Mason is five months

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.

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Mason is five months

Baby swimming
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.

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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”

Move baby!
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!

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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…”

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Good night
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”

First snow

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!

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“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?

Love, Sabine

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    Cassandra Pater-Bosman
    22 November 2017 at 12:13

    Wauw, i’m kinda jealous about the öppna förskolan. Wish we had such good terms here. And wauwie, you already have snow up there!!! Beautfull! Can’t wait for Christmas! Do you also celebrate Sinterklaas there?

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      22 November 2017 at 13:07

      I watch the ‘Sinterklaas’ TV every evening at 18.00 from here and I’m thinking to put his shoe and put a little gift, but surely next year, when he understands more. We also have a Sinterklaas arriving in Stockholm actually! With a real boat and stuff! <3

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    22 November 2017 at 12:22

    Hopefully you can breastfeed him for as long as you want ! And how fun is the clay 🙂

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      22 November 2017 at 13:08

      Yes, I’ll wait for him to stop :))) If that will work out of course 🙂

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    nicole orriens
    22 November 2017 at 12:22

    Wow, he looks like such a sweet boy! I think it’s great you take him swimming. That way he get used to the water at a young age.

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      22 November 2017 at 13:08

      Thank you Nicole 🙂 Yes he is not bothered by water at all at the moment, hopefully we can keep it like that!

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    Leny van der Knaap
    22 November 2017 at 14:54

    Ja geweldig dat baby zwemmen, in bad vindt hij ook al zo geweldig, hij doet het erg goed voor zijn leeftijd, is erg leergierig en wil van alles, zo leuk dat hij zo actief is.
    Borstvoeding is natuurlijk geweldig als dat kan, voor moeder en kind gewoon super, hou maar vol zo lang hij het wil en jij het ook wil natuurlijk ?

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    22 November 2017 at 19:00

    Wat fijn deze updates! En dan baby zwemmen ziet er zo leuk uit. (:

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    Nathalie - Volgmama
    23 November 2017 at 10:03

    Babyzwemmen is zo leuk om te doen, tenminste mijn kindertjes genoten daar zo van.

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    Mariëlle | Me-licious
    23 November 2017 at 13:50

    Time flies! What a beautiful son you have. I always liked baby swimming. Maybe when i have a son or daughter from my own 😉

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    23 November 2017 at 15:02

    Ah wat schattig! En hoe leuk is het om nu de ‘eerste sneeuw’ mee te maken! 🙂

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    23 November 2017 at 16:55

    Baby and mommy yoga; is that a common Swedisch thing? Sounds great!
    It’s nice to read and learn something about parenting in Sweden.

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    23 November 2017 at 17:19

    Wat leuk om te lezen! Dat babyzwemmen lijkt mij ook zo leuk. In NL zijn volgens mij ook steeds meer mensen die pas met 6 maanden beginnen met hapjes.

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    Marie-Lise (
    23 November 2017 at 23:43

    Wat groeien ze snel hé! Leuke blogpost!
    En oh, er is al sneeuw bij jullie!

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    Linda Aarts
    24 November 2017 at 11:14

    It feels like Christmas already! And I love the idea of baby and mommy yoga. Sounds awesome 🙂 I feel you about the babyswimming, though. I thought it was pretty scary, as well. But they loved it so much 🙂

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    24 November 2017 at 11:38

    Vijf maanden alweer? Wat gaat de tijd snel! En wat een schatje 🙂

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    24 November 2017 at 12:07

    Wow he is growing so fast! Unbelievable you have already snow. I also loved to go babyswimming with my girls

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    24 November 2017 at 22:47

    Prachtig leuk! Kindjes groeien zo snel. Ik schrik er soms van Om elke dag extra bij stil te staan en heel veel te knuffelen!

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    25 November 2017 at 10:06

    Wat leuk dat je zo tot in detail omschrijft hoe jullie leven eruit ziet en hoe de ontwikkeling van jullie zoon verloopt. Heb je straks een mooi naslagwerk!

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    26 November 2017 at 11:23

    En het wordt nog weer leuker he! En bijna zijn eerste kerst! Veel plezier!

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    26 November 2017 at 21:45

    Wat leuk om weer een update te lezen! Wat gaat dat hard he? Hij groeit goed! Wij zwemmen ook iedere week samen! Heerlijk!

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    7 December 2017 at 10:38

    Leuk om te lezen. Wat gaat hij snel in zijn ontwikkeling. En heerlijk he, dat babyzwemmen? Ik genoot er ook zo van met de kleintjes, zij ook. En sneeuw… O, ik hoop toch zo dat we daar hier ook weer eens van mogen genieten!

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    12 December 2017 at 20:48

    Jaa heerlijk hè, dat babyzwemmen? Mijn kinderen genieten er ook altijd heel erg van.

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