We went to his 6 month check up and got his official stats:
Height: 28 in. (91%)
Weight: 21.5 lbs. in a diaper (though I swear he's even heavier now) (94%)
Head circ.: 17 1/2 in. (68%)
We've had a couple of extra specialists visits with him. He had a bit of a flat spot on one side since he highly favored his left, so we saw the head doctor about the possibility of a helmet. It's out of network, but that doesn't matter because our insurance wouldn't have helped a smidge even if it was in network. After looking at the photos they took, I'm less concerned about it than I was originally. When we took him to his 6 mo., our regular doctor said it looked much better than the last time we saw her. She said she doesn't look at him and immediately think "head's flat and/or protruding". So we've decided against the helmet (which would have been $3500-3800 total).
We also had to take him to get an ultrasound for the urological issue I thought was over. He may have to have a very minor surgery sometime in the next 6 months.
What's Walter like at 6 months?He likes his big brother. He watches him, laughs at him, tries to play with him, and generally doesn't mind Dean's rough housing too much.
He can sit up on his own for quite a long time! Upwards of 15-20 min. even.
He rolls from back to front. He has rolled from front to back, but doesn't do it often.
He can push himself backwards and spin in a circle if left on his tummy, and he also has tried crawling a bit, but doesn't get anywhere.
He likes things. Likes toys. Likes grabbing the wipes containers or anything within his reach, anything I'm holding. He likes running his fingers through Dean's hair. Likes his feet.
His tongue is a matter of fascination right now. Chews on it, sticks it out, blows raspberries. He chews (never sucks) on his fingers a lot too.
He sleeps with his hands behind his head the majority of the time. It's so cute.
When he nurses, he's constantly scratching. He scratches both of us. I have little nail marks as proof, but I won't show you that in pictures. =)
He nurses about every 3 hours (it had been every 2 or he'd get cranky) now and eats a whole cube (think ice cube size) of food 2-3 times a day. I've steamed and blended up carrots, peas, and sweet potatoes and frozen them. It's worked much better for me with Walt than it did with Dean for some reason. I work in things like cereals, applesauce, bananas, etc. I'll also give him table foods that are on his "ok" list that I can smash up at dinner. Call me a food snob (and cheap), but I just can't stomach the thought of giving him canned baby food. Oh, and he likes the little puffs crackers.
Solids have NOT made him a better sleeper. If anything, he's been a worse sleeper the last few weeks. He's had less poopy diapers and fewer blow outs, though.
(photo taken by Dean)
I just got an ergo carrier and boy is it helpful!! I can actually carry him around and about again!! Like today, for instance, he was on my back for the hour I was grocery shopping. Yesterday he fell asleep in it on my front while we were outside walking around with Dean. It's so much nicer on my back than any other carrier I've tried. Worth the $100 to me with this kid since he's so big while so young.