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Lilah at Six Months Old

Thursday, 19 July 2018

So our beautiful Lilah Bear is now six months old. 26 weeks. Half a year...

I am not okay with this!

She's growing into such a cheeky little girl, but I am already mourning those hazy newborn days. Everyone is definitely right when they say it goes by much quicker with your second or third. I feel as if Monday arrives, I blink, and then it's Sunday again and Lilah is another week older. It's not fair!

Lilah is now 16lbs 4oz, and has the most delicious leg rolls and chubby cheeks. We've switched over to size 4 nappies - although we're still having trouble with her waking up wet in the mornings. Clothes wise she's still in 3-6 months, although they are getting a little tight now so I fear we'll have to move up soon.

Now she's 6 months old, we've started introducing food to our routine. We slowly began a few weeks ago, letting her taste a few flavours here and there. She's already decided she doesn't want to be fed at all, so I think we'll be following baby led weaning for a third time. As she's still having five 8oz bottles throughout the day, she's not having lots of food yet. We're just letting her try bits and bobs throughout the day - although she always sits with us and has dinner now.

Sleep is always a big question we're asked, and thankfully we're still getting quite a decent night. Lilah now sleeps on her tummy (most likely the reason for the leaking nappies I mentioned earlier), so we've taken the Sleepyhead away. She does wake for her dummy occasionally, but no feeds anymore. She's also still in her Huddle in our room, as I'm not ready for her to go anywhere yet. But she is napping during the day in there now too, as she was rolling in her moses basket!

Lilah has developed and reached so many milestones this month; we honestly couldn't be prouder! As well as starting food, she has cut her very first tooth, is able to sit independently for a good few minutes, and she is crawling around the room too. She's making new sounds every day (I think we're close to hearing da-da!), and gives the biggest belly laughs when you tickle her.

The moses basket, carrycot, and sleepyhead are gone. She's almost outgrown her bouncers. She loves to actually play with her toys. And she doesn't sit still for nappy changes. So those tiny baby days are most definitely gone. But we are so excited for this next stage!

How to Enjoy more Me Time as a Parent

The concept of having free time when you’re a parent is something of a joke, isn't it? If your children don't need one thing or another, then you need to make sure that you’re keeping on top of your work or doing bits around the house. There's always something that needs to be done!

But you've got to remember to find that time to focus on yourself. You are important too, and you cannot pour from an empty cup. This is especially important for your mental health! So even if you’ve only got a limited amount of time during the day, I've shared some ideas for how you can enjoy that 'me' time.

If you’ve got a spare twenty minutes (and that means actually spare, not the time to catch up on tidying), then don’t spend your time scrolling through Facebook and other social media accounts. Instead, head outdoors. The benefits of walking have long been understood, yet they rarely get a mention these days. A brief stroll around the block will clear your head, refresh you, and allow your mind to drift in whatever direction it pleases. You can even do have little ones, strap them in the buggy and it may even get them to nap too!

Once the children are in bed, why not ignore the housework (it will still be there tomorrow!), and transport yourself into another world - be it one in a book or on the screen. There’s nothing quite like spending an hour engrossed in your favourite tv show to help reset the madness of parenthood. If you don’t have access to high-quality channels, look at getting cable from a provider like Suddenlink. And don’t worry if you’re not much of a reader, a magazine or paper might be more of your style.

It can often feel like we live in a parenting bubble when we have children, can't it? Our kids dictate how we spend our days, and most adult interactions tend to be with other parents. If you have an hour of free time, why not meet up with one of your non-parent friends. They’ll be a timely reminder that there’s a world beyond parenting life. This one is especially good if you turn it into a night out too!

If you were active before you had children, then why not look at heading back to the gym. It’ll make you feel great, and will give the bonus of giving you more energy too. Most gyms have creches now, so there's no need to worry about childcare. Or go in the evening once everyone is in bed!

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