A at Seven Months

So. This guy actually turns eight months old… next week. BUT I HAVE A GOOD REASON TO BE LATE, hah. We were out of town for the last two weeks, just got home, and I finally unearthed M’s tablet so that I could write this while she’s occupied. I’m going to try my best to write it based on seven months, not what’s currently happening with A (because he’s changed a lot in one month!).

Stats:

Just over 20 lbs. at his appointment before we left town! His head is 18″.

Nicknames:

Abrummy, “A”-bear, and M calls him Little Guy. Oh, and M and I sing “A” Beluga to him instead of Baby Beluga.

Temperament:

Dude had a lot of teeth on the go this month (two came in on the bottom, and then we discovered he had four more coming through on the top) so he was pretty angry, to be honest. As usual, the best temperament was in the mornings, right after he woke up. Sleep must be restorative to his patience, I think, because he’s chipper when the sun comes up!

Skills:

At this point he could sit up without falling, most of the time, but could not get into that position on his own. He was still mostly laying on his stomach instead of trying to move his body while on the floor/bed, but would scootch backwards, mostly by accident. His manual dexterity improved for feeding himself, and started babbling a bit.

Eating:

Handling most foods well — he didn’t really like eggs when he tried them, but he discovered a passion for plums. Also, upon being introduced to Baby Mum Mum rice rusks (because I needed something to tide over his immediate frustration at being sat down without food and these are easy), he quickly became obsessed with them and can recognize the package. He was eating using a little booster chair with a tray on top on top of the table, but his chubby legs and animated eating style made that awkward so I bought a new high chair and mealtimes became much easier! Still nursing fairly frequently at this time, too.

Clothing:

Into the summer stuff, which is cute! Little baby shorts and sun hats are adorable. The 6-9 month and 6-12 month clothing fits best.

Loves:

When a cat walks by, especially if it gets in grabbing distance. Mum Mums. The exersaucer because it involves standing up. Plums! Socializing, particularly with other babies.

Doesn’t Love:

Getting his face wiped, the end of mealtime, the five minutes between breakfast and being nursed down for his morning nap, any time his sitting skills failed and he fell down.

Things to Remember:

His first plate of spaghetti (all the sauce, everywhere), the first few beach visits he had, how thoroughly he loved the traditional food event at the hospital for National Aboriginal Day, relaxing on the front lawn all together.

 

Mom & Dad:

Me, a bit overwhelmed as usual, and busy with packing and prepping for our trip. Matt was pretty busy at work this month so it was another one that flew past, both in and out of home.

Looking Forward To:

At this point we were looking forward to our big trip to see family! A turned seven months old on the road, but there was still a lot of travelling to do and people he was going to finally meet, which was nice to have upcoming. That was really the big thing on the horizon between six and seven months.

Dear A,

Trying to look back at when you turned seven months old is a challenge, because you change so quickly and you are already an entirely different baby! That month is a bit lost, in a blur of time with Poppa and M, getting ready to travel, and working to figure out how to balance everyone and everything.

In all honesty, though, I’d rather look back than forward — when I think about how much time has gone by in your life already, and how much you aren’t a little baby anymore, and how soon I will have to go back to work and not have my days with you, I get that chest tightening anxious feeling. I went through this with your sister, and I know that we will survive it, and I don’t want to preemptively miss you, but I enjoy you so much and it’s hard to fathom how different it’ll all look, soon enough.

I appreciate and love every day with you, and watching you grow and change is a privilege.

Always, 

Mama

A at Six Months

… and two days.

Stats: ?! I still don’t know. #momfail His next appointment with the nurse practitioner isn’t for a little while. All I know is that he’s rapidly outgrowing everything.

Nicknames: Still with Abrummy. My dad decided his last name should be “Yellalotski” which is hilarious and apt.

Temperament: Uh. Yellalotski. He usually wakes up cheerful and doesn’t have too many screaming fits but dude gets mad when he’s hungry or tired, and some days he does not want to sleep so he screams all day long. And he screams loud. Matt actually measured it and it topped out at 118 decibels.

Skills: We’re bouncing, attempting to stand (with support), rolling easily, tummy sleeping, feeding ourselves, laughing, and army crawling backwards but not forward. I think a lot of his frustration has to do with not being able to move as much as he’d like. He can sit mostly unsupported but not reliably enough to be left like that. He moved to his crib this month!

