|Me and my little man! May 23, 2014 (1 month old)|
I can’t believe Evan is six months! It’s crazy! He surprised us early and has been a joy ever since. He has grown so much. He came home from the hospital at 5lb 5oz and he is now 20lb 5oz and wears 9 to 12 month clothing! He’s a giant. I’m not shocked because Dan was a big baby too. I’m pretty dam proud of myself! My body made this little man and is feeding him to date!!
Babies are no joke. They are hard work! Here are some of my personal tips that worked for me during the first 6 months:
Eating while feed: Food needs to be eaten from a bowl with a spoon while feeding. For the first three months, Evan was a very slow eater. I would be sitting feeding him for at least 45-60 minutes every 2-3 hours. So the best thing for me was to eat either finger foods (like veggies and cheese) or from a bowl.
Hot drinks: Drink all hot things out of a thermos – don’t want to spill anything on the baby!
Drink water: Lots of it and then have a little more – before, after and during every feeding.
Clothing: Wear clothes that you can sleep in but still look fine when people come over to visit. I kept to leggings, hoodies and breastfeeding tops.
Find a community of other mothers! This has been so great for me and Evan. We have met an amazing group of moms and babies. We get out of the house almost everyday and are socializing with lots of other babies and moms. We also message each other often when we are having an issue or a successful nap! I’m so happy to have met with mamas and their babies.
Do a load of wash everyday: Even if it takes all day because you have zero memory because you are so tried, it’s ok! No one will judge you, they will probably think you are amazing and have it all together! Staying on top of it is so important, or else it will take over! I have to thank my Mom for this one. She got us off on the right foot when she was here for the first two weeks. I can’t thank her enough. Thanks Mom!!
Cooking: When it comes to cooking, try and make way more food than you need. So you’ll have lots of leftovers to freeze. If you have the energy to cook you may as well take advantage of it, right? This includes grains as well. We are big rice and barely eaters, so I always make 3 times more. This way the days I don’t feel like cooking it just a matter of defrost, reheat and eat.
Also, try and take advantage of your oven settings. My oven has a delayed start and cook time feature (who knew!). So on the off chance that Evan is napping longer than 30 minutes, I get dinner together and set up the oven for it to be all cooked by 5:30ish.
Build a good routine: Forget a schedule, go with a routine. I’m not a professional but this is what works for us: Do what will work for you and your baby! I cannot express that enough. We don’t have a set schedule at all. Tried it and it didn’t work for us. Evan’s nap times can go for 15 minutes to 2 hours. So going with a routine is what works best for us. Our routine is “Eat, Activity, Sleep” without paying attention to time. Sleeptime comes when Evan shows that he’s tired by an eye-rub or a yawn. This seems to work really well for us. It does of course change from time to time and that’s ok because well… that’s life. I’m not a super schedule person anyway and this is probably why a routine works for us.
Daycare: It is never too early to start planning on daycare (tear!). Locally, we have a single online wait-list for all daycare centres. Sounds like a good idea but really its just another step in the process. Daycares seem to have their own wait list anyway. I think it’s too new still for it to be working the way people want it too. Either way, we started looking into care when he was 4 months (this is in addition to going on these wait list when I was just 10 weeks pregers – crazy! I know). So we’ll see what happens.
Feel free to add anything in the comments section of things that worked for you!!
|Rock on! Us leaving the NICU – May 1, 2014 (9 days old)|
|One of his preemie sleepers vs. what he wore the other night (a 9 month sleeper)|
|One of my favourites! One month vs. six months (he was sitting and then fell over into this position so I went with it)|