I’m overdue for an update. Baby boy is outstanding. He’s an absolute joy. Daycare says that he’s the best hugger and the best kisser in the room and I’m not surprised. A is a cuddle bug. He wraps his little chunky arms around your neck, pulls your hair, licks your face, and my heart melts every time. I love him more every day.
Eating A eats like a champ. We’ve fed him a long list of foods: mangoes, bananas, blueberries, turnips, parsnips, carrots, melon, avocado, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, yogurt, quinoa, lentils, peas, pears, apples, broccoli, zucchini, a couple bites of tiny, tiny pieces of turkey and beef, and maybe a few other things. We’ve added cinnamon, cumin, garam masala, and nutmeg to his various dishes. He eats it all–the only thing he hasn’t liked is black beans, but we’ll try again. It’s very cute when he first tries something for the first time–he grimaces, shakes his head back and forth several times. Then he opens his little mouth for more, the second bite causes less of a reaction, and generally by the third bite, he’s warmed up to the food and eats it all. I was gifted a baby food maker, so I’ve been making his purees and so far it’s been pretty easy. I’m hesitant to puree meat, so his protein as an infant may just come from beans and grains. He has 5 teeth, but I’m still absolutely terrified to give him food that he has to chew (we’ll give him pieces of soft fruit, but so far, we’re steering clear of cheerios). We had a brief (less than 10 second) choking scare (involving the dreaded black beans), which was terrifying and solidified my absolute fear of him choking and me being unable to help him. We’ll take a choking class next week, so maybe that will ease my fears a bit and we can start adding crunchier foods. In addition to his solid foods, he still drinks 5 bottles per day, but the amount of formula required is sloooowly starting to diminish. So far, it doesn’t look like we have a picky eater, but I’m fairly certain that will change as he ages. At our next doctor’s appointment I’m going to have to ask them about introducing peanut butter, the new studies are saying introduce it earlier to prevent allergies, so I just want to talk to them and see what they recommend. I may just sit outside a hospital and give A a taste of peanuts for the first time, just in case.
Growing All that eating has created a big boy. We had a couple sick visits in February and at his last appointment, around 7 months, he weighed 22 lbs and 1.5 ounces. At 6 months he was 29 inches. He’s probably over 30 inches and at least 23 pounds now. But his chubby thighs, wrists, arms, and chins are just too adorable! I need to transition him to his 12 month clothing; his little legs stick out of the bottom of his pants so far and his shirts are looking a bit snug. He’s growing out of his infant car seat and we’re upgrading to the convertible car seat. Those are expensive, by the way. And if you have 2 cars, you need to buy 2. I completely glossed over this expense when doing all my infant gear research. However, I do think that he’ll be more comfortable in the bigger seat. We’ve started putting him in the regular stroller rather than keeping him in the carseat and snapping him into the frame, which I like much better when he’s awake, but it definitely makes it impossible to keep him asleep when transitioning in or out of the car.
Sleeping Ugh. Sleep. It’s not as bad as some have it, A sleeps through the night for the most part. However, he sleeps best through the night when we’re co-sleeping. We don’t actually cosleep as a threesome, the few nights that B has been out of town, I’ll often put A in the bed with me; sometimes I sleep on the couch with A on our oversized ottoman (don’t worry, he’s still not rolling over in his sleep, the boy doesn’t move in his sleep really at all), sometimes B sleeps on the couch and A and I get the bed. If we’re all in the bedroom (preferred arrangement, or at least having the two adults in the bedroom), A sleeps in the pack n play. We’ve tried to sleep train him in the crib, but he either catches a cold, or we cave because *we* really want the sleep, or because grandparents are visiting, or a dozen other excuses. He fidgets and wakes himself up and it’s just so much easier for me to reach over, put the pacifier back in his mouth, pat him on the head or stomach, and let us all go back to sleep in 2-3 minutes. I don’t mind it so much in the evenings, he sleeps pretty soundly while we wind our evenings down. In the mornings, however, I think we wake him up too early. I generally get out of bed at 6, and then A is generally awake 10-15 minutes later. I think that he probably needs more sleep and I really want some more time in the morning to get ready for the day. Napping is hit or miss. He rarely naps at daycare (we’re lucky if he sleeps for an hour all day), so he often falls asleep for an hour in the evenings. On the weekends, he acts like a teenager and takes extra long naps to catch up for the sleep he’s not getting during the week. On average, I think we’re doing pretty well in the sleep department. *knocking on wood*.
