Today is August’s half birthday and I can hardly believe he is 6 months old! I have no idea where the time has gone but I wanted to do a recap post on the last 6 months and write about how our lives have changed for the better in these last 6 months.
I have no idea how you’re already 6 months old. I feel like it was just yesterday that I was holding your tiny, fragile body in the nicu and longing to bring you home. Each day since you were born has been filled with hard things, but so much joy and gratitude. You were a missing piece to our family and I cannot believe how we ever lived without you before. You’ve taught our family and especially me, that we can do hard things and that we can overcome big obstacles.
When you were born, you only weighed 4 pounds 8 oz and you dropped down to almost 4 pounds in the nicu. You were on a cpap machine, in an isolet, and on oxygen. You had an IV and a feeding tube. In your first month of life, you overcame all of these things and learned to breathe and feed on your own.
When I was pregnant with you I had the desire to birth you naturally, something I thought I could never do. However, I did it and it was one of the most beautiful and powerful things I’ve ever experienced. You taught me that our bodies are strong and can do hard things, just as nature intended. Read about why I chose a natural birth here.
When you were in the nicu, I so badly wanted to make enough milk for you, and avoid formula. I pumped every 2 hours day and night, which wasn’t easy but was so worth it. We then went on to struggle with breastfeeding for the next 4 months because of supply issues, a tongue and lip tie, slow weight gain, and more. We pushed through together, pumping exclusively until 4 months and continuing extra pumps and bottles until 5 months old. You taught me that I can function off of even less sleep than I thought, that my body is amazing at creating food for you, that I can somehow love you and your brother more and more with each day, and that being a mother is the most wonderful and rewarding thing- even on the hard days. Now at 6 months old, you are breastfeeding like a champ and growing like a weed!
We’ve had some really hard days… and we’ve had some really wonderful days. But everyday has been filled with gratitude and big blessings. We are so glad to have in our arms every single day.
In your short 6 months you have:
overcome obstacles in the nicu and with breastfeeding
tripled your birth weight
learned to roll over
grown to love smiling every second
hit almost all of your milestones on time, despite being born premature
enjoyed Easter, birthdays, and the 4th of July with your family
discovered your laugh
At 6 months old you:
eat every 2 hours
sleep 4-5 hour stretches at night
LOVE being held and cuddled by your mama
love laughing with daddy
adore your brother and when he gives you kisses
smile all day long
are exclusively breast feeding
not quite ready to start solids yet
in 3 month clothing, but will fit into 6 month clothes soon
wear one size cloth diapers
like when we baby wear you
love your teething needs and wooden Montessori toys
We just adore you and are so glad to have you as a part of our family. Now if only we could slow down time so that the next 6 months don’t go by quite as fast!