6 Months With Clay

We have a 6-month-old! How in the wooooorld is that a thing? You can probably tell how busy we are by the lack of blog posts here. I’ve just accepted it at this point that I’m not going to be blogging the same way that I did in the past, and that’s okay. I’m going to for sure keep updating about Clay, though, because I want to remember all these little things.

I just read through my last update on him and SO much has changed in the last 8 weeks. It’s incredible! Here’s what’s new:

SCHEDULE

This is the first time that I don’t have to say loose schedule, which makes me happy. 🙂 Clay wakes up between 6-7am and still acts as my alarm because I still want to get all the sleep I can get at this point. Ya girl loves sleeping!

He naps for 45 minutes to an hour at a time between 9-10am, 1-2pm, and then a little cat nap from about 3:30-4pm. He eats about 6oz at a time, four or five times a day (usually in conjunction with naptime).

UPDATE: I wrote the above a few weeks ago, and between now and then Clay has totally regressed sleep-wise. He wakes up 3-5 times a night SCREAMING. We are re-training him to self-soothe now that his separation anxiety has seemed to kick in. He didn’t really go through a 4-month sleep regression, so I guess we’re getting it now. 😉

EATING + SLEEPING

Clay is still mostly formula fed, but we started actually introducing solids at the end of April (22 weeks), which is exciting! We had given him a little bit of what we were eating here and there, but nothing legit. He still seems unsure of it, but he’s getting used to it more and more. It makes him seem so much older!

So far, he has eaten sweet potatoes, carrots, pears, peas, green beans (the only thing he doesn’t seem to enjoy), peaches, butternut squash, and a couple that have been mixtures of foods together.

Bedtime is now at 6pm after slowly moving it earlier and earlier throughout the last several weeks. He was just getting so overtired and that made getting him to sleep so difficult. 6pm seems to be the magical number right now! It’s kind of sad because on days that I work it means that I only spend time with him for a couple hours before work and about an hour-and-a-half after work.

We’ll be moving him to his crib very soon, so stay tuned on an update for that!

DOCTOR APPOINTMENT

Clay had his 6-month doctor appointment on May 15 and it went really well. He had been playing with his ears for the few days prior, but they are clear and have no infection, which is good. He either just likes playing with them or has jaw pain from teething.

He weighs 21 pounds and is 26 inches long. He is average for height, but it’s the 90th percentile for head circumference and weight. Not surprised. 🙂 He got three shots and won’t have any again until 1 year old.

MILESTONES

Clay is laughing up a storm now! It’s so fun. He was already so smiley all the time, but adding full-on laughs is just SO FUN.

He is rolling all over the place. He’s really good at rolling back to belly, but it still takes a little work to go belly to back. But there have been plenty of times that I leave him in a room for a few minutes and come back and he’s nowhere near where I left him. It’s only going to get crazier! He is also starting to scoot around a lot and can pivot in a circle on his belly really easily.

He loves playing with and chewing on toys. His favorites right now are this hedgehog, this teether, and one of those crinkly-sounding things that came with his jumper. He’s getting really good at grabbing things and aiming them to his mouth.

Clay is almost sitting up on his own. He can for a few seconds by himself, but will then either fall to the side or lean forward a lot, which I don’t count as sitting up. Haha! He’s very good at sitting up on our laps unassisted and on the couch leaning against the back. He also does really well in his high chair.

LIKES + DISLIKES

Clay likes jumping up a storm in his jumper, playing with his feet, chewing on anything and everything, being sung to, being carried in his sling, car rides, watching the dog, and walks in the stroller.

He doesn’t like being hungry for more than 10 seconds, when the dog barks, not being able to crawl around yet, and not being paid attention to for more than a few minutes.

WHAT ELSE WE’VE BEEN UP TO

Spring in Wisconsin is here! The weather has been amazing the last week or so, which means more walks about the neighborhood and more just being outside in general. Tyler has been refurbishing his fishing boat (that is over 60 years old!) and is itching to get it back on the water.

Our annual women’s conference at church came and went. It was craaaazy here in the office for awhile getting ready for it, but the weekend was so life-giving and FUN that it was all worth it. Now that conference and Easter are over, the day-to-day is mostly back to normal, which I appreciate.

About Leah Van Ert

Leah is newly wed to her high school sweetheart and is a church secretary by day and blogger by night. She firmly believes in spending a little extra on high-quality cuisine, sleeping in, and the healing power of a good cup of tea. She currently lives in central Wisconsin where she was born and raised (and, yes, the stereotype is true - we really do love cheese).