I knew Penny would have put on at least a lb. since her last weigh in but was surprised to find she has actually gained nearly 2lb. She now weighs 14lb at 21 weeks and is really starting to feel quite heavy.
For the past few months she has been sleeping through the night but recently we have been gradually bringing her bedtime forward as she gets more active. As she is awake most of the day Penny is more than ready for bed by 7pm and luckily for us usually sleeps until at least 7am, sometimes even until 8am. The result is we are more rested as well as getting some much needed time to wind down in the evenings.
As Penny still has anything up to 7 200ml milk feeds in a day, we took the decision to start the weaning process earlier than 6 months. Since she was 17 weeks we have been trying to give her a little taste of food. It is only really the last few days, however, that she has been eating significant quantities of food. Last night she managed about 4 teaspoons of squash and this morning surprised me by eating a whole pureed banana. Thinking we were on a roll I tried swede for lunch which she apparently hates. It’s still early days and we still have many more flavours to introduce. I am currently pureeing a variety of fruit and vegetables and freezing them in large ice cube containers so we can offer a variety of foods every day.
Other developments this week are that Penny has started reaching for toys and can pull the handle on her bouncer which activates the music. She has also developed a back shuffle movement, where she uses her legs to move herself around the floor whilst still on her back. Using this she can turn herself right around in her cot and can reach toys that were previously out of reach. She can’t roll over yet but there have been a few times when she has got close.