Talking. The boy is a bit of a chatterbox. We have grunting conversations with one another and other times he just screeches. We screech back. B and I think it’s highly amusing. He makes “M” sounds and “B” sounds and that’s about as far as we’ve gotten with our consonants. He’s totally interactive, he knows his full name, which is a mouthful at 9 syllables, but won’t respond to just his first name. We also find this highly amusing.
Moving. So, I think that A is a bit behind in the gross motor department, but he does have a lot of mass to move. He sits with ease now and he can stand up while holding onto the couch. For a while he was rocking back and forth, but has added side to side rocking and bouncing recently. While sitting in his high chair he rocks his upper body back and forth with such force I’m surprised he’s not moving the whole chair. I can only assume that he’s building his core muscles which will eventually lead to crawling, pulling up and walking. He can scoot backwards ever so slowly and he can pivot around the floor, but we don’t have him lying down that much so he doesn’t practice pivoting too much at home. I think his fine motor skills are right on target. Pincer grasp seems to be coming along. He can manipulate his pacifier quite well, he passes small items back and forth between his hands. He studies things, and pays attention to things. He loves, loves, loves his jumper. He’s banging toys on the high chair and the floor. He loves spinning toys. He loves putting all the toys in his mouth. Sometimes he thinks the dog toys are his toys, and then he puts those in his mouth. Yummy!!
Speaking of moving. We are moving. We are moving out of our rental house and into a beautiful house with a beautiful backyard and, crucially, a beautiful third floor in-law suite. So when my in-laws, or even my own parents really, come for extended visits, they have their own space away from mine. We have a beautiful master suite with heated floors and a soaking tub! We have separate office space! We’re counting on the steady stream of cockroaches we find scurrying off our kitchen counters at night to become a thing of the past, that our cat won’t catch anymore mice in the pantry, and that various other critters we find in our current location will become outside friends rather than not inside friends. Our house is chaos right now, I don’t really know how to pack for this move. Truthfully, I don’t want to pack, I just want to take 50 carloads across town and not deal with the organizing and wrapping and taping that is involved in moving. I’ll probably hate myself on the 25th trip, but I think that’s what we’re going to do. Some things will get packed, but why put the super heavy kitchen aid mixer in a box when a shopping bag with handles will also work? I am so, so, so excited about our new house. It feels like the grown up house I’ve been waiting to move into for 20 years. First it was rental apartments, then a small condo, then a rental house, all very prudent decisions that allows us to really get a house that we can live in for the next 15 years. We may kill each other during the move, but if we make it through that, it will be an amazing place to raise A.
I am doing well. I can’t figure out how to eat healthy, exercise, work full time, spend quality time with A every day, play with my dog, and actually have some me time. So I’m not exercising, really, and I eat healthy about 60% of the time. With spring upon us and warmer weather and longer days and fresh produce, I’m hoping to get recharged and back on the eating healthy and exercising kick. After all, we have baby #2 to start thinking about…
Finally, thank you to everyone who sent thoughts and prayers out into the universe for my niece. She’s doing pretty well, latest is she’s gained 9 ounces, my SIL held her for the first time this week, the bleeding in her brain was very minimal and they think it will resolve on its own, her blood work is more or less where it should be. She’s having greater breathing interventions (so an oscillator instead of a CPAP), but that is allowing her to keep her blood pressure up, her bradycharida episodes down, and allows her to rest. Most babies at her GA don’t need to breathe on their own, so it takes a lot out of her. I’ll give periodic updates on her when I can.