Nov 30, 2012

8 Months Old

Max is 8 months old today. He is about 50th percentile all the way around, height, weight, head circumference. A contrast to Kins, who is more like 5th for weight and height, although her noggin is average.  Another huge contrast between the two, which has produced the first contrast, is eating habits. I recently discovered that all I have to do is pour a jar of pureed baby food into a cup with a straw, add some water, and Max will down it in a couple of minutes. So eagerly in fact, that he will sacrifice breathing for as long as he can to keep gulping. It makes for really hilarious meal time sounds. Gulping, frantic gasping for air, choking from drinking so fast, all occasionally broken up by miserable crying if he happens to drop his cup. You would be certain I was starving him inbetween meals, when really he gets plenty from nursing between his solid meals. Even when full, he still wants to eat everything he finds. I have to keep all the non edibles out of his reach.
He's slowly starting to sleep longer overnight. I would say as much as half the time now he will only wake up once to eat during the time that I'm asleep.

He pulls himself up to standing on everything he encounters that's taller than him.

He's starting to get good at holding on tight when he's standing and he falls down a lot less often. He tries to cruise too, but he hasn't mastered it yet. He can sit himself down from standing too. I remember with Kins she would get stuck standing and not know how to sit down again safely. He learned to sit back down within a week or two of learning to pull himself up. Probably because he's not afraid of falling down. When he falls from standing, he just turns it into a roll onto his tummy and keeps on exploring as long as he doesn't hit his head on anything on his way down. Kins was sooo much more cautious. She didn't want to risk hurting herself falling down. Same reason why she refused to try walking on her own until she was nearly a year and a half old.

Max still crawls with his belly on the ground. He's so adept at it that I'm not sure he will learn to do a true crawl before he starts just walking instead.

He's understanding how to work his toys, he turns the page back and forth on his stand up entertainment center.
He bangs objects to see how loud he can be, he splashes up storm in the tub, not minding a bit when the water splashes him in the face.

He knows who I am and that I provide the goods when he's hungry. If he's hungry and/or tired he crawls to me and pulls himself up, making his way to any bare skin and attempting to nurse any that he finds frantically. If he's emotional and I walk out of his line of sight he gets upset. He loves Kins and laughs his head off at her if she talks to him or interacts with him in any way. He knows daddy is the one who will bounce him around like crazy on pony friend or other exciting things. He always looks at Tim like the world just got brighter.

Nov 24, 2012


Notice the question mark in the title? It's because I barely know what I've been up to any better than you do. Tim has been working from home and his hours have been pretty easy the past two.. or is it three weeks. A luxurious contrast to his 6 day a week 12-14 hour per day schedule the 2 months before that. Then the day he had off, he had to go work on our old house to get it ready to sell. It was a challenging 2 months. We are really enjoying his schedule lately. We've been able to sit around so much we couldn't stand it anymore, during which time, we watched all of The Walking Dead to date in the evenings over the course of a couple of weeks. Which I am hooked on for reasons that I can't quite put into words. I'm not into the horror genre at all usually, and I don't enjoy the level of detail involved with every injury on the show.

We've been working on some home decorating and various projects around the new place. The previous owner built the home himself, and he made some strange decisions. Like choosing not to put a regulator on the water line leading into the house. Every house has to have a regulator to pass inspections. Apparently the owner had a buddy inspector. Which is kind of disturbing. And I'm hoping the list of items done incorrectly doesn't go on and on. So, a regulator puts a cap on the amount of pressure that can run into your pipes. Pressure over 100 (100 whats you might ask? Damned if I know) can blow out your pipes. Well, our pressure was 140. Which was causing a bunch of leaking from the water heater and other places. Tim put on a regulator and all the problems were solved. I suspect this whole paragraph so far is really boring. I won't go on with the other items Tim has had to fix so far. But, the decorating part has been fun. Here is the kid section of our living room. Picked up that rad cube shelf from Ikea, the drawers hold even more than I'd hoped, and there's space up top for my books.
Picture gallery. Took awhile to mat all the pictures, but from there the project went quickly. We used 35 or so in this display, and had 100 matted. Going to do one or two more of these throughout the house.

We took an offer on our old house, and hopefully everything will go smoothly with the sale. Getting that house sold would be a load off.

Nov 23, 2012

Thanksgiving and Fall Family Pictures

My parents went to visit my brother's family for Thanksgiving. Normally, we'd go visit for a couple of days over the weekend of Thanksgiving weekend, but it's working out about the same overall, since my parents were here before flying out and will stop by for another night on their way home. We went to Tim's parents' yesterday for some delicious grub. Only one sister made it, so it was a small gathering. It was still fun though, and Kins enjoyed crawling all over everybody. This kid has gone from shy last year, to the point this year where she's practically making out with everyone she runs across. She's really become adorably social and loving with everyone she meets. She hadn't seen our brother in law for months, and even though he's a tough looking dude, she crawled right into his arms and proceeded to hug him and cuddle with him as soon as she saw him.

