Henry: Six Months Old

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Half a year has gone by since we welcomed the sweetest little Henry baby into our family! I almost cannot believe it. Where have the months gone?! I really, really love this age. It’s the “not mobile, but starting to entertain himself” age. Plus, he’s laughing and all the fun things. A little more about Henry below:

EATING

At his last appointment on 12/09 (5.5 months old), Henry weighed 14 lb 11 oz–only a 3 ounce increase in one month and dropping him down to the 9th % for weight. His doctor was a bit concerned, since his growth curve was on the decline, so she suggested we start solids. I talked to her about baby led weaning (BLW) and she was on board with that, but she also wanted me to offer him purees as well to get his weight back on track. He was showing all signs of readiness for solids, so I knew we needed to just go for it! And goodness–this babe couldn’t get enough! You would think we starve him by how excited he is for his food and how much he eats!

Things he has eaten so far: oatmeal, apples, prunes, pears, carrots, butternut squash (all pureed), along with “real” chicken, bell peppers, CFA french fries, Christmas ham, steak and asparagus. Over the past two weeks, he has greatly improved with holding strips of food and bringing them to his mouth! His current favorite is bell peppers–I think because they feel cool on his gums.

Since starting solids, we are on a 4 hour schedule and Henry is still nursing before he eats his solid meals. 4-hour schedule is the bomb diggity! I can also now eat *some* dairy without affecting him and I wonder if that has to do with other types of food being in his belly. I still can’t overdo it, but I’m enjoying having a little more freedom in that area.

SLEEP

Ugh, sleep this month has been rough again. Not quite sure what it is! Naps are okay for the most part, but nighttime sleep has been ALL over the place. I’m not sure if it’s teeth or separation anxiety or his paci addiction, but he’s been waking anywhere from 1-3 times per night. Usually, just re-inserting his paci does the trick, but I’m SO sick of the unpredictability. What happened to my babe who slept at least a solid 10 hours every single night?! Just trying to remind myself that this will only last so long. Extreme nighttime anti-paci CIO may be in our near future though.

We did try room-sharing one time a week or two ago! Both boys went down so peacefully together at 7 PM. Brian and I were both kind of amazed. But come 10 PM, Henry woke with a shrill cry and it FREAKED Levi out. They could not recuperate (so much crying), so we split them up. We’ll try again when Henry gets back on track.

WAKE TIME

Henry’s first wake time is usually around 1.5 hours and all wake times thereafter are about 1.75-2 hours. He is usually still very cranky by the last 15 minutes or so!

NEW DEVELOPMENTS

We are just about through Wonder Week #5 (praise Jesus!). It was another month-long one, but we are starting to see the benefits of it. Henry will now:

  • Sit unassisted. He’s still a tad wobbly, but his stability is improving by the day!
  • Have more and more separation anxiety from mama. I don’t remember it being this bad with Levi. He’ll scream and scream if he sees me across the room and I don’t come pick him up/take him from whoever is holding him. It’s sweet, but really hard on me.
  • Blow raspberries! He loves to mimic us with this.
  • Slap his arms down when he is excited or mad.

SCHEDULE

7:00 AM     Nurse

7:45 or 8 AM     Breakfast with Levi

8:30 AM      Nap

11:00 AM     Nurse

12:45 PM      Nap

3:00 PM     Nurse

5:00 PM     Catnap

5:30 PM     Up from nap

6:00 PM     Dinner with family

7:00 PM     Nurse

7:30 PM     Bed

 

Levi: 3 Years Old!

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Would you look at this handsome baby?! Although, he’s not quite a baby anymore! This past week, we celebrated Levi Hudson’s 3rd birthday. I still can’t believe it when I say, “our three year old.” It is amazing how much he has grown and matured over this last year–even over these past few months. He is truly a little boy now, and that makes me a little sad, but a lot excited for what lies ahead! How do I even begin to cover these past 6 months with Levi (since my last update)? I’ll try:

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EATING 

Levi is still an incredible eater! He is willing to try just about everything and typically likes most things. He eats quite a lot for how skinny he is! His favorite foods are: mac & cheese, chicken nuggets, rice & beans, frozen peas (yes, he LOVES them frozen!), and yogurt. Oh, and donuts, because duh.

Update: at his 3 year well check on 12/09, Levi weighed in at 30 lbs even and 3′ 3″ tall!

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SLEEP

Over the past 6 months, Levi did start needing a later nap time. Now, instead of going down at 12:30 PM, his nap starts at 1. We had a few weeks of him really fighting nap time, where he would stay awake and talk for 2 hours straight. I knew he was not yet ready for NO nap, since he could barely make it to 5 PM without melting into a puddle on the floor. So I decided to keep him up 30 minutes longer and see what would happen…and that did the trick! He now sleeps from 1-2:30/3 PM, depending on the day, and this mama is very happy with that! He also still goes to bed anywhere from 7-7:30 PM and sleeps 12 hours.

