6 Month Update

Baby The Working World

Hi Friends,

How’s it going?

Here’s our 6 month update:

We had some major regression this month – both with falling asleep for naps and staying asleep at night. The good news is, we’ve been doing some sleep training to help with the wake-ups, and Emerson has slept through the night (well, until 5am) a few nights in a row this week. While this is definitely something to celebrate, she did this back at 3 months, so it only feels like a small step forward. I guess I wasn’t prepared for the regression! In terms of falling asleep, she keeps rolling over to her stomach, but then can’t figure out that she just needs to lay her head down and sleep. Whenever, she’s on her tummy, she just pushes up and screams. I know she’ll eventually get tired and figure it out, but I just hate seeing her so frustrated.

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Sleep aside, she’s at the incredible stage of being able to sit up, but not being able to crawl yet. She’s able to get onto all fours in the crawl position so I know it’s coming soon. And she’s a hoot. I love seeing her personality develop! I’m definitely anticipating that she’s going to be a handful as a toddler (I guess they all are). She’s so darn cute though, so I just have to laugh at the tantrums she’s starting to throw when I take something away from her. She’s also making all kinds of consonant sounds!

Emerson loves going to school and is probably the most social baby of the bunch. She’s constantly smiling and talking to the other babies. It’s actually really hard to feed her because one sound or cry from another kid in the room, and she squirms until she can get out from under the nursing cover to see what’s going on. She’s having more trouble sleeping there too, with all that’s going on around her. She often comes home from daycare and sleeps almost until bedtime.

She’s very into Dada and lights up when he walks into a room.

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She’s getting the hang of solids. She loves oatmeal, carrots, sweet potato, and any fruit, but is not too happy about anything green – I don’t blame her. She’ll eat peas and broccoli, and avocado with breast milk, but that’s about it on the veggie side thus far. I can see the outline of the two bottom teeth, so I know they are coming soon.

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As for me? I’m exhausted. It’s funny how people tell you to cherish the newborn days because things get harder, and now I believe them. Between being sick, sleep regression, stress at work, and just generally feeling like I can’t use having a new baby as an excuse anymore, I’m just so tired. Matt has been traveling more, and the logistics of getting up and showered and getting Em dressed and fed stress me out – especially when I have early morning meetings. After the past couple of months, I’m even more thankful that I’m able to work from home 2 days a week. I’m hoping this is the peak of exhaustion, with more consistent sleep and summer on the way.

Physically, I’m pretty much back to my old weight and I feel so much more normal. There was a period of time where everything just ached and I’d have to rest every other day, but now I feel like my bones are back into place. Of course, things don’t necessary look the same (the stretch marks showed up as my stomach was deflating), but that’s to be expected. The milk production has slowed down too, which has helped me feel more normal up top. I might step up the intensity of my workouts just a bit and not modify as much now that I’m feeling more like my old self. Otherwise, I’m just gonna keep doing what I’m doing!

A few things I’m loving right now:

Bob Revolution FLEX Stroller

Bandana Bibs for teething drool

Oxo Tot Sprout High Chair

Taggies Elephant (she loves to suck on tags)

Burts Bees onesies for sleeping

Magic Sleepsuit for transitioning out of the swaddle (although the doctor recommended transitioning out of this too, so I’m working on that:()

  • Emily
    April 28, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Six-ish months was so tough for us too, sleep wise! My son went nuts when he would roll over, and it pissed him off so much! Once he got more mobile, he was so much happier. It’s the pre-crawling sleep regression – her body and brain are working so hard to master that skill! The five am wake ups are so tough! But they eventually get the hang of things and start sleeping in later – it feels like it might never happen at that age, but they do. You’re doing awesome, mama! She’s adorable and she’s thriving, and you’re juggling so much with your new normal. They always tell you to give yourself 6 months with any new job to start feeling like you have the hang of it – and having a baby is a whole new LIFE. So it feels like it’s been a long time, but you’ve really done so much in such a short period of time. My little boy is 18 months now, and it’s so crazy how different my spring looks now versus a year ago.

    • Laura
      May 1, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      That’s good to know. Thanks:)

  • Melissa
    April 29, 2017 at 6:27 am

    Honestly, 6 months is still “new baby” enough to feel exhausted! There’s a reason why mothers in many, many other countries don’t go back to work until the baby is at least a year old. The first year is hard enough without having to juggle work on top of everything else! With that said, it sounds like she’s thriving in daycare, so it’s great that she’s there. But you must give yourself a break and please know that it is okay to feel exhausted. You can’t rush it, but it WILL get better! Big hugs! xx

    • Laura
      May 1, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      Thank you! A year maternity leave would have been awesome!!!

  • Kath
    April 29, 2017 at 7:09 am

    I was obsessed with sleep around this age! M had never slept through the night and was waking up every hour – sometimes 20 minutes – at 5 months, so after sleep training I became obsessed with sleep. Still am! The sleeping will get way better but then you’re tired all the time because you are chasing them everywhere : ) It is a good thing they are so darn cute all the time.

    • Laura
      May 1, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      Every hour!? That’s rough!!!

  • Lisa
    May 3, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Unfortunately once they can flip over in the magic sleepsuit they can no more wear it as is a suffocation risk. :/ We use it for our lo and I’m already dreading that day.

    • Lisa
      May 3, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      No longer weare it*

    • Laura
      May 4, 2017 at 9:54 am

      Arg! I switched her last night and she was up every two hours:(

    • Emily
      May 18, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      My daughter slept in her sleepsuit for the longest time and I felt like it prevented her from rolling over in her sleep. I, too, dreaded the transition, but once she stopped wearing it, she started sleeping on her tummy, which I think provided as much comfort as the suit did.

      • Laura
        May 19, 2017 at 5:38 pm

        Emerson loves sleeping on her tummy now that she’s finally figured it out!

  • Kathy
    May 8, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    She’s flipping adorable! I think she’s the spitting image of your sister-in-law, no??

    • Laura
      May 19, 2017 at 5:38 pm

      I haven’t ever thought that before! Thanks:)

  • Julia
    June 2, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Thanks for your honesty! Being a mom is exhausting and working fulltime is exhausting. The combo is killer! Have you thought of getting a nanny? My husband travels a ton and a nanny had saved my sanity!