Little Jude is not so little anymore! We’ve definitely seen a lot of change in him this past month, including being able to sit up on his own! This was especially exciting because Emery didn’t do this until around 7 months old, or maybe even later. And I know how much of a difference it makes! It’s just so nice to be able to sit them on the ground and not worry about them toppling over. And Jude has always hated tummy time, so him being able to sit up is great–it gives him another option other than laying on his back.
Another big change that happened this past month was Jude stopped nursing and we’re now bottle-feeding him. This was a really, really hard decision for me to make. I nursed Emery until she was 11 months old and even stopping one month shy of a year with Emery made me feel some what of a failure. So to stop nursing with Jude at 6 months was such a tough decision. But what it came down to was just deciding what was better for Jude and I, and that was definitely a bottle. He really hated nursing and would only nurse for a few seconds at a time before pulling off. He’d also moan the entire time, and swing his head back and forth. He was always so uncomfortable and it made me so frustrated, and that just made the entire experience miserable for both of us. It’s also been different this time around because with Emery I wasn’t working as much. Now that my photography is really picking up, I’ve been pretty busy and having to plan photo sessions and editing time around Jude’s feeding schedule was a drag for me. It’s been so much simpler now for Grant to watch Jude without us having to coordinate and plan everything; he can just give Jude a bottle now when he is hungry. I don’t have to worry about Jude waiting too long to eat, in case a session or client meeting goes over, and I also don’t have to worry about feeling engorged while I’m gone! And since switching Jude he has seemed so much happier while eating, plus he’s gaining weight now too! In addition to drinking 4-5 bottles a day, he also eats solids 3 times a day. We give him solids before he goes to sleep (so before each of his two naps and then before bed). It’s the same routine we had Emery on and it works out great!
Speaking of sleeping, Jude takes two great naps during the day and sleeps about 12-13 hours at night. It’s wonderful! We are big fans of sleep over here. It took Jude longer to get the hang of it than it did Emery, but now he understands that if he cries at night, mom and dad aren’t coming, so he just goes right back to bed. Him and Emery go to sleep between 7-8pm every night and wake up around 9-9:30am every morning. It’s worked out great because I’m usually awake until 2am working, so by the time I get to sleep I really appreciate having those extra hours in the morning to sleep in! A new development this past month is Jude now goes to sleep without being swaddled. It was kind of a hard transition because he really didn’t want to have his hands swaddled, but had a hard time sleeping if they were out. Luckily we are past that now and he goes to bed without being swaddled really easily. We’ve been working for the past few months on him getting used to putting himself to sleep, and he’s really getting better at that as well. in fact, most nights when we put him down he is wide awake but eventually will put himself to sleep. He’s mostly asleep for naps, but there are still times when he needs to do the same and put himself to sleep. In another month or so, we’ll be able to just plop him in his crib and let him go to sleep on his own. And when he gets to that point, our job gets so much easier, ha! We love that we can just tell Emery it’s time to take a nap and she’ll play around for a while and then go to sleep. Hopefully Jude isn’t too far off of that yet.
Other than that, I can’t think of much else that has changed besides the obvious fact that he’s getting bigger, taller, and heavier. I can’t wait until he’s old enough to crawl around and play with Emery!
Here’s a few more photos from his 6-month photo shoot, plus a comparison of Jude and Emery, both at 6 months old. Such cute kids!!