Augustine’s 6 Month Update

February 27, 2017

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Oh my goodness! The time has seriously flown if I’m writing Augustine’s 6 Month Update! How is my little baby almost half a year old?! He’s just days away from his half birthday and I can hardly believe it. While on one hand, it seems like this little guy was just born, it also seems like so long ago. As excited as I am for all the major milestones ahead, I hope it doesn’t go by quite as fast. I really want to cherish every moment with our sweet baby! Here’s a little update about life with our favorite little guy at 6 months:

Augustine’s 6 Month Update

STATS

– 18 pounds –

cute little tot

TEMPERAMENT

Augustine is such a sweet little guy! He’s pretty calm unless he’s tired or hungry. He laughs and makes the cutest little noises when he’s excited! I already have a feeling he’s going to be a busy little boy because he’s always kicking his legs around and wants to be investigating things. He’s very curious! Matthew jokes that all his excited little grunts sound like zombie noises from The Walking Dead. I have a feeling he’s going to be quite the talker!

Baby Augustine and Mara

MILESTONES

Augustine is rolling from his back to stomach, which is really exciting! He still needs to work on rolling from his stomach to back, which apparently is the easier of the two, but we think it’s because he just never wants to put his head down. He wants to see all of the action! We just started walking with him facing out in the BabyBjorn carrier which gives him a whole new view on things. He’ll chew on the front flap and look at all the trees outside. Speaking of chewing, our little guy has his two bottom teeth in! They came in within four days of each other at the beginning of February. Over the weekend he seemed to be showing those teething signs again and we think the top two teeth will be here soon, too. He’s getting more hair and it’s coming in so fluffy! I see a lot of blonde in his hair so I’m curious what his color will be. His eyes look like they’ll probably be hazel and this one little patch of brown is still in his right eye. Hoping that sticks around because it’s so cool! Augustine can grab his feet, although he hasn’t put them in his mouth just yet. I’m wondering if that will happen!

rolling over in crib

LIKES

Augustine likes being on his stomach on the playmat. He’ll kick his legs and wave his arms. It almost looks like he’s paddling out to surf! We have this toy mirror with crinkly edges that he loves to play with on his mat. He also likes Misty the Mouse and Gerry the Giraffe, especially when they’re accompanied with funny voices from Mom. He likes to be held up high and then down low. It’s one of our favorite games. We’ll play Hawaiian music and he’ll bounce his legs up and down in the BabyBjorn Bouncer. He loves Ginger and already knows who she is. We’ll say, “Where’s dog dog? Where’s Gingie?” and he’ll look right at her! We’re still pretty careful with Ginger around Augustine, but she’s been giving him little kisses and it’s so cute. Augustine always laughs! When Matthew’s gets home from work, he’ll play the guitar or piano for Augustine and it’s so sweet. Augustine will bounce around in his chair, or try to strum the guitar strings. I already have a feeling this boy is going to be very musical.

Augustine in Baby Bjorn Bouncer

EATING

We’ve been waiting for our 6-month pediatrician appointment to introduce solids. I always thought we’d do it right when we got the go ahead but I’m wondering if we should wait for Augustine to be sitting up on his own without assistance. It might be easier. Also, I’ve read a little bit about baby-led weaning, which is the idea that the babies feed themselves. The “weaning” is a misnomer because breastmilk is still the primary source of nutrition, but it’s the idea of allowing the baby to direct their meals, reach for which fruits/vegetables, and put it in their mouths themselves. It obviously gets very messy but I’ve heard the benefits are that it supports better hand/eye coordination, chewing skills, and healthy eating habits. Have any of you heard of it or done it? I’ve heard some mixed thoughts but there are definitely things about it that are intriguing.

red striped pajamas

SLEEP

Oh thank goodness this area has had such a big improvement! I’m going to be talking more about his sleep schedule next Monday, so stay tuned! Currently, though, he’s still waking up 2 times in the middle of the night, but the process of putting him down to sleep has gotten significantly better. We’re still working on naps, though. He will take 3 a day but they’re each pretty short, usually about 35 minutes long. Sometimes we’ll get lucky with one that’s an hour, but for the most part, they’re short and sweet. He’s supposed to be napping much longer for his age, though, so if you have any ideas on how we can make the naps longer let me know!

FAVORITE PRODUCTS

That BabyBjorn bouncer is probably our favorite thing! He loves to be in there kicking around, bouncing to music, and playing with the toy bar. It’s a nice toy for him to be in that allows him to get some energy out. We also still love the Jonathan Adler for Fischer Price activity gym. Since he’s been rolling over, we took off the top part so that he’s just on the mat, but we play with all the toys still. I’m trying to enjoy baby wearing as long as I can! We’ll go on afternoon walks in the BabyBjorn carrier and I also love the Solly Baby Wrap. The Solly is a softer fabric material so Augustine gets nice and cozy in there and will sometimes naps in there. My mom got Augustine Sophie the Giraffe for Christmas and he loves to chew on her legs and put her head in his mouth. I love that my mom got her not knowing how popular she was. My mom just thought Sophie was cute! I recently got this cat seat activity toy and Augustine likes to play with that when we’re out running errands. This one would be cute for a girl!

Mara and Augustine

MOM UPDATE

Since Augustine is sleeping better, my quality of life has greatly improved. It was so so tough when it was taking hours to put him to sleep. The fact that I can put him down now and he won’t cry is absolutely amazing. It made me feel like I was doing the right thing. Now, in the evenings I can cook dinner, do my work, and just hang out with Matthew. We haven’t gotten to the point where we can watch TV yet, but we’re getting there. To be honest, I feel like I have major sleep debt that I’m trying to get back. On Friday night I went to bed at 7:45! 7:45pm! That is so incredibly early but I was just exhausted. I think the week caught up to me.

