I still feel like it was only last week that we first came home with Tyler and writing that title really blows my mind. I’m 99% sure I’ve said this before but sometimes it feels like Tyler was born ages ago and other times it feels like it was just yesterday. I know that doesn’t make sense but hopefully you know what I mean.
If you remember Tyler’s 6 month update, I mentioned that I didn’t know his weight, but I finally managed to get round to having him weighed on the 11th of August and he weighed in at 19lb 13oz! Again, I’ve not been back yet but I’m sure he’s still growing by the day in both weight and height. He’s super long and isn’t far off from being as tall as his one year old cousin. I’m not sure where he’s getting his height from as neither Jack or I are particularly tall, although saying that both of my brothers are over 6ft so maybe there are some tall genes in him.
We’ve finally had a bit of a breakthrough with Tyler’s reflux and honestly, I could cry with happiness. We visited the GP and had no luck and were simply told that as he is still putting on weight they wouldn’t take any further action until he is 12 months old and if, and only if, the reflux has not eased at all. Still not having a 100% sure diagnosis, I became very frustrated and was unsure of what to do next. I took to twitter to ask if anyone had any advice and a couple of people mentioned asking to speak with the practice manager at our GP practice but when I tried to call, he was away on holiday so I decided to call the health visitors.
After a long chat with a super lovely health visitor, I forgot her name and I wish I’d written it down so that I could get in touch with her again and thank her, we came to the decision to try the anti-reflux milk. We have used Aptamil’s as Tyler was already on their first infant milk. After the first day of using the anti-reflux milk, I was sure that there must be some other underlying problem because Tyler was still being constantly sick, all day. But to my surprise, the next day he was only sick twice and quite small amounts at that. Going from seeing him be sick in excess of 10-20 times a day, I was overjoyed! We’ve been on this milk for a couple of weeks now and I have no intention of swapping back anytime soon.
I had read a lot on the anti-reflux milk online and the majority of people said that they loved it but it did cause their little one’s to become constipated but luckily Tyler hasn’t suffered with any constipation thus far and I’m hoping it’ll stay that way. Tyler will still be sick daily but sometimes only once which is just absolutely amazing! I highly recommend trying the anti-reflux milk if your baby is suffering with reflux and you have the go ahead from a health care professional. I am now just kicking myself that we didn’t try it sooner, but it was drummed into me by our GP and other health visitors that we shouldn’t change his milk, which was then explained to me as they don’t advise constantly changing it but giving something a go is completely fine! But of course, like I said, talk to your healthcare team first if you’re unsure!
We’re on 4, 7oz bottles a day now with three little meals! I’ve been busy making lots of baby puree which Tyler is actually enjoying! Please let me know if you’d like a blog post or video on my favourite recipes? I try and keep it sweet/fruit based in the mornings and have some more savoury things in the afternoon and for dinner. So lots of root vegetable puree and I’m still trying to get Tyler to master the BLW side of things. He does like the little puffs that you can get from Ella’s Kitchen and Aldi but things like cucumber he’s chewing and still spitting the majority out, all though he did eat an entire strawberry the other day, so we must be getting somewhere!
We’re still just about in 6-9 month clothing but some items are getting a little tight. I actually filmed a little video all about my favourite pieces of clothing in Tyler’s 6-9 month wardrobe, which you can watch right here. Cheeky plug.. no shame.
Tyler is crawling! Well, he’s moving from one side of the room to the other.. not always properly crawling, often dragging himself and throwing himself but he’s on the move and it is SO BLOODY HARD to keep him away from all things dangerous like wires, glass tables and every single thing in our house basically.
We’ve hit a bit of a clingy stage and my best bet is that it’s teething. If he’s not chewing his hands, he’s dribbling and if he’s not dribbling he’s crying. Lots of cuddles have been had over the last month.. and lots of glasses of wine.(For me, not him, of course)
He’s still waving like crazy, now also at the tv if anyone waves on there, it’s adorable and even though I’m pretty sure he doesn’t know what he’s doing, it’s just my favourite little thing that he does at the moment. There’s still lots of baby babble too, lot’s of “ma-ma” and “bu-ba” and he even once said “pa-pa“! Just the once though, so we’re still working on that one!
The sitting up has finally been mastered and I’m now confident enough to place Tyler down on his own without anything behind him knowing that he won’t fall backwards. All I have to worry about is that if I leave him alone he’ll end up crawling away! Which brings me on to letting you know how amazing it is to have a little “baby cage“/play pen thing. I talked about it in my August favourites video and it’s such a godsend now that little man is on the move.
Sleep. Ahhhh, sleep. Tyler has really been all over the place with his sleep. Sometime’s he’ll have a solid 10 hours through the night and other times he’s woken up every hour until we’ve finally given in and brought him into our bed. Just after he turned 7 months we decided to try some controlled crying at bed time.. but that’s for next month’s update and potentially a whole separate post.
It’s been a bit of a chilled month on the activities side of things, mainly because my mat leave/pay has come to an end so we’re a bit broke and I’ve been trying to get lots of work lined up, but I’m hoping that this month we’ll be able to get lots of fun baby activities in and meet some new mumma friends! Make sure to check back in October to see what we got up to!