Another month has passed and Mason is five months already. He’s a big boy and he has two proud parents! We are so thankful for him and it’s so great to see him growing up. His latest ‘tricks’ I will share with you in this post.
Mason is five months
We have been going to baby swim for a while now and he loves it! He’s getting more used to the water and he dived all the water under the water with his head and body. I was a little bit nervous to be honest, because it seems so scary, but for him, it was the most normal thing to do! He just was under the water for a few seconds. He didn’t cry, he was totally fine with it!
We have been going to baby and mommy yoga as well! He’s been on a second yoga mat just next to me. There are other babies as well. It’s so nice to have this hour for myself, taking Mason with me and for him to see something else and play around with other babies also.
Eat and grow
The last time we weight him, was about two weeks ago. He was about 7kg and 63 cm, so he’s growing just fine! I still feed him 100% breastfeeding, as this is the best for him and his belly in my opinion.
He tried one little mini piece of bread and sometimes when he’s very interested he can taste something, just to see what it is. He’s been holding a carrot and cucumber also, just to bite it and it’s nice and cold from the fridge for his gums.
Did you know that in Sweden, the government advices to breastfeed (or bottle feed) the baby fully until 6 months? This is different than in the Netherlands. In this matter, I agree more with Sweden. It’s worth a lot to know information about raising children from two countries. We take the best of both worlds.
There are a lot of online articles about the development of the baby’s belly and when starting with other food than milk. I’ve been reading a lot online about it and I believe in starting with other food after 6 months too. For all the Dutch people that like to read more about it (or others, just use google translate), here’s a pretty convincing article to read.
“We take the best of both worlds”
He’s about to crawl any day soon now. He’s on his knees and hands for some seconds and goes back to be on his belly (doing the yoga position ‘the cobra’). He’s planking a lot and also ‘stands’ on his hands and feet with stretched legs. He’s grabbing his feet more and more and knows how to use his hands. He grabs literally everything he can get and likes to pinch mommy and daddy sometimes. Pulls my hair and he did as well to Bobby… so I have to watch his every move!
Play and develop
We went to the “öppna förskolan” for the first time, to meet other moms and babies. To play and we’ve put his hand and foot print in (special plastic) clay. This is like a daycare for babies (kind of), but the moms are supposed to stay there too. It’s different than the Netherlands, but it’s so great to spend time together in a group. I can bring lunch and have a lunch together. Mason can sleep there and of course I can feed him whenever necessary. The interaction with other moms is very helpful and for Mason the interaction with other babies is super! He loves it. I’m so grateful to do this together with him, simply because we live in a country that has the possibility for the moms (and dads) to be with the child for about 14 months (paid). It’s sometimes unreal that Mason is five months, in only a few weeks, half of his first year is passed!
“I’m so grateful to do this together with him…”
From the 11th of November (1111) he’s been sleeping alone in his bed in his room from about 19 until 22/23 o’clock. Then I put him in the co-sleeper in our room as we go to bed. Sometimes he wakes up around 20.00 for example to have a little bit of milk (be close to me again for five minutes) and continues sleeping. It’s something I just tried and he accepted it. However, if he’s in need of being close to us partly of the evening, we take him in the baby carrier and he can sleep there too (even with daddy lately!).
We follow his needs and his possibilities. I believe that if we wait for the right moment, when he wants to develop and not push him into something he’s not ready for, suddenly he’s able and it will be just successful. I don’t feel like fighting with him, just because I want him to sleep alone for example. I know that from 6-7 months he starts to understand things more and more, so we will have to set some boundaries then (don’t over-spoil him). However, a baby can never have too much love in my opinion.
“A baby can never have too much love”
This week, we had the first snow from Monday! Winterwonderland has arrived here! Mason loves it to look around in the stroller. I use the Bugaboo Buffalo stroller and it’s great for walking in the snow. The big wheels push easily through the snow. I don’t think Mason really understands what the snow is, but he surely was seeing something different than the yellow leaves from autumn. It’s great that his ‘third season’ started now, as he’s born in Summer, we had some Autumn and now it’s basically winter. Maybe not according to the calendar but surely in ‘real life’. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”
See you next month with a new update, it will be several days before Christmas!
Are you counting down as well?