Motherhood and sleep deprivation are inextricably intertwined?
I did say there’d be quite a bit of mummy life stuff sprinkled around here. You can’t expect anything else – she’s the centre of my world right now. She’s almost 7 months old, which is just incredible to me. I feel like I’ve known her all my life!
When she’s not being fussy or crying for no apparent reason, I find myself thinking “She’s growing up so quickly!” She’s almost my height already. Okay, I jest, but last month, she was in the 81st percentile for height so…she really is tall. I’m going to have to allow myself to enjoy every moment with her before she’s too old to have me constantly trying to kiss her (maybe she’ll always want my kisses…no?)The past couple of weeks, I’ve been thinking about how much she – and all babies – change in so little time. Although she’s always seemed very opinionated, she’s becoming more so as she realises that she can communicate her needs a bit more clearly now. Clearly = shrill screams.
By the time she turned 6 months, she could:
•Reach for things to chew – she loves a good label
•Sit without support
•Roll in both directions
•Stand with support
•Babble to get attention
•Eat cereals and puréed foods.
The food thing is a big one for me as I like to know that she’s well fed of course. It’s helpful to be able to cross that one thing out of potential needs when she acts like there’s anything wrong!
It’s so easy to get caught up in watching out for these milestone achievements though, especially if you have people around you and apps reminding you of what your baby should be able to do each week/month. Who says? Scientists? They don’t personally know your baby. Attempt to ignore it all sometimes and just enjoy what they CAN do.
There’s a lot for mums of little babies to enjoy. Every moment is special because they’re changing so much so quickly. It can sometimes just be difficult to enjoy everything when you’re exhausted. I’ve learned these last six months to take it one day at a time. On the more difficult days, I even take it an hour at a time. They say motherhood and sleep deprivation are inextricably intertwined. Reminding myself that every lost hour of sleep (sleep deprivation is a whole other topic on its own!) is worth it for her little four-toothed smiles and giggles.
Of course, this is all a lot easier said/written than done…
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