Between 4 and 6 months, we definitely fell into a more consistent routine (though honestly, it could change as I type this!) and being back at work has gotten a bit easier.  Caelan’s feeding habits are more predictable; I can time my lunch break with his feedings and only have to pump at work once when he gets a morning bottle. He has a decent bedtime routine and sleeps much longer stretches now.

img_2063In the beginning, I questioned everything. Is he napping enough, am I feeding him enough, should he be wearing another layer? I questioned every choice I made as a parent, too. Most moms do, I think, and I know I’ll continue to.  But I see a change in myself recently where I really don’t need the validation from other people.  I feel more confident in our choices, like keeping him off of social media or choosing to delay solids, and really don’t feel the need to justify myself all the time.  It’s a liberating feeling, really.

As Caelan gets older,  we have so many exciting changes to look forward to. His first holidays are coming up soon and he’s approaching so many milestones.  I take it one day at a time; I’ve learned that we’re on this journey together and that I am learning so much from such a tiny little person. It’s really incredible.

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