Growing Up Too Quickly For Dad

The past week and a bit has seen some pretty big milestones in Baby L’s life. All of which have made me realise that time is going way too quickly. So quickly in fact that I’ve been browsing eBay for my very own magical time stopping pocket watch or a DeLorean time machine – strangely, I’ve not been able to find either yet.

The sprog is approaching six months old. That’s half a year of our lives that has just passed in the blink of an eye. We were always told that time goes quickly when you have kids, but I mainly thought that was said by parents who hated their offspring and were counting down the days until they shipped them off to Uni. That doesn’t seem to be the case though.

What’s strange is that I’ve been in a fortunate position to be with Baby L pretty much every minute of every day, but it still hasn’t been enough. In fact, I’ve recently been looking back and wondering whether I’ve made enough of her little life so far. Should we have gone out as a family more? Should I have gone with the missus to more baby classes? Should I have taken more photos? Should I have paid more attention when she’s on her play mat? Should I have changed more nappies? Well, maybe the last one is going a little far…

I’m not sure why these feelings have hit me recently, but I guess it could be to do with the monumental changes in her life which have transformed her from a newborn sprog into a real life little human baby. As I work from home, every day is very similar, so you aren’t hit by her massive developments until you have to physically do or change something. It just seems that a number of these things have all come at once – I therefore thought I’d share four of these recent massive changes which have made me realise that the little one is growing up way too quickly.

Carrycot to Pushchair

Baby carry cot to pushchair

Baby L hanging out with R2-D2 at Legoland in the carrycot (left), then asleep on a walk in the pushchair (right).

When we bought our iCandy Cherry in April last year, the idea of Baby L going into the pushchair part of the travel system seemed an alien concept. In fact, the idea of her being here and in the carrycot was enough to make my head spin. However, in the blink of an eye, the little one was able to hold her head up and outgrew the newborn part of the travel system. This culminated in a ceremony last Thursday which saw us retire the carrycot and unbox the pushchair. How did something so far away happen so quickly?

 

Moses Basket To Cot Bed

Baby in moses basket and cot bed

Baby L at a few days old in her Moses basket (left), then enjoying the extra space in her cot bed (right).

Baby L’s cot bed was one of our first big purchases around May. We didn’t want to tempt fate by buying loads of stuff early on, so we waited a good few months before we started to acquire all of the baby goods. We built the cot bed as soon as we got it, and since then, it has just become a bit of a dumping ground in the nursery for clothes, cuddly toys and nappy changing stuff. However, this all changed on Monday when we decided to graduate the little one from the SnuzPod in our room to the cotbed in her room. For the past two months, Baby L’s sleep hasn’t been great, so we wanted to try something a bit different – we therefore moved her to her own room in order to try and reduce any chance of us waking her in the night. Having seen her outgrow her Moses basket, then SnuzPod, it is now really weird to see her in a bed which is way too big for her – she definitely seems to be enjoying the extra space though as she often does a complete 360 degrees spin during the night!

 

Milk To Milk and Solids

baby drinking milk from bottle then eating food

One of the first bottles of expressed milk I gave the little one (left), and her munching on some food with a spoon (right).

We always wanted to wait until around the six month mark before we started weaning, so this was a marker which we knew was way off in the distance. As a newborn baby living purely off boob juice, it just doesn’t cross your mind that one day this little thing will be having a meal at the table next to you holding a knife and fork. But, just like that, Baby L is now at the age where she is interested in food and the messy weaning process has begun. Around Christmas time we started to give her the odd taste of fruit which felt weird, but now seeing her hold a spoon or chomp on a banana is both strange and amazing in equal measures.

 

High Chair Newborn to High Chair Baby 

Baby Tripp Trapp Newborn then Baby Set

Baby L chilling in the Tripp Trapp Newborn Set (left), then getting used to life in the Tripp Trapp Baby Set (right).

We were kindly sent the Tripp Trapp high chair, the newborn set and the baby set to review – as the baby set was for sprogs six months and over, we put it up in the attic and basically forgot about it as it seemed ages away until we’d need it. However, just like the other three things above, Baby L soon got to a point where she was ready to graduate to the next stage up. As she could support her head and as we started weaning, it made sense to move to the baby set. Seeing her sit upright and no longer need the padded comfort of the newborn set fills me with feelings of pride but also sadness – it is great she’s developing so well, but also unfortunate that she’s flying through life so quickly.

When did it hit you that your little newborn baby was no longer a newborn baby? Do you have any regrets about those first six months? Have you managed to find a solution to slow time down? Let me know below!

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  • martyn

    It’s a big step, especially when you reach and pass a lot of milestones. I was different with both boys. The first was when he was about 18 months (surprising really that it took me that long) but he was being super great and helpful and it just dawned on me that the baby time had finally left.
    My youngest was younger. About a year old again, like my eldest, it was when he was doing everyday stuff with me. Suddenly makes you stop and go….”wasn’t you a baby?”