I realized recently that we didn't have any family pictures of all of us since the ones taken when Max was first born. I am happy that we then got a couple of cute ones.

I raked her a big pile of leaves and she loved hiding in them.
This was pretty touching until about 4 seconds after I snapped it, when Kins shoved a handful of leaves forcefully into Max's face, pushing him over, and leading to a very unhappy boy.

Nov 3, 2012

Max is 7 Months Old

He is moving out of our room into his own today. Makes me a little sad. I love being able to hear him breathing and shuffling around at night, and know my little boy is just a few feet away. But, we've started waking him up at night. He's not sleeping as deeply as he used to. We can never sneak into bed without him waking, and last night he woke up when I changed positions a couple hours later too. He was not pleased to have been woken up either time. I think we will all get more and better sleep.

He is pushing up to a sit regularly now, he's a pro. He can crawl very fast when he's got a goal in mind, but he still slithers with his belly on the ground. He is always pushing up at much as possible and reaching his arm up to grab things to pull up on. He can't reach the coffee table edge, and he hasn't learned yet that if he sat up right next to it, then he could pull up on it. He wants to pull up on things badly though, and likes to have help so that he can stand while holding on to something. He doesn't understand yet that if he lets go, he will fall down. I have to spot him so that I can catch him when he falls. He just learned yesterday how to sit himself up in his crib. It's a mini crib, so he couldn't do it before with the limited space.

He tries to grab things with the pincer grasp, between his pointer finger and thumb. He notices very small things and is curious about everything. Usually about what it might taste like. His world revolves around what he might find to sample.
He loves his sister. Here she is sitting in his lap. He was thrilled. (That's red paint on her face, not a brutal injury.) When she talks right in his face or hugs him he gets thrilled. Sadly, these sweet displays of affection nearly always disintegrate into crazed, violent hugs, or pats on the head that turn into pushes; you get the idea. When he hasn't seem Tim in awhile, he will start to laugh he gets so excited. He loves strangers and offers a huge smile to anyone who notices him.

He hates having to part with a newly found prize before even being allowed to devour it. His second biggest dislike is probably when I leave the room after I put him in his crib for a nap. But, usually, within 5 seconds he stops crying and decides that taking a nap isn't a half bad idea. When Kins was little, it would take a bare minimum of half an hour to get her napping or to bed at night. With her to keep an eye on, I don't have much time to get his naps going, so he's had to learn to sooth himself to sleep.

Reading detailed schedules is boring, but, I never wrote this stuff down with Kins, and now that I have Max, I wonder what her schedule was like at different ages, so I want to have the info next time. (Yep. A third baby is the plan. The 3rd will be our last we think.) His schedule right now is going to bed about 8 and he seems to need 11ish hours of sleep. He wakes up every 3 hours to nurse, but often goes one five hour stretch. He goes back to sleep after nursing for 10 minutes or less. In the morning he seems to need to nap a couple hours after waking up and often it lasts exactly 1.25 hrs. He naps again about 1 when Kins does, and this nap is usually a long one, 2 hours or so. He usually takes a third nap at around 5 for an hour. But, this is when we will often go do things, and he's started not napping in the carseat or in the carrier as easily as he used to. So, if we're on the go and he doesn't nap, he is really tired by 7, but I usually try to stretch it to closer to 8 to put him to bed. It used to be that if he was overtired, it would be harder to get him to sleep or nap, but lately, he doesn't resist sleeping or naps when he's exhausted anymore.

Nov 2, 2012


We took Kins to the aquarium on Halloween. They had a spooky haunted hallway set up, and some games and crafts. She had fun. Next, we trick or treated for a couple of hours. She had skipped her nap that day. Sometimes she just plays the entire nap time and resists sleeping. She's then extra emotional for the rest of the day, and slightly abusive. So, she was tired before her usual bed time since she hadn't napped. She soon asked to be carried, and was laying her head down on Tim's head while she was on his shoulders. She looked like she was about to fall asleep. She was still having fun though, and insisted that she didn't want to go home yet.

Tim says the moon looks really goofy in the second pic. Well, I say it looks cooler than a big lamp on the side of the garage, which was there too. It's totally realistic. On Halloween it's natural for spooky things to happen, such as a mini moon dropping down in front of garages.
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