34-weeks and rapidly approaching the 8-month mark, it’s truly bizarre to think that my tiny newborn is already almost 8 months old, where has the time gone?!
I took this photo at Claudia’s Hartbeeps class this week – she loves Hartbeeps! It was so cute, all the babies were given chef’s hats and little mixing bowls and spoons and plastic balls and shaky eggs and we were signing “jelly on a plate” and mixing up the things in the bowls and she had such a fun time, she really really enjoyed herself. It’s great having this fun one-on-one time with her as well as it’s not that easy to spend quality time with her when I have both children at the same time, so these moments when it’s just the two of us are very precious and I love to see her face light up when she gets to discover new things.
Claudia’s had a good week, I think the teething has eased off a bit momentarily and while she’s still very very dribbly and drooly, she hasn’t seemed grouchy and in pain, so hopefully she’s getting a bit of a break from that for the moment.
Sleep wise much the same, continues to be good at night but sometimes during the day if we’re busying about too much and there’s too much distraction around her, she will push on through and one day this week she was awake from 11am until 7pm!! I don’t want that to be a regular occurance!
Weaning has been going well this week. I will confess that I decided to make life easier for myself this week and we’ve been relying on lots of Ella’s Kitchen pouches, but as a result she has been happily scoffing lots of things on offer and it’s got us into a bit more of a routine of breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so that’s worked well and also it removed some of the stress and pressure for me in a busy week post holiday where I had a million-and-one-things to do and making a variety of baby meals from scratch was just not really feasible.
I ended the week though with a trip to the supermarket to stock up on a variety of fruits and vegetables and other yummy nutritious things that I could blitz up with the hand-blender and offer Claudia, in a bid to get back into home-prepared food and get organised and so she has enjoyed some nice home-cooked chicken, veggies, and lots of different fruits towards the end of the week and I feel like we’ve taken a big step forward in establishing her on three meals a day.
I’ve also been trying hard to bath Claudia most nights as she absolutely loves the bath and splashing about in the water, she could stay in the bath for hours if I’d let her! She particularly loves being on her tummy in the water, so I have to hold her very carefully, and she kicks and splashes around and giggles. She often cries when you take her out as she’s so annoyed to be taken out of the bath, but before long with a tickle on the tummy and lots of cuddles in the towel, she’s back to smiling again and happily enjoying her bottle of milk before bedtime.
Still not crawling just yet, although I could have sworn I saw her edge herself forward a little the other day, but I don’t think it could really class as crawling, so we’re still on “crawl watch” in the Richmond household. I think it might be time to see if she can fit into her Creepers Crawlers playsuit to see if that might help things along a little!