Up!

A has learned how to pull himself up! He has been trying for about a week and he finally figured it out. It came as quite a surprise because he decided to pull himself up in the crib at my Mom’s house. He was taking a nap and apparently decided to wake up and stand up. My Mom heard him talking on the baby monitor and went in to find him standing up and holding on to the top rail of the crib. He had not figured out how to do this until yesterday. A is tall so we are now lowering all of our cribs to the lowest setting. I tried him out in our crib when we got home to see if he could do it again and he immediately pulled himself up to standing position. He is very proud of himself! Here is a picture of him standing up in his crib.

Standing up!
Standing up!

It’s amazing how they all of the sudden catch on to these things. In just the past few days A is crawling faster, and saying the words “more” and “done”. It’s so fun to see him make all these new accomplishments!

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Baby Food

I had to pass this tidbit of information along to other Moms who may be more savvy than me and already know this, or my have missed it like I did! When my little cupcake started eating meats mixed in with his baby food I had a really hard time finding different types. I also found that many of them had so many different mix-ins that it almost defeated the purpose of giving him meats. I was shopping at Babies R Us the other day and they carry a Gerber baby food product that has 2nd foods that are just meats. There are three types turkey, chicken, and beef, and they are just plain turkey with turkey gravy, chicken with chicken gravy, etc. They are also smaller, so you are able to introduce them and check for reactions without using up a 3.5 or 4 oz jar of baby food. Our local grocery stores do not carry these, so I would have missed them. I don’t usually think of Babies R Us for baby food as we are usually shopping there for other things, but they actually have a pretty big selection. Considering we live about 45 minutes from the nearest Babies R Us we usually don’t go there often, but I would consider it in the future for the selection.

Perhaps if I give Babies R Us enough press, they’ll just decide to build one closer, hahaha.

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Nine Months

I cannot believe A is nine months old! We had his check-up today and his pediatrician said he looks great. He is in the 70th (around there) percentile for height (29 inches), weight (22 pounds), and head circumference. They said he is perfectly proportional :). He is doing great, he didn’t have to have any shots this time, they just tested him for his vision which was excellent. It took them a few tries to do the vision test, A kept waving at the nurse and try to grab the device that checks their vision. Here are a few updates on what A is up to at nine months:

– He can wave hi and bye.

-He says dada, Ma, and hiiiiii ( a long drawn out southern hi if you will)

-He loves to fake cough for attention

-He is a giggle box. He will giggle and laugh at anything and everything

-He loves to give big kisses (he grabs your face with his hands and then licks it. As his cousin says “that’s slimey”)

-He can crawl and roll, but does more rolling than crawling

-He is not sleeping through the night anymore (Much to our dismay), his seperation anxiety is the worst at night, meaning we have to get up several times

-He eats four times a day (four bottles and four containers of food)

-When he likes his food he says num num num, and tries to chew the spoon. When he doesn’t like his food he chews it as if he’s questioning what you are giving him.

– Because of his Granna’s teaching this week, he tries to conduct whenever music plays. Perhaps musical greatness is in his future!

-He will pull his knees and legs all the way back to his shoulders and kick them out in full force, and believe me it hurts if you are in the path. Perhaps football or soccer greatness is in his future!

– He cries when his new baby cousin cries. You may be saying this is not unique, but it is when you know that Aidan does not cry when his older cousin cries.

– He loves his grandparents and aunt and uncle’s doggies. He takes one finger and strokes them thoughtfully when they lay next to him on the floor (and no we are not getting him a dog. We do not need a dog. We have at least four we can play with anytime).

Here is A’s rocket picture for this month. He refused to lay down next to the rocket, so this was the best I could get. He was not happy about me taking his picture with it, which is odd for A. All I could get was the half-smile you see here!

