Tate's milestones

Tate is 6 months old today!

I cannot believe this little boy is 6 months old already… It’s crazy how quickly each month has flown by!

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Each and every day is pure joy having this little boy in our lives… We wake up every day to his cute little chatter from his crib, then the biggest smile appears as he pushes up and we see his gorgeous face… That is my happy place right there!

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He is my chunky little monkey, at his late 5 month checkup on August 25th he weighed 17lbs 1oz, he had his HIB vaccine, I’m very strict about only having one vaccine at a time, I do not believe we should pump our bodies with an over load of vaccines!

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He is still exclusively breast fed, but that is about to change this month as we head into baby led weaning! He is exclusively cloth diapered these days too, something we have gradually edged into and we are now in a routine with washing and drying, it’s easy once you know what you are doing!

The big milestone for Tate this month has been his fine motor skills, the use of his hands has dramatically changed, he now has more control and is touching everything he can reach, he is clumsy but you can see his hand skills improving every day! He loves to grab hair, touch toys and scratch my face! He can sit on his own for a very short time, he is wobbly but he can do it, he loves to roll around the floor, but hates it when he backs into a wall and is stuck!

His sleep pattern has changed a little, he needs two naps a day, morning and afternoon and he is grumpy by the evening if he doesn’t get them! He loves sleeping in his crib/cot the best. He has started to settle earlier in the evening around 7.30/8pm, which is lovely for me to get a couple of hours to myself but it does mean he wakes at about 3am, I’m not moaning because he usually nurses the goes back into bed asleep until about 6.30am, when our alarm wakes him!

He really is a gorgeous baby boy, happy, contented and very easy going… Fingers crossed this continues, as with Florrie things changed at this age, so I guess we will just have to wait and see… But for now I will make the most of each and every minute of his little baby time!

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Charlie Banana…

Being a complete novice at cloth diapering means I can truthfully tell it how it really is… And I really don’t know what all the fuss is about, I’m loving cloth diapering, it’s not rocket science, today with these fancy diapers! I bought 4 cloth all in one cloth diapers, one Bumgenius and a pack of 3 Charlie Banana ones, so far the Charlie Banana ones win hands down, the poppers are so much nicer to use, the pads are soft and wash well and the fit is perfect for my 3 month old baby boy and we have tried them on his 3 year old sister and they fit perfectly too!

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Now I know I only have 4 diapers at the moment to wash but it’s so easy to get into a routine, once the diapers are used I pull them apart, rinse them if they need it then place in a bucket, every other day I spray the stained ones with a stain remover, now I know you are not meant to do this and my plan is to mix up a vinegar and water stain spray, but for now I’ve been using resolve and I only spray them a tiny bit, I place them in my super new washer with a couple of towels to balance out the load, set my machine on delay wash, to be ready for when I get up, I only use the laundry detergent, and I only use a free and clear, safe for the environment detergent, no softener, I set the washer on a long cycle and extra rinse and they come out perfect! I tumble dry the inserts, again no dryer sheets just two dryer blasts to help fluff and separate the load, on a low heat and hang the outer parts out to dry!

Again I know I only have 4 diapers but I don’t understand the problem with stuffing the diapers, so far I have stuffed them as I need them, it doesn’t take long, about as long as opening a disposable! It is true that my little boy needs changing more often, I haven’t taken him out in a cloth diaper just yet, or let him sleep through the night, but I do use them throughout the day when we are at home! My plan is to buy the box of six Charlie Banana diapers and I would like to try to pre-folds and covers, I bought all of my cloth diapers so far from Buy Buy Baby using my 20% off coupon! I tried Babies r us, but their cloth diapers consist of trainer pants and a pack of flat terry diapers old style, a waste of time, Amazon seems like a good place to get all things cloth diapering and from my research there seem to be some good websites out there! Etsy have some cute handmade diapers that I have been looking at, so I have plenty of options for my next purchase, but this is definitely an ongoing project… So far I have reduced my consumption of disposable diapers to half, so I am a little bit greener than I used to be, but cost wise I’m not quite breaking even just yet as I have had the outlay of the diapers to take into consideration, but so far so good… I am loving my little boy in his tiny cloth diapers!

