Yay! we have made it to half a year round! A halfway trip around the sun around 1500 nappies and 4416 hours of you by my side. I mean these tiny people just become your whole being, and the way they ingulf your whole life is amazing and also pretty impressive. I feel like every month up until now I've written about this little person Ive been getting to know, and her milestones had taken me by surprise (typical first time mum). Now I feel like I know her better than ever, everything seems second nature. She is well and truly knitted into our little family unit. I dont know, things just feel as though they've clicked a lot more. Im feeling more and more like Emelia's mum and not just the owner of a fragile little being.
Our 6 month has been quite quiet. We haven't had any major events or outings so we have spent a lot of time going to our groups, meeting up with friends, taking long walks through the Forrest and playing at home with all those toys. Who knew there were so many different toys for babies. These are the best times and the ones I take millions of photos of so that I will never ever forget.
One of her favourite sessions is still baby sensory. The one that is local to us is ran by the children centre and is a free session to attend. I have been taking Emelia since she was 6 weeks old and its been great to meet other mums and babies, and also let Emelia play with and experience some different toys etc without having to have them all at home. It's actually really nice and sociable and a great excuse to get out for the afternoon ! Anyway so I was really worried that she was outgrowing the session when one week out of nowhere she was completely out of sorts, grumpy and just not interested at all. I ended up taking her home because she was so tearful and just really not enjoying the session. It didn't occur to me that the reason she was so unsettled was because she was cutting another tooth ! I spotted it when she was giving me a good giggle, and couldn't believe I hadn't noticed it before. So at 6 months we have 5 teeth, with number 6 looking very very close. She will literally have a mouthful of teeth before we know it!
So the weaning is going well, and with the added advantage of having teeth to chomp down on things, I have been braving a few more baby led eating food bits for her to try which have actually gone down really well. Its actually a lot less scary than you think and having a combination of purees and picky bits just means theres more variety too. I always said that I didn't really want to do a "hot meal" at lunchtime and then again at her evening meal because as she gets older she will mainly have cold food throughout the day. So when I introduced her lunchtime meal at 6 months I went straight in with baby led snack style foods. Cucumber, breadsticks, soft carrot sticks and humous are a current favourite. I did mention on my instagram stories about the difficulty of getting Emelia to eat breakfast at "breakfast time". She just became completely uninterested by anything I tried to offer her if it was served before 9 in the morning. I had so many different suggestions so thank you to everyones awesome advice. I also got some fab inspiration to try some different style breakfasts too so thats been extremely helpful. Any way so I changed her routine in the morning around a little. And we have a really good playtime, watch a bit of tv, and then I get ready for the day. Then around 10:30 we give her her breakfast. Fingers crossed this seems to be working! It just means I give her lunch to her at around 1:30, and if we are out in the morning I either take it with me or she has a feed instead. I'm just going with it and remembering that she's still only in month 6-7 and at this stage its still first tastes.
Her little voice is more and more chatty and I dont think it will be long till those sounds start to change into first words. She did actually say "mumma" the other day ! completely melted my heart in the process (Reggie also was here to hear it) and then hasnt said it since! That little preview came out of no where and I have been very patiently waiting for her to say it again but as of yet it just hasn't happened ! I'm not putting it down to a coincidence she said mumma !!! With her weaning we have also introduced a toothbrush and paste for her to use in the morning and evening. We use a mam brush and then the aqua fresh milk teeth paste. She uses it really well and lets me brush her teeth quite happily! A lot of people suggest giving the brush directly to the baby so they can use it for themselves, but at the moment whilst she's happy for me to do them for her its just easier, and gets the job done quicker.
I had every intention of moving Emelia into her own room this month, I am very ready for her to go into her cot and I think she will be happier with the extra stretch space. With it being so cold this month though, and the teething revving up again, she had been quite unsettled at night time so we've taken the next to me crib off the bed and moved it to the other side of the room, just so she's not going from being literally cm's from me to a completely separate room. Also, whilst she was waking more frequently again it was again easier to keep her in the same room as us. I really don't think theres a right or wrong way to get babies into there own sleep routine. Its what works! Nightime is very different to daytime and with one child I have no reason to not just go with the flow. This is what I always find works best. This little girl teaches me everything I know about being a mum!
This months Favourites:
Playing swing the cushion with daddy (she lays on her teddy cushion and daddy carefully swings her from side to side! cue Emelia in hysterics! if your seen my instagram stories you will know! ..)
Music and dancing with mummy around the house !