Mummy stuff, Weaning

Six months of baby love

Petite Pea has been six months old this week. I find time has been flying even faster since this gurgling bundle of giggles joined our family. She is growing up too fast, both girls are, and although my heart overflows with mummy pride with every little step they make, I am also bemoaning the fact that the days of babydom are counted.

It’s amazing how you put in the same ingredients and out come two completely different characters. Same parents, same environment, same circumstances. Yet two totally different personalities.

The Pea is such a relaxed little thing – despite all her food allergies (the list is getting longer and longer) and her reflux, she loves food and is determined to feed herself. It’s hard work to get a spoonful of puree into her mouth – apart from mashed banana, which tends to be inhaled in greedy gulps. However, a few baby rice cakes or a piece of cucumber will be gummed down happily and with arm-flapping excitement.

I remember thinking how baby-led weaning was a bit of a joke, really, as Lil’ L used to look at me in bewilderment, when I tried placing bits of food in front of her, waiting for her to tuck in. The Pea, in contrast, doesn’t want to have it any other way. Coming to think of it, she wants it just the way her sister is having it.

Petite Pea is Lil’ L’s biggest fan. Every move is followed, watched with wide-open blue eyes in utter amazement. If I want a bit of me-time (read: shower), I put the Pea in her bouncy chair in Lil’ L’s room and Lil’ L puts on a show for her baby sister. By the time I get out of the shower, Teddy has gotten married to Barbie Cinderella, Lil’ L turns twirls on the ‘stage’ and the Pea has a hiccup from laughing hysterically.

I am happy and extremely relieved the girls are growing a little closer – and Lil’ L is showing more of an interest in her sister. The beginning was hard. She more or less ignored the baby and resented me for not having my undivided attention any more. Until one day, about two months ago, she declared rather matter-of-factly, ‘I always wanted a baby sister. And now I have got a baby sister.’

24 Comments

  1. They both look great and will speak English and German (Swedish?) fluently, won’t they? Hey, what about your book? Any news?

  2. Lovely photos. It is so true same house parents rules etc and yet they are so different.

    Sisterly love is just so great.

  3. They are both beautiful. I am constantly amazed by how different my two boys are. I really think their characters are formed right from birth.

  4. Gorgeous girls. I always jokingly wonder how many kids you have to have before two of them are remotely alike in character.

  5. Speaking of pea’s you three are peas in a pod! I can only imagine when your girls are young women and the three of you go out shopping and having lunch, you’ll turn heads everywhere! Three beautiful women! xx

  6. Beautiful pictures! And it’s so true! Same ingredients, same environment etc and still so different! Our boys are like night and day in some ways, one dark hair and brown eyes, one blond and blue eyes (and third little one we can’t tell yet what colours he will get), but they all look identical in black and white photos! One has always been super active and not shy at all, the other very laid back and chilled – and shy! Strange, but very special!
    Have a lovely Easter holiday!

  7. What adorable sisters!! Time flies and soon Petite P will be stealing your high heels (as my kids do) and wearing your makeup “I’m not wearing any mum, honest.”

  8. Rachel says

    Where are her trousers and cardi from? So gorgeous

  9. Absolutely beautiful photos. I love that expression too- you put the same ingredients in and get different characters. That is so true!
    xx

  10. @Rachel: Her trousers are from weekend a la mer and her cardigan is Paul Smith junior. Both courtesy of a rather generous grandma… 🙂

  11. That’s good to hear about baby-led weaning as that’s what I am planning on trying out this time as it means all 3 of us can eat together at the dinner table at the same time without me spending the whole time trying to put a spoon in Alfie’s mouth.

    Glad that Little L is starting to admire her little sis as much as little sis is clearly adoring her big sis! Hope you’re doing better too x

  12. Beautiful post. Alexander is nearly 6 and a half months-where is the time going, I remember us being pregnant together, that feels like so long ago now! What beautiful girls and so lovely they are playing together. Oliver makes Alexander laugh and although he still gets jealous, he’s fiercely protective over his baby brother and it’s just joyful to see x

  13. Somehow I can’t imagine you with boys! (though of course you’d have been fine if that’s what you’d had).

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