Summary of Month 6

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This month has been a big one for our little boy! Lots of changes and tons of growth…he’s gone from a baby to a little man πŸ™‚

Newest Sound

It seems like every month Kye has some new sound he’s learned to make that he does constantly this month it’s a grunt noise. It seriously sounds like the kid is constipated!!! I don’t like it but it’s a VERY “manly” sound and it is pretty funny. He now mixes it with the high pitched squeal and that’s hilarious because they are total opposites in sounds!

Click here for a video of Kye grunting

Looking Backwards
This seems to be Kye’s new favorite thing. While you’re holding him he’ll jerk back and want to see the world up-side down! I think it has to do with the fact that at this age he’s realizing that things exist even when he can’t see them. It makes it trickier to hold onto him but it’s super cute too πŸ™‚

Reading

I love to read with Kye but it’s become rather annoying. He used to just lay there and look at the story quietly, then he started trying to “read” with me, then he would watch the book and look at me and watch the book and look at me, and now he’s just wanting to hold the book himself. I used to wonder why they made those board books but now I understand. It’s so the baby can hold the book on their own and chew on it and stuff without it ripping the pages! Whenever we read together Kye doesn’t pay attention at all now. He has one mission: grab the book. I’m not really sure how to handle this. Do I say “no sir?” Do I let him hold a bored book that he can chew on while I’m reading? Do I let him have a toy while I’m reading? Any suggestions on this would be great as I’m at a loss for the right thing to do. I know reading is so important and I want to make it an enjoyable experience for both of us!

Sitting Up

I know last month I mentioned that Kye could sit up unsupported for about 30 seconds before falling over. This has been the BIGGEST way he’s developed this month. He went from siting hunched all the way over for 30 seconds max at the beginning of the month to sitting almost perfectly straight for 15 min by the end of the month! It is SO neat to see how it changes every single day! It isn’t to the point yet where when I set him down I put him in the seated position (just because I fear him falling over while I’m not looking and it scaring him) but I have him sit to play ALL the time. It makes it WAY easier for him to enjoy his toys because they aren’t falling on his head all the time!!! He is even able to bend down, pick something up, and sit back up without falling! He isn’t able to go from laying to sitting yet but he’s great at going from sitting to the crawling position! Here are some pictures of the great sitting baby:

Textures
I’d heard that this is the age to start buying toys and books that have different materials on them because babies love to feel different textures. I noticed when we were in Melbourne that Kye would stroke the wicker chair I sat in to nurse him. He’d move his hand back and forth back and forth and LOVED the feel of it. That trend has continued since we’ve been home. He’ll purposely roll over to things in order to feel them. It’s so funny because not to long ago he’d just lay on the carpet and now when I put him on the carpet he rubs his hands all over it! I bought him some soft blocks that have different textures all over them and he loves to play with them now! I think it’s so neat to see him gently rub things and even use his feet to feel them. A lot of the time during independent playtime I’ll catch him just laying there feeling the mesh siding!

Click for a video of Kye feeling the texture of things!

Poop

Kye had his first REAL poop! I was sooo excited but I resisted the temptation to take a picture! It was what I call a human poop! Since he’s a breastfed baby his poop has always looked like Carmel pudding but now it’s little brown turds πŸ™‚ Now that he eats solids his poop has evolved. SO much easier to clean up for diaper changes and it’s just one more thing to remind me that Kye’s growing up right before my eyes!

Chewing

Kye is still a chewing machine (I think we have AWHILE until that phase ends). Everything he touches goes straight to his mouth. I read that babies actually learn by touch and that their mouths are the most sensitive area to touch so that’s why they put everything in their mouths. Until recently Kye couldn’t even hardly jump in his jumperoo and now he’s able to not only jump but also play with the toys. This one toy hangs over the edge of the jumperoo, imagine my surprise when I saw Kye with it in his mouth!

While we were in Melbourne Kye fell IN LOVE with a toy mom had gotten him. I love her jumper because it’s lower to the ground than mine. Well Kye likes it better too!

