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 36 weeks old - April 30, 2015

36 weeks old – April 30, 2015

NINTH MONTH
(APRIL 21 – MAY 21)

WEEK 35 (PARTIAL WEEK)

Oh, boy a “worst sleep” night kicked off Todd’s 9th month!  On April 21st he woke up crying at 10:30 PM.  He wasn’t hungry but it took until 12:45 AM before he fell back asleep.  Nothing was working until I turned on his Sea Dreams Crib Soother.  On the following night, he had another restless period, requiring 1.5 hours to get back to sleep.  Fortunately, Todd only wakes up once when he has one of his “bad” nights.

Developmental and other highlights:

  • he can lower himself off the couch if we turn him feet first
  • he can walk pushing his Little Tikes car without assist over carpet and smooth floors (the car doesn’t get going too fast)
  • I removed the folded towels that were padding Todd’s crib (4/21)

Food notes and new (vegan) foods this week :

Todd isn’t satisfied if I only offer a pureed food. He wants to have finger foods, and he’ll look around for something “better” than what I’m offering via spoon. When he’s done, he spits dramatically, which is pretty funny.

  • bites of quinoa mixed with jarred organic carrot puree
  • strip of bread
  • quartered banana slice
April 24, 2015

April 24, 2015

WEEK 36

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before, but every week we go on stroller walks in the neighborhood, and this includes a walk to the library about once a week.  We do our walks (or shopping) in the afternoon, a little while after Todd wakes up from his long morning nap.  It’s really nice to be walking distance from our library.  Every day, I read library books to Todd.

Developmental highlights:

  • controlled crawl off a 5″ tall storage bin
  • he repeatedly lifts a leg up while standing (attempting to step/climb up)
  • he does deep knee bends…down, up, down, up
  • 1st brief thumb sucking (in the past he’s always sucked on his fingers but not thumb)
  • shows frustration (i.e. when he walks with his car and it meets an obstacle and stops…but he wants it to keep going)
  • he climbed onto a 9″ tall Rubbermaid storage container
He loves to look out the window - April 24, 2015

He loves to look out the window – April 24, 2015

Other highlights:

  • he likes to walk his Push & Ride Racer car
  • he likes getting rides on his car
  • likes to be “chased” crawling in the house– crawls away quickly, then stops and looks back, laughs excitedly
  • if Eric doesn’t wear a shirt Todd wants to scratch at his nipple
  • 1st time at a play group (Kaleidoscope Play & Learn, Jennings Park (4/29))
1st play group - Kaleidoscope Play & Learn - April 29, 2015

1st play group – Kaleidoscope Play & Learn – April 29, 2015

Food notes and new (vegan) foods this week:

It seems like Todd really started swallowing a lot more food this week, and he lets me feed him small bits with my fingers after he does what he can with his limited fine motor skills.  He was able to slurp/suck down strands of angel hair pasta this week (instead of just playing).

  • green pepper
  • Fig Banana Corny Oatcakes
  • ripe mango slice
  • roasted cauliflower
  • split pea soup
  • spaghetti with angel hair pasta
  • drinking a little water from a pinch cup
Slurping angel hair pasta - April 27, 2015

Slurping angel hair pasta – April 27, 2015

WEEK 37

This was an action-packed week!  On May 1st, Todd had his allergic reaction to his lunch.  Over the weekend, we partied and we did some rollerblading.  Todd got to visit with his Grammie on May 5th.  We saw the allergy doctor on May 6th, resulting in Todd getting diagnosed with a peanut allergy.  The week wrapped up with Todd’s first day in underwear.

I used a $10 off coupon at Kohls and scored this toy for less than three bucks! - May 1, 2015

I used a $10 off coupon at Kohls and scored this toy for less than three bucks! – May 1, 2015

This week, Todd’s sleep was more “normal” for him, i.e. sleeping a solid ~9-11 hour night for 5 days per week and waking up once about 2 days per week (and he didn’t take very long to get back to sleep).

