Empty Nest

Have I ever mentioned that I have a giant baby?

I have a giant baby.

At her six month check up last week, she measured in at 72cm. Over and above the 98th percentile, yet her weight is only in the 50th percentile. So this presents a few small issues.

1. All her pants either fit around the waist and are too short, or are too big around the waist and the perfect length.

2. The onesies she just grew into a month ago are already looking snug, and I’m having to consider going to buy 12-18mth clothes onesies already!

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3. She’s too big for the bassinet.

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Miss E has been sleeping in her bassinet in our bedroom since we first brought her home from hospital. I’d hoped to keep her in our room for as long as possible, for my own peace of mind, and thought we might get away with this arrangement until she was at least 9 months old.

My strategy for showering lately has been to put Miss E in her bassinet with a heap of toys, to keep her contained/amused while I zip in and out of the shower as quick as possible. One morning last week when I was putting her in there before I showered, I put her down, without all the bedding, and realised that her feet were touching one end, and her head was almost touching the top. It was time.

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and so, after a week of day naps in the cot in her bedroom every now and then, two nights ago she slept in there, the whole night through, for the first time. It’s a little bit exciting, a little bit sad. That  tiny little baby we brought home from the hospital, isn’t little anymore!

We’re now enjoying the luxuries of using our bedside lamps and being able to talk in our bedroom again, and Miss E is adjusting to her new bedroom.

It might be a few more weeks before I can bring myself to put that bassinet away though…

Abby xx

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Our bedtime routine

We like to keep our bedtime routine fairly simple.

At 7:30pm, Miss E has her bedtime bottle with either Matt or I.

We then say goodnight to Penny, her toys, Mummy and Daddy on the way to bed.

Then either Matt or I, put her into her sleeping bag and start singing her goodnight song – ‘Moon Moon Moon’ by Laurie Berkner.

 

We place her in her bassinet, finish singing her goodnight song, and then press Mr Seahorse’s belly before we leave. Mr Seahorse is the The Fisher Price Soothe and Glow Seahorse. It’s belly lights up and plays five minutes of music when you press it. This is usually just long enough for our little lady to go to sleep.

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Sometimes we need to go back in and re-settle her a few times, but most of the time, our routine works perfectly.

We chose to keep the routine simple so that we can still use it when our evenings are disrupted by being out or having guests over, when a bathing, or reading routine might be a little more difficult. We also make sure that we take turns putting her to bed, to try avoiding her becoming fussy about who puts her to bed. This is working for now, but I imagine we’ll have to change it up a little over time.

As she gets older we will probably bring a bedtime story into the mix as well.

Do you have a bedtime routine with your little ones? What do you do?

Abby xx