Sunday, 6 April 2014

Forrest at 5 months

I can't believe Forrest has been with us for five months now! Well, five and a half months, really. We've come a long way together in that time and I really feel like I know this little guy now. I've learned his little personality, his likes and dislikes, his little quirks and I rarely have those 'dear god, what is WRONG with this child??!!' moments anymore  

We seem to have finally left the days of sleepless nights behind us, although I'm sure they'll be back once teething really sets in. I saw and heard some wonderful things during the wee small hours in the nursery with Forrest (a shooting star, a pheasant having a 4am chat with a blackbird) but I can't say I'll miss them. Everything seems so much easier on a full nights sleep, we've been enjoying this for the past few weeks and on Wednesday night he actually slept from 7pm to 8am - we couldn't believe our eyes!

Shortly after writing this post about instinctive parenting, a little routine started to emerge in our days. I started using a dummy, something I swore I would never do, but Forrest has always seemed to love sucking and I was advised that sucking might help to correct the shape of his head after his birth trauma. The dummy was a godsend and really helped him to settle between feeds, meaning that I was no longer feeding him every couple of hours, mistaking his need to suck for hunger

I also took him to a cranial osteopath who was able to give me some good advice and correct a few of his little niggles, helping him to become more settled and less demanding

Another thing that has helped him become less demanding is more daytime sleep. There were days when he was only sleeping for 40 minutes during the day and we were both suffering for it. Daytime naps became much easier as soon as he was old enough to settle himself and now I try to ensure he gets three hours sleep during the day if possible. He's much happier for it and it hasn't affected his sleep at night, he's still begging to go to bed by 6pm. And he always wakes up happy - every morning we hear him gurgling away to himself on the baby monitor and we creep into the nursery and peer into the cot to be greeted with the biggest, happiest smiles you can imagine - it's the best way to start the day!

He can now roll onto his front, lift himself up on his arms and kick his legs wildly, he just can't quite lift his body off the floor to crawl and he gets incredibly frustrated about that. He's very impatient (I can't imagine where he gets that from) He can also roll continuously to one side to get where he wants to go, meaning I can't take my eyes off him for a minute! He's not brilliant at sitting up unaided yet so whilst introducing him to solid foods is on the cards in about a month, we're not quite ready yet. His favourite thing to do at the minute is suck the big toe of his left foot. He loves that toe!

But the big love of Forrest's life is Matt. He is a true daddy's boy. He saves his biggest smiles for Daddy and on the two occasions Matt has had Forrest to himself all day, he has behaved like an absolute angel (how bloody typical!) We wonder if this is because of the bond they forged immediately after Forrest's birth - he stared unblinking into Matts eyes for what seemed like forever. I've already told Matt that if we have another baby he won't be allowed to look at it for at least 24 hours after the birth!

We both absolutely adore him as you can imagine. It seems only five minutes ago that we brought him home  and I remember not wanting him to grow up, wanting him to stay a little baby forever. But I'm loving watching him grow and change as the weeks roll by. Next stop - weaning. Wish us luck!


  1. He is just the cutest little boy :) Glad to hear that everything is settling down for you guys!

  2. He is just so beautiful!!! Glad you're managing to get some sleep now- it must feel like a real luxury after months of broken sleep. And when he's as cute as that, I bet he gets away with bloody murder?!

    Alice xx | The Cup and Saucer

  3. Oh my! He's so beautiful bless him! :)

    Asmaa at JustPeachy

  4. He's absolutely beautiful! It must be so nice to be getting more sleep now and it's lovely to hear how everything's settling, I'm a nightmare when it comes to routines!

    Anna xo | The Girl In The Moon

  5. Man ALIVE and i am in tears again! Bless all your lovely hearts. That little angel is an absolute and total credit to you both, he is beautiful and looks like such a cheeky little Mr. I cannot believe he is 5 months old! Happy 5 months little Mr Forrest xxxxxxx

  6. Awwewe that daddy's boy story killed me, so cute. He is growing up so much, what sweetie! x

  7. Such a cutie! Funny he's a Daddy's boy too, so sweet. My son Finlay is coming up for 7 months now, I can't believe it. Going far too quickly x


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