42 Weeks Old

Compared to last fortnight it’s been a relatively quiet one. You’ve been in such a good place on the whole but by the 10th I came to the conclusion you were definitely in your next leap… Über grumpy baby.

We’ve been swimming in Holsworthy and at Kate’s parents house, you do love being in the water, thank god. We’ve been enjoying the most glorious weather with lots of long walks and plays in the park and on the beach, I’m dreading the onset of winter.

On the 9th we went to our first Music Train session, despite being tired you appeared to like it. There’s lots of singing with actions, movement and play with your friends, Mila, Grayson, Samuel and Corey. Afterwards we had a fab afternoon with everyone.

On the 10th the Life Centre Creative Toddler sessions started again so we popped down for a play. I expected it to be packed but it wasn’t at all. Coral, Buckey and Finn were there though.

On the 12th we started on a 4 week Here’s Looking at You Little One course at the children’s centre. It’s basically a group session where we (as parents) learn how you will develop and ways in which we can enhance this development through play and activity thus lessening your frustrations. It’s brilliant! This week we painted your hands and feet and took some more prints (slightly more successfully than last time). We played in the sensory garden and you even rode a trike, the look of pride on your face was incredible, you looked like a proper little boy!

After this we raced home for a visit from Kieron, Tom and Arty dog. Kieron is my oldest friend having known him since Charmouth Playschool days and then the Woodroffe School and Weymouth College years. I haven’t seen them for far too long and this was the first time they met you. We had a lovely walk and chill on the beach and Arty kept scaring you by barking in the beginning but when on the beach we all started barking when he did until you found it funny instead of scary.

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(I stole this image from Kieron, you weren’t looking at the camera for mine)

Health
All good.

Teeth
On the 1st September I spied a glimpse of tooth on your upper gum (your left front tooth). Not exactly where I expected to see it and of course you won’t open your mouth for the HV so she can check it but I’m 99% sure that’s what it is. On the 11th I spied the other one popping into view too.

Firsts
Sat and pushed along on a trike for the first time on the 12th September.
Met Kieron and Tom for the first time on the 12th.

Character
You continue to be such a happy, funny, chilled out little boy. Always laughing and smiling despite these teeth coming through. You’re becoming so explorative now the world is becoming bigger to you. You study everything you see so deeply and we can actually see your thought processes sometimes whilst you repeat tasks over and over until the outcome you wanted is achieved, you really are quite incredible.

Development & Coordination
Movement: I’m going to just use this heading now to encompass it all as your sitting, crawling and standing have all been mastered. You continue to cruise the furniture and even stand unaided for a few seconds at a time, the look on your face is priceless… Soooo proud.
Speech: This has come on in leaps and bounds this fortnight and it almost sounds like you’re saying proper words eg: hiya, baba whilst waving. You’re also stringing sounds together which makes it sound like you’re saying a sentence, what this is I have no idea though lol.

Entertainment
You’ve recently learnt that you can flick things away from you and love nothing more than doing so then chasing after that item to continue your little game. Peek-a-boo has returned with a vengeance, nothing seems to crack you up more than when we hide round a corner and reappear and you’ve started to instigate this by hiding yourself behind, or under something. Boxes and balls continue to rate highly in your favourites and you’ve taken to wanting a ball pit ball to come with us when we go out.

Daddy and I have discovered the most hilarious book in Dr Xargle and I can’t wait for when you’re older and can understand it. It’s under lock and key until then so you don’t rip it up.

Sleep
This is totally erratic at the moment. You pretty much settle for the night between 6 and 7.30 but you’re still waking every 3-4 hours. I don’t know whether this is due to heat, as it’s got warmer again, teeth, leap or just your pattern. I’ve fully accepted that you’re not going to sleep through, EVER!

Getting you to nap during the day is also turning into a bit of a mission, all the fail safes are, well, failing largely. Though this does mean you settle earlier at night, trouble with this being you wake earlierin the morning… I really should go to bed earlier myself.

Growth
20Ib 9oz

Feeding
New tastes: Marmite… You LOVED it! Crumpets. Arancini. Boiled Egg. English Muffins. Coriander.

You are now successfully eating three meals a day and I’m finding that now you’re drinking a lot more water you’re not having as many milk feeds during the day, though you make up for this in the mornings, evenings and at night.

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40 Weeks Old

It’s hard to imagine that on Tuesday the 28th you have been in my arms as long as you were in my tummy. You’ve been part of me for a whole 80 weeks. Those first 39 +4 weeks were wracked with worry, worry that somehow you wouldn’t ‘be’ and then there you were, the latter 40 weeks have been wracked with worry that you’d somehow be taken away from me. I’m not sure this worry will ever end, this motherhood lark is going to give me grey hairs.