Nine Month Picture
Nine Month Picture
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Not Sleeping Flakes

I feel like many (or at least a few) of my posts about A deal with sleeping. I don’t think I realized how much I enjoy sleep and miss it now until we had A. Or maybe I did. I still remember when we first moved into our house and I was about eight months pregnant, and I would peel one eye open to say good-bye to my husband as he left every morning for work. Then I would sleep until about 8:30 (that is late for me, for some of you it is not. For my husband it is not.) leisurely eat my breakfast and then do a few things around the house. Not anymore.

When A was about two months old we enjoyed the fact that he slept about 9 hours a night. He has always been an unpredicatble cat-napper (he did sleep for only about forty minutes at a time, four times a day), to which I felt like during the day most of what I did was put him down for a nap, get him up from a nap, feed, change, then start all over (many have told me that is mainly what you do with little babies, but that is neither here nor there). However, we always got a reprieve at night of about 9 hours uninterrupted sleep. Until now. Now we leave the unpredictable world of sleep. Sometimes he sleeps all night. Sometimes he wakes up five or six times. Sometimes he goes to bed at 7:30. Sometimes we can’t get him settled down until 9. Sometimes he takes an hour and a half nap. Sometimes he takes a 15 minute nap. Yes I said 15 minutes!!! That’s the nap that you say, “no wait. did I just hear him? No. I didn’t even start eating my lunch yet!” I never thought that I would crave some sort of predictability. I work really hard to keep him on a schedule. Goodness, we hardly do anything that defers from his schedule. Yet he is still totally unpredictable when it comes to sleep. Which leads me to spend much of my time sitting around. I am always afraid to start working on something because I think by the time I pull everything out to do it, he will wake-up! So I am hoping a little more predictability in his naps will come in the future. However from what I hear I was not a predictable napper either. So he must get that from me. Whenever he changes his schedule despite my best efforts I always remember the story my Mom tells of how I wanted to quit dance when I was four. Apparently I liked dance, but I didn’t like having to go the same time every week. I wasn’t sure if I would have something else to do. Like a four-year old has other plans! But obviously A has inherited my reluctance to follow a schedule. For example, I had to write this post in two parts. Yesterday he slept for an hour and a half in the morning, today exactly forty minutes. He is quite cute when he wakes up though, it’s hard to resist!

Awake again!
Awake again!
How can you resist that sweet smile?
How can you resist that sweet smile?
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Little Helper

Since I am not working this summer much of our day consists of doing household things, like laundry, dishes, and watering our garden. A has become a good helper recently. He is interested in helping with things like folding laundry, helping pay bills, and cleaning the kitchen. Mainly because when he helps fold laundry he can chew on all the interesting clothes, play on the keyboard of the computer when he is helping pay bills and look at all the interesting bubbles on his tray when we wash dishes. I’m sure one day he will be much less interested in all these chore things, but I am hoping that his interest will remain for at least a few more years 🙂

Sure Mommy, I'll help you fold laundry!
Sure Mommy, I'll help you fold laundry!
Can I eat some of the laundry?
Can I eat some of the laundry?
Helping Daddy pay bills is fun!
Helping Daddy pay bills is fun!
All this work makes me sleepy!
All this work makes me sleepy!
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Crawling and Talking

We have been quite busy the past week, so I haven’t had time to update! A is making big milestones, finally crawling and talking up a storm. Most of his crawling is backwards and most of his talking is Dadadadada, but it is amazing how much he is improving on them each day! He can crawl forward, but only when he has much motivation. I caught him crawling down the hall after a ball that had rolled out of his train. Obviously that was the motivation that he needed! He does lots of toe and arm push-ups, which amazes me that he has the much strength in his arms. Perhaps he is getting motivation from his cousin B who is in the Army!

We haven’t gotten much good video of him crawling yet, as he tends to fuss when he sees us watching him crawl. We are very excited about his milestones, however they seem to come with less sleep for everyone! A has not been sleeping well the last few nights, with Friday night being the worst, where we were getting up with him about every hour. Hopefully that will start to straighten out soon! Here are a few pictures of A working on his crawling and push-ups.

