Victoria’s first 6 months

By ani - February 23, 2018

Here I am, 6 months down the road, asking myself, where did all that time go? It feels like it was yesterday when I was counting down the days until I could finally meet my little girl, yet it seems like a lifetime ago.

It’s been the most exciting 6 months of my life so far, full of love, happiness and anxiety all at the same time. You have probably heard this before, but being a first-time mom is one of the toughest jobs ever, and I can happily say that I have successfully passed the initial trial. We have had a few little hurdles here and there, but yet we survived! :)

It’s amazing how much Vicky has grown in such a short period of time, and I can see her learning and developing new skills every single day.

She has now become very active and completely aware of her surroundings. She is rolling all over the place, grabbing everything she can and sitting up with support. We have also started gradually introducing solids, while continuing to breastfeed.

Here is a memo of Vicky’s key milestones in her first 6 months.

Baby in action

Vicky started rolling from back to front when she was just about 4 months and has now fully learned how to roll over. Hence, she is constantly on the move and can’t stand still for more than a minute anymore (Changing nappies and getting her dressed have become a real challenge :O ). While she was struggling with tummy time in the first few months, she nowadays spends most of her playtime on her tummy. She has also started sitting up, but she is still quite unstable and needs support. She grabs everything within reach and puts in her mouth. Her favourite toy has been MOO (a sensory plush toy) and she also seems to love bling and jewellery.

She’s generally a happy baby, smiling and giggling most of the time, making all those funny little noises and sounds like GRRR and GAGA :D. And she usually cries only if there is a reason, when she is bored, tired, having a dirty nappy or being in pain. She has also started expressing her discomfort and annoyance by hysterically screaming. Initially, I thought that there was something wrong with her, but it turned out that she had simply realised the power of screaming. She has already started showing her personality and one thing is for sure, she would definitely be an attention seeker.

She gets bored quite easily and needs entertaining all the time. Her favourite game has been hide and seek and she very much enjoys me singing and listening to music.

Weaning and solids

I started introducing solids when Vicky was 5 ½ months old with some homemade purees. My husband and I are very much into healthy eating and organic diet, so I was adamant that I will avoid any ready baby meals and be preparing fresh, homemade food for Vicky on a daily basis. I started off with some root veggies including potatoes, sweet potatoes, parsnip and carrots, and gradually added greens such as spinach and kale. We have also tried pumpkin, apples and courgettes. In the beginning, she was doing really well and enjoying pretty much everything I offered her. She was getting really excited and was very interested in solids, right up until she got sick a couple of weeks later. She had really bad stuffy nose and sore throat so she lost her appetite for solids. Thankfully, she was still able to breastfeed properly. So three weeks down the line, we are still at the introduction stage, but I hope that very soon she will gain back her appetite and will start increasing the number and variety of solid meals.

In a future post, I will share more about our weaning experience and some food prep tips. Stay tuned!

Sleeping habits

Vicky hasn’t drastically changed her sleeping habits over the last 6 months. She still wakes up during the night to eat, usually about 3 times, but she quickly goes back to sleep after feed. She only seems to be struggling to sleep when she is teething. During the day, she also has 2-3 naps, each lasting for about an hour.

Out and about

Since week 2, we have been trying to stay socially active and go out with Vicky as much as possible. We might go for a walk, meet some friends or have lunch with daddy. I try to leave the house almost every day as long as it’s not raining, and Vicky has been enjoying it a lot – she has become so curious lately and she loves looking around and exploring new places. She is also quite social and loves meeting new people and getting all their attention, like a real Leo. :)

Vicky’s daily routine

When Vicky was about 2 months, we started introducing a daily routine, which I found very useful. Here is a typical day.

7:30am - 8:00am – Waking up and playing in bed
8am - Feed 1
8:30am - Playtime with some toys, sing songs, etc.
9:00am - Nap 1
10:30am - Wake up and hang out/play
11:00am - Feed 2
12:30pm - Solids
1pm - Go out and have a 2nd nap in the pram
4pm - Feed 3
4:30pm - Playtime
5pm - If she hasn’t slept a lot during the day, she might have a 3rd nap of 30-40min
7pm - Bath
7:20pm - Feed 4 and bed time

So far, we have come a long way and I am very much looking forward to Vicky’s future development and milestones. I can’t wait to see her making her first steps and saying her first words, but in the meantime, I am focusing on the present and cherishing every little moment we spend together.

Has your little one turned 6 months? Feel free to share your experience in the comments below.

Having teething troubles? Check out my tips on how to deal with teething here.

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