I am so behind on posting this, but here is goes!
First off, Allison still has cradle cap. But since her hair keeps coming in more and more, it is not as noticeable. We still treat it with some natural “shampoo” and loosen it with a fine-toothed comb. But it doesn't bother her at all, and we don’t seem to mind it much either. When we saw her pediatrician at her 6 month appointment, he was not concerned about it at all, and he said it bothers parents more than anything, and to not worry about it at all. So we won’t.
Her clogged tear duct is all but gone now. It waters every once in a while, but that is rare anymore. Yay!
At her appointment, she weighed in at 14 lbs, 12 ounces (25th %) and measured 26 1/8 inches long (70th %), with a head circumference of 43 cm (95th %). These are pretty close to the percentiles she was in at her four month appointment, so she is staying consistent.
She is now eating solids regularly. She doesn’t push the spoon out of her mouth with her tongue anymore, unless she is done or it is something she doesn’t like. She has had rice cereal, oatmeal, bananas, sweet potatoes, green beans, and banana puffs. She loves everything except for the bananas. I have tried to give that to her twice now, and she makes the yuck face and spits it all out! Too funny! I am planning to expand the menu this week. I am going to add squash, applesauce, peas, and peaches. I am really anxious to see how she likes peaches. MJ hated them. I have a great video of him and his dislike of peaches.
She is trying very hard to master the pincer grasp. We put banana puffs on her tray, and she is able to grab them and bring them to her mouth. However, she is grabbing with her whole fist, and it is hit or miss whether she is able to get the puff in her mouth. We cheer and clap when she does, and it makes her smile. I am thinking that by my next update she will be more successful with actually grabbing with her finger and thumb.
Upon suggestion from the pediatrician, we have also started putting a sippy cup in front of her when she is in her highchair. So far we are starting with just a tiny bit of water in it, and we took the stopper out. She grabs it, and puts it in her mouth, but just chews on it. She will drink some of the water when I tip it for her, but she will not tip it up on her own. But I think she will get it soon.
She is officially a sitter! Well, in my opinion she is. She can sit unassisted for several minutes. She will still tumble over if she tries to reach for something out of reach, but that is too be expected.
She is still on her same sleep schedule as I reported last month. However, she has had a couple more nights where she has not woken up at all. But for the most part she sleeps from 8-8:30 pm until 3:30-4:30 am, and then is up for the day between 6-6:30 am.
She still loves to laugh, but instead of daddy being her favorite comedian, it is now MJ. He can get her laughing so hard, that daddy and I are in tears from laughing too!
But my favorite thing with her right now is at bedtime. It is our special time together. While Mike handles MJ and his bedtime routines, I get some snuggle time with Allison. I give her a bottle, and it is so cute while she drinks it. She rubs the top of her head with her left hand, and holds my thumb with her right hand. Sometimes she holds the bottle, or grabs her ear. After her bottle is empty, and she has burped, I wrap her in her special blankie, and we snuggle until she is drowsy. Although I would love to sit and rock with her for longer, I know I can’t get her used to falling asleep in my arms. So I place her gently in her crib, where she rolls onto her side and quickly drifts off to sleep. I have lullabies playing softly, but not sure whether she needs them or not. We always had them playing for MJ, so we have done that with Allie too.
So there is her six month update. She is getting her 6 month photos done on Thursday, and I can't wait! But for now, I will leave you with my poor quality shot.