Click here for a video of Kye in Gramma’s jumper

Independent Playtime

I’ve become hardcore about Kye’s independent playtime (I posted on this earlier) this month and it’s really paying off. He LOVES it. He plays so well on his own and just talks and talks to his toys. I’m adding a basket in the pack and play so we can start having “clean up time” when it’s over and I’m going to start having blanket time this month as well! It’s hard to believe that at the beginning of this month I had him sitting in his Bumbo for independent playtime and now I just stick him in the pack and play and he goes to town rolling over and such!

Click here for a video of Kye during independent playtime

Naps

Naps have been going much better…much more predictable! While he’ll often still wake at the 45 min marker, it’s less and less often. Now he’s napping almost the solid 2 hours in the morning, about an hour and a half in the early afternoon, and around 45 min in the evening. I read that at 6 months he needs 11 hours of sleep at night and 2 naps that are between 1.5-2.5 hours long each. He gets a little more sleep than that right now but we’ll ease into it when he’s ready πŸ™‚

High Chair Kid

Kye is officially in a high chair!!! I’m going to pull out my high chair/ grocery shopping cart cover thing so we can use it! Very exciting! Here he is in a high chair out to eat with us back in the beginning of the month. He could only sit in it for about 10 min before getting fussy.

Here’s is first time in OUR high chair at the house! Doesn’t he look proud to be a big boy??? He sits in it EVERY TIME he eats solids and he sits in it with a toy while I get his solids ready and after he eats while I clean up. He really likes his high chair and I’m so glad we bought this one (it’s a Chicco) because it’s super easy to clean off, has an extra tray that’s dishwasher safe, and it’s easy to wipe down when he makes messes.

We also bought a portable high chair which attaches to a table top. We’ve used it several times so far and it holds up great! It’s a little awkward feeding him from the side but I’ll get used to it. The great thing is that it folds up and can fit into luggage! It’s also by Chicco and was another good buy on our part! This is his first time using it, we were at Uncle Gage’s house!

Playing in the Tub

Bath time with Kye only gets better and better. First he started splashing and kicking his legs and now he’s pulling himself up! Zach and I were both super surprised that he could do this! It seems like at least once a week Zach is yelling across the house for me to come see something new that Kye starts doing in the bathtub! We have to keep a close eye on this little squirmy child πŸ™‚

Click here for a video of Kye getting up on the side of the tub


And click here for a video of Kye pulling himself up in the tub (and yes right after we took this video I got out our faucet cover and stuck that junk on!) His prize is always the ducky!

Also Kye had a fun time with Gramma while we were in Melbourne, click here for a video of him playing in the tub with her.

Giving Kisses

Kye is no pro in the kissing department yet but he’s learning. Usually I practice it with him after he’s done nursing and he does occasionally lean in, mouth open, for a kiss! It seriously melts your heart! He’s done it for me 4 or 5 times and once or twice for Zach…and now he’s even doing it for the dogs! I caught one of him trying to kiss Levi…I also caught one that I will NOT be posting of Levi kissing Kye and Kye’s tongue kissing Levi back. SO gross and I, of course, pushed Levi away as soon as I saw it happening haha

Breastfeeding

I made my goal of 6 months of breastfeeding! As I mentioned awhile back my plan is to keep going as long as it’s enjoyable until he can drink cows milk. So far it’s still enjoyable! He nurses SO fast and finishes in like 10 min total. I am back to using Lansinoh cream because he’s such a quick nurser it hurts my nipples pretty badly if I don’t. He has started to clamp and pull which can hurt SO bad. When he does this I unlatch him, pop him pretty hard on the mouth, look at him sternly and say “no sir.” He doesn’t do it very often so I think the system is pretty effective. It’s so nice knowing I made my goal and it feels like a lot of pressure is off of my shoulders. If he starts hurting me (when teeth come in?), doesn’t seem to want it anymore, or if I just get sick of it (doubtful but it could happen) then I’m 100% fine with stopping at anytime!

