Baby boy, I can’t believe you’ve been in our lives for half of a year ! What a joy it is to be your mama.
Growth: My BIG boy is 19.6 pounds and in the 90-98th % for weight, height, and head size. Not sure who he gets it from (my husband and I are both preeeettty petite) but I guess it means I am feeding him well!
Milestones: Ezra has been sitting up for awhile now. Baby boy loves to be upright so that he can look around and see whats going on. Although he is able to roll back and forth, he hates laying down, and especially hates tummy time. I am pretty convinced he will walk before he crawls, but only time will tell! We also decided to get some blood work done this month to check for allergies because he has TERRIBLE eczema and we’ve suspected some tummy issues since he was just a few weeks old. Fortunately, we finally got some answers: Ezra is allergic to both dairy and eggs. Although I was worried about the transition (I am nursing, so I have had to cut out pretty much all foods that I love), it has been much easier than I expected and well worth the sacrifice. Everyone we interact with tells me what a different baby he is. All along I had been feeling like his fussiness/clingyness/difficulty nursing was a personality thing, when in reality, he was uncomfortable and trying to let us know… poor buddy! Anyway, I feel like the answers to the tests are milestones in themselves, as our peanut is finally a happy baby.
Sleep: Ezra usually takes 3 naps a day: one morning, noon (ish), and late afternoon and goes to bed between 5:30-6. Unfortunately for mama, he does still wake up twice a night, once around midnight and once between 4 and 5 am… and wakes up for the day between 6 (AHH) and 7. We are pretty convinced that he will be sleeping a little bit better now that we’ve figured out his allergies, but we will see. My husband and I have been getting a kick out of Ezra’s recent nap time habits. For one, I usually sing him a song or two before I lay him down in his crib. Lately, we hear him on the baby monitor “singing” himself to sleep after I’ve left the room. It is one of the sweetest, most precious things I have ever heard. I’ve also noticed that he now rolls over onto his belly when he’s ready to sleep and wakes up with hand prints across his forehead… now sure how that would be comfortable for him, but it’s working out well…!
Eating: We started solids around 4 and a half months (I know, so early) because he would literally DIVE onto our plates of food, smack his lips any time he saw us chewing, and would do anything he could to get closer to whatever it was we had to eat. We had intended on doing baby led weaning but long story short, it was’t working well for our kiddo. So, I purchased a baby bullet and have been making purees. So far he has tried several different squash, avocado, blueberries, peaches, pears, apples, bananas, carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli, peas, and beets. Unfortunately, he HATES avocado… even if I mix it with something sweet, the kid knows (smarty pants). His favorite is seems to be blueberries. He also loves using those mesh feeding bags! We’ve definitely introduced new foods quicker than you’re “supposed to” but he has done really well, so I am not too worried about it. He eats what mom and dad eat, and we are more than okay with that! I’ve also tried rice puffs and teething cookies… both totally freaked me out (here comes the new-and-paranoid-mama in me). Puffs definitely don’t “dissolve” as quickly as I thought they were supposed to and the teething cookies crumble (and by crumble I really mean that Ezra bites huge chunks off) to the point of him gagging after having either in his mouth for less than 30 seconds. No thanks, I’d rather not be paranoid about him choking It’s been really great nursing a little less… I’ll tell ya, it’s a lot of work!
Favorite Moments: It’s difficult to only choose a few! As I said before, now that I’ve cut out egg and dairy from my diet, he is a new baby! Because his skin gets so dry, he’s never really been able to play in the bath (we make it super quick). One day last week, we set up towels on the floor and filled a big bowl of water with bath toys. Ezra and I sat on the ground and played in the water and he LOVED it. Splashed all over the place and made a huge mess, but it was so worth it. We also sit by the window and watch cars drive by and his face lights up every time! He is all about exploring lately, and the awe on his face is priceless! Dad has also been teaching him how to roll a ball and he’s trying so hard to be able to do it. He gets SO excited that he screams and laughs and flails his hands all around… but can’t get the ball to move… so cute! My favorite moments of all are night time cuddles, right before bed. I have never known a little one to love to cuddle so much. We curl up and read his Jesus Storybook Bible, sing songs, nurse, and then I just hold him for a bit before I put him in his crib.
Most Difficult Moments: Unfortunately, getting blood for his allergy tests was not easy. They tried both arms multiple times over the course of two different days at our pediatricians office and could not find a vein. Thankfully, they didn’t poke around, but he was very unhappy with three people trying to hold him down, poor guy. Finally, they sent us over to the children’s hospital. The lady there made a few comments about how the nurses at the pediatricians office “must not know what they are doing” and then I watched her proceed to poke BOTH arms several times while he screamed and cried like I have never heard him before. I was so thankful to have my husband there, because after seeing her (and I counted) put the needle in and pull it back out FOUR times… I had to leave the room. My poor baby had petechiae up both arms from the tourniquets being on so tight for so long. At the end of it all, the woman said, “Well kid, you made me look bad” and took the blood from his fingers… and he didn’t even flinch -_-
Extra Comments: His eczema is almost completely cleared up and his skin is smoother than it’s ever been! I think this has, by far, been my favorite month with our Ezra. He is growing and changing before our eyes and I am so proud and so thankful to be his mama!