Caleb Manuel is seven whole months today!
Since he just had his SIX month checkup last week (…yeah), I can tell you that he weighs 20 pounds, 12 ounces. He’s now 84th percentile and “slimming down” since he was always 96th or 97th percentile before. I’m guessing it has a lot to do with his excessive jumping in his jumper. He is still in size four diapers and 12 month clothing. I think this is the longest he’s stayed in any diaper / clothing size! He still fits comfortably in them too.
His hair has officially grown back big time! He has a beautiful full head of hair again like he did at birth. The nurses and doctor were all exclaiming about it at his appointment. Happy mama!
Caleb attended his first wedding this past month because my best friend Taylor got married! He wore a suit and looked completely handsome and adorable.
We now have a sitter on our hands! We’ve been working on his sitting for awhile and he seems to have gotten the hang of it. He still occasionally topples, but he’s doing pretty well and can sit up for a few minutes now.
His new favorite hobby is his Baby Einstein jumper. He used to sit in it and not like it very much, but now that he’s discovered that he can jump… oh man, he goes to TOWN! He jumps aggressively and laughs like a maniac. He does bouncy legs even when he’s not in the thing. It’s hilarious. His other favorite hobby is laughing at the dog. When Dakota gets near him, he starts cracking up and grabbing at him. I try to teach him to pet nice, but for now he just kind of grabs at his fur… much like he grabs and pulls at my hair. He still loves going for walks and being outside too. We took him outside last weekend in his little walker and he cruised down the driveway. This means it’s just about time for shoes!
Caleb is a champion eater these days! He moved onto the stage two foods a couple of weeks ago and is loving all the different flavors and variety. He loves almost everything except for peas and the chicken noodle one. Everything else is fair game, and he makes happy noises when he’s eating one he particularly likes. He’s getting baby food two or three times a day, and of course his bottles still. He does really well in his high chair too, so I’m proud!
He has been progressing a lot this past month but we’ve gone backwards a bit in one big area… sleep! He’s decided he no longer wants to sleep and that he hates his crib. This is a kid who has been sleeping perfectly through the night since six weeks and has been in his crib since two months. Our routine was that he’d go to bed at about 7:30 and wake up at about 7:00 the next morning. He was doing awesome but then about two weeks ago, he started refusing to go to sleep and shrieking anytime we put him in the crib. We get him to fall asleep, put him down, and he instantly shrieks. So then we take him out, put him to sleep again, put him back in, and he shrieks again… a horrible cycle. This goes on until about 12:30. We’ve tried everything including “crying it out,” which I hate. Nothing works. A few nights I’ve even caved in and let him fall asleep in my bed. Jerry then transfers him to his crib around midnight. I absolutely hate this, but some nights I just give up and am too exhausted to fight with him when I know I have to get up and go to work. We’re really hoping this phase ends soon!
On another note, Caleb LOVES the Hawaiian version of “Over the Rainbow.” It’s really soothing and I play it for him most nights and sing it to him. It’s becoming a new part of his nighttime routine and so is reading! I’ve been reading to him a little bit here and there since he was born, but in the last month we’ve gotten into it a lot more since he seems to pay attention now. We read almost every night and are having a lot of fun with board books. As a librarian, I know how important reading and literacy are even at a young age. I’d encourage all parents to read as often as they can to their little ones! It’s also a nice bonding activity. Librarian spiel over!
Lastly, he loves his two new mice! Taylor got him a Mickey Mouse from her honeymoon and I got him the mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.
Gosh, he is literally the cutest thing I have ever seen and he just keeps getting cuter.