5 Months Already

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.



Review: My Life as Steve Keller by Zach Baynes

So it’s 1st October which means one thing….

Post 1 for blogtober

My Life as Steve Keller is a novel written by Zach Baynes. The author himself describes the book as a coming of age fiction.

As a university student I am open to reading novels from all genres, fiction or non fiction, long or short. I received a copy of this particular novel at 4:30pm and finished it before I went to bed the same day, despite it being nearly 600 pages long (the paper version is actually around 300 but I read it electronically on my phone). It is one of those books that once begun is impossible to put down.

The narrative is well written, from the perspective of the main character. Whilst it uses a very adult standard vocabulary it is still an easy read, nothing too strenuous or difficult to follow.

Steve, the man whose life the novel follows, demonstrates an attitude and life style that could be considered promiscuous, unable to commit. However there is something about the way he lives his life that is impossible to judge; though it could be seen as selfish there is something very refreshing about someone making decisions purely for their own happiness.

The sociologists and psychologists amongst us would appreciate the nod to their fields in Steve’s conversations about relationships, love and motivation. Much time is spent describing the way people live their lives, conforming to societies unspoken rules of settling down in a monogamous childbearing relationship.

Each chapter begins with an outline of what’s going on in that year; any prominent political stances, changes to the climate, medical advances, new laws. Much of the book is set in the future and shows a rather bleak outlook, including many droughts, floods, heat waves and various other disasters that have a detrimental effect of the food sources of the human race. It’s almost fatalistic in its approach to the future.

It’s available to purchase on Amazon and I would certainly recommend it if you are looking for a thrilling read.