Saturday, April 19, 2014

Eight Months

Things I want to remember about Asher at eight months. . .

- He has figured out how to crawl! He learned how to get up onto his knees a few weeks ago, then spent about a week rocking on his knees before he discovered how to move his knees forward. He's got it down pretty well now and is surprisingly fast when he gets going. So far he's not that interested in getting into things he shouldn't (not that we have all that much stuff for him to get into downstairs) but we do need to get a baby gate for our stairs and probably some of those outlet cover things.

- He's also learned how to hold his own bottle. He's not great at it yet, so most of the time I still sit with him and make sure he doesn't spew milk onto his face, but I think he'll have it down here pretty quickly, which will be nice. We've slowly been trying to get him to figure out the sippy cup, but so far he's only ever taken a few sips at a time before shoving it out of his mouth.  He's also become a very distracted eater. It's nearly impossible for him to finish a bottle or his food if we are anywhere else outside of our living room.

- He literally hates to be held. The second you go to pick him up, he'll turn around and try to wiggle out of our arms. It's actually a little sad that he's not more of a  cuddler, even though it is really nice that we don't have to rock him to sleep or have to deal with attachment issues at this point. Case in point: The other day he was sitting on the tile in our kitchen, fell over and hit the back of his head. He started crying pretty hard so I picked him up and tried to console him and five seconds after I picked him up, he started pushing me away and wanted to get down and play with his toys haha. I'm glad we have a fairly tough little guy, but it would be nice to get a cuddle out of him every once in a while!

- He's had a lot more to say lately. He does this funny dinosaur growl and then mixes in a shriek with it every so often.

- It's funny, he swipes at all of the toys that he plays with, so he typically swipes them around in a circle and then crawls after them. He also likes playing with any type of car, but he's really just interested in swiping at the wheels and making them spin. One of his favorite toys is a poof soccer ball that we have. He pushes it around and chases after it. He still loves watching other little kids.

- I don't know if it's because he's crawling now and wearing himself out more throughout the day, but his naps have been a lot longer this past week or so (well relatively to him, about 1.5 hrs instead of 1 hr), and I'll take it! If he keeps this up then I think I'm going to ditch the third nap altogether. He's still sleeping really well at night. I'm pretty positive that he still wakes up at some point in the early morning after six just to mess around in his crib, but he never cries and so we just get him up at seven and he is good to go.

- He's a really good eater and will take bites of anything that we are eating. He really likes chicken and still loves sweet potatoes and squash. We typically give him a few bites of whatever we are eating for dinner and he's never spit anything out, so hopefully he continues to be a good eater as he gets older! He's never really gone through that stage of wanting to shove every little thing into his mouth, so he doesn't really know what to do with food if we just set it on his high chair tray, but I'm sure he will figure it out at some point.

- He's pretty much weaned himself off of the bink. The only times we ever use it anymore is at church when we are trying to get him to nap (which is a freaking joke and I think I'm going to start bagging that crap altogether!) or when we are on long road trips in the car. Even then, he typically takes it out of his mouth and would rather play with it than suck on it. I'm hoping he continues to have a laid back personality because I will probably regret not being able to shove the bink in his mouth to calm him down when he's throwing a tantrum next year. Oh well, at least I won't have to battle him to get rid of it.

- He's started to stick his tongue out and thinks it's funny when Jared and I do it to him. He's also starting to laugh more at random little things. Before, he would only really laugh if he was deliriously tired and ready to go to sleep, but now we can get a few giggles out of him throughout the day. He does this funny thing where his eyes squint up every time he smiles really big, it's pretty cute.

- He's obsessed with grabbing at my hair, which is unfortunate because he has a surprisingly strong grip for such a little guy.

- He got his first two teeth in a couple of weeks ago, they are the bottom middle two teeth. He was a little bit more fussy than usual during the day for a few days before, he had one bad night where he didn't want to go to bed, and then he got this little rash on either side of his mouth. I want to remember that stuff for when he gets his next teeth in!

- During the past few days he's been starting to try and pull himself up into a standing position. He's not strong enough yet, but I have a feeling he will be grabbing onto the couch and tables here pretty soon.

- Overall, he's just a really happy and good baby!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Seven Months

Another month down, but I feel like Asher has changed a lot these past few weeks! He's becoming more mobile and social, it's been pretty fun to see him figure out all his new tricks. Here are things I want to remember about him at seven months. . .

- He is much better at sitting up by himself now. At church the other day he sat up for the entire first hour without falling over once. He's getting better at slowly lowering himself to the ground when he is reaching for his toys, so it's not as hard of a fall for him, which is nice.

