Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Being A First Time Parent: 8 Months In

I'm not sure how I'm the proud owner of an 8 month old if I'm honest. It feels as though he's been here forever but hasn't been here very long all at the same time. I can't believe he used to fit into new born clothing or that we're already well on our way with weaning. It's been a whirlwind but just how has the last 8 months treated me?

Seriously, how is that tiny pink thing I brought home, 8 months old? It feels utterly insane that I'm already looking ahead to his 1st birthday and Christmas. It's also utterly depressing swapping all his tiny new born clothes for 12-18 months (which hes in already wahhh!).

Weaning we found surprisingly easy, no big issues to contend with. He loves food so he's loved trying and tasting a whole range of items. We had a few months where he would gag if something wasn't pureed but we're over the hill and if there's food going he's there! If you're a first time parenting weaning, prepare to get messy. One crisp can result in an entire outfit change and a complete clear up of the kitchen and don't even get me started on Rusk's! Not only do they go everywhere but they set like concrete and it takes forever to get the stuff off.

I've definitely found the last 3 months a lot easier than the early days, I've found it to be a lot more fun too. He wants to be involved in everything and he's even crawling now! I write that as he's just managed to pour an entire pint of Vimto over my foot and on my beige carpet, so although I'm enjoying it, it comes with it's own ups and downs.

I still find it hard to find things to do with him, most of his baby friends are older than him and while he's not too great at crawling yet or able to stand up by himself it does make days out a bit difficult. He's finding not being able to get up and about quiet frustrating and wants to be constantly entertained. We still have to go out everyday for my own sanity and his but we've tried out a few different places.
He adores the park, he loves a swing. If you want an instant smile, get him on a swing and he'll love you forever. We've even ventured out into soft play but if I'm honest it's a bit of a waste of time until they are properly crawling or walking. I found I had to sit with him the whole time and he played with toys which he could have done at home but it was a new experience for us both!

Teething has been a whole new ball park. We've had many sleepless nights and gone through tubes and tubes of Bonjela but I think we're getting there. Initially we had to wave goodbye to our 12 hour nights and say hello to waking up at least 6 times a night because he was crying due to teeth pain. He seems to be getting better now he has 4 teeth through, with another 4 well and truly on their way. Last night he went to bed at 5, woke up at 1am as he needed changing and then again at 4 because he wanted his dummy but apart from that he slept through until 7.20am which after a rough few weeks was utterly blissful! 

One thing that's utterly amazed me is watching him with technology. As soon as he hears the Skype noise he grins and cackles because he knows Nanny is going to be on the other end, he talks into the phone when he hears a voice he recognises and even kisses the phone when he hears his dad's voice. He knows he has to touch the screen on phones and tablets and he's getting pretty good at changing the channels (even when you don't want him too) on TV remotes too.

So 8 months in, my life has been turned on its head but I can honestly say I wouldn't swap it for the world!

Until next time,


1 comment

  1. 8 months old, already?! Wow, time really does fly! You've adapted to motherhood like a natural, and I'm so glad you're love being a mum <3 x x


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