The last couple of months have flown by! Finn is past the 6 ½ month mark and growing so much every day. I wanted to share some updates on what’s been happening with us while I’m working on some other material.
Riding Solo – Nick had his first couple of nights away when he went to stay with a friend interstate. We made Facetime calls every day and kept busy with lots of visitors while he was away. It really was the most beautiful thing seeing my two boys reunite after a couple of days apart, I don’t know who missed who more. It was great having Nick back as we have established a good routine, I didn’t have to do it on my own while he was gone but I appreciate him even more after his short absence.
Solids – We were all excited when Finn was able to sit in his high chair, although we stuffed towels in for padding at first it was still unbelievable to see him sitting there on his own. This also marked the start of his experience with solid food. We started with Rice cereal then pureed fruits and have now even tried various versions of meat. He absolutely loves food and grabbing the spoon to feed himself with each mouthful is a joy to watch. We’re moving onto lumpier food and when possible are giving him finger food in the form of fruits regularly.
Swimming – Finn has now completed his first term of swimming lessons. With weekly lessons over the past two months he has improved a mammoth amount. His first lesson we had to get out of the pool half way through as he wouldn’t stop crying. We persisted with practicing his water conditioning every night at home which made the world of difference. By his final lesson he was splashing the water in between his submersions and even singing during the goodbye song. He’s a totally different baby in class and I can’t wait to see what the next term of lessons has in store for him.
Sleeping – This is still a little all over the place. At 4 months he went through a sleep regression where he would take forever to settle at night, although he’d still sleep somewhere between 7 and 10 hours a night. At present he goes down pretty easily after his bedtime routine but wakes often. If I get to him quickly to pat his tummy he will usually fall asleep again with ease, otherwise he needs cuddles and sometimes have a feed to get back to sleep. This happens every 2 to 4 hours and by the early hours of the morning I am so tired and sore from leaning over his cot that I give in and bring him into bed with us for cuddles. He’s also waking earlier in the day and needs a nap in the morning to make up for this.
Fitness – My fitness is slowly progressing and improving. I started participating in the free council run active parks sessions especially for mums and bubs. I’ve been able to use the motivation I’ve gained from this group to complete my own sessions in the home gym. I’m loving Finn’s reaction to Nick and I exercising. He has a bouncer we set him up in to watch us exercise and always gets so excited when we lift weights and move for him.
Travel – Finn had really started to dislike being put in the capsule & some of our trips before his car seat conversion even had me in tears. We installed his forward-facing car seat so our trips are no longer as painful. Our first family holiday was a weekend in Sydney, I was incredibly anxious about flying with a baby but he was so well behaved. Even sleeping in a port-a-cot proved to be no challenge at all for him.
Date Night – During our Sydney trip Nick and I had our first date night while Finn’s Aunty babysat him. I had prepared as much as possible and even left a shirt I had been wearing that day out just in case, as it turned out he slept the whole time. While at dinner together we had some great adult conversation, after a couple of espresso martinis we both realised how much we missed him and decided to head back around midnight. I’m looking forward to more of these in the future… And making a post about travelling with a newborn/baby soon!
Development – Finn has now mastered rolling from his tummy to his back and after a few additional weeks back the other way as well. He’s not crawling yet but can turn in circles when on his tummy. He’s also become quite great at sitting on his own but he can be lazy at times and prefers to lounge on me when that’s an option. He’s also so much more aware of his surroundings, his face lights up when he sees our cat Nova and he clearly recognises people he interacts with regularly. I’ve started using a walker and a Jolly Jumper with Finn. He loves standing, so these items give him maximum enjoyment. Until he can crawl on his own the walker is helping him get mobile the way he wants.
Teething – What is this nightmare? They go up, they go down. The poor little things are not happy, especially when dealing with the dramas caused by teething. We still have no tooth but over the past two months up to 5 teeth had pushed through his gums at some point. I give him cooled teething rings and rusks to try and ease some of the discomfort, and occasionally some Panadol or Nurofen at night when he is really uncomfortable.
Health – Only a few weeks ago I had a trip to the hospital with Finn as he had a sort of seizure as he was falling asleep, it only lasted a few seconds but we made the trip to the hospital to get the all clear. Although this was a little scary it was resolved really quickly and we’ve had no repeat which is great. More recently he’s had his first runny nose which I’m thinking may be teething related. It’s so hard to see my little man sniffle and struggle to breathe through his nose while trying to sleep but I know it will pass soon.
That brings you up to speed with where we are currently at, thanks for letting me share my story with you. I’m working on some more content at present and will share this in the New Year, that is one of my goals for 2018. What are your goals for the New Year?