He Walks!

Well, last Thursdayish, Gelato took his official first steps. Four of them. Right to me. Atta boy.

He’s been working on it ever since, never taking more than one or two steps before gently folding his knees and reaching for the ground. His grace is quite amazing. I am glad we followed Janet Lansbury’s advice in regard to his physical development. (This links to an index; all the articles are amazing. Anyone having a baby should read them and follow the advice. Just sayin’.)

Yesterday he taught himself how to climb down the stairs. I knew he’d do it soon since he has been able to climb up the stairs for about a month. It was only a matter of time. So I moved the gate up to the 5th step so he can practice coming up and down without being in danger. (Here’s why I didn’t teach him to do it on his own, and why I trust him to be safe now that he can.)

Today I was sitting at the bottom of the steps and he was crawling around near me, practicing petting Riley, examining the screws holding the heat register to the wall, and standing up and down over and over with a goofy grin on his face. Finally he used my knee to push himself up to standing, turned around, and walked four steps over to the stairs like it was no big deal. He’s a walker now.

Gelato- 11 Month Update

Gelato was 11 months old yesterday! I will no longer have a baby in less than a month. (I told Jonathan yesterday that seven sounds like a good number. He just laughed. But I kinda meant it. Babies. I love them.)

Nursing: Yep, still nursing. His teeth are kind of an issue. He doesn’t bite me, but the way he latches really irritates my skin. It’s like he rests his top teeth against me. But if I hold his head in really close we avoid pain/broken skin. One more month.

Eating Solids: Gelato likes to eat. When he finds a food tasty he will sit there and say, “Yum, yum, yum!” over and over. His absolute favorite food is peach-apple sauce. He gets so shrieky with excitement when I serve it! He doesn’t like watermelon, pears, peanut butter (Jonathan about disowned him), or red plums. Yesterday I gave him half an apple and he really liked that. He has stopped (for now) throwing his food off the tray.

Sippy Cup: After trying every type of cup imaginable- soft spout, hard spout, straw, open cup, syringe, bottle, etc.- I finally found a cup he will drink out of on purpose. Yesterday we went shopping and bought him a NUK learner cup (thanks, Rachel A, for the suggestion) AND HE DRANK FIVE OUNCES OF WATER! You guys, he has only had that much water to drink over the course of a week before. Not a day. I know, that sounds so small. But this has been hugely encouraging to me, since I have been freaking out about getting him to drink out of a cup when I wean him, especially now that his teeth are hurting me when he nurses. Hallelujah for the NUK learner cups.

Brushing Teeth: I had to go get a real toothbrush for him once his top teeth came in. The silicone finger one was not protective enough of my fingernail bed. He absolutely loves to brush his teeth. He says, “Teeth! Teeth! Ahhh,” and grabs for the toothbrush. I brush first and then let him go to town. He cries whenever I take the toothbrush away.

Sleeping: Yeah. Kid doesn’t sleep nearly as much as his sister did. And she wasn’t a huge sleeper. He sleeps about 10.5 -11 hours at night and MAYBE 3 hours during the day. Hula Girl really spoiled me as far as a sleeping kiddo goes. But we consistently reinforce good sleep habits, so he naps and goes to bed around the same times every day, and he hardly fights it at all- maybe a bit of crying when he knows it’s naptime. But we don’t have bedtime “battles” at all.

Talking: Still talking up a storm. His favorite words right now are bye, button, hi, ball, teeth, nose, hat, play, amen, apple, eat, nurse, daddy, and night night. He is a very talkative little chap, and his words sound great! I hang out with a lot of little kids, and his pronunciation beats at least two 2-year-olds’. Crazy kid.

Free Play- Gelato is cruising and as of yesterday, he’s letting go and trying out his legs. He’s quite stable- he lasted about 5 seconds before having to grab on again this morning. I was impressed. He can also squat all the way down (while holding on) to pick up a toy. He hasn’t been too interested in a lot of toys lately because he just wants to MOVE. But he does love balls. He’ll toss/push a ball all around the house and chase after it. He also likes obstacle courses with pillows, my body, toys, chairs, or whatever. He loves to scramble from one end of the couch to the other.

Independent Playtime- Still about 30 minutes each day. He’s in the “toss everything out of the pack-and-play” phase. I often come in to find him standing up, chewing on the rail, and waiting for me to put his toys back in. At least he doesn’t cry while he waits!

Personality- here’s an illustration- he skipped his first nap today (totally out of the blue, I have NO idea what caused this) so he was up 6.25 hours before his nap. He was laughing, giggling, and smiling while I put him down. He is just one delightful little man.

Our Schedule:

5:45-6:15 wakes up, plays around in crib
6:45 nurse, eat breakfast, free play
8:45 nap
10:30/45ish wake, nurse, independent playtime, walk, sibling play, lunch, play with Mommy
1:30ish nap
3:00/3:30ish wake, nurse, afternoon whatevers with Mommy and Hula Girl (sometimes we go out, sometimes we stay home)
5:15 eat dinner, then family time
6:00/15 bath, pjs
6:15/30 nurse, bedtime story
6:30/45 bed

Watch for his next summary… one year old. Whoa.

Shirley Temple’s in my Head!

I have that Shirley Temple song- “Cuppy Cake” something or other- stuck in my head.

