Little Mr is now 8 months old and he’s growing into such a lovely little boy. I know I’m completely biased but he is one of the most content little boys I’ve ever known.
After a rocky couple of weeks where Little Mr was waking up a few hours he’d gone to sleep, he appears **touch wood** to have got through the sleep disturbance stage and he’s now sleeping through again. He goes to bed after a splash about in the bath and a bottle of milk and usually sleeps from 7:30pm until 7:30am. I still use the iBaby monitor so I can see him and what he’s up to at any time of the night, it’s probably more of a reassurance for me rather than anything else.
Nap times are a bit hit and miss throughout the day. He doesn’t sleep at any particular time but he does like to have 30 minutes during the morning and again sometime in the afternoon. Getting any more than 30 minutes from him is brilliant, I can’t complain as he sleeps so well at night!
Eating and drinking
We’re 2 months in to our weaning journey and in my limited experience he’s doing well. After his first bottle of the day, an hour or two later, he has his usual bowl of porridge. At about midday, he has some lunch followed by his 3pm bottle of milk. Dinner is at 5pm (ish) and then his last bottle of the day before bed. His 3pm bottle is getting drunk less and less but he still drinks it so it’s going to be a while before we drop that one.
I’m still mashing up food for him but the the mash is getting lumpier and he’s having a select few finger foods. The good ol’ gag reflex is in fine form and has resulted in a few sicky episodes recently. He does get a bit greedy and likes to shove in too much. I do have to intervene sometimes and I know I shouldn’t but it’s a risk I’m not willing to take.
His favourite foods are cheesy mashed potato, cauliflower cheese, sweet potato mash, chicken and mash, mashed veg, yoghurt and mashed fruit (but not banana), scrambled egg and toast. He’s not too keen on tomato based foods though and will pull his nose up at foods that have a lot of tomato in it. He’s not tried much pasta if I’m honest but might try him with a creamy sauce rather than an tomato one. It’s all trial and error at the moment and he definitely tells me if he doesn’t like it. He turns his head to the side or pushes my hand away with the spoon.
He’s mastered rolling around and relies on this method of getting about and grabbing any toy he wants. He’s got very strong legs and loves to stand up whilst being supported. I’m sure he’s going to skip the crawling stage and just move straight on to walking. Recently he’s begun to lift his knees and his bottom up so I’m sure that the crawling phase isn’t too far away. He can sit up for very short amounts of time and we’re practicing this daily to build up his strength. He has started to launch himself backwards which is a worry so I’m constantly watching him but of course, he just laughs.
Little Mr’s definitely found his voice. He likes to talk baby to me or anyone else who could be listening and although there are no words yet, he’s trying out different sounds. He likes to scream too, not in a panicky upset way but in a way that tests out his vocal chords. Luckily it’s not too often.
Little Mr is very alert and likes to have a good look at the world around him. If he catches someone looking in his direction, he’ll give them the biggest smile and it melts my heart. He’s adorable. He’s got a very cheeky grin with his two bottom teeth sitting proudly out of his gum and he’s got the best eyelashes. His hair is turning curly on top and round the bottom of his head. It’s still fairly wispy but it’s growing and getting a little darker shade of blonde. He’s well into his 6-9 month clothes and we’ll be moving to 9-12 soon enough. He’s not a chunky baby at all but his cheeks have started to fill out and he looks like a little toddler now. Where did my baby go?