How in the world is my sweet little baby girl 6 months old already?! I feel like I blinked and the last 6 months have gone by. It’s been the best 6 months of my entire. I can’t even imagine life without this little angel baby. I’m so thankful everyday that she chose me to be her mama. Today I thought I would do a post on motherhood over the past 6 months and share some of our struggles and things that have worked for us in the hopes that I can help someone else maybe going through the same things. I’m also answering a few questions I get a lot from friends and followers as well as sharing a bunch of my favorite baby products and other mommy bloggers I enjoy following. Let’s get started!
- The last few months with Olivia have been so much fun! Her little personality is starting to come out and she laughs and smiles and makes the cutest little “mmm mmm mmm” sounds.
- She is so ticklish, especially on her neck, and she always cracks up about the funniest things. The sillier my hubby and I are with her the more she laughs. Her little laugh is the best sound in the world!
- She’s also starting to sit up all by herself now! She can sit by herself unassisted for a while before tipping over. We work on that everyday and use our Boppy Pillow to help support her during playtime on her mat. It won’t be much longer and she won’t need any help. It’s amazing how much stronger she has gotten in just the last month or so. Her legs are so strong too and she loves to stand! She gets so proud of herself when you stand her up. It’s the cutest thing ever! THIS bouncer seat has really helped build up the muscles in her legs too.
- We started Olivia on solids right around the 6 month mark. Her doctor said we could start trying them anywhere between the 4-6 month mark. I didn’t feel that she was ready at 4 months and at 5 months I still needed to order the high chair so it was closer to the 6 month mark before we actually started. We started on baby oatmeal. I felt this was way more nutritious for her than rice cereal. Then we started adding in sweet potatoes, avocados, apples, pears, carrots, squash, and pumpkin. I have been adding something new in every few days. We’re going to start mixing flavors soon too. Olivia always has her baby oatmeal for breakfast and then whatever fruit or veggie is on the menu for lunch and dinner.
- She is rolling over like crazy! From belly to back and from back to belly. Sometimes she does several rolls in a row and rolls right off her playmat. She has started to get up onto all 4’s so I know she will be crawling very soon.
- We started introducing the sippy cup! She hasn’t gotten the hang of it yet but we’re working on it. I think this little girl is going to be obsessed with straws like her mama. Whenever I am holding her and trying to drink something she has to rip the straw out of the cup and wave it all around haha!
I get asked a lot how I lost the baby weight so quickly. Honestly, I’m still not where I want to be, but I’m not stressing over it at all. I still haven’t been able to get back in my gym routine. The only time I can go to the gym is in the morning before my hubby leaves for work and I just can’t get up that early haha! I try to eat healthy and watch my carbs and make sure I’m drinking a ton of water each day. I also take baby and my pup for a couple mile walk every day. I feel better the more I keep active and walk. Breastfeeding in the beginning also really helped.
In the newborn phase I did not follow any sort of schedule. I fed baby when she needed to eat and let her sleep whenever and however she would sleep. The newborn phase was for sure the most exhausting phase so far. We went through a lot of nights with cluster feedings where Olivia would want to eat every hour. I remember being in tears because I was so exhausted and my body just needed sleep so bad. My hubby would do everything he could to help but with breastfeeding only there wasn’t too much he could do to help me. But as time went on I learned more and around 3 months I started getting Olivia into a regular nap schedule. It was tough at first but I stuck with it and within about 2 weeks she was sleeping through the night, from about 8pm until about 6-7am. I personally have never done cry it out either. I just can’t. Luckily we haven’t had to and she has had no problem adjusting to a good solid sleep pattern. Her schedule has evolved over the last few months but basically has stayed very similar to this…
6:30- 7am- up for the day! Olivia always wakes up so happy in the mornings. I always feed her a bottle and then change her diaper. Then I get her set up in her high chair and she has her baby oatmeal while I make my eggs and coffee.
8am- after breakfast we play in her room on her play mat. THIS playmat is my absolute favorite. It’s huge and super plush. She has plenty of room to roll all around and keep a ton of toys everywhere. We always read a book in the morning too.
8:30-9am- somewhere around this time she is starting to get fussy so I know it’s nearing nap time. I always get her back in THIS sleepsack, sing her a couple songs and lay her down. She always goes down very easily in the morning and sleeps anywhere between 1-2 hours. I use this time to get ready, do any chores around the house, play on my phone, etc.
10:30- 11am- Once Olivia is up from her morning nap I feed her a bottle, then change her and get her dressed for the day. If we are going out to run errands or go for a walk we head out about this time.
12pm- We are usually out and about either at a store or on a walk at this time. Olivia always takes another little nap while we are out and about either in her carseat or stroller.
1pm- We usually eat lunch around this time. I put her in her highchair and she has either a fruit or veggie and we have lunch together. Then we always have some play time on her mat. We practice sitting up and standing and lots and lots of reading and listening to music. If I have things to do around the house sometimes she hangs out in her Mamaroo Swing while I get things done.
