Sunday, April 26, 2015

Eli Parker...Six Months

Six Months

18lb 8 oz (70th percentile)

27 inches (73rd percentile)

He wore size 2 throughout most of the month to finish up our stock. He moved to size 3 and size 3 extra protection at night (due to some diaper leakage issues in the middle of the night in size 2 baby dry) at the end of the month.

Clothing Size
At the beginning of the month I could still squeeze him in some of his 3 month clothes but he’s pretty much in 6-9 month clothes. I bought him a bunch of summer clothes in 9 month size but it looks like I’m going to have to revamp his wardrobe with 12-18 months before I know it!

Eman, E machine, E monster, Little man, Little boy, Sweet boy, vampavamps, Eli Eli Oh, Peelo

Eli had some kind of cold or allergy issues that lasted about a week. Poor thing was so congested and had a little cough. He didn’t seem too bothered by it but it hit at the same time that I had some major allergy issues which makes me think it was related. I’ve heard that babies under 2 can’t have allergies but I just don’t buy it!! We combated the sickness with his humidifier, diffusing lavender/thieves in his room at night, nosefrida-ing, and vapor baths. Other than this little bump in the road he was a healthy guy this month!

Eli continued to wake up 1-2 times per night throughout the month. There were a few instances of him sleeping through the night but a typical night for him would be going down at 8pm, up between 10-11pm, and then again 2-4am, and then wakes up for the day around 6am. This has been rough on momma but I know it could be worse! Napwise he has been doing pretty well this month. He takes a 1.5-2 hour nap in the morning (around 9am) and a 1.5 hour nap in the afternoon (around 2) but this kid is nosy and if he knows there’s something better going on - he’s going to fight sleep!

He is eating every 2.5-3 hours during the day and is still breastfeeding like a champ (most of the time). We started Eli on solids right when he turned 5 months. I wanted to wait until 6 months but he was showing signs of being ready and we were hoping it would help him sleep through the night (which it did not). We started him out on oatmeal and then introduced a new food every 3-4 days. His faces were so priceless and we have a lot of it on video - so so funny!

Caterpillar toy
Crinkle paper
Teething keys
Wheel on his high chair
Indestructible book
Little Einsteins
Connecting rings
Watching the dogs play

Diaper changes
Getting dressed
Sitting (he likes to be moving - all.the.time)

March 14th - Met his “cousins”Aaron & Alyssa/first relatives on the Siulinski side!
March 15th - Eli had solids for the first time - organic oatmeal. He wasn’t really a fan and kept spitting it out - but also let us continue to give it to him.
March 18th - Eli had sweet potato for the first time - first real “food.” He was very indifferent about it
March 19th - First time on the swing at the park - he loved it!
March 27th - Started to notice/reach for his feet. He has trouble getting to them because his legs are so big! #thunderthighs
March 30th - Started his cute/funny little growl
April 3rd - Eli slept on his tummy for the first time (rolled over from his back sometime during the night)
April 5th - Eli’s first Easter and first time seeing snow!!
April 11th - Eli’s first bluebonnet pics
April 13th - Mom’s first full day working at the office
April 14th - Eli’s first time (trying) to drink out of a sippy cup

Baby Gear Love  (new this month)
Nosefrida - We had been using the Graco battery operated nasal aspirator (which I still like for snot I can see in his nose) but it just wasn’t getting the stuff deep down. This has been a life saver with all of his congestion this month (thanks Christine!!). This is a baby gear love for me but he of course hates it.

Breathable Crib Bumpers - Eli’s crib bedding has adorable matching bumpers that we had on until he started sleeping in his crib at night. Paranoid mom over here decided on breathable crib bumpers for now. The kid is all over the crib and it just makes me feel better to know if/when his face is up against the side he can still breathe. When he gets a little older we’ll probably put the “cute” bumpers back.

Baby Monitor App/Foscam Baby Monitor - We really started using the monitor/app when Eli started napping in his crib and of course sleeping at night in his room. I especially love that I can check in on him when I’m not home - keep tabs on grandma & grandpa ;)

Beco Soleil Carrier - I loved the solly baby wrap when E was little but now that he’s bigger (and heavier) I like how secure the Soleil is. This things is awesome to wear while traveling! It satisfies his need to be moving around without killing my back. He’s big enough now that I can wear him on my back or side/hip but I haven’t tried it yet.

Sassy Rings - He loves loves loves these rings! I think it’s a combination of the bright colors and different textures. When you get his rings out and dangle them in front of him he gets the biggest smile on his face!

Stacking Cups - Eli LOVES playing with these cups. He unstacks them, bangs them, puts them in his mouth - he’s a huge fan!

Things I Don't Want to Forget
Eli started growling this month and it’s so so funny! I think he picked it up from watching the dogs play fight - I’m not sure where else he would have seen/heard it.

The way his face lights up when Little Einsteins comes on. He gets so excited and gets the sweetest smile on his face.

His thunder thighs.

We took his 2nd trip this month - to Connecticut over Easter. It was so fun having my family meet Eli and him getting to meet his little cousins! 5 under 3 is a good time :)

His fake coughs.

When he pretends to be shy!