Dearest 8 Month Old

So…You are CRAWLING!! (Properly!!) After a couple of months of watching you like a hawk to try to capture that first moment, you obviously decided to do it when I was distracted for a second and crawled straight past me before I started squealing with excitement, which then made you start crying. I need to work on that. Sorry.

So, umm, we learned you can’t be placed on the bed anymore whilst i make your feed because you’ll just flip over and merrily crawl into the dark. Unfortunately you fell off and banged your nose. Cue blood and a panicked rush to A&E. Thankfully you were ok. I knew you were fine when you got excited pulling at the doctors stethoscope. I glued you to my hip for a few days after that!

Other things you’ve been doing this month…

– Pulling yourself up holding the sofa. Then getting excited, letting go and falling flat on your back. If you could learn to fall on your bum quite quickly then that would be great for both of is.

– I’m sure this has spurred a fresh batch of grey hairs to make an appearance. In my fringe! Again!!

– You had your first big family do at your granddads house last week and you loved it! I thought you might bawl at so much commotion but you loved all the attention and kept playing your “tilt head from side to side” game with your 7 year old uncle. People absolutely adore this about you usually and will copy you to egg you on. You did it so much though that the poor lad got bored and eventually walked off. You looked a bit confused.

– You’ve started throwing ALL your food on the floor for some reason. Then you try to get out of your high chair to get it again. I presume so you can eat it… Or possibly just to chuck it again. What’s that about? I keep finding stuff everywhere!

– After weeks of multiple wake ups you did a very surprising thing.. You slept till 6.30am. I couldn’t believe it!! I didn’t think that day would ever come. Whilst I enjoy the night feeds immensely, if you wanted to drop them all completely then that would be grand, I mean, fine.

Until next time baby!! Mwah!

Baby Safety Products for an Overprotective Parent

As you know we have a crawler on our hands and it is true what they say… You can’t take your eyes off them, even for a second. He is on the move constantly and nothing is too big or scary for him to explore. He’s not mastered crawling yet and he’s already trying to pull himself up on furniture. Me, on the on the other hand, well… I think my heart is permanently in my mouth. Take this morning, for example. He pulled himself onto his knees using the sofa, grabbed his dummy and after a second of smiling victoriously, lost his balance and bumped his head. Cue big tears and crying. Ouch.

I’m literally spending the whole day trying to prevent him smacking his face, head and gasping every 30 seconds. I get he needs to explore and learn but it is so tempting to just wrap him in protective gear to stop him hurting himself. If I was an overprotective mother (which I’m not) i’d definitely buy the following… That is, if it was on the baby safety Market:

1. A Baby Helmet, complete with chin guard – Prevents bumps and scrapes to the head. Also prevents the baby bumping into the corners of the cot whilst he goes off crawling within in at all hours of the night.

2. Elbow and Shin Pads – Aids the above and prevents bloody and bruised knees, cuts and scrapes

3. The Nappy Airbag – Designed for babies who have not quite mastered standing up. It inflates as soon as baby’s bum lands on the floor. Nice cushioned landing and no sore bum, or flattened poo within the nappy. Bliss.

4. Gum Shield – Does what it says on the tin. Can also double up as a teething ring.

5. (For the ultimate overprotective mummy) The all over body suit. Can be purchased in two styles; the “astronaut style” or the “Michelin baby style” (floaty or bouncy). Either way baby will be cushioned to impact.

Imagine the millions I’d make. I mean, an overprotective mother would make. Now, which Dragon would be interested?

The Not So Speedy Gonzales

After weeks of commando style crawling and simultaneous cleaning of my floorboards with his top and jeans, Baby Boy yesterday started crawling. Our reaction was one of “awwwww” followed by “arggggghhhh!” when he made a beeline straight for the shiny silver coloured fireplace griddle. The hearth is giving him vast amounts of amusement as he smacks his hand on it and then rattles the griddle as if trying to pull it off. Oh crap! I now have two massive floor cushions blocking the entire thing. Thankfully this has either confused him or he’s forgotten. Either way he’s left it alone. For now. (Cue frantic purchasing of fireguard!).

Between yesterday afternoon and this morning (approximately 4 hours of rug time), he’s learned the following new tricks:

– getting stuck in what looks like about 2 inches of space between a wall and tables
– getting stuck under a table
– Pulling or attempting to gnaw laptop charger / iPod charger / wires in general
– Various attempts to ascend the fireplace

He’s not even properly got going yet!
Could someone mop my brow?