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Lucas: 6 Months

by Courtney on January 29, 2014

My baby is half of a year old. How is that even possible??

Lucas 6 Months

Weight & Height: The last time we checked on our scale at home, he was clocking in at a little over 17-1/2 pounds, but that was at least a week ago. He has his 6 month appointment on Monday, so we’ll be able to find out for sure then.

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Eating: Lucas continues to eat like a champ, and this past month, we really started incorporating (and having fun with!) solids. We started with some oatmeal, then eventually ventured into some various fruits and veggies. So far, this is what we’ve tried, in the following order:

  • bananas (just mashed really well)
  • apples (homemade)
  • prunes (store bought)
  • sweet potato (homemade)
  • peas (homemade)
  • avocado (just mashed really well and mixed with a little breastmilk)
  • butternut squash (homemade)
  • pears (store bought)

While we’re mostly doing homemade purees, I will occasionally give him some banana to see what he does with it. Most of the time he just plays with it, but occasionally he’ll realize it and take a few bites…err, whatever you’d call that?

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Regardless, we have yet to find a food that Lucas does not like. Winking smile

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Right now, he’s only eating solids at dinner, although I am going to start offering him some for lunch soon, too. The only downside to starting solids? Little man tends to get constipated a bit easier now, so if he’s gone a couple of days without any #2, that’s when we’ll usually offer him prunes and/or pears.

Breastfeeding is still going well, and he’ll typically nurse and/or take a bottle 4-5 times a day. He’s become very efficient at breastfeeding, and can usually finish each side in about 3-4 minutes, which is really nice! He’s also gotten SO much better with spitting up this past month, and actually does not need to be in a bib all the live long day.

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Sleeping (naps): Going pretty well! For a few weeks, Lucas was on a fairly predictable schedule where he’d nap around 8:30am (1-1/2 – 2 hours), 12:30am (1-1/2 – 2 hours), and then again anywhere between 3-4pm (45 mins – 1 hour). For the first two naps, he’ll typically go down awake with no problem and put himself to sleep. He usually needs a bit of help with his last nap, but he’s also started to take a pacifier this month which has been amazing. We give him that and he’s usually out. Love. It. However, I think he may be in the process of switching things up on us; the past few days, he’s boycotted his morning nap and then takes about two, 2-hour naps. We’ll see how that pans out!

Sleeping (at night): Oh my gosh…SO much progress in this department! I’m gonna try my best to cut this down as best I can, so here we go…

Mid-January, we decided it was time to ditch the Rock ‘n’ Play. In an effort to not switch too much on him at once, our plan was to continue to bounce him to sleep while still swaddled, then put him in the crib. Well, after three failed attempts our first night (he’d wake up immediately after putting him down), we decided to just bite the bullet and go all in.

After weighing my options and trying to decide the best solution for our whole family, I wound up ordering the book The Sleepeasy Solution, and we used that as our guide to help Lucas learn how to go to sleep at night. I’m not gonna lie…the first night was absolutely awful. He cried, and I cried right along with him. By the second night, his amount of crying was cut significantly, and by about the fifth night, he was putting himself to sleep with no crying at all. Now most nights, as long as he’s not too overtired, we put him down awake (with no swaddle), give him his lovey and his blankie, and he falls asleep within about 5-10 minutes with no trouble at all.

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He’ll still occasionally wake up once in the middle of the night; sometimes he puts himself back to sleep, other nights he’s needed a little sweet talk from his mama, but his ability to sleep through the night (7pm – 6:30 or 7am) has gotten much better.

Overall, his progress is absolutely amazing and I’m just so proud of him. It has changed our evenings so, so much, and I cannot even begin to explain the weight that feels like it has been lifted off of my shoulders.

Clothing: Mostly 6 month clothes, although some of them are getting a bit snug. He can also fit into some 9 month clothes, which are great for the length but wind up being a bit baggy everywhere else. We’ve also discovered that Lucas just cannot wear overalls; those darn long legs of his!

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Social: Lucas is our happy little camper, and he continues to develop more and more of a personality every day. He’s been doing great with others, including strangers, and totally shocked us with how chill he was at his baptism last weekend.

He’s got the greatest little belly laugh, which just melts my heart, and one guaranteed way to get it is by singing the “shake shake shake, shake your booty” song. He goes nuts for it!