Eating: We started in on baby led weaning just before he turned six months old and he’s surprisingly dexterous and surprisingly hungry! He gets mad if he doesn’t get three chances to eat a day just like everyone else, and rage-screams if someone is eating in front of him and not sharing. He ripped pizza out of my hand at the farmer’s market a few weeks ago. So far he hasn’t met anything he doesn’t like. He nurses fairly frequently still, especially at night.

Clothing: So we quit cloth diapering this month — it’s too much upkeep with two kids at home — but even without that bulk, dude is in 9-12 month onesies. His stubby legs are keeping him in smaller sized pants but I cannot do anything with any structure to it, like real jeans or pants. Sweatpants and leggings all the way for this tubby guy.

Loves: M is still the great love of his life thus far. He positively beams around her. He loves to go for walks and has gotten used to the Ergo carrier, thankfully. He loves food of all types. He is quite fascinated with Murphy but can’t catch him yet. So basically the same as last month, with the addition of food.

Doesn’t Love: Existing for more than five seconds without whatever it is that he wants, now. Sleeping without a grownup nearby. Not being able to crawl. Baths (though he had a sink bath today and was fine!).

Things to Remember: These first few weeks with his sister at home, as chaotic as they have been. Those rare late night snuggles without the noise and insanity. First foods. Meeting Poppa. Belly laughs with his sister.

Mom & Dad: The usual — tired, wondering if there’s ever going to be enough time in the day, trying to hold onto each moment knowing that it’ll pass by all too quickly at the same time. We get some family time soon with Matt off work and it’ll be nice to have that concentrated time together.

Looking Forward To: There are some cool local activities this month that the three of us are going to go to, that I’m looking forward to on more of a family basis than just for A. The warm weather is nice and hopefully we’ll be able to get out more as we have been! And of course, our family vacation coming up — the road trip part is going to suck, probably, but the rest should be fun!

Dear A,

Right now you’re screaming your face off while your sister plays firefighter. We’ve been lucky to have Poppa around for the past few days to co-ringmaster this circus, and I think you’re having fun. You’ve gotten your two new teeth into some steak, you’ve been out for daily walks, and we’ve snuck in a tiny bit of extra sleep in the morning instead of having to crack our eyes open when M does, too.

Of course, this is just a little bit of time and soon enough we’ll go back to it being the three of us during the day, and Daddy at night and on the weekend. It’ll be loud and you’ll be left in the exersaucer so I can help your sister and we’ll all have to divvy up our time and our energy. But we’ll be okay. We have fun, even through the loud and the tired and the way that the hours seem to slip away at warp speed.

Last night your Daddy came to me to say he felt lonely and it was weird: you were asleep, M was downstairs with Poppa, I was trying to get a head start on rest. And I understood what he meant. It’s weird when it’s quiet. As much as I cherish the evening hours when it’s (relatively) relaxed, when I have no energy left, I miss you guys when it’s just me. Because I know that eventually you’re going to quit being a screamy baby and your sister is going to quit being a preschooler full of ideas and it’ll all be too quiet.

I love you, Loudest Baby Ever.

Always,

Mama

A at Five Months

I’m already days behind on this — things went into hyperdrive with two kids at home! Sorry, A: chalk it up to #secondchildproblems.

Stats:

I have noooo idea. Big.

Nicknames:

M calls him ‘Abrummy’ which is kind of adorable. Mr. Smiley is a new one, when he’s being smiley.

Temperament:

Whatever feelings he has, he feels them with gusto. He is not shy about telling us what those feelings are, via happy gummy grins or pterodactyl screams. He loves his sister and will almost always cheer up from whatever mood he’s in, if she sticks her face in his face and engages with him.

Skills:

An explosion in the last week! He started rolling back to tummy and won’t stop (even when he lands on his face and cries, 48 times a day). He has changed from baby coos to the aforementioned pterodactyl screams, and does this weirdly hilarious Hulk Baby thing where he hyperventilates for 10 seconds then kicks his legs out with surprising force. He’s working on sitting up better (with support still), brings everything to his mouth, and responds to his name.

Sleep:

Total crapshoot, but mostly not awesome. He’s usually in bed between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. depending on how the day went. From there he’s typically up around midnight, 2 a.m., 4 a.m., 6 a.m., and onward. A few times in the past week he’s stretched out that first chunk to skip the midnight wakeup which has been nice! Naptime is happening but only on me. But M is home from school now, so we’ll see how everyone adjusts.

