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!


5 months old

Today Fenn is 5 months old. 
She is the most wonderful, happy baby and is a joy to be around. Currently weighing in at around 14lbs 3oz, she has almost managed to roll over onto her front (She gets onto her side but her pesky arm just gets in the way!), is desperate to start crawling and loves sitting and standing up with support. She also giggles and coos and a-gooooos all the time, and has worked out how to squeal with delight at ear piercing volume.

Her coordination is improving by the day, she can join her hands together, and she is reaching and grabbing things now, including her toes.
In general she sleeps well, although she has stopped sleeping through and is now waking once or twice in the night again. We have just come to the end (I hope!) of another growth spurt, with her waking every 3 hours, being insatiably hungry and exhausted and grumpy during the day (but refusing to nap!) I am almost at newborn level exhaustion again. Zzzzzzz

Breastfeeding is still going well, although it can be painful when she is having a growth spurt and clusterfeeds all the time to increase my production. She still won’t take a bottle, but we are persevering with it and she doesn’t mind chomping on a teat to soothe her gums. I don’t think she would die if I got hit by a bus tomorrow, but it would make life easier if I could be away from her for more than 20mins at a time.
She is starting to be bothered by her gums, and needs to chew something almost constantly. She dribbles a lot too! She also seems to be getting a little stressed whenever she is left with someone other than me or Papa, even when I just pop out of the room for a second.

2 weeks ago we started swimming lessons. She wasn’t too sure the first time, and we had to get out early when she was a little bit sick down herself. Luckily none went in the pool and it wasn’t a megavom! The second time was much more successful and I think she may have actually enjoyed it a little bit. I will keep taking her every week as I want her to be comfortable in the water at a really young age. Yesterday my Mum took her in for her lesson while I went for a proper swim. Fenn was a little bit grumpy as she was exhausted, but she did really well away from me for 25 minutes.

As for me, I have finally been made redundant, which is great as I got a reasonably good pay out, and means there is no pressure to return to work. My baby clothing brand Mint Cake Club is in development and is set to launch in May this year. Lots of exciting things happening!