Feet

I’ve heard about babies this age being hardcore about their feet. Our friend Robyn’s daughter went through a phase where she seemed to always want her feet in her mouth. Kye just isn’t that way. I think it’s really just part of Kye’s personality. He masters something then quits doing it. When he started rolling over he did it a ton for a couple days then didn’t do it again for almost a month. He’s like that with his feet. The only time he really goes to put them in his mouth is when we go to change his diaper or if he doesn’t have a toy around and gets bored. I caught a rare picture of it though!

Hair

I know you can’t tell in most of the pictures but Kye is REALLY getting hair back! It took long enough but it’s super cute and fuzzy. I’m not sure what color of hair he’ll have. The new hairs look very light and since Zach and I were both blond children I think he’ll follow the trend but we’ll see. I just wish he’d have more hair for his 6 month pics πŸ™ Oh well..maybe the 9 month ones for our Christmas cards πŸ™‚

Pushing Up

Kye can REALLY push himself up now! He can get his arms all the way straight and even lifts his belly off the floor. I swear it seems like he’ll crawl any day now. He wants to go go go sooo badly. It’s sad to watch him try and try and not be able to do it. He has figured out though that he can roll just about anywhere to get what he wants and he’ll roll over and over and over again. Last month he wasn’t rolling both ways at the same time but now he’ll do it. He’ll roll to his stomach then over the other side to his back. We have to keep a constant eye on him because you’ll leave him alone for a second and he’ll end up being somewhere else when you look at him again!

Click here for a video of poor Kye trying to crawl

Click here for one of my favorite videos, Kye rolling all over to get his paci!

Car Seat Fun

At one of my baby showers Ashley got me a toy bar thing that attaches to Kye’s car seat. Of course, we put it on right away even though he was a newborn and probably couldn’t even see that far away. Slowly Kye’s gotten more and more involved with it. The little frog part of the toy has eyes that are also a button you can push to play music. Omg Zach and I can hum the melody to ALL the songs it plays by heart! Whenever Kye gets fussy in the car our first thing we do is push the frog’s eyes. It adverts his attention and sooths him. Well the song isn’t very long so a lot of the time I’m stuck with my arm in the back seat pushing the eyes over and over again. The day I’ve been praying for has finally arrived! Kye has learned to push the frog’s eyes himself! We were riding along when we heard the music and Zach and I both got super excited!!!

Click here for a video of Kye pushing the frog’s eyes all by himself!

Me
I am FINALLY feeling good about myself again! I’m in the Maintenance part of Weight Watchers and I’m staying right around my goal weight. I weigh less than I weighed before I was pregnant but I have come to grips with the fact that my body just won’t be the same. That little pooch isn’t going anywhere anytime soon! I could either work my butt off to lose it just to gain it again when I have another baby or I can just live with it and have a tummy tuck after I have all four kids. I’ll take the tummy tuck thank you!

I recently got my hair cut, took off about 3-4 inches and put a lot more blond in it. It feels SO much better! I think with everything going on with Nana passing away a change like that was something I needed. A simple little hair cut just made me feel so refreshed. I still am having a pretty hard time thinking about Nana being gone and my thoughts will often go towards big life questions about death, Heaven, God, and our purpose for living. I don’t like focusing on those kind of things and I hope it’s just a phase of grieving…we’ll see I guess.

As a mom though I feel very content and confident in my abilities. I don’t second guess myself anymore and I even feel more comfortable with other people’s babies too. It’s nice to have an area of my life where I know I excel. I’ve never been a big sports person so I never have that feeling of being “the best” at something. Well now that I’m a mom I have that pride and that sense of accomplishment. I’m not saying I’m the best mom on earth but I think I’m pretty dang awesome πŸ™‚

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Hey Guys, I’m Emily! I’m a stay at home mom and consider parenting to be my passion. Disney is my happy place and I love making memories as a family together. I’m a big believer in transparency and share all of my real-life moments as a mother of four.

My work has been featured on Today Parenting and Chronicles of a Babywise Mom. I’m also honored to be a member of the Babywise Friendly Blog Network.

