He's half a year old already!
He has been sitting by himself for about a week - he still can't get that way, but can stay sitting upright for the most part. I try to either sit behind him or have a pillow behind him just in case he flops backwards. He loves bath time, he never disliked baths, but now he is starting to giggle & splash in the water! He can roll really well and elbow around in a circle to get to toys. He is still up at least 1-2 times overnight - currently sleeping in pack-n-play in master bedroom. We were bedsharing until about 2 weeks ago, now he wants to roll around too much. He's adjusted pretty well to sleeping in the pack-n-play, once he starts sleeping through the night or at least being more predictable about getting up only once, I'll move him to his room. He slobbers EVERYWHERE and he likes to chew on the cold teething rings - maybe we'll have teeth soon!
We're mostly doing baby led weaning where you give babies manageable pieces that they can chew on. We fed him oatmeal cereal a couple of times, he's also had avocado, zucchini, yellow squash, cucumber, mashed potato (w/ breastmilk), sweet potato, french fries (without salt), yams, watermelon, and cantaloupe. He didn't necessarily EAT much of any of them, mostly just chewed on and tasted. I'm thinking about pureeing green beans, peas, peaches and pears to feed him too since peas & green beans don't work well for BLW and peaches & pears are really slippery. He is also still nursing really well! We've made it 6 months so far, I'm hoping we can make it for an entire year...but we'll see!
We went out to see my family in Columbia over the 4th of July. It was his first trip. He did really well both driving out and with the change in schedule of hanging out at my aunt's house most of the day. My brother & Anaya shot off fireworks once it got dark and they didn't seem to bother him, although after about 5 minutes Claire was done and told me she needed to go inside.
We had his doctor appointment this afternoon. According to their milestone chart, he is doing lots of things an 8 month old baby does. He weighs 20.5 lbs and is 28.5 inches - 90th & 97th percentiles respectively.