Friday, March 25, 2016

Oliver: 6 months

Today is Oliver's *half* birthday and he continues to work his way to the most special spots in our hearts! He's such a loving baby...playful, smiley and just plain adorable...
Oliver LOVES people, he simply cannot get enough of all the love and attention that he gets from everyone around him; he loves being held, played with, rocked, talked to, etc.. you get the point..he just loves life!.. Of course this also translates into a VERY needy baby, which can get very exhausting at times...especially at night...
Speaking of nights..can you believe that this baby STILL doesn't sleep through the night?? :( .. He basically wakes up every 2-3 hours to eat and even though most times he falls right back asleep, there are nights when he prefers to talk, play around or just cry for no season (those nights are criminal!). He is also VERY hard to put down and we usually spend a good hour or so trying to get him to go down for his first night stretch, which I call his "night naps" for obvious reasons...
As far as milestones go, Oliver is pretty much on track (or ahead!) with every single thing a baby his age is supposed to achieve; he rolls in both directions, can sit unassisted, grabs things with both hands, shakes toys, blows kisses, waves bye bye, smiles on command, babbles and mimics pretty much every sound and can even drink from a straw, which is one of his recent accomplishments... 
He also recently started eating REAL food and loves to share meals with us; since we're doing baby led weaning this time around, he basically eats whatever we eat (within allergen limits, of course); so far he has had avocados, pasta, bread, bananas, yogurt and rice...we are having so much fun feeding him and getting to try new things and so far his appetite hasn't disappointed! 

This month Oliver took his very first plane ride...a very LONG plane ride too.. we flew from Miami to Berlin, with a layover in Istanbul, Turkey and we were so amazed at how well he did; his fussing was very minimal and he basically slept/nursed for most of the flight.  He has also done remarkably well during our time in Europe showing us that he adapts amazingly to new situations.  

No weight or height updates this month but I know he's already over 20 lbs. And last but not least, we are STILL exclusively and very successfully breastfeeding, which I continue to be very proud of; the plan remains to breastfeed at least until he's 1 and then take it from there...he sure loves his mama's milk! :)

Here are some pictures for cuteness! 
Happy 6 months, baby boy! ;) 

And here's a little collage I made of his first 6 months.  It's amazing how much babies change in such short amount of time!

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