You can read more about our family on my About Me page. Also be sure to follow along with me on Instagram, FacebookΒ and Pinterest!

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1 Comment

  1. Danielle
    September 10, 2009 / 12:18 am

    I think it is so great that you see yourself excelling in being a mom. I always felt that I was missing something until I had Clayton and now that I am "Clayton's Mom" I feel much more confident in as a person. I love reading your blog, I feel like I know Kye and Zach. Jason is always asking about you and Rachael and Liz b/c I am always talking about your lives based on what I read!

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Summary of Month 5

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Here are some of the many changes Kye has experienced during his 5th month of life!

Reaching:

Last month Kye really started reaching with a purpose. He’s now reaching and GRABBING things! It’s tough b/c a lot of the time he is wanting to play with things he’s not allowed to have so we can’t ever let him actually get what he wants. But it’s super cute when he reaches out for Mommy and Daddy! He will grab our faces and pull us in for a “kiss” (really he’s trying to bite us). So precious! He LOVES to reach for the camera and for the red decorations in our house as this video shows:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RiokrFFArs
Diapers

Kye is in size 3 diapers now which I think he’ll stay in them for awhile! It’s annoying how the bigger the diaper, the LESS that come in the package. Ugh! We still love Pampers and I’m not super crazy about the Cruiser ones we’re using right now. So far my favorite diaper is Pampers Dry Fit πŸ™‚ And after we’re done with the Cruisers we’re going to have to actually start buying diapers because we’ll be out of the ones we got as gifts or I bought while pregnant! But hey they all lasted 5 months, not bad!

Reading:

Kye and I still enjoy reading together and we read up to 8 books a day! Our favorites are Little Gorrila and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Now instead of talking while I’m reading he’s started to realize that the words are coming from my mouth so EVERY page he will look at the book then jerk his head and watch me read the words then jerk his head back to look at the page. It’s super cute!

Dogs

Part of his reaching thing involves the dogs. He’s obsessed with both Sadie and Levi! I’m trying hard to teach him how to pet gently but he’s not really catching one very fast and he typically will grab a fist full of dog every chance he can. The dogs are catching on and Levi stays pretty far away from him (which is kinda sad since Levi did adore the baby)! Sadie is still so sweet and patient with him and they’ve gotten a lot closer. Here he is getting some doggie kisses!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6wy4hYNCSo

Playing in the tub

Daddy duty is usually bath time and typically it’ll take around 5 min. Well now it’s taking closer to 20! Kye has begun to really love the water and would play in there all night if we let him! It’s precious to watch him kick and kick and try to grab the water. I took several videos of this trying to cover his privates but he won’t let me! I guess he gets his modesty from his Mommy b/c he kept ripping the wash cloth off…so oh well!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHL5EUL2Xr8

Privates:

Along with playing in the tub he’s also found another “toy” recently…thankfully he hasn’t been playing with it yet!!! Zach has said a couple of times that Kye has noticed that he has private parts and I’ve seen him multiple times play with his diaper “down there.” Not looking forward to that obsession…

New Face

This is the new face Kye is making ALL the time. It’s pretty funny looking haha. But Zach and I think that he may be grinding his gums together to help the teething?

Toys

Yay for toys! Kye has gotten so so so much more fun this month! Instead of just looking at a toy he will actually play with it and enjoys it! He loves when I have him sit up either in the bumbo or in my lap so he can play with his toys that way rather than laying down. It’s fun for me too because we can finally use the little toys we’ve been holding on to! Here he is “helping” me cook dinner. He stayed entertained with these keys the whole time and when he dropped them he would bend over and pick them up! Makes my life easier πŸ™‚

Toes

A couple of weeks ago he found his toes which is precious! He’s not super into them but if you lay him on the floor without a toy he will start to try to put them in his mouth. I don’t think he has very long legs (or just takes after his daddy and isn’t very flexible) because he has a hard time getting them to his mouth which frustrates him!

