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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Bye bye January…

I am wondering how I am meant to be resting up at 32 weeks pregnant with 35 minute drives twice weekly for iron infusions, Ultrasound appointments and two weekly OBGYN appointments… I’m doctored out right now, Florrie is fed up of being in the car and I’m really fed up of not being able to wear my normal warm clothing for this time of the year… Moan over!

Everyone says I look a lot better from the iron infusions, thankfully, but I’m still waiting for this magic drug to burst into the much needed energy I need to finish the projects I wanted to complete before this little man arrives, on the plus side I think all this iron is giving this baby super strength, he is a real wriggler and loves head butting my rib cage (he is breach at the moment) and kicking my bladder… All the fun moments of pregnancy… Ha, ha!

I am in love with the Baby Gap at the moment, the baby bargains have been in abundance this January, I think I have managed to get a whole newborn baby boy wardrobe for less than $100, he has long sleeve and short sleeve vests and cute little onesies, I love newborn babies in nighties, boy or girl they look so cute, so I have a few nighties too! I have very cute long johns in a variety of colors and I have my Mum and a close friend on knitting duty, cute little cardigans as I am sure the weather will be chilly and I love newborn hand knitted sweaters… All in all he will be the best dressed March newborn baby boy!

Of course I cannot forget my little Florrie’s spring closet, so I have been picking up a few bargains for her too, I love the Target Osh Kosh girls clothes… They recently had a very Cath Kidston raincoat and boots in there, of course a must for every toddler girls Spring wardrobe, they also have just reduced a few Osh Kosh items by 30%, so I got her a little spring jacket and red spotty dress… With Spring clothes appearing in the shops now, I just cannot wait for the warmer weather to arrive!

I have a small list of need to get items before the birth, but I’m very pleased with my bargain baby buys so far, we got 20% off the stroller! a super cheap managers clearance on our Chicco car seat $60 from $199, lots of clearance items from the Baby Gap, we already have the crib, it just needs converting from a baby girl to a cute boy crib! On my list still to get are little socks, some swaddle blankets, a head comforter for the car seat and a small nesting bassinet that can be used in the crib and our bed if needed… Not too many things left to get, so I am happy!

On a totally different subject, I am now going totally green with my dishwasher, I am totally addicted to Pinterest and have found a recipe for making your own dishwasher powder, I have bought the ingredients and am very keen to try it, our dishwasher does not seem to clean well and items do not sparkle, so in an effort to use less chemicals, be more economical and get the dishes cleaner, I’m trying out this recipe…
dishwasher powder recipe
Wish me luck, I will let you know how it works and report back here with my findings!

Just a few free pattern ideas for all you crafters out there… These are the ones I am loving!
crochet moose beanie… very cute?
crochet striped beanie… various sizes!
crib sheets… they look easy peasy!

Just a few recipes you might want to try this weekend…
The best broccoli and cauliflower cheese… Jamie Oliver style… thanks to friend sending me the link!
Super Bowl Sunday guacamole
Of course the Super Bowl would not be complete without chips and Queso… skinny style!

Happy first weekend in February… Hopefully this means the temperatures will get a little bit warmer, and we will see the grass again soon!

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