Friday, February 26, 2021

eight months of colin

Happy eight months, cute baby!
This has been a big month for Colin! How did he go from "can sit unsupported briefly" at seven months to "pulls up to standing and OH NO HOW DID YOU CLIMB ON TOP OF THAT?!?" in just one month?
He still crawls on his belly, but he is shockingly fast now. Especially if you have the fridge door open. He'll be on the other side of the room when you open the fridge and inside it by the time you find the ketchup. He is desperately trying to climb the stairs but can't quite get his knee up high enough. He contantly pulls himself up on the kitchen drawer handles like they're a rock climbing wall.
His favorite activity this month was... laying in drawers.
He also enjoys shelves.
And sometimes, just to mix it up a bit, he likes to wedge himself under furniture.
There's really never a dull moment. I must say, his cutest milestone this month was learning to wave. I held him up in front of the mirror one morning and waved, "Hi!" and he gave me a big smile and waved his whole arm back at me like a Chinese lucky cat. He loves to wave now!
Our biggest problem this month has been an increase in the amount of spit up. He spits up about 10-15 times per feeding. Bottle, food, whatever is in him just comes back out constantly. Somtimes it feels like all we do is follow him around the house, cleaning up the mess. It's pretty frustrating. He can't really be in any carpeted rooms, on any furniture, or in our bed. We mostly keep him in the kitchen. It doesn't seem to bother him, doesn't seem to be isolated to a specific food, and the doctor doesn't seem particularly concerned. We're just sick of dealing with it. He eats all sorts of baby food and we introduced puffs, eggs, and cheese this month.
The biggest transition this month was moving Colin to the crib in his own room. Sometimes he wakes every few hours and needs to be settled back to sleep, but sometimes he makes it from 7pm to 5am without waking. That's a big improvement from last month. He also naps in his crib now, which is much more convenient for me than having to keep an eye on him in the swing.
Mae loves entertaining Colin. He loves watching her silly song and dance routines but has less patience when she tries to read to him. However, if he crawls towards her, she lets out a shrill scream and runs for high ground like a stereotypical woman seeing a mouse. I think she's doing it as a joke, but we might have to work on some baby immersion therapy for her. He mostly tries to communicate with her by blowing raspberries.
Looking forward to month nine! Send me your tips for getting spit up stains out of... well... everything.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

snow day

Last Thursday morning, we woke up to a blanket of snow! It was killing me that we finally got a decent amount of snow, and I had to go to work! I decided to go in a bit late, so Mae and I got to spend an hour sledding on the driveway. I taught her how to bail out of the sled before you crash into something. Important life skill. We also made snow angels on the driveway.
The snow plows must have been as surprised by the snow as we were, because the roads hadn’t been treated. I was glad I waited a while to commute since there was a big car accident not far from our house. Dan decided to avoid the roads entirely and just work from home. He also had some time to take Mae sledding at a couple locations near our house. It was easier for me to go to work, knowing Mae would have some time to enjoy the snow. They visited a new-to-us sledding hill with a nice long run and some good speed!
They also tried out a small hill at the playground. Even Colin got to try sledding for the first time! (He was unimpressed.)
Some of the snow stuck around for our walk on Friday. Mae had fun taking icicles off parked cars and using them to write in the snow. We called them “pencicles.”
I felt so cheated by the lack of snow last winter. I don’t think we even got to sled! I hope we get a few more good snowfalls before spring arrives!

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

seven months of colin

Check out this cute little seven-month-old!
Colin favorite activity this month was probably bath time. (Which is good, because he's getting a lot more baths to wash off all the day care germs.) He's just starting to sit up in the bath and is discovering the joy of splashing. He can soak the entire bathroom in a matter of minutes with his spirited water-smacking! He also thinks trying to grab a stream of water is the height of comedy.
His army crawling technique improves every day, and he's quite fast now! Sometimes, he gets up into a hands and knees pose and rocks back-and-forth a few times before resorting to the army crawl/leg kicks to propel himself. He can sit unsupported very briefly. He loves bouncing up and down in the jumper so much that sometimes he bounces himself to sleep in it! (I love his dramatic pose in the jumper photo below.) While his nap timing is consistent, the duration is not. Sometimes a nap is 10 minutes and sometimes (rarely) it's 2 hours! It makes planning our day a little challenging, but we're not going anywhere anyways so it doesn't really matter.
He is generally a pretty happy baby unless he is hungry. Then he gets MAD. If he's crawling around exploring and decides that it's time to eat, he crawls over and pulls on our feet or pants until we pick him up. If we don't respond right away, he can get really loud, really quickly! He likes all the foods we've introduced including cereal, peanut butter, pears, apples, bananas, sweet potatoes, carrots, prunes, and green beans (though he likes those better if they're mixed with fruit). He still has no teeth... but plenty of drool! He has discovered his tongue this month and is constantly sticking it out at us like a little snake.
He's back to a reasonable sleep schedule after several bad nights followed by a few nights of sleep training. When he wakes at night, I can usually settle him to sleep by popping the pacifier back in his mouth and holding his little hand. Unfortunately, he's now out of arm's reach since I had to lower the Pack N' Play mattress! I caught him (almost literally) climbing over the edge last week! He has also been pulling up on the bottom stair and even crawled on top of a small toy bin and got stuck like a turtle.
Colin adores Mae. He thinks everything she does is hilarious. She finds him equally entertaining (unless he manages to get a hold of her hair or one of her coloring pages). I just love seeing them interact! They are so cute with each other!
Happy seven months! I wonder what month 8 will bring. Teeth? Puffs? More baby gates??