I have been terrible about these monthly blog updates on my little lady – hence having 5, 6, and 7 months all jammed into this one post. I have, however, been still doing the monthly photoshoots with Maya — although often it’s the day that she is turning the next month and I remember that I need to get on it! Whoops. Plus it’s getting trickier now that she doesn’t just lie on her back and let me shoot away. The girl is a mover!
I keep a daily journal for Maya – it’s one of the “mom’s one line a day” journals that was given to me by my neighbour (it’s sweet looking and small). I had doubts about whether I would be able to keep it up, but because it really only takes like 30 seconds to jot something down at the end of the day, I have been able to keep on top of it. I have it sitting on my bedside table with a pen, so I see it every night as I’m getting into bed. Anyway, it’s a nice way to look back on what was happening at the different stages – you think you are going to remember every little thing, and already I am forgetting things!
At 5 months – Maya’s hair has started to grow a lot more this month – everyone is always commenting on it. No more bald baby here! She is consistently sleeping through the night these days, which has made us feel more human again. The anxiety I was having around whether I was going to get a decent night’s sleep is fading, which is such a nice feeling. Who knows if the sleeping through will last, so I’m definitely treasuring it. Halfway through this month we started solid foods, as she was really seeming ready for them. We began with a brown rice cereal and have been introducing new things ever since. It took a while for her to get the hang of eating – for the first week or two I think everything ended up back out in her bib – but she now has a handle on it, and seems to really love food (well, everything but banana). With banana? Projectile vomiting on mum. Twice. Lovely.
At 6 months – This month Maya has consolidated her naps, so we have gone down to 2 longer naps a day. This has been really nice, as it means that we are able to have a bit more of a scheduled day and can more easily plan lunches and activities out of the house. Whenever we have playdates with other babies, Maya loves to scooch over to them and try to kiss (eat?) their faces, and pet them. So cute. She still *loves* bathtime and has graduated to the toddler side of the baby tub, where she sits up like a big girl and splashes about. She has been getting up a lot on her hands and knees and rocking back and forth, and has now started an army crawl of sorts. I don’t think it’ll be long till she’s really moving all around (which makes me totally nervous!). Oh, and the best way to make her giggle these days? Take her clothes off. Seriously, the girl thinks it’s hilarious to be naked.
At 7 months – Maya is officially crawling. Not only is she beetling around like nobody’s business, but she is actively pulling up on all the furniture and getting the hang of “cruising” from one piece to the other. The coffee table has come out of the living room (sharp edges), and we have blocked off the exits, so she can freely explore around in the space. She is definitely a physical kiddo – not many other babies her age are moving around as much as she is. I hadn’t really been looking forward to the crawling stage (more tiring for me! ha!), but it’s actually nice for her to be able to get to where she wants to go. Less frustration for her. She can just play happily in the living room with her toys and explore the furniture for ages. She is also eating tons of varied food lately and really enjoying it, chatting A LOT, testing out her volume and doing a fair bit of yelling (our eardrums are feeling it!), learned to clack her tongue, and officially has her first tooth. Oh and she had her first overnight sleepover away from mum + dad – off with nana and grandpa. Lots happening this month!
It’s crazy how so much learning and development can happen in 4 short weeks. Some days can feel really long, but then all of a sudden we are at 8 months. How did that happen?! Those first few months I found this whole motherhood gig really hard, but it gets easier and so much better. You gain confidence, figure out your groove, and some “normal life” returns. We are so enjoying watching her become her – such a personality.