6 Months

Happy Birthday Evan Richard Davis III! (Someday, that is going to look totally ridiculous on a cake.

It’s official – I no longer have a newborn. Newborns lie around like lumps.  They’re floppy and delicate and wear little hats and tiny diapers. You watch them every second they’re awake hoping they’ll smile, but when they do it’s accompanied by a full diaper. You have to feed newborns as soon as they start acting hungry no matter where or when. Newborns cry for no reason, sleep at odd hours and are easily carried around in a bucket car seat, mostly unaware of their surroundings.

Baby Evan is not newly born. He rolls and scoots and is only a week or two away from crawling. He loves being tossed in the air or spinning in circles or bouncing on your knee. He pulls all those adorable hats I bought him off his head and shoves them in his mouth. He’s graduated from “swaddler” diapers to “cruisers”. He cries because he is hungry or tired or hurt or, more likely, trapped under a piece of furniture. He laughs at the dog and funny sounds and when you tickle him. Baby Evan goes to bed at 8:30 pm and takes two naps during the day. He rides in big kid car seat that stays in the car and loves going new places and charming everyone he meets. In public, he’s too interested in his surroundings to sit still and have a snack, and besides, he has two whole teeth now and that practically makes him an adult.

Our 6 month doctor’s appointment is on Friday, and I’ll get his official weight (ELEPHANT), length (FOOTBALL FIELD) and head size (SUN) then, but for now here’s how he’s meeting his milestones from BabyCenter:

Mastered Skills (most kids can do):

  • Turns toward sounds and voices – Definitely. He especially loves music or singing, even if it’s on tv.
  • Imitates sounds – I’ve heard “Ma” and “Da” and lots of other “almost words” but mostly he just babbles. Or screeches.
  • Rolls over in both directions – Rolls, plus he can spin in a circle and push up with straight arms.

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do):

  • Is ready for solid foods – Ugh, solids. I bought some baby oatmeal that didn’t need to be cooked and mixed it with breastmilk but he made faces and gagged. He was slightly more interested in the baby applesauce (I definitely thought it tasted better than the cold oatmeal)(The dog, on the other hand, practically ate the baby’s face off trying to lick up all the oatmeal) but still didn’t get much in his actual mouth. I guess we’ll wait another couple weeks before trying again.
  • Sits without support – Mostly. He does a really great job…right up until you look away. Then he falls on his face. I think he’s doing it on purpose.
  • Mouths objects – What DOESN’T he mouth? Favorites include: remote controls, paper, and my feet, with or without shoes on.
  • Passes objects from hand to hand – All the time, although mostly reaches with his right. No southpaws in this family.

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do):

  • Lunges forward or starts crawling – Not on the floor but he can lunge from your arms. Which is why I tie him to me with the mai tei instead of trying to hold him in public.
  • Jabbers or combines syllables – No, unless “bppppppffffftttt aaaayyyyyeeeeeiiiiiiii” counts.
  • Drags objects toward himself – Yes. Putting a bottle of ketchup almost out of his reach is a great way to distract him long enough to eat half your meal at a restaurant

So it looks like we’re right on track to a normal child. At least until he starts talking and his first words are “your mom”. Or maybe “Legendary!” I might actually encourage that one.

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6 Responses to “6 Months”

  1. lalaland13 says:

    The new digs look great, first of all.

    Second of all, how has it been six months? I remember getting the text that you were officially in labor.

    And he is huge, bless his fat little heart (well, OK, his heart isn’t fat, because that would mean he’s about to have a heart attack, and six months is a wee bit too soon for that). But he seems so happy, and I think you and Mr. E are doing great. I wonder if he’s predicted to be tall based on his size now?

  2. Rachel says:

    Happy halfBirthday, baby Evan (of the many names)!

    Thanks for making me laugh today! Those baby milestones are a hoot, aren’t they? J actually left hats on until he hit the 9 month marj and his uncle showed him that he could take them off.

    Hope you guys have a great day!

  3. AGreenEyeDevil says:

    Happy 6 month birthday Baby E! Brutus would like to know when the cake celebrations start?!

    Luv the new site!

  4. Brigid Keely says:

    Your baby is obvs. a super genius, and possibly secretly 8 months old or something.

    You say “big kid car seat.” Is it rear facing, or a forward facing throne thing? Niko’s shoulders are getting too wide for his rear facing seat and his feet hang off the end of it. I’m not entirely comfortable putting him forward facing yet, but also don’t know that we will find a rear facing seat that will fit him which is weird considering babies are SUPPOSED to ride facing the rear until they are 1 year or 20 pounds. (He is 6 months, and twenty pounds AT LEAST.)

    It takes a (short) while for babies to get used to eating from a spoon. If you’re interested in feeding him food food, don’t wait “weeks” (unless you want to!). He will probably get the hang of it soon. Make sure it’s not too thick/chunky, and he probably will have fun playing with the (non-food-laden) spoon too.

  5. bebehblog says:

    Brigid – We upgraded from the infant bucket thing to a Graco MyRide 65 car seat. You can keep it rear facing for up to 40 lbs so it’s pretty huge and he’s nowhere near outgrowing it, even at 20 lbs +/- a few ounces. The bonus is it’s forward facing to 65 lbs so we’ll need to buy another car seat for the next baby long before Baby Evan outgrows this one.
    I read a lot of safety recommendations before I bought a new seat and apparently it’s ok for a kid’s knees to be bent as long as his head is still below the top of the seat. And that 20 lbs/1 year rule has been changed from an OR to an AND. So unless your monster baby really really really doesn’t fit you probably shouldn’t turn him around yet.

  6. Brigid Keely says:

    Ok. Bent knees we can do for now. I’ll look around for another rear facing seat. His head is still below the head rest, but it’s getting hard to pry him out of the seat because of his manly shoulders.

    Thanks for the response, it’s really helpful.

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