Baby's First Year: Week 26 (6-Month Well Visit & Sign Language)

Michele Zipp

6 month old baby
Photo from starburst1680

Meet starburst1680, brand-new first-time mom to Kathryn Grace. She will be sharing with us the roller coaster ride of her first year of motherhood. Check back every week for all of the emotion and exhaustion — right up until Kathryn's first birthday.

Week 26:

I cannot believe my baby is 6 months old already! Wow. They have been, by far, the best six months of my life (so far).

We had Kathryn's 6-month well-baby appointment on Tuesday. Everything checked out perfect! She's 16 pounds 11.5 ounces (between the 50th and 75th percentile but closer to 75), 25 3/4 inches long (50th percentile), and her head is 44 cm or 17 1/3 inches around (90th percentile).

These are the same percentages Kathryn has been in for just about every visit. Doctor said Kathryn is doing everything she should be and was pleasantly surprised with how well she can sit up. I asked about giving her strawberries because I heard that sometimes they don't want you to give them to babies under a year old. The pediatrician said since we have no history of food allergies in the family that it's fine to give them to her.

When I told my mom Kathryn's 6-month statistics, she looked up my stats. I didn't know she still had them saved somewhere. When I wad 6 months old, I was 16 pounds 11.5 ounces. Exactly the same as Kathryn! I was 26 1/2 inches long and my head was 17 1/2 inches around. It doesn't get much closer than that! 

I think that's so neat that we're so close to the same size so far. We're also both the oldest child and we were both born on our due date. I was 8 pounds 4 ounces at birth and Kathryn was 7 pounds 14 ounces.

Also on Tuesday, before the doctor, I'm pretty sure Kathryn signed back to me! I used to be fluent in American Sign Language so there was no doubt that we would teach our kids baby signs when they were born. I've been signing to Kathryn for a few weeks now, just a few signs, and I think she signed milk to me on Tuesday. We were in the middle of a feeding and I was signing "milk" to her and asking if she wanted some more.

She started opening and closing one hand (like the sign). It wasn't perfect and probably wouldn't even be recognizable out of context, but since that's one of the four main signs I've been working on and I was doing it and saying the word at the time, I think she was trying to sign back to me.

(We're celebrating starburst168's first year with baby, so thanks for keeping your judgments about parenting choices to yourself.)

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