I always say it, but time really does fly and it seems ridiculous that Mr H is now seven months old. This phase of babyhood is so much fun – lots of exploring and making his likes and dislikes known. Gone are the days of long snoozes and in their place are long periods of wakefulness when he wants, and demands, attention.
He finally rolled over this week, after being so close for a while. Both Miss E and Mr D were slow at doing this too. He is also much more reliable at sitting unaided which has, of course, opened up a whole new world for him. We thankfully (for now) seem to be ages away from crawling which suits me fine! I am in no rush to see him get mobile.
We started offering him food just before Christmas and he wasn’t too fussed for a few weeks; making no attempts to take the food and eat it. However over the last 10 days or so he has become really engaged and excited at meal times. He loves porridge and that’s a firm favourite at breakfast time. He also loves Yorkshire puddings and parsnips. He wasn’t so keen on carrot last time we tried him, but he did enjoy a spicy soup we recently had. We adopt a baby led weaning approach so he has whatever we are having. It works well for us.
Hi sleep is hit and miss and we have had some particularly awful nights in recent weeks where he has woken up around 1am and that has been it until the early hours – how either Damian or I have functioned is beyond me, but I guess you just kind of get through it. It has meant that this weekend we have had some early nights to try to catch up. He has this week gone into his own room, the main reason being we found he was being disturbed when we went to bed and had outgrown his crib. I hope that he soon settles into a decent pattern of sleep; he certianly naps better and longer in his full size cot.
He now has six teeth. Two at the bottom and four at the top and judging by the bright red cheeks and grumbling I think some more might be on the move. Both Mr D and Miss E were one week shy of turning seven months old when their first tooth appeared so Mr H is ahead of the curve in that respect.
Toys wise he really enjoys playing with a dog teddy that my brother bought him and his matchstick monkey teething toy as well as some sensory blocks that were Mr D’s when he was much younger. These are lots of fun on a light box.
The most notable change this month is Mr H’s enjoyment of reading. Reading is a regular part of our day and it’s not unusual for Mr D or Miss E to show him a book and he loves this. He enjoys the Usborne that’s not my books as well as the wee gallery books I’ve mentioned previously. We have a new one which we gave to him for Christmas, Pitter Patter Penguin.
This book is fab – and I often leave a few things out for H to reach out for, and this is one he will aim for. The penguins feet make a slight crinkling noise and there is some colour in here for him to look at as well as a number of arctic animals for him to learn – Miss E likes to tell him what they are. There’s a lot to explore in this book as one side features a penguin for whom you can create a story, and the other side a range of arctic animals. I am sure it will feature when we look at the cold countries in a few months’ time. It’s also beautifully packaged and is a perfect new baby gift.
These cloth books are really fab; we have a few now and they have formed the start of his reading journey and I am thrilled that the team at Quarto are offering the chance for one of my readers to win one – to enter please complete the rafflecopter at the end of the post.
It’s lovely to see the relationship between H and his siblings develop. Miss E adores him and if she hears him cry will rush to him with a range of things to placate him with. Mr D is ever more taken with him and happily announces that he loves H and is happy he is here. We have to remind them sometimes that H is much smaller than they are, but they’re pretty gentle with him most of the time. For his part, H loves being around them too, and gets most annoyed if he isn’t in the same room as them, shouting and making himself be heard.
Once he is crawling and walking I know their relationship will develop even more, I can’t wait.
Below is the rafflecopter entry form to enter to win a copy of pitter patter penguin.