It's early May, and this is only my fourth post of the year. That gives some indication of how busy life has become trying to balance work, life and a soon-to-be-one-year-old baby boy.
It reminds me of an app I have on my phone called Timehop. The app basically provides you with a snapshot from your social media accounts from the past, to let you see what you were doing on this day a year ago, two years ago, three years ago and so on. I'm sure you're aware of it.
Well, that's more or less how life feels when I return from any time I spend away from him. In the past couple of months I have been on a few work trips, as well as a weekend away with friends. On each occasion when I come back, the progress and changes i've noticed make it feel like a mini Timehop.
He's got a little set of teeth at the front of his mouth now as you can see; two on the bottom, and (weirdly) three on the top. His grin has become even more hilarious than before - although when you're half asleep and feel them sink in to your cheek at 05:00 in the morning, it's not quite as funny.
On a not-so-funny note, the timehop has also seen Marley battle with a fairly intense bout of coughing and chest problems that's been attributed to several long words ending in '-itis' (bronchialitis, gastroentiritis etc)
High temperatures, some proper distress and a spectacular vomiting episode in the doctors waiting room (that required them to put down FOUR wet floor signs!) led one doctor to mention one particular word - meningitis - which was particularly worrying. Thankfully, he's back to full health now and is shrieking as loud as ever.
Speaking of which, communication has become one of his main priorities. He has been developing his "bababa" sound to more of a "mamama", although he hasn't actually properly said his first words yet. He's been sharing his food with me, touching my nose when I say "nose nose" and learning how to wave, too. I don't think his first word is too far away.
"Come on Marley, say Dada!!"
Finally, he is bum-shuffling his way around now too, and I'd say he is just about ready to crawl. That means it won't be long before he is standing up and taking his first steps. We haven't baby-proofed the house, so we're nowhere near ready for that yet.
But, let's be honest, we've not really been ready for any of it, and we've managed OK so far - so bring it on Marley!
Until then, i'm keeping a close eye on him!
Saturday, 6 May 2017
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
Just a matter of two weeks ago, we were beginning to wonder when Marley would get to grips with solid food. Most of the other babies from our NCT group seemed to have all mastered the art - which always makes you feel more rushed - while Marley was still fussing over even the hint of a bottle or spoon near his face.
Well, I can report that when I walked in to his bedroom yesterday morning, I was met with a smell confirming we need not worry.
A day prior - I later discovered - he had wolfed down almost an entire pot of yogurt, a new personal record. He'd also got stuck in to a few cut-up slices of toast, some mushed-up poached pears and a full rusk.
But it was definitely the yogurt providing the chief contribution to the smell emanating from his room in the morning when I went in.
My first real experience of a solid food nappy. Not one I will forget in a hurry. I won't go in to detail, I'll just leave it at #yogurtnappy and you can use your imagination for the rest.
So yes - he is eating solid food now. And he has also succumbed to the bottle (who hasn't!) Several ounces at a time of formula milk, and he rarely even complains about it anymore.
In theory, this should mean Mummy can go out and party and leave Marley with Daddy, but this theory has yet to be properly tested. I'm not that worried about it - but then again maybe you need to ask me about it after a night where Marley has no access to Mummy and her milky assets for a few hours. We'll see....
Oh, and in addition to his new diet, Marley has also succeeded in passing two more milestones.
1) He is sitting up unassisted (although there is still every chance of him rolling off the sofa, so i'm not ticking that one off completely just yet)
2) He is just about saying words. Does "babababa" count? I think so. You decide....
And although he's not quite ready for crawling yet, I feel that may well be the next hurdle he leaps over. We'll be baby-proofing the house over the coming weeks in preparation.
In the meantime, I think i'm going to open his bedroom window to get a bit more air in there.....