MY MOTHERHOOD | THE FIRST YEAR | 6-12 MONTHS

PART TWO

One of the biggest comforts to me during this crazy motherhood journey so far has been reading about the experiences of other Mama’s with babies of a similar age or just ahead. Knowing that the way my baby was behaving was ‘normal’ reassured me and reading about all of the things he was about to learn helped me to look forward to the stages ahead. That is where the idea for this post came from. Today’s post is a collab with three other lovely Mama’s with babies of all different ages. Whether these posts reassure, entertain, encourage or amuse, I hope they help you to feel a little less alone.

Baby sat on Mum's lap. Mum advice, nine month old baby.As you probably know, I am Mama to my nine month old baby boy, Freddie. I will spare you the bio here as that might be a little awkward but as you know, this is my blog and if you fancy following me on Instagram and Twitter please do! 

Baby in bear hat, rubber teether, teething, nine month update, nine month old baby.

The age Freddie is now has been my absolute favourite so far. He is so responsive and engaging and there has been such an explosion in what he can do and what he understands. Now that he has a predictable routine, going out to different places is a lot less stressful. Freddie is so inquisitive and I feel like I am seeing the world through his eyes, as cheesy as that sounds!

Now that Freddie is on the move, crawling super quickly and also starting to stand and cruise, it has become much harder to get things done. We have had to baby proof everything and I find myself hoovering multiple times a day just so that he doesn’t end up eating something he has found on the floor! With becoming more mobile, injuries are far more frequent and it has been hard when he has bumped his head or managed to hit himself in the face whilst attempting to stand one handed…

Freddie has always been a more physical baby than a talkative one which is something that I used to be quite worried about. As time has gone on I have realised that every baby is different and where he may be more advanced in some ways, another baby will be in another. In the last week or so, Freddie has become much more vocal and is really practising saying the different vowel sounds and is beginning to put them together to sound more like ‘Da’ and ‘Mu’. I know he isn’t aware of what he is saying yet, but it is super cute all the same!

During the first couple of months after Freddie was born I was really eager to get to the next stage because I found the newborn stage quite challenging. Freddie had Silent Reflux which I have talked more about in this post and it made him very unhappy lots of the time. However the last few months (particularly the last two) have been so lovely and I actually find myself not wanting the next stage to come because it is all going so fast.

This is probably a bit controversial, but I think that at this age having a routine has been really helpful for me and for Freddie. Rather than limiting what we do, it allows me to be much more flexible because I know when his naps will be and I can then work around them without panicking about when he might get tired. I have found that by watching when Freddie would naturally get tired or hungry over a week or so, it was easy to work out a natural routine. We started this at seven months and it was a real turning point for me.

Now that Freddie is enjoying his pram, I have found his pram suit to be so, so useful. It is easy to throw on over his current outfit whenever we are popping out for a walk and it keeps him really cosy. Freddie’s current favourite toy has to be his stacking cups which were a bargain charity shop buy. He loves knocking over towers and lets out a manic little giggle whenever I start to stack them!

 

Baby and mum at a pumpkin patch. One year old, one year old baby, one year old baby update.Georgina is Mama to Rory who recently celebrated his first birthday. She is currently pregnant with baby number two, a girl. You can find her on Instagram, Twitter and her parenting and lifestyle blogShe also has a YouTube channel where she talks openly about every aspect of motherhood.

Baby in a pushchair. One year old baby, one year old baby update, motherhood advice, mama advice.

It sounds really stupid as of course I am always proud of Rory, but he is currently doing things to make me really proud! Just today he took his first steps but I am also starting to get to know my child. He is a really good “helper” and is showing all these signs of being a really sweet child. It’s just weird that even though you’ve spent a year with them and know all of their quirks, you don’t know who they really are. I also love that he feels more like a child at the moment and we can interact more. He’s my best bud.

The most challenging thing about Rory’s current age is definitely how frustrated he gets. He has started to throw tantrums because he is annoyed that his head wants to do something but his body isn’t quite ready. I’ve started to realise that I need to support him as much as I can. He wants to walk so I try and walk holding his hands as much as possible. He wants to “help” so I let him help where it is practical i.e. doing the washing up, loading the washing machine and tidying up his toys.

He’s trying to walk at the moment but also just wants to generally be a grown up, he wants to drink from a mug and use cutlery etc. It’s quite hard as he obviously can’t do those things yet!

I actually haven’t thought about the next stage! I text my husband this morning “he’s walking” and he replied “nothing is safe” but he’s already on the move.. how much worse can it be! I guess I am scared of Rory walking and hurting himself but as he’s my first I’m not really sure what to expect!

Looking at the Wonder Weeks App and understanding what they’re learning and how I can support him with that has been really useful for me. I would recommend it!

At the moment Rory’s favourite toy is his ball pit, but he also likes carrying around a make up brush! I think he likes to have things that he sees grown ups with so my brushes or cutlery!

Thank you so much Georgina for sharing your experience, if you have a baby of a similar age I hope this resonated with you and helped you to feel less alone. Definitely check out Georgina’s social media and blog to stay updated with what her and Rory are up to. Don’t forget to read part one of this post, where Rachel and Anna talk about life with a younger baby! 

Thanks for reading,

Amy

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