Every month I sit down to write my “Amy Watch” update and just wonder where on earth the time has gone.
The habitual night feeds are still very much in existence. In fact reading back on last month’s update I would say things had actually deteriorated – most nights I’m up every couple of hours. I can’t say that weaning has made all that much difference. I think part of the issue now is that she is starting to be quite squashed in her crib – or more that she’s trying to move around more and finding there isn’t space so she ends up with a leg stuck in the bars or her head pressed up against the top which is disturbing her. In an ideal world I’d be moving her into her cot in her own room round about now however there’s little point putting her in with Ben and Chloe. Aside from it being like putting the poor love into the lions’ den she will have her very own room in a matter of months so she might as well stay in with us until that time arrives. The plan at the moment is to try and get her into a cot in our bedroom and see if that helps. I should think that stopping breastfeeding would probably aide in the “sleeping through” situation – I know with Ben and Chloe they both sorted it out once there was no boob to wake up for but it will be a while before we’re at that stage I think.
I still have no idea what she weighs despite saying last month that I intended to jump on the scales with her! Suffice to say I have no concerns about the little lady! She hasn’t officially been weighed since we were signed off from the midwives as the clinic is just at a really inconvenient time and I never think to go. Maybe I’ll pop along this week just for fun!
Breastfeeding & Weaning
After a slow start Amy’s quite enjoying her food now. She’s up to two meals a day and I plan to introduce a third this weekend. After being really concerned that she was suffering a dairy intolerance we’ve pretty much ruled that out now which is a huge relief. I’m using quite a lot of pre packed food at the moment as it’s obviously easier when she’s only eating small amounts. She’s getting better at handling finger foods – toast, rice cakes and the like.
She is still steadfastly refusing to take a bottle which for the most part really doesn’t matter. I’m rarely away from her and now she’s eating more solids it’s manageable anyway. There’s no real pressure. I went out last week and left Dave to do bedtime – she point blank refused her bottle and just cried before falling asleep. I felt pretty guilty!
Amy has just about mastered rolling back to front and front to back now but doesn’t bother all that often! She likes a good wriggle around on the floor and rarely stays where you left her but she’s equally happy to be held and cuddled. She still isn’t keen on tummy time though I’m trying to encourage it a bit more when the big two are out! She makes me laugh when she’s laid on her back as she lifts her head to see what’s going on and looks like she’s trying to do little sit ups. She can’t sit yet – even propped by cushions on the floor she tends to just slide down. This is a bit of a pain in her high chair as she often finds herself flopped over the side which isn’t really great for eating! There’s still plenty of thumb sucking going on – almost as soon as I finish feeding her and lie her down in bed the thumb will go straight in. She’s not really showing any signs of teething – plenty of dribble but nothing else to speak of.
Amy loves to be tickled, she likes a “bit of chin” as my Grandad would have called it and she enjoys being sung too – she especially likes to sit on my knee to do “Row, row, row your boat”. She can entertain herself with toys more – enjoying exploring our collection of Lamaze toys and basically anything she can get in her mouth.
Family & Friends
Amy is a proper little Mummy’s girl at the moment – but then as it’s me she spends all her time with and me that feeds her that’s hardly surprising. She’s still perfectly happy to go to other people but you can see when she’s had enough and wants to come back to Mummy. She likes to keep me in sight when we’re at home, she will have a good old squawk if I disappear into the kitchen when she’s playing on the floor – this does make it tricky to get much done! Much like I wrote last month, she saves her best smiles and giggles for her big bro – he makes all sorts of ridiculous noises which she finds so entertaining!
And that hair!
Aunty Nic gave her fringe a bit of a trim from me this month – much as I didn’t want to cut off those little curls I just couldn’t keep them out of her eyes! Initially it looked a bit harsh and short but it quickly softened and we’ve got more used to it now! I don’t think it will be long before I’m taking her to the salon for a full on trim! It is getting lighter and lighter all the time and is actually not far off being the same as Chloe’s now – I think they will actually have quite similar hair as they get older.
(I’ve just noticed there’s a lot of navy going on in this month’s photos!)