Teething

Oh the joys of a teething baby! We’ve been experiencing: running nose, liquid diapers, tons of drool, constant chewing, and fussiness thanks to teething. I plan to ask God when I get to Heaven why in the world he had to make teething so long and painful! I’ve discovered that Kye does not get relief from cold things like most babies do. He does not like teething rings or an ice cube in one of those chewy things. The best things to help with Kye’s teething? Hurricane gel works great but not long term, Hyland’s teething tablets are awesome as long as you give them RIGHT when he starts hurting (if you wait too long and he’s super fussy then they don’t help), and Tylenol works when all else fails but I only give that to him as a last resort and only right before naptime because it’ll knock him out. Other than “medication” the Razbaby Teether is wonderful! He really enjoys chewing on it and it keeps him busy, it does bring on the drool though!

Rolling Over

Kye is a moving machine! If he wants something he now understands that rolling over will help him get to that thing. He can roll from both his stomach to his back and his back to his stomach. He has not quite figured out how to do a complete roll though and will just do one or the other, not really both back to back. It’s really neat to watch him roll and even more neat to lay him on his back, leave the room for a minute, come back and see him on his stomach! The days of laying him on a bed or stepping away from the changing table to a second are over for sure!

Here’s a video of him trying to roll over…so funny

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pz9Su0EbvZc

And one of him actually doing it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV8Cx78ihac

Hair

Slowly but surely the hair is coming in! Yay! And it’s light which means he’ll probably follow in his parents footsteps and be a blond child! So cute πŸ™‚ It’s still all patchy but it’s not half as bad as it used to be!

Sitting Up

Kye can sit unsupported! So far he can do it for less than 30 seconds but that still counts right? I have to put him in the sitting position and then he can do it but he just doesn’t like it. He’d rather be standing!!! I’m hoping by the end of his 6th month that he’ll be able to sit for longer periods of time so he can play and things on his own without having to sit in the Bumbo. I really think his arms are kinda short too b/c he can’t prop up on them as easily. I sit with him A LOT so hopefully it’ll help him practice πŸ™‚

My Favorite Thing

The cutest thing about this age is when Kye acts bashful. He pretends to be shy and I LOVE it. It’s so adorable and I’m so glad we were able to catch a video of it!!! I will miss this sooo much when he stops doing it (btw he stopped doing the squeal noise already and I’m glad that phase was short lived!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qokKliDfj4U

Me

I’ve officially met my goal weight! I weigh 4 lb less than I did when I got pregnant with Kye! I haven’t decided yet if I should keep trying to lose more or if I should just maintain. I feel pretty good about the way I look but my stomach is still having a pooch that I hate! But like my mom said I don’t want to lose so much weight that it becomes hard to maintain either. Ugh tough choice! I’m not sure what I’ll do! This week I just stuck with it the same as before so we’ll see if I lose or not. I can wear all my old clothes but some of them just don’t look the same and I think that even though the scale says I weigh less that after having a baby things just CHANGE and there isn’t much you can do about it! At least I have an awesome chest now haha!

journeyofphood

Hey Guys, I’m Emily! I’m a stay at home mom and consider parenting to be my passion. Disney is my happy place and I love making memories as a family together. I’m a big believer in transparency and share all of my real-life moments as a mother of four.

My work has been featured on Today Parenting and Chronicles of a Babywise Mom. I’m also honored to be a member of the Babywise Friendly Blog Network.

You can read more about our family on my About Me page. Also be sure to follow along with me on Instagram, FacebookΒ and Pinterest!

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2 Comments

  1. Matt and Robyn
    August 10, 2009 / 9:31 pm

    He's doing so good! I LOVED the video of him splashing in the tub – so cute! And you said the other night you didn't take many videos – πŸ™‚ You had a lot to post this month! I think he's doing great and definitely ahead of the game!

  2. Elizabeth
    August 10, 2009 / 11:14 pm

    Be glad he has just found his private parts. Damian likes to point to others and scream "private parts, private parts!" Luckily, most people don't hear him.

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