On Tuesday, Samuel had his 6 month birthday.
For some reason, 6 months feels significant. 6 months of keeping this tiny person alive. 6 months of watching him discover the world. 6 months of breastfeeding. 6 months of falling in love all over again.
Every month, around the 10th, I try to take some photos of him with a toy – a lion that his Auntie Suzie knitted for him. Tim did this with Ben, faithfully sitting him up in the chair in the nursery, propped up with a couple of toys. Those photos are some of my favourites, and we have the whole sequence of the year. Maybe I’ll share them on the blog (if Tim gives me permission).
So we’re trying to do the same with Samuel. I’m making more of an effort, as I’m much more confident with the big camera.
He’s generally a fairly contented baby, and eats and sleeps fairly predictably (or is that just that I know what I’m doing now?). I started weaning him a couple of weeks ago, introducing fruit and vegetables, but, to be honest, he’s not that interested yet. I’ll start gradually introducing some finger foods now, and he might be a bit more keen.
One of the biggest joys with Samuel is seeing how much he and Ben love each other. I really hadn’t anticipated this. I thought we’d have jealousy from Ben and demanding screams from Samuel. Instead, they are mostly enchanted with each other. Samuel really misses Ben when he’s at preschool, and Ben is always so happy to play with Samuel, to find new toys for him, to dance and jump around in front of him and to make him laugh.
I’ll be honest, in that his night times aren’t great. Yes, he goes down to sleep very happily between 6.30pm and 7pm. He’s an easy baby to get to sleep… but he doesn’t stay asleep! He’s been waking every 2-3 hours – although last night we had a 5 hour stretch and a 4 hour stretch, so hopefully he’s learning to go longer without waking. I always feed him back to sleep, and he’ll happily stay in his cot now until around 6am.
I’ve said it before, but I’m really trying to enjoy Samuel’s babyhood. The mantra that The days are long but the years are short is so true. There are tricky times, of course, but there are so so many joyful, gorgeous times, and I know I’m incredibly blessed to have two such lovely boys. Watching Samuel learn each new skill is incredibly precious, and I’m trying to savour each moment.
So without further ado, or schmaltz from me, here are Samuel’s monthly photos, from 1-6 months old.