This monumental fortnight started with a trip to Newquay to see Wendy and Lee in the morning and then we were awaiting the arrival of Granny and Grandad who are coming to stay for the week. Due to traffic and Bude Carnival we didn’t see them until the next day where they came bearing gifts. We had such a lovely day with them, it’s been a while since they saw you last and you’ve developed so much you’re like a whole different boy to the one they saw in June.

On the 18th I had a wee wobble thinking about your Grandma whilst listening to one of her favourite sings from when I was a little girl. I remember her turning it up full volume in the house and singing at the top of her voice, it seemed like yesterday and made me miss her so much. As soon as I started crying you stopped what you were doing, crawled over to me and climbed into my lap and gave me the most heartfelt cuddle. You stayed there for over half an hour bless you. To show empathy at such a young age is incredible, I didn’t think it possible. In that moment I knew that you’re going to grow up to be a loving little boy.

We’ve had lots of lovely walks and lunches out with Granny and Grandad whilst they’ve been down and I was very pleased when your grandad remarked how well behaved you were. See I think you are all the time but to hear it from someone else is always nice.

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On the 19th you had your 9 month review with the health visitor. She weighed and measured you and checked that you were hitting the developmental milestones that you should be achieving. Everything was fine.

On the 26th we were meant to go swimming with the other babies but due to late naps and asda deliveries we got there a little late so just enjoyed a lovely lunch and chat instead.

On the 27th I took you home for a few days where we had a lovely stay with Auntie and David again. Your uncle Simon and Aunty Jacqueline were down and you sent some lovely times with them too. We had some nice walks around Lyme and along the new sea walk that’s been built along back beach.

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We met a lot of your Grandma’s friends and an old work colleague of mine who all said you had her eyes, this meant the world to me as I so wish you could have met her, I can’t help but think you’ve missed out hugely by her not being in your life though Auntie and David dote on you like she would and for that we are so very lucky.

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Auntie bought you a Graco high chair from Argos for when we are staying there that you loved, despite still being a little small for. She even fed you your breakfast which was a highly comical sight to see.

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We also bought you some balls and put them in the paddling pool which you loved!

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Health
All good bar some bumps and grazes. Cruising war wounds, so to speak.

Teeth
Still no sign, despite grumbles and excessive amounts of drool.

Firsts
On the 16th you waved for the first time in a definite ‘Hello’ situation.
On the 18th you showed empathy for the first time, I didn’t know it came at such a young age and couldn’t have come at a better time.

Character
You are such a kind, caring, funny little boy. Everyone who spends any time with you tell us how chilled and happy you are, I’m so pleased because sometimes I fret that you’re not. You’re at your best when you’ve had a good sleep/nap and find the most ridiculous things hilarious.

Muscle Development & Coordination
Movement: Crawling, standing, cruising… The world (lounge) is your domain!
Standing: You’re becoming quite adept at this now and nothing holds you back. You are even trying to jump now.
Co-ordination: You amaze me almost daily with your progress. Your pincer grip is now mastered and I watched in awe when you wanted a blueberry that was just out of reach, you decided you couldn’t get it so grabbed a strawberry whilst I moved it into reach. As soon as you saw it you dropped the strawberry and grabbed and ate the blueberry, we could actually see your thought process and decision making, you amaze me!
Speech: No change here, still loads of babbling, raspberry blowing and the addition of lip reverberation (something Daddy can do but totally eludes me)

Entertainment
Balls and boxes, that’s all I can say… You love them! Combining them is even better and can provide hours (baby hours) of entertainment much to Lolly’s dismay as she scrambles to avoid another ball hurled in her direction.

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Sleep
I’m happy to say you are back to settling early on in the evening again meaning Daddy and I get to have some time alone together. Your first stint of sleep tends to be between 4 and 6 hours now too. You did sleep better in your travel cot at Auntie’s mind. I’m thinking this is because you can move more freely in it as it’s wider and you do like to travel at night.

Growth
At your review you weighed in at 19Ib 13.5 oz and measured 71cm in length. This puts you in the 50th centile for weight and 25th for height.

Feeding
New tastes: Sweetcorn Fritters.
I still haven’t found anything you don’t like, though there are definite favourites such as yogurt, blueberries, strawberries and sweet potato. Your drinking has come on since the introduction of the Avent sippy cup and you spontaneously pick it up and have a good guzzle.