Dear Emily, (8 months)

Mummy went away for a few days (4) to Portugal which was lovely and gave me a little break. You were amazing with Daddy, no tantrums at all. Nanny had you for a day too. You are such a smiley lovely baby, you have this little infectious laugh where you scrunch up your nose and make a little grunting sound. You are so good with other people, you’re not fussed about being left at all. Which is great, but mummy does get a little upset sometimes that you don’t miss me. But oh well, on to what’s been happening this month….

Development

So you have a few developments this month, things are starting to happen

  • Rolling back to front & front to back a lot more. It’s normal now for you to roll.
  • crawling backwards
  • Clapping hands
  • Waving hello & goodbye
  • Can get from sitting to on belly & belly to sitting.

You are so nearly there with crawling, but you can’t seem to stay on your knees. Your legs keep going out. You are sooo alert though, and doing great with your cognitive development. You can use other objects to get the one you want. You can find hidden items under your building blocks.

Sleep

Well…. what used to be your strong point has disappeared! I’m not sure why but for the last 3 weeks you have started waking up nearly every 2 hours. You can’t ignore you, as you scream. I keep blaming your new teeth, or the fact we went camping… mummy always finds an excuse haha. Every night is different and me and your dad argue every night trying to decide how we should get you back to sleep. For the first 40 minutes I’m all calm, then I go to all cray cray.

I was really confident with your naps, it was like clockwork 8-10am, 2-3pm but now I don’t know if what I’m doing is the best? You dont seem to like those times or the amount anymore. It’s so hard, I second guess myself all the time. Am I being to strict on you with your naps? Should I just let you do what you want?

Eating

This is something you take after mummy with. You love your food. So we have upped what you eat. You have 3 bottles a day plus porridge for breakfast, veg pot & fruit pot for lunch, biscuits for a snack & meat pot and fruit pot for dinner. I’m even considering upping it again as you eat it all. You are now drinking a lot my water, which has really helped your pooing.

Health

You are now pooing nearly every day which is such a massive relief for mummy.

Apart from teething, this month has been quite a good month for you. You have managed to swerve all the bugs going round.

I wrote the above section a week before 9 months old. Since then you have got the bug!! You woke up around 6am and had had severe diarrhoea and sickness. We had to pop you in the bath. You didn’t even make a sound. We ended up phoning 111, and had to go to the hospital. Turns out it’s just a bug. It went on for 3 days, so we went to the doctors and we’re advised to give you apple juice and things like potatos and bread. Totally different from what I thought, apparently water and dry crackers isn’t the right thing to give you. The doctor was right, a day after doing what he said and you were well again.

Thsts about it this month….

Love you lots

Mummy xxx

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Dear Emily, (6 months)

OMG!!! Where has the last 6 months gone. Time is going crazy fast.

So we got back from America (where you were amazing) but I knew it couldn’t last. You have serious jetlag, and keep waking up twice in the night. I know I need to stop feeding you in the night, but every time I try and stop I am just too tired to pace the floor with you, plus your cry is like opening a tap on mummy’s milk and so I give in. Your dad has more patience than me, so he has tried a couple of nights and now you don’t get fed in the night and sleep through from 7.30-5am.

A lot has been going on for you this month with regards to sleep time. You are now in your own room… Ekkkk!! We’ve set up the angel care monitor just for that little piece of mind. I know there is mixed debate about the angel care monitor. You didn’t have one for the first 6 months, but I’m not 100% comfortable with you in your own room and it puts me at ease. Mummy also tried controlled crying, I lasted 3 days and decided you’re too young. You weren’t really having any of it, and screamed the house down, so my thinking is try again in a few months. We can’t do everything all at once, hey.

Now on to your development… You’re now grabbing things with two hands which is exciting. Although pinching mummy’s arms is your new favourite pass time and it really hurts. You’re mastering the art of sitting up. We put the breastfeeding cushion behind you just incase you fall over. You are so much more alert now, and love all your toys. Your bubble sensory lamp (Argos, is now a big hit (finally), you also like Vtech Crawl & learn rotating ball (£16 from Entertainer). No signs of crawling yet though, I do try different activities to help you, but you have no interest haha. You are definitely stubborn, and I wonder where you get that from???  You are however becoming more vocal, and are starting to make the cutest sounds.

You have also started trying different foods, but that’s for another page…

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With your development, you always seem to be a few weeks behind your friends. I think the sleepyhead stops you from moving in your sleep, which might be hindering you rolling? I hate to admit it, but mummy does think why isn’t emily doing that? You’ll learn one of mummy’s bad traits is she’s competitive and it’s not a nice quality. You will learn to do things in your own time and your own way and mummy needs to chill. No two babies are the same, and I shouldn’t compare you to other babies. You might be a couple weeks behind but you are the smilest, happiest baby I’ve ever met and I wouldn’t change a thing about you.

Love you more than the world

xxx