KB: 6 Months

by tinysneakers

6-month-baby

I’ve already reminisced about my tiny bundle reaching the half-year mark, but here’s his official 6 month update. Yes, I know I’m the only one who probably cares. Winking smile

newborn babybaby's first moments

Our surprise early arrival of joy is now sitting, rolling both ways, jumping jumping jumping, squealing, laughing, and smiling up a storm.

smiling babybaby laughing

He’s just started to pop up on all fours, although he can only rotate in circles; he’s not moving forward just yet, thank goodness. He loves to climb all over mommy like she’s a human jungle gym. He loves to grab the hair on the side of her head and chew on her chin, nose, forehead, arm, finger…whatever he can pull towards his mouth.

baby legs

He looks at something with intensity and then dives for it, mouth first, determined to get it. It’s like he’s suddenly realized there’s a world out there and he’s taking every single thing in. He smiles with his whole body and thrashes his arms and legs up and down when he’s excited. He could care less about most toys: he prefers paper, plastic, tags, and running water.

super baby

You’d never know how tiny our little guy was when he was born. He’s that perfect kind of chunky that’s only acceptable for babies. His thighs catch everyone’s attention. At six months he’s 16 ½ pounds and 24 inches. That puts him in the 26th%ile for weight, and less than 3rd for height. Yeah, he fell off the growth chart for length. We’re hoping he catches up before worrying too much. Unfortunately, growth happens during sleep and…

He still doesn’t sleep. We knew what we were getting into when we got pregnant, but we had NO idea either. Six months is a very, very long time to be getting up every hour or 2 all.night.long.

daddy and son playing

We’ve been overwhelmed with changes this month, especially in the last two weeks. He’s slowly making that transformation from infant to little boy. He’s even big enough for the grocery cart.

baby in grocery cart

On the other hand, he didn’t receive the best report on his 6 month developmental check. He was behind or borderline in a few areas, like problem solving {seriously, he’s 6 months- what problems does he need to solve?} and communication.

6 month baby plays with owl6 month old in chairbaby tipped over

Luckily we have a non-panic-prone pediatrician who acknowledge how fast babies change and simply printed off the questionnaire and score sheet and let me take it home to reassess him in a few days. If he continues to fail, we can enroll him in a developmental program, which ironically we pulled him out of a few months ago. {He was automatically referred because he was early, but seemed to be doing just fine to us.} <—Note: I wrote this 2 weeks ago. He’s already collected a bunch of “yes” checks since this appointment. We’re not worried, he’s a champ.

1-month6-month old baby

The Other Months

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

MizFit July 24, 2012 at 7:30 am

Ok I laugh at the problem solving. I soooo recall those doctors appts too.

Loved the photos. And adore how you treasure every moment.

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Emily July 24, 2012 at 8:33 am

He’s so sweet! My little one also just turned six months old. I am actually from the US but I live in Germany so I am curious… what kind of “test” did they do at his checkup? We didn’t have anything like that! Sounds like a bit of overkill…

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tinysneakers July 24, 2012 at 8:51 am

It’s just a questionnaire you fill out about what skills they’ve mastered or haven’t. Definitely overkill, but kind of neat to see what things they might be working on learning. The questions are different based on age…you can see them here: http://agesandstages.com/

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Emily July 24, 2012 at 9:32 am

thank you! fascinating 😀

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Heather July 24, 2012 at 8:56 am

he’s getting so big! I still remember when you had him, wow life goes by so fast.

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Amanda @ Run Principessa July 24, 2012 at 11:35 am

These pictures are beyond adorable!! I just learned about the “tests” in motor behavior. But problem solving seems a bit too much at six months old!

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tinysneakers July 25, 2012 at 8:37 am

Doesn’t it?! Babies are so different at different ages anyways!

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Paige @ Your Trainer Paige July 24, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Squeeee! The eyes. Oh the eyes. What a beautiful baby you made, Heather 🙂

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tinysneakers July 25, 2012 at 8:38 am

Aww thanks Paige 😉

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Sana July 24, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Awww your son has the most amazing eyes!

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tinysneakers July 25, 2012 at 8:40 am

Thanks! 🙂

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Elizabeth @ The Bare Midriff July 24, 2012 at 8:45 pm

That 1-month/6-month side-by-side is CRAZY! He’s changed so much already!

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Cat @ Breakfast to Bed July 25, 2012 at 8:37 am

Don’t fret. My son had a SEVERE communicational delay. He’s in gifted and talented preK now.

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tinysneakers July 30, 2012 at 8:26 pm

That’s SO reassuring. I didn’t even know there was G&T preK!!

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Kristin July 25, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Glad to hear I’m not the only one not sleeping! Still need to do my 5 month update!

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tinysneakers July 30, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Ugh sorry to hear you’re not sleeping either!

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Heather B July 27, 2012 at 1:50 pm

in my experience, babies are all DIFFERENT & develop differently. my 1st born didn’t crawl until he was 11 months old & my 2nd born crawled when she was 6 months old. he is in no way less smart or delayed because of this. now my 3rd is 7 months & still hasn’t figured out this crawling business yet! i find in ridiculous that they put such an emphasis on how each baby should develop. now, i understand that there are cases when some babies do need help but i think problem solving at 6 months old is beyond the scope of their ability! trust your instincts! if you think he is developing and growing well don’t let anyone try to make you do anything.

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K July 29, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Another zombie mom here! We’re at 3.5 months and also dealing with super frequent wake ups (but things are slowly improving now that we know our little mr. has food sensitivities). I just want to say that 6 sleepless months is no joke and you are doing amazingly well! Your baby looks beautiful and happy and that’s a testament to how well you are overcoming everything and delivering as a Mom!

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tinysneakers July 30, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Sorry you’re struggling with sleep too- it’s so hard!! Hang in there and thanks for such kind words. 🙂

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