Life with Augustine is so special and wonderful and I feel lucky that I can be home with him. While it can be challenging juggling work with mom life, it’s so incredibly worth it. I love watching Augustine process things and take new experiences in. I know it will just get better and better, too! I’m looking forward to all his major milestones ahead, specifically crawling, walking and talking. And summertime is going to be so fun with warm weather walks and taking Augustine to the beach for the first time. I’m really looking forward to it all. I just hope it doesn’t go by too fast!

xox

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  • Love reading the update, lady! He is getting cuter by the minute!

    • aw thank you Jenn! I can’t believe how big he’s getting!!

  • Rach

    He is just too cute! It seems like there were so much changes compared to the last update! Can’t believe he is already 6 months old!

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    • I know I can’t believe it! And even in the past week we’ve had a ton of milestones (top two teeth, solids, saying “mama” even though he probably doesn’t know what it means haha)

  • Allegra Liu

    Great to hear the 6 month update and that the sleeping routine is getting much better. Our babies were not great sleepers especially the first 3 months. My husband jokes that you get the baby you weren’t so our grandkids should be great sleepers. Augustine is really adorable.

    • haha that is probably true!! Matthew and I were AMAZING sleepers as babies!!

  • Can’t wait to read next Monday’s post. My second, who’s about a month older than Augustine, is a terrible sleeper, and I’m totally lost, because our first was some kind of miracle baby and was sleeping through the night without any nudging or training from us by two months old. I knew our second wasn’t likely to be the same, but I did, I suppose naively, think that he’d just naturally get there on his own by six months or so. Sadly, that has not been the case, and I just really don’t know what to do. There’s so much advice out there and I’m having a tough time figuring out what’s best for us. He sounds very similar to Augustine, both in terms of nighttime sleeping and daytime napping, so I’m excited to hear what worked for you guys.

    Also — my husband and I are CONSTANTLY joking about how babies would make the best extras on the Walking Dead! The grunts, the drooling, the biting. It’s spot on.

    • lol so funny!! We need a casting director!! 😉

      Email me if you have questions about sleep! We’re not out of the woods yet but it’s been SUCH an improvement since we started following The Happy Sleeper Method. I was worried it wouldn’t work with him but it really has. I’d love to chat with you more about it though. Email me Samara 🙂

  • Rebecca

    Mara, so glad to hear sleep is going better!!!! It makes such a huge difference. For naps, my little guy often would wake after his 45 minute sleep cycle after we first sleep trained him. After about a week of that, one day I was gone and my husband was home and decided to just leave him in there when he woke up. He cried and fussed for about 15 minutes and then went back to sleep! After about a week of this ( and less fussing each day) he finally stopped waking up and his naps usually lasted 90 minutes. Even now ( at 15 months and he is down to one nap) he will occasionally wake i the middle of his nap for about 5 minutes. It’s worth a shot to leave him there to fuss a bit and see if he goes back to sleep! Good luck!!

    • that’s a good idea!! I’ll try that. Thank you so much Rebecca!! What would I do without the support of so many awesome moms?! So grateful!

  • He is too cute, Mara:P

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  • LindaMae Churchill

    It’s so nice to read that you get to be home with him. I have my 3 who are 12, 10 and 8 and making the sacrifice to either not work or work from home was the best decision for our family. I didn’t want someone else to experience their firsts. It’s also nice to know that you are getting more sleep.

    • yes I feel so lucky I’m able to be home with him! It’s hard juggling everything but it’s totally worth it!

  • Awww he is such a cutie!! 🙂 xo Devon Seventeen Dresses

  • So great to hear that sleeping has improved! He is absolutely adorable Mara!

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    • I am soo happy it’s been improving! Thanks Heidi 🙂

  • We’ve been doing baby-led weaning with our 10 month old and even though it’s messy, it’s definitely not messier than pureed foods! That is how I started out at 6 months – just making her foods in our vitamix – but I found she actually prefers to use her hands instead of the spoon. It’s been so cute watching her learn hand mouth coordination! I think you just need to have fun with it 🙂 Also, Augustine is so, so cute!

    • I definitely am curious to do BLW! I think we need to wait a little longer for him to be sitting up on his own but I love the philosophy behind it. Glad it worked for you!!

  • We are doing baby led weaning now (my daughter is a few weeks younger). I’ve tried to do purées but she prefers feeding herself. It’s so fun watching her learn to chew and feed herself, plus it’s so much easier not having to have seperate food since we like to eat out. Oh and I have the worlds worst napper so I feel your pain. She’s great at night but naps are so difficult to get her down and she usually just sleeps one sleep cycle. Sorry I’m no help 😬.

    • aw no worries!! I’m sorry your little one’s naps aren’t any better. Fingers crossed it improves soon!! For the BLW what foods did you start out with? Does she have teeth? I’m worried he might choke. And he’s also not sitting up on his own so I’m wondering if we should wait a little longer.

      • Whoops I just realized I said she was younger, she’s actually a few weeks older (just turned 7 months). She doesn’t have any teeth yet but she’s really good at chewing with her gums. I started when she was around 6 months and she could sit pretty well assisted. Avocado, Cucumber, pear slices (steamed a bit) were a few we started with. I watched this video a couple times because it really answered a lot of questions and calmed my nerves. I also bought the baby led weaning book but honestly she covers most things in the video.
        https://youtu.be/i6ntYHXP6Xc

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