Yay! We made it! Six months as a family. At six weeks post partum I had no idea how we were going to get here but after the first three months and a few changes things did get a lot easier.
If you haven’t read my previous posts we overcame our breastfeeding issues by getting her tongue and lip ties revised. This helped with her reflux and I also cut dairy out of my diet which made a difference and helped with her eczema. We overcame my postnatal depression with a change in my diet (no dairy meant no high sugar chocolate or ice cream), counselling, essential oils and kinesiology.
We had been through so much already that as Maya was approaching six months I was hesitant to start introducing solids. By the time she was five months she had started showing signs she was interested but couldn’t sit unsupported. These were the two things I was going by to know she was ready. But I wasn’t ready. I felt overwhelmed by the thought of introducing solids. It felt like just another thing to do and half the time I was struggling to get my basic ‘to do’ list done. Breastfeeding was easy. It had taken a lot of work and persistence to get there but it was easy to just pull out a boob and feed her ;p
I did a baby first aid course and looked into baby led weaning but as much as I loved the idea of it I didn’t feel comfortable. So I turned to the Thermomix cookbook I had sold to so many of my Thermotash customers. Cooking for Baby and Toddler is a great cookbook with lots of background info and easy nutritious recipes broken up by age groups.
We started at the 6 months section and fed her sweet potato puree as her first food a couple of weeks ago and she loved it! She had clearly been ready for awhile. I was the one that had held her back. A couple of months ago this would have triggered my anxiety but I now know that we are both learning as we go and I don’t have to know it all. I’m learning from her just as much as she’s learning from me.
She first rolled from her tummy to her back on Christmas Eve but it wasn’t until last week that she rolled from her back to her tummy. I was giving her more play time on her back and trying all sorts of things to help her roll. Then one morning I left her on her back and came back to find her on her tummy. This happened two more times before hubby saw her do it. It just goes to show that we can help our little ones as much as we are able to but they’re the ones that have to do the work and they’ll do it when they’re ready.
Comparing her development to other babies had been a big part of my social anxiety. But with the help of kinesiology and essential oils I was able to let it go and now I just go with the flow. I trust that I am doing the best job I can as a mother and I trust that my baby is developing at her own pace. The last thing I want is for her to have to live up to the high standards my former perfectionist self imposed on me.
My last bit of relief came a couple of weeks ago when her hips and feet were X-rayed. She was born with talipes which put her at high risk of hip displacia. Luckily the X-ray showed her hips were fine and the feet exercises we had been doing since she was born had helped correct her feet. We have our next appointment in six months and it should hopefully be the last :) and if time passes as quickly as these first six months have she will be celebrating her first birthday in no time!
At six months she is such a wriggle worm. I can’t wait until she starts crawling so I better get started and baby proof the house! She has cut her two bottom teeth and it’s so cute seeing her gummy grin with two little tooth pegs. She is growing her hair again (after losing it when we managed to remove her severe cradle cap) and I can’t wait until I can clip a bow in. She has been baptised, been dipped in the ocean and loves to bounce when her cousins are dancing. It brings me so much joy watching her experience the world and it melts my heart when she turn to look at me or her dad to check in with her circle of security. We are in such a happy place and I look to the next six months with excitement xx
If you would like to know more about using essential oils as a natural solution for you and your bub I will be sharing my experience at this free workshop.