We introduced you to food yesterday. You weren’t keen on the steamed carrot and broccoli we offered you first but the cucumber was a hit and you managed to suck on it for a while. Then this morning you happily got on with eating a sliced banana but I freaked out when you bit off a chunk and ended up whacking you on the back while holding you face down because I was terrified you were choking. I’m told it’s normal for babies to gag as they learn how to chew and swallow their food, so I’ll just have to relax and trust you to get on with it. With squashed banana in your hand you then touched your hair and ended up with banana in your hair, which lightened what was quite a stressful start to the day.
You’ll be 6 months old this week and you’ve been showing all the signs that you’re ready for weaning. Your sitting is getting stronger every day, your back is getting straighter and you only need minimal support to sit by yourself. It’s amazing to see you sitting comfortably in the rubber ring and reaching forward with both hands to play with your toys. But you still can’t stop yourself from falling sideways and every so often I find you slumped to the side on the sofa where I propped you up or in the rubber ring and you can’t right yourself. You’ve turned it into a bit of an art and we try to convince you that toppling over and landing on your front is something exciting – not something to get upset about.
Your hand coordination is improving all the time and you can now grab hold of things with both hands, move it to your mouth and keep it there. It means you can finally get some use out of the teething toy giraffe I bought you several months ago and more importantly is why you can get the cucumber to your mouth and suck on it.
Having got your hands more under control you now want to touch everything – which I suppose is how you discover feel and texture. You want to touch the clock, the pages of books, the metal shade of the lamp, the orange, paper napkins. You’re also fascinated with people’s faces and reach out to touch eyes, grab noses, feel hair, stroke beards. It’s lovely to watch and be part of your explorations – until you get a little finger up your nose or in your mouth!
Other things you’ve started doing include lifting up your knees and feet when you’re lying down – it’s different to the double crunches you’ve been doing for the past month, although you’re not yet grabbing your socks or touching your feet. You’re also making all the right preparations for crawling. While on your tummy you move your arms and legs frantically in a swimming motion. You stick your bottom in the air a lot – when you’re on your tummy in your cot and when we’re holding you you’ve started burying your head in our shoulder and then sticking your bottom out. We’re not entirely sure what you’re trying to do but it does make you very wiggly to hold.
You’re still practicing rolling over although we’ve not see you actually do it yet – except in the bath. You love being on your front in the bath, propping yourself up on your hands and kicking your legs and then for a change, sticking your bum in the air and rolling onto your back. I think you can manage it because floating in the water means you don’t have to worry about what to do with the arm that’s impeding your progress on land.