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Max at Six Months

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nd, just like that, I blinked, and all of a sudden, half a year had passed, and my baby was six months old.

Now I’m scared to blink again, just in case I open my eyes, and he’s, like, 42 or something. Seriously, though, I know my perpetual surprise at the passing of time is something of a theme for these posts, but HOW? Just HOW? This time last year I’d just announced my pregnancy, so I have particularly vivid memories of that time – memories which are particularly hard to reconcile with my life now, and the little six month old boy who’s my constant companion. Earlier this week, for instance, Terry and I took a drive to Cramond, to go to a particular beachside cafe which we last visited around this time last year. The cafe has closed down, sadly, but as we wandered around, pushing Max in his pram, I couldn’t stop thinking about the difference a year makes: or even half a year, as the case may be.

Max at 5 months
At six months, Max…

…. can sit unsupported for a few minutes at a time, and will try to pull himself up onto his feet any time you take him by the hand.

… probably thinks his name is “Gorgeous,” given how often I address him that way.

… still has just the one tooth, although he’s started to suck his gums in a way that makes us suspect more might be in the post.

… loves music, and being sung to.

… thinks it’s hilarious when someone yawns: which we do quite often these days – Thanks, Max!

… is more interested in the labels on his soft toys than the toys themselves.

… has a very LOUD little voice, which he likes to use at every opportunity.

..  has started to nap in his own room during the day, and is even managing to self-settle occasionally, although he still much prefers to sleep on US.

… is still the same happy, smiley little boy he’s always been: just bigger. A whole lot bigger…

The big news this month is that we’ve made a start on the weaning process. I’m actually a little bit scared to mention this, because I know the NHS advice is to wait until 6 months, and we started a couple of weeks before that. But we did our research, spoke to the health visitor, and were confident that he was ready, so we started him off on some pureed veg, and he absolutely loved it. He’s still getting most of his nutrition from milk, obviously, but it’s been fun letting him taste some new things, and so far he’s eaten everything we’ve offered him, so fingers crossed that continues. We’re probably going to wait a while before trying him on actual solids, because he still spits up a lot, and we worry about him choking on something, but the small amounts of pureed food do seem to be helping a bit with his reflux, which isn’t quite as bad as it was last month, although, with that said, I’ve just this second remembered the massive load of laundry I need to go and take out of the machine. BRB…

Where was I? Oh yeah: I guess the “food” is technically the biggest change, but I’m more amazed by the fact that he can now sit up all by himself, for what seems to be longer and longer every day. He can’t crawl yet, but he’s giving it a good go, and I’m both looking forward to seeing him get a little more mobile, but also dreading it, because MAH BEBE. Y SO GROWN UP?

Max at 5 months
Max at 5 months old
Along with the increased independence (!), he’s also intensely interested in absolutely everything, but is particularly curious about the small details of things: like the print on my pyjamas, for instance:

5 month old Max
5 month old baby

His favourite “toys” this month:

– The key to the patio door, which he has to be lifted up to, so he can touch and examine it in detail.

–  The label on any of his Jellycats

–  The polka dot coasters that live on the coffee table.

–   The little silver pan we use to fill up the steriliser.

–  My face.

Max in his Sleepyhead

Sleep-wise, he’s still sleeping through the night, and, as I mentioned above, this month we had a bit of a breakthrough, in that we’ve been managing to get him to take most – although not all – of his daytime naps in the cot in his room, which gives us some much-needed time to catch up with work. Although he sleeps pretty soundly at night, though, his routine has become much less predictable this month, and he’s gone from waking up at 8am-ish most days, to waking any time between 5:30 – 9:30, which is … I’m going to go with “challenging” here: not because of the occasional early start (It only took a couple of weeks of newborn life for me to start viewing 6:30am as “late”…), but just because it’s hard to get into a routine of our own when we don’t know how long he’s going to sleep. I’m not sure if it’s a 6 month sleep regression, or just the lighter mornings (We fitted blackout fabric to the windows in our room, but some light still leaks through…), but we’re hoping it settles down soon: those 5:30 starts feel a lot worse when you’ve been used to getting up at 8am for the past few weeks!

