little dumpling @ 6.5mths

My little dumpling has come a long way since the last time I blogged in November @ 5 mths. She loves her bathtime now and expects her rubbery squirt friends (crab, octopus, pelican, dolphin, ducks & turtle) to join her each time. Place only the ducks in the tub and she continues looking up at the shelf and wonders why the others are still sitting there.

Physical Development. Little dumpling had grown into a fierce little grabber (since 4 mths old). Quick as lightning, she pulls anything that interests her, off and into her little mouth (she loves angbaos). Poor Sophie the Giraffe is one victim. Constantly contorted and mutilated by her chewing. The scene is pretty savage. Last week, she attempted to kick the passenger on the left and pull a lady’s patterned shirt on my right during our train ride home. I had to restrain her!

She could do big push ups by now and rotates like a turtle stuck on its back. She rolled back at 5.5 months and gaining distance this way. Instead of crawling forward, she ends up pushing herself backward instead. She can sit unsupported for a few minutes and insists on standing in her bathtub sometimes. She also giggles a lot when her daddy lifts her high up in the air and swing her round and round. Sweet.

Language Development. She doesn’t babble very much except when left on her own. I hope she loves her languages in future.

Weaning. We started her on semi solids 2 weeks ago. Initially, she took to Healthy Times Brown Rice Cereal and downed 2 tablespoons of it. But before we could pat ourselves on the back to congratulate ourselves, she concluded a week later that milk remains her favourite food. She clamped her mouth shut whenever we raise the spoon to her mouth. Forcing it down only made her vomit her food (& milk with it) and that was quite a sight to watch.

Challenges Challenges.

Well, my mistake actually. Pureed carrots (thinned with milk) was introduced without mixing it with rice cereal. Yep. You get it now. Even I puke at the thought of eating pureed carrots. Ever since that first mouthful and subsequent puke, she eyes every spoon (with or without carrots) suspiciously and refused to open her mouth. No amount of cajoling, funny faces and thousand ‘so delicious’ or ‘yummmies’ (we ate it in front of her) would make her yield. Attempts to feed her some more would result in a meltdown.

Hence we decided to feed her carrots through the bottle. We thought we could trick her. Alas. We had underestimated the power of babies. If you think they don’t know a thing. Think again. We poured the pureed carrots from the bowl into a milk bottle and diluted it with milk. All done in full view of baby. BIG MISTAKE. I seriously thought she wouldn’t know. She eyed the bottle and refused to open her mouth. She tried to squirm her way out too. Only when I offered the other bottle (milk without carrot) that she willingly drank it all up. Boy was she hungry! I am taking a break this week and hopefully she forgets her trauma and start taking her cereals again. Sigh.

Awareness. I couldn’t remember when she became more people/environment sensitive but she seemed more discerning at 4-5mths. She stared hard at the person carrying her and looked to me for validation. These days, she wants me to carry her by stretching out her arms and arching forward. Once, she got so upset with me after I left her on the bed when she actually wanted to be carried. She indicated her displeasure by stretching out to her grandma and refusing to look at me or carry after! Gosh.

Sleep. Since 5mths, she had been sleeping from 8pm to 7am in the morning with a dream feed at 11pm. We intend to wean her off the dream feed before she gets really big and I wouldn’t be able to lift her off her bed. 8-11pm is a vulnerable period sometimes. She would cry out in the middle of her sleep and we’ll have to pat her a little to get her back to sleep.

Temperament. She is usually happy and smiles alot unless she is hungry or too tired *my fault actually*.  My daily task is to anticipate her signs more accurately so she doesn’t get into a meltdown!

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