SIX MONTHS. HALF A YEAR. This time last year I was working full time, going to school full time, had just launched my skincare business and was hardly showing at all. Now I have a baby on my hip as I finish up my degree — (one more class y’all) & continue growing my skincare business. These six, almost seven months have flown by. Clearly this kid is keeping me occupied because…let’s just say we’re closer to a seven month update now. 😉
I so vividly remember 6 months and fourteen days ago lying in the hospital bed sobbing because they had just taken my baby away and I had no idea why and I couldn’t get up. I have found myself reflecting on that day every day since. We quickly transitioned out of the unknown and now this boy doesn’t stop. I am in awe of how much he changes with each passing day. I’m confident that I am more tired now than I was six months ago, even 2 months ago, but joy comes in the morning friends. We’ve been diligently working on our sleep habits and kicked the need for the swaddle (finally). The Ollie Swaddle was such a blessing and Kai loved it a little too much… It was a slow process and some nights I had to give in and re-swaddle him because I was honestly too tired to deal. I’ve seriously never met a baby who loves to be swaddled as much as he does.
Kai has become quite the mover and overachiever. His milestones leave him older than his age and as sad as that makes me, it is such a blessing to watch your child thrive. For a while he was unhappy on his belly because he couldn’t roll himself over fast enough.
Gauge & I were part of a marriage retreat with some couples from his unit a couple weekends ago, so Kai had to go to daycare for the first time. He did great and I cried like a baby, not entirely how I expected it to go. I had such mom guilt, but I kept telling myself that if he’s okay, I’m okay. He loved being held all day and getting to watch other kids play. Before we left for the weekend, Kai was still having trouble keeping his balance while sitting and seriously as soon as we got home three days later, he was sturdy and sitting completely on his own. Of course now that he’s been content for two seconds, he wants to be standing all the time; it is crazy how fast babies grow in new discoveries. I’ll be real honest… I live for nap time. Kai requires attention 25/8, so his nap time is my only opportunity to work or get anything done around the house… or sit on the couch for two hours and think about everything that needs to get done in said time frame.
We introduced solids at about 4.5 months and he wasn’t quite sure about it. I reintroduced it at 5 months and he’s obsessed. Eating is his actual hobby. So far he loves bananas, pears, squash, sweet potatoes, and green beans… green beans are his fav and we just discovered that peaches make him cry, so there ya have it. 😉 he still consistently drinks bottles after every “meal”, anywhere between 4-6oz. at a time, we do about 2-3 meals a day and the remaining feedings are 6-8oz. bottles. Kai started trying to hold his own bottle around 4 months old and now he goes back and forth, but he’s certainly capable. We’re trying to slowly feed more solids and drink less formula at a time and add in 6-7oz. of water per day.
We let Kai wake up on his own and somedays it’s 6:45, somedays it’s 7:30, and somedays I have to literally wake him up. Our weekdays are more routine and I’ve been very adamant on keeping Kai on a schedule since he was born, it’s just been easier for both of us. As he’s gotten older, he still thrives on having a schedule, but he has become quite the adaptable baby. We’ve kept naps+bedtime fairly consistent and his eating varies; I blame it on teething…somedays he eats normal and other days he isn’t so interested in food, but for the most part our days look something like this:
7:30 AM (most days) wake up
7:30-8:30 AM diaper change, play, breakfast bottle — he doesn’t usually like to eat right after he wakes up & he also does not like oatmeal
8:30-9:30 AM play, read, watch tv — his favorite show right now is Boss Baby on Netflix
9:30-11:30 AM NAP TIME — this particular nap is like clockwork everyday that we are home
11:30-2 PM lunch, play, practice crawling+standing, bottle
2-4 PM NAP TIME
*4-8 PM — this time is the most inconsistent. Some days Kai stays awake from about 4 PM until bedtime and other days he’ll take a short nap from about 6-6:30 PM. Either way, during this time is dinner, super fun play time because daddy is finally home from work, 4oz. bottle, bath time, one last 6-8oz. bottle, then bed time.
Kai has been teething for a couple of months now. It certainly doesn’t help with our sleeping schedule, but he has been a champ. Still no teeth to show for it, but I have a feeling one will pop up any day now! Gauge thinks he’ll have a top tooth first, and it looks like he may be right… poor baby. We try to give him Tylenol only as desperately needed; he hates it, so half of it ends up all over his clothes anyways. We have been freezing his pacifiers, his bacon teether has been a must, and as we introduce water we make sure it’s as cold as possible and he loves it.
When I was pregnant I prayed and prayed for a baby that exuded joy, especially in the midst of rough days, weeks, months, nights… The other day at church, I got a text from the nursery saying that Kai “needed me”. I picked him up and we stood in the doorway of the auditorium and he was genuinely so happy. He giggled and smiled and talked the whole time we stood there, which was exactly why we were standing out there. One of the pastor’s walked by, gave us a hug and told me that Kai just has a resting joy face. I had to laugh but that was a literal answer to prayer. This boy has given me a run for my money but he is the sweetest angel, always so full of joy. Our mornings together are my favorite — he is a true ray of sunshine.
As I watch him grow into a little boy, I pray even harder for who he will become. I pray that he loves like Jesus does and that he grows up to be a fearless leader. That he will be strong enough to stand up for himself + those around him, but that is heart will always be kind. And the selfish part of me will never stop praying that he’s never too cool or too old to hug his mama.
Fun fact: my birthday is three days after Christmas and I was never (and still am not) a huge fan of how close it is to Christmas, so my mom & I always celebrated my half birthday on June 28. Kai was born in June, so his half birthday is in December. I will never stop making it special for him, because my mom always made it so special for me.