About last night…

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Tonight will be Devin’s second night in his own room. Yesterday we moved his cot and spent some time making his room baby safe – safe enough that we’d be comfortable to leave him to play alone. The living room is now baby safe too, yay!

So, about last night…the ‘getting him to sleep’ process took nearly 2 hours. It wasn’t that he was hysterical or even upset, he was completely calm. He just wouldn’t fall asleep. It was actually Noel who eventually put him down at 9pm.

Before we went to bed at about 11:30pm, I gave Devin a bottle while he was sleeping. Then something amazing happened!! He slept until 6am!! I really don’t want to get my hopes up, it’s quite possible that this was a once off. We’ll see how it goes tonight.

So, I’ve made some progress with my little July challenge I’ve set for myself! Moved baby and baby proofed…but there’s still major challenges getting him to eat. Oatmeal based foods and yogurt seem to be as far as we can get! Has anyone had this problem before, what did you do? Tips or links to posts below would be VERY appreciated!

Well, that’s my short and sweet update – more to follow! Thanks for reading 😉

D xoxo

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6 Month Mommy Baby Update

So, Devin is almost 6 months old now! I can’t believe how the time just seems to be flying.  He’s turning into his own little person and it’s wonderful.  Seeing him sitting up by himself, reaching out for pretty much anything within his reach is just remarkably satisfying.  People had said to me that babies start being “fun” at this age, and I honestly thought he’d been fun since the beginning but it really is true!  When we put him down for his sleep in the evening we actually miss his company!  Such fun!
(Our most recent Mommy/Baby pic)Anyway that’s enough of my little rant from cloud 9.  I thought I’d do a little mommy baby update today as they are a particular favourite of mine to read at the moment.  I like seeing what’s normal (any first time mamas will understand this worry) and what to expect in the coming weeks!

Height/Weight:   His most recent measurements are 8.6kg and 72cm.  He is already getting a little big for some of his 6-9 months clothes!  But he’s got a very tall daddy so I’m not worried!   I’ve learned not to get too tied up in what’s “normal”, it’ll only cause unnecessary worry!
Mobility:  He is sitting up unaided now.  I still put my nursing pillow behind him so when he loses balances, it’s a soft landing!  He’s not crawling or moving around, but he has started rocking himself back and forth while sitting.  He does this when he’s focusing on something he likes, a toy or something and it really looks like he’s getting ready to lunge!  On occasion he does actually follow through with the lunge which is terrifying to watch (arghhh…bumps and bruises).
Eating:  We started him on solids when he was four months.  It was very easy, it wasn’t my plan but we did it because he seemed to want it!  I will say though, he did go through a couple of weeks of ‘fussiness’ – teething again.  For anyone who is starting weaning now and having any problems – my go to food when he is being fussy is the jar of creamed porridge by Heinz.  I believe it has something to do with the gooey texture but yes, highly recommended.  In general though, he has three meals a day – his cereal in the morning with fruit, lunch time is his biggest feed – his favourite at the moment is a chicken and veg dinner. (Chicken is only a teeny tiny amount at the moment), and then another cereal/fruit type meal before bed.
(Not ALWAYS a fan of the new tastes!)
Sleeping:  We are no longer co-sleeping.  Devin has his own cot now, and he’s next to me in the bedroom.   If you are co-sleeping and planning on moving baby to his own cot or bed I would advise that you do it as early as possible!   Even a couple of months later, I feel if I had to do it now he’d be far too aware of what was happening!
As for Mommy, I’m now only nursing first thing in the morning.  Just to be clear about my reasons for stopping breastfeeding, I have to start my treatment again and obviously Devin can’t be getting any of that, it will also stop me from being able to nurse!  So, I feel extremely lucky that Devin led us to wean him, and move him on to solids and follow-on milk, because it doesn’t make me feel like I’m depriving him.  Stopping nursing was extremely emotional for me, and it’s certainly not easy to pump and dump instead of giving it to your baby, so we just do the one in the morning and soon this will stop too.
Well someone is shouting for attention now, so that’s my cue to leave!  Hope you enjoyed the update, thanks for reading!  Leave comments, tell me about your own experiences and links to blogs – always love a new read!
D xoxo

Baby 4 Month Update – Eating Solids!

It was only last month that I was getting upset at the thought of not being able to continue nursing Devin…but oh! How things have changed!
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A month ago you should have seen me! The tears!  The reassuring words and hugs from Noel!  “Inadequate” was the word I used to describe myself.  For me it was that, after 3 months, I wasn’t producing as much as Devin needed – he was just getting hungrier and hungrier – I was no longer enough!
 (Don’t worry there’s nothing in the cup, but he took it and did this himself!)
We noticed other changes in him along with this ever increasing appetite.   He was now starting to show a real interest in us when we were eating or drinking.  At the beginning of this month he got his first two teeth too.  These seemed like signs that he might be ready to try something new – I honestly thought it was a “hungry baby” type formula or something!  But one morning I was eating my cereal with Devin on my knee, I think I must have been reading or something because I suddenly realised he was being very quiet, so I looked down and realised he was STARING at my spoon!  Slowly, I moved it towards his mouth and sure enough he opened up and tried to take the spoon!  I didn’t actually allow him to take it, but we did take a trip to the shop and bought feeding spoons, bowls and baby rice!
We tried him with the baby rice and he managed about one spoonful!  I honestly wasn’t sure he was even ‘eating’ anything we tried him with.  I tried a new technique though, holding the spoon in his mouth for a few seconds – rather than just pushing it in as I had been!  It seemed to work, the banana I had fed him turned up in the…eh…poop!  YAY!
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So, the last time we went shopping we picked up a jar of baby food – one jar.  I opened it this morning, thinking there was no way I’d get through more than half of it and I was sure I’d end up having to throw it out.  I made up half and he DEVOURED it!  Then I gave him the other half and he was whinging because he still wanted more!  This afternoon I went and bought 6 more!
I guess all babies are different – he obviously knows what he needs, and he pretty much told us himself!  Babies are just amazing – I love him so much!
Has anyone got any similar experiences?   Let me know in the comments!