Max at 5 months

For me, meanwhile, other than the sleep (non) issue, and the fact that I’m still really struggling to find time for anything other than Max, June has been an easier month all round. OK, there have been a couple of meltdowns (And I’m not talking about the baby, here…) when the lack of time has started to cause a lot of stress, but, in general, I’ve been feeling less overwhelmed, and a bit more in control of this. And the fact is, this is just such a lovely age that part of me wishes I could press the pause button on it, and keep him at 6 months for just a little while longer. It’s an age where he’s just so full of fun and personality that it’s impossible to look at him without smiling, and he seems to get as much pleasure from being around us now as we do him. A few nights ago, Terry was holding him while I sat on the couch, and Max suddenly started reaching out his little hands to me, and laughing: it was just so sweet that it almost made me cry, so God knows what I’ll be like once he starts talking. The words “emotional” and “wreck” spring to mind….

Seriously, though, just look at that little face:

And those chubby little thighs!

Happy half-birthday, Max! You’ve turned us into the kind of people who use phrases like “half-birthday” now, apparently, but you’re growing so fast that we wouldn’t have it any other way…

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13 Comments
  • Debs
    June 29, 2018

    Aww he’s just adorable! I love his little hat in the header photo!
    Time seems to go so fast nowadays! I cannot keep up.
    You’ve done so well documenting so much of his life already though! Memories saved forever 🙂 I hope I do all that when I have babies <3
    Debs @ https://tiger-mint.com

  • Myra
    June 29, 2018

    Wonderful post.

  • Emerald
    June 29, 2018

    Happy Half-Birthday Max! xx

    Love the last one of his little arms outstretched. Those are the sweetest moments. 😊

  • Bry Jaimea
    June 29, 2018

    He is just SO CUTE! Honestly, he looks like such a happy baby! A keen interest already in patterns and design? Maybe a baby Picasso on your hands? xx

  • Jennifer
    June 29, 2018

    He is just adorable. I love that first photo. He always looks so happy and cheerful. Six to nine months was always my favorite baby age. They are past the fragile newborn stage but they are still very much a baby so you have the fun of interacting with them but they are still cuddly and tiny. Just thinking about it makes me nostalgic but then I remember the early mornings and think that I am perfectly happy getting my baby fix by reading your posts about Max!

  • Alice
    June 29, 2018

    My daughter is now nearly two, I can’t believe it.
    It’s really amazing when they start walking, you have been away for a while, and as soon as they see you they come runing up to you with their arms outstretched.

    I suppose eventually they get blase about “mama” being away, but right now it is wonderful.

    (Sleep though – it’s only in the last couple of months that my daughter has slept through the night, and by the night I mean midnight-5am…….. 0630 is definitely a lie in!!!!!)

  • Kelly glen
    June 29, 2018

    Yet another months update where I can say he just gets cuter and cuter. He looks such a happy and contented little man and that must surely be done to how well you and Terry are doing in bringing him up.

  • Nicola Kendrick
    June 29, 2018

    That is one beautiful baby boy!!!

  • Sarah Roof
    June 29, 2018

    Aw, he’s so cute! I’m afraid the unpredictable wake up times just seem to be something they do at this age, along with some really unpredictable nap timings (SORRY!) – I think it’s because they’re preparing to drop down to two naps and their body clocks go a bit haywire trying to figure out how to manage that. Anyway, I feel your pain!

  • Chiarina
    June 29, 2018

    The fascination with the labels of toys is something both my daughter and my first niece had, it was so funny… My Brother-in-Law was so proud of himself when he found a toy covered in strips of cloth that resembled labels, but no, the ACTUAL label was still more interesting…

  • Emma
    July 1, 2018

    Max at 6 months is a total cutie pie (which he has been all along, obviously!) I love these little updates; thanks for sharing!

  • Frida
    July 2, 2018

    He is so cute! Yes kids grow up so fast! I can clearly remember those 6 months old days… I just blinked and now my son is 3 years old, chatting and running and doing lots of things (adorable and less adorable 😆 ) being a parent is the best adventure in life. Cheers to 6 months old Max! 🎂

  • Brenda
    July 3, 2018

    My 18 year old daughter walked by while I was reading this and she commented on how cute “that baby” is. Then she took a closer look and said, “wow, he has great eyebrows!” ha! So there you go, Amber! If an 18 year old girl is commenting on his eyebrows, you know they must be pretty darn good!