He loves ripe mango! - May 4, 2015

He loves ripe mango! – May 4, 2015

Developmental highlights:

  • he stuck his tongue out and touched tip to upper lip a lot (5/30)
  • chatting to himself at 3:30 AM two mornings in a row (then fell back to sleep)
  • he possibly did the hand sign for “formula milk” (make a fist and squeeze)
  • he likes to slap my hands while sitting on the toilet
  • he vibrates his 2 fists or a toy against his mouth to make a noise that sounds like “lada lada lada”
  • he sucks on his thumb and rubs thumb against upper gums
  • he seems a little more attentive when I read books to him (less focus on putting the book in his mouth)
  • he started waving his left wrist (not sure if he’s just exploring hand movements, trying to wave, or doing the “all done” sign)
  • he can crawl up and down on/off a 5″ tall storage bin repeatedly, without close supervision
  • he can step up onto the storage bin while holding the windowsill
Looking outside my bedroom window - May 5, 2015

Looking outside my bedroom window – May 5, 2015

Other highlights:

  • new sound:  “na na”
  • we lowered his crib to the lowest setting (5/3)
  • food reaction during lunch, multiple hives on both arms, chest/neck (5/1)
  • house visit from Grammie and Todd gave her a kiss (5/5)
  • allergy doctor appointment and diagnosis of peanut allergy (5/6)
  • weight at 8.5 months (with clothes/diaper on) = 17 lb, 8 oz = just under the 23rd percentile
  • first full day starting to wear underwear, in addition to diapers (5/7)
  • I made up hand signs for “smoothie” and “pancake” because he eats those foods every day
Party smiles at Dan's house - May 2, 2015

Party smiles at Dan’s house – May 2, 2015

Weekend Activities:

  • Party at Dan’s house in Monroe (5/2)
  • Rollerblade with stroller on the Centennial Trail (5/3)
Swinging at the party - May 2, 2015

Swinging at the party – May 2, 2015

WEEK 38

What do you call your baby?  We all have cute names, right?  I haven’t mentioned this before, so I’ll mention it here.  I like to greet Todd first thing in the morning with “Sunshine Boy” and I usually call him “Little One” and “Little Sweetheart” all day long (or a variation, “Sweet Little Heart”).  Eric likes to greet Todd in the morning with “Señor,” and he calls him his “Little Buddy.”  There’s also “Mr. Todd” and “Toad.”

Do you remember so long ago, when he made cute frog noises?  “Ribbit” was his earliest nickname that Eric used while Todd was still in the NICU.  I used to call him “Little Mister,” but now I tend to call him “Little Sir” or “Little Son.”  On the internet, his “hashtag nicknames” are #minivegan, and #tatertodd.

Elisa & Todd - May 11, 2015

Elisa & Todd – May 11, 2015

Developmental highlights:

  • very interested in small particles on the floor, tries to put them in his mouth
  • he’s initiating more unsupported standing again (in addition to “cruising” with support all the time)
  • able to stand unsupported for 30 fast counts
  • can walk with a one-hand hold a little bit, and a two-hand hold a lot
  • tries to climb up on anything he possibly can, to reach things he wants
  • he climbs over our legs/waist all the time when we’re on the floor
  • he imitated me doing the “all done” sign and before that he did it himself (I don’t know if he knows what it means yet, though)
Lock Up Your Daughters - May 11, 2015

Lock Up Your Daughters – May 11, 2015

Other highlights:

  • he likes to “take a break” from playing and prop himself up with his back leaning on the couch (or even a wall)
  • he loves when Eric throws him (face down or face up) into pillows on my bed
  • he still loves lurching from pillow to pillow on my bed, then he quickly spins onto his back
  • he likes to throw his toys out the window
  • he loves various kitchen noises (i.e. blender, salad spinner, coffee grinder, etc).  He races over (crawling) to see what’s going on, and stands up at the cabinets to try to get a better look
  • he likes to stand and shake the bottom rack of the dishwasher
No teeth yet - May 11, 2015

No teeth yet – May 11, 2015

Outings:

  • Rollerblading on the Centennial Trail (5/9 & 5/10)
  • Out to eat at The Shire Cafe (5/9)
  • Kaleidoscope Play & Learn group at Jennings Park (5/13)

At the play group this week, Todd was much more interested in the story reading and songs than he was 2 weeks ago.  He was also more interested in little bits of things on the floor.  He likes going over to other kids, and he smiles at everyone.  I don’t see any stranger anxiety yet!  One little girl that was there 2 weeks ago (who doesn’t like him touching her jeans) commented several times, “He grew up.”  I thought it was pretty observant, because he did seem different to me, too.