    My regret is the I didn’t document it more, like I am now, like you’re doing through the blog.

    Slow down time? No suggestions I’m afraid my eldest is 6 next week…..I’m still trying to get my head around that!!

    • Strange how it can hit you at different time. Very true – blogging is a great way of capturing those memories and being able to relive them in the future. 6, wow, that feels a lifetime away for us but I imagine will come round quick! Thanks for the comment 🙂

  • Enjoy the baby stage, they grow up so quickly. I can hardly remember mine being this small now. Lovely post #ShareWithMe

    • Thanks Gina – yep definitely, it passes so quickly. Plenty of photos and videos is the way forward I think!

  • wowwhatnow

    I miss those milestones. I am at the stages where my kids are in college, making varsity wrestling, almost a teenager, and the worst one – mom stop embarrassing me milestones. It goes fast and the fact that you are writing about it now, will give you some great memories.

    • Haha bless – great that there is always a milestone to look forward to, even if it is stop embarrassing me! Definitely, that’s one of the main reasons for my blogging adventures 🙂

  • It’s amazing how fast they grow isn’t it? Little Miss is already 3 1/2 months and the time just flies. lovely post xx

    • Thanks Caroline – yep totally – feels like the other day that we brought Baby L home, now it’s 6 months later! Hope all is well with your little one and you’re soaking in every second 🙂

  • Great post Dadv, I swear I can see differences almost daily with my 9 month old, it certainly goes far too quickly, which is why blogging is such a great idea as a journal..

    • Yep exactly – maybe I need to start writing more about her and less about MILFs, breast milk and sex haha!

  • Great post! They grow up so quickly….Mine are 7 & 12 and the baby years seems an absolute age away….

    • Thanks Kim – I can imagine it must seem ages ago with them being at that age. I can’t even picture her as a little kid yet 🙂

  • Victoria Welton

    I regularly worry about whether I have done enough for Grace – but I think that is a parent’s job 🙂 thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x

  • Charlotte Pearson

    I think this every day and want to press pause constantly #sharewithme

    • Yep, think it’s a pretty common feeling when they start developing so quickly. It’s no wonder people get broody again when their babies are no longer babies! Thanks for the comment.

  • Beau Blue

    Aww! They totally do grow up so fast! Elliott is only a couple of months older than L and I know that I have no idea where the time goes! Just now I feel he’s doing everything and not giving us time to let it sink in, like when he crawled one day and then pulled himself up a couple of days later – we were just getting us to him crawling!! Can’t wait to see Baby L’s progress! She’s doing great – as are you!

    • Haha bless and totally know what you mean. It seems like when they learn something new, then loads of other things come right behind it. I saw that video of Elliott the other day walking with that push thing – very cute! Thanks for the reassurance haha 🙂

  • What a gorgeous gorgeous little one you have This just made me so broody. They really do grow up so quickly. I can’t believe my two will be 2 and 4 this summer. I loved all your smiley captures too. Stunning. Hope you found that time stopper on ebay! lol Thank you ever so much for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

    • Haha – thanks and sorry for making you broody! Crazy how quickly time flies isn’t it – yours are like real life little people now 🙂 Not found the time stopper yet, still waiting 🙂 Thanks for the linky as always.

  • Joanna McCaffrey

    It is so true that you only really notice the changes when you change ‘the gear’! Buckle in as there’s plenty more changes to come!
    #sundaystarts

  • Pouch

    Oh my goodness…time flies by I can tell you. It seems like five minutes ago my baby was like this…I waved her off to school back in September. Enjoy every minute, she’s gorgeous 🙂 found via #BrilliantBlogPost link-up

    • Wow – that sounds scary – the little one will be leaving home before I realise!

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  • Alica

    My ‘babies’ (twins) are 20 this year!! It honestly seems like 5 minutes ago I was pushing them about in a tandem buggy and changing nappies with messy hair and no make up! Now I am a mummy to two grown ups! (I still have messy hair and no make up!) One away at Uni and the other in full time employment…….where are my babies?

    It is so true that time goes by so quickly! Make the most of your incredibly gorgeous wee thing 🙂 x

  • Mrs H

    Another brilliant post. I wish I could slow down time too. Let me know if you do find that DeLorean or time stopping pocket watch on Amazon. Little Miss H will be nearly 2 in a few months and I am in complete denial. They change so quickly every day and it is so hard to take note of everything about them. Sometimes I cuddle her for longer than I should at night just because it is lovely to have those sleepy cuddles. At that moment, she is still my new born baby and I am all she needs in the world. I do remember the first time we put her in her cot bed she looked like a giant! She loved it! Thanks for linking up to last week’s #SundaysStars. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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