Six months seems to be the milestone where we have seen the most development and change in this little guy. With his newborn days far behind him, we now seem to be on the verge of entering toddler territory. Although it’ll still be some months before he’s actually walking and “toddling” around, he is most definitely closer to those milestones than the newborn ones which seem like they were so long ago now.
I can’t believe how much has changed within the short space of a month. Although he is still a laid back and happy little chappy, he is starting to become a little more challenging to keep entertained and preoccupied. Gone are the days when I could lie him down on his play mat for five or ten minutes. Now sitting up completely unaided, this little one likes nothing more than to sitting in his high chair with a gazillion toys or being left free to explore and roam on the floor where his sister is.
Bang, Bang Bang!
One of his favourite places to sit is at his sisters little piano, banging away at the keys testing out one of his newly acquired skills. He always looks so pleased with himself and will happily sit there for a little while before he spies something that looks more interesting in that moment. He is equally happy banging away on his high chair at the dinner table where he sits when he joins us now for lunch.
Although we started weaning just before Christmas, its only in the last week or so that it seems he’s really got the hang of and developed an interest in actually eating. So we’re taking it slow and following a combined puree and baby led weaning approach. Mostly purees, with Annabel Karmel’s baby recipe book which I followed with Ella, but I’ve thrown in a little baby led weaning with things like carrot, cucumbers and apples which he enjoys tasting if nothing else. So far sweet potato puree seems to be his favourite of everything we’ve tried.
A Growing Boy!
A few other big milestones that we’ve seen over the last month too is a clothing jump from 3 – 6 months into 6 – 9 months (sob!). It’s always a hard day when you have to put away one set of clothes and bring out another. I put it off for weeks but figured ankle grazers werent a good look on a boy and finally conceded. Poor boy.
Sleeping Through The Night
But in more important and very exciting news, I’ve finally seen more than one consecutive night of uninterrupted sleep for the first time this month. The boy knows how to sleep through the night! I know that things can always change as far as sleep is concerned, but at the moment he typically goes to bed around 7.30/8.00pm, has a dream feed around 11.00pm and then wakes up around 6.30am/7.00am which im really pleased with. Obviously. Naps are a little less structured, but he usually has a morning nap and then one or two short afternoon naps which are anything from 30 – 60 minutes, depending on our day and what we are doing.
We havent seen any teeth yet but it feels like they could come at any time now. We’ve seen lots of dribbling and mouthing over the last few weeks, and we’ve had a fair few evenings where he’s been pretty grouchy because he’s been uncomfortable. I can’t see or feel anything, but I know those little white lines can appear all of a sudden so for now we’ll keep on with the Teetha powders and teething toys which seem to be helping a little.
The Next Big Thing?
I have a feeling the next big milestones could be crawling as well as some sparkly white teeth pegs. This little one is taking every opportunity when he’s on the floor, to throw himself forwards as if he wants to crawl. The only problem is that one of his little legs keeps getting stuck. But I’m guessing once he masters that he may figure out that with a little more effort he can actually start to move around. For now though he’s making do with what he knows and that is rolling around here, there and everywhere. I constantly live in fear that he’s going to roll himself off the bed mid nappy change when my back is turned for that split millisecond. We’ve got to that stage where I most definitely need eyes in the back of my head with this little monkey!