Category Archives: Developments
Things that have happened:
- E turned one, and on the same day started walking
- D mostly potty trained (still working on nights…)
- I started working again – in a new job
- D and E now attend nursery part of the week
- E is now going through the challenging times that made me give up breastfeeding D
- …er, that’s about it
Being back at work is interesting. When I went back after having D, his father stayed home to look after him and I went back to my old job. This time it’s a new job, and D and E’s father also has a full time job now, so it’s been a bit of fun trying to sort childcare and routines and whatnot. We’re two months in now though, and I think they’re happy with things – D’s going through a ‘terrible two’ rebellious phase and E’s in a “I don’t want to stay still” phase though, so who knows…!
I must admit, I think we were lucky with D and how little he reacted to light during the night. As a summer baby, he was used to light in the early hours from day one, and during the winter we tended to keep lights on around the house at night so we could see to check on him – he was never bothered by any of this. Even now, sun streaming in at 5am doesn’t wake him… It’s the sun streaming in at 10pm that keeps him from sleeping! Sorted that with blackout blinds though.
Now E… She was used to darkness a lot more. She was born in winter and we didn’t keep lights on so much for her because we were a bit more confident with what we were doing. Unsurprisingly, she is extremely sensitive to light and she’s up for the day the moment the sun has risen. Haven’t got blackout blinds for her room (moving soon, no point) so quite a few early starts :(
Otherwise, E’s doing well. Started to wean her just shy of 6 months and she loves food. We’re baby-led once again; I’m sure she’d had been fine being spoon-fed but I think she likes this approach better. She’s crawling (commando-style), rolling, sitting… All very much ahead of D, who had only just started rolling and sitting at this age. He was much more advanced with his speech though, having got mama and dada out of the way at around 5-6 months. Can’t say I was prepared for her to move so soon though – it always catches me out that she’s not a repeat of D and will do things differently.
One thing I have been trying very hard not to do is to compare my children. D was fairly late (as textbooks go, which I know are only the vaguest of guides) with his developments, and so far it looks like E will be even later – D started babbling and smiling at 5-6 weeks whereas E is still yet to do any of that at almost twice that age. She also didn’t do any of the head lifting stuff for a while either.
It’s difficult not to think “she should be doing X and Y at Z time because he did” but I’m trying!