Christina Sparkle

Six month post partum update

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In some ways this month seems to have flown by, it seems like it’s taken us ages to get to six months but it seems barely any time since I was writing the five month update.

We’ve started some baby led weaning in the last couple of weeks. Sacha wasn’t showing any interest in food at all but we started sitting him in a high chair while we eat and it worked a treat to get him grabbing at our food. So far he has tried fingers of toast, pasta and lots of veggies. He does seem to prefer savoury food at the moment, banana and yoghurt both resulted in a face of disgust but it’s early days!

We also tried swimming this month. I took Sacha to the local pool which has fountains and jacuzzi bubbles in the baby pool which Sacha seemed to love. Hopefully we can make it a regular thing, I was a bit nervous about going alone with him but I used a floating seat from Jojo Maman Bebe which made things really easy.

Andy has had a lot of time away from us thanks to stag dos and best man duties but we have a holiday next week where I’m hoping to catch up on some sleep and time together.

We had some nursery photos taken this month which are so cute! It was good to see that a professional photographer also struggled to get Sacha to put his hands and feet in a certain way. He’s been like that since birth, I could never get him to pose like the newborn or baby photos you see everywhere.

Height/Weight: I haven’t weighed Sacha this month so I have no idea!

Routine: We have been continuing the 4 hour EASY routine but Sacha has started napping for longer and going for longer between naps too. I think we’ll be moving up to just two naps a day soon.

6am: Wake up and feed, Andy and I still take it in turns to sleep in while the other person plays with Sacha downstairs.

7am: We get up, get dressed and have breakfast together. Sacha likes toast and throwing blueberry wheats on the floor.

8am: Leave for nursery or have the first nap of the day at home.

10am: Feed and play in the jumperoo or under the baby gym. I try and rotate Sacha’s toys every couple of weeks so he doesn’t get bored. We might go out to baby sign or baby sensory.

1pm: Nap in the pram as we go out for a walk.

3pm: Wake up and feed again. We usually just watch TV in the afternoon.

5pm: Short nap on my lap on the sofa.

6pm: Quick feed and Sacha sits in his high chair while we make dinner. Sacha might try some veggies or crusts of bread if he reaches for them

7:15pm: Bath nights are on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays followed by a story from Andy.

7:30pm: Feed to sleep.

Sleeping: Nights have been quite varied this month, sometimes he will wake every hour, and sometimes he will sleep until 2 or 3am for a feed and then back to sleep until 5am. I can usually get him back to sleep for another hour or two before we get up. Maybe when the mornings get darker he will sleep for longer.

We’ve been mixing up sleeping in his own room and co-sleeping. On the nights where he wakes up more often I bring him back into our room. This helps him get back to sleep quicker because I can respond sooner and I don’t have to get out of bed.

Naps have been reaching 1.5hours – 2 hours more recently so hopefully that will continue. Sometime he will wake after 45 minutes and I can get him back to sleep with some cuddles for another 40 minutes or so.

Eating/feeding: We are still combi-feeding but only using formula when Sacha is at nursery 2.5 days a week. I’m so glad I’ve been able to continue breast feeding for this long, when Sacha’s had colds I know my milk is the best medicine for him.

Sacha still pauses between sucks to lean back and breath or swallow. Especially when Andy is around or talking he loves to lean back and smile at him before getting back to feeding!

Size: Sacha hasn’t gone up in size yet, I still find 6-9 month clothes are too big, especially on the bottom. Some clothes are 6-12 months and that just seems like a massive range, I’m not sure when he’ll be able to fit in those. I’m going to stick with the 6-9 months on top and 3-6 months on the bottom for the next month.

Size 3 nappies seem to be nearly too small now. Once we’ve weighed Sacha again I think he’ll be moving up to size 4.

Milestones: Sacha is now turning over front to back and back to front all the time, and sitting up too. He can only sit for a few seconds at a time but we are getting there. This month he’s been loving singing and clapping, stacking cups and playing peek-a-boo.

The babe is getting so big 😞❤️💛

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