6 months old!

Today Fenn is 6 months old! I can’t believe that our tiny baby is already half a year old and growing up so quickly!
Fenn is growing very nicely, and is now 15lbs 8oz. She is following her growth chart line exactly and is sitting firmly at the 30th centile. Everyone says that she is much smaller in real life than in photos, and I love her being my dinkysaurus. 

Fenn has mastered rolling from front to back, but is showing zero interest in rolling back to front. She will happily play on her tummy for about 10 minutes now before getting bored, and with her nappy off, can sit up on her own for a good few seconds! 

Fenn loves ‘botty out time’! I think that her cloth nappies provide so much padding, she rolls over too easily when sitting up.

She now has very good hand to mouth co-ordination, and can put a teaspoon in successfully (empty at this stage) and remove (and lick) Papa’s glasses. She grabs and drags things towards her and can grasp some quite delicate things. She has always been a keen watcher… just taking everything in, but now she really loves watching! She sat and watched my OH do his shirt ironing for about half an hour yesterday. Oh, and she loves watching our cat skulk around…watch out Budson, you are next for the grabby grab!

Verbally, she is expanding her repertoire, with ‘brrrr’ and ‘mmmm’ sounds her current favorites. She loves to sing to herself, and giggles all the time.

We have been going swimming on Tuesdays for about 6 weeks now and she is starting to relax more and more. My mum now takes her in (while I go proper swimming) and it is good to see her relaxed whilst away from me for 20 mins. She is happily reaching out for floating objects now, and absloutely loves being sprinkled over the head with a small plastic watering can. Plus she enjoys drinking the pool water whenever she gets a chance. Any liquid with a decent urine content is her favorite. Pool water and bath water are delicious, but a tiny bit of fresh water from a sippy cup might as well be lemon juice, with the face she pulls!

Yesterday we gave Fenn her first solid food! We started with a tiny bit of mushed down banana, and a tiny bit of carrot from our casserole. I can’t say that she was overly impressed, but we will continue the fun tomorow! 

Cardboard was her first solid food…

Right, it is 4.57am and time to go back to bed!

Fenn’s 1st Christmas.

Today is the 29th December 2016 and Fenn just enjoyed her 1st Christmas.

Now I am an athiest, but I do enjoy the wonderful tradition of Christmas. I love the history of celebration, the singing, the coming together and the food, and I love that Fenn will now get to start enjoying our traditions.

As a family, we decided to stop buying each other presents about 5 years ago. We were all well onto adulthood (I was the youngest), we all had everything we wanted and really had no need to run around, wasting money on things that people didn’t want or need, just for the sake of Christmas. Every year, when everyone else seems to be running around, stressed about getting the ‘perfect’ present for Aunty Sue or second cousin Bob, we get to spend time together, decorating our homes and really appreciating each other… Oh and eating! When you stop buying presents, it almost feels like you are a member of a secret society of calm. People look at you like you have 3 eyes when you tell them why you aren’t about to explode with stress and having to remortgage after Christmas… And then they think about it. I would recommend it to anyone.

However, now that we have littles in the family, we are buying them presents. 

We didn’t go crazy for Fenn. We bought her a teething ring. Yep, you read that correctly, a £6 teething ring. It is really lovely, suits our very particular taste and is something she will need in the coming year. There was no need to waste money on stuff she doesn’t need and won’t even realise she has. Other people bought her some beautiful wooden toys, some Lamaze toys and lots of lovely books, teddy bears and a few rompers. My step dad made her an amazing wooden baby gym, and my mum bought her some bells to hang from it. It is beautiful, entertaining for Fenn, comes apart to be stored behind the sofa and looks really lovely.

Fenn asleep under her hand made baby gym. Also pictured is her teething ring (dangling between the pompoms).

It has been a wonderful Christmas, and we have started the following traditions which we hope to continue for years to come:

  • Visiting Father Christmas in his grotto:

I think we can all interpret what Fenn is thinking here.

  • Going carol singing.
  • Leaving drinks and snacks out under the tree for Father Christmas and the reindeer.
  • Buying one special bauble per year to hang on the tree.
  • Reading The Night Before Christmas and The Jolly Christmas Postman on Christmas eve before bed. 
  • Enjoying Christmas lunch with family and friends.

Next year we will do stockings and Father Christmas’ footprints.

I can’t wait until she is as excited about Christmas as I am!