Milestone moments

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!

TM in his highchair with a noodle on his head
Casually sporting a noodle on his head!

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!

TM standing by a TV cabinet with cushions around him
We are definitely in trouble now!

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?

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42 thoughts on “Milestone moments

  1. Oh he really is adorable – love the noodle on his head picture! Love those strong legs too – budding rugby player?? Hope so! It really does go fast but you have to live in the moment and enjoy so that the memories are good ones – you know how hard I find mine growing so my simplest advice is always going to be enjoy it and forget the little things that aren’t important because time really does fly xx lovely post, Ellen xx

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  2. Hi Ellen, I’m amazed at how similar your TM and my Alex are… He is also v active, is almost crawling and just loves rolling around… And his food! He’s 8.5m and we got a hexagonal playpen about a month ago. It’s big and means we know he’s safe… While still being able to move around. And it only cost £50 from Argos

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    1. Ah how cute! I think we’ve found one which can be used as a series of gates to block off part of our lounge/diner but can also make a big playpen haha. It will make life a lot easier when I need to get on with things! Thanks so much for reading, Ellen

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  3. Ah lovely milestones moments! Ooo he’s moving lots, how exciting! We had a ginormous playpen that we put in half of our kitchen…and included a sofa in it! It was brilliant but for a short period of time. I was a little different to you, I wasn’t particularly sad that my little baby wasn’t a little baby anymore…I do remember saying each phase ‘oh X months is such a lovely age’…I still do that now! But I was quite happy not to have a newborn anymore! I found 18 months to now have flown by. Oh and I always find E seems to take a development leap on holidays or when away, whether walking, talking etc. Interesting phenomenon Xx

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    1. Ohhh that’s interesting about leaps on holidays, I wonder why? I think a playpen would come in handy but not sure how long for like you say! I do love this phase actually and have said that a lot, it’s wonderful seeing him do so much himself and how curious he is. Thanks for reading my lovely! Ellen xx

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  4. Aaah, noodlehead! This is such a lovely post. Great way to look back and document all the changes which can suddenly happen SO quickly, it’s like a domino chain of milestones. Massive BLW advocate here and we start our “journey” in a few weeks, which seems crazy. Pulling up is a biggie too – once they get mobile, life is never quite the same! Look forward to the next update, from Moose xx #BloggerClubUK

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  5. So many moments, So many that I’ve forgotten from a very short 4/5 months ago, that’s crazy how quickly it is to forget. Write them down, doh, you have already! I might come and copy and paste your blog post and insert Robot name in TM! Only kidding, it’s such a special time, enjoy it. R can climb the stairs now and has almost worked out how to get down! #bloggerclubUK

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    1. Haha I know you do kind of forget each stage as the next one happens – someone was talking about how their baby had rolled for the first time at a baby singing group I went to today and I was like oh yeah I remember when you were doing that! Oh bless Robot, stairs – wow!! Thanks so much for reading hon. Ellen xx

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    1. I haven’t really consciously done it but when I’ve sent pictures or videos to family I then have a digital record of roughly when things happened – very handy! I know I need eyes in the back of my head now haha. Thanks for reading, Ellen

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  6. Awww – they grow up so fast, don’t they? Once they can move around on their own, that’s it – there’s no stopping them! The biggest milestone for the Popple so far was walking – she never crawled but had been trying to walk for ages, so it was really nice when she was able to actually work out how to do it. I’m really looking forward to talking next.

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    1. They grow up super fast! Ah I know it’ll be great when they start saying proper words. Bless her, love that she skipped crawling! I crawled and walked dead early but B was lazy and did a bum shuffle so I think TM definitely takes after me. Thanks for reading babe. Ellen xx

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  7. It sounds like he’s really coming on with his milestones. I agree it’s a great time but also a sad one as your baby becomes a toddler
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  8. what a lot of exciting milestones! I’m sure he’ll be back for cuddles for at least a few years yet. 😉 My daughter is 4 and we have many moments where I’m not sure we’ve met that ‘playing alone’ milestone! And my friend who has a teenager says that teenagers actually need us just as much as they do when they are toddlers 🙂 #ablogginggoodtime

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  9. Aww El this is so lovely – look how much he is growing! I feel the same, my little girl just started walking and now doesn’t want cuddles as much, and I am so sad about it, but it’s also lovely watching her able to walk around and discover the world. These are such lovely milestones to remember and I hope that our little ones will return for cuddles soon enough 🙂 xx #ablogginggoodtime

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  10. Oh I know how you feel, it goes so quick (although when your in the midst of the sleepless night torture weeks it doesn’t quite feel like it) but when you look back at your tiny newborn and see this person developing in front of you it’s mad. My youngest is turning 1 tomorrow, it makes me want to cry a little. Those newborn days feel like a lifetime away, smiff sniff xx #ablogginggoodtime

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  11. treasure each moment, I am distraught that Little R has turned one and she has just changed so much, it is awful. Congratulations on the teeth though – Little R (who is one) still only has four teeth that have come through! #fartglitter

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    1. Oh bless you! It is hard, it’s so bittersweet but I guess we have to remember how wonderful it is that they are growing and are healthy and strong – and look at how much exciting stuff is still ahead of us! Thanks so much for reading, Ellen

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    1. Haha cheeky noodle! It is wonderful to see him growing up, just a little bittersweet! I know, I’m quite glad I’m keeping a record of things on here as he is changing so often. Thanks for reading my lovely! Ellen xx

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  12. So cute! Seriously though – why do they always end up with noodles on their heads? It’s not even close to their mouths? The milestones just seem to come so quickly at this stage don’t they? Try not to be sad though lovely… the truth is… it just keeps getting better! Enjoy the journey xx
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    1. Oh I know, I alway find food smeared on his head! What a lovely comment- I know it will keep getting better, I think I just love newborns! God I’m going to be one of those people who has 19 children because they love babies aren’t I?! Haha. Thanks for having me and for reading my lovely! Ellen x

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  13. Aw, too cute. You’re lucky with the teething. My youngest was grumpy for quite a while. It is a bittersweet moment – these milestones. I love watching my children grow to be more independent yet I can’t help but want to cling on to their baby-hood just a while more. Now when I look at my eldest who is taller than me now, I wonder when did he grow too big for me to carry him. #bigpinklink

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    1. We’ve definitely been lucky – especially as his top 4 teeth are all coming through within a few weeks. Oh El that makes me feel all emotional, it’s madness isn’t it? My oldest niece is almost 16 and has been taller than me for a while, I can’t believe she’s the same little baby I used to snuggle with! Thanks so much for reading, Ellen x

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  14. Its all completely amazing isnt it hun? They go from looking like these tiny little babies to suddenly just standing there like yeah… whats the big deal? I have been manically running round trying to baby proof and we have A LOT of big soft cushions chucked everywhere for safety and im noticing the clothes are a lot dirtier too lol!!

    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime #triballove

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