TM just turned 7 months and for the last 4 or 5 weeks he seems to be constantly changing and learning new things. I was going to do a little summary of the things he’s done but it’s such a big list I will write about them all individually!
I mentioned before that he had started teething – he is now the proud owner of two bottom teeth and two at the top are just poking through. All in all (so far) we haven’t fared too badly with teething compared to some – his sleep was only messed up for a few nights and he has been miserable for a couple of days but not as many as I expected! It has tested my patience though and made me realise how very lucky I am with his general temperament – he is, for the most part, a happy baby.
He eats actual food. Now I’m not going to make any big claims here because I don’t know how much he actually swallows yet but he seems to love BLW. He’s tried loads of different foods and enjoys eating. I was really worried about weaning but it’s been going well – although I have to confess that I still don’t actually cook. B is well and truly keeping the food ship afloat! To start with TM seemed to gag quite a bit but he got used to it very quickly and now tackles all kinds of textures and shapes. Obviously milk is still his main source of nutrition and he still feeds a lot but it’s been really fun sharing mealtimes together and watching his face as he tries different tastes – the photo of him eating cherry tomatoes has been passed around my family with great amusement!
He started crawling! I think he first crawled properly at about 6 and a half months though he’d been moving about and crawling backwards for a while before that. Our house is really open plan so I feel like I’m constantly watching him now. We’re considering getting a play pen, thoughts?! I love seeing him move about by himself though and becoming so independent.
He makes distinct noises like ‘yeahyadayaga’ (because that’s a legit phrase). Before his babbling wasn’t particularly coherent but now there’s lots of consonant sounds (I am pretending I know what I’m talking about but I don’t – hopefully that’s the right phrase!) and it definitely seems to be developing. The funny thing is this speech development all occurred very quickly while we were on a weekend away with all my uni friends! He was the only baby of the clan and they are a noisy bunch so I think he wanted to ensure he would be heard. It was so adorable and he loved the attention from all our pals.
I actually can’t believe this one has happened… He pulls himself up to standing! He looks like a proper toddler and his legs are so strong. It means our relatively safe living room all needs to be reassessed as he can reach even more!
With all of this change occurring I’ve got quite mixed feelings. It’s amazing seeing him growing, developing and learning new things all of the time. He’s so healthy and strong which is a joy to see and I know how lucky we are that this is the case. But suddenly my little baby is speeding towards toddler days. He can move himself around, he plays alone, he can feed himself and is trying so hard to communicate. I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone, it makes me cling to him tightly. He falls asleep on me and I am relieved that he still wants me for comfort, I stroke his little head and marvel at how much has happened recently. Soon he’ll be even more independent and I know that’s the most wonderful, natural thing but it still makes me feel a little bittersweet longing for the newborn days. I never knew how fast time would go until my boy was born.
Do any of you feel time slips by too quickly? What have been the most significant milestone moments for you?