How do we have a six-month old already?! The past half year has flown by rapidly. Early June (when I wrote Lincoln’s last update) marked one year since we had learned we were expecting him. It’s so fun to reflect back on our last summer: how different it was, the joys and fears we were experiencing, and then look at our little boy and just soak it all in. God is so good!
I’ve always nursed Lincoln on demand during the day. It’s worked well for our family until right around 5 months when Lincoln began begging to nurse every 2 hours or so during the day and every 3 hours or so at night. A constantly nursing baby who was also increasingly interested in his parents eating led us to start Lincoln on cereal. He loved it! Two weeks later we gave him avocado (they were on sale at Aldi’s) and peas. So far I’ve made all his food at home (with the exception of the cereal) and it’s really quite simple. At six months he’s had rice and oat cereal, avocado, peas, sweet potato, banana, and broccoli.
Lincoln officially has a bedtime! Right around 5 months he let us know that 7 to 7:30 is the time he’d like to go to bed for the night (regardless of when he woke up from his last nap). He proved this true when we visited Colorado for a week and with the time change went to bed at 6 p.m. each night ha.
Finally after a month or so of waking up every three to four hours to eat at night, the solid food seems to be filling Lincoln’s belly and the last three nights we’ve gotten at least 5+ hour stretches of sleep and two 8 hour ones. Lincoln wakes up between 6:30 and 7 each morning and from there starts a routine of napping every 90 minutes to two hours. Usually, he takes two 90 minute naps and two cat naps give or take throughout the day.
If you follow our blog, you know that our summer nights were a little crazy. I attended night classes, Ryan coached soccer, and one or both of us were out of the house at Lincoln’s bedtime most nights of the week. Ryan, Grandma Lori, and I all made a concerted effort for about two weeks to initiate a bedtime routine for Lincoln and magically it worked!
Another struggle we had the past two months was taking Lincoln out of his swaddle. He still sleeps best in it. We’ve tried a few naps and nights without the swaddle, but find that he wakes up and plays in his crib and gets distracted falling asleep. Then he’s just crabby and tired all day. We just purchased a new sleep sack for him. It arrives today, so hopefully, this will help us transition well. Stay tuned.
- Army crawling everywhere
- Eating everything and playing with his spoons afterward
- Studying anything that moves or makes noise
- Dance parties with his parents (we’re reveling in these, we’ll only be so cool for so long ;))
- Talking to anything and everything. He still likes hands, but he’ll talk to actual faces now too!
- Mom’s hair, Dad’s hair, Grandpa’s hair, everyone’s hair.
- Watching the Keurig pour out coffee in the morning
- Reading (and eating) books
- Rooms filled with lots of people
- Long car rides and being in his car seat (this is a new one – hopefully it doesn’t last long)
- Believing he’s alone.
- Loud sneezes
- HALO Sleepsack: Still Lincoln’s pajamas. We’ve certainly gotten our money out of this product! Lincoln can wiggle around in here while falling asleep but doesn’t get distracted by his hands.
- Amber Teething Necklace: Lincoln still has no teeth visible, but he has had several drooly-let-me-knaw-on-everything spells the past two months. No crabbiness to report yet, is it the necklace? Maybe so!
- Owlet Sleep Sock: This gives us so much ease of mind with a rolly polly baby.
- Blendtec: We purchased this last fall when it was on major clearance at Bed Bath & Beyond. I’ve used it to make shakes and bulletproof coffee, but we’ve used it countless times to blend up Lincoln’s food too. It was a fabulous investment.
- Risen Motherhood Blog & Podcast: This is for me (Katelyn), not Lincoln, but it’s seriously changing the way
- The Big Picture Story Bible: We ordered this book for Lincoln based on a recommendation from the bloggers/podcastters (is that a word??) above. So many little devotion books I’ve seen for children gloss over sin and disobeying God, but this book does it in a gentle way while still preaching the gospel. Plus Lincoln loves the pictures, I can’t recommend it enough!
Between four and six months Lincoln has traveled to St. Lucia and Colorado on airplanes. He’s becoming quite the little traveler. We struggled with sleep and travel (that darn carseat) much more in Colorado last week than we did in St. Lucia in June, so we’re all looking forward to being home and no major trips for the next few months.
Lincoln, we don’t want to forget your energetic smile, the way your whole body shows your excitement when you see us. Your giggle is by far the best noise I’ve ever heard and we can’t help but bust out into laughter when you do. You’re learning how to show us affection and I can’t get enough of your snuggles and attempts at kisses. Nearly everyone you meet comments on your big (blue) eyes and how you inquisitively take in the world. Keep on exploring buddy. We love you.