Jan 31, 2013
Jan 30, 2013
This month he mastered picking up any type of food. Before, he could do cheerios or other non slippery small bits, but he couldn't eat fruit very well unless the chunks were too big for me to feel comfortable with him eating for fear of choking. A lot of it still goes on the floor around him, but he is really getting good at picking up challenging small pieces. I think his favorite so far might be oranges. He can slam 'em down as fast as I can cut them up for him. He will eat almost an entire orange in one sitting. I haven't found anything that he doesn't like to eat yet. He loves to sit in his high chair and be given a variety of foods to explore.
He has gotten good about pulling up on things on the slippery tile floor without falling hardly ever anymore. When he does fall, he is usually able to do a controlled fall on his bottom or else catch himself with his hands. He loves being set free in the house to motor around looking at everything. He needs to be watched closely in some areas of the house, but he's learning how to be more safe.
He will clap when clapping is mentioned. He is so proud of his skill and beams while doing it. I think he knows what the word food means, naturally. He seems to get very attentive when he's complaining of hunger and I tell him I'm making him food.
He and Curly Fry are starting to really play together sometimes. Peek a boo, or her holding him around his waist while they are pushed around in the car. She talks to him and he eats it up. It's really fun to see them start to enjoy playing together a little bit.
Jan 29, 2013
I accidentally put part of Kins ballet class in the middle of the rest of the video. But, most of the ballet class stuff is at the end and possibly not too exciting for non related people. You know, unlike the rest of the footage, which I expect to go viral shortly... haha. She is the smallest one with the black and white striped leg warmers.
Jan 20, 2013
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Jan 13, 2013
Max can cruise along walls now, his legs are strong enough to support him without hanging on something, he just needs help with his balance. He's finally getting good enough at cruising around that I don't have to constantly spot him when he's on the tile floor, because he doesn't fall very often anymore.
I told Kins at bedtime that in the morning Daddy would take her out to play in the new snow. When checking on her at 3 am after feeding Max, she woke up, sat up, and said, "Mama! Now we can go play in the snow!" Hm. A little premature. I told her that it wasn't morning yet and she was okay with it and went back to sleep.
Max was exploring part of the house where there shouldn't have been any cheerios on the floor, when Kins came to me and informed me that he had a cheerio in his mouth. I checked, and he had a chokeable piece of red mystery plastic in his mouth. A few hours later, she went and grabbed a chisel from him (great parenting around here... Tim had been doing a project with it I guess) and told him that wasn't safe. She put it up high where he couldn't reach.
Jan 9, 2013
She understands how to correctly use you and I now. It's so cute when I'll say something to her in front of Tim, and she turns to him and tells him what I said. I'll say, "I love you!" and she turns to Tim, who is 3 feet away, and says, "She loves me!"
She attempts to put me off often these days. Just a minutes, or not right now. I like how she really does usually mean just a minute. I asked her to throw a diaper away, which she actually likes to do normally, and she said just a minute. She finished up what she was doing, came back to me, and said, "Ok. Now I can throw the diaper away."
I was having a really hard time doing anything at all around the house for awhile there. I'd be checking on Max every 30 seconds to make sure he wasn't being abused by Kins or wasn't getting into a predicament that would result in a more painful lesson than I'd like him to learn. I like him to take his tumbles on carpet, so when he's on the tile I'm usually spotting him. So, I put up a huge play area for him that Kins cant get into. I'm loving being able to clean the kitchen about 5x faster. If he's just up in the morning or from a nap he will play for 10 or 20 minutes happily by himself. After that, he wants me in there with him. Which is still nice, because I can lay in there reading a book, and he just crawls all over me and plays happily. I could never lay and read before, he would've been off across the house adventuring. He still likes exploring freely best of all of course.
Last night was night 4 in a row that Max has only needed to eat once between 11 pm and 8 am. And, two of those nights, the time he woke up to eat was the only time he woke up that whole time. He did wake up once or twice more the other two nights, but settled himself back to sleep without me and without too much crying or crying too hard. Well, I assume that last part is true. He has woken so often in the past, that I actually sleep through a certain level of crying very effectively. I'm always unintentionally letting him cry it out because of this. I (think?) I wake up if he's crying very frantically. But, rhythmic low level crying, it's come to be a sort of lullaby. I'm hopeful that his sleeping is really turning around. I would be thrilled if he got into a predictable groove of waking just once a night to eat. I know babies are ready to sleep without eating overnight by his age, but, compared to waking 3 or more times per night, just once is a sweet deal for me. I feel like I'm coming out a fog. My short term memory is back. It's so cool.
I'm on a mission to be back to my prepregnancy weight by the time Max is a year old. I'm about 5 pounds away and have been since like 3 months after he was born. Now that he's sleeping better I feel more motivated to tackle that last 5 pounds. I'm on day 3 of absolutely no dessert. Probably a record since I did no dessert after Kins was born. And I've been working about for almost an hour each day for over a week now, plus some sit ups here and there when I remember. Max does pretty well chilling in the carrier while I use the elliptical, usually my work out ends up being a nap for him.
Jan 7, 2013
Jan 5, 2013
We think he might be saying dada when he sees Tim. He's done it a few times, but it's still too soon to say for sure.
He's 20 pounds, 5 more to go before he catches Kins.
He crawls with his belly fully off the ground now, and he can crawl faster because of that. He cruises along furniture now, and is able to stand up on unstable things now, because he's not relying on them nearly as much as he used to in order to support himself. He can balance standing for a few seconds at a time.
An intense love a dancing has emerged this past month. The moment he hears music, he starts jamming out, bouncing up and down excitedly.
This past month Kins has been sweeter with him. She is starting to seem less jealous and isn't as likely to scratch/shove him during any interactions. She's started sharing with him fairly often too and she likes to talk about him. He's very fast and has quite a grip, so unless she gets up on the couch with her toys, he pretty much always wants to speed over and eat whatever she's playing with. She's just the coolest in his opinion.
One day we were driving and Max was sobbing in his carseat. Kins started singing twinkle twinkle, and like a switch was flipped, he got silent instantly. She stopped singing, he started crying. She started again, he got quiet. It's so sweet how he admires her and how everything she does piques his interest.
He's such a social guy, making friends with people everywhere he goes. He loves going out in the carrier on my back. He sits happily just watching everyone and looking at all the new scenery.