Nate would be six months tomorrow. How time flies. I can’t imagine how the days, weeks and months went by. It just passed by very quickly. Now that he’s six months, I want to days to go slower and slower. I want to relive the past 6 months again but there's no rewind, there's only forward. I don’t want him to grow up so fast but he is. He was just a tiny baby when he came out. But now, he’s as huggable as a fluffy, compact yet malleable pillow.
His sleep time is shorter while his wake time is longer. His routine is more established but there will be changes for this month and so on. He will be eating his solid food. He’s been watching J and I eat during meal times and he’s salivating already. I could sense that he has a huge appetite based on his milk consumption and even after drinking his milk. The face shows that this growing baby likes to eat. And hopefully as he starts eating his first foods, he would enjoy the different tastes and textures and as he grows up into toddlerhood, I want him to learn that hotdogs, pizza, chicken nuggets, French fries and burgers are not the only things kids will eat. There’s a whole variety out there that he needs to be exposed to. But of course, his mommy’s approval is needed.
John knows and is 100% sure that I wouldn’t give jarred baby food to Nate because he is aware that I cook fresh food at home all the time and most definitely for Nate no less. And to be told not to give jarred baby food to Nate was unpleasant to hear. I know most professional cooks who are parents know how to make food for their baby because they know how to cook in the first place. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a supermom who will make homemade pizza dough all the time or cook every night for John. I’m glad that he doesn’t complain when he don’t get to eat in the morning. (But there’s the granola). He wakes up really early while I’m still in bed and he sleeps early (or earlier) while I’m still working. But to prepare breakfast for him is one of the goals.
With six months gone and Nate is now halfway through being one year old, life gets busier. I am now a full-time homemaker working at home. I believe that God has confirmed that I am better off at home with Nate. The other day, Nate just suddenly rolled over. I thought he was just side lying until he rolled and then he screamed with joy. I was pondering. What if I’m working from 7am till 3pm or even beyond plus travel time to and from work? I would never see Nate’s milestones and I don’t want to miss that. I might not have a job which is also a concern but I could never turn back the clock and witness the progress of Nate. I once told John that I don’t need a yaya (a nanny), but just someone to help me with the household chores. In fact, I don’t want a maid inside the house because our house is already small. I want some privacy. But it did help when we finally have the maid to help us. Once in a while, when I’m busy and I really need to do something important, I let her take care of Nate first. Although there many times that I wasn’t able to monitor Nate’s routine and schedule. All of a sudden, he’s asleep when he’s supposed to be awake or Nate’s supposed to fall asleep in bed not in her arms. I try to do everything as much as possible not because I have to but because I want to. Someone one’s told me that it’s tiring to take care of your child. But if you ask any mother, the answer would be yes, but then again, no matter how tired you are, you chose to take care of your baby.
I never thought that days would fly by this fast. It would be Christmas in less than 2 weeks. With all the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, I am still unprepared for the gifts and even our trip to Manila. John was also busy for the past 2 weeks and he wasn’t able to help me that much. My lunch is mostly leftovers from the night before. Sometimes I cook but I make the simplest dish I could ever make. I synchronize my time with Nate so that by the time that he’s awake from his morning nap, I’m already done with my lunch for delivery. Yet, he would wake up crying in the middle of his nap. Now, at six months, a few adjustment needs to be made. He will now join John and I during mealtime – breakfast, lunch, dinner. Nate will need to have a play area and I would be spending more time with him awake. As he learns how to stand on four limbs, he would crawl and explore the world around him. Hopefully, I can still go back into the blogging world again just like before.
Happy 6 months Nate.