Ingrid turns 6-months old today. My has time gone by fast! So fast that I failed to write a 5-month update for her. Life is busy with two, not as insane as I had imagined but I definitely put my sanity first which means blogging has taken a back seat. I don’t necessarily feel I have less time with two kids (something that kinda made me panic considering I don’t have much time to begin with and everyone was warning me how too kids was SO hard) I’m just more stingy with my time. If the kids are in bed and I want to read — that’s what I do. If I want to sew – I do that. If I want to stare at a wall, yup, that’s what I do. No pressure, no commitments, no expectations. So much easier to live with myself this way. With Syd I always felt pressure to do everything all the time and while maintaining that status quo I had pre-kids. With Ingrid the house is a cluttered mess, I’m sewing less, blogging less, generally doing less. But happier – go figure. Work has been insane, so at home I’ve been rather lazy outside of keeping the household running.
Ingrid has been doing great. Outside of more babbling, smiling and laughing she really is much the same as she was at 4-months. She isn’t a big rolling back and forth kinda kid. She can get to her tummy from her back and say there for quite sometime, but for some reason it is very rare for her to move from her tummy back to her back. Not sure why, just isn’t her thing. I remember Sydney rolling back and forth all over the place. Ingrid is still pretty stationary (which honestly is kinda nice!).
She loves her bouncy/jumpy play station thing. I can put her in there while I cook supper or breakfast and Syd will even talk/play with her in there too which is nice. She loves to ‘stand’ when we hold her up. Not quite adept at sitting, but I think in a few more weeks she will be able to hold up her torso in the ‘tri-pod’ sit. She is starting to spin around when on her belly by moving her legs. She hasn’t gotten her legs up and underneath her yet so crawling is still a ways away I think.
She loves to be read to. I’ve started reading to her in her bath because it keeps me occupied and she is a captive alert participant — even laughs at my Grover voice.
She is still sleeping great. We typically put her down at 8 PM and she will sleep until 6-6:30 AM. Her naps during the day are good too. When I talk to other moms with kids older than mine who are still waking up 2-3 times a night I am always so grateful I have good sleepers.
We started solids when she was about 5.5 months and she is starting to get a little bit better with the process. So far I can’t tell if she really likes any of it to be honest. She always get this hilarious frowney face each time I put a spoonful in her mouth (even after the 12th spoonful of the same food). We have given her avocado, banana, sweet potato, carrot, pears, and butternut squash. This time around I’m only making some, not all of her food (see paragraph above on lowering my expectations LOL). The funny thing is she seems to like the store-bought things better than the stuff I make. It could be a texture thing though; no matter how hard I work I can’t get my purees as smooth as what I’ve seen commercially!
Unlike Sydney who got less fussy around 6-months, Ingrid seems to be getting more fussy. I think she is teething earlier than Sydney did. I also think the solid foods is giving her tummy some extra pains. Hopefully in the next few weeks her GI system will have adapted to the new stuff. The crying/fussy behavior starting at 6 PM is rough though. The two hours between 6 PM and bedtime can be trying that is for sure!
When she isn’t fussy though she is all smiles and laughs. This weekend was a beautiful weekend and we spent a lot of it outside in the front yard on a blanket. Ingrid just chatted at herself and played with her toys while I did some knitting. I’m already so curious what her personality will be like when she is Syd’s age….I just look into those eyes of hers and wonder.
We combined Ingrid’s 6-month and Sydney’s 3-year doctor well vists after Thanksgiving which should be good times since they both get shots (what was I thinking?!!); so Ingrid’s growth stats will come later!
Stat update: We had her 6-month appointment at the doctor’s office on 11/23 and she has gained 2 lbs 3 oz since her 4-month visit weighing in at 15 lbs 16 oz (38%). She is still in 6-month clothes and is even fitting nicely into some 6-12 month stuff from Sydney. She grown 2 inches since her 4-month visit (27.5 inches long; 88%). Her noggin gained 1 cm (43.5 cm; 68%). Compared to Sydney at 6-months Ingrid is 2 inches longer, and > 1 lb heavier! .