Rollerblading on the Centennial Trail - May 9, 2015

Rollerblading on the Centennial Trail – May 9, 2015

Food notes and new (vegan) foods this week:

He likes to dip one fingertip in his pureed food to taste it, and then takes several more “bites” that way.  He loves eating black olive slices by sticking his finger in the hole to pick each piece up.  Other small bits of food he can pick up by working them onto his index finger.

  • little bit of Field Roast sausage
  • homemade black bean burger with ground cashews and quinoa flour
  • raspberries (I fed him little bits at a time)
  • vegan taco soup and pita bread at The Shire Cafe
  • winter squash jarred organic baby food
  • black olives (now he’s eating them)
Black olive technique - May 12, 2015

Black olive technique – May 12, 2015

WEEK 39

This was an exciting week for a few reasons.

First, we got ourselves set up for bike riding with Todd!   On May 16th, we got a hitch installed on our Subaru Outback that we bought last Fall.  On the way home from the hitch installation, we had lunch in Renton, at Blossom Vegetarian (our 2nd time there).  Todd liked being fed garbanzo beans from Eric’s chopsticks.

Dining at Blossom Vegetarian - May 16, 2015

Dining at Blossom Vegetarian – May 16, 2015

The next day, we went to Costco to pick up an Everyday Traveler Bike Trailer.  Such a great deal for only $199!  We expect our bike rack for the car to be delivered on May 22nd.  Eric ordered the 1 up USA Double Bicycle Quik Rack.

Of course, we wasted no time taking Todd’s new wheels for a ride in the neighborhood.  It was also my first time back on my bike since before I was pregnant.  Ah…it was about time!   I’m looking forward to many more rides to come!

Todd's 1st bike ride - May 17, 2015

Todd’s 1st bike ride – May 17, 2015

Developmental and other highlights:

  • 1st steps!  He took 4 steps, stepping toward Eric (several times) (5/18)
  • he climbed into the 9″ tall Rubbermaid storage bin (5/19)
  • he took 4, 6, and then 11 linked steps (5/19)
  • he climbed both feet up the wall simultaneously while holding onto the windowsill (5/20)

Other highlights:

  • he got excited looking at himself in his little mirror and kissed himself several times (5/16)
  • 1st & 2nd bike rides with the new trailer (5/17, 5/18)
  • he loves to stand and bang on the washing machine
He climbed in the bin - May 19, 2015

He climbed in the bin – May 19, 2015

Food notes and new (vegan) foods this week:

On May 21st, I noticed that Todd did a pincer grasp to pick up a garbanzo bean.  That was the first time I noticed him doing that.

  • roasted curried garbanzo beans
  • orange slice
  • peach mango fruit pouch (Earth’s Best Organic)
  • red lentil dal
  • raisin
  • Tofurky sausage (little bits)
  • pickled beet
May 19, 2015

May 19, 2015

9TH MONTH WRAP-UP

Sleep–

Right now, Todd continues his “normal” sleep pattern of sleeping through the night ~5 days per week and waking up once ~2 days per week.  If he wakes up crying, it’s always within 3 hours of his bedtime (which is typically ~8:30 PM).  He gets back to sleep without difficulty.

These days, Todd is asleep when I put him in his crib at night.  He falls asleep in my arms after I give him his bottle, then I rock him in my glider chair for at least another 15 minutes before I put him in bed.  I cherish that “snuggle time” with him.

The one thing that’s different lately is that Todd is becoming more of an “early bird.”  Before, his typical wake up time was definitely after 6 AM and frequently closer to 7 AM.  Now, he’s waking up chatting and turning on his crib soother music before 6 AM more often than I’d like!  Of course, since Eric leaves for work around 6:30 AM, he’s always happy when Todd wakes up before he has to go.  That makes all of us happy!

