So I had every intention of this being a 6-month update at the start of March. But then life got in the way. And teeth. Oh my, the teeth! So here I am with a 7-month-old daughter! Which feels totally surreal to say. Surely she is still my little baby!
I’m really enjoying the age she is now. But I feel like I have said that at every stage of her short little life. The teething is probably the worst bit about this period. The first one showed up with about a fortnight of fussing just after she hit 6 months. The second tooth was much, much worse. We had weeks of pain and crying and lots of Bonjela and Panadol. Finally the little tooth cut and just like that, it was all better. I’m seriously dreading the next one.
She’s such a gorgeous little girl. So hilarious, clever, chatty, cheeky and of course so, so beautiful. I just love my days with her and she is always amazing me with the things she does.
Just before 6 months, she started blowing raspberries, which is just the cutest thing ever. She started off just blowing them in the air, then she started grabbing my hand and blowing raspberries into my palm. Now she does them on my face which is so adorable but I do end up covered in baby slobber.
She’s obsessed with my phone, always looking at it or trying to grab it. If I try and take a photo of her doing something cute she will stop and look at my phone instead, which is adorable and frustrating at the same time. I hope I’m not raising a phone and selfie-obsessed daughter!!
There are definitely some harder things that come with this age. She was super clingy at around 6 months, and didn’t want to be left with anyone who wasn’t me or Stu, but she seems to be getting a lot better now. She still seems to be a bit naturally suspicious of other people but remembers her grandparents which is good!
Grace is definitely a reserved child. She likes to get the lay of the land in any new place and takes a while to warm up to people or even just to be a little louder and more playful at mothers group every week. But at home in her environment, she is definitely capable of being very loud and very cheeky. She’s constantly looking around and is so curious about everything.
She still doesn’t move very much. She can roll from her tummy to her back and back again but only on her left side so she stays pretty contained. Although she can turn herself 360º by kicking her legs while laying on her back! I think it will still be a while until she crawls, which I am super happy about. I don’t want her to be crawling around for a little while yet! She likes to sit up on her own and can stand if we hold her up, but can’t get herself into standing or sitting positions just yet.
Her first word came just before she was 6 months (it was ‘dada’, the little traitor!). A little while later she started saying ‘bubba’. But other than that it’s still mostly noises. She does make a good no and yes sound though so who knows how long it will be before she starts saying some more words (on purpose!).
She’s super interested in food and drinks and is really good at holding food and shoving it into her mouth, but hasn’t quite mastered the actual swallowing part yet. The foods she’s really loved so far are plums, scrambled eggs, bread (either plain or with a little Vegemite), Greek yoghurt, sweet potato and apple. She is not a fan of banana at all, or of purees in general, she just lets the puree slide out of her mouth! She wants to feed herself (and is actually pretty good at getting the spoon in her mouth) and she really likes chewing on things so we’ve decided to just skip over the purees and head straight on to baby-led weaning (i.e. just giving her real food).
I finally made the decision to cut off her mullet last week! She’s always had so much hair so deciding when to have her first haircut was a big one, and I was a bit nervous about it. But it looks so much better without her baby mullet! Although she does look older with it all cut at the back, like she’s got an adorable little pixie cut!
It’s really long at the front and gets in her eyes sometimes so I’m constantly pushing it back. I didn’t want to give her a fringe though so I’ve finally bought some little bow clips to pin her hair back. She’s not a fan of things in her hair quite yet though so it’ll take a little getting used to.
I’m so loving life with my little girl, and I’m a little sad that in just 4 months I’ll be heading back to work. But I’m loving seeing how much she changes, day to day and week to week. It’s pretty amazing how quickly they grow and learn new skills. She’s definitely full of personality and I can’t imagine a life where I’m not her mum.