Monday, July 27, 2015

Yoga Baby; 7 Months

Time I flyyyyying! I just posted his 6 month update, and now we're well on our way to 8!

Loves: (this category was formerly called "likes" but he mostly likes everything, so we're limiting it to his favorites) He LOVES standing up! Holy smokes. If he's sitting and you put your hands out for him, he grabs on and pulls himself to stand. I blame hubs for starting him at 2 months so now he thinks that when hands are out, it's time to stand. Anything related to standing, he loves.
He loves when we sing -  his favorite is the Winnie the Pooh exercise song. He loves when we babble with him "Dadadadadadadada" "Nananananana" "Babababa", etc.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Yoga Baby; 6 Months

This guy is 6 1/2 months now. I had most of this post done closer to his half birthday, but I wanted his stats from his 6 month checkup, so I waited to post.

Likes: More of the same - everything in his mouth. We introduced him to Sophie this month - he loves her, along with most other teething toys. He loves to eat her face best of all.

Dislikes: Falling over from sitting and hitting his head on hard(ish) surfaces, but he so rarely falls over now. We're still struggling with naps. Dude is anti daytime sleep. 

Sleeping? On his tummy mostly, but he moves around a lot. Nighttime he is a total champ. Goes down drowsy and sleeps for 10+ hours almost every night.

We are getting better at naps at home. I can give him a pacifier and my hand to hold and he'll fall asleep. Sometimes I can sub a lovey for my hand, but not always. I still can't bring myself to CIO, but at least he's napping in his crib and I can get things done while he sleeps. Habits Shmabits.

Luckily (or unluckily?) we're in the car a lot and he falls asleep in the car seat. A lot of times he wakes up when the car turns off though.

Accomplishments:  Solid sitting dude. He sits completely unsupported for extended periods of time now. He also just started sitting up in the bath (which actually happened after his 6 month bday, so maybe I should have saved it for next month)
He pops up on his hands and knees and rocks back and forth, but he hasn't figured out how to move forward.

Eating habits:
Still nurses 5-6 times a day and has solids twice a day. He's sometimes nurses for shorter periods of time after he has solids because he's more full, but its frustrating because he's not getting good fatty hind milk.
We've added quite a few foods to his repertoire. He's had beets, bananas, pears, peas, and strawberries. Next up is zucchini, I think. We were advised to try tiny bits of highly allergenic food poisoning like peanut butter and eggs since studies show the earlier babes have them, the less likely they are to develop an allergy. And since we don't have a family history of anaphylaxis, we can try them at home. 
He also drinks water now - only because he's enamored by it, not because he needs it for hydration. He just stares at water and reaches for it - in glasses, in bottles, it doesn't matter. He sees water and he wants it. So, I put a little bit in a bottle or sippy cup for him. He's getting the hang of holding it, but doesn't understand that he needs to hold the bottle above his mouth for anything to come out.

He had his 6 month checkup and shots yesterday. He weighs 17 lbs 14 oz and is 26" tall. I think he's taller than that though. He's still firmly perfectly average. 

I'm consolidating my diaper stash. I'll tell you more about that later, but he's still midrise in GroVia AI2s. Snaps and H&L still meet perfectly in the middle.
I let the rise all the way out for nighttime in his GroVia ONEs.

I haven't put him in sposies in a couple weeks, but I think he'd be in 3's now. At least I hope so, because I just gave away the last of my 2s.

Friday, June 26, 2015

New Momdom; The Stuff That Works for Us

A little while back, a friend of mine did a huge comprehensive post of everything you could possibly need for a baby and what worked for her and her family. I was going to do something similar, but when I came down to it, there is so much that is nice to have, but not so many items I simply could not have survived the first few months without.
When I was putting together a shower gift for a dear friend and having a hard time because I couldn't settle on what to get her, my husband walked around BRU with me and rolled his eyes and then said "Why are we not getting her _____... and _____? We love these for Joe" and together, we compiled a basket of things we loved and she registered for (mostly things that fell into both categories). Kind of a new baby survival basket... It contained a lot of these things...