Regarding naps– Todd is essentially taking one nap per day.  It starts about 3-4 hours after he wakes up in the morning.  He’s still using the swing and his naps still last 2-3 hours (and even longer).  He’ll take catnaps in the car or the stroller sometimes in the afternoons.  Occasionally I offer an afternoon swing nap, but usually not.

I think Todd gets enough sleep because when he’s asleep, he’s OUT.  That goes for daytime and nighttime.  It seems like he gets really good quality sleep.

Before bed - May 20, 2015

Before bed – May 20, 2015

Food–

Todd is wonderful eater!  I’m feeding him solids at least twice per day, and sometimes three.  Green smoothie and a pancake (of various flavors/ingredients) is breakfast.  Organic applesauce is a regular offering if I give him a lunch.  Dinner includes any smoothie that he didn’t eat at breakfast and then a wide assortment of whatever we’re having.

At the moment, Todd is finishing up his 52nd can of “formula milk.”

Red lentil dal - May 18, 2015

Red lentil dal – May 18, 2015

Toileting–

This month Todd had 3 poop “misses,” which means that at least some part of a poo-poo ended up in the diaper instead of the toilet.  On 2 out of those 3 times, it amounted to just a “nugget,” which was followed by a large poop in the toilet.

Ever since Todd’s first day in underwear (May 7th), we’ve been using his underwear daily.  I only put Todd in diapers for mealtime, naps/bedtime, and when we leave the house.  Sure– Todd goes through a lot of wet “trainers” each day, but we have a stash of 12 and haven’t run out yet.  I just round up all of our laundry every evening and run a load of whatever size it happens to be.  With Todd in underwear, I know exactly how often he goes.  It’s helpful information to have!

Todd pees in the toilet throughout the day.  The number of times depends on how often I take him.  He can pee a lot within the hour after drinking his formula (4-5+ times).  It’s not unreasonable for me to take him to the toilet every 15 minutes.  It might sound like a lot of work, but I do think it’s worth it!  There’s no doubt that Todd is gradually learning about his body and learning about toilet use by establishing this regular habit.

May 18, 2015

May 18, 2015

What else can I say except Todd is a real sweetheart!  He’s such a joy to be around.

 

Todd at 5 months + 1 week old (23 weeks) - January 30, 2015

Todd at 5 months + 1 week old (23 weeks) – January 30, 2015

SIXTH MONTH
(JANUARY 21 – FEBRUARY 21)

I’ve been thinking this every month– but it seems like each month there’s more going on than the last!  Baby development fascinates and entertains me!  Let’s dive in…

WEEK 23

There’s lots new to mention this week about sleep and food!  (Two of my favorite things, you too?)

Todd grabbing at his loose bedding - January 22, 2015

Todd grabbing at his loose bedding – January 22, 2015

Sleep–

  1. Todd started out his 6th month with 2 more record-length night time sleeps (10.75 hours on January 21-22 and 11 hours on January 23-24).  In general, 10+ hour night time sleeps are now a regular occurrence and not just outliers.
  2. Now– when I put Todd in his crib for the night, he’s generally wide awake and no longer practically asleep.  He shows that he’s tired by arching back and waving his head from side to side during his before-bed feeding.  In bed, he makes little moaning/squeaking noises and then usually falls asleep without crying.
  3. Check this out!  Todd took some day time naps in his crib instead of the swing.  I tested it out on January 23rd, not out of necessity, but because I’ve been feeling increasingly nervous knowing that Todd will soon grow too big for the swing.  I didn’t know how he’d react to the crib for naps…

That morning, I dressed Todd in his usual (warm) nap clothing, I put on a lullaby music CD, I turned on his Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother, and I gave him a blanket friend to play with.  He didn’t cry.  He chatted and played for a few minutes, then went to sleep!!  Unfortunately, I had to wake him up after 1.5 hours because we had to leave the house for my doctor appointment.

