I honestly can’t even comprehend where the past six months have gone!? In a blink of an eye, my teeny squishy newborn baby has already changed and grown up so much, into this gorgeous, cheeky little baba! She has the most precious personality and amazes me with every milestone she achieves!! I am such a proud mummy! So I thought I would round up everything that we have been through for you all, giving you a full update on Maddison’s development!
I thought I’d start with Maddison’s movement, because OMG is she a wiggler!!! She is so so desperate to crawl, walk and explore! So Maddie first rolled over at 10 weeks old – I couldn’t believe it! This didn’t seem right.. not already surly?! 3 weeks later she totally mastered rolling onto her belly from her back! We’re still working on front to back.. it happens occasionally but 90% of the time it’s by accident hehe! Maddison has always preferred to sit upright and be involved in what’s going on, and she first was able to sit unaided (okay for only 60 seconds..) at 4 months old! 2 weeks on, she was happily sitting up all on her own, no support, playing and taking everything in! She loves sitting bolt upright and tall like a little meerkat hehe! She is now on the verge of trying to crawl!! From sitting, she will go forward onto her hands and knees but can’t quite master moving a hand and falling onto her face bless her! And during tummy time, she will do this caterpillar/army crawl across the floor to try and get to her toys! So maybe not long now till we have a crawler…
We are also now onto solids! Maddie took to food really easily and I have to say.. she’s not as messy as I expected... (please say I’ve not just jinxed myself by typing that hehe!) She managed to take food off the spoon, chew and swallow like it was second nature! Although she really doesn’t like having water yet! She’ll start sipping, realise it’s not milk and then spit it out everywhere, I’m sure we’ll get there! She always seems so proud of herself when she has her finger food! I always get the biggest smile out of her as if she’s saying “look mummy, look what I can do!” She absolutely adores, bananas – my little monkey! And lots of veggies! Josh is desperate to get her on avocados because of their good healthy fats and omegas.. but it’s the one food (so far) that she hates haha!! Also cold cucumber sticks are AMAZING to help her sooth her little teething gums!
And speaking of teething… we now have 2 teeth!!
It’s felt like FOREVER this teething business, and I know we’ve still got a long way to go.. But last week, within a matter of days, toothy number 1 popped through and then toothy number 2 was right behind! Bingo! It’s so adorable when she smiles seeing these teeny tiny little nashers!!
So far it’s all sounded like we’ve been doing well.. but the nights have become a bit of a battle! The other week I wrote about us preparing to put Maddie into her cot in her own room! (Click here to read about crib to cot) Which we are now doing, but the nights are so hit and miss! I have to admit, the lack of sleep is really starting to hit me and I'm worried about getting run down and cranky. I'm struggling, but that's okay! I know it's normal and motherhood isn't a peachy perfect easy ride! Of course there are highs, but there are also lows. One night, Maddie will go down no problem, but then wake up 5 times in the night! OR take 10 attempts to settle but will then sleep through the night or just wake once for a feed?! Sometimes she won’t wake properly, it’s just be a case of me popping her dummy back in and she drifts right off! Problem is, I'm then wide awake! It’s so hard to work out what it causing our varied nights.. it could be her teething pains, it could be getting used to her own bed still, it could be separation anxiety, another leap, growth spurt.. who knows! But we are getting through it… Gosh do I miss my baby that used to sleep 10 hours straight!! Where did she go haha?! As long as we keep pursuing, I’m sure we’ll come out the other side eventually..
Maddison has also become SUCH a chatter box hehe!! She’s forever babbling and cooing away! She has just started saying “ba-ba-ba” and I swear it has even come out like “ma-ma-ma” sometimes (maybe I’m just getting over excited but I could’ve sworn that’s what it sounded like!!!) It’s amazing having her communicate, I can’t wait to find out what her first word will be!! In all honesty, I can’t quite remember when Maddie first laughed, but I know it was fairly early on.. you can’t get her to stop giggling or squeaking!
Finally, and I find this one hilarious… Maddison has just become obsessed with sticking her tongue out and blowing raspberries haha!! It’s like she’s just discovered how much she can move her tongue on it’s own, maybe the eating has helped that? Or it’s like she’s intrigued with feeling her new teeth with her tongue! But the raspberries are just adorable! Maybe I’ve influenced her by blowing too many on her belly (which always makes her laugh!) and now she’s copying mama!
So I think I’ve covered most things.. it honestly has been such a whirlwind but the best journey of my life! Here is to the next 6 months when Maddie will turn 1 year’s old!!! Eeeekkk!!
Lots of Love, Bethany xxx
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