When did you get so big Amelia Skye? My titchy princess was this tiny little thing in size 0 premie nappies, swamped by tiny baby clothes. Now you’re running around the park shouting ‘1,2,3 go’ and launching yourself down the slide.
When did you start putting your own shoes and hat on? When did you learn to demand ‘juice’ when you’re thirsty? It feels like these 17 months have gone so fast. Gone is the little alien like baby and in its place is this mini lady.
Yes it’s getting cold outside but it’s still quite dry out so we spent the morning enjoying the crisp air at the park with Sammy (the dog) and nanny. Amelia ran round and fell down more times than I could count – the knees of her leggings now have muddy patches. She went up and down the slide enough times I thought she’d be sick and before that spent nearly as long on the swings.
I took easily fifty photos. I’ve included some of the cutest here.
Where did we go for Amelia’s first shoes?
We went to Golden Boot a lovely independent store in Maidstone town centre. It has been there years and is where my Mum purchased my first shoes.
When did we go?
A few days after Amelia turned 10 months. My little brother was walking by 10 months and Amelia is very nearly there too. We have a family of early walkers!
What shoes did we get?
An adorable pinky corrally coloured pair with a t-bar strap.
What size is the little princess?
3G – pretty average for a baby her size.
Why golden boot?
They offer a little book with their picture in at a first shoe fitting so I have a lovely picture book and photo for Amelia’s memory box. They also offer shoes at lower prices than other shoe shops and their staff are wonderful. Amelia tried on 4 or 5 pairs in three different sizes. They don’t sell the shoes until they are completely happy with the fit.
Does Amelia like her shoes?
The honest answer to that is no! She likes having her tootsies free and always pulls her socks off. But she is getting used to the shoes. To start with she went back to tip toe walking but is now flat footed again.
I couldn’t recommend golden boot enough for baby and children’s shoes. If you live locally then pop in with your little ones. This post wouldn’t be complete without a picture of Amelia’s new shoes. Getting pictures of her sitting still is becoming a serious challenge so apologies for the quality.
Amelia’s first tooth
A week ago today the little monkey bit me with her first tooth where it had started poking through. She now uses it to chomp on everything: fingers, noses, chocolate buttons, toes. All the tasty things right?
Amelia’s first pancake day
Yesterday was a day to enjoy lots of sugary chocolatey pancakes. I confess, Amelia has had them before, but she had one with Nutella and mini marshmallows. The little monster loved it.
And today is Amelias first Valentine’s Day so
I thought I’d be extra cute and get her a vest that says ‘daddy’s valentine’. I put her in it at 9:30 and it is currently (an hour later) in the washing machine. As her daddy put it: she did her business and it went all up her back and so the vest isn’t as cute now.
Thankfully I snapped a few photos before this happened. They aren’t the best but they are adorable and the best I’m going to get. I didn’t even get chance to put her matching red leggings and red hoodie on. But there we are.
Other nine month achievements:
Walking when holding someone’s hands.
Climbing up stairs.
Opening her snack cupboard and helping herself.
Trying to climb in the toilet.
Having a nearly-toddler is frustrating, funny and full of surprises. (The valentines vest is proof of the frustrating. Try and do something cute and it lasts an hour.)
Amelia is 8 months old a week tomorrow – I know where has the time gone?
She can say Mum, dad and Nan and chatters non stop.
The most surprising development is this morning she woke up and started crawling out of the blue. Me and my mum were both fairly certain Amelia would skip the crawling stage and just walk – my brother did pretty much exactly that and was walking unaided by 9 months. But the little lady decided to surprise us all.
She often spends from 4am onwards in bed with rob and I. I have gotten used to being woken up by little hands pulling at my hair. Amelia woke us up this morning by chatting away ‘dadda dad Daddy dadda’. She pulled herself up so that she was sitting in her little sleeping bag – on a side note if your baby doesn’t have a sleeping bag then go and buy one. Amelia has slept so much better since having hers.
We took amelias sleeping bag off so we could change her nappy and as soon as she was free she started rolling around the floor. Neither of us could believe it when she managed to crawl the length of the bed and back five times! Yes it’s an army crawl but as the days gone on she’s got better and better at using her arms.
7 months old and my little lady has truly mastered her first word.
And of course it is ‘daddy’. If it wasn’t so cute I would be offended. She currently says three variations of it; Daddy, dad and dadda. Amelia knows what it means too. Now if you ask her ‘where is daddy’ she looks around for him and if she doesn’t see him her little face falls.
As it gets closer to Christmas I’m getting slightly worried that she’s going to be crawling by then. Which would be wonderful but as we are spending Christmas at my mums the poor dog will not find it fun. Amelia is obsessed with trying to pinch Sammy. If she can get hold of her ears or tail she is delighted.
Inbeteeen chatting away about daddy, Amelia was constantly on the look out for Sammy last time we were at my mums. Sammy is a really friendly jack Russel with long legs. But trying to teach amelia not to pinch her is a challenge. We did manage to get Amelia to stroke Sammy a couple of times so we are getting there.
Tomorrow Amelia is 7 months old. My tiny little baby – who went down to just over 5lbs after being poorly – is 7 months old!
So what has changed?
Then she was in micro nappies – the size below size 1 that are made specifically for premature babies. Now she is in size 3s.
Then she was in tiny baby clothes with the sleeves rolled up. Now she is 6-9 months and her legs are long enough that they are not going to fit much longer.
Then she was only drinking milk. Now, as I write this, she’s eating a carrot puff from Aldi. She has porridge for breakfast and a little meal with a pudding for lunch and dinner. Her favourites at the moment are rice crispies, banana porridge, Ella’s kitchen strawberry and banana puffs and cottage pie.
Then she couldn’t keep her eyes open. Now she can sit, bum shuffle, stand if holding something, giggle and say ‘dada’.
Then she was in hospital, very poorly, with four hourly blood tests and photo therapy. Now she has been discharged and just has to be weighed every 3 weeks, more often than other babies her age because of the initial struggles.
In the cot in the hospital at 2 weeks old
Watching her grow every day is so much fun. She’s such a smiley, happy baby and every time we go shopping someone says how beautiful she is.
My tiny little newborn is somehow 5 months already. We notice changes in her everyday now and she’s definitely developing a cheeky personality.
What can Amelia do?
If you hold her hands when she’s sitting, she pulls herself up so she is standing. Whenever she does this she gives you the biggest smile as if to say ‘look how clever I am’.
Titch can roll over from front to back. She can nearly roll over from back to front but unfortunately she thinks the best time to practice this is in the bath!
She can make lots of different noises and her latest one sounds a bit like mum when she’s being particularly loud.
Amelia giggles and laughs all the time and if you stick your tongue out at her she does it back.
If she sees something she wants to chew on she easily reaches for it and sticks it in her mouth.
Tummy time now means hilarious attempts at crawling! She pulls her shoulders off the ground but tries to move forward with her feet off the floor too.
The last few days we have found out that if Amelia isn’t strapped into her chair she can wiggle her way out of it until she is sitting on the floor instead.
All little ones progress at different rates so I am sure there are babies unable to do some of these things at this age. Equally I am sure there are babies that same age that can do things Amelia can’t.
Amelia has had a really bad few nights and just been generally unhappy, waking up at least every hour. She’s also been having a lot more milk.
This morning she has woken up a completely different baby, full of smiles again. She’s also grown out of her sleep suits overnight so it looks like all her grumbling and eating has been because of a growth spurt.
She’s started today off with some aptamil banana porridge, a bottle of milk and a play in her jumperoo.
It’s already sunny outside and Amelia is back to her happy self.