A whole 6 months!

I must apologise for the big break but I lost the momentum for a bit. Firstly, I must say a big congratulations to my friends Darren and Leah on the birth of their baby Lucas! What a gorgeous bub – can’t wait to see him again. I’ve also just been busy with a birthday party, meeting friends and relatives as well as just getting my house in order! So much to do!!!

Jacob actually turned 6 months old on Friday, and I thought rather than sit and blog about it, I’d just spend some time with him instead. But now he’s tucked into bed, here is Jacob’s 6 month update:

Height: Not sure but he’s wearing size 0

Weight: Roughly 8.1 kg

Head: Big 🙂

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Milestones: He can sit up unassisted (though he sometimes falls over and has a big cry, only to see something interesting and forget why he was crying). He’s got himself into a crawling position but hasn’t started crawling yet (which I’m quite relieved about, to be honest).

Firsts: He got his first two teeth a week or so before he turned 6 months old. And I guess he’s tried quite a few new foods, including my strange combination of potato, parsnip and purple carrot mash.

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Sleep: He’s still not sleeping very well, though we sometimes get a good 5 hour stretch (which I can’t complain about, after his hourly wakings). Just a combination of a wonder week, growth spurt and teething one after the other.

Best Moments: When he smiles and laughs. Random things amuse him, like blowing on his face or playing peek-a-boo. My friend lent me her play table and Jacob was intrigued. Spent ages pressing the buttons and listening to the music play, almost like he was at a Roulette table.

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Worst Moment: Perhaps I don’t dwell on worst moments. I suppose when he’s grumpy and tired and crying his eyes out at like 4 o’clock in the morning. Or when I finally get him to sleep after an hour, and the dog suddenly finds something to bark at and wakes him up. But Jacob still likes Skittles anyway!

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Health: I am so blessed to have a happy and healthy baby! That being said, we do have immunisations on Thursday so fingers crossed that he doesn’t get a fever again. But even if he does, baby Panadol seemed to keep it at bay so let’s just hope it all passes!

Eating: He likes his food but he could be eating more – he just gets distracted way too easily! I am struggling to give him water though, because he refuses to drink it – regardless of whether it’s from the bottle, sippy cup, normal cup, etc. Strangely, he tries to drink bathwater when he’s in the bath…

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Likes: Bath time (especially biting the rubber ducky), Drinking mummy’s milk, TV (which is hardly ever on), Meeting people, Cuddles, Having his photos taken, Being outdoors

Dislikes: Drinking water, Being left alone for more than 5 minutes, Cloth nappies, Staying at home all day, Going to bed at night

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Funny things to note:
– In the bath, he almost always leans forward (probably to reach the taps, or to look for the rubber ducky) and gets a beard of bubbles.

– We have an Elmo ‘Wiggling friend’ rattle which we hang in the car for Jacob to play with. For a while, he was terrified of it when it did the vibrating ‘wiggling’ and would scream his head off! But he’s faced his fear and is no longer afraid of it anymore.

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– He LOVES techie things like his dad. Sometimes he puts his hand into my handbag and steals my phone to play with. The cheek! He has taken selfies on the camera before. And whenever I’m typing, he needs to be typing too (on my keyboard). I think I’m going to make him a fake cardboard computer to play with.

– This is actually a funny one about my niece Esther – she told my mum in law the other day that there was a picture of Jacob on the fridge. They investigated the matter and realised that it was a picture of this Asian baby on the ABA magnet.

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I must admit it does look a bit like Jacob! So funny (and adorable). I think Esther and Jacob will be good friends.

cousinsJacob, thank you for lighting up my life. I have never loved like this before – you just want to make me drop all my agendas and just celebrate the moment with you. Forgive me if I ever don’t give you enough time, because that is something that can’t be taken back. Forgive me if I do not choose happiness in every moment with you – I am only human, but then again, so are you.

