Our Heidi-bug turned six months old this week (Auntie Brittney was here to celebrate!). She is growing by leaps and bounds. Her appointment was pushed out a week so no stats to report yet.
Eating: Heidi loves quite a few solid foods so far; she'll taste at least a few bites of anything we give her. Foods so far include peas, carrots, sweet potatoes, mangoes, bananas, apples, butternut squash, apricots & oatmeal. She also loves trying to drink out of a cup (just water so far). All of her baby food so far has been homemade except the apples; we tried some mango baby food from the store and it was not a favorite. Apparently it doesn't compare to the homemade stuff. Next up will be green beans & peaches. Heidi still nurses & takes bottles well although we did seem to run into some supply issues mid-way through this month so she is now offered a bottle at bed time and she takes 2 - 4 ounces of formula. If she acts really hungry at daycare they'll also offer her an additional 2 ounces of formula, some days she wants it and other days she doesn't.
Sleeping: Heidi's sleeping has improved amazingly in some ways. It is hard to believe just how easy it is for us (Mark & I as well as her daycare caregivers) to put her down to sleep for naps and bedtime. She did have some challenges when Miss Ronda babysat her but she eventually fell asleep. She naps 3-4 times a day for 45 minutes to 2.5 hours each nap. At night we decided it was time to make her go for longer stretches. She eats at 7 pm, then gets a 'dream feed' at 10 pm and then we make her wait until 6 am to eat again and get up. So far it hasn't been too difficult....we just end up getting up to give her a pacifier a lot after 4 am. We're still swaddling her (hence she can't find her pacifier on her own) but that should be ending soon.
Moving: Heidi is determined to MOVE!! She rolls over easily and can spin around to get toys or to watch people. She also has just started doing an army crawl to move forward. She can do a full plank lifting herself up on her toes for short periods of time. Heidi is a jumper - she likes to play in her Jumperoo and in her doorway jumper. And she likes to make some noises while she's at it! This girl loves to blow raspberries and squeal with joy.
Social: Heidi loves her sister and her friends at daycare. She is still the youngest one in her class so she spends lots of time spinning around on the floor watching everyone, trying to keep track of them. Despite being fairly social she is definitely a 'Mommy's Girl' - if she sees Mommy, especially if she is tired or hungry, she will make a crazy little whining sound (a cross between a cry and a laugh) until I at least acknowledge her. She will also become overwhelmed when tired if there are a lot of strange people around. Despite all of this she did allow us to leave her with Miss Ronda one night so we could take Allison to her first movie-theatre movie (Monsters University).
And I need to post a picture of her 'Grammy Quilt' - My Mom made this fabulous quilt for her. Hexagons just like I asked and then Mom foundation pieced that border herself. fabulous! I love the colors and Heidi does, too!
And my best guess is by the time Heidi is seven months old she'll be ALL OVER THE PLACE but we shall see. We are so thankful for our sweet little Heidi-Bug