Sunday, April 07, 2013
M4 - 6 months!
He's gotten very good at grabbing things (toys, noses) and plays more than he used to. He likes to chew on his new teething toys. This orange ball has been perfect with nubs to hold and chew. I wish the other kids had gotten one!
Still no teeth, but lots of chewing and drool!
He goes in to the doctor at the end of the week, so we'll see how big he's gotten. I think he's stretched out a little more this month, but he's still a round little guy!
I attend a bible study at our church about once a week. The older kids play in the nursery with other kids and a couple babysitters. M4 hangs out with me. A few weeks ago I was standing in the back, bouncing him to sleep. We paused by the picture of the then current Pope, Benedict, and M4 started full out laughing. Once home, I pulled up a couple photos on my computer and he again started laughing. Later I showed Papa and even a few days ago we tried again. He gets a big grin on his face and tries to talk to the pictures!
He's been "talking" more often in general and will squeal with happiness. His cheeks are a little ticklish, so if I give him lots of kisses he'll giggle. Then he grabs at my face and pushes his mouth on my cheek - little baby kisses. He reaches out to us now and when we were in MN he was giving little mini-hugs sometimes.
He's tried sweet potato, as his first food, and then peas a few days later. Instead of purees, we're giving him soft bits of food and letting him explore. A benefit is that we don't need make special time to feed him, he eats on his own while we're eating. We also don't need to spend time blending up the food. Clean up seems a bit more involved though! I'm sure we'll try spoon feeding at some point, but we've been slowly going more in this direction with each child. (Some people call this method "baby lead weaning".) Right now he's just eating at supper time, but as he tries more things we'll offer foods at breakfast and lunch. The doctor advised against rice cereal due to concerns about arsenic levels. The older two had some tummy issues with oatmeal at this age, but maybe we'll try the store bought baby version or just wait a few months.
The top three photos here were the first taste of sweet potato, "What's this? A finger to chew! Wait, yuck!" After that he explored a while and did eat some on his own in the end. I think in terms of getting food into the tummy that he's gotten more than when we spoon fed purees as a start.