Happy 6 Months little one

I can’t quite believe that our little girl was 6 months old yesterday, where has the time gone! As I’ve only been blogging for 1 month and not since she was born, here’s a look back at the past 6 months.

The first crazy month

This now seems like such a blur to me, getting to grips with having a newborn in the house, learning to breastfeed, worrying about weight gain and weight loss, not being able to walk or do anything. But we survived!

It was such a relief on Day 12 since arriving into the world (also my birthday) our little girl had regained her birth weight and we were signed off by the midwives. Her weight loss had been a constant worry for me in the beginning, adding lots of pressure to the very early days.

We had a trip to Wales planned at the end of August. At the time of planning we expected our little girl to be about 6 weeks, but as she was so late she was only 3 weeks old! The 4 hour drive was no problem and we had a lovely couple of days in the sunshine. We turned a corner during this trip, with feeding clicking into place and I could finally walk more.

At two months it started getting easier

As time progressed I started getting out and about more, my C-section scar hurt less and less so I found walking round the park everyday really helped boost my confidence. Reaching the 6 week milestone felt like a huge achievement, especially after a difficult birth.

At this time we started our Baby Sensory classes, and going to Baby Bounce in the local library. Looking back now our little one seemed really small against all the other babies.

The nights were still long during this time, and I found them quite lonely sitting up feeding for hours in the dark. This is when online shopping became my friend.

A few trips away at three months.

Life was beginning to calm down now, and we had settled into a feeding routine. My husband had a week off work and we had a short holiday to North Wales. It was lovely to enjoy pub lunches, walks along the beach, and to relax without the stresses of London life.

We also had a short break to Center Parcs Sherwood Forest with the family (I make it sound like we have been away a lot). We shared a cabin with my sister in law, her husband and their two children, so you can imagine it was pretty hectic, luckily we had a sauna to relax in. This was the first time away with family in such close proximity, and I was a little worried about noise from our little one, but she surprised us and was an absolute dream. A trip to Center Parcs will be better once she is a little older, and we can enjoy some of the activities and the pool together. We did hire a cabana in the pool area, allowing one of us to go swimming whilst the other looked after the baby.

Four Month Sleep Regression and teething (double trouble).

It all started to go downhill towards the end of the fourth month with teething and the 4-month sleep regression hitting at the same time. The two bottom teeth came through first, it felt like an eternity of teething before they eventually popped through the gum over night. During this time she was really unsettled, shouty, and angry which I found exhausting. I did everything I could to ease the pain using Calpol, Dentinox, Ashtons and Parsons powder, and loads of different teething rings.

At the same time we also hit the 4-month sleep regression, I’m not sure if the teething had anything to do with it or started it. Our little one went from sleeping from 8pm until 3am/4am to waking every hour. This was exhausting for me, as nothing would settle her apart from a feed.

We continued with our weekly Baby Sensory and Waterbabies classes, and kept going to Baby Bounce, along with regular catch up with the NCT girls to help me stay sane.

It’s Christmas at Five months

December was an exciting time for us all celebrating our little ones first Christmas. We had a week away from London staying with my parents and then with my husband’s parents. It was lovely spending time with family, and of course everyone loved being with our little one. She received so many presents, so many toys and clothes. We also received some more practical gifts like gro-bags, and plastic cutlery.

We were still very much in the grips of the 4-month sleep regression which did not seem to be ending at all. I decided that I needed to change the routine, as I couldn’t function on little sleep or not sleeping more than an hour at a time. You can read about that here.

Happy Six Months

Here we are at Six months, I can’t quite believe that half a year has passed since she was born. It’s been a hard, challenging six months, but also the best six months! We are very much looking forward to the next 6 months.

Claire x

 

 

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  1. crummymummy1 February 7, 2016 / 9:45 am

    Goodness it sounds like she was sleeping well at four months – Little B is now 15 months and still wakes every few hours for feeds!! #KCACOLS

    • The Pramshed February 7, 2016 / 10:15 am

      She was but is now waking every hour for feeds. I hope that things improve for you soon. Thanks for commenting X x

  2. Agent Spitback February 7, 2016 / 1:07 pm

    Happy 6 months! Teething and sleep regression can be exhausting. I remembered trying everything and anything when my #3 started teething at a very young age. I hope this phase passes soon! #KCACOLS

  3. Jess Powell (Babi a Fi) February 7, 2016 / 1:09 pm

    Aw, what a lovely round up of the first six months! Time goes so fast once they’re born – whereas pregnancy seems to last forever, lol. x #KCACOLS

  4. dotmakes4 February 8, 2016 / 10:28 am

    It’s crazy how time flies, isn’t it!
    It sounds like you’ve had a hectic, but lovely first six months, despite the lack of sleep! 🙂
    Laura xx
    #KCACOLS

    • The Pramshed February 8, 2016 / 1:45 pm

      Thanks for your comment, yes it’s crazy how time flies. I think I’ve been a walking zombie for most of it. Claire x

  5. Someone's Mum February 8, 2016 / 2:13 pm

    Awww Happy 6 months lo. The next 6 months go by even more quickly! Can’t believe mine is 1 and walking! 🙂 #KCACOLS

    • The Pramshed February 8, 2016 / 9:30 pm

      Thank you! Mine will be walking and talking before I know it x

  6. tammymum February 9, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    Happy 6 month birthday! The sleep regression is a killer, we are living through the 18 month one and molars – as you say double trouble! Enjoy your next 6 months, my first year flew by! #marvmondays

    • The Pramshed February 9, 2016 / 8:24 pm

      Thanks for your comment. Hope that the 18 month regression doesn’t last too long for you xx

  7. The Speed Bump February 11, 2016 / 8:07 pm

    Happy six months! I remember the first six months felt like forever – the next six zoomed by, but they were so much fun! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday Xx

    • The Pramshed February 11, 2016 / 8:10 pm

      Thanks for reading and for your comment. At the time it feels like forever, but looking back it has gone soooo quickly! I’ll be back on Sunday. Claire x

  8. My Petit Canard February 14, 2016 / 2:01 am

    This all sounds so familiar! My little one is 2.5 years old now, but reading your post brought it all back to me. It sounds like youre doing fantastically well and creating lots of lovely new memories for your little family. The first year flies by so quickly and you’ll back on this later and smile :-). Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Emily

    • The Pramshed February 14, 2016 / 4:23 pm

      Thank you for your comment, the first year is flying already. Since writing the blog post, so many changes have happened – it’s scary how quickly time flies. Claire x

  9. The hippy christian mum July 31, 2016 / 5:49 pm

    What a lovely round up. The 1st 6 months really are a bit of a blur aren’t they with certain highlights. Months of living on little sleep and you blink and they’re sitting and babbling. Each stage has it’s challenges but also it’s own exciting parts. From first smiles, to first foods, to first steps. 🙂 #KCACOLS

    • The Pramshed August 1, 2016 / 10:19 pm

      Thanks lovely, the first six months are definitely a blur and challenging. We are now approaching her first birthday, and the very early days seem like a long time ago. Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂 x

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