Happy 6 months to The Potato!
Today our little poekenoeks is 6 months old! A whole half a year and the next thing you know we’ll be celebrating The Potato’s first birthday and wondering where the heck the time went.
We’re actually already wondering that because she’s really her own little person already. So I thought I’d do a quick catch up on how she’s doing.
She’s currently sick at the moment. Just the common cold, but for a baby the common cold is rather junk seeing as there’s not much in the way of medication they can take and they tend to vomit up all their mucous. Poor kid has been sick so much more than The Munchkin was at the same age. I think he only had his real, proper cold after a year. Thanks crèche germs!
She’s mastered the art of lifting herself onto her forearms and then rolling over onto her back. But please don’t ask her to go from her back to tummy because she’ll go halfway and then not be lus anymore.
She’s the happiest baby ever. She smiles through it all and is always laughing at The Munchkin. Especially when he’s crying He gets SO cross! She’s such a joy and so happy to go with the flow, so when she’s miserable and clingy you know she’s really not feeling lekker.
She also is very aware of who her favorites are: Mom, Dad and Boeta. When we walk out of her line of sight she’ll cry for us and while she seems to be by me the most, Dad gets the biggest laughs out of her.
We’ve kinda started on solids with her at 5 months. The usual purees: carrot, butternut, sweet potato, broccoli, cauliflower, pears, apples, bananas.
Now that she’s 6 months we’re going to see how she’ll take to baby led weaning and I’m keen to try some recipes with her.
Another big difference between The Potato and The Munchkin is that we can’t co-sleep properly. She needs get space and can’t sleep well in bed in my arms although she’s all too happy to sleep on my shoulder for hours.
She’s in a co-sleeper next to our bed but she’s fast outgrowing that and we’re going to get to wooden cot out of storage soon.
She’s also teething probably. I can see two little shapes in her bottom gums and she’s been chewing any and everything she can get her hands on. Anything. Even bag straps. Your fingers. Duplo blocks. She’s so sneaky, you really have to keep your eye on her.
We’re also still successfully still breastfeeding. Which is a big accomplishment for me because The Munchkin was on formula by this time. She’s still feeding a couple of times in the night but sometimes I’m not sure if this is me just being lazy and sticking a boob in her mouth to get her back to sleep quicker. She’s not a kid to drink when she’s not hungry though and I do try to rock her back to sleep first.
The Potato is a thumb sucker (too cute!)and I’m so happy not to have to deal with lost dummies this time around. So she’s getting better at self-soothing in the middle of the night. I just need to learn to take a step back and give her a chance to learn. So if she’s just stirring and not crying I leave her to figure it out.
She’s so, so loved and I’m not sure how I could have ever thought I wouldn’t be able to love her as much as The Munchkin. I mean, look at this face!
Looking forward to the next six months with this potato pudding