I said it a couple of times before, but I still can’t believe it. My baby is already 6 months old! Things are going so fast right now and she’s developing more and more every day. It’s amazing how one day you wake up and she learned something new again! I already moved the changing pillow from the changing table to on top of the dresser, because she keeps kicking against the sides. So, since I haven’t put up some kind of update yet, I thought this would be the perfect time for a 6 month postpartum baby update!
Vera is growing so much! She’s already more than 3 times the weight she had when she was born. She’s still tiny though. She was born as a dysmature, which means her birth weight was too low, even though she wasn’t born prematurely. It was probably caused by my high blood pressure, which I didn’t know I had until I got pregnant. She is now 6 months, but she has the weight and lenght of a 3 to 4 month old baby. But she’s catching up more every month! She’s now wearing European size 62, which makes me so happy because I can finally buy all those cute outfits! Unfortunatly her being so tiny also has an effect on her development. With most things she’s exactly on schedule, like grabbing things, playing with them, rolling over, that she can do. She even started to roll back the day that I wrote this! But the things that are depending on her weight, like sitting down by herself and crawling, with that she’s a little behind. But that’s okay, she will do it in her own time.
She’s still not sleeping through the night and I’m beginning to feel the effect on me, I’m really tired during the day. But there are nights (I think it happens twice a month) that she does sleep from, like, 19:00 to 5:00, which is fine for now, she’s getting there. We started to let her sleep in her own room when she was about 4 months, because, I have to be honest, I couldn’t take it anymore to lose so much sleep over the sounds she made or didn’t make! I was so worried all the time and I think I slept only 3 to 4 hours a night. The room changing didn’t change much right away for her though. But then we got rid of the little crib and made her sleep in her cod, which is way bigger. That made all the difference! It’s like she loved all the space she had! She started to sleep so chilled out, with her hands behind her head, it was so cute! It did take some getting used to (I was even more worried in the beginning, thank God for baby monitors!) but now I’m really glad we took that step.
We also started giving her solid foods, which isn’t always going as well as we hoped. There are a few things that she actually likes. We tried a lot of different veggies and fruits, but for now she seems to stick with carrot, pear, strawberry, mango, raspberry and a few days ago she even nibbled a bit of a banana. The veggies I just puree with a bit of water. With the fruit I usually make some sort of a porridge by adding a bit of water and rice flour, which is basically adding rice flour to a smoothie. I tried feeding her while sitting in the TrippTrapp chair, but that’s not really working yet. We even tried putting her in a safety harness, but she’s really just too small. So now we purchased the Antilop high chair from IKEA, with the support pillow and that is just perfect for tiny babies! It’s very comfortable and she’s super supported! She hasn’t started teething yet and I’m not seeing signs of it either. She likes to put everything in her mouth, chews on it and drools quite a lot (although I feel like that’s a lot less lately), but still no teeth.
Since the operation to Vera’s inguinal hernia 3 months ago, she is such a happy little baby though! She used to cry 9 to 10 hours a day, it was dreadful. But now she’s so cheerful, she laughs a lot, she only cries when she needs something or needs a nap. When she’s bored, she’ll scream, but a new toy from the toybox usually helps. She learned how to blow spit bubbles, which gives her the funniest duckface and she giggles loudly when I sing Happy Birthday to her. I think she’s going to be a goofball!
What about mom?
I can finally sleep again! OMG guys, this makes all the difference! I feel so much better after a good night’s sleep. Even if she wants a bottle at 4 in the morning, I still had a good couple of hours of sleep and that feels great. I haven’t lost any pregnancy weight yet. Maybe I lost 4 to 5 pounds, but not much. I must say, I’m not really trying either. My daughter is my priority right now and to be honest, I haven’t had the energy or time to actually work out. I do walk a lot and I watch what I eat, I make healthy choices. But the chocolate cravings are still there. This week is actually the first time I haven’t purchased my weekly chocolate bar. Yay for me! Only 20 pounds to go. My energy is slowly coming back and I’m glad to be sitting behind my laptop again, writing and chatting to you guys! It’s great to finally have a bit of a routine in our day, which I feel really works for all three of us.
So, I hope I covered everything here! I don’t know when I will report back, but I’m sure I’ll come with an update again soon. Because wow, aren’t they growing so fast! If you have any questions , feel free to ask them down below and I will try answer them as well as I can!