Now onto the subject of disposable diapers, if you are like me and hate the thought of all the chemicals that go into each disposable diaper then the more natural made diapers are the way to go, I have tried babyganics, seventh generation and the Honest Company… I have to say my two favorites are Seventh generation and The Honest Company, but now the Honest Company Diapers just got better, they are now sold in Target and the best thing about Target is that they are $2 cheaper per pack than anywhere else… Yay, this made me very excited! I also like the Honest Company shampoo and body wash, this is sold in Costco, two large bottles are $14, but if you wait a while there is usually a coupon, so I purchased two bottles for $11… A bargain price!

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Tate's milestones

Tate…

Tate Jude was 3 months old yesterday… Can you believe 3 months have been and gone already… I really can’t, it feels like I blinked my eyes and suddenly he is 3 months old! Of course this means that this is the month last year that I started my pregnancy, one year ago this little man started his journey into this crazy world!

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Tate Jude is such a good baby, at 3 months old he has started sleeping through the night, it’s been about a week, but I’m loving my sleep again, long may it continue… He usually nurses all evening, but around 9pm he begins to close his eyes and then at 10pm he is in a deep sleep and I can lay him in his soon to be too small bassinet. He then usually sleeps until 6am’ish, although this morning it was 5am, a quick nurse and then he usually goes back to sleeping his own bed until anything from 8am to 10am… Fingers crossed this routine continues but as we all know with a very young baby things can change very quickly… But for now, I’m loving it!

This little boy loves cuddles, he loves laying out in his stroller, but most of all he loves to be worn in my mei tai carrier, snuggled up against me, he looks so cute, I never thought I would say this… But I love babywearing, it has been a life saver with my bad neck, it has meant I have been able to carry my chunky monkey around with support for my back and my neck! Baby wearing also helps me out when Florrie is tired, she can sit in the shopping cart and I can carry my little man around… Perfect!

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This little boy is the cutest little smiler, he looks at me and every time a cute little grin comes across his face followed by the beginnings of him talking… It melts my heart every single time! The absolute love that I feel for this tiny person is unbelievable, even after having had 7 other children it still amazes me!

Florence has fallen in love with her little brother, well both of his big sisters are totally in love with him… Florence reminds me very much of Dominic when Lewis came into our lives, he began becoming reliant oh him to give him confidence to do things like play in the garden, yes Dom was scared to play in the garden alone, but suddenly when I put Lewis out there he played happily… Now I see this happening with Florrie and her little brother… So cute, she loves him!

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My little Tate is such a wriggler, when he is awake he is constantly on the move, he can spin himself around in a half circle and he is trying to roll ove, I’m not quite ready for that just yet so he can take his time! He loves laying down in his stroller looking around at the world around him and listening to all the sounds, his favorite place to lay is in the middle of my bed, he lays there for a while just kicking, wriggling and talking!

Tate is my first child to be cloth diapered… Today, I have put my first cloth diaper on him, let’s see how it goes, it feels weird already, but I’m sure we will both get used to it… And these new diapers are more like trendy disposables that just need to be washed…

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I am a breastfeeding Mama these days, after bottle feeding my first 4 children, I found out that I love breastfeeding and my last 4 children have been solely breastfed… So it goes without saying Tate is solely breastfed, he occasionally has pumped milk in a bottle, this happens when like yesterday I left him with a friend for a couple of hours so Florrie and I could have some one on one time! He is a good nurser and he is certainly growing well on all of this good milk!

We are still following up on some health issues from birth with Tate, we are seeing a Gastric and intestine doctor at a local hospital, this children’s hospital is amazing, it is beautifully decorated and equipped for children of all ages and so far we are very impressed with the medical staff! Tate’s bilirubin levels in his liver are still higher than they should be, all the blood work showed high potassium levels too, but they think this was caused by the heel blood they took and when his blood was taken from his arm the potassium levels looked good, but this set of blood work showed a high level of enzymes in his liver… So what this all means is that my poor baby has to have yet more blood work and an ultrasound on his liver… He is a very healthy, chunky looking baby, gaining weight, way too fast, his development is spot on for his age… So fingers crossed everything will be fine!

Tate Jude brings so much joy and love to this crazy family… 3 months have flown by, but I look forward to each and everyday of new milestones in this little boys life…

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