Firsts 

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It’s so easy to forget the firsts so while they somewhat still remain in my mind and as we tip towards the big 2, I thought I’d jot them down…

First Smile

You wait for this one with baited breath. Your exhausted and just when you think you can’t take any more sleep deprevation your little bundle beams at you and all is forgiven. It’s a hard one to pin point but I think it was around the 5/6 week marks and this is one of those early snaps when you almost blinded them from the volume of photos being taken.. 

  

  First Swim

We were nervous typical first time parents bringing Josh for his first swim after his second round of injections. I really wanted to introduce him early as myself and my husband are not great swimmers and didn’t want that to stop him. So glad we did as he just loves the water now. 

 

First Grub

I breast fed until Josh was 9 month with the odd formula bottle but he was a hungry baby so at 19 weeks-2 weeks after the recommended time we started Josh on solids. We began with baby rice but moved quick you to a first Ella’s kitchen porridge and homemade puréed fruits. We are blessed he is a great eater now and have always used the guidelines but introduced things when it felt right. It is a bit of a minefield at first and I was never a fan of all that puréeing but now he eats pretty much what we do and I love nothing more than to see him tucking into some of his favs {which will come up in a future post}

  

First Tooth

I actually wasn’t the first person to spot the little white edge pushing  through his gum. I had thought his grizzly spell was an aversion to bananas but turnout it was the first cut of his tootsies..His first teeth didn’t give too much bother but the later ones gave him a fair bit of pain and sleepless nights all round. 

 

First Swing

What can I say, he loved it and we haven’t looked back since…

First Crawl

This was a while coming but 3 days after his first birthday he mastered it and one day when I left him in his room to run in and get something in mine, I turned around and he was right behind me! 

 

First Steps

The big one.. Came on Friday 13th March. The day before a family trip to Cork then we forgot his shoes so did a detour to get a pair ensuring he could run around to his hearts content. This milestone brought tears of joy all round, we were as proud as punch!

  
First Words 

I just said to my husband the other day I cannot pinpoint when he first said mama/dada but the mumbling babble very quickly moved onto almost full blown conversations. At 19 months his speech is well developed, the girls in crèche can’t believe what he comes out with. The chatter and observation makes us laugh out loud on many an occasion!

  
One of the many things I love most about being a mum is seeing Josh reach these milestones and know we are the luckiest people in the world to get the opportunity to be there for many more! 
 
  

5 months

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Firstly I truly cannot believe our little monkey is approaching 6 months-I know it’s a cliche but quickest of my life!

As I write this I am in my bed with baby boy next door and I have reclaimed our bedroom back as he sleeps much more soundly in his big boy cot since 2 nights ago. More on that later…

This month has been a month of ups and downs but mostly ups..

I really felt towards the end of last month very overwhelmed by everything, tiredness, responsibility, daily routine, my new life, future decisions-the lot but with a few changes and firm plans put in place I have most certainly come out the other side thanks to my wonderful supportive hubby, friends, family and of course the joy of Josh!

I think this month started off a bit hairy due to a spout of grumpy Josh which is not common place. There had been a lot going on with helping his granny move and mummy feeling a little frazzled so I thought it might be that, then I put it down to the bananas I introduced into his diet.. We even ended up at the doctor one evening thinking it was an ear infection. However just yesterday a friend, yes a friend not his parents discovered a little tooth sprouting from his bottom gum so I think this was it! He is back to being his usual happy self-phew!

Having said that his little personality is certainly becoming more pronounced. He fake coughs to get attention and throws his head back when fighting sleep but his endless smiles and giggles balances this out tenfold!

We are well and truly into solids territory with him chomping though carrots, butternut and parsnip/apple homemade purées. He now also has a breakfast of baby porridge with some fruit. When I thought the banana had upset his little tummy I took him off solids for a couple of days to let things settle down and reintroduced him through Ella’s pouches. These 100% organic pouches are very handy if out and about, they keep for 2 days in the fridge and can be frozen too! In general though I stick to the homemade stuff. He loves the whole process of eating and I let him have the spoon at the end which I think is his favourite part!

As I mentioned above it was time to move him into his own room as he was rattling around in a borrowed crib and really had outgrown it so we bit the bullet and into his room he went-so far so good! He had recently fallen naturally into a good sleep pattern. Naps are usually 10,1 & 4 from about 30 mins to 1.5 hours. He goes down at 7, dream feeds at 12 which is a bottle and wakes for a breastfeed at around 5.30, usually going back down until 7ish. Ideally this 5.30 will drop off soon too. I had read all the books before having him thinking that the ‘plans’ sounded great but in reality just going with the flow and keeping some level of structure and routine to his day worked for us and eventually he found his own way.

The month of May is going to be a milestone month-his christening, he turns 6 months and we go on our first family holiday abroad-I can’t wait!

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