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I always thought of six-months as this magical, far-off land that would take a lifetime for us to reach. We would “get there” someday but it would take a long, long time — but suddenly, here we are, just a couple weeks away. My tiny little baby is not a tiny, little baby. He is becoming a boy. He has a personality, oh my, does he have a personality. I never knew that a five-and-a-half-month-old could be so rough! This boy literally beats me up. From the time that he was born, he broke out of every swaddle known to man. Since then he’s gotten stronger and stronger. He bruises me daily just from playing. It’s such a blessing to have such a strong, healthy boy. It also hurts! Haha… Oh and he’s got an attitude, too. There have been a handful of times when Roman James has shouted at me. Oh yes! When he wants something and doesn’t get it or when I take something away that he is not finished with — I get yelled at. His brow furrows and he lets out an angry string of babble. It’s all I can do not to bust out laughing. Instead, we work on our very earliest discipline wherein I gently explain to Roman how important patience is. Am I certifiably insane for speaking reason with my infant? Perhaps. 😉

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During my last update, I wrote about the terrible sleep troubles we were having. (Thank you all for the support and advice on that. It meant the world to me and helped more than I can explain.) I have some wonderful news on that end. Since the last update, Roman has had TWO (2) eight-hour stretches of sleep! Yes, eight hours of uninterrupted sleep! On average, he has been sleeping from 5:30 or 6:30 pm to 5 or 5:30 am with two wakings during the night. One waking is just for comfort/pacifier and the second one is to eat. I, of course, do not get to sleep eight (or even six) hours straight because I don’t go to bed at 5:30 pm — but I am getting a lot more sleep than I was before and it’s a dream!

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I think that the improvement in his sleep has to do with the introduction of solids. He is now eating his solids on a fairly regular schedule. He gets 2.5 ounces of a fruit or vegetable in the morning, 2 ounces of rice cereal in the afternoon, and 2 more ounces of cereal before bed. I have slowly worked him up to this point, gradually increasing the amount of food that I give him. However, I am pretty sure that he would eat much more if I allowed him/gave him his favourites. His favourites are banana, pear, and cereal. He also likes peas and green beans are his least favourite. He eats them but the “yuck” faces that he makes are hysterical. I always cut him off after 2.5 ounces. I can’t seem to find any reliable information about how much solids baby should be eating. Anybody know of any good references?

I am still loving Earth’s Best Organics “Firsts” for his fruit and vegetables and Happy Bellies Organic Baby Cereal for his rice cereal. We did have a few digestion issues (hard poop) with the starchy vegetables (squash and carrots) so we’re staying away from them for now.

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I took all of the photographs in this post yesterday morning. Most days he wakes up around 5 a.m. I go into his nursery in the dark and find him all smiles. I change his diaper and then bring him into bed with me. Most mornings I can nurse him back to sleep and we both rest for a couple more hours. Then we wake up once the sun is out. The morning light shines into my bedroom and illuminates his gorgeous face. It is — without a doubt — the most gorgeous thing that I have ever had the blessing to witness. That beautiful face. Those gorgeous, bright blue eyes. Those sweet little ears. I smother him with kisses & cuddles. Oh, these days. I wish I could keep them forever. I know that I cannot. So I just cherish him, every little bit of him. My sweet, sweet boy.

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4 thoughts on “Baby’s Been… (Morning Light)”

  1. He does look older! Little Man!
    I love those morning moments when I bring Sam back into bed with me and we cuddle and sleep a little longer.

    That’s funny because yesterday I was also looking to see how much a baby should eat and couldn’t really find anything. I figure 2 oz per serving it standard because that’s the size of most containers and up to 3 times per day at this point. While I love giving Sam soilds…the poop, there’s just so much and so often now! hee hee

    And yay for more sleep!

    1. Yea, you’re right! I guess the serving size is the serving size. I’m just surprised I can’t find anything about weight/recommended number of servings & serving sizes. I mean every baby can’t be the same. Oh well… I will talk to our pediatrician next visit and in the meantime go with my gut… errr… Roman’s gut. ;]

  2. He’s so cute, and his personality sounds just like my Ben (who is now 13 months). We followed the BLW approach to solids, but I think it’s a safe bet to assume that when baby isn’t interested, then stop eating…and if he wants more, continue to give it. Babies don’t have emotional ties to food until much later…so they simply eat until they are full. I know it’s stressful worrying about your baby getting enough to eat, but they are a pretty good judge. By the way, I love your blog background wallpaper…super cute! -Andrea

    1. Thanks, Andrea. Yes, I am all about BLW! Unfortunately Roman doesn’t have the coordination to feed himself yet but as soon as he does — we’re in! When did your littles start BLW/grabbing food & feeding themselves?

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