- He is on his way to crawling. He is able to get up onto his knees and rock back and forth. He also does some good planking when he gets up onto his toes. He hasn't realized that he needs to move his hands and arms forward in order to get anywhere, but I'm sure he'll have it figure out here pretty soon. He does know how to do a pretty good army crawl though, so he's able to get to his toys or whatever else is within reasonable reach. We are going to have to figure out what to do about a baby gate because the area around our stairs is in an irregular shape, but I'm sure we will be able to find something that will work.

- He does this funny thing where he will lean over onto his side into what we call his "super model pose," it cracks us up! When he gets excited he also rocks back and forth on his butt, it's really funny!

- He has discovered a love for balls and cars. We had this squishy soccer ball laying around and he really loves to "play catch" with us, which basically means we roll the ball towards him and he tries to smack it with his hands. The last couple of time we've been over at my sister's, Drake has let him play with some of his match box cars and he really likes grabbing onto those.

- He has still been getting up before us in the mornings, he just hangs out in his crib until we go in and get him up around 7 am. He's never crying or upset when we get him so I'm happy to just leave him in there to play with himself until we are ready to get up! He has figured out how to fall asleep on his stomach and roll around however he wants during the night, which is a big relief.

- The sounds that he makes are starting to sound more varied to us, like he's actually trying to say something with his baby talk. Before he mostly just grunted, but now he's starting to make different sounds and squeal a little bit more.

- He is still a very observant little baby and has a pretty good poker face. Sometimes it takes him a few minutes to warm up to new people and surroundings. It's really hard for him to concentrate on eating when we are in new places.

- He is solidly into his 6-9 month clothes and most of them fit perfectly now, which means they will probably be too small in a few weeks!

- He is a really good eater. He loves all of the baby food we have given him, and we've even fed him some food off of our plates and he loves that too! He eats chicken and turkey now without any problem. I gave him some soup I made that had curry in it the other day and he downed that. We also gave him some white chili we were eating yesterday and he ate that too. I hope that he continues to be a good eater, although I'm sure he will start to get more picky as time goes on. He still has four bottles a day, usually 8 oz in the morning and then around 6 - 7 oz in the next three.

- People always comment on how crazy his eyelashes are, which I agree, they are freakishly long!

- He loves touching everything with his fingers. He usually touches things with his fingers before he actually grabs at it. He has started flipping us off on the regular now, kind of cute coming from a babe.

- If he is outside and it's windy, he will stick his tongue out of his mouth like he's trying to catch it haha!

- He's still taking three naps a day and they usually happen at 8:30, 12:30 and 4:00. The length of nap varies from day to day, but he almost always sleeps longest in the morning and the 4:00 nap is very hit and miss. It's funny, I didn't think the time change would have any effect on us because Asher is so little, but it's a lot harder for us to get him in bed for the night by 7:30 when it's still light outside. We are trying to be good because we know he is tired, but his bed time has moved back about a half hour since the time change, oh well.

- He still hasn't experienced any separation anxiety (knock on wood) and doesn't mind being passed around at church or at family gatherings.

- We recently discovered that he hates the sound of our blender. It's the only thing that makes him cry when he's perfectly content right before that. The kid has fallen face first into the wall and doesn't shed a tear, but the second we turn on the blender he starts getting a sad face and is a pile of tears haha.

- Now that the weather is getting warmer, I try to take him out on a walk through the neighborhood every day. He loves sitting in the umbrella stroller because he can look around at everything. He just sits there taking in the view and clicks his little heels together, so cute.

- He still loves to look at himself in the mirror. He really likes being around other babies, so I assume he is just thinking, "hey look, there's another baby!"

We call this his golf outfit haha

Licking the wind, or something like that. . . 

"Super Model Pose"

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Six Months

It is insane to think that six months have already gone by since Asher was born! It has been the craziest half year of my life. Honestly, parenthood has been a roller coaster. There have definitely been great moments, days and weeks, but we have also had our fair share of down moments as well. Asher was probably about a month old and a good friend asked me if I was "loving it" so far. I think my response was a little bit influenced by some depression I had after he was born, but I remember telling her that I don't know if I love being a mom because it's freakin hard and I don't know what the crap I am doing, but that I love my baby more than I can even understand or try to explain. Five months later and some things about caring for Asher are a little bit easier, and I feel like I'm finally back to some sort of normalcy as far as my emotions go, but if my friend were to ask me the same question today, I'd probably still give the same response. I love my son so much and I would sacrifice anything for him, but being a parent isn't easy. It is probably the most physically and emotionally draining thing I have ever experienced, but I know that the biggest reason it's hard for me is because of all my imperfections, and I just have to accept that and try to be better and more patient.

