I’m going to sound like every other parent saying this but im going to say it anyway…where has the time gone!? My 6lb 9oz little dolly is now a 16lb 3oz 7 month old ball of delightful energy and we’re having so much fun interacting and learning from one another. We have a different activity/class almost daily (exhausting but fun!) Weaning is well under way and she’s starting to really move by crawling backwards, spinning in a circle and rolling over without any concern for the looming edge of the bed. She has favourite songs and toys and goes into hysterics at the hint of a raspberry being blown on her tummy – all signs of her beautiful little personality blossoming.
Unfortunately the longed for ‘sleeping through the night’ status is not on her radar with between 3-6 wakes ups in a 12 hour stretch. Credit where credits due though, she’ll go down for two or three 45 minute sleeps in the day so I can grab a cat nap here or there! In the meantime I’ve exhausted Googles recommendations to help her sleep and can’t manage controlled crying (although have no issues if that’s your parenting choice) so have made peace with the fact she’ll be creeping into bed with me and wanting nocturnal feeds for the foreseeable future.
I’m probably jinxing myself by saying this but I’m finding this ‘baby’ stage considerably easier than having a newborn. Its not easy in itself, but easier than having a colicy baby attached to your boob 18 hours a day! During that time we cuddled her for days on end and built the foundations for a life long bond. But now we can interact (still working on those baby signs! ) and play together our relationship is becoming more fun. I feel as though we are in a ‘calm before the storm’ stage. She’s not yet crawling properly or standing and is yet to develop an obsession with Peppa or Mr Tumble so I can still watch normal TV and have a cuppa while she plays in the jumperoo (I would like to hug the person who invented the jumperoo!). I’m well aware that hovering over a wobbly walker and racing after a runaway tot is going to be a whole other ball game, so for now I’m enjoying this in-between time and cherishing all of the precious ‘firsts’.