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7 wonderful months

T is now 7.5 months old! Time really flies away so fast…my baby is growing up too quickly!

At 7 months, T has achieved quite a number of significant milestones compared to her previous months.

  1. She is able to sit steadily without support! Although, she still can’t sit up on her own yet…. she can only maintain her sitting position 😂
  2. She can crawl backwards! Not forward, yet…
  3. She has graduated from puree to porridge and finger food.
  4. Starts screaming or making funny noises to communicate her wants and don’t-wants
  5. She can wave goodbye! I know, it’s hard to believe but the daycare nurses have been teaching her to do that and now she lifts her hand up to wave!
  6. She sprouted her first tooth!! Second one erupting soon.
  7. Starts drinking water from a sippy cup with some assistance to hold the cup



I’m glad that I don’t have to spend a few hours preparing her puree on weekends anymore as she now has her meals at the daycare center which provides baby meals. Mostly rice porridge with a variety of veggies, chicken and fish. On weekends, I cook her rice congee too with quinoa/millet and pork (since she doesn’t get any red meat at the center).

Sweet potato pork porridge

I tried feeding oatmeal (made powdered oats for a finer texture), but she doesn’t seem to like oatmeal as she gagged on it and then vomited!

Blended rolled oats to make oat powder

I have also tried offering finger food like rice crackers and chunks of avocado. She loves them and took them quite well. It’s pretty scary watching them chew on those huge chunks…

Inspecting a chunk of avocado 😂

Pasta and cheese stick


T loves bread too, but I try not to give it to her too often. Usually just a few bites when she screams at me while I’m enjoying my bread.

What T has been eating at home (during weekends) so far:

  1. Pumpkin rice congee
  2. Broccoli rice congee
  3. Spinach rice congee
  4. Sweet potato quinoa rice congee
  5. Sweet potato and zucchini rice millet congee
  6. Sweet potato and pork rice millet congee
  7. Avocado slices
  8. Pasta and cheese sticks
  9. Plum oatmeal

She doesn’t really want to eat baby congee at home although she eats them well at the daycare center. And I found that she hates zucchini (so do I). So I’ve been trying out finger food as well but it seems that she wastes more food than she’s supposed to swallow. Well, I guess it’s a learning process for her as she learns how to pick up her food and feed herself. Thank God for Cookie the smelly beagle (my one and only clean up crew)… I don’t have to clean up the floor after T makes a huge mess dropping and flinging her food everywhere 😂


The worst part of bringing up baby T is when she gets sick. She has been having a bad cough and flu for a few weeks now, and we haven’t been able to sleep well (well, no sleep at all on some nights!). As long as she is healthy and happy, I don’t mind losing a few nights of sleep… but it breaks my heart to see her being sick for a few weeks 😢 Well, at least she still eats and drinks well, and is generally still happy and hyperactive.

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Weaning Baby T

My little baby taufu is growing up so fast, I hardly have time nowadays to document her progress. At 6.5 months, she has achieved the following milestones:

  1. Eating solids – started on fruit/vege puree and a little rice porridge. She is officially a greedy foodie!
  2. Able to support herself on all fours but have not started crawling yet although she is trying to.
  3. Started saying “mama” and “papa” 😍😍😍 (though most of the time I think she is just babbling but I love to think that she is calling us…lol)
  4. Emit a high pitch hysterical laugh when she is overexcited…OMG it is so cute but deafening sometimes. With the strength of her vocal chords sometimes I think I will go deaf sooner than I thought.

Lately she loves to chill like this with her leg out


She is also going through a phase of sleep and breastfeeding regression. Sometimes she just refuses to sleep at all, despite having a good sleeping record for the past months. And now she wants to sleep in our bed instead of her cot. Because she wants to nurse in her sleep sometimes – something which she hasn’t done so far. Now she wants to have the convenience of milk and comfort in bed 😑 Talk about breakfast, lunch and supper in bed. Ugh…. Growth spurt maybe? I sure hope T takes up the responsibility of washing my bed sheets next time when she grows up, to make up for all that spit up, vomit, saliva and leaking milk on my bed!! Sometimes, leaking pee too.

She is a good eater and has a healthy appetite so far in the solids department, accepting new food quite well. But she can be quite demanding sometimes. She screams when she sees me eating and wants a share of it. I let her lick my sandwich bread sometimes just to make her shut up 😂 I know it’s bad but a small taste of bread won’t hurt.

Mashing up plums for plum puree 😋

Very happy with my purchase of these food storage cups, they are very useful and convenient to portion and freeze puree!


So far she has tried avocado, banana, carrot, pumpkin, sweet potato, apple, pear and spinach puree, as well as spinach and broccoli rice porridge. I initially started with the 3 day rule, then 2 days, and now sometimes just 1 day! So far she hasn’t shown any allergic reaction except maybe a bit of skin rash after having avocado. And oh my, banana makes her go bonkers. As in really super duper hyperactive that she won’t sleep and bouncing off the walls. It’s probably the high sugar content giving her super charged energy.

Broccoli rice porridge

Spinach rice porridge


Since baby T now has her meals in the kitchen, Cookie the smelly beagle is always camping outside the kitchen in wait of some leftovers. Because I always try to make a little extra for my little four-legged furbaby. Except for foods like avocado which is a big no-no for dogs.


