Ellie just had her 6.5 month checkup on Monday--she's 14 lbs 12oz and 26.5 inches long...my tall skinny babe! I'd still classify her as being high needs, but my oh my have we had such an improvement in her general levels of happiness in the past few weeks! I remember reading somewhere about HN babies not liking being babies, and it certainly seems true for my girl. The more things she can do independently, the happier she is.
No crawling/scooting here yet (when I put her on her tummy she'll hang out for awhile then roll over and look at me like, "really, mom?
You're still trying this belly thing?"), but she loooves when I stand her next to the couch or ottoman so she can hold on and stand. She can stand unsupported by me for a few seconds, and it seems to get longer each time. Each time she does it she smiles and makes her "happy monkey" noise. It'll be interesting to see if she's an early walker.
I'm also afraid to say this, for fear that I will jinx myself, but my girl's been sleeping through the night for about 2 now. She goes to sleep around 8:30 - 9 and is up anywhere between 3:30 - 4:30. So we went from 1-2 hour stretches to 6-7 hour stretches *literally* overnight! We started giving her avocado in the evening, which I think helps her reflux (old wives' tale or not, it seems to help her!) and having her sleep in her car seat (also helps with the reflux at night). Unfortunately her reflux overall seems to be getting worse, so we're switching meds and, if that doesn't work in a few weeks, seeing a GI doc.
Oh my, I've written a book! I'm just in such a better place with my sweet Ellie than I was; I really struggled with just how HN she was, and now that I've grown to understand her and her needs better, and now that she just seems so much happier since she actually gets some sleep and is able to do more things for herself, I really, truly understand why people not only do this parenting thing once, but sometimes multiple times!