Joshua has been developing and growing so much since I posted when he was a wee five months. Now he’s a big 6 1/2 months and this is what he’s accomplished in the last month and a half…
He’s fallen in love with Jessie! This photo was during a week-long stay at Grandma & Grandpa Miller’s and is the only one I have of them together, though it doesn’t reflect his love for her. Every time she goes past him now, he gets a huge smile on his face and reaches for her. She doesn’t like to be touched by him yet (he’s a bit grabby) but will allow it if I’m there to help make sure he’s gentle. She rarely licks us but she licks him every chance she can get so on some level, she must like him…or at least likes the way he tastes. :) Here’s a video of the first time he pet her (sorry it’s dark), and you can also see her taking advantage of his nearness by giving him a tongue bath lol:
He started rolling over from back to tummy while we were on vacation there, and is now sleeping not only without a swaddle, but on his side or belly because he refuses to be on his back any more and rolls immediately when put in his crib. When I took the above picture, I felt a little catch in my heart because it was the first time I really felt like I was already losing my baby. He looks like such a little boy in his shorts and T-shirt, rolled onto his side without his arms in the straight-jacket look of a swaddle.
He found his feet and loves to hold on to them while he’s drinking his bottle, or laying on the floor, or the bed, basically he holds them a lot. It’s pretty cute. :)
He’s become interested in other kids, including himself! He loves looking at his reflection and smiles like this every time. Whenever a child five or under is in his vicinity, he is mesmerized. It’s about time to start having baby play dates. Here’s a video of his first baby lunch date:
He learned to read! OK, maybe not, but I had to include this pic of him checking out my Taste of Home magazine. He’s my little foodie baby.
Speaking of my foodie baby, here he is taking his first spoonful of real food (rice cereal). He was ready for it! When he saw it coming he grabbed it and insisted on feeding himself. LOL! This was before we even had baby spoons and his high chair was still in the box. We are doing a combination of pureed/mushed foods and soft foods like peas, zucchini microwaved and sliced into coins, and banana chunks.
This way of feeding a baby is called Baby Led Weaning, which I discovered through other blogging mothers and they had such success with it I thought I’d give it a try. I have to say, he and I both prefer when he can hold his own food and feed himself. It’s less messy (so far, I’ve heard in the end it’s about the same) and less work, and I don’t have to fight him to get him to eat. He seems to enjoy it much more when he’s in charge. He doesn’t want to take food from a spoon much any more. Here’s a video of him chewing on a bread stick -he didn’t eat it but he sure had fun using it as a teether! lol
While I’m not ready for him to be a little boy, I have to say he’s more and more fun the older he gets. I don’t want him to grow up too fast, but I’m looking forward to all the fun we’re going to have along the way.