Working on his push-ups
Working on his push-ups
These push-ups are tough!
These push-ups are tough!
Perhaps Tigger can help me!
Perhaps Tigger can help me!
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Bird Baths

I’m not sure if this is a tradition in your house, but it certainly is in ours. Hot southern summers mean hot sticky babies, which means on non full bath nights we have been sponging Super A off with a wet washcloth. This action my sister affectionately coined “bird baths”, which I think perfectly sums up the little mini baths. In addition we have added in working on our toothbrushing skills to Super A’s nighttime routine. He hasn’t had any teeth pop through yet, despite all my previous posts, but I want to have brushing his teeth as part of his routine so I figured we should introduce it. I wasn’t sure how he would take it, but he loves it. AND he loves looking at himself in the mirror as you will see in the pictures!

Admiring himself in the mirror
Admiring himself in the mirror
Trying out the toothbrush
Trying out the toothbrush
"No I do it myself"...who does that remind me of??
"No I do it myself"...who does that remind me of??
Big smiles for the camera
Big smiles for the camera
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Just Say No to Citrus

As our little sweet pea has finally reached stage 2 baby foods, I have been buying up all the different kinds available on my quest to make him a well rounded food connoisseur! However, I learned a valuable lesson in my food buying the other day. There are many different kinds of baby food mixes (including baby food smoothies, which I’m not sure the value of giving your baby a “smoothie” except that it’s trendy, and yes I bought the mango). Anyway, two of these mixes include banana-orange and pineapple-pear. As banana and pear are a favorite in our house I figured these would be great to add into the mix of our other foods. As I found out babies under one year should not have citrus. ANY citrus. This includes tomatoes, oranges, and pineapples. Luckily, we did not encounter any reactions to the fruits, but I stopped giving them to him obviously!  Now being knowledgeable about the no citrus I have been avoiding any of those stated fruits. However I found that the front label isn’t always indicative of the interior product. Once we began meats mixed with veggies I realized that too can be problematic. When I began scanning the store shelves for baby meats I came across several including a vegetable beef. Which as I was reading the ingredients I found  includes tomato paste. While the tomato paste is very low on the list of ingredients (meaning that there are scant amounts) it still brought about many questions. Is a scant amount of citrus okay? Or no citrus at all? As I’m sure most Mom’s encounter it’s better to ere on the side of caution and just avoid, but when we reach a year I hope that our little sweet pea will enjoy all the tomatoes, pineapples, and oranges there are out there to try!

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Laundry Day

I just had to post these pictures of Super A because they were too cute! Super A helps me with laundry during the week (and by help I mean he plays on the floor while I sort, wash, dry, and fold), but one of his favorite things is the laundry basket. I can set him in the laundry basket and he will just sit there and play with his toys while I fold laundry. Who knew a laundry basket would be so much fun?? So here are some pictures of him playing in his basket. By the way Doggy M is Super A’s stuffed dog that M gave him when he was born. Since A doesn’t have a real dog, Doggy M is the next best thing (And yes I named it Doggy M. And yes, I got the idea from an episode of Full House. If you can name the episode you get a gold star for your 80s-90s television knowledge!)

Aidan Playing with Doggy McDavid in his Laundry Basket
A Playing with Doggy M in his Laundry Basket
Aidan in his laundry basket
A in his laundry basket
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Papa Hat

Now that it’s summer A and I have been taking walks almost every day. We of course have to avoid the rain, which for a few weeks we were all deliberating on whether or not we needed to start building an ark, but it has subsided some for now. When my Grandparents came to visit in March we purchased A’s first “Papa Hat”. Which to most is referred to as a bucket hat, but to my family it’s referred to as a Papa hat. Well as A is growing like crazy his Papa hat from March is getting a bit to small, so I purchased him a new Papa hat from Gymboree. He seems to like it, in fact A likes hats very much. He is going through his stranger anxiety phase right now, and for some reason if I put a hat on him around strangers he calms down. I think he thinks he is invisible with the hat, which I find amusing. So here is a picture of him in his first Papa hat and his new Papa hat.

First Papa Hat
First Papa Hat
New Papa Hat
New Papa Hat
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