In the afternoon of that same day, he took a 45 minute crib nap.  On January 24th, he crib-napped 30 minutes.  On January 25th, he crib-napped 45 minutes.  On January 26th, he crib-napped 30 minutes, but it was broken up by some crying.  But…

On January 27th, he protested his crib nap…so I put him in the swing.  And the little turkey fell asleep almost instantly and slept for 2.75 hrs…which is a very typical swing nap length.

After that, I decided that I wanted my “über-napper” back, so from that day onward it was back to swing naps.  So…we’ll face the day Todd gets too big for the swing when that day comes.  For now we won’t fix what isn’t broken!

1st Crib Nap - January 23, 2015

1st Crib Nap – January 23, 2015

Food–

I know, I know– Todd isn’t 6 months old yet!  But this week we started experimenting with solid food.  I started reading a book about Baby Led Weaning (BLW).

On January 25th, Eric made some guacamole (we use just avocado and lime, nothing else).  I was going to just put a dot on Todd’s lips for him to taste.  Well, Eric got a little excited and grabbed Todd’s spoon to feed him a bite…and another…and another.  Todd seemed excited to eat it up.  After several bites, though, something triggered his gag reflex, and out it all came.  I was taking pics so I caught him mid-gag, haha!  The Great Guacamole Feed was over!

Right before the guacamole came up! - January 25, 2015

Right before the guacamole came up! – January 25, 2015

On January 26th, I went shopping at Babies R Us.  We needed some new nipples for our Philips Avent Natural Bottles.  Avent’s been our preferred bottle ever since I tried the one I got for free from Target for starting up a baby registry.

If you can believe it, Todd was still using the #1 Newborn Flow nipples well into his 4th month and he only started using the #2 Slow Flow nipples (recommended for ages 1 mo +) well into his 5th month.  (We didn’t start the #2s sooner because the formula would run out of his mouth too fast.)

After the shopping trip, we retired the #2s and started using the new #3 Medium Flow nipples (recommended for ages 3 mo +).  I bought some Fast Flow (#4) nipples (recommended for ages 6 mo +) for future use.

Todd was ready.  After that, he started guzzling 8 ounces in a feeding, without excessive leakage.  He purposefully grabbed at his bottle with both hands, pulled it to his mouth, and, for the most part, held it on his own when reclined.

Also on January 26th, we started offering Todd finger foods.  At this point, the goal is “food play.”  He was definitely interested in all the new textures, smells and tastes.  He liked rubbing the firm fruits/veggies against his toothless gums, and he can “bite” off small pieces.  His gag reflex worked well when small pieces found their way to the back of his tongue.  Yes, I’m being very careful about choking prevention!

Sucking on an apple slice - January 26, 2015

Sucking on an apple slice – January 26, 2015

Highlights:

  • 1st 10.75 hour & 11 hour night time sleeps (1/21 to 1/22 and 1/23 to 1/24)
  • 1st crib nap (1/23)
  • 1st rollerblade using the 3-wheel stroller (Centennial Trail, 1/25)
  • 1st trial spoon-feeding solid food (guacamole, 1/25)
  • grabbing his loose bedding and pulling it over him (1/22)
  • funny tongue protruding (see video)
  • falling asleep at night without crying despite being wide awake
  • started using medium flow nipples
  • holding own bottle if reclined
  • kicking at mattress in his crib (can hear him through the wall)
  • new finger foods this week:  apple, avocado, steamed broccoli, romaine leaves, spinach leaves, raw red pepper, raw celery.
Walk at Langus Riverfront Park & Spencer Island Regional Park - January 24, 2015

Walk at Langus Riverfront Park & Spencer Island Regional Park – January 24, 2015

Rollerblading on the Centennial Trail - January 25, 2015

Rollerblading on the Centennial Trail – January 25, 2015

WEEK 24

On February 3rd, I heard some new scratching sounds coming from the baby monitor in the morning.  My suspicion was correct:  Todd had rolled himself onto his belly and was scratching at his sheets.  When I walked in, he was also fingering the monitor (sitting in the corner).  Time to move the monitor!

