Every week I join in with Living Arrows, a blog linky run by Donna at What the Redhead Said. The name Living Arrows comes from a poem by Kahlil Gibran; “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”, and each Monday I share a photo of M, and one of B, and a bit about what we’ve been up to the previous week.
Last week was a complete contrast to the one before as we had no plans at all, really, which was probably just as well as poor M came down with a horrible cold. She’s still full of snot now, but I’m hoping it will pass soon enough as it hasn’t been much fun being inside all day. We did go out a bit, but every time we did, it just brought with it a new round of coughing and snotting, which wasn’t much fun either!
B turned eight months old this week. So I’ve included the obligatory milestone photograph of her. Those pesky teeth that I wrote about last week have finally properly broken through (well, three of the four have; the last one seems to be taking its time!) and B chose last week to start crawling properly, too.
Her sleep is still dreadful, but I think she’s hit her next leap slightly early, as the Wonder Weeks app tells me that crawling and playing ‘peekaboo’ independently (something else she’s started doing this past week) are both abilities linked to the next leap. So I’m going to blame that and keep telling myself that her sleep will improve soon, if only for my own sanity! I think I need to find a way to get her to nap more regularly during the day, but I still haven’t sorted out her room and cot properly. I think I’m going to have to make that a priority this week. M moved into her own room at eight and a half months old, so I’ve got that in the back of my mind. Of course, M was also reliably sleeping at least eight hours through the night by this time, so I’m well aware that they are very different babies!
Speaking of M, aside from her cold, she’s been coping pretty well with being stuck inside. After our Christmassy time the week before, M spent last week learning more about Christmas, and I think she’s going to be really excited come the big day. It will be interesting having a Christmas were she is more aware of what the day is all about and what’s going on, and I know she’ll love having all of her grandparents round for Christmas lunch. It’s going to be interesting making room for two high chairs this year!
This week’s photograph of M was taken on an outing to the park. We’ve been sent a balance bike to review and knowing that M takes a while to warm up to things, we went out with it almost as soon as it arrived. As I suspected, she wasn’t too keen (we’re going to have to have quite a few attempts with it before she’s confident, I think!) but I managed to get this snap of her smiling in her helmet. M has a tiny head, so the (size Small) helmet that we bought alongside her Micro Scooter for her birthday is still enormous. Fortunately, we managed to find this one in Halfords. It’s the smallest helmet I could find anywhere, so there’s my top tip if you also have a small-headed child!
This week, we don’t have many plans again (other than trying out the balance bike, lots!), which is probably just as well given that the rest of us seem to be coming down with M’s cold. Well, it is the season for sharing!