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
I think we have reached a milestone that I was dreading. Not dreading in a bad way, but dreading because it means my baby girl is getting big and growing up!! And that is.. moving into her big cot in her OWN room!
Okay, so little background of Maddison’s sleep pattern.. and I feel we have had quite a journey. From about 5/6 weeks old, till about 4 months, she would sleep a glorious and ridiculously satisfying 8-10 hours at night! (Click here to read about our bedtime routine). This then changed at about 17 weeks old, when we hit the dreaded 4th leap – which for us personally was the worst! I barely noticed any of the other leaps, but this one was draining! Maddison started to wake anywhere between 2-4 times a night, which I know isn’t horrendous, I know there are some mama’s that have babies who refuse to sleep at all! But it was definitely a shock to the system for me! After that, it had calmed down to waking only once in the night (minus the week when Maddie had an ear infection – that wasn’t fun at all!) which is fine! Once in the night is still good, she’ll sleep about 6 hours, wake for a feed then sleep another 2-3 hours, so I’m still grateful for that!!
This past week though, Maddison’s woken up for the feed like normal, then absolutely refuses, despite how ever much I try, to go back to sleep in her crib. She will only sleep in our bed. She tries to settle bless her, but just lets off this squeaky cry! But as soon as I pull her next to me in our bed, she’s fine! It’s like she wants to sleep, but just isn’t comfortable in her crib!?! Co-sleeping is something that I never really imaged doing much, but when you are so desperate to get back to sleep.. you’ll do anything!! So not only is Maddison preferring to sleep in our bed at night, but she always seems to have the BEST and longest naps on our bed too! (Which is great for me so I can actually get some housework done haha!) But it got me thinking.. maybe she’s enjoying having the space?
Up until this point, Maddison has been sleeping in a crib next to my side of the bed in our room. It was actually my cot I had when I was a baby – so special! But I have noticed her head and feet getting closer and closer to the ends.. she never looks squished, but she does tend to spread out and sleep like a starfish haha! So with her ever growing long limbs, maybe she just needs that bit more space now?
The problem that I’m having is, I want to give her more room, but don’t feel ready to let her sleep in her own room yet! Unfortunately, we live in quite a little house, and there is just no room for her big cot in our room with us, so that’s not an option!
Do I just need to relax and give it a try? Is this just one of the many times I’ll have to learn to let it go as a mummy? I’m not being clingy am I? At the end of the day, obviously I want what’s best and most comfortable for her (plus I’d love to have a good nights sleep myself again haha!) I guess the worry is not hearing her wake in the night before it turns into proper hysterical cry and needs me for whatever reason, also I find it so relaxing hearing her squeaky dream snores! But I think that’s normal and what every mum goes through, right?
So I’ve come up with a plan to try and meet in the middle! A transition point I guess…
The other weekend, I went to stay at my mum’s house. Rather than taking the crib with me, we bought a travel cot for Maddison to sleep in. Which seems huge compared to her crib, but still not quite as big as her cot! And Maddie actually slept really well in it! So the plan is, to set that up by our bed in our bedroom (which JUST about fits!) so she’ll have more space to sleep, but still be next to me. I think that’s a good meet in the middle point for now!
IF that goes smoothly, I will then just suck it up and take the proper plunge of putting her in her own room, maybe in the new year once she’s just turned 6 months!
Will keep you posted on how it goes, but hopefully that’s the answer to our sleep woes right now! Can’t believe how fast she is growing!!
How did you cope with baby going into their own room? Did you try a transition like I’m trying? Any tips or advice? I’d love to hear as always! Lots of love Bethany x
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