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.
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 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.