Family Life, Pregnancy & Baby

Happy Half Birthday – The 6 month update

August 1, 2014
This week marked Little Spencer Duncan’s half birthday. A whole 6 months have passed since I met my little love. Can you believe it?! I certainly can’t.

My past few days have been spent staring at him in wonder that I created something so amazing and how quickly the days have gone. It is amazing that in even just 6 small months how much your life can change.



Those gnashers are well and truely through now



Weight

This heavy little guy is now bang on 9kg (19.8lbs) – quite the chunk!

Health

Thankfully since the two bottom teeth popped through a couple of weeks ago we have had a break from the pain, grumpiness and insane chewing. Once those toothy pegs cut through the gum it was like immediate relief. Phew!

Relaxing in the morning sunshine




Development

Spencer is a very active and alert little boy. As always, he is desperate to be standing upright or jumping. He has insane strength in his legs for such a young baby. This is helped by spending time in his Jumperoo and in his new baby walker and can now stand unaided as long as we are holding him for balance. Unless it’s sleeping time he does not want to lie down.

We have been helping him to sit upright, he is still pretty wobbly and doesn’t last long before he falls to the side but with a few more weeks of practice I’m hoping that we have it mastered.

Exercising his voice is one of his new passions and likes to be quite vocal chatting away to us, just like the picture below. 





Sleep

Thankfully Spencer still loves his sleep, I pray that this continues.
Morning naps are generally 40 minutes to an hour long and in the afternoon 1-2 hours nap.

Bed time is at 7.30pm by the latest as he just can’t stay awake any longer. We will then dream feed at 11pm and from there he will sleep right through until 6am.



Social

This is one smiley, happy boy! He loves to interact with people and make eye contact. Recently he has been alot more aware of what Penny and Steven Kitten are upto and tries to make his way to them or screams for them to come to him.

By watching us he is starting to mimic what we do with blowing raspberries and making noises. He is very alert and aware of what is going on around him.





Food & Diet

Now at 6 months old he is eating 3 pureed meals a day, through his own choice! Milk just isn’t filling him up enough to curb the hunger which was making him very grumpy. He will have his meals plus 4-5 bottles of milk through the day for vitamins and hydration.

During meal times in his high chair I will give him finger food to chew on to get used to the textures and flavors. He won’t eat these but likes to play with them and try putting them in his mouth. Some foods that he likes to chew on are sliced cucumber, carrot sticks and toast.

This month his favorite food is pureed apples and still maintains a strong dislike for blueberries.




Routine

This little guy loves a routine and some structure in his day – he must get that from me!

We found our routine naturally by following the signs he gave us when he was tired and hungry. In a day I know that he will always get up from 6am onwards, through the day he will have two naps and will go down for bed by 7.30pm. It is not strict and to the minute but by sticking to this loosely (give or take 15-30 minutes) helps me to have a happy and well rested little boy.




Clothes

He is officially in his 6-9 month clothes. I have bought him a few new bits and bobs mainly from Zara Baby and Carters.

The shops here follow the UK seasons – which is ridiculous as we don’t have the same climates – and soon their stock will be full of heavy materials, woolen jumpers and winter jackets. Soon I’ll start buying clothes ahead of time for when Spencer is bigger and still needs summer clothes.




Likes

Like a little Meercat, he LOVES to be upright and see what is going on.

He very much enjoys being outdoors to see all the colors and feel the wind in his face. Hopefully the weather improves very soon and we can head outdoors more. It is still at least 40 degrees every day so we can’t venture outdoors for long at a time.

Playing rough, being thrown up in the air and hanging upside down are sure ways to get a giggle. The way he throws himself around clearly shows us that he is not a delicate little flower. This boy likes rough and tumble!



Dislikes
Elongated noises…. Making a “Boo” noise is fine but if you keep the noise going like “Boooooooooo” he starts to get upset. Have you ever heard a baby getting freaked out by that?!


Milestones
Reaching 6 months old is a huge milestone in itself!
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The next major milestone will be at 1 year old. I hope that time slows down a little and I can keep my baby small for just a while longer. They really do grow up too fast!

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5 Comments

  • Reply Dalz R August 3, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Bless!

    Adorable xoxoxox

    • Reply Heather Duncan August 18, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      Thank you D. I hope that you are having a lovely vacation 🙂

  • Reply Mama-Balance August 17, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Interesting to read his monthly updates. Its great that the dream feed works for you, when we tried that we only ended up increased wakings, and wahttp://theduncanadventures.blogspot.com/logout?d=http://www.blogger.com/logout-redirect.g?blogID%3D7940150709885114788%26postID%3D2019660249717615599king for dream feeds in addition to the usual feed times.

    • Reply Heather Duncan August 18, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      Hey Mama-Balance!
      Thank you for your comment.
      I agree that dream feeds probably don’t work for every Mum and every Baby as they are all different, I didn’t think that it would work for us at all but thankfully for now it is so I will stick to it hoping that it continues. I think as Mum’s we do anything that works and keeps them happy 🙂

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