24 February 2012, by Tan Yi Lin
I can hardly believe it:
WE HAVE BEEN PARENTS FOR HALF A YEAR!
Coco turned six months old on 22 February. We took a quick walk down memory lane (or rather, a quick scroll through iPhoto) to recap how our little family of three has been doing for the past six months.
At the Beginning
Coco entered our world. And turned it upside down.
Every day felt longer than 24 hours but somehow, we made it through the longest month EVER.
Coco finally turned one month old!
Coco really packed on the kilos and soon, I found myself storing away the newborn clothes that she had outgrown.
Coco hit a growth spurt and turned into a milk monster. She started sleeping through the night somewhere during her third month (hooray!) Unfortunately, this blissful period didn’t last very long before she hit her next growth spurt and started waking up for late night feeds again.
All that feeding made her nice and strong and soon, she was enjoying looking at life from a different angle.
She also got the hang of sitting up with some assistance from the Bumbo and celebrated her first Christmas too!
In her fifth month, this little Miss was getting quite bossy and showed a strong preference for wanting things her way. Like lounging on OUR bed and staying up late beyond her 9.30pm bedtime.
The sixth month was pretty amazing. Coco suddenly gained a lot more control over her body and physical movements and could do a lot more fun stuff with us.
Check out all the new things we did during this month!
We went swimming in the big pool at the club. We were worried that she wouldn’t be used to the colder-than-usual temperatures (unlike the warm water tubs at Babyspa) and would bawl her head off in the pool.
But she didn’t! We were surprised, amazed, relieved and glad that our little girl loved one of our favourite leisure activities – swimming, right down to being hosed down in the shower stall (instead of being bathed in her usual baby bath tub.) We’ve got another water baby in da’ house!
So, Coco, when do you want to start scuba diving? Hmmm?
Just this week, Coco mastered the art of balancing and holding herself upright while sitting. It’s a lot easier to play with her when you don’t have one hand glued to her all the time to support her and when she’s not toppling over onto her side! When she flaps her hands around excitedly, she reminds me of a baby bird learning how to fly. Cute.
She has also graduated from having her meals in the Bumbo to eating with everybody else at the dining table in her new IKEA high chair.
In addition to baby cereal, she has shown a great interest in the food that WE eat and has gotten her little gums on a rather wide repertoire of food even before turning six months old: carrot (from MY soup, mashed with a fork), potato (again from MY soup, also mashed with a fork), tofu (from MY dinner plate), the bun from MY McChicken burger and two licks of DAN’s soft serve ice-cream.
We have also given her fruit pieces to gnaw on, including apple, pear, cherry and even longan (the latter held firmly in my fingers while she sucked the juice from it.) The only food that she has shown a distinct dislike for are bananas. Twice. (Who doesn’t like bananas?!)
She is now part of the evening gang at the neighbourhood playground. Apparently the other kids announce her arrival with “Baby lai le! Baby lai le!” (“Baby’s here!” in Mandarin) They laugh and say that she’s “So small! So cute!”, “Smaller than the basketball!”. She’s thinks she’s one of them though and signals to us to swish her down the slide and push her on the swing.
Every evening as we drive into the estate, we look out for her at the playground and join her for an evening play session.
Shopping is really fun now because we can wheel her around in the shopping cart.
She also commanded her first digital battle on the PS3…. KIDDING!
And outgrew even more clothes.
Unfortunately, life isn’t always a party and Coco experienced some not-too-fun stuff too in her sixth month: getting jabbed simultaneously on each thigh. Once for pneumococcal and another for the 6-in-1 vaccine. But she was quickly appeased when offered baby biscuit, which she sulkily accepted and gnawed on angrily.
Oh and she has started sleeping through the night again *cross fingers*
We have come a long way from those early days when we were at our wits end, fumbling with diapers, not knowing how to bathe a fragile newborn and fretting over gas problems. At that time, it was hard to believe people when they said that things would get easier – and better. But they did.
We are a picture of confidence now when we bring our daughter out on the MRT, to the pool, to dine in restaurant, etc. Of course, there are still the crying episodes and fussy behaviour to handle, but we know that we can handle them without having to rely on the more experienced hands of our parents to soothe her (and are even better than our parents at times because Coco wants us! *beam*)
Happy Six Months, Coco Monster! We love you LOTS!