Six Months

6 Months6
Smiling Six Months!

Weight: 15 lbs (again, on the bathroom scale)
Length: 27” (home measurement)
Likes: An owl picture next to his changing table, grabbing faces, talking, smiling
Dislikes: Not moving, napping in his crib, the sun in his face
Clothing Size: 3-6 months
Diaper Size: 2
Favorite Toy(s): He likes to play with and chew on some big soft blocks; knocking down the towers Mommy and Daddy build. He also likes hanging out in his bouncy activity center.
Skills: LT is great at rolling both ways now, and often needs a lot of safe space to roll and roll and roll!
Eating: LT again will have daycare days when he will eat 20 ounces, but otherwise it is more like 12-16 ounces. He continues to eat about every 2 hours during the days he is home with Mommy.
We also introduced avocado and baby oatmeal! He’ll play with and sort of taste them at dinnertime. Now that he’s officially 6 months, we’ll start to introduce a little bit more food, too.
Sleeping: He has set some records this month! He started sleeping through the night fairly regularly; usually for about an 8 hour stretch; waking up between 4-5 am for a little bit, then sleeping again until 7 am. Once he even slept 10.5 hours all at once! Of course, there were some terrible nights in there, too.
He still isn’t a great nap taker, but that is okay; we are working on that both at home and at daycare.
Firsts: Baseball game (both little league and major league), wedding shower, 5K, Mother’s Day
Mommy’s Highlight: Finding new ways to make him giggle!
Daddy’s Highlight: LT’s big and bright smiles in the mornings, especially on the mornings after nights he didn’t sleep so well.

Parenting After Loss Thought of the Month:
Early in our marriage, we were the couple who had crazy fun and fortunate things happen. Once, we went to a racetrack museum just to look around, and left with free box tickets to the race that night. That type of thing seemed to always happen to us.

Our luck changed when we lost Rayna.

Suddenly, statistics weren’t in our favor. Something that happened 0.05% of the time happened to us. Now, we hear the risk factors for something and our hearts skip a beat. While we know nothing in life comes without risk and we aren’t going to stop living our lives or following sound medical advice, we also feel more deeply connected to the people behind the statistics.

Because of this, I was a wreck last summer when Nick had a minor medical procedure. Or this year, I was having some super normal physical post-partum symptoms, but I assumed the worst. It was –insertterriblethinghere– awareness month, and I was up at 3 am nursing LT and Google searching my symptoms (really, when will I learn this is not a good idea) and panicking. So, I made an appointment with my primary provider. She’s great and gentle and understanding, and suggested I see a specialist in –insertterriblethingshere– to put my mind at ease.

I might have Googled my symptoms even if Rayna hadn’t died, but I likely would have accepted the first normal physical post-partum explanation instead of letting my mind jump to the worst. Ultimately, I’m glad I saw the specialist, as he was able to help with the normal problem, too, but I can’t help but acknowledge the way Rayna’s death has impacted how I look at my health.

This process of seeing my primary provider and a specialist was also a poignant reminder of how lucky my family is to have excellent health insurance, to be able to afford check ups, vaccines, urgent care and emergency room visits, dental cleanings, and more. I know this isn’t available to everyone and I am humbled by this reminder.

Another loss mom blogger shares her thoughts on being part of the 0.05% here: https://chickydoodles.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/on-my-anger-at-it-being-me/#more-7721
I appreciate the way our thoughts are both different and similar.

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