D – You are 8 months old (A letter to my son)

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My darling boy, you are 8 months old.

I’ve previously wrote about how fast the other months of your little life have flown and again, although this month is no different, I am absolutely loving the stage you are at at the minute. I want you to stay 8 months old forever! You fill me with joy every single day. We are having so much fun lately, you are the happiest, giggliest, cheekiest little boy I have ever known. I am so so proud of you lately as you seem to have cracked your feeding issue. You are confidently eating 3 pureed meals a day plus around 4-5 8 0unce bottles. Although you are still not tolerating solid food I am sure it wont be much longer. The speech and language therapist came to review you a couple of weeks ago and seemed satisfied that you will get there eventually. ¬†You are really enjoying your food now you know how to take it and meal times as a family are my favourite part of the day. I got you weighed last week and you are currently 18 pounds 9 ounces! Your a big lad!

Now you are eating more you don’t require that night feed anymore which is a relief to me although you are still getting up during the night but you seem to be easily settled. Mornings are early in our house at the minute and you vary from getting up anytime from 4:30am – 7am. Mummy prefers the 7am rather than the 4:30am let me tell you! You still have two naps during the day – a 30 minute nap in the morning around 10am and a longer nap in the afternoon at around 1-2pm for 2-3hrs. Bedtime still remains at 7-7:30pm.

You are developing every day before our eyes and can now easily roll over on to your front (although getting back onto your back is proving to be a frustrating issue for you) and you are sitting for really long periods unaided. Mummy still places a cushion behind you incase you fall but that’s just me being over protective. Sounds are coming from you thick and fast now and the other day you started to say “da-da” which has made Daddy really chuffed. Hopefully it won’t be much longer before you can say “ma-ma” too ūüôā

You are really enjoying spending time in your Jumperoo recently and it is helping to strengthen your legs. You are also enjoying listening to music on the radio.

Your sister continues to be your biggest fan and thinks it’s great now that you can play with toys together more. You are the first person she asks for in the morning and loves to help me look after you through the day. She understands your cry’s and your whimpers and works out what it is that’s wrong with you almost as well as I can. She is an amazing big sister to you and I know you love each other dearly.

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You have been teething for quite some months now but there are no signs of your teeth coming through as yet. Not once have you been grumpy with your teething pain despite it being obvious that they are bothering you. You just seem to take everything in your stride. You brave boy!

We love you to the moon and back you beautiful little soul.

Here’s to another great month!

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XOXOXO

 

D – You are 6 months old (A letter to my son)

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My beautiful boy. Yet another month has passed by in the blink of an eye. You are 6 months old. What a milestone! It is so weird that the last 6 months have flown by yet it feels like you have always been apart of our lives. It’s this month that I feel your personality is REALLY shining through. You are such a laid back baby,¬†nothing seems to faze you.¬†This last week in particular you have started to progess a little more and are now reaching out for objects confidently and turning your body more. You’ve not quite mastered the art of sitting up yet but you are trying so I do feel like your not far off from that. You are continuing to practice your vocals and particularly like shouting and screeching at 5am every morning. It doesn’t matter what time it is though you still have a smile for us when we greet you.

You’ve had a few “firsts” this last month. It was your first time sitting in a highchair. Watching you view the world in a completely different way was so special. You are mesmerised by your surroundings. This last week I have started to give you your first ever tastes of food. Both pureed and finger foods. I remember so vividly weaning your sister and how well she took to food and weaning but you my darling boy are proving to be a slight challenge. I can’t get you to open your mouth for the food to go in! You are quite happy with your milk so for now I won’t push it too much but will continue to offer you food slowly. We shall see where that road takes us. I got you weighed today, you are 17lb 71/2oz (the half an ounce counts). I love to see your weight soar, you were so poorly as a newborn and weighed less at 6 weeks old than you did when you were born so the fact that you are now thriving and a chunky monkey makes us all so happy. We all love you so much, our special little hero.

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Your bond with your sister continues to grow and the love she has for you is so fierce. You are the first thing on her mind when she wakes up in a morning. She loves to kiss and cuddle you. She is so full on with you sometimes and myself and Daddy remind her to be gentle with you but you don’t seem to mind one bit. You love the attention from her and you gaze at her with such love it makes my heart melt. The way you two giggle together is so lovely I can’t wait for you to get older so you can play together. I hope you are both so close. You have been teething for the last few months really but this month seems to be the worst so far. You dribble ever such a lot and everything you touch goes in to your mouth. You are still loving your Sophie la giraffe teether and you enjoy chewing on a toothbrush now. I think you like the feel of it on your gums. Your sleeping routine is pretty much the same as the last few months. You usually have a¬†30 minute¬†nap at around 10am, then a longer 2-3hr nap at around 1pm then an evening nap of 30 minutes at around 5.30pm. You go to bed after your bath and feed at around 7:30pm and wake once for a feed during the night. You can wake anytime between midnight and 3am for your feed then you are usually up for the morning anytime from 5am -7am. Mummy isn’t very fond of the early starts especially if the night feed was a couple of hours previous but for you my gorgeous boy I will happily get up. I am half way through my maternity leave with you. I feel so blessed that I am able to take a year off with you just like I did with your sister. I am so happy that I get¬†to be with you when you accomplish your milestones and your “firsts”. ¬†It’s also really lovely that not only do I get the time with you but I get the time with your sister as well and the both of you together. When Daddy is home from work and at the weekends I feel like we are a team. Like it’s us against the world. I love that we get to make our memories all together. As a family. We love you our precious boy. Here’s to another great month!

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XOXOXO