Will 6 Months Update
Will gave me his Mama's Day present last night. He slept from 6:30p to 5:15a. And then after I fed him, he didn't wake up for the day until close to 9a! No, I don't expect it to happen again any time soon. But it did give me hope that I will be able to sleep through the night again someday.
Anyway, onto his big 6 months update. My boy is half way into his first year of life!
Up until recently, Will has been pretty good with sleeping. But now, he wakes up several times a night, rolling and turning. I don't feed him every time he wakes up because I don't think he's waking up due to hunger so we calm him down with a pacifier. I don't want him to rely on pacifiers, but it's the easiest and quickest way. We are just too tired to put up a fight in the middle of the night!
He takes 1-2 naps a day. On 1-nap days, that nap is usually 2+ hours long and we put him to bed extra early. All in all, I think he gets about 14 hours of total sleep a day.
Will may be a poor sleeper, but he makes it for being a champion eater. He still gets 5 160cc bottles a day, on top of 2 feedings of solids. It seems to me that he eats a lot, but he always has room for more. He gets mad when the bottle or bowl is empty. He also gets fussy when he sees food, but we are not feeding him (like when he sees a bottle warming up). It's hilarious.
With Anna, she frequently threw up an entire feeding, but Will has never thrown up once. I guess you can't have it all. Anna was a much better sleeper than Will, but Will is a better eater.
When Anna was a baby, I compared her milestones with this chart. I don't do this with Will. One, I don't have time. Two, I don't care. But I should explain that it's not so much that I don't care, but it's just that I know Will is happy and healthy and he will get there on his own timeline.
This month, Will officially became a rolling machine, he reaches out to grab + pull objects, he puts everything in his mouth, and sits unassisted for an extended period of time before toppling over. He even got on 4s a couple of times. He's moving right along!
I think Will is a regular baby, not easy, but not particularly hard either. He has good days and bad days. On bad days, we have to hold him all day long. On good days, we can plop him on the floor and he can be happy for a long time. I do think that his bad days are contributed to his skin problems. I don't blame him, when his eczema flares up, he's just not comfortable.
Overall, Will is a happy baby and always flashes a huge grin any time we look at him. He does have a case of mild stranger anxiety, but it can easily be fixed as soon as the person holding him takes him outside.
I remember we used to plan our outings with Anna based on her nap schedule. Now with Will, he just has to accommodate. Luckily he adjusts quickly and usually is a good sport through it all.
Life with two kids just 20 months apart is hard. Anna still demands a lot of our attention. And now she's older (but not old enough...if that makes sense), she's starting to feel jealousy. Now I understand why people space it out a little. But I think once we get past this difficult stage, prehaps once Will turns 18 months and can play with Anna, things will get a lot easier and fun. I really hope they grow up to be friends.
Either way, life is good with many precious moments. It's all worth the hard work! I love my little family.
6-months stats: 18 lbs 6 oz, 26 inches