Eating:

Still nursing fairly frequently, and still very very eager to join the rest of the family on solid foods! He watches us eat so intensely, and chomps down on whatever toy he’s holding in his chair.

Clothing:

Basically completely out of 3-6 month clothing and into 6-9 month or 6-12! Some of the pants are big around the waist, and they nearly all have to be rolled up at the legs, but the onesies fit. Our little stubby leg baby. 😉

Loves:

He really does love his sister. He also loves new people and places in general — he’s not often fussy in public because he’s excited to see different things! He’s quite interested in the cats but of course they run from him. He loves loves loves to stand up, again with support from an adult.

Doesn’t Love

Sun on his face, the time it takes for me to reswaddle him when he busts out at night, landing on his face when he rolls over, his current inability to transport himself under his own power.

Things to Remember

This last week of skill explosions has been fun! It’s fun to see his abilities all come together at once. I love seeing him and his sister together too and hope I always remember those smiling interactions. It’s lovely to see M with her long-awaited sibling.

Mom & Dad

Tired, always. Still striving to find balance with two kids and a house and jobs and all of that, but hey, it’s a lifelong effort, I think.

Looking Forward To:

Summer adventures! I’m also curious to see how things work out with M at home — I foresee less sleep, but A enjoys her presence so much that it may be enriching overall. It will also mean we venture out more, and I think everyone will benefit from that. And, just getting outside in general. Winter weather came back to us last week, and it made me miss that brief period of spring we had even more!

Dear A,

Your status as sidekick/trooper has continued, especially now that you’re being toted around alongside your big sister. You’re not used to having to wait, and that’s something that you’re frequently doing now that I have two kids to tend to during the day. You scream, quite loudly, but you’re always ready with a smile as soon as M arrives to help out. And even though you don’t get to nap much during the day, until we get this whole thing sorted out, you’re pretty chipper so long as someone’s with you.

I can see that we are all going to have a busy spring and summer, and it’s right on time — you’re really getting interested in the world around you, and it’s a delight to see it through your eyes, and your sister’s. I get the feeling that we’re all going to be doing a lot of learning and playing over the next few months, and I’m excited. I’m also nervous, because time flies when you’re having fun, and I don’t want to miss any moments with you!

Love,

Mama

A at Four Months

Stats:

We did a quick measurement estimate at home because I’m actually worried this kid is gonna grow out of his car seat soon! We figure he’s around 17 lbs. and about 24 inches long.

Nicknames:

Nothing new!

Temperament:

He had a super grumpy stretch for awhile, there. He’s more cheerful lately, but will protest loudly and immediately if he wants attention and the person giving it to him dares look away even momentarily. Dude holds a grudge. He’s usually happiest first thing in the morning and often wakes up with a smile.

Skills:

He’s easily grasping things and bringing them to his mouth in a much more controlled fashion. He rolled once, front to back, but we all missed it because I stepped out to help M with the potty, and Matt was getting ready for work. And he won’t do it again, hah. He ‘chats’ now and has definitely found his voice. He can kind of bounce in the Jolly Jumper but doesn’t quite get it yet. And, he’s doing a lot better with tummy time and holding up his head without complaint.

Sleep:

One week of awfulness at night just prior to turning four months old, and now he’s up maybe once or twice. Luckily he goes back down quickly and easily after being fed (M used to wake up every time I put her down). Daytime naps are more sporadic — he’s easy to get to sleep, but hard to keep sleeping on any surface but me. Still, if the four month sleep regression is more of a naptime problem than a nighttime problem I can deal with it.

Eating:

Clearly gaining lots of weight on breastmilk! He’s been fussy with nursing and twists his head around a lot, and I can’t quite figure out why. It doesn’t seem to be a supply issue, because he’s gaining and having lots of wet diapers. A friend suggested he may be slowly teething. It mostly happens during the day, and in the morning and at night he’s a lot more focused so I think he might just be snacky.

He’s also still really, really eager to eat real food like the rest of us! He is a puddle of drool when we sit him on someone’s lap during meal times, and yesterday when I gave him a fork he stuffed in it his mouth, hah. I just ordered a Bumbo-like seat so he’ll have more of a chance to watch us, and I think he’ll be very ready when he hits the six month mark.

