E and Me {6 Months Postpartum}

Have I mentioned that Evan is 6 months old???

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Time is just flying and we have unbelievably hit the halfway point of E’s first year. And a what a SWEET 6 months it has been!

Stats:

Evan had his 6 months checkup last week and guess what? He’s still huge.

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My shirt is totally lying!!

He weighed in at 20.5 lbs (up 2 lbs from his 4-month checkup) and is 28.75 inches tall. He IS starting to thin out – a little bit — and now *only* the 90th percentile for weight. Ha. He’s still off the charts for height, which surprises me a little. Braeden and Livie are consistently in the 75th percentile for height, so is E going to be the tallest in this family? I guess time will tell!

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That’s more like it!

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As far clothes goes – he’s currently wearing 9-month and 12-month outfits (footed jammies are DEFINITELY 12 month), but the funny thing is, he’s still in a size 2 diaper (I’ve tried to move up to the 3s, but they are just too big!). He definitely still my little monster.

Milestones:

So much has happened in this past month!

E can roll over both ways (although sometimes he still gets stuck when he’s on his belly) and he can sit up for about 10-20 seconds unassisted. He pretty much WANTS to be sitting up all the time, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he masters that skill in the next few weeks.

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He’s also started dancing if we put on some music and a few weeks ago he started waving – particularly when you say hi or bye to him (we must wave to him a lot, lol). I haven’t captures this one on video yet, but it’s pretty adorable.

E has already learned that to survive in this family, you need to be heard. He likes to voices his opinion on things frequently :) He is a babbling machine and loves shrieking and babbling — ba and da sounds.

He’s nowhere close to crawling and I’m OK with that. I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t start until around 9 months – but watch me eat my words!

Food:

We started him on solids around 5 months and have introduced a ton of fruits and vegetables since then. I’m mostly doing store bought purees at this point because it’s easy (and “easy” is key for this working mama!) but I also give him some of our food if he’s interested. He mostly plays with it/gags himself with it though, so we’re working on it.

He HAS mastered picking up puffs. His pincer grasp is pretty impressive!

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Temperament 

What can I say? This little dude is happy and chill about 95% of the time. I know I say it every month, but I really could not have asked for a more laid-back little guy.

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He doesn’t even mind headbands.

He likes checking out the action and being involved. I laugh at him every Monday at L’s dance class as he listens to this one group of women gossip. He is such a little eavesdropper!!

His favorite activities include giggling when you tickle him (he has several tickle spots), jumping in the jumperoo, chewing on anything (preferably Sophie or a hat), and of course, eating.

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FEED ME.

Sleep

We are still floundering in this area at night (he’s doing great with long naps!), but I expect it and I’m OK with it. We’ve taken a step back and he’s once again in the Rock n Play and swaddle – but this keeps him asleep longer than anything else at the moment. Part of the problem is that he LOVES to scratch. Not himself – but material. So if I don’t swaddle him, he’ll just lay there scratching the crap out of the crib mattress with his fingers. I was hoping this was a self-soothing thing – but, um, so far it’s not. He also has not 100% mastered rolling over in his crib, so he gets stuck and gets pissed. Granted, it’s a low key kind of pissed (he’ll roll over onto his belly and then get pissed off like 30 minutes later, lol), but it doesn’t help him when he’s trying to get back to sleep.

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Sometimes he’ll sleep on me, and I don’t mind :)

The Dr. asked us about it during his 6-month checkup and I was expecting a lecture. The beauty of having pediatrician who is ALSO a  mom, is that she didn’t lecture or even try to tell me to I needed to train him. Instead, she was more interested to see if he was going back to sleep (which he is, after I nurse him). We left it at — he could probably sleep through the night given his size, but it’s probably a little separation anxiety and he’ll grow out of it. And he’s my last baby… so I’m pretty going going to baby him! I would like him in his crib though…

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What’s a crib?

As for me…

Man, I’m feeling good! My clumsiness has not improved, nor has my sleep deprivation, but things have really settled down in the last month.

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It helps that my older two are no longer acting like such barbarians and that Evan is a little more independent. My hormones have also settled down a bit (yay!) and I have stopped losing as much hair. I also have a new hair color!

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I’m totally cutting it short after the holiday. I’m ready for a change!

Running seems to be going pretty well and I’m still keeping up with my strength training workouts as well. I’d like to get two in, but some weeks I’m happy with just one!

I feel like my body is finally “bouncing back” and I feel more toned than I did even last month. It helps that my belly button is SLOWLY becoming an innie again (Man, that took FOREVER). I can’t say that I’ve really been doing anything different – so it’s definitely one of those “all in due time.” kinda of things.

Doing a little cliff walking before we head home!

I just survived my first postpartum work trip and it went better than I expected. I missed Evan especially, but I’m THANKFUL for FaceTime!