2-3pm- This is usually when I get her back in her sleep sack, give her a bottle and get her ready for her afternoon nap. Some days she goes down right away, other times I have to lay her down and she plays for a while in her crib listening to her mobile. Sometimes her naps are a little later depending on what time we are out until.
4-5pm- I never let Olivia sleep past 5pm so if she’s still napping at this time I slowly wake her up, but usually she’s up by around 4-4:30. I start dinner about 5pm and put her in her jumper so I can watch her while I’m making dinner. She loves jumping around and playing me music!
6pm- Daddy is home from work and she is sooooo excited! We always have dinner together as a family and Olivia sits with us in her highchair. She has the same fruit or veggie she had at lunch. After dinner we have a little more play time with Daddy
7pm- We start her bedtime routine. If its bath night, we start with that first. We only do baths twice a week right now. Once it’s warmer outside we will probably increase this to 3 times a week. After bath we do our last diaper change, fresh jammies, and into her sleep sack. I give her a big bottle and we snuggle and read 2 bedtime books. She is always super tired by this point. I sing her a few of our favorite nighttime songs and then it’s off to bed by 8pm. Sometimes she wakes up crying when I lay her down. I always let her go for a few minutes to see if she puts herself back to sleep. If she gets louder with crying I always pick her back up and snuggle with her a little longer then lay her back down. I can’t let her lay there and cry for more than a few minutes. Sometimes we have to do this 2-3 times before she finally goes to sleep. She is just such a little snuggler and wants to be close.
8pm-6:30/7am- Olivia sleeps all night without waking up
I’ve talked about things I love before on my blog, but here are just a few of the items I highly recommend and could not live without…
- Halo Bassinet– Olivia is still sleeping in this at night, but she has been ready to move to her crib for the last month or so. Honestly, we are in the process of moving and I didn’t want to get her in her own room and then move and have her unsure or scared. I’m going to move her over to her own room as soon as we move. She does take her naps in her crib though.
- MamaRoo Swing– This is such a lifesaver! In the beginning Olivia wanted to be held all the time and I had to find something where she would be happy so I could get things done during the day. I read a ton of reviews before buying this swing and I heard such great things about it. We figured if she didn’t like it we would send it back but she LOVES it! And she still uses it every day! There are several settings and speeds and it’s very lighweight and small to move to different rooms. Definitely worth the money!
- Solly Baby Wrap– I couldn’t live without this wrap. It was so amazing when she was little and I could keep her all snuggled up on me but still have my arms free. Now that she’s a lot bigger there is another way to wrap this where her legs are out. I use this around the house quite a bit since Olivia loves to be close and snuggled.
- Halo Sleep Sack– I cannot say enough good things about this sleep sack! It is a lifesaver especially when we travel. When Olivia was a newborn we used the swaddle so we could keep her arms down and close to her body. She was such a baby Houdini and could break out of any swaddle I could do. After about 4 months I think we transitioned her into the regular sleep sack and she relates this to night time.
- Dohm Noise Machine– This is yet another item I could not survive without. I keep one in our room and one in Olivia’s room. We keep ours on around the clock, and I turn hers on before nap time or bedtime. I always take this with me wherever we travel as well. As long as she has this noise machine and her sleep sack she can sleep anywhere.
- Sophie the Giraffe: Olivia loves this little giraffe. It must feel really good in her mouth. She’s always chewing on her head and legs. It’s her favorite teething toy
- Banana Toothbrush– She is obsessed with this thing too! It has little handles on the side where she can hold it herself. She loves rubbing this all over her gums. I think the little bristles must feel really good.
- Laugh and Learn Puppy– This is Olivia’s favorite toy! She absolutely has loved this thing since she was about 4 months old. She laughs and her whole face lights up with the alphabet song. There are also several stages with this so it grows with baby as they grow.
Favorite Mommy Bloggers:
Motherhood is absolutely amazing but sometimes it can get lonely. There are a few mommy bloggers I follow on Instagram and I just adore them and their blogs. I always look forward to their posts and think you will too!
- The Sweetest Thing Blog– Emily is hands down my favorite blogger. I love her style and I was so excited when she announced her pregnancy in the fall. I’ve enjoyed following her pregnancy style and look forward to her baby posts as well
- Convey the Moment– Eleni seems so sweet and she had quite the pregnancy journey, very similar to ours, so I feel very connected to her. I have enjoyed following her through her infertility journey, pregnancy and now life with her beautiful baby girl.
- For the Love of Fancy– Kate is one of my favorites too! She has the best style and is absolutely the sweetest! I was so excited when she announced her pregnancy right before me. She gave me so much maternity motivation with outfits and I love her monthly updates with her daughter, Harper. I know Olivia is a month behind so it’s fun seeing what is coming the following month for us.
- A Touch of Pink Blog– I love Katelyn’s blog. She always gives such great tips for baby products and her favorite things. I loved following her through her pregnancy too!
I look forward to all the great adventures I have with my little babe over the next 6 months. Thank you so much for reading, I know this was a long one!