Hello! So Mr. Ryan is six whole months old now! How is that possible?! It's so cliche, but time really is speeding by right now.
He is quite literally the happiest baby ever. I keep thinking he can't possibly be any happier and then he is. The only time he gets crabby is when he's tired or bored of being in the same place for too long. That's pretty much it. Well, unless it's the middle of the night and he wants his binky or wants to eat, but we'll get to that. He's just a happy, happy guy! He is calm and mellow and likes to just sit and watch what's going on.
His favorite activity is bouncing in the doorway Jump N Go. He goes to town in that thing! He'll just jump and chew on the little butterfly toy that I hooked to it till his hearts content. David loved it too. I think it's because it's in a part of the house where he can see pretty much everywhere, so there's always something new to look at.
We had a couple really good weeks with drinking his bottles. It was really great. But, now we appear to be back to The Struggle. I think he's just too busy to be bothered with it honestly. He wants to sit up and look around and leaning back to drink a bottle is just so annoying, mom! I might try to introduce the sippy cup here pretty soon, maybe that will help.
So, because he's not eating much during the day, he's not sleeping well at night. For a while he was sleeping from 7:30 until 5am pretty consistently. I can deal with that. But, the past week he's been waking up to eat at midnight as well. We try everything to avoid feeding him first, but he is an angry dude and wants to eat! Once we feed him he's back down super fast. I know I need to do something as far as sleep training, but.... ugh...I just don't want to for some reason. With David I was ALL ABOUT the sleep training, in fact he was sleeping through the night 12 hours by now, but knowing that Ryan is the last baby, I'm just not in a super huge hurry to stop the midnight cuddles. Even if I'm completely exhausted. I don't know. Maybe in a few more weeks?? Who am I and what have I become?!
He has started eating real food though! We introduced solids a couple weeks ago. For the first week or so he just spit it right back out at me. Every single bite. Then he had some peas and whoa baby, he likes peas! He gobbled them right up. Bananas are a favorite too. Now when I get his food out and put his bib on he starts opening his mouth like a little baby bird. It's so cute!
We've had a lot of really nice weather lately, so we've been taking him outside with us for a while here and there. He likes to hang out in his bounce bounce baby and watch all the kids play in the cul-de-sac. We have 3 other babies in the neighborhood so we talk about getting them all walkers and letting them chill out with each other. It's baby city around here!
A couple weeks ago we made our first trip to Sioux Falls. Ryan did pretty well in the car. He did like to spit out his binky every few minutes so I got pretty good at reaching around to pop it back in, but ended up with a pretty bruised up side from reaching around so much. Ha! He had a good time visiting with all his cousins and grandparents and was a happy little guy! We hope to get back up there one more time this summer.
He got his first two teeth! The two bottom ones popped through shortly after he turned 5 months. He was pretty crabby for a couple days and that was about it. Pretty easy stuff! Hopefully the rest come in that easy too! He's a drooly monster so I suspect a couple more are on the way.
His favorite toys are a stuffed alligator, his monkey plush hanging on his car seat, a ball with a bunch of little plastic tubes to chew on, his bounce bounce baby, the roll and crawl ball and his little einsteins turtle toy. He loves tags too, he finds them on everything. David was all about the hard plastic toys, but Ryan seems to like softer things.
Otherwise, things are going pretty alright. We've had a lot of challenges this past month and sometimes I feel like things just keep piling on top of each other. It's been pretty rough, but Ryan is like a little light. He makes me so ridiculously happy and I cannot wait to see him and cuddle on him every chance I get. That little turkey and I had such a hard pregnancy and a kind of crappy recovery (I'm still fighting a bum foot that refuses to heal) and a rough first couple months so it's such a relief that he's now such a happy little feller and loves to cuddle. He's helped me through these last two months more than he'll ever know. (Zach and David have too, of course...)
So here we go. I can't wait to see what month seven brings!