I really can’t believe I have a 7 month old. Sometimes I take a photo of Freddie and it makes me pause because he looks like a proper little boy and not a tiny baby. It’s so bittersweet because I love this stage, it’s been my favourite one so far, but time is flying past and I want to stop and savour each moment. It really is true that ‘The days are long but the years are short’.
Freddie weighs between 16.5-17lb (I think! I rarely weigh him, it’s a hassle!) and still has super blue eyes and very, light blonde hair. He wears 6-9 month clothing but the majority of his leggings/dungarees are already on the short side which is just ridiculous. He’s a long but lean baby so the waists are usually too big but he’s tall like his Daddy.
We are still exclusively breastfeeding and it’s so much easier now. There have been many, many moments in the last seven months where I wasn’t sure we would continue (yes, blocked ducts I’m looking at you!), but we are still going and I’m pleased about that! I haven’t ever really put an expectation on how long I want to do this for but having got this far I really want to aim for a year. Freddie takes a bottle which is really useful, we use the Tommee Tippee bottles and, despite not having a bottle very often, he will takes it without a fuss when needed.
Weaning wise, we started at five months on the advice of our paediatrician due to Freddie’s silent reflux. Because of that, we didn’t do baby-led weaning which was hard for me at first because I had been told it was the best way and I had always planned to follow that approach. However, two months in we are now doing mixed weaning and I actually think it’s the best approach for Freddie and for me. He is on chunky purees as well as finger foods and he’s doing really well. He is now on three meals a day too!
We were thrown a curveball at around five months and a half months when our previously excellent sleeper, suddenly started waking up in the night again. It was a shock to the system and we really struggled to adjust to multiple night feeds. I think it was a combination of the effect of weaning on his milk consumption, a big growth spurt and a developmental leap. At seven months Freddie is now waking only once (or twice on a bad night!) and then sleeping through until around 6/6:30. He is also in his own room which has been a massive adjustment for me but not for him- he’s sleeping far better in his own room than he was in ours. He is quite difficult to settle to sleep though and I think we are on the cusp of a bit of sleep training/self-settling but I think I’ll write a whole other post on that.
Naps, are a different kettle of fish. Since around three months, naps have been a struggle. He now no longer needs to nap in the baby carrier which is a huge plus for my back but he still will not be put down to sleep and even feeding to sleep isn’t working anymore. It’s fair to say it’s a huge source of stress for us both and I really hope it gets easier soon.
Freddie now reaches out his arms when he wants to be picked up or held and when he sees familiar adults like his Granny or Aunties. When he’s upset, he cuddles into me and we can tell he’s tried as he rubs his face on our shoulders. He has definitely realised that Mama can walk out of a room or go out of sight and this began at around six months. He is definitely suffering from a bit of separation anxiety which I know, thanks to ‘The Wonder Weeks’
app, is very normal around this age.
Freddie is incredibly observant and does not like to miss out on anything- might be why he hates nap time! It’s so interesting watching how he figures things out. One new skill that he he has learnt has been figuring out where an object has gone if it’s not directly in his sight. For example, when trying to grab my phone if I put it behind me he will try to look behind me or if we are playing and I put a toy inside another toy he looks for it.
At around 6 months Freddie suddenly learnt to sit up and now is quite content to sit and play with his toys for short periods of time. It has had a really positive impact on the silent reflux which has been such a relief! He is really strong and steady whilst sat up and can lean forward to get the toys he wants and then brings them towards him. He rolls both ways and sometimes uses this to get around the room. He can commando crawl backwards but not forwards (much to his frustration!) and is on the cusp of being able to go forwards too. Although in the last few days he has been shuffling around on his bottom so I’m not sure if that’s going to be his preferred way to move around instead!
Freddie is babbling but hasn’t said any words just yet. One of his favourite things to do is to blow raspberries and bubbles and he finds himself hilarious. He definitely has distinct cries for different reasons now which helps me to work out what’s wrong- most of the time! Freddie laughs a lot and is now ticklish which is ridiculously cute. He is a charmer and will stare at people when we’re out and about, grinning at them until they smile back. He loves playing peek-a-boo and banging different toys on his high chair or on the floor.
He is our absolute world and we are so unbelievably proud of him. This age has been my favourite so far, and after a rather challenging start to our journey together it is a massive relief to be enjoying him and enjoying motherhood as much as I am. I can’t wait to see what he learns next and I love him more and more everyday.
Thanks for reading,