And now, so do you. You’re very welcome.

In other news, Hula Girl is officially able to stand all by herself. *Clarification: she can pull herself up to standing, and then let go. She can’t actually manage the feat of standing up.* Along with being able to stand, she is attempting to take some steps- she hasn’t actually managed to go anywhere. She falls every single time. But she’s trying! Until she actually stays up for a few steps, I’m not counting it as “walking.” So there.

I am feeling rather snarky today, can you tell?

Tomorrow Hula Girl and I will be traveling to my parents’ house so we can escape our lonely house while Jonathan has extra training at work. I am torn between hoping she walks this weekend or not. I think it would be fun to have her walk for the first time at Grammy and Grampy’s house, but it would be lame for Jonathan to miss it.

Anyway, we’ve got to take another run to WalMart this afternoon to get some fruit and snacks for Hula Girl for our weekend. We’re also going to pick up some drain cleaner because our bathtub is not draining. After my shower today, I was standing in ankle-deep water. I thought that was a bit ridiculous. This is after our land lady has paid a terrible plumber to come out- twice.

It’s raining now. I feel snarky and gloomy now. I need ice cream.

How you do cheer up when you’re feeling blue?

Chilis and Smiles

I keep telling people all around me that this is my favorite baby age. Hula Girl will be 10 months old on Saturday, and she just couldn’t get any cuter. Her language and communication skills are taking off, her personality is shining through, her physical capabilities are increasing, and her ability to make us laugh is endless.

She is so smart. About two weeks ago, while she was sick, she wanted to chew on her hairbrush. She ended up throwing it down behind her changing table, and being sick and tired ourselves, Jonathan and I did not retrieve it at the time. Last night Jonathan decided (rightly so) that her hair really needed to be brushed. So, he moved her changing table and got it (he also recovered a purple sock and two teething toys- score). I used it to brush out her hair, but she kept trying to grab it. Finally I gave it to her when I was done, and the first thing she did was bring it up to brush her own hair! We were amazed! Then we said, “Hula Girl, brush your hair!” and she did it over and over. We got it on film.

Another example of her intelligence/language skills happened today. She was standing in our bedroom with her hands on the wall. She was whacking the wall with the lid from a Ziploc container. I put my hand on the wall and touched it lightly, and said, “Feel the wall, Hula Girl. It’s bumpy.” She dropped the lid, put out her fingers, stroked the wall, and said “Bmmbmm.” Then she smiled and laughed. Smartie pants.

Some of her more entertaining things lately are saying “I love you (wa wuh woo),” making dog/cat/cow sounds (“Woo/muuuuh/mmmoooo”), using sign language to tell us she wants more and is all done at meals, and doing whatever we tell her to do with her hands, like putting a lid on top of her head. She can understand so much of what we’re saying.

She’s also gotten really tall lately. She was in the 75-90th percentile for height at our last doctor’s appointment, and she has grown at least 2 inches since then. She can reach things she never reached before, like anything on the computer desk. Today she showed us that she can look out the window in Mommy and Daddy’s room, whereas she couldn’t do that last week.

I think if she weren’t so tall and so top-heavy (her head is in the 90th percentile), she’d be well on her way to standing alone and walking right now. As it stands (pun intended), she can balance alone for about 5-10 seconds before plopping down on her bottom. Yesterday she even took a step or two from the standing position. But she definitely did not get far. I expect she’ll be standing and walking fairly soon. My mom walked at 9 months; I walked at 10 months. Hula Girl seems like the type who’ll keep up.

Mommy Plug- She is a charmer. Everyone who sees her comments on how cute she is and what beautiful blue eyes and long eyelashes she has. I do think she got the best of both worlds from me and Jonathan. Lucky girl has giraffe eyelashes like her Daddy! But she definitely lucked out when she got Momma’s eye color. (I’m not being proud here- I am quite partial to blue eyes in general.) Her personality is so sweet and outgoing, we can take her anywhere and no one complains about her being there at all. Case in point- we took her out to dinner last night for the first time in months. The last time we went out to dinner with her, she wasn’t even old enough to eat solid foods yet. Anyway, we took her out, had her sit in the high chair at the table, and gave her some Cheerios to occupy her until the “real food” arrived. We ordered a side of steamed vegetables for her. She loved the shredded carrots (must keep this in mind when preparing carrots at home)! She wasn’t a super big fan of the broccoli last night. I had also brought a pear for her, which she ate in its entirety. The whole time we were there, she ate happily, made cute baby noises (no screeching or shrieking), and smiled a lot at the people all around our table.

What was/is your favorite baby age?

View from the Top

Well, we’re all still here. And we’re all still sick.

Jonathan has a fever again, along with nausea, dizziness, and headache.

My throat is sore sore sore, my nose is running/congested, and I am coughing.

Hula Girl is adorable but coughing.

Yesterday she managed to climb up on her toy bin. I had turned it upside-down so that she could use it as a play center, instead of always playing with her toys sitting on the floor. She has enjoyed that in the past. But yesterday, she took the opportunity to climb up on it, STAND UP, and bang on the window. Smartie pants. She’s a daredevil like her daddy!

That’s really all I can manage today, as I’ve literally never felt this sick before in all my life.

What has been your sickest moment? Or, what did your child/ren do that scared you to death?

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