*I wrote this two weeks ago but never got a chance to publish and then DBlogWeek started so I’m just now getting a chance to publish this post.
I’ve officially made it 6 months exclusively breastfeeding! I was so worried about being able to breastfeed because of my diabetes but luckily, it didn’t affect my supply. I’m hoping to make it to my little one’s 1st birthday but who knows what could happen between now and then.
My little chunky monkey turned 6 months old on Tuesday. It’s such a surreal experience because on one hand I feel like a LOT of time has passed and on the other hand, it feels like I was just trying to get pregnant (seriously the pregnancy feels like a blur now!). We went to the doctor Wednesday for his checkup and 6 month vaccines and he is definitely a big boy! He weighs 22 pounds and is 28 1/3 inches! He is 99% in weight and height. The vaccines went better this time than the 2 or 4 month vaccines. He fussed when they put him in but he wasn’t as fussy as he was before; he was more tired than usual though.
He has been doing great recently. He is rolling over a ton and is getting more comfortable on his stomach, although I think it will be a while before he is crawling. He is holding small objects in his hands and transferring them between hands. He is sitting up unassisted, but only for a brief time. He has the most fun now on his activity mat because he can move all around. He is quite the squirmy worm. He still has fun in his exerciser but he prefers the one that bounces.
Lovebug hasn’t had any teeth pop through yet but I feel like he has had the teething symptoms for months. One of these days it will poke through. We are still struggling with his sleep. He has only had a few nights where he has slept from 7PM to 7AM. I think my husband and I were reacting too quickly to the overnight cries and gave him my milk, versus letting him soothe himself back to sleep. We are trying to work on that. Last night, he woke at 2AM and instead of feeding him, my husband rocked him back to sleep and he ended up sleeping until 6:30AM.
*Since I wrote this two weeks ago, we have since hit sleep regression and he hasn’t been sleeping well at all! He is up all night long and it’s impossible to get him back to sleep. He is also rolling around in his crib a TON so we had to stop using the Magic Merlin Sleep Suit. He is also getting his legs stuck in the railings of the crib. I don’t know if he has hit a growth spurt, teething, Wonder Week, leap week, etc but he isn’t sleeping and we are barely functioning!*
His naps during the day are also struggling. He is the cat nap king. Up until this week, he was only sleeping about 30-45 minutes at a time. He has slowly started to stretch one of those naps to about an hour and a half. I’m hoping we start to stretch the naps out more because I’ve read around 8 months they go down to 2 naps a day, which is crazy if he is only sleeping 30 minutes at a time!
We started him on solids on Wednesday. We started with sweet potatoes and he was not impressed. We tried to add a banana yesterday so he could hold it in his fingers, but he wasn’t having that either. He is always so interested in putting things in his mouth so it’s surprising to me that he isn’t liking the food. Hopefully, he will get on board soon.
*Update – since it’s been two weeks now, he has tried all sorts of things-avocado, sweet potatoes, bananas, apples. He still isn’t a fan of food but if I let him hold the spoon himself, he can usually get about 25% of the food in his belly. He makes a huge mess but he is getting better. Bananas have been his favorite so far.
As for me, the same ole same ole has been happening. I still have horrible wrist pain in both hands. It is pretty much there all the time although sometimes slightly less intense if I’ve been wearing a wrist brace. I’ve also started to have elbow pain and knee pain. I think the weight of my son is really taking it’s toll on my body.
I’m still struggling with my blood sugars but mainly because I just haven’t had time to download my pump and review my numbers. They aren’t too bad but they definitely aren’t as great as my pregnancy numbers. I’ve had several 300’s that really irk me to see.
I’m definitely starting to get my energy back, which has been nice but I’ve also started using my FitBit again and it’s been exhausting trying to walk 10k steps a day! Work has been busy and I feel like I struggle to find time to work, take care of my son, keep the house clean, run errands, take care of my health and have time to relax and hang out with my husband. I don’t know how people do it! I’ve started to stick to a schedule which is seeming to help but I still feel like I’m drowning most days. The stress of everything, combined with some postpartum blues is not an ideal situation, but I’m surviving. It’s been nice that the weather has gotten nicer out and I’m not restricting myself to my house. I think my son likes that we have been getting out more too.
*Update – not getting any sleep does NOT help with the issues mentioned above. Energy levels are lacking, work isn’t getting done, house is a mess, AHH.
Overall though, I can’t complain. I have some pains and exhaustion but breastfeeding is going well; my son continues to learn and grow and is healthy and happy and his smiles just melt my heart.