    I really can’t believe he is 6 months old now. Crazy Time.

AD | We’re spending a few days at @highlandheatherlodges in beautiful Perthshire, for what Terry is optimistically referring to as his ‘birthday week’. (I say ‘optimistically’ - we’re only here for three days, and his birthday was yesterday, but don’t stop believing, Terry!)⁣
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There’s a hot tub for us and a playpark for Max, so needless to say, we’re having a fantastic time, and I’m already dreading having to leave. Today’s big question: can I pass as an under-12, so I qualify for a pony ride at the nearby wildlife centre? 🤔 (On second thoughts, don’t answer that one...)⁣
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AD | Time for a quick game of “Where’s Amber?”⁣
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It’s another rainy Monday, so I’m throwing it back to our trip to @universalorlando ‘s amazing Volcano Bay water park last month. I’m a bit of a scaredy when it comes to water flumes, but this park had tons of stuff for pretty much everyone: plenty of rides for me, and an amazing splash pad for Max 👶In fact, I’d still be on The Fearless River right now if I possibly could be. Still, doing the laundry and turning the heating on will be just as good, right? Right?! 🌋 🏊‍♀️ .
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Good news! We took Max to hospital this morning, and saw two different surgeons, who agreed there was no need to go ahead with the surgery as his lip is healing really well on its own 😅  He’ll definitely have a scar, unfortunately, but that would’ve been the case whether he’d had the surgery or not, and if it turns out to be worse than anticipated, we’ll have the option to have it corrected under local anaesthetic when he’s older. ⁣
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I’m still really upset that this happened in the first place, obviously, but so relieved that we don’t have to put him through a general anaesthetic, and just incredibly grateful that it wasn’t anything worse. I know some parents have to deal with much more serious stuff than this, and my heart goes out to you all: it’s been a rough couple of days, and I’m really grateful to everyone who took the time to comment on yesterday’s post - your stories were so comforting when I was panicking yesterday ❤️ ⁣
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(Old photo, obviously: every time Max sees the selfie camera, he thinks it’s going to be one of those filters where you open your mouth and something happens 😂)⁣
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Totally unrelated photo, but we’ve just spent the morning in Accident & Emergency with Max, who fell on the path outside the house and split his lip open 😥 ⁣
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They tried to stitch it up at A&E, but it was totally impossible with him awake, so they’ve booked him in to have it done under general anaesthetic tomorrow ... Max is absolutely fine: the bleeding stopped quickly, he doesn’t seem to be in pain, and is just his normal, happy little self. I, on the other hand, am a complete wreck: the plastic surgeon he saw today reckons if we don’t have it fixed, his lip will be crooked when it heals, but I’m absolutely *terrified* of the thought of my baby having to have a GA. ⁣
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If you’re a long-time follower, you might know that I have a full-blown phobia of general anaesthetic (I literally had an elective c-section in order to eliminate the possibility of an emergency one, which might have had to be done under GA), so I just can’t get my head to accept that it’s safe and he’ll be fine 😥 ⁣
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Positive stories and advice very welcome: I’m just so terrified, I can’t even imagine how to get through the next 24 hours 😥😥😥

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#throwbackthursday to last week, when I needed a sunhat and SPF 50 to leave the house, rather than the current raincoat and wellies situation. Can you tell the post-holiday blues are still in full swing over here? 🌧 .
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I posted this on Stories over the weekend, but he looked so cute in it I figured it deserved a spot on the grid, too! This is Max all ready for his friend Eleah’s 1st birthday party on Saturday: despite the jetlag and his continuing obsession with doors of all kinds (He had an entire soft play at his disposal, but he mostly just wanted to open and close the gate into it...) he had an absolute ball, and spent the whole drive home shouting, “HAPPY! HAPPY!” Thanks to @thestirlingstyle for a great party 🥳 🎈 🎉 . (Oh, and that’s his hairbrush in his hand - boy likes to look his best 😉)
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