Happy six month birthday Scribble!
Month six was really enjoyable for our family. Scribble eased into a really nice schedule which made planning trips and predicting meltdowns much easier. He became much more interested in his surroundings this month, which has made it fun to take him on outings.
Scribble hit some exciting milestones this month. The day after I bemoaned that he had not yet rolled over from back to belly, he did just that! Now he always sleeps on his belly. He still rarely rolls from belly to back, but I am comfortable knowing that he is capable of rolling in both directions. He is beginning to put together the necessary elements of a crawl. He can scoot across the floor when pushing off with our hands. He can stand unassisted when propped on something (he loves to stand and look out the window leaning on the railing of our changing table—closely supervised of course!) and can pull himself to standing with a little help. He can tripod sit unassisted for a few minutes.
His fine motor skills are improving. He is holding a toy in one hand and inspecting with the other. Last night while in the bath, he used his foot to nudge his duckie to his hands, then grabbed the duckie and put it in his mouth! He loves to grab for our food, cups, and utensils while we are eating.
Thankfully, Scribble didn’t cut any teeth this month. He spent more time “talking” than he did last month. He learned to squeal this month and occasionally blurts out a consonant sound. He loves to blow raspberries and likes to imitate us when we blow raspberries on his belly. His cries have gotten so much more expressive and distinctive. They seem less like instinctive baby cries and more like little individual expressions of emotion.
Sleep was a beast in month six. We thought we were done sleep training after three weeks, but it ended up taking all of month six and we are still working at sleep now! At best, Scribble wakes around 11:00 and again at 3:00. At his worst, he’ll wake only an hour after being put down. His sleep got so poor that we ended up moving him into the nursery when he was 5.5 months old. He took to the change immediately and his sleep has improved a ton! Hopefully things will settle down this month if we maintain consistency.
On the other hand, Scribble is a champion napper. He regularly takes 2 to 2.5 hour long naps. Sometimes I worry that this means something is up (a new skill? new tooth? cold coming on?) but I try to assume that he needs sleep and space to grow.
Our life was pretty relaxed and boring this month! We are trying to ride out the end of winter and are anticipating sunnier skies and a vacation this month. We are enjoying watching Scribble adopt new skills and look forward to interacting with him in new ways!