Baby T now has her meals at home on weekends only as she has 2 meals a day at day care. So I try to prepare something better and more delectable for her on weekends, like porridge. But it seems her stomach does not take to it very well yet. Maybe we will try porridge again a bit later when she is a bit bigger.

I have not tried baby led weaning yet although I have heard and read lots about it. I guess I still believe in the traditional method of soft baby first foods as even our moms weaned us that way and we grew up just fine. I’ve also read and heard that babies on traditional weaning methods grow up not knowing how to chew their food or do not like meat, but I personally think that it’s something they will grow and learn to accept as they grow older. I’m an example of a traditionally weaned baby yet now I love red meat so much I can never be a vegetarian! 😂😂 Besides, soon she will learn to eat finger food as well in a few months’ time. I guess in the end it’s a very personal choice which method to follow and no one should be judged for making that choice. Both has its pros and cons. As for me, I enjoy preparing food for my little princess and it makes me happy to see her enjoy eating it.

My darling princess grows up oh so fast! Feels like just yesterday she popped out of me and now she has started taking her first bites of real food! How time flies.

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6 months old

Happy 6 months old, my little princess! 😘


At 6 months old, T is able to:

  1. Sit up with some support, she can sit in high chairs and booster seats now.
  2. Pay attention and give some reaction when I read her bedtime stories.
  3. Attempt to crawl (but can’t yet)
  4. Open her mouth wide with enthusiasm when she sees the spoon coming towards her during mealtimes.
  5. Hold up her arms to be carried.

Thank you my dearest T, for these wonderful 6 months of love. Although I still get annoyed at you sometimes for kicking up a fuss at bedtime and refusing to sleep (because well you know mommy’s seriously sleep deprived with a long backlog of chores to do while you are sleeping), but deep down inside I love you more than you can imagine and wish that I have all the power in the world to just stop time and hold you in my arms.

You know before you were born, I told daddy that you are never going to sleep in our bed because we need our privacy and you need to learn how to sleep in your own bed independently. Lately daddy’s been finding you sound asleep in the middle of our bed sometimes with your legs kicking at him. Well I know you’re not gonna stay tiny forever and sometimes I do like to cuddle you to sleep, hence sometimes my heart does jump for joy when you refuse to sleep in your own bed, and would happily pick you up and put you in our bed, right beside me 🙂 Yes, I’m guilty of spoiling you. But you won’t want to sleep beside me forever, and you won’t want me to carry you in my arms forever. So I’ll savour the moment while I can.


One day you will want to sleep in your own room, and your own bed. And I will feel a deep hole in my heart and a little bit colder in bed without you by my side.

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Transitioning

In a few days time, T will be 6 months old. Sob sob… time really flies so fast. I feel that I haven’t even enjoyed enough of her first 6 months and now she is ready to be all grown up 😦

I’m glad that I have been able to breastfeed her up till now and still able to continue beyond the 6 month mark. At this point I’m still thinking of whether to wean her off breastmilk or continue breastfeeding for a couple more months. Pumping at work is really tiring for me, even though I’m getting used to it. But sometimes I feel that the extra time I take off work to pump could be used to go home an hour earlier to spend with T 🙂

But I’m still holding the thought of continuing our breastfeeding journey as I really cherish those bonding moments with T while nursing her. Indecisive me 🙂

My cheap but trusty Pigeon breastpump that has served me well for the past 3 months ever since I went back to work


Soon she will be ready for solids too, a big milestone! So far she has shown some signs that she is ready to try solid food:

  1. Able to hold her head upright and sit with support
  2. Grabs things and puts them in her mouth
  3. Makes chewing motion and smacks her lips
  4. Stares at people eating

She is not able to sit up without support yet, and she still seems to have the tongue-thrust reflex.

Friends have been “brainwashing” me about baby led weaning, but I think I will go with puree first then only transition into BLW probably after a month or two. I’m a really paranoid parent and I would be really worried about the dangers of choking although it would be most unlikely 😂

I have already thought about what kind of veggies and fruits to feed her, and of course I’m super excited just thinking of preparing her food. I actually love cooking but I rarely have time or energy to do it, so making food for my little sweetheart is the perfect opportunity to do what I enjoy.

Bibs, feeding bowl/masher and feeding spoon all ready 🙂


It would be even more fun once T is older and can eat more variety of solids. I sure am looking forward to cooking/baking all kinds of food, snacks or preparing cute bentos for her. But for now, let’s just take one step at a time so I can slowly appreciate and cherish every moment I have with T before she grows up too fast.

If only cooking for children could be a full time job. Surely it is way better and more fun than looking at javascripts and vbscripts all day. Maybe I should consider babysitting as my next career 🙂

T, please don’t grow up too fast…

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5 wonderful months

At 5 months old, T is able to:

  1. Roll over 360 degrees at a time
  2. Grab things and put them in her mouth
  3. Laugh
  4. Stare at people or moving objects
  5. Recognize familiar faces and reject strangers (she cries loudly if an unfamiliar person tries to carry her!)
  6. Scream when she’s bored
  7. Drool and make smacking sounds when she sees us eating
  8. Try to hold her own bottle or grab my boobs with both hands when nursing


She is still not able to sit up on her own yet, so looks like we still have to wait another month before starting her on her first solid food.