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New this month: Lucas has started taking a pacifier, and it has been amazing. We don’t offer it at bedtime, but we will give it if he’s a little grumpy and/or having trouble falling asleep at a nap; it almost immediately calms him down.

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Little man is a rolling machine and loves to “steamroll” his way across the living room floor. He still really only rolls to the right, but has shown that he may be attempting to the left soon. Either way, he is always on the move…obviously!

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I also wouldn’t be surprised if winds up crawling in the next month or two. When he gets on his tummy now, he’ll start to rock back and forth and try to pull his knees up while straightening out his arms. I’m sure it’s just a matter of time!

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He’s doing great with his sitting up unassisted and will usually only topple over when he gets really excited with whatever toy he’s playing with. Lately, he likes to rock back and forth while he’s sitting up which is ridiculously funny. He’s also gotten extremely good at grabbing things with purpose and precision.

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Likes: Solid foods, his jumper, rolling, Sophie the Giraffe, reading books, listening to music (Zac Brown Band and Florida Georgia Line), being sung to, dancing in the kitchen, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, grabbing at faces, the remote control, splashing in the tub, sticking his tongue out and making funny sounds with it.

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Dislikes: Being in his car seat for too long, sitting for too long in his highchair if he’s finished eating, being even the slightest bit overtired. When he’s tired, he’s tired, and needs his nap/sleep.

Comparison:

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Happy half birthday, sweet Lucas. You are my sunshine. <3

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1 Sara @ LovingOnTheRun January 29, 2014 at 10:23 pm

So adorable! It is hard to believe that he is already 6 months old! What a cutie!
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2 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries January 29, 2014 at 10:27 pm

Oh Court, I just LOVE him! He looks like he’s chubbed up quite a bit this past month – so cute! Maybe due to starting some solids? So glad to hear those are going well, by the way! And I am just so happy that the nighttime sleep in the crib is going so great. Yay! xoxo
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3 Courtney January 30, 2014 at 10:05 am

Yes, I think the solids are definitely helping with the “chub” factor. ;-) I just love it…I could squeeze those chubby legs and cheeks of his ALL day!

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4 Karen @ Fruitspire January 29, 2014 at 11:48 pm

I’m all for the cry it out method, glad you had success with it too! It’ll make you guys happier parents : )
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5 Courtney January 30, 2014 at 10:04 am

I actually didn’t think we’d do it at all! I wasn’t necessarily against it, I just didn’t think we’d need to do it. It was tough, but definitely worth it in the end.

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6 Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine January 29, 2014 at 11:52 pm

He is so precious! Adorable photos! You are truly blessed :)

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7 Courtney January 30, 2014 at 10:03 am

Yes, we really are! Thanks Rebecca :)

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8 Tara@PNWRunner January 30, 2014 at 12:49 am

I love love this. The comparisons are great and it sounds like you’ve figured out his wants and dislikes!! I couldn’t imagine how to go about handling any issues as far as sleeping or the pacifier. Lucas is simply adorable and his tongue out pics are too cute. Just shows his personality!!
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9 Courtney January 30, 2014 at 10:03 am

Thanks Tara!

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10 Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) January 30, 2014 at 6:35 am

What a doll baby! He has the cutest little smile. :)

Bananas were the culprit with backing up H when she was little. Whenever she ate them I’d make sure she’d have some ‘p’ foods too to balance things (pears, peas, prunes).

Also, hooray on the good sleep! We let H cry it out and just like you, one night was so long and hard (she cried for 40 minutes I think??) but that was all it took! Now she’s great at putting herself to sleep.

Love the updates on Mr. Lucas!
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11 Courtney January 30, 2014 at 10:03 am

40 minutes the first night?! Oh man…that’s not bad at ALL. We had on and off crying (he fell asleep a couple of times for like 5 minutes) for almost 3 hours…it was so brutal

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12 Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork January 30, 2014 at 6:50 am

He is so adorable! The tongue thing is too cute! He looks like such a happy baby.

Congrats on the sleep training! You all must feel so much better! It must have been so hard to bite the bullet and do it.
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13 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles January 30, 2014 at 8:13 am

The picture of him lying down with his feet in the air is so, so adorable. He looks so happy! Glad to hear that everything’s going well – you’ve got such a handsome little guy on your hands.
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14 Courtney January 30, 2014 at 10:02 am

Thanks, Sam!

