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Month 9 Well Check

Om nom nom

Our chunk is getting leaner. After his 9 month check up, we found he’s dropped into the 90th percentile for weight! He remains in the 50th for height. And his poor little head, it’s only in the 10th. However, I found several sites that bring his head circumference into the 25th, so I’m going with that. Why am I suddenly sad to know that he’s not bigger than nearly every other kid his age? Did I really find THAT much pride in his thick thighs? (Oh, and don’t worry – they’re still there.)

He’s getting more independent. And he seems to know what he wants and when. If whatever it is I bring him isn’t IT, he sure lets us know. One of these days he’s going to finally master crawling to ease his frustration with us! The past month, we’ve made a conscious effort to keep him on his stomach up to 10 minutes every 2 hours. Hard at first, but he can now tolerate being on his belly for much longer periods of time, which finally gives him the chance to work on those muscles. I was pleased to report to the doc that he can rock on his knees… it’s amazing what little joys I have in my life now!

We discovered yet ANOTHER tooth poked through his gums recently, and there’s another one just on the brink of appearing. Our neighbors have a rambunctious and highly entertainingly wild 3-year-old girl who, at a year old, had a full set of teeth. I always found this amusing. Perhaps there’s something in our drinking water that creates mutant tooth growth.

Wes refuses to be spoon-fed these days, hence the independence. He insists on feeding himself, except: 1) new textures disturb him (so goodbye bananas for a few months), 2) green foods are only for swiping to the floor and 3) 20% of food actually lands in his mouth. All my fun evenings of pureeing and storing massive amounts of food are at a standstill. Humph. Buuuuut, the good news: he’s able to feed himself formula through his sippy cup! Yessss. I can actually have my arms free during this “activity” again.

Aside from all the above challenges, Wes is a super duper baby. He is chill to the max. He sleeps great – even during the day. He gives amazing morning hugs. His handsome brown eyes smile more than his mouth. He loves to be out and about, so shopping is a pleasant surprise. He loves being outside, taking walks and going on bike rides. He thinks Jake & Lucy are the best things since sliced bread, and they love him back to a million pieces. Jake stands still as Wes “gently” pats and hugs him; Lucy allows him to tug her ears and examine her tail. They are rewarded with those awesome baby giggles that make you cry – I mean, it’s commercial material!

Month 9 photos are up. Enjoy!

Posted: April 30th, 2012
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Favorite Things: Wes Edition

Few words but many smiles

I still haven’t taken his Month 8 photos, so instead, here’s a list of The Favorite Things of Wes.

Food – This kid eats a lot. Well, I guess I don’t really know for certain, but he seems to eat more than the other kids his age. This isn’t saying much because the 2 little people his age that we see most often are teeny tiny girls somewhere between the 15-25th percentiles. A typical day includes: 8 oz bottle for breakfast, smaller bottle mid-morning, with a few snacks in between. 4-6 oz of solid, pureed food for lunch, followed by another bottle. Then a late afternoon or evening bottle comes before a dinner of another 4-6 oz of pureed food.

I really like making his food. I’ll order specific veggies and fruits from our Green B.E.A.N. home delivery service and plan out my Sunday afternoon of food-making. I skip making apple sauce and just buy a huge jar of natural stuff at the store, but man, I love scooping out the tender flesh and juices of squash and sweet potatoes, steaming greens, pears and coming up with interesting combinations. He’ll pretty much eat it all – given it’s got some sweetness to it.

  • Bananas – STELLAR
  • Apple sauce – Love it, like whoa
  • Pears – It’s sweet, so therefore, he’ll eat it.
  • Green beans – Yes.
  • Broccoli – Amazingly, positive.
  • Squash – Meh. Only good when “hidden” within others.

I use a Ninja food processor and loooooove it. It’s fast, easy to clean and only has one button (on the top!). We make smoothies with it, and I’ve also been treating myself to “ice cream” (frozen banana + peanut butter + cocoa) on these unseasonably warm nights.

Then, I freeze the food in one-ounze cube silicone trays, pop them out into freezer bags the next day and store them in my deep freeze, all labeled and ready to go. It’s super fun to pick out the menu for the day.

Baby Mum-Mum – We recently rediscovered these rice husk crackers. Meaning, I had bought them and Wes wasn’t ready for them and it was a waste of his time, but now he squeals at the sight of the bag. They’re great. Fast-dissolving, I don’t worry about him choking on these things, and he loves to grasp it. I usually have to fight off the dogs when he’s eating one, however. And I love hearing that sweet little noise of cracker scraping against his bottom teeth. He feels like hot stuff when he eats one of these babies.

Vtech Baby’s Learning Laptop – This was a Christmas present from Pa & Nana. If he sees it across the room, he grunts until you bring it to him. With the lights, sounds and music, who could resist pounding it?

