Baby routine: 6 months of Harvey

I got a bit lost with the monthly update this time around. The reality is that my blog is quickly evolving and, perhaps, changing direction towards something less mommy oriented. Why is that? I really don’t know but, as everything in life, things mutate and so does my blog. Anyway I thought it would be great to write a quick 6 month update as it is an important milestone really.

Harvey is growing well and he is the sweetest boy but surely not the easiest: he barely naps outdoor and is a big fan of crying for no apparent reason. He is extremely curious and loves to be entertained, a little bit too much I would say: as soon as I don’t interact with him he’ll vocally show his discontent!

I have stopped breastfeeding at six months: Harvey hated it and, honestly, so did I. I was hoping, at least this time, to be able to breastfeed for a year but it just became a source of enormous stress for both of us. Harvey doesn’t like to eat in one go so his feeds were lasting around 2 hours. He would take a bit, chill a few minutes and then scream as he was hungry. I was kind of couch bound and in fear of leaving the house as I never knew whether his belly was properly full or not. I personally didn’t feel comfortable breastfeeding in every location and, at the same time, I had to be able to look after Catherine as well.

Harvey surrounded by yellow leaves

After the holiday his weight started to stall and, after days of frustration and tears, I introduced a bottle of formula into his routine. That was the end of our breastfeeding journey: as soon as he experienced the “bottle frenzy” he was done with the breast to the point that he would just scream and pull off every time I would tried to latch him on. I really admire women that are able to breastfeed for a long period but, for me, it wasn’t working anymore and I refused to add so much frustration and negativity to our lives. Harvey is still taking his sweet time to feed but at least now I feel free to be out and about and feed him wherever and whenever he pleases, it is so much better!

Harvey is already down to two naps a day (not a big fan of that though) so he naps at around 9.30 am until 10.30 am and then at 1.00 pm until 2.30/3.30 pm depending on how lucky I get. He barely sleeps outdoor so I try to stay at home as much as possible when Catherine is at nursery.

The nights are still very random: he has a dream feed at 11.00 pm and another bottle at 3.30ish am. Unfortunately, quite often, he wakes up at about 5.30 and is ready to start the day; useless to say I rely on gallons of caffeine on those days. I really hope that he will start to sleep better soon and perhaps drop a feed too, wouldn’t that be brilliant?

We started the weaning part but it seems a rather lengthy and tricky progress. He is completely not interested in food and he just gives me a disgusted expression whatever food I try. Hopefully he’ll get better!

Harvey surrounded by yellow leaves

Harvey loves to smile and he melts my hearth each time. He adores his big sister and the love is certainly mutual, I bet these two will make us proud in the future!

Being a mom of two isn’t easy, it is a delicate process in which I try to find a balance. However it surely is the nicest thing in the world and the most rewarding journey I will ever experience so I try to remember everyday how blessed I am to have these two in my life.


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