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Harper’s 6 Month Old Update

This is a bit of a last minute, unplanned post that I’m currently writing whilst Harper naps! She is 6 months old today so I thought I’d write a little update alongside some photos we took yesterday! I can’t believe she is already half a year old!

We went to a professional photoshoot the other day for her 6 month (birthday haha!) But we have to wait another week or so to see the shots and I wanted to take some using my Fijifilm camera that doesn’t see the light of day much (sorry Jonny!).

Starting Solids

So, where to begin? The biggest change recently has been weaning Harper onto solids – eek! She has been exclusively breastfed since birth and so the thought of using equipment and sterilising has always scared me. Breastfeeding it just so easy (once you get the hang of it ofc).

As we started just before she has turned 6 months, and puts anything and everything in her mouth anyway, I don’t need to worry so much. Eating actual food just came round so quickly and I didn’t want to rush into it! Research also advises waiting until 6 months. Luckily, it has been going better than I thought it would. I am following Annabel Karmels book and have made lots of purees to eat fresh and freeze for later. Harper has enjoyed all the fruits and veggies so far and does not seem fussy! We have the Tommee Tippee steamer and blender which makes the process so much easier as you can just leave it to work and it reserves the nutrients compared to boiling!

For feeding, Harper has the Stokke Tripp Trapp highchair in grey – it looks good and will last! She loves sitting in it especially at the table with us.

Sleepless Nights

Sleeping has taken a turn for the worse. Harper has always slept relatively well albeit still having 1-2 feeds a night. However since starting solids we have had the worst nights. Harper is waking every 1-2 hours crying, only stopping when you pick her up and crying when put down again – nightmare! I have the Wonder Weeks app which details babies developmental leaps and it started the day she entered leap 5 which is a big one! Their moods can completely change! I can’t wait to sleep for more than 4 consecutive hours again.

Also, teething. This could be affecting her sleep too. Honestly, parenthood is just one big guessing game when they can’t tell us what is wrong! Harper’s bottom teeth came through at 4.5 months. I’m sure she was teething from so early on as she was always dribbley and chewing on her fists. Sophie la Girafe has been her best friend! The dentist could also feel her top two teeth coming through a few weeks ago so now we are waiting for them to make an appearance! She won’t let me anywhere near her teeth to brush them – She clamps her mouth shut and cries – any advice or reassurance appreciated?!

She is absolutely fine sleeping in her cot in her own room (I’ve never enjoyed co-sleeping as I worry too much). In her cot she has a sensor pad to detect if she’s not breathing and I know she’s safer in there. She does sometimes sleep in our bed in her Clevamama pod if she really isn’t settling. We use sleeping bags as they are so easy! You just buy the tog rating depending on the season and dress them accordingly – I used to panic so much about her being too hot or too cold so these make life much easier!

Personality

Harper’s personality and general demeaner is shining through. She is quite a chilled out baby, no interest in rolling around particularly and will happily play with her toys and keep herself entertained for short periods of time – Not yet too demanding for my attention. Harper enjoys tummy time and is getting stronger. She pivots round in circles too! She’s such a smiley baby and loves being sung too. Her laugh is just the best sound ever. She loves cuddles and has started cuddling back which reminds me of a little monkey hugging a tree haha.

Harper has started to really get the hang of sitting on her own although leans forwards quite a bit – She relishes in the independence it gives her! I can’t wait for her to crawl and be on the move – reaching milestones is so exciting!

We go to sensory classes and swimming each week so she gets that entertainment and interaction. She splashes so much at swimming!

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