You know when people tell you to enjoy every second with your baby because they grow up so quickly? And you know how you nodded like you understood? Well, no one prepared me for the (almost panicky) feeling when you realise just how quickly time is passing. Out of nowhere, Conor is now 6 months old. Half a year old! His face changes by the week, first he looks more like Chris, then a mixture of the both of us. He’s doing new things all the time and it just serves as a reminder that every moment is precious, you have to drink it in and savour it because time is passing like sand through your fingers. There is no pause button in life unfortunately and my delicate little newborn is turning into a chunky monkey with deliciously chubby arms, dimply thighs and cheeks you just want to constantly pinch! I’m starting to understand why it’s so difficult for parents to watch their babies grow up!
Milestones: Ever since we got the jumperoo, Conor has been going from strength to strength and his legs are so strong now. You definitely can’t leave him anywhere unattended because he’s starting to sit up, roll around and is generally on the move. It won’t be long before he’s crawling properly. He started on solids last week too. I really didn’t want to introduce them too soon before his digestive system was ready so I waited until he showed more interest on food in general. He started grabbing for things so I decided to try him out on some baby porridge – which he seemed to really enjoy! We’ve been feeding him solids once a day – things like mashed banana, pureed sweet potato and apple. He quickly started opening his mouth to take the spoon and he’s been sleeping through the night so I’m assuming that’s because his stomach is fuller! He’ll also be going on his first flight on Monday to Ireland but luckily it’s only about an hour long! I’ve been gathering tips from friends who are parents so I’ll report back on how that goes…
Sleep: His nap schedule is pretty concrete now and I really like having something to stick to on the days we are at home. We get up at 8am. I change him, feed him and put him in his jumperoo while I have my breakfast. He goes in his cot upstairs with some toys while I have a shower and get ready, then we take the dogs on a long walk. He goes down for a nap at 11am and generally sleeps for a couple of hours. Then it’s solid food time, playtime again, some tummy time, another dog walk and down for another nap at 4pm. He generally sleeps until about 5:30pm then daddy comes home. He has a bath and a feed and goes down for the night at 7-7:30pm. I usually wake him at 11pm before I go to bed to give him a bottle and for the past 4 or 5 nights, he’s slept all the way through until 7:30am.
Best Moment: Seeing him interact with the dogs has been really fun. He laughs at them when they walk past and he always reaches out to touch their fur. They are so incredibly good with him too. I can see a relationship and a bond developing between them and that’s really special to see. They’re going to be partners in crime and the best of friends!
Worst Moment: He’s been a little cranky some days because of the teething but I can always tell when we’re going to have one of those days. He chews on his hands a lot, his cheeks go very red, he’s a bit irritable and whines (which he rarely does) and his bum gets sore (a weird side effect of teething). On those days, he can more demanding than usual but I can deal with it because there’s only maybe 1 or 2 days a week when he does it. Plus it’s not his fault! We all get cranky when we’re not feeling well.
Health: He does sometimes go a couple of days without having a poo but it never seems to bother him. I’ve read up on it and if the child isn’t presenting signs that they’re in pain then it can just be their digestive system adjusting to solids. His cheeks have been getting dry from all the walks in the winter weather but I’ve been using some natural skincare products to soothe that and some barrier cream too. He’s been a bit snotty because of the teething but it’s nothing that upsets him. Other than that, the little dude is thriving!
Eating: This boy LOVES his food and he’ll happy take 240ml of milk in one sitting. As I said, he’s started on solids now and I love seeing his reaction to all the new tastes. I am going to start using the Nutribaby system (from the makers of Nutribullet) to make his food from now on so I’ll pop up a review of that once I’ve had a play with it.
Things I want to remember: I want to remember that look on his face every time sees, tastes or touches something new. That is what makes you realise how amazing the world is and just living in general – looking at the world through a child’s eyes makes it all fresh and new. You gain a whole new appreciation for life.