Silja's Sleep Diary: six months old
Written by Taru, Silja's mom
Six months old now and things
are settling down for the better. Silja has been starting solids and
although they are not a huge success right away, they don't disturb her
Silja is six months old since yesterday, and although she clearly was
not in the mood for partying, things
are overall getting a bit better
She's having a good long noontime nap right now, and it seems she's
beginning to prefer this time for naps. In the mornings, she sleeps a
bit longer than before, and although she might feed a bit between 5 and
6 am, she'll then sleep until 7.30 - and if she's not awake then the
big kids will gently wake her up.
seem to be the happiest time of her day, and when we leave for school
after 8 am she's not yet ready to sleep, but as she can now sit up
slightly, she enjoys just riding in her buggy and looking around.
This is actually a huge relief - she used to get really upset if she
couldn't fall asleep in the buggy and I ended up carrying her quite a
few times. She might nod off a bit on the way home, though.
Starting solid foods
We've just started her on solid food and after two days of spitting my sweet potato special
back in my face she got a hang of eating from a spoon, and has pretty
much eaten everything I've offered to her since.
Except yesterday: she didn't really manage to sleep much on the way to
school. She just dozed off for a few minutes after lunch, and couldn't
sleep at all in the afternoon as I had to drive her sister to the
dentist, and that was just too much excitement for her.
By dinner time she was a tired, nervous wreck. It seemed to me she was
in pain as well, and as I couldn't figure out a reason, I suspected
teething and gave her a bit of Calpol. This she mainly spat out, but as
she was then covered in pink goo, I gave her a bath which seemed to
help calm her down.
We could then have dinner in relative peace. Mid-dinner she suddenly
pooped through everything she was wearing, looking much happier
immediately - although the dinner had to be interrupted for another
clean-up operation in the bathroom.
Obviously the solid food was not going down perfectly after all. Once
we had eaten I gave Silja her dinner, some very watery mashed potato
Unfortunately I hadn't mashed it quite well enough (I wasn't
really focusing as I couldn't put her into her usual seat since it had
just been pooped through), and she nearly choked on a clump, throwing
up everything she had eaten.
There was absolutely no chance to get any more potato down her, and the
evening ended with yet another bath and a very, very long breastfeeding
Most days are much better than that, and the nights, too. I'm quite
surprised we haven't had any of these digestion issues at night,
and bedtime is really
- a bit of milk, a gentle stroke on
the head, and goodnight.
There's still a feed around 3am, but this is very quick and she doesn't
really even wake up properly. So this is actually not too bad for a six
months old baby.
However, she is now awake properly, singing quite contentedly to
in the bedroom. Sounds like she's enjoyed her nap. And I'm done with my
e-mails - finally everyone's happy.