Murdo is now 15 weeks old!
The past two weeks have probably been the first in the most significant series of changes in development we’ve seen in the little guy so far.
He’s been a bit fussy when it comes to feeding and has been waking up quite regularly over night to feed, but that seems to be getting a bit better now — maybe.
In addition to the continuing ability to hold his own head up, Murdo has started “cooing” — his favourite is a sound like “Ah–boooo”, it’s very cute, and sometimes the cooing lasts for few seconds at a time. Whether it’s good or bad to respond to Murdo by repeating the sounds he makes, who knows, the scientific jury is out on that one, but it makes him smile when we do!
Murdo is also starting to look longer, his legs are straightening out a bit and he looks more substantial overall. The great thing about this is that he now pretty much fits into all the really nice clothes we were gifted, and also some of the good stuff we bought for him ourselves. The difference in size also means that there is a difference in strength and he can almost roll himself over using his arms — not quite, but almost!
The only downside of Murdo getting bigger is that you start to see the massive waste involved in baby clothing — it doesn’t last long before it’s too small. Why people spend a fortune on ephemeral, fashionable baby clothing is completely beyond me. Babies don’t care what they’re wearing as long as they’re warm, so for me, withholding the spend on fancy, branded clothing, which an all truth only pleases parents, means we can redirect money to other things that make parental life easier, and Murdo as comfortable as he can be.
A good example of reducing expensive, fashionable, clothing spend to focus on something more practical is Murdo’s bouncy chair, which we bought from friends for the princely sum of £10, has started to sag a bit as he’s grown and now has a bit less “bounce” to it. We decided to upgrade to a BabyBjörn Bouncer Balance Soft. It costs twice as much as many of the bouncers that last 6 months, but will be usable until Murdo is two years old! It’s expensive (£100) — but it’s also massively practical and will last a long time.
For me something like this is far more valuable than a £70 outfit made by a fancy brand like Mayoral, that will last a month and then go to a charity shop.
I believe there is a lot of fashion rivalry among parents, and the thought of using a child as a mannequin to hang your ego from, or indeed the credit limit of your credit card disgusts me.
It has started to get colder now in the north of Scotland, and turning the heating on in our house has pretty much coincided with the end of British Summer Time. Murdo is sleeping in 2.5 tog Gro Bags and little suits with insulted arms, so we’ve set the heating to 17 degrees celsius overnight, we’ll keep an eye on this to make sure he’s not too warm or too cold.