This last week has been full of milestones!! I have so much to tell you so in chronological order here’s what’s happened:
Harry Potter turned 20! It was on June 26th, 1997 that the first book was released in England. Our elementary school bought a set and our class would read it together, taking it in turns to read to the class. Being the nerd that I was I volunteered almost every time, and it was then that I fell in love with the phenomenon that is the Harry Potter world. Now as a mother, I feel it is my duty to recreate that magic for BabyG. For my last birthday Sunny got me the extended Blu-ray gift set of all the movies – now I know what you’re thinking, the movies are just the tip of the iceberg and do not do justice to the books, but for BabyG it’s a great place to start and so we watched the movies together as a family. Incidentally, Sunny is not a fan of Harry Potter and hasn’t even read a single book! I feel so sad when I think of all the magic he has missed out on.
Luckily, BabyG is now familiar with all the characters and thoroughly enjoyed the movies (although at some point she was a little scared). Hopefully, once she has a greater appreciation for reading (and attention span) we can read the series together. This has been one staple book set in my library throughout the years, during my pregnancy I especially read the whole set for BabyJ, thus ensuring he would be born a Potterhead. I think now would be a great opportunity to take a moment and thank J.K Rowling for giving us all the gift of Harry Potter. Throughout the years she has often spoken about how she battled with depression as a single mother living on state welfare when she wrote the Harry Potter series. As someone who has battled postnatal depression and anxiety, I drew a lot of strength from her story. During a time in my life where I was in such a dark place, I searched for inspiration from the world around me, looking for light and happiness in everything, searching for anything that could alleviate my despair. It was then that I found inspiration in people’s struggles and (nothing short of) miraculous journeys. Looking into the lives of people who had overcome postnatal depression or depression, in general, was what gave me the strength to know that I too could overcome it. Just as Harry defeated Voldemort – light would defeat the dark.
BabyJ turns six months! For parents who follow all their children’s milestones, this is considered quite a major one. I love to receive the weekly emails from babycentre.ca that tell me which milestones to watch out for and what skills babyJ should be developing at this point. Surely a 6-month old baby can’t do much – I hear you cry! but developmentally it is a big time for baby! (if not painful) Alas, teething; the bane of every parent’s life usually starts around now. BabyJ has been drooling, biting and eating his hands and toys for almost two months now but we are yet to see any glimpse of his teeth. This is a particularly tough time for babies, they are unable to speak and convey their discomfort and sometimes have physical symptoms such as throwing up, fever and irritation to name a few.
So how can we help baby get through this pain?
- Teethers: They come in all shapes and sizes! We have used ‘Bright Stars chill and teethe’. These great little tools can be chilled by placing them in the fridge/freezer, and are readily available to grab one for baby when they are in need of some relief. We also have an Orajel massaging teether toy, which vibrates as baby bites down to massage the gums. It took BabyJ a few tries to master the massaging element but with a little practice now he’s a pro!
- Pacifier/bottle/breastfeeding; when a baby is feeling discomfort the sucking motion provides relief to his sore mouth (a quick tip: pacifiers can also be refrigerated and kept cool to provide extra soothing for baby). Some super mums make breastmilk popsicles with pacifiers, see this Mummy bloggers version: http://anwjohnston.blogspot.ca/2012/06/mothers-milk-popsicles.html and here is the amazon.ca link for the munchkin freezer pop https://www.amazon.ca/Munchkin-Fresh-Freezer-Multicolor-1-Count/dp/B00AA6LQKM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1498853893&sr=8-1&keywords=munchkin+freezer+pops
- Last on my list and the one we haven’t yet used with BabyJ is Orajel Homeopathic teething gel. This is to be rubbed gently onto the gums massaging them and can be used up to 6 times a day. I prefer the homoeopathic route to the medicated version and each has their own merits.
One of the biggest milestone for mother’s as much as babies: solids. This is the introduction of ‘food’ to babies diet. There are tons of online resources to help you decide which foods are best for baby and easy for them to digest, you can either do homemade which is cheaper overall or simply pick up something from the grocery store. We started BabyJ on starter rice cereal by Gerber, baby mum mum and now formula milk too, however, he has since developed eczema. I don’t know very much about the skin condition but I will keep you updated about his treatment and what works. I am having him treated by Dr Paaras Kaur who has been my naturopath for almost two years now. She is an A-mazing Doc! One who deserves her own dedicated blog post as she continues to help me through my postnatal depression and anxiety; she has an abundance of knowledge and takes time and care during our appointments. And now back to baby food, she recommended to stop his rice cereal and baby mum mum and instead to try sweet potato and carrots as babies tend to enjoy these flavours. BabyJ loves the sweet potato so far (at least we know he has great taste!) I will be posting my baby food recipes very soon!
To celebrate BabyJ turning 6-months we threw a small half-birthday party with half a birthday cake! This is a lovely way to celebrate a little milestone in his growth and development. Although he is on solids now he was not able to enjoy the delicious cake himself, however, he did get some great new gifts (and Sunny ate extra cake on his behalf!) I will post a review on all his new toys as soon as he has had a chance to enjoy them.
Lastly, I finally started to blog! Hurray! This has been on my mind for the past three years and it has taken one crazy roller coaster to finally reach this point, but I am so glad that I have taken this step! Since I launched the blog this week I have received so many kind and heartwarming messages from friends and family it has been emotional! And so a big thank you to all of you, my readers, my online family. It is your words of encouragement and support on this new journey that will make it all worthwhile!
Take care, until next time!