Friday, August 21, 2009

Ben is 6 Months Old

We have hit a milestone this week, and as of three days ago, Ben is 6 months old. Today was his 6 month appointment and he weighs 14 3/4 lbs and is 24 inches long. He is in the 10th percentile for size, but still growing, so the doctor is not concerned. He took his shots like a champ, and only cried briefly, until I picked him up and immediately nursed him to comfort.

The doctor was all in favor of us skipping baby cereal and moving to cooked vegetables. We still aren't feeding him more than once every few days, and he still loves to eat. Dr. McNeal emphasized that eating should not replace any nursing sessions, and it's mainly for developmental purposes.

*Above, he is in an Aristocrat wool diaper cover which has saved us from many overnight diaper leaks.

School started this year and I have an amazing class of only 14 students. I realize how fortunate I am to teach at this school, and I honestly can't imagine sending Ben anywhere else. It is really hard for me to leave him in the morning, but I also really enjoy what I do. Pumping at work is so time consuming, and I'm having a hard time keeping up with how much Ben nurses during the day, but I'm going to keep it up anyway. I'm not yet sure what we will do if we run out of the frozen stockpile I built up over the summer.

The hardest part about going back to work is how tired I am at the end of the day. I could easily go to bed at 9:00 and be fine, but I would never get anything done.


  1. Happy 6-month, Ben!

    Only 14 students? Awesome! Here's to a wonderful, rewarding school year. -Tammy

  2. Good luck with your classes. It's great you got to spend so much time with him, nursing and taking care of him. He won't really understand the benefits probably, as long as he lives, but you will always know...