Pumping for 3 days straight SUUUUUCKED, but it’s worth it and I was able to find pumping accommodations wherever I went without having to provide a big explanation. I ended up not saving my milk, which was a total bummer. I probably pumped close to 100oz and all but about 20oz of it was wasted. Woomp woomp. Katie actually gave me some great tips on how to save it, but the logistics didn’t work out. It’s looking like I will be traveling again in January and I’m hoping to be a little more proactive about saving it.

Like I said, I’d love a little more sleep (even during my work trip my sleep was disrupted — I got up to pump in the middle of the night), but until then – I’m enjoying the snuggles.

A lot of people ask me how it’s been adjusting to three kids – and while I’m NOT going to tell you it’s been a walk in the park, the hardest adjustment was STILL going from zero to one baby. Maybe it’s because my kids are spaced out (3 years and 4 years) or maybe it’s because I took a more casual approach to returning to work (I’m back to 40 hours on Dec. 2nd — I’ve been working 32 hours a week since July), but for whatever reason it’s not AS hard as I was anticipating. Would I be able to handle 3 kids, 2 years apart like my parents?? Nope, probably not. Lol.

The past 6 months have been full of ups and downs, but I can definitely tell you that my family has never felt more complete. Evan fulfills something in our family we never realized we were missing. And truthfully, I am just enjoying his babyhood so much – I wish I could bottle it up forever!

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But, since it won’t, I’m really trying to make a pointed effort to just enjoy everything. Every smile. Every cuddle. Even if it means he’s refusing to nap or go to sleep or fussing — these days are just so fleeting. It’s funny how with Braeden I really couldn’t WAIT until the next phase… and with Evan I wish each day could just last a little longer.

He thinks I'm hilarious.

So, here’s to 6 months my little monster! I can only hope that the next 6 months are just a joyful.

Comments

  1. says

    Happy 6 months to you BOTH!

    E is just beautiful – those long eyelashes! Gosh! He is precious! & you look fabulous! So glad you’re feeling good too!

    I love reading the update. It lets me know what I have to look forward to & it serves as a good reminder to slow down & enjoy this phase…even if some days it feels as though it is filled with fussiness & little-to-no sleep. Ha!
    Ashley@CupcakesnCrunches recently posted..That Time I Ran Central Park When it Was 23 Degrees Outside

  2. says

    What a great update! I’m so glad to hear both you and Evan are doing so well! I can’t believe how BIG that little guy is – holy smokes! He’d totally take down Hunter. ;) I feel sad sometimes about how quickly time is going with Hunter, and he’s my first baby! I can’t imagine how I’ll feel when I get to my last baby… So glad you’re embracing each and every moment!
    Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries recently posted..My First Crossfit Workout

  3. Wanda says

    Loved this post! The pictures are beautiful, loved the bath shot! You look fantastic for a Mom with 3 children, a job, running, cooking, cleaning, driving, organizing, the list could go on. Great job!

    Love you all!

  4. Maryellen says

    What a great update.. Happy 6 months to you and Evan..Great photo’s..especially with the three of them!! Yes, Evan is a happy boy..but with such a beautiful family and loving parents.. he has every reason to be happy!! You are awesome, Michelle. Love you!

  5. says

    Oh my goodness, he is absolutely adorable! (And yes, HUGE!) I really love to see your updates — your kids are just fabulous and I really like seeing how E is fitting in with everyone else. Well, and he’s one of the cutest babies ever! I’m glad to hear things are getting a bit easier for you routine-wise and I hope that by the time AJ is hitting the 6-month mark I’m feeling the same way.
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  6. Denise G. says

    Crazy that he is 6 months. I remember when you were still pregnant I started following your blog because I was newly pregnant. 9+ months is a long time, but holy cow now it seems to be flying!

    Question- was he always measuring big throughout the pregnancy? Our little man was already 2 weeks ahead and an estimated 4lbs at just under 30 weeks last week.

  7. Julie says

    Happy 6 Months to E! I would be heartbroken to not save all 100 ounces.

    It’s funny to read about so many similarities that N has with E (laid back, nosy, even the scratching! ) I wonder if it’s a “May” thing.

    • says

      So funny that they are so similar!!! I don’t know about you, but the scratching is driving me INSANE!!!

      Just to warn you – since N is a few weeks behind E — she’s about the learn about you leaving in the room soon (if she hasn’t already) and it’s going to suck. Goodbye easy bedtime (at least it’s been that way for the past 3-4 nights).

    • says

      Congrats on your baby!!! Around 8 weeks I *thought* I was doing OK, but looking back I was still in a sleep-deprived, hormonal frenzy. It has really gotten SO much easier in the past month or two, so hang in there!! Exercise does help me feel more sane – although, I wish I had more time for it. I guess I wish I had more time for a lot of things though!

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