How are we all? I'm well, Chloe is currently sleeping and I thought I'd take the time to update you all on what is happening in our world.
Can you believe she is 6 months already? Where does the time go? I remember when we brought her home from the hospital and she was so tiny and fresh and new. I remember looking at her and thinking that 6 months felt a lifetime away! But now as I look at her sleeping sweetly I can't believe its here already... It makes me feel ridiculously proud of Jarratt and I that we've 'survived' hehe. But also sad, because I feel like I should of been paying more attention. I guess that's whats great about this blog, I'm able to look back over the entries and photos and reflect on how much she and I have changed and learnt as we continue this beautiful mother-daughter dance!
Since I last wrote, as always, a lot has happened. We have celebrated lots with weddings, birthdays and Chloe's numerous achievements. But lets start where we always do... with Chloe... the most important thing.
Chloe's most significant achievement to date has been her eating! Chloe started solids just before she was 5 months old and took to it like a duck to water. Since she started eating, just over a month ago, she has eaten rice cereal, carrot, apple, pear, potato, pumpkin, sweet potato, broccoli and by far her favourite, zucchini! Carrot and potato took a little convincing, but generally shes a great little eater.... But with each new food comes the new food face which cracks me up! But after a few mouthfuls she comes around to the taste and starts lunging at the spoon. And unlike the bottle, shes not fussy who gives it to her, sometimes she even cracks up at the efforts of certain Aunties who try desperately to get the spoon in her mouth as she slowly slumps forward. Also since starting solids Little Miss has managed to put on a whole kilo in a month, which still puts her between the 25th and 50th percentile for weight. So that's great and her weight and height is tracking well, as she now weighs 6.9kg and is 68cm long, which puts her on the 75th percentile for height now.
Chloe loves a chat, bit like her mother really, hehe. As I mentioned in the last update she has carried on with the squealing, much to daddy's dismay - she still squeals to get your attention, but also now to let you know she's having a blast. Sometimes she is so loud, I'm sure the neighbours will bust down our door at any second to check I'm not hurting her. Recently one neighbour asked how she was going, I said "Yeah, she's great, she's just very loud" to which he replied, "I know, I've heard her!" .... Whoops!
But her experimenting with sounds is very cute and often has me in hysterics watching her 'communicate' with us. I use to marvel at these mothers who could hear the tinest sound from their child and act accordingly to their need, as if they were magicians or even better mind readers. But now, thankfully, I speak a bit of baby, which makes living with a 6 month old much easier. If she makes a certain sound I can quickly decipher what she needs whether it be a toy, she wants to be picked up, receive some acknowledgment of what she is doing or if something is causing her discomfort.... I just cant believe its taken me 6 months to learn her language!
SWIMMING AND BATH TIME
Recently Chloe and I started swimming lessons. I was a little apprehensive to start with, although having a few dips in family pools, she always seemed to be nervous and took a while to warm to the idea. But Jarratt and I were determined to make her a water baby! So last Wednesday (20/2) off we went to the pool for our 9am lesson. The lessons commenced and Chloe was a koala, clinging to me nervously, any time I tried to get her involved in the activities she panicked. About 10 minutes into the 30 minute lesson I decided to just do the activities with her. Instead of holding her out in front of me, away from my body, and bouncing her. I just held her in a cuddle and bounced with her... much more enjoyable for both of us.At the end of the lesson the teacher said she had done really well not to scream or cry and that the reason she was probably clinging to me was because she was cold.... the pools heater had malfunctioned overnight and it was 4-6 degrees cooler than normal. She also gave me some homework to complete as part of bath time. So home I strolled with Chloe and that night, like the good student I am, we started our homework. Below is the video.... too cute for words!
SLEEPING and NIGHT WAKING
Chloe has officially dropped her afternoon nap! She now has only 2 sleeps each day, ranging from 1-2hours, which is great! Don't get me wrong sometimes she'll only sleep for 45minutes, which is frustrating! But now that we have dropped the afternoon nap, there are no arguments, at all! WINNING! But in true Chloe Style now that I've said it out loud, committed it to words, she'll have a wobbly next daytime sleep! Hahaha.
She also never protests at bedtime now, there. I've said it. And if you were paying attention and reading closely the aforementioned paragraph, you know what that means ;-) But Chloe is a superstar at bedtime now, I simply change her nappy whilst singing and then zip her into her ergo bag and its nigh nighs, she'll yawn and turn her head to her 'comfy' side. I leave the room, tears free and smile that she has finally accepted that the cot is the place for sleep.... its all really wonderful now!
We still have issues around sleeps in the pram, I suspect that is due to the fact that Chloe likes to sleep arms splayed out to her sides and she cant do that in the pram. And whilst we've made leaps and bounds in daytime sleeps we've had some issues with her waking at night, at first we thought it was because she was hungry, so we introduced solids, we had 4 good nights then, BAM awake again, we then deducted that she was cold, so an extra blanket, we get another good few nights of sleeping through, and BAM, awake again over night. It really is a game of trial and error though, keep your fingers crossed for us.
This has been the most amusing achievement to date. Poor Chloe has never been a fan of tummy time, but since its a 'must' for development we've battled to do some daily. Over time she has got much more inclined to be put in this position, but still prefers to be on her back. Whilst at Auntie Nic's and Uncle Naths place we put her down on her tummy and quite quickly and to the surprise to all present she very slowly, safely and calmly rolled over. We all applauded her effort much to her amusement... now, whenever put on her tummy, if she'd prefer to be on her back, she just rolls over. We're so proud of our little problem solver! Ha!
GETTING OUT AND ABOUT
Little Miss LOVES getting out and about... so much so that I fill our weeks with activities from swimming to play dates. By far play dates are my favourite thing to do. As great as my best friends here in Sydney are its so nice to meet up with my 'mum' friends and see their bubs. Its refreshing to safely vent frustrations to women who 'get it'. I can at times feel a little lost being alone in this Mum thing without any of my besties having babies themselves, despite them being ridiculously understanding, its hard to really get into any deep conversation about things knowing that they have no point of reference.
So these play dates, whilst great for Chloe are also very therapeutic for mummy! Its also wonderful to see these little people regularly and how they change from week to week. As well as what other mums see in Chloe and marvel at, things I had taken for granted. It gives me a bit of perspective and I leave them feeling refreshed and revitalised.... I hope they know how much I appreciate them and their friendship, xxx
In addition to getting out and about locally, we have also travelled further afield and been to Brisbane again for Cousin Thomas' second birthday. The plane thing always looms foreboding over our heads on the trip. We try to do our best to plan the flights so that Chloe will sleep but also so we get the most out of our weekend away! This worked beautifully on the way up with Chloe sleeping most of the way, on the way back not so much. But as a whole she was a wonderful guest at Uncle Adrian's and Auntie Caryn's house and we had a great time hanging out together!
But how are you Bec? I hear .... well, not many people ask. Lets face it, you're all here for Chloe. lol. But for those of you interested, I'm.... honestly? Tired! Despite my vow to sleep more, I've done that once. With everything that's going on, Chloes love of outings, how fun she is to play with now, the fact that she's eating food which I'm making myself and other commitments, there's not much time left in the day for seep. Add to that Jarratt now being busy on the weekend I'm often left feeling like a 'single parent'.
But when she shoots me a gummy smile, my heart melts and the distant memory of sleep seems like a very good problem to have! Hehe.
Til next time,
All my love, Mummy