Our sweet baby is growing up so fast.
We have lots of new developments happening just in the past few weeks:
-M feels about the same weight to me, but I think he is longer. Perhaps he is thinning out a bit? Strangers comment on his yummy thighs all the time!
-We have a new trick at mealtime: spitting out food! He seems to have figured out that he doesn’t have to eat everything. It’s been cool to see him make decisions though. He cried when I gave him leftovers two meals in a row and I just figured he wasn’t hungry and took him down from his high chair. When he continued to cry I gave him a bite of my lunch and he gobbled it down. Poor baby was just trying to tell me he wanted something else!
-On the communication front we have made HUGE progress this month: sign language!!! M knows “all done” and “milk,” although he doesn’t always use them appropriately. We think he has “all done” down pat though. He started doing milk during nursing one day and I could barely contain my excitement that he had made the connection. He has also started clapping, and I think he might be doing that as “more” but I’m not sure. The sign language break through has been so exciting though, so now I’m using a lot more. I use the signs for diaper change, cheese, eat, cat, thank you, please, book, drink, and water (among a few others) as much as I can. He also has learned to point to things when he wants more of them, so that has been a helpful “sign” too.
-When he is hungry, M will say “mmmmmmmm! mmmmm!” and he does it when something is particularly delicious too. It’s so cute!! He has also said words that sound like “good” and “yes” but it’s just so hard to tell what is a real word and what isn’t.
-In real talking news, M has learned to say “Night Night!” I am declaring this is his first word because he says it correctly:
-It’s so cute to hear him repeat after us, however, the absolute best part about this is we can now communicate that it’s nap time and bed time. If we say “night night” and he says it back, he really seems to understand that means it’s time for sleep. Going down for sleep has gotten so much better in the past few weeks. We’re back to 2 solid naps a day, and he’s sleeping better and longer than ever (KNOCK ON WOOD). Not only are naps back, but he’s sleeping later in the mornings too (until about 6:45 instead of 6/6:15, which makes a huge difference for me). Makes me wonder if that blip I wrote about last time was just a Wonder Week or something. Naps are now at 10 and 3 with the later wake up time.
-He is a speed crawler now and into everything. Our house keeps getting emptier, which my minimalist self secretly kind of likes! He loves to push things around more than any other games:
Ottomans are his favorite toys, but he also loves little cars and trucks. Anything with wheels! He can practically run when pushing an ottoman but he hasn’t taken his first real steps yet. He’s getting much better at walking holding our hands, so I don’t think it will be too much longer.
-After nursing he crawls so fast he tries to shoot off the side of the bed. Gone are the days of snuggling in bed for a while in the mornings. Now he likes to wheelbarrow off the edge with me holding his feet while I lower him down to the floor. We do our diaper and outfit changes on the bed in his room. Yet another reason I am SO glad we kept the twin bed in there. I usually have to find a toy or You Tube video of cats and dogs to get him to settle before I can start on a diaper change. Once he is entertained the changes usually go better without fighting or thrashing around.
-He has learned to brush his hair with his hair brush and his teeth with his toothbrush. I love that he clearly sees us using things and wants to copy us. He’s showing a lot more interest in forks and spoons too.
-We have moved beyond the baby tub and he now takes baths in the big tub. I fill the water just enough so he can crawl through it with no risk of his head going under, and he has fun playing with toys and splashing through the water. If only I could figure out a way to get him not to suck on the washcloths! It’s a pain to try to clean him and play tug-of-war with them.
-I put a paci in his mouth this week out of curiosity and he didn’t know what to do anymore. He just chewed on it and then rattled it around. My baby is growing up!