1st time on his belly in the crib - February 3, 2015

1st time on his belly in the crib – February 3, 2015

Highlights:

  • 1st time rolling back-to-belly in his crib (2/3)
  • I nicknamed him “thumper” because of his mattress kicking.
  • Visit from Eric’s parents and our friend, Ellen (2/4)
  • new finger foods this week:  rotini pasta noodle, pancake, banana, pizza crust, yam
  • spoon-fed pureed food:  yam, banana, green smoothie
Munchin' on a pancake - January 31, 2015

Munchin’ on a pancake – January 31, 2015

WEEK 25

We had a sad start to this week because our ~15 year old cat, Millie, died on Friday, February 6th.  You can read about her in the previous post, Missing Millie.

Millie and Todd - February 6, 2015

Millie and Todd – February 6, 2015

Todd was getting noticeably way more active!  He’s a high-energy guy, especially in the evenings.  Here’s some new things in the “motor function” department this week:

  • On his back, he started doing a “hip-wiggle-wiggle” marching thing, and one time he spun himself around in almost a complete circle while on his back.  Imagine a clock hand going around!
  • From his back, he very quickly rolls to his belly.  From there, he can now spin ~90 degrees on his belly to reach for toys.  He started doing a “pseudo-crawl” to propel forward.
  • At the end of the week, he did more rolling from belly-to-back than he’s done in previous weeks.  Now it’s more smooth and coordinated.

Food–

On February 5th, I gave Todd a sip of my green smoothie, and he wanted more, so I gave him a couple tablespoons from his own “cup” (a mini silicone pinch bowl).  That started a regular habit of giving him green smoothie most mornings.  He slurps while I pinch the sides.  He loves it, and he tries to pull the bowl into his mouth with his hands.  Our green smoothies contain kale or collard greens, banana, orange, avocado, celery, berries, tropical fruits (pineapple, mango) and pea protein powder.

Todd watches me closely from his ExerSaucer when I’m in the kitchen.  He knows when I’m preparing his “formula milk” and gets visibly excited when he’s ready for some (he bounces up and down).

Slurping up green smoothie - February 7, 2015

Slurping up green smoothie – February 7, 2015

Sleep–  AKA…Transition to Tummy Sleeping!

  • February 9…I put Todd to bed at 7:30 PM and he was wide awake.  He quickly rolled to his tummy in his crib.  “Oh, no,” I thought!  When he fell asleep that way I was shocked!  Two hours later, I heard him crying and I knew why.  I turned him back over and he slept on his back for the rest of the night.
  • February 10th…I put Todd to bed at 8 PM and he immediately rolled to his tummy.  I put him on his back again, then he fell asleep.  He woke up at 2:45 AM and he was on his tummy again.  I fed him and he returned to sleep on his back.
  • February 11th…I put Todd to bed at 7:30 PM and he was actually asleep for a change.  He woke up crying at 2:30 AM.  This time, he was on his tummy with his head in the corner.  There were some red abrasions on his head from the crib rails.  After I fed him, I put him on his back.  Within just a couple minutes, he turned onto his tummy AND got himself facing the opposite direction!  He was picking at the loose edge of his sheet where his feet normally would be.  I put him on the floor so I could fix his sheets.  Within minutes on the floor he rolled from back-to-belly and then belly-to-back.  It took until 4 AM to get us both back in our beds.
  • February 12th…I padded Todd’s crib so that he wouldn’t create more abrasions on his head.  (Previously, the rails were lined with just a thin mesh crib liner).  I did a pretty good DYI job, using some old folded bath towels.
Todd's Padded Room - February 12, 2015

Todd’s Padded Room – February 12, 2015

That evening, we went to our condo in Wenatchee and I lowered the “mattress” in the Pack ‘N Play travel bed.  Todd went right to sleep at 10:30 PM, but he woke up crying an hour later.  Sure enough, he’d wiggled himself into the corner.  I fed him and he fell asleep on his tummy.  At 3:45 AM, he wasn’t crying but it sounded like he was struggling.  Head in the corner again!  I moved him to the center and he fell asleep.

