Petra has been army crawling up a storm around the apartment. Not only is she crawling but she’s comfortably sitting up on her own and on some occasions, we’ll find that she’s pulled herself up to standing position on the crib, near her toys, by our shoes, etc. It’s hard to leave this little adventurous lady alone!
Petra hasn’t cut any teeth yet but that hasn’t stopped her from exploring all kinds of food. After her last doctor’s visit at 6 months, we got the ok to feed her a little bit of everything with the exception of honey, of course. I’ve been pureeing some simple goodies for her such as sweet potato and peas and we also do a little bit of baby led weaning by plopping down some apples and bananas and letting her explore texture and taste on her own with close supervision.
While Petra doesn’t have any teeth just yet, she’s definitely been teething, sticking anything and everything in her mouth. She’ll even bite down hard on my fingers to get some relief. We’ve found that making tiny posicles using the Nuby popsicle molds has really helped. These are perfect for little hands to grip and I think Petra finds the cooling taste soothing for sore gums. I’ve only used them a few times but my go-to recipe has been blending strawberries with some frozen breastmilk. We’ve also been trying to have teething toys around at all times, such as her Sophie Le Giraffe. I can see why the toy is so popular now! Sometimes all it takes is to be sitting in her stroller, chewing her giraffe and she’s happy as a clam.
Petra loves being outdoors. I knew it would be hard to get out during the winter so we got her a Bugaboo High Performance Footmuff which seems to really do the trick in keeping her warm. During these cold months, it has been a struggle to get her clothed and bundled up and ready to go outside but once we’re in the stroller, she’s happy to be in the fresh air walking her trusty sidekick, Pierrot. They’ve definitely become closer friends these last few months. She’s constantly crawling to him and he’s constantly licking her hands, which I’m not ok with (hello germs) so I’m also pulling them apart. But there are times when all she wants to do is pet him and, he’s not really into the hair pulling thing (because what dog is?) but he lets her and I love him for his patience.
She’s definitely into routine and around 8:30 every night, after a bath and sometimes a book, she drinks her bottle and goes to bed. And even on the nights where she might not be ready just yet, she spends five minutes in her crib and slowly puts herself to sleep. She’s such a good baby girl. I don’t know how we got so lucky with our little Petra.
It’s been pretty amazing to watch these milestones go by! Petra is definitely at such a fun age right now. I think back often to the month after she was born and how hard things used to be and constantly remembering that it will get easier and it definitely has gotten so much easier. What a journey so far! It really truly is only the beginning. I love this sweet girl so much. I feel really so so lucky to be her mama.