Over the last couple of weeks I have noticed a huge change in Oscar and it’s wonderful. Although he obviously can’t talk yet, it feels like we are able to communicate with each other. I’m able to pick up on his cues better than I ever have and it making life so much easier. We also have more of a routine now in terms of his day naps, solid meal times, and play times. To be honest, it feels like we are in a bit of a sweet spot at the moment. I’m able to interact with him more and it’s really fun. When I was pregnant and I imagined life with Oscar, he was always at an age when he was able to interact with me and now that time has finally arrived.
The days have been getting cooler and winter is just around the corner which has me pretty excited. Living in Queensland during summer made it really unenjoyable to take him for walks and even just being outside. I used to dread the days when Oscar wouldn’t settle at home and I would have to take him for a walk. It was always the same; he would fall asleep instantly while I huffed along all sweaty and exhausted from lack of sleep. The whole time knowing that as soon as we got home he would wake again and I wouldn’t have a chance to rest before dealing with a grumpy baby again. Now that the temperatures have dropped I’m able to take him for a walk at any time of the day and I don’t even need to worry about the heat. This is good news for both of us. I love going for long walks and clearing my head and Oscar seems to enjoy the fresh air and new surroundings. Sometimes we even stop at a park and have a swing. It won’t be long until he is able to clumsily walk next me, all wobbly and at the glacial pace that toddlers do so well. He will be able to feed the ducks and chase the frilled neck lizards. He will probably collect pockets full of rocks and sticks just like I used to. My heart swells when I think of all the years to come.
I don’t know if it’s just the age that Oscar is but at the moment he loves to quietly observe everything. He has such focus and it’s absolutely adorable. He taps his fingers and sighs deeply. He sets his sights on the smallest thing and will furrow his brow as he inspects it.
For the last 3 weeks Oscar has been teething non stop. His cheeks have been all rashy thanks to all the extra drool and he has been biting everything. Then last week I ran my finger along his bottom gums to relieve them and felt a very sharp tooth. A couple of days later he cut another. I’m hoping he will have a nice little break before anymore teeth come though, poor guy. He’s bitten my nipple several times while breastfeeding and it’s the worst! He bites down so suddenly and then twists his head, taking my nipple with him. I didn’t realise how sharp baby teeth were! All I can do is yell loudly and try not to yank myself away until I manage to break the latch. How do you explain to a 6.5 month old that biting hurts?!
We started Oscar in swimming lessons last month and so far he is doing great. He really enjoys the water and has quite a kick on him. There is just one problem. Changing him out of his swimmers at the end of a lesson is a friggin nightmare. As soon as I lay him down on the change mat he starts screaming. I stand him up and he smiles. Lay him down, cue screaming. It’s a new thing and is completely fake crying but he does it so well. The swim centre is rather small but boy does it echo. It’s that bad that now I take several toys in an attempt to distract him and avoid him screaming the place down. He won’t sit in the pram while I get changed out of my swimmers so now I don’t even bother trying. I just walk out in my wet clothes and drive home freezing. Hopefully it’s a phase because with winter coming I’m not looking forward to having to do that every week.
This blog post has been kind of random. I haven’t done a real post in while so this one is really just a catch up I guess.
Here are some photos that didn’t make it onto Instagram. Not because they aren’t cute but because I post enough Oscar spam as it is!