Hoping to squeeze an update about this fidgety lil baby of mine. Yes, fidgety. VERY fidgety. Only 7 months old and he has shown signs of being a very active toddler in a few months time. Little Shanshine is no longer little.
Has it been 7 months already? That is 5 months to a year. It sure doesn’t feel like it. I still remember every little detail of my pregnancy and every little (not!!!!) pain I felt during labour. I remember pushing for 2 hours, I remember crying in pain and asking for Coke in the middle of pushing. I remember the very first time Shan looked at me in the delivery suite. His
eyes swollen, my eyes teary. He looked at me like he’s known me for the longest time even though we just met. I don’t think I will ever forget that. *wipes tears*
I was reading my weekly updates on my pregnancy and regret not updating on Shan’s monthly update ever since he was born. The first few months were kind of crazy, what with moving and all. I guess I am more or less settled now, so time shouldn’t be an excuse anymore. Still not too late to start, I suppose.
At 7 months, Shan is a really happy baby! He smiles at anyone. He smiles when he watched the news, he smiles at the toothless nyonyas, he smiles at the pictures of babies in books. Also, I think he has a thing for nyonyas. His favourite nyonya is a vegetable seller at the market. They seem to have a special bond.
But my happy little Shanshine has his tantrums too. Sleeping time is super important to him, and that is why I make sure he gets his nap during the day. He cannot stay awake for more than 2 hours during the day. He is a very good night sleeper though. He started sleeping through the night at 8 weeks. Went to bed at 8pm and wake up the next morning at 7am. Sometimes I will
wake him up and feed him, but other times I sleep through the night too. Hehe. BAD MUMMY.
But ever since I started him on solids, he wakes up at night at least once. I don’t know why, maybe he gets hungry. So I nurse him and he will go straight back to sleep. No fuss, no sound. He doesn’t even cry when he wakes up at night for a feed. He will just start blabbering to himself.
Naps during the day are very challenging though! He takes catnaps which lasts for 45mins-1hour and he gets sleepy again after about 2 hours of being awake. I’m trying to put him on a sleep routine, it is going to take time but I’m sure it will work soon! Here is his schedule every day.
7am – Wake up. Nurse.
7.30am – Shower, play.
8.45am – Nurse, nap.
11am (yes he naps for at least 2 hrs at this time everyday
w/o fail) – wake up, nurse.
11.15-11.45am – Lunch
11.45-1pm – Play.
1pm- Nurse. Nap
2pm (if I’m lucky) – Wakeup. Nurse.
2.15-5pm – Play. Nurse. (I try to keep him awake as much as possible)
5pm – Dinner.
5.30pm – Wash up!
6pm – 7.30pm – Nurse. Play/read/sing.
7.30pm – Nurse, sleep.
So far, everything is in place, except the timing between 2-5pm. By 4pm, he will squirm around and start rubbing his eyes wanting to sleep. Sometimes I put him down to sleep, but only for 10 minutes or so. Maybe when he starts crawling he will fill that time with ‘cleaning’ up! Hehe
Speaking of which, he haven’t started crawling yet but he is almost sitting on his own. I let him sit on his own
without any support and he can sit for 10 seconds before tumbling to the side. Like humpty dumpty you know. Oh! And when he is engrossed in playing (his favourite is the stacking bowls!) sometimes he can sit for a whole minute on his own. However, he prefers to stand most of the time, but with support of course.
I’m not rushing him though; he can take his own time on all the motor skills. It will happen eventually anyway.
Nursing – yes he is still on full breast milk. I don’t know for how long more I’d like to breastfeed him, but I am hoping to go on until he is at least a year old. Nursing gets easier and easier with time. I remember how freaking painful it was when I first started nursing him. I actually dread feeding him, oh my goodness. It was that bad! So new mummies, if you intend to
breastfeed your newborn please know that it might be hard at first but it will get easier and better soon! I have been receiving a few emails from readers about breastfeeding and I am happy to reply to any questions about breastfeeding.
Everyday Shan is surprising me with new things. Yesterday he giggled when I went “the fire engine goes nee-nar nee-nar nee-nar!”. Yes and I repeated that so many times just to hear the same giggle over and over and OVER again. Today, when I asked him, “where is the tiger?” He turned and looked at the sticker of a tiger on his room wall. I find so much joy in simple things like these nowadays!
And before people start to think that I am bragging about my perfect baby (but he is to me!), let me first tell you that I have bad days too. Just yesterday, my little smiley happy baby wants to show the grumpy side of him at a very wrong time. When the suria crew was here to shoot a Mothers’ Day interview! Sigh. Sigh. He was sleepy and squirmy almost throughout the
entire shoot! Good luck editing the footages, Latiff! Hehe
So there you go…7 month old Shan Ehan and his antics. I love this squirmy gundeng deng gundeng so much, if you can’t already tell by now. :p
Here he is blabbering…