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Baby Savannah – 6 month Progress Update

I cannot believe the changes since I wrote the last update about my beautiful daughter Savannah at 3 months old. A lot changes in 3 months, in the world of a baby.

6 month old sitting up

Physical Development

This is the area that she has changed the most, at 3 months she would hit a toy, but now she holds them, puts them into her mouth (everything goes into the mouth) and gets real joy out of playing with her toys. She gets bored if we don’t mix them up, she cries if we take one away from her and she yells if one falls on the floor.

The biggest and most useful change is that she can now sit up unaided, it is great to be able to visit friends and family without having to play “pass the baby” for 3 hours, it also means she can sit in a highchair, in the bath and sits and plays with Nate, which he loves!

6 month old baby sitting up

Language Development

I didn’t know I would be adding this section so soon, but at 5.5 months Savannah said her first word, she said Dada and then later that day she said Dad. I can’t wait to see what her next words will be, Nate keeps repeating his name to her, hoping that she will learn that, so we will see!

Milk and Weaning

At 3 months we were still struggling with her formula feeds, because she wanted a bottle every 2 hours, she would snack, only taking 3-4oz. Then just before Christmas it changed to every 3 hours, and now it is every 4 hours, finally! It means that she actually finishes a feed now, usually about 6-7oz per feed.

We just started weaning Savannah, we started with some baby rice and have now moved onto purees and finger food. She has had parsnip, carrot, brocolli, sweet potatoes, bananas, peppers, corn on the cob, mangoes, toast, cheese. She really loves to feed herself, both her purees and her finger food, so we are sort of unintentionally following the baby-led weaning route as she is very independent though and will not let me put a spoon in her mouth, as soon as a spoon comes at her she grabs it, and is really good and feeding herself. BUT, I do not like the way people are militant and pushy about baby-led weaning, it actually makes me very nervous that she might choke, so I am doing a baby first aid course in a couple of weeks.

6 month old feeding selfbrocolli finger food

Her teeth are coming in thick and fast, 2 teeth over the last 3 weeks!

Out and About

We have just finished Baby Yoga, and did Baby Massage before Christmas, both with the same lady Lorraine at MamaBabyBliss. If you are in Milton Keynes I highly recommend these classes, we have had such a great time. Lorraine is so lovely, she is very accommodating – because I had a bad back, she set me up with lots of cushions and took Savannah off me for the heavy lifting parts of baby yoga. She doesn’t mind if you need to feed or change, or if babies cry, it is such a relaxed and warm environment, and there are only 6-8 people per class, so you really get to know everyone, and she makes us set-up a whats app group, which means you don’t have to work up the courage to ask strangers for their phone number. She also has a photographer (very low prices) take the most fantastic pictures once during the course, with no pressure to buy, but its so cheap you will!

baby massage 4 month old

We have just started the new MK craze – Baby Sensory classes. I will reserve judgement for now as we have only attended one class. It seems that everyone loves them, even though there are 20 people in the class (pretty impersonal).

I am loving my time with my darling girl, she is a very happy baby, always smiling and laughing, and so well behaved. I am so glad I am off work until August. Not only that, but I have this one year to be able to both drop Nate off and pick him up from school every day, it is giving me the opportunity to get to know the school parents and get involved in school life.

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First night away

My darling boy spent his very first night away from home last night. He stayed with Nana and Grandad in their new home! It was a huge mix of emotions for me; I was thrilled to be spending a whole night and day alone with hubby but I also missed him terribly.

The husband and I did make the most of it though. We had dinner and cocktails at Las Iguanas (yum) followed by a movie. We had a nice lie-in the next day, followed by brunch at Harvester and we saw “Fast Girls” at the cinema. We also got lots done round the house before we picked him up at 5pm.

When I arrived he greeted me with a big smile and lots of grabbing of my face, necklace and glasses, which I interpreted as he missed me too. Nana and Grandad said he was brilliant, he slept through the night, even though it was a new cot and house and he was well behaved and happy all day. I was so relieved to hear he slept well and coped well in a new setting, my good little boy.

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Sleeping on tummy troubles!

Without going into the details of our horrible teething incident over the weekend Nate, now 6 months old has mastered a new skill which is causing him to wake up a lot at night!!

He rolls over on to his tummy and gets stuck and cries until we turn him over! It is very frustrating as he woke up 5 times last night because of it, it’s been going on for a few nights. It’s hard to know what to do, let him cry it out or to rescue him? Me and hubby have different ideas, I rescue, he lets him cry it out. Not sure long term which is best so any advice welcome.

From what I have read this is another short phase that he will eventually grow out of. For now we are going to be doing lots of tummy time!

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