Oh my goodness! 6 months! How did that happen? Where on earth did the time go? I can already feel myself hurtling down the path to having a toddler and having to return to work……
I’m happy to report that things are going well for us. Freddie is getting to be a big healthy lad. He is about 20lb now, he is sat up in his pushchair (without the newborn insert which we probably left in too long 😂 but still facing me) and he is about ready to swing round in his car seat to face forward (which will make journeys easier so i can see what he is up to and not worry so much!!)
Now that we have made it as far as 6 months we are encountering all manner of new challenges – mainly in the form of teething and weaning.
Teething doesnt seem to have been too painful so far, but he doesnt actually have any signs of teeth popping up yet, so the worst is possibly yet to come! Freddie is however producing so much drool – the really thick and stringy kind that gets all over your clothes and soaks his tops through, and he chews on anything and everything – teething toys (we recently got a Sophie the Giraffe which he loves), muslin cloths and my knuckles being a few of his favourite choices.
I’m relieved that weaning seems to be going really well. We have opted for purees rather than baby led weaning at the moment (just because it is easier for me!). Freddie started trying solid food about 3 or 4 weeks ago and will now happily eat lots of baby rice pudding and while we have been on holiday he has been devouring Ella and Mamia pouches. My new blender came while we were away so I am going to try and make some myself next wek. We dont have a set routine for feeding at the moment as he has been demand breastfed so I just try and fit his solid meals around when he is not tired and cranky. Setting a routine is something for me to look at doing once we are back off holiday and then fitting breastfeeding in around that. Hopefully we can get down to maybe 3 milk feeds a day – morning noon and night – that will be the aim anyway!
As the weeks pass Freddie just becomes more and more fun to be with. In one week he has gone from only rolling over every so often when we werent looking to rolling over every time we put him down – he can get onto his front easily but he isnt quite as sure about rolling back again yet – and he has got a little shuffle going on now so he can move himself round on his mat 360 degrees! I am both fantastically proud of him and also a little bit terrified about his new found mobility! It is definitely time to do a bit of babyproofing!!
He is such a happy little child, he is a real joy, and finds so many things amusing. He laughs when you put his top on and take it off (i think he has ticklish arms) and loves it when you sing to him and repeat certain words over and over. He has recently started sticking his tounge out and blowing raspberries which he finds as funny as we do. He seems to enjoy making people laugh – what a little show off 🙂
He still cant quite sit up on his own which is a bit of a pain, as he has outgrown his first bouncy chair and we havent got anything suitable until he can use his hand-me-down Bumbo. Hopefully that will develop in the next few weeks though as he is almost there – when he is laid on his back he tries to get up and does a cute little stomach crunch.
The next big challenge is to get him into his own room. His sleep has been poor for a month or so now and he has ended up moving out of his crib and co-sleeping with me, but we are puting together his IKEA big boy cot this weekend and seeing how it goes with him in there – it might be a bit painful for the first week or so…..
I feel more confident as a mum now, I am happy to take him out places on my own with him in his buggy and not worry that he is going to have a meltdown and I am much better at getting him in and out of the car seat (this was his dads job for a longtime). We still have days where he gets up and he is just a crank from the start, or we have had a bad night and I am shattered and I have learnt to just write these days off and just try and survive them – the world isnt going to end if we spend the odd day in our pyjamas, and the next day will be better!
I cant wait to see what month 7 brings 🙂