The days are long, but the years are short.
I've heard this quote a thousand times in relation to children, and I must say it is true. Mind you, there haven't yet years passed, but the weeks fly by, and now Lily is already eight months old! My plan to update this website every step of the way was also quickly tossed, as it's just not as easy to find the time, sit down and craft a blog post once a week.
However, I still want to check in as often as I can, so I thought I give you a quick update on what's been going on. Lily has become a little personality and is just on the edge of crawling. Even though I read all the Pikler books and try not to cheer her on to be one of the "early crawlers", I cannot always resist from lamenting that she cannot crawl yet and takes her time. Partly because it frustrates her a great deal as well, and I wish it for her.
On the other hand, crawling signifies a milestone for me that shoves her from tiny baby to full-on mobile, and a part of me cries for my tiny bundle for whom I was the entire universe. It's the same with solids. She was pretty reluctant at six months, so we took our time, and now she's slowly warming up to the idea of other food than breastmilk. Again, I am torn between exhilarated that she's growing up and sharing our food, and mourning the time where my boobs were everything she needed all day.
As for solids, we're doing a mixture between pureed foods and baby-led weaning (i.e. where they eat proper food like adults in chunks, just unsalted). A part of me is still worried she might choke, but I prefer BLW in general because she can sit with us and explore her own food while we can eat in peace, instead of having to feed her. She prefers to have command over the things that go into her mouth, and I understand that completely. Even if I give her pureed foods, she wants to hold her own spoon, which is great regarding independent eating and terrible in terms of how it looks under our kitchen table.
Baby-proofing the flat has also been a crucial part, and whenever I think I've got every corner covered, I spot another safety hazard