Friday, April 24, 2015

6 Months!

It's Sawyer's half birthday, today!

I say this every month, but how is he 6 months old already?? That's half a year, people. Before I know it I'll be planning his first birthday party.

We took Sawyer to see Dr. Notestine in Dayton 3 weeks ago for his tongue and lip tie revision. It's incredibly frustrating to have had so many medical professionals miss what was such an obvious diagnosis. If this had been taken care of when he was a newborn, so many of our problems wouldn't have existed.

David stayed in the room during the procedure. It took less than 2 minutes and once it was over Sawyer calmed down and nursed right away. That afternoon was awful once the numbness wore off. He screamed for almost 3 hours straight. It's heartbreaking to be a mama and not be able to console your baby. Once his meds kicked in he started feeling much better.

Overall, we've seen a huge difference with him. He's gone from nursing every hour to nursing every 3. He's getting more hind milk because he's actually able to suck, which means he's gaining weight. I'm not having supply issues anymore, which is a huge weight lifted from my shoulders. And just in general, he's so much happier and laid back.

As far as food allergies go, I mentioned last month that the allergy tests showed that he wasn't allergic to any of the things we thought. I've been adding things back in and so far egg, fish, and rice seem to be ok. I added gluten and he had awful reflux, so he probably has a gluten intolerance. We haven't tried dairy or soy, yet.

All of that stuff aside, Sawyer is growing and changing like crazy! He is developing such a happy and fun personality. He has his 2 bottom teeth now, which may be the cutest thing I've ever seen. He can sit up by himself, which seemed to happen over night. My favorite thing is that he's imitating us now when we make faces at him. He is starting to blow raspberries at us and he'll jabber and talk to us all day. He gets really excited and lets out these squeals which are so stinking cute.

We started giving him a little food last week. Typically you are supposed to wait until they are 6 months, but he started following our forks when we ate and would smack his lips together. It broke my heart! So we decided 5 months and 3 weeks was close enough! I have been looking forward to making his baby food since we found out we were having a baby. For his first food, I picked avocado. After doing research we decided to skip the oatmeal (we tried it twice a few months ago and stopped) and go right to something that was pretty nutritious. I puréed the avocado with some water and he went to town! I couldn't get it in his mouth fast enough. I can't wait to start giving him other foods! Although it's a bit bittersweet, as I've been his food source the past 6 months. It's like he doesn't need me as much! Sleep is still an issue. I think his body is so used to waking up every hour, that he doesn't know how to actually sleep. Fingers crossed that we figure it out soon!

This past month has been a whirlwind.

Sawyer, right now you love to sit at your little piano and smack the keys, although you prefer to use your feet! You love touching our faces, eating milksicles, chewing on tags, and watching mommy and daddy sing you silly songs. You love books and toys that crinkle. You smile all the time and still prefer your mommy over anyone else. You have just discovered the cats and you think they are the funniest things ever. Your thighs, back, ribs, and collarbone are so ticklish and you squeal and laugh whenever we tickle you. You still love baths, although you weren't a fan of your first sink bath. You like being outside, but so far you have hated sitting on the grass. You love to sit in your chair and throw all your toys on the ground. You love when your daddy's beard tickles your hands and face.

Little Man, you are everything! You change every day and it amazes me how smart you are!

Happy Half Birthday, sweet boy!!

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