Sam is 6 months old today.
This time 6 months ago I was in a birthing pool, a mere 3 1/2 hours away from meeting our little gummy bear.
I’ve often jokingly said that the weeks are going slowly, simply because I’ve been awake for nearly the whole time, but it comes as a shock to realise we are half a year in already. I look at the little boy in front of me and realise that this is the perfect description: little boy. To us, he seems more like a toddler than the newborn I assume everyone else still sees him as.
At the moment he is bouncing away in his Jumperoo, happily blowing raspberries and chatting away…a standard Thursday afternoon really! Sam is such a smiley, giggly, happy baby (unless he’s tired or bored!) and is a joy to spend time with. He loves giving me ‘kisses’ (rubbing his dribbly open mouth on my cheek) and we often spend ages laughing at each other for no real reason. Sitting up properly has been my favourite development since his first smile and allows him to play without me either holding him or having to do it all for him.
When Sam was born we had a lot of “The first 6/8/12/16 weeks are the hardest”, depending on who we spoke to and what their experience had been. While I don’t believe that parenting will ever be ‘easy’, the last 2 weeks have been a real step forward and I’m inclined to believe the one person who said that the first 6 months are the hardest. Our challenges will change and I’m sure my days will get much more full on as Sam starts moving around…but he is in his own room and asleep sometime between 6.15 and 7.30 only waking a couple of times before 6-7am, cluster feeding is a thing of the past, we no longer spend all day every day carrying him or having him sleep on us, the constant sick and wind are long gone, he accepts both bottle and breast…so many obstacles I thought we would never get past.
These first 6 months have been a HUGE learning curve, but I’m learning to trust my instincts and to do whatever I feel is right. Gone are the days when I listened intently to others and followed what they told me to do, to the letter. Carl and I know our child best, we know what is worth trying and what will cause meltdowns or unnecessary hassle.
Here’s to the next 6 months and all they will bring – namely Halloween and Christmas outfits…I can’t wait!