It's funny, I had the thought the other day that it's a good thing babies have such an incredible ability to love and accept, because they really could find so much fault in the adults who care for them. Asher is now at the age where he can interact with us and we can see his personality coming out more every day. It is amazing to me how happy he is just being around Jared and I. He seriously thinks that we are the best things ever. He loves me despite the fact that I look haggard 90% of the time I'm around him (okay, maybe a slight exaggeration), that sometimes I loose my patience with him, that I make him do things he doesn't want to like eat beans, take naps and do tummy time. Jared and I are the center of his world, and his love for us is literally so pure and unconditional. He loves us way better than we love him and I just want to soak up this time right now because I know our relationship will continually change as he gets older

Anyway, I don't know why I was thinking about all of this recently, maybe just because 6 months seems like a fairly big milestone and I am just grateful to have survived up to this point :)  I love our little nug though, he's the sweetest baby and brings a lot of happiness into our home. Here are some things I want to remember about him at six months. . .

- He is 16.75 lbs (35th percentile) and 28 inches (90th percentile), which is pretty consistent with how he has been growing to this point, still long and lean. He does have some pretty good dunlop tire thighs though!

- He loves eating his baby cereal, squash, sweet potatoes, pears, black beans, and avocado mixed with banana, but he only tolerates green beans. I haven't ventured out to testing other veggies or fruits with him yet, mostly because I'm just lazy and always forget to pick up new foods when I'm at the grocery store.

- He has perfected rolling onto his stomach, but he can only roll himself over his left shoulder. It's the funniest thing, he does it great that way, but if he tries rolling over the other shoulder, he can't do it. He has finally started to roll from front to back, which is really nice. He covers quite a bit of ground now on the floor.

- All of a sudden he has decided that he wants to sit up by himself, it's crazy, it seriously happened over night! He can sit for fairly long periods of time without falling over, and luckily he hasn't really cried much even when he has fallen. He likes to sit and play with toys between his legs.

- He is obsessed with his jumper. The kid would play in that all day and be completely content. It is hilarious because when he jumps up and down, he switches between his two feet in perfect coordination every time, it's all very calculated and we will chant "one two, one two, one two" when he does it. Of course we think it's because he has really great rhythm, but it's probably just a fluke and he's going to end up being tone deaf and very uncoordinated.

- He does this funny thing where he smacks his hands together up and down like he's trying to brush something off. I don't know where he picked up on that, but it's really hilarious!

- His favorite toy is a ball that has holes in it (almost looks like a web) because he can shove his little fingers into the holes and get a really good grip on it.

- We spent this past weekend with some friends who have kids that are a bit older than Asher and he loved watching the other boys.

- He hasn't yet developed a preference for either Jared or I, which we are grateful for. I'm sure that will come in phases down the road, but at this point he is perfectly content hanging out with either of us and isn't shy around strangers either.

- His daytime sleep has finally gotten better. He is on the verge of not needing a third nap in the late afternoons and once we drop that nap completely, I am hoping he will become even more consistent. He usually naps around 8:30, 12:30 and 4:00ish, the first two are about 1.5 hrs and the last one is totally hit and miss. He still sleeps with a sleep sack, which we affectionately call his "squirrel suit" because it looks like a kind of star shape that a flying squirrel makes.

- He is nowhere near crawling, but when he is on his stomach you can tell that he really wishes he could move around. He will do the swimmer and kick his legs and arms like crazy. He also does this funny little "double tap" with both feet when he's on his stomach, he kicks them to the ground at the same time and will do it over and over again.

- This is for my own reference down the road with the next kid, but I think the multi grain cereal we have been giving him the past couple of weeks has made him a bit constipated. I haven't given it to him now for a couple of days and he's finally a bit back to normal there, so I'm switching back to the oatmeal cereal instead. It's actually unfortunate just how much I think about bodily functions now after having a baby.

- He is still a very observant little boy. He will just sit and stare around the room and try to take in everything that is around him, especially when we are in new places that he's never been before. I have a feeling we are going to have to start being more careful with what we do and say pretty soon because I bet he is going to start picking up on things here quickly.

- He has been going through this phase where he will wake up around 6 am and just sit in his crib talking to himself. Sometimes he would fall back to sleep and others he would chat up a storm until 7 when we'd go in to get him. After a few days in a row of him doing that and waking us up, I decided to just keep a fan on in our room so I wouldn't have to hear him, which means I honestly don't know if he still does it or not. . . Maybe I'm mean, but I'd rather get that extra hour of sleep especially when I know he is perfectly fine hanging out in his crib!

- His hair is getting so long, the only thing we can do with it is just comb it over like an old man haircut haha. I'd like to try out some sort of cool guy mohawk thing but Jared is against that, so for now he's sporting the old man hair.

With Grammy

He barely knew how to roll a few weeks ago, and now he's a pro!

He loves to grab his feet