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Kitchen Adventures; Boozy Cherry Pecan Banana Bread

We were at costco last week, searching for snacks that wouldn't turn us back into fat kids, and we wandered (as usual) down the dried fruit isle.

Why does dried fruit have it's own isle?

Ok, you're right. It doesn't. It shares with delicious snackable nuts. So, when you walk through the isle, all you can think is how you'd like to have a handful of dried cherries and a handful of pecans and just alternate throwing a few into your mouth as you stroll.

Or... you could have an apostrophe (epiphany) and think about the bananas that you have at home and how - as much as you love chocolate chip banana bread - something has got to give and it's time to try something new.

Enter Cherry Pecan Banana Bread.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Yoga Baby; 5 Months

How is it that my baby is already 5 months old? I remember being pregnant and thinking my friend would have her baby right around his 5 month birthday and how far away that seemed, and she just had her baby a few days ago!

Likes: All the same stuff as last month - putting everything in his mouth, singing, thrill seeking. Some new favorites are: consistently rolling onto his tummy. He would do it before, but now he does it all the time.
He also likes laying on the floor next to me when I work out - and he LOVES when I do burpees with my hands on either sides of him. He loses his sh*t, it's so dang funny.

Dislikes: Naps. Ugh. The worst parts of the day are when I put this dude down for a nap. He is not a fan. These are the only times he really cries. I have temporarily given up on trying to get him to nap in his crib. He did it great for a few weeks, but now he needs to be rocked or bounced or in his swing or carseat. If I try to put him down after rocking him, he usually wakes up and cries like its the worst thing that has ever happened. For now napping happens however it needs to happen.

Sleeping? A few days after we started solids, he started sleeping longer stretches again. He'd go down at 830/9 and sleep through until about 4am (Really anytime between 330 and 5 - if he wakes up before 330, he gets a pacifier and we all go back to sleep). Then he'd go back down until 730, which is consistently when he's up for the day.
We had a few roughish nights staying in a hotel a couple weeks ago. Night 1 he needed new jammies at 330am. Night 2 I gave him a pacifier at 3am and he went back to sleep until 530. Night 3 there was a fiasco. Hotel fire alarms and flooding. The first three hours he slept, he was awake every 30 minutes or so. It was so sad/frustrating.
As soon as we got back home, he went back to long stretches and became a tummy sleeper. He's been rolling over every night since then. We flipped him twice, but the second night we turned off the light, I heard some shuffling and said to T, "you know he just rolled back over?" and sure enough...
Since then we just let him sleep how he wants.

Accomplishments:  We're still working on sitting. He's getting pretty good at it. He can hang out seated for a while before falling over. So we just keep him on heavily padded surfaces. We've had a couple face plants, but he's a tough guy.

Eating habits:
He nurses 5-6 times a day and has solids twice a day.
Sweet potato is the booooomb. He flipping loves it. We also added avocado to his list this past weekend. It was another win. The dude loves food, man. He grabs the spoon to help get it to his mouth faster. Mom and Dad don't feed him fast enough. Carrots and green beans are "meh" so far, but he eats them up. I haven't figured out how to get a good puree yet. They still seem kinda chunky. Any tips?

Stats as of the day after his 5 month bday when I weighed him at MH:
16 lbs 8 oz - which was exactly the same as the week before. A girlfriend and I agree something is off about the scale, but he doesn't get weighed at the Dr until he's almost 7 months. :/

Still in Size 2 disposables, but I'm considering moving him up to 3s. We have a bunch of 2s to get through though - since we don't use them very often.
Midrise snaps on his GroVia and BumGenius, Second S setting in his Charlie Bananas, and I have no idea what the setting is for Softbums because there are no markers. I have adjusted the rise so he wears them pretty high though to accommodate all the pods I stuff in there.
I still put him in GroVia O.N.E.s for nighttime.