MOTOR SKILLS

Since my last update, Levi has started climbing up small ladders on the playground. This is something that kids his age should already be doing for a while now, but we all know Levi does things in his own time when it comes to gross motor skills 😉 Once he gained the confidence and tried it the first time, he’s been up ladders ever since! His fine motor skills haven’t changed much over the past few months. He is still very particular and conscientious about coloring, sticker placement, etc. He actually has been doing a great job about coloring inside the lines lately!

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COMMUNICATION

This continues to be one of Levi’s strong suits! He is a fantastic communicator–very clear and articulate. Over the past 6 months, there is now no limit to his sentence length. He can literally now carry on a full conversation, which blows my mind! He is using 4 syllable words regularly, never missing an opportunity to say, “Oh, that’s interesting!” He picks up on the funniest expressions, of course when we don’t think he’s even listening. Scary!

DISCIPLINE

Dare I say, these last few months haven’t been the toughest we’ve experienced, as far as disciplining Levi. Yes, he is still a 2/3 year old and yes, he has had some really bad days, but overall he has greatly improved with learning how to control his temper. Occasionally, he will act out and hit something when things don’t go his way, but no more full-blown temper tantrums. I think it has helped him immensely to learn how to say what he needs/wants/etc.

We are still working on his friendliness (or non-friendliness) towards those he doesn’t know. Often, if a kid gets in his space on the playground or if he feels anxious when meeting someone new, he will feel the need to “defend his territory” and will spit on them. We do not tolerate that at all! I’ve learned that a little pop on his cheek usually brings him back into check. It’s been difficult to help him work through these situations–usually I try to prepare him as much as possible (ie. “there will be other kids who want to slide too,” “we’re going to meet these new friends today”).

POTTY TRAINING

When we first moved to Miami (more about that later), Levi regressed just a little in his potty training. It was only a few days and only a few accidents, luckily, but I was really worried about the transition! Whenever he would get in trouble for having an accident, he would say, “I don’t want to potty training!” I think he heard his new pediatrician and I talking about his experience with it and decided to be a bit defiant. But thankfully it was short-lived!

INDEPENDENT PLAY

Levi is doing really well with this recently! I started implementing a set IP time from 8:30-9:30 AM, after he eats breakfast and I clean up the kitchen. The key was to play some music on the iPad in his room–I think this helped to make it not feel like a punishment! So now, I put on some Disney music and he does pretty well with playing for the full hour. Usually, before it starts, I head into his room with him and point out some options of things for him to play with. This seems to help to give him some direction.

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CHORES

Still no set “chores,” but we’ve been having Levi clear his dish after each meal, throw things in the trash can, put his cup in the fridge, and clean his room. He also still LOVES to mow the yard with Brian! I tried helping him learn to dress himself, but he was getting really frustrated with this, so I figured we’ll give it a few more months. The next chore I would like for him to learn is how to make his bed!

WHAT HE’S INTO

Levi has recently grown to love anything and everything superheroes! Our neighbor friend’s kiddos have Avengers action figures, which Levi adores. So much so, that is what Brian and I got him for his birthday this year! As far as shows and movies, he enjoyed Super Why!, Justin Time, and Sid The Science Kid, as well as Rio, Toy Story, and Cars during this time period. Other gifts for his birthday included shoes from Grammy and Papi, a Spiderman action figure from Uncle Scott, a tee-ball set from GG and Pepa and Batman Lego Duplos from his Grandma and Grandpa.

BIG CHANGES

Lastly, two of the most noteworthy things that happened to Levi during these last few months were becoming a big brother and moving to Miami! Levi has amazed us with his transition to the big brother role. We thought we were in for it, but he has taken so well to Henry and is truly crazy about him! It has been so fun to watch their relationship grow, just over these past 5 months, as Henry is learning to interact with Levi more. I think things may get a little challenging once Henry is on the move (a.k.a. into all of Levi’s things), but hopefully it won’t be too much of an adjustment on the big bro. Levi loves to talk to Henry and is truly such a helper with him–getting him his paci, blankie, rocking him in his car seat, etc. We are so blessed that it went as smoothly as it did!

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Also during this time, Levi became an official Miamian! The first few weeks in FL were rough on us all, as we were living in weird places and then getting unpacked, but Levi really took everything in stride and did his best. He handled the transition so well, considering everything he knew was changing! Now, he loves Miami! He loves living a few doors down from Jeremiah and Lauren and it goes without saying that he LOVES the beach. He would live there. We were so proud of our big boy!

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Whew! That was a lot this time around! Lots of big changes for our Hudsey over the last few months. Happy 3rd birthday, our sweet boy! We love you with all of our hearts and can’t wait to celebrate many more years with you.

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