Highlights:

  • 1st tummy sleeping (2/9)
  • Visit at Eric’s parents house (2/10)
  • gets more distracted by his feet/socks (or other items) while sitting on the toilet
  • new mouth/tongue sucking thing he kept doing
  • “hip wiggle wiggle” on back (see video below)
  • pseudo crawling to propel forward
  • more rolling belly-to-back, more smoothly and coordinated
  • tries to do a sit-up when on his back
  • new finger foods this week:  pancake (made with wheat flour, cornmeal, pumpkin), Baby Mum Mum cracker
  • new spoon-fed pureed food this week:  taste of lentil/tomato soup broth, baked beans

WEEK 26 (AND PART OF 27)

It IS still ski season, although there isn’t much snow…

Todd & Eric at Mission Ridge - February 13, 2015

Todd & Eric at Mission Ridge – February 13, 2015

This week Todd settled into his tummy sleeping routine.  Now, I don’t have to “rescue” him, for the most part.  He’s often seen sleeping with knees drawn up underneath him…so cute!

Sleeping in the Pack 'n Play travel bed - February 15, 2015

Sleeping in the Pack ‘n Play travel bed – February 15, 2015

Sitting in his FIsher Price chair - February 15, 2015

Sitting in his FIsher Price chair – February 15, 2015

At our condo, the papasan chair is a favorite!  He loves being assisted to stand up against the side “wall,” then tries to let go, and falls backward.  It’s been a great chair to have because he can also sit and play in it while we fix meals and such.

More “firsts” in motor function this week:

  • Todd got up on hands-and-knees from his belly for the first time.
  • From sitting, Todd can now reach way out in front for things, and he did his first transition (in control) from sitting-to-belly when reaching for a toy.
  • Todd stood for a full 4 seconds completely balanced and without any support.  He likes to practice standing using the “rails” of his play mat.  He needs help to get “placed” but then we let go.  Then, he lets go with one hand and then the other.
  • From hands-and-knees, Todd pulled his left knee and foot way under him for the first time (February 20th).
  • Briefly presses up into a “plank,” from belly.
Hands & Knees - February 19, 2015

Hands & Knees – February 19, 2015

On February 18th, Todd had his 6 month pediatrician check-up, including receiving his 6 month vaccines.  Todd was 15 pounds, 6.5 ounces (14th percentile), 26″ long (25th percentile), and head circumference 42.5 cm (27th percentile).  Growth in all areas picked up since the last visit!

The doctor said to start feeding solids twice a day and that no food is off limits (from an allergy standpoint), if properly prepared.  (Honey is the exception but we don’t eat honey!)

Closing out the 6th month in style–> Todd has been on a roll with pooping in the toilet.  There were ZERO poopy diapers for the entire month!  As I complete this post (on February 23rd), it’s been 39 days in a row and we’re still counting.  The last poopy diaper was January 15th!  The little bit of solid food that Todd’s been eating hasn’t changed the consistency, although the color (of the digested green smoothie) is noticeably darker.

Highlights:

  • 1st time getting up on hands and knees (2/15)
  • 1st time going from sitting-to-belly (2/16)
  • 1st “crawl” from one end of the couch to the other (2/16)
  • 1st standing without any support and completely balanced (for 4-seconds, 2/16)
  • Record sleep, 11.25 hrs (2/18 to 2/19)
  • got startled when he tooted on the toilet…haha! (2/20)
  • pooping in the toilet for the whole month
  • examines fingertips of both hands and touches them together, etc
  • making sounds:  “bom,” ba” and “ma ma”
  • lots of smiles and giggles
  • wearing 6 and 9 month clothes
  • very driven/motivated to challenge himself; likes to show off
  • now prefers to be on his tummy rather than his back, because he’s more mobile that way
  • new finger foods this week:  pancake (made with wheat and oat flours, applesauce, almond butter), vegan burger patty (from Costco)
  • new spoon-fed pureed food this week:  sweet potato, peas
  • 1st time using the Fisher Price Healthy Care™ Booster Seat (2/13)
6 Months Old - February 21, 2015

6 Months Old – February 21, 2015

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