Seven Month Update

Motherhood

I think it’s fair to say that this has surely been the most challenging month yet. We’ve been trying to balance moving out with a grumpy baby, and my god I am shattered. Nonetheless – Amelie is now seven months old, and my little best friend (when she wants to be).

Amelie’s Likes

– Pat-a-cake. Amelie has totally mastered this one! She could be having a right old screaming fit but as soon as she hears ‘pat a cake’, her hands come into full swing and pat that cake.

– Bath time. Now that we’ve got a new swivel seat for Amelie, bath time has hit a whole new level. She absolutely loves it!

– Crawling. Well, I mean dragging herself across the floor commando style. Amelie started ‘crawling’ just after she turned six months, and she loves the freedom she has to manoeuvre herself around.

– Sitting up. Still slightly leaning-tower-of-pisa-ish but Amelie loves sitting down and playing with her toys. I could watch her do this alllll day!

Amelie’s Dislikes

– Having a cold. Well, no duh! But, seriously. This month has been horrendous whilst Amelie has been under the weather. I have to remind myself that it’s Amelie who’s suffering, not me, when I’m moaning about living off 3 hours of sleep.

Current Feeding and Bedtime Routine

Routine? What routine? That’s all gone out of the window since Amelie has been unwell. 6pm bed time has turned to 10pm, but the 6am start has remained. Yawn! We’re back to being up every 2-3 hours at the moment as Amelie wakes herself up when she coughs, and so we’re both living off minimal sleep at the moment. Grumpy mama, grumpy baby. Not fun! However, Amelie still has an hour’s nap everyday, and that’s currently fuelling me!

In terms of feeding, Amelie has shown little interest in her formula milk since we started weaning. She’s gone down to 4-5oz of milk around 3 times a day, and also has 2-3 meals. For breakfast, she tends to have toast and a mushed up banana. For lunch, I give her a homemade puree if we’re at home or a pouch from either Ella’s Kitchen or Mamia if we’re out and about, and then she has a Petit Filous yoghurt after. If Amelie still wants something in the evening, I tend to give her some finger foods as a snack – usually rice cakes from Mamia, or Melty Puffs from Ella’s Kitchen. She loves both of these! I want to start giving Amelie the same meals as us so that she can get used to different textures (and it forces us to eat healthier), so please let me know if you have any ideas/suggestions!

What I’ve Learnt Since Last Month

Having a newborn baby poorly baby who’s teething is the most gruelling part of motherhood. I still stand by saying that the newborn days were pretty brutal for me, but I have found this month particularly hard. There’s only so much that Calpol can do for your baby! I’ve learnt that there is always going to be something that you’re not used to, even when you feel like you’ve got the hang of things. We finally had a good routine for Amelie, which we were used to, and now we’re having to totally wing parenthood all over again. We’ve not had to deal with Amelie being unwell before, so it’s been a learning curve. These learning curves are never ending, but it’s all part of the journey!

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