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15 Danica @ It's Progression January 30, 2014 at 8:14 am

I love that picture of him sitting on the couch with the guys!
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16 Courtney January 30, 2014 at 10:01 am

Haha, me too! It’s one of my favorites :)

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17 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List January 30, 2014 at 8:32 am

they tell you it goes by SO fast (and i’d usually roll my eyes at that) but it seriously DOES! The days are long, months are short and the years happen in the blink of an eye.
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18 Elizabeth @ My Neon Running Shoes January 30, 2014 at 8:41 am

What a doll. I remember that stage :-) Happy 6 months Lucas!!!
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19 Brittany January 30, 2014 at 8:44 am

He looks SO much like you! :)

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20 Courtney January 30, 2014 at 10:01 am

Ahhhh, BLESS you for saying that!! Haha, it’s almost ALWAYS about how he looks just like Jay :)

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21 Miranda @ Lovely Wife Lovely Life January 30, 2014 at 9:15 am

6 months already?! Wow- what a handsome little boy! <3 Also it's amazing you haven't found a food he doesn't like!
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22 Shel@PeachyPalate January 30, 2014 at 10:32 am

So many cute pics! Delighted to hear about the sleep progress!!! Happy 6 months!

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23 Ruthie Hart January 30, 2014 at 10:51 am

Happy half birthday Lucas!! You are such a happy looking guy! So glad he is sleeping well!!!!!!!

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24 Caitlin January 30, 2014 at 11:10 am

Holy just LOOK at how much he has grown, that 1 month old baby looks like a different person! I am putting in a request for a video of Lucas rolling, please! I’m surprised he waited til now to go for a paci. I didn’t give mine up for awhile ;) I still vividly remember the moment I threw it out.
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25 Dayna January 30, 2014 at 1:18 pm

He is such a precious thing! He has grown so much. It is so great to hear that he enjoy eating and is not a picky eater! My nephew is a year old now but hated eating anything. He was always hungry and always wanted to eat but if you try feeding him he would just throw everything. So not fun ;)

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26 Barbara January 30, 2014 at 2:36 pm

I love the progression photos you have of Lucas in the chair with his monkey! He is so adorable… he’ll be crawling by 7 months, I predict. It’s when they learn how to run that your life is forever changed …

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27 Barb Morse January 30, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Courtney and Jason, Lucas is so adorable! I just love reading your posts. Thank you for doing them and including so many pics!

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28 Laura January 30, 2014 at 8:46 pm

First of all, Lucas is just TOO adorable!! I can’t believe he’s 6 months already! You seem to be doing a great job balancing work and home. I am also a working mom so know what it’s like!

Secondly, I’m in the market for a nursery chair since I’m expecting #2. Care to share what kind of chair you have AND if you like it? It looks very comfy from the pics :-)

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29 Jenn@Mark My Mile! January 31, 2014 at 7:56 am

LOVE these updates! My little man is 7 months and it’s so fun to watch him grow up, isn’t it???!!!
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30 Leanne January 31, 2014 at 9:45 am

He is too cute! How did you wean him from the swaddle? We have a four month old and are having a hard time with that!

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31 sarah @makingitmyhome.blogspot.com February 1, 2014 at 3:04 pm

i love how expressive his eyebrows are
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32 Erin February 2, 2014 at 2:17 pm

I’m curious about how sleep training works with night feeding. Did you eliminate the night feeding before, or do you still do it?
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33 Courtney February 3, 2014 at 7:41 am

We weaned and worked to eliminate (he was only waking up once) but in the past week or so I think he’s been going through a growth spurt so I’ve just been trying to pay attention to his cries and if he really seems hungry I’ll feed him. It’s not always easy to figure out though!!

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34 Sarah February 2, 2014 at 10:05 pm

He’s really cute! 6 months, wow! I remember reading when you were still pregnant with him.. It’s amazing how time flies!
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35 Nala February 6, 2014 at 6:53 am

Aww, little Lucas is growing up! Before we know it – he will be a year old and walking around! I’m glad he’s improved with his sleeping at night – I’m sure that is a relief for you! He looks like such a happy baby – he’s blessed to have you and Jay as his parents =)

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