I look forward to many more days, months, years… moments to share with you. Part of me wishes that you wouldn’t grow up, because I want to have my cuddly baby forever and ever! But I look forward to seeing you achieve milestone after milestone, and grow up into a handsome young man who I will be proud of.

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3 amazing months…

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Hello, my name is Jacob and I’m 3 months old today! I have big feet, a tubby tummy and I never hardly ever smile at the camera.

I’m Wednesday’s child and was born in the year of the Snake – just like my mummy and my grandma. Wednesday’s children are supposed to be full of woe, but I don’t see any reason to be woeful at all. 🙂

I love my life. I wake up around 6.30am every morning (much to mummy’s delight) and conveniently go back to sleep once she’s just given up on falling back asleep again. However, I compensate for this by letting her have nice long showers as I love lying in the bathtub listening to the shower and exhaust fan running. I also don’t mind lying in the sink but I’m a bit too big for it now…

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The rest of the day goes by and I just play by ear. I sometimes go out grocery shopping with mummy and ride in the carrier. Sometimes mummy walks Skittles while carrying me, but lately she’s been waiting for daddy to come home first as I’m getting heavy. And then we have a luxurious bath at night (usually with daddy), read a nice book and go to sleep.

Mummy and I were reading about what babies should be doing at 3 months old:
http://www.babycenter.com.au/a718/your-3-month-olds-development

I’m supposed to be able to hold my head steady – I’m not too bad at it, really, but I still faceplant sometimes. My arm, leg and hand coordination has improved and I can actually grab things though half the time I just grab my own shirt. My sleeping patterns actually used to be better before, but I’m going back to longer stints at night – mummy, bear with me. I can clearly recognise mummy and daddy though, and I love to look at them every day!

They love to read me books and I can’t wait for Christmas when I’ll get more books. My mum believes it’s good to hear different languages, so she speaks to me in Malay and tries to speak Mandarin and Japanese (though she can’t speak them very well, but I won’t tell her that). It’s also good for me to touch different textures and interact with people – I’ve always interacted though, but now I really pay attention!

It’s amazing that 3 months ago, I used to be really tiny and wrinkly:

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But then I grew, and grew, and grew. I was 3.5kg when I was born – today when mummy weighed me, I was about 6.4kg!

I have a few notable skills such as crying, squealing and flailing my legs and arms about. I have a naughty habit of pointing my middle finger at things, but I hope to grow out of it. However, my most notable one is probably the fact that I grunt when I experience a downward motion. Like if mummy’s carrying me and she sits down on the sofa. Mum and dad have videos of this, I think, and may show them at my 21st birthday.

My favourite food and drink at the moment is breastmilk, though my hands come a close second – I just can’t stop putting them in my mouth! I love colourful toys and often try to taste them. My favourite things to look at are the dangly things in my baby gym, my bug mobile and the fan when it’s turned on. I also love smiling at that little baby in the mirror – gosh, he’s handsome. Today I touched him but he was cold and hard – I was unimpressed.

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I’d like to say that I’m a well-traveled baby. I’ve traveled to many a shopping mall and regularly go out to a church in the Adelaide Hills where I routinely fall asleep in sermons. I enjoyed my visit to Port Elliot and can’t wait to watch the cricket with mummy and daddy next month. Also, I might note that I’m going to be playing baby Jesus on one of the nights at the Lobethal Lights. You can get my autograph later, thanks.

I’ve realised that mummy doesn’t really dress me like a baby – she dresses me like how she dresses daddy. Hence I’ve got hoodies, jackets, button up shirts, trackies and jeans. I wear overalls too, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen daddy wear overalls.

At the moment, my current issue is that I don’t sleep enough – or rather, I’m not interested enough in sleep. I love being awake and just doing things – it’s so much fun, you know? But I guess I do need my sleep or else I become a cranky bum at night.

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My best friends are mummy and daddy. They are a bit strange at times but I love being with them. I hope to grow big and strong so I can do the things that they do (but I think I’ll always be the cutest in the family).