Reading and Climbing

A has become quite the little reader lately. One of his favorite activities is opening up the cabinet by our couch that has his books in it, and taking them out. He not only takes them out, but he flips through each one before removing the next one. Somehow that reminds me of how I always organize things. I take stuff out and then end up flipping through the stuff I have taken out, instead of actually organizing it! He will also push away books he is not interested in and grab books he likes. A few of his favorites are “My Fluffy Bunny”, and an Ocean book with puzzle pieces. He LOVES chunky puzzle pieces right now. And when I say love, he loves to chew on them. When we went over to my sister’s house the other day my nephew nicely pulled out one of his Melissa and Doug dinosaur puzzles, and A promptly went to town licking each piece. As my nephew describes it, they were “slobbery”.

I am also now chasing him down everywhere before he can climb onto something, into something, or pull up on something dangerous (like the front of the fireplace). On Sunday he climbed into the middle of his exersaucer and got stuck. Which was funny in hindsight and I would have taken a picture, except A completely panicked once he climbed inside and it was a mess trying to get him back out. I am working with him on his color, shapes, and identifying animals. I am not sure how much he is taking in, he always takes whatever I am showing him and tries to eat it. I just figure he is identifying the item in his own way. We are also constantly amazed at how much more he is talking each day. He talks constantly (mostly in baby language), but in just the past few days he is saying bye-bye, and he said “red” yesterday when I was showing him a card that had the word red written on it. Which probably makes him a genius :). Here are some updated pictures of A getting books out of his cabinet and climbing on the couch!

Choosing a book to read
Choosing a book to read
Trying to get on the couch
Trying to get on the couch
Look at those baby blues!
Look at those baby blues!
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Updates

I haven’t been the best blogger lately! A is now crawling everywhere, and by everywhere I mean EVERYWHERE. There is a full amount of child proofing that we didn’t even realize we were going to have to do. It’s amazing how quickly he can get to things and get into things. It makes me wonder if he has spent the last ten months looking at everything in the house thinking, “once I can crawl I’m going to touch that, grab that, climb up on that…etc.” I am now having to either take him with me when I go from one part of the house to the other, or entice him to follow me with toys or games of peek a boo.

While crawling means more work for us, it is so fun to watch A. He is so pleased with himself that he knows how to go places and can follow us. We are working on him saying “done” and “more” when he is eating and he is slowly getting the idea. I’m getting ready to go back to work in a few weeks, and although I have enjoyed my summer with A, but I am ready to get back to work a few days a week. I think he is ready to spend his two afternoons a week with his Granna and Papa again.

In other news…we began taking A to Sunday School this past week. He was none too thrilled being passed off to people he did not know. I was having a panic attack for most of the ride to church as I haven’t left him with anyone but my parents and sister since he was born. However, our church has excellent and very secure daycare so we knew he would be in good hands. We saw one of his teachers circling the hallways with him in a stroller for probably 90 percent of our class, but we were thankful that he did not cry the whole time, and that they did not have to come get us!

Here are some updated pictures of our little munchkin! I posted one for his Aunt A. From what I hear A has a similar sleeping style to his aunt when she was a baby. 🙂

Helping Daddy get ready for church
Helping Daddy get ready for church
I can crawl to you!
I can crawl to you!
So happy!
So happy!
Aidan's standard sleep position
Aidan's standard sleep position
Snoozing on the couch
Snoozing on the couch
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Baby Macaroni and Cheese

Since we are now introducing table foods, I have been trying to come up with interesting table foods for our little cupcake to eat. I had looked at the little jars of baby macaroni and cheese at the store and found that the list of ingredients was long and complicated. I then started looking through my cookbooks at home and came up with my own version of macaroni and cheese for babies. It is a small amount, as we are not eating very much of it yet. It is simple and takes the same amount of time as making it from the box!

Ingredients:

1/3 cup of mini fusilli

1/2 tbs of butter

1/2 tbs of olive oil

1/2 tbs of flour

3 tbs of whole milk

1 slice of mild cheese

Instructions:

Cook fusilli in a small saucepan of lightly salted boiling water for about 15 minutes (this is past package directions, but you want it to be soft and mushy for babies. Especially mine who still doesn’t have teeth!).

In another small saucepan melt the butter and olive oil on low heat. Once melted whisk in the flour and let cook for one minute. After flour has cooked whisk in milk. After milk has cooked for a minute, break cheese into chunks and whisk in. Stir until smooth.

Once fusilli has finished drain and then add to cheese mixture. Stir pasta with cheese. Make sure the macaroni and cheese has cooled before serving!

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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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