Clothing:

Much like he grew out of 0-3 month clothing overnight, he grew out of a lot of 3-6 month clothing overnight! Pants are hard — he has this big ol’ waist and stubby short legs, and a long torso. Onesies are always pulling at the shoulders, and he needs to size up in pants and have the legs rolled. I can’t believe how much he’s grown.

Loves:

Going for walks — Matt took them both out for a long long walk a few days ago and A was flushed with excitement when they got back! He loves one-on-one interaction, still, as well as attention from his sister specifically. He has an Oball loopy toy that he loves the best, and really likes one of M’s stuffed poodle toys. He had a blast having a bath and splashing in the big tub (with his little tub inside of it).

Doesn’t Love

Having to wait three seconds for me to latch him on at night. Not being able to eat real food. Not being able to move of his own accord. Even slightly-wet diapers.

Things to Remember

We all went to the town multicultural feast which was fun! He’s always pretty happy in public with things to look at and people to meet, and was happy being held by our seatmates a few times. We also had a good March Break with M, during which A got to get out and explore quite a bit.

Mom & Dad

Still striving to find that elusive balance. I’ve been spending more time doing self-care things like eating well and walking, which take up more of the day but leave me feeling better. This is the time of year where Matt comes out of his winter funk so I think he’s feeling good!

Looking Forward To:

This is likely my last month with just A until September — we’re almost positive M will be leaving preschool in May. So I’m looking forward to this next month of just-us time, and I’m also looking forward to a busy summer with both of them.

Dear A,

Today I loaded you into the car and we set off to visit Daddy’s work. There, you were not only fawned over by so many people, you relished in that fawning. They said, “Oh, he’s such a friendly baby! Not fussy at all!” and I told them that you love, love, LOVE being out in the world. Your eyes shine bright as you take in everything, whether it’s my face through the cart at the grocery store, the bright lights at the hospital, or the different faces you see in town.

They don’t know that sometimes, at home, you scream so loud that it’s almost awe-inspiring, but that’s okay. As long as you have somewhere to be, whether it’s gallivanting around town, or snuggled in my arms, you’re happy. You just don’t like to be alone, and I get it — why SHOULD you be alone, when you’re such a great partner in crime?

I love that you love the world so much. I hope you don’t ever lose that. It’s hard to picture you any older than you already are — though looking at your sister, I know that it happens all too fast — but when my mind can stretch to you as a toddler, a preschooler, a teenager, a man, I envision someone with the same mix of easygoing and fiery that you are, now.

You love your sister so much that it’s plainly obvious even though you can’t speak yet, and though I don’t think you understand the concept of summer or school breaks I think you’ll be quite pleased to discover that you’ll be spending more time with her, soon. I suspect it’s going to be an exhausting summer for me — and maybe for you, a bit, because she’s not much for letting you nap — but it’s going to be a blast, and it’s going to be right up your social butterfly alley. And I’m totally willing to be tired so that you two can have fun.

As always, you’re the perfect companion for our whole family.

Love,

Mama

Baby Boy Style

Dressing a baby boy is a lot of fun. I admit to looking longingly at some of the pretty dresses and hair bows out there, especially because M dresses herself now and she’s not into that kind of thing at all anymore, but “boy clothes” can be really fun too! We have always shopped in both sections and our kids wear items from each, for what it’s worth.

A is usually in little old man clothes, or bright and graphic colours and prints. I think we dressed M similarly as a baby; either in fussier, frillier little girl clothes, or fun punchy outfits, so it makes sense that we’re doing the same with A. The vast majority of what we have for him is consignment, or purchased used from friends (because they have awesome style). It gives us a wider variety of clothing brands and types, and makes me feel better about the insanity of buying a wardrobe for a rapidly growing baby.

Here are some of my favourite outfits A has worn in his first three months!

Sweater vest baby! The pants and vest are Carters, both used. My mom bought the nautical socks!

Lobstah sweater one-piece, purchased as a consignment piece (it’s Baby Gap). It’ll be heading in the mail to a New Englander friend this week!

I love reusing M’s old stuff — those pants were hers, and they’re Baby Gap. The shirt is used from a friend, and I believe it’s Peek.

Our friends are also keeping us in supply of tie onesies. I love them. The sweater and pants are hand me downs from M, and both Carters (I much prefer putting him in girl’s leggings — they fit better). Matt called this his British look.

And finally, a recent fave. A button down shirt, Joe Fresh, on consignment, and red pants from Baby Gap!