Before having a baby, I was the most socially awkward creature on the entire planet. Or, at least, that is how I felt. If I was with my boyfriend or a friend, I might be more likely to talk to a stranger. However, if I was alone I would have a very hard time not stuttering when a stranger asked me a question or complimented me. And I certainly would NEVER approach a stranger. All of that went out the window once I started going places with Ant. Now, I can’t go grocery shopping without some one stopping to tell me how beautiful he is! Having a baby has done wonders for my social anxiety! So, what I’m saying is, if you’re socially awkward, you should totally have a baby.
When I’m out and about with Ant, people (mostly women) like to come up to him (not me, they don’t even look at me or acknowledge my existence) and say things like, I’m gonna bite you!, or you are SO adorable, I want to eat you! And then this wave of motherly protectiveness comes over me and, in my head I’m like, BITCH, only I get to eat this baby! So, what I’m also saying is, you cannot eat my baby. Only I can eat my baby.
But seriously though, Ant is so incredibly squish-able and bite-able. What baby isn’t? And the bigger he gets, the more squishy he gets! And he is getting BIG. At six months old, Ant is now 19.5 pounds and 27 and 3/4 inches tall! You’d think we were feeding him steak and power bars for dinner! We aren’t…
We are, however, feeding him bananas for dinner! We started Ant on solids a couple weeks ago. It is normally not recommended (per the AAP) to start a baby on solids until they reach the 6 month mark. However, his pediatrician recommended we let him try some bananas mixed with breast milk since he has been so interested in our food and just finished a big growth spurt. It took him a little while to get used to solid food, we even had to give him a break for a few days because he became constipated. But, we took it slow and now Ant absolutely loves bananas! We let him practice holding his spoon when he eats. Most times, he ends up deep-throating it and gagging, but he is becoming a pro, I swear.
We have also tried some baby-led weaning, too. If Ant finishes his pureed bananas and seems like he wants more, I will break up a few pieces of banana and let him pick them up and try to put them in his mouth. He has successfully eaten a few small chunks of banana and now knows to chew it. I think we will let him try sweet potatoes next. What were/are some of your baby’s favorite foods?
Ant cut his first tooth a few weeks ago and is currently cutting three more, so soon it will be even easier for him to chew up his bananas! Since he has been teething, I have had to wear him basically all day, every day. When Ant was tiny, I wore him in a Balboa Baby sling that a friend gave to me. We loved that sling and it came in handy when we were out and about, or when he wanted to be held while I did chores. However, Ant is too big now for me to carry him all day in a sling. So I got an Infantino Mei Tai carrier at Target for only $25! I love this carrier because it crosses in the back for extra lumbar support (which comes in handy since I have scoliosis), and it can be worn in three positions- front, back, and hip. Ant absolutely loves his new carrier!
Like I said, I wear him A LOT. He naps in the Mei Tai and likes to chew on the straps when his gums hurt. I have been thinking about getting a teething necklace for me to wear while I carry him (he won’t use a teething ring or pacifier), but I have heard that amber teething necklaces are usually treated with nasty chemicals to make them look pretty, and I have not done enough research on silicone teething necklaces. What do you do to make your teething baby feel better?
In other news… we recently started cloth diapering! At first, it was all very confusing, but I think Anthony Sr. and I are getting used to it. Look for my cloth diaper review in the future! But, for now, here is a sneak peak at how adorable the diapers are…