Weight/Length: No idea on length, but for once I have an idea on weight because Craft was weighed at the doctor last week (more on that later)! He's somewhere around (a little over) 22 pounds. Chunker!
Sleep: No changes here. Craft goes to bed around 8pm and sleeps until sometime between 7-8am. It NEVER FAILS that he wakes up with a poop, though. His morning poop is like a human alarm clock (that was Dan's description and it's spot on). Seriously some mornings I will hear C in his room at 6:30 just chatting away and I know he's working on a good one. When that happens, I change him (or kick Dan and tell him it's his turn...so stinky) and nurse him and he normally goes back to sleep until 8 or 8:30. Other mornings he will sleep through the poop and I'll change and feed him when he wakes up and then he's up for the day. Morning naps are around 10am (sometimes later depending on how late he slept) and last anywhere from 45 minutes - 2 hours. Afternoon naps are around 2pm and last anywhere from 2-3 hours. We got lucky twice, I am aware (and thankful!).
Feeding: It's so funny because looking back at Lilly's 7-month update, I wrote that she was mostly nursing but that we were adding more and more solids (and they were still purees). I'm sure it will not shock anyone to learn that once Craft started eating, he did not look back! He nurses four times each day: when he wakes up/before breakfast (between 7a-8a), before lunch (12p), when he gets up from his afternoon nap/before dinner (5p) and before bed (7:45p-ish). He gets solid foods normally about an hour after each feeding (with the exception of the bedtime feed). A sample menu is as follows:
Breakfast: Egg with cheese, mini pancakes, kiwi, Greek yogurt
Lunch: Oven-roasted turkey, string cheese, broccoli sprinkled with parm, pears
Dinner: Black beans, tomato, avocado, peaches
|Dinner is much more delicious when it is smeared all over your face!|
Firsts This Month: Lots of these, many of which I am positive I have forgotten about, but the main "first" I can think of is that Craft experienced his first time riding in a "big boy" (read: convertible) car seat! Craft still had plenty of leg room (and at least 10 lbs at the time we switched him) left in the infant car seat, but we went ahead and transitioned Lilly to a high-backed booster and homeboy was getting heavy in that infant seat so we went ahead and transitioned him to Lilly's "old" convertible seat. He seemed confused the first couple of times, but we reclined it and he's been good to go. The only thing I miss about that infant seat is how much easier it is to move between cars, but I figure I can go ahead and sell it since there are a few years left before it expires. I may be able to make a decent amount off of a car seat in great condition with no accidents + 2 bases! C also went to his first tailgate and football game (NCSU v. Georgia Southern). Finally, we had our first "emergency" trip to the doctor because he rolled off the table at the pool while his diaper was being changed (I will not name names here but would like to state for the record that I was not changing the diaper. I would also like the record to show that he's fine.). He's a wiggly little thing...and he's fast.
Developments: So many! I swear everything is happening so much more quickly this time around and I hate it (that is not actually true as I just read through Lilly's 7-month post and noted that developmentally Craft is doing the same things that she was doing at his age, but it just seems like it's all happening so much more quickly!). My big boy is sitting up all by himself, unassisted. Also he is drinking water out of a sippy cup. Stop it!
|Do you spy my two toofies?!|
C has also really started to talk A LOT over the past month. I am not sure whether this can be considered Craft's first word, but he says "hey" a lot. If I (or anyone) walk(s) into a room, or walk in to get him out of his crib, or really just see him after having not seen him his whole little face will light up and he says "hey!" I'll have to try to get it on video, it is the cutest. Again, I'm not sure he knows what he's saying but that is one word that he's very consistent with. Much to my dismay, his favorite sounds are "da da" and "la la." I keep telling Dan that "dada" doesn't count as his first word unless he actually associates it with Dan. So there. No sign of mama, even though I've been working on it. Sometimes I swear he is trying to say "Lilly."
He also got his first two teeth within a few days of each other this month (see above)! I think that a third is probably on its way based on the current drool situation, but no sign of it yet.
This is not really a "development" but since I don't have a good category to put it in I'll just write it here - I swear to y'all that this is the happiest baby I have ever encountered (and I promise that I'm not just saying that because he's mine). Craft always has this huge goofy grin on his face and laughs all the time. It is the best sound. I have plenty of videos that I should post (I won't tonight because I'm too lazy), but I can demonstrate this point with the following: last week one night Craft cried out for a minute or so when Dan and I were going to bed. It didn't sound like hysterical crying, more like calling out in his sleep, so when I listened for a minute and he had stopped and stilled and evidently gone back to sleep, I didn't think anything else about it. The next morning when I went in to get him, I discovered that the poor guy had spit up and slept in it. And by "spit up" let me be clear that I am talking huge chunks of food caked in his hair. I went ahead and nursed him and then stripped him down to hop in the shower with me (which he LOVED by the way). But really...would you be this happy with dried chunky food throw up in your hair?!?!?!
I do remember thinking that Lilly was a happy baby, and she really was but this guy is ecstatic, and the comment we probably get the most is about Craft's happy demeanor. He is so go-with-the-flow, too, which I am so thankful for.
Likes: By far his most favorite thing in the whole world is his big sister. You have never seen a baby belly laugh so hard and so much as when Lilly is even just walking by him. He LOVES her. He also loves: Bath time. Laughing. Giggling. Talking. Squealing. Eating. Layla. Mommy & Daddy. Singing/songs/music. Snuggling (only when really tired). Books. Sleeping. Sitting up. Rolling. Scooting. People watching. Paci. Lovey. Being outside. Walks. Swimming. Being worn in the ergo.
Dislikes: The main thing I can think of here is that it really really hurts Craft's feelings when he thinks he's alone. Even if he is playing and not paying anyone any attention, if you walk out of the room his little face falls and he gets so sad and cries. The minute he sees you again, though, he's laughing and happy as a lark. I don't like to be lonely either, little guy!
What I'm Thankful For: Two great babies and a rockstar husband. I have been absolutely swamped at work - last week I don't think I saw the kids for more than 20 minutes a day if that, and Dan has picked up all of the slack at home and kept the house running seamlessly. I'm thankful that he is supportive of my career and that he is so good with our babies as well and has no problem stepping up to keep things running at home on his own when I can't be home to help.
What I'm Looking Forward To: A low-key upcoming weekend! We have had so much going on that I am looking forward to a break. Although it never turns out that way and we always end up finding things to busy ourselves with! Also Halloween costume shopping! AND, Lills is getting her first "pedi" this weekend (really just getting her toes painted at a nail salon) for a friend's birthday party, so of course I'm ecstatic about that. We also still haven't gotten C's 6-month photos taken so I'm looking forward to that as well.
Next Pediatrician Appointment: Our 9-month appointment is on November 3rd, and I'm sure it will be here before we know it.
I got a really great series of photos this month that I am not even going to attempt to narrow down, so have fun gazing at the same 75 photos below. :-) I think we have hit the time when it is going to start getting harder to get good monthly photos, because this stinker is into everything (and has discovered that he can get the sticker off of his onesie).
|I know this one is blurry but I can't stand it, he's so excited!|
Plenty of updates in the queue that I will hopefully have time someday to share with you all. Hope your week is great!