Our third daughter, Arbor, is six months old. Today I’m sharing her six month old stats with 28 week old traits, likes and dislikes, and more!
Arbor’s Six Month Old Stats
Weight – 18.4lbs (6/8/22)
Height – 27 inches (6/8/22)
Arbor is wearing 6-9 month and 9 month clothing. We are moving into size 3 diapers this month.
Sleep: We were doing so well with sleep… until Arbor had an ear infection and then hit the 6 month sleep regression. Her naps are pretty routine, but nighttime has been tricky (lots of angry wake-ups). She is changing SO much every day so it only makes sense that her sleep is disrupted. Our favorite sleep consultant is away on vacation but we will be consulting her soon if Arbor continues to wake up a lot at night.
Infants at six months are also undergoing significant physical and mental growth 3and typically reaching a number of development milestones4. Awareness of their environment increases, they become more responsive to sounds, engage in more laughing and babbling, and they may gain physical abilities like rolling over or sitting unsupported. All of these factors may play a role in a baby’s activity level and sleep habits during the day and at night. (source)
Guess who is crawling?! Sort of…
Arbor is officially on the MOVE. She is on a daily mission to investigate every object in her sight. A few weeks ago she started doing planks during tummy time; then things quickly escalated to belly scoots. Now she half crawls/half belly scoots so quickly it’s hard to keep her in one place. She can also roll from back to belly (and belly to back) very fast! Arbor is the first Houston girl to crawl this early!
25-28 Week Traits
Arbor is VERY chatty from the moment she wakes up in the morning until sometimes right before she falls asleep in her crib. Just when we thought she couldn’t smile a bigger smile than she did at 5 months, she proves us wrong. She is usually the happiest little girl in the house (and her smile is contagious)!
Not only is she cheerful, but she is also very ticklish. If you tickle her thighs, neck, armpits, or belly you will get a giant giggle or grin. She’s also making silly sounds when she is excited – she sometimes squeals with joy!
MUFFIN – Arbor just wants to be his best friend. On one occasion she barrel rolled after the cat in the living room, hoping to pet his fur. He comes to visit her every morning when she wakes up but meows at her suspiciously.
Another six month trait: Just a week after her 6 month birthday she sat up unassisted (without toppling over in two seconds).
Separation Anxiety has begun – especially when Mom, Dad, or her sisters leave her alone in a room. Unless she is distracted by a toy, Arbor does not like to be left by herself or with someone she doesn’t know. We all love that she loves
Starting Solids at 6 Months Old
Arbor’s first bite of avocado did NOT go over well. I mashed a piece of avocado with a spoon until it was pastey and also gave her a hunk of fresh avocado. Both the whole avocado and mashed avocado resulted in a gagging reaction. The initial gag is normal for babies since they aren’t used to the texture, but it quickly turned to crying as I tried to feed her more.
The second day we tried avocado pureed with milk and received the same reaction – gag and crying. On the third day we introduced pear and … she wasn’t interested. On the fourth day we tried sweet potato and she cried again. However, on the fifth day, I gave her a banana and she was THRILLED.
I have been using Solid Starts as a reference before trying any new baby food. Allergies are one of my biggest fears (Ailey is allergic to sesame and chickpea) so I’m hesitant with everything. As far as baby led weaning goes, the banana was a two time deal and now I’m fearful of choking. To calm my own personal fears, I am sticking to purees until she is a professional. In a few weeks we will move to chunkier foods and possibly actual chunks of food.