Ambi Twin Rattle – Another Christmas present, but from Grandma and Grandpa. I find myself playing with this addictive & captivating gear toy.

OBall – Easily picked up and thrown by little hands, Wes can’t get enough of this ball. We can spend 10 or more minutes rolling it back and forth. You can see the excitement he feels as his arms and legs spread wide and his hands open and close quickly. Can’t go wrong with an Oball or two!

Taggie Blanket – This small blanket is quickly becoming Wes’ lovie. He instantly relaxes and sports sleepy eye when he grabs it. The little silky tags around the sides find their way into his mouth, in his grasp and over his face. It’s a perfect size, and it probably should be washed.

Homedics Soundspa Projector – Once all snuggled in his jammies, tucked into his crib with his lovie, Wes enjoys a light show on the ceiling as he falls asleep. I did a lot of research on baby projectors, and this one seems to be the best in most categories: price, timer, movement and interchangeability. He cranes his neck to see the display even before he’s lying in his crib, so I know he likes watching the jumping sheep fly across his ceiling. We’ll be taking this with us when we travel this summer.

My kid has good taste.

Posted: March 27th, 2012
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Year End

5 months

I didn’t realize how much I needed this break. We’ve mostly read, spent time with family and played on the floor with Wes. I’m pretty sure Wes needed this break, too, because he’s slept much better at night (daytime sleep is still iffy) AND he’s finally rolled over! And to top it off, he decided to take it one step further and is sitting up really well. Of course we have pillows all over the place for when his balance sways, but it’s so much more fun now that he’s able to grab his toys while sitting. We can entertain him for a pretty good amount of time this way!

Christmas was so fun. Wes was a little overwhelmed by it all, but he enjoyed watching all the paper thrown around everywhere, the lit candles and eating apples, bananas and sweet potatoes for the first time. Santa was super generous this year.

My To Do List for the week was pretty simple (that way I could actually accomplish everything and not feel guilty if it was too overambitious). In no particular order:

– clean bathtub/obliterate rust stains

– take down tree & put Christmas decor away

– find homes for Christmas toys & gifts somewhere in the house

– take Wes’ 5-month photos (I didn’t have the nice camera, so I had to take them outside. It was snowing and made super cute shots!)

– update Baby Journal

– work on Joy’s House calendar design

– spend Christmas money on clothes for me!

I’m proud to say that I have nearly all of these items accomplished with days to spare! I feel productive, which is important for me even while on “vacation.” Now I’m looking ahead to 2012 and how to make it as successful, efficient, productive and fun. Some of our Christmas presents (and Pinterest, of course) helped me shape what I want to focus on for the coming year.

1) We got a deep freeze from my parents! WHOA, I know, it sounds crazy ridiculous, but I’m waaaay stoked about this. We had to be creative on how to maneuver it into the basement, but there it sits, humming away, and it makes me want to FILL it with STUFF to STORE. I’ve known since I found out I was pregnant that I wanted to make baby food when the time came. I’m all oodles excited now that I have ample space to cook tons of food and freeze it to use as needed. I found some really amazing sites, like this one, through Pinterest, to get me started. Who knows if I’ll get geeky nuts about it, as it appears this blogger is, but regardless, it’s happening. My parents, along with my sister & her husband, are all going in together to buy half a steer, too. We’ve been wanting to do this for a while, but we really didn’t have the space before. EEEEEE, now we do! Lots of fresh beef a-comin’!

2) More visits to the Children’s Museum and Indianapolis Zoo. Wes is becoming much more aware and responsive, and I can only imagine how he’ll enjoy these two favorite venues, now that we have memberships (and grandparent memberships) to each. We’ve gone to the Children’s Museum a couple times with him before, but he was a “blob” then and slept the whole time. I want to make sure to set plenty of family time aside for us.

3) Read aloud more often. As much as I enjoy reading, I really haven’t done a very good job of reading to Wes. My neighbor purchases a new book for her 3-year-old daughter every month. This is an easy way to build up his library and make it fun as you build up.

4) Teach Wes to sign. Not much to say about this – I just think it’s fun, educational and most likely streamlines communication between kid & parent. (Also hoping for less tantrums!)

5) Personal resolutions:

– Practice contentedness. I’m tired of complaining and wanting, only to GET and still not be satisfied.

– Trust. Worry is written all over my face and all over my heart. It’s a no-brainer to just let God handle it.

– Pray for wisdom. I already do this, but not nearly enough. God has promised to give wisdom to all who ask – who wouldn’t want this amazing gift?

Mr. Chubs is awake now, so I am off to play blocks and cars on our freshly cleaned rug. Watching him learn is thrilling. Here’s to an exciting 2012!

Posted: December 30th, 2011
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