I can’t believe it was only eight months ago that Griffin was born – it feels like so much longer that he’s been here with us. I finally feel like I’ve gotten some semblance of my old self back – I find time now to put a little makeup on sometimes, and drink a hot cup of coffee and even read a book! Griffin is also at such a fun stage right now. He’s doing something new every day and I love seeing how much he is changing right in front of our eyes. I know some people feel sad about their babies growing up but I just feel excited – I can’t wait to see what kind of a little human he’s going to turn into!
Feeding: He’s eating three meals a day with two snacks and five breastfeeds (sometimes more). We’re doing a mixture of chunky purees and finger foods. Sleeping: Gooooood. Generally good. Although there’s always something going on to throw it off – like teeth, or illness, or a new developmental milestone. He seems to get hit hard by all of them. We are down to only one wakeup to feed overnight though! Milestones: He’s now got four big teeth, and he’s started pulling himself up on the furniture and on us, and he’s figured out how to stand in the cot (ugh). Things he loves: feeding himself, pulling my hair, meeting new people who adore him, Things he hates: (some days) sleeping, when I walk away from him, being in the pram, getting his face wiped after eating.
This ball of chub is now 7 months old! He’s so fun right now – you can almost see his thoughts playing out on his face as he takes in everything around him. He’s getting stronger every day as well as more patient – he can actually play by himself for like 10 minutes at a time now! He’s sort of getting used to the pram as long as he has a snack to eat so we’re getting out of the house for a walk in the morning which is really nice – but he still goes mental in the car unfortunately. He makes us laugh and smile every day and we love him so much for it.
Feeding: Loves breakfast and dinner but isn’t so keen on lunch at the moment. He’s also going through a phase of only wanting to be fed – whereas he used to want to feed himself. Still loves breastfeeding. Sleeping: Good! Not great but good. He’s in a pretty good routine for his naps and he’s waking to feed only once or twice a night – which is a huge improvement on what it was. Milestones: Hes been commando crawling for a few weeks now and he’s gotten really good at it! He’s just about proper crawling now too – he can’t quite always get the co-ordination down but he’s trying really hard! Things he loves: Yanking on my hair and Guy’s beard, having raspberries blown all over his body, watching everything that we do. Things he hates: when he can’t eat what we’re eating, sleeping in past 6am, getting his nappy changed (every.damm.time).
Holy guacamole six months old?! This seems like such a milestone! We had a little party with his girlfriend and mum, and my mum to celebrate. We ate cupcakes and chocolate and reminisced over how easy the newborn days were in hindsight. This is such a fun age now. He’s awake for longer periods, his attention span is increasing and his coordination is improving daily. He’s still hard work. He’s frustrated and grizzly more than he’s happy, he won’t go in the car or pram without screaming and he needs constant attention and interaction. But, he’s also pretty damm cute!
Feeding: Yep this kid still loves his food. He’s having solids three times a day (just fruits, vegetables and some oat flour at this stage) and devours whatever he’s offered. Sleeping: Good(ish). We had gotten to a really good stage but then he got sick for a couple of weeks and it completely regressed back to where we started so we’ve had to re sleep train and we’re gradually getting back to a good place. Milestones: He’s sitting up, picking toys up from the ground with one hand and commando crawling. Things he loves: Being carried around, being sung to, reading books, playing with balls of any size, going for walks around the neighbourhood, pulling my hair, giving ‘kisses’, brushing his teeth. Things he hates: Not getting enough attention, when the ball he’s crawling after keeps rolling away, getting his face wiped after eating.
I can’t decide if these four months have gone quickly or slowly – maybe both at the same time if that makes sense? He’s slowly transitioning from a baby into a tiny person and its so cool to see. Everyday his cheeks get rounder, his smile gets bigger and his eyes a little brighter.
As much as I love being a mum and I truly can’t imagine life without Griffin, I’m not gonna lie; he’s hard work. We barely leave the house because he gets so upset in the car it ends up making me cry and it’s really not worth it. He’s the same in the stroller so I end up carrying him with one arm and pushing the stroller with the other. I’m so tired I don’t even feel tired anymore but I’m forgetful and impatient and emotional. Finding the time to do something for myself like read a book or paint my nails is just a pipe dream at present. I feel bad complaining because I’m aware that I chose to have a child and this is my life now – no one said it was going to be easy! But I also hate when people feel that they need to pretend everything is perfect. I have no shame in admitting that some days I really struggle and look forward to his bedtime, nor do I have any problem acknowledging that Griffin is a terrible sleeper who’s nowhere sleeping through the night and who probably never will! It’s a good thing hes so gorgeous huh!!
Feeding: This kid loves to eat! Every time I offer him food he attacks my breast so furiously like hes been starved for days – when actually its hardly ever longer than two hours! I have a feeling he’s going to love solids. Sleeping: Worse! I didn’t believe that was possible but the four month regression hit us hard. He currently cat naps in the day (unless hes in my arms) and wakes every two hours at night. The only thing that resettles him in the night is feeding even though I’m positive hes not hungry. Milestones: He’s holding his head up, rolling from his back to stomach, grabbing his feet and reaching for things. He’s also got the tip of one tooth showing. Things he loves: Staring at his play mat, listening to me sing, being carried by daddy, staring at himself in the mirror or on the phone. Things he hates: Not being paid attention to, being in the car or pram.
Easter is hands down my second favourite holiday (second only to Christmas because presents!). When I say I ate my weight in treats over the weekend – I mean it! I’m not one of those girls who just has one piece of cake and then declares how much they have eaten – I eat the whole cake and then ask what’s for the next meal. Inspired by hygge I I made and ate cinnamon buns, Norwegian apple cake and Swedish meatballs all of which were delicious, not to mention a thousand hot cross buns and easter eggs – I don’t regret a single bite! But I may have to go for a couple of long walks this week :).
Apart from eating we had such a nice time just hanging out together. I don’t think Guy and I have spent so much time together having fun since the couple of weeks before Griffin was born and we were on holiday. We walked on the beach, read books together, visited his dad, had my parents round for afternoon tea, sat and chatted to Griffin as we sipped our coffee, and sampled Guy’s latest craft beer brew as we watched Broadchurch and 13 Reasons Why. Griffin was happy and relaxed most of the weekend and then on Monday we woke to rosy red cheeks, buckets of Apart from some unsettledness on Monday due to teething Griffin was pretty happy and relaxed all weekend. He even fell asleep completely on his own two nights in a row!! Hopefully it continues!
Something I really want to do now I have a family of my own is to celebrate holidays and special occasions; to commemorate them with delicious food, hanging out with friends and just having some fun. I want Griffin and his siblings to grow up really enjoying life and celebrating every day.
p.s Griffin got sick Easter Monday and has been out all week 😦 – hence the late post!
Griffin has left the world of newborns and entered into infancy! Sometimes I look at him and think “you’re so little!” but then I look back at old photos of him and realise how big he now is! According to Plunket hes in the 90th percentile for height, and the 50th for his weight so no longer the fatso pork chop he once was.
Feeding: Eating is still his favourite thing to do. I feed him every three hours during the day and normally twice at night. Sleeping: Crap (still). He wakes two or three times at night which is okay, and he cat naps during the day time but takes quite a while to fall asleep, and it’s still in my arms. Hoping to see some improvements over the next couple of months. Milestones: He can support his own head most of the time, sucks his fists and is starting to co-ordinate his limbs to kick things. Things he loves: Books, talking, nursery rhymes, sitting in his bouncinette watching us in the kitchen. Things he hates: Sleeping, going to bed, staying in bed, not being awake…;)