Things have been remarkably easier in the past month than they were in the beginning. Mostly because Parker has developed his morning nap and it's amazing. It's a 4-5 hour nap which happens on 75% of days. Unreal! I don't expect this to last forever but I sure am enjoying it while it's here. Also his nighttime sleeping is still good, and once we get him to sleep, usually around 9pm he only wakes up to eat once in the night (occasionally twice) before morning. Unbelievable!!! I never knew (breastfed) babies could be like this? With Drew I was up feeding him literally every two hours around the clock until he was seven months old. I mean, seriously. Compared to that, this is surreal to me.
And Parker continues to be completely different from Drew in pretty much every way possible. Parker is so indifferent about eating, it's so funny. He rarely acts like he's hungry, never throws the huge meltdowns that Drew did. Parker will pretty much always eat when it's offered to him, but it can be hard to know when he's ready for it. So undemanding! He's obviously getting enough because he's got great little fat rolls, and he's zoomed into 6M clothing. He's not my little 50th percentile baby anymore! Looks like he'll be a big 'un like his brother (except with a more proportional head--LOL).
He's such a little talker already!! Dave and I both have had long conversations with him, cooing back and forth and taking turns making sounds. He's full of huge smiles and gets all offended if people don't constantly talk to him. He's okay to stay by himself for short periods but he'd much rather have somebody there talking to him. We're not sure what to do with this little extrovert..... when all the rest of us are card-carrying introverts.
Warning: This is so cute it'll make your teeth hurt.
He's started whacking his dangling toys this month, and likes to smile and talk to them. Also he likes to lay on the floor and put his arms straight up, fists clenched. He looks like he's riding a roller coaster and going "wheeeeeee!"
I can't believe it, but it's time for him to start holding up his head!! When we carry him around upright he can hold it up vertically no problem, and has pretty good control. Lying down on his belly he's still working at it, but it won't be long. He's lifted his head several times now in his daily tummy time, but certainly can't keep it up for long and isn't comfortable on his belly. That will all start changing quickly though.
He's gotten mobile enough that he kicks around a lot in his bed, so I've had to vastly cut back on the blankets in his crib. I enjoy the early weeks when they don't move but those times don't last long. :) So now he has to be safely zippered into his "sleeping bag" so he doesn't kick it off and can't pull it up over his face.
In addition to already being in 6M clothing (and being really close to outgrowing it), he's now in size 2-3 diapers also. Slow down, kid!
As for me at 3 months postpartum, I'm doing great. I've lost almost 10 pounds in the past month alone so I'm feeling good about that. The shorts that I couldn't even zip up at the beginning of July are now baggy. I just have 10 more pounds to go before I'm back to my pre-pregnancy weight and I think it's pretty do-able. I even took all my maternity clothes to Goodwill earlier this month. GOOD RIDDANCE!!!
However even though I feel great, I think my hormones are still trying to get back to normal. My hair is falling out by the handfuls, I mean massive amounts are falling out every day. It's insane. But expected..... this happened after I had Drew also, and I ended up with two bald spots on each of my temples by the time it was all over with. LOL. Also my face is breaking out which hasn't happened in years. Oh well. At least my purple splotchy legs are back to a live person's color, and the big gnarly lumpy veins have shrunk back down for the most part although I expect they'll always be there in some form.
This cracks me up. I have never seen this movie, except for this one scene and it kills me. Normally I can't stand this kind of comedy, too slapsticky or something, but it is Steve Martin, after all...... he makes anything funny.
This was taken today, but he's been toddling around for a 2-3 days now. It's weird. I'm loving this new phase! Every day that goes by, he walks more and crawls less to get where he's going. I think he's done with crawling now that he knows how fast and efficiently he can get places.
I love how he walks around with his fists up by his ears for balance. It's so funny how wobbly he is, and then he'll start listing to the side and can't get it back. Or sometimes he'll lose his forward momentum and he's just walking in place trying so hard to get going forward again.
pardon the messy house and dirty baby wearing dirty clothes.... LOL. He lost his 2nd nap this week all of a sudden so that means I also lost all that precious time to catch up on my housework. I'm not quite sure what to do with my walking, 1 nap toddler boy....
What's next, talking? I can't take anymore major milestones this week. Oy.
He's a sippy cup pro! I guess he just needed some practice with it, because he nailed it in less than a week. Now he can tip it waaaay up to get everything he wants. We got him some new ones in different styles and he likes all of them. You can find a list of BPA-free cups here.
He now guzzles milk like there's no tomorrow. The first day he had it, he drank 1 oz (total). The second day, he drank 3 oz. The third day, he drank 7 oz. The fourth day, he drank 10 oz. Fifth day, 11 oz. I think I'm supposed to cut him off at 16 oz for the day, LOL. Now I just give him 5 oz with each meal, and he drains it to the last drop. I think it really helps to fill him up, too, which is great.
Meal times are getting super-messy. Now he wants to help with the spoon, dip his hands in everything, smear it all over his tray, squish it in his hands, and fling and throw and sling. Yuck.
He stands all the time now, for a good length of time. It's so strange to see him just casually standing there chugging his sippy cup.
The walking is really coming along so fast, I can't believe how much progress there is from one day to the next. One week ago I posted that first video, and now he's walking all the way across the screened porch by himself.
He's been soooooo cute. His personality is really coming out. He's laughing, smiling, doing such funny noises that I can't even explain, hopping up and down, spinning in circles on his butt, leaning as faaaaaar back as he possibly can without falling, doing these crazy bursts of clapping and slapping his legs, playing with balls. I love his dimple and his wild guffaw laughter.
He's understanding more complex things. If Dave is in his office and we're in the kitchen, I'll say to Drew "Go see Daddy." And he'll turn and thunder down the hall to the office where Dave is.
After being in size 4 diapers for like.... 6 months now at least.... I'm starting to be able to tell that he's growing again because I can't get the tabs as close together as I used to. He was wearing size 4 before he even reached the weight range for it, I do not understand why that was, but the size 3 just absolutely did not fit him. I think it's because he's so tall and the 3s didn't come up high enough to cover everything, and they leaked everywhere.
The kid eats like a PIG and does not seem to gain much weight. I swear I do nothing but feed him all day long (or else try to distract him to get his mind off of eating). And then sometimes he doesn't want to do anything but play with his food, so I guess what they say is true--sometimes they are starving and other times you can't get them to eat anything.
He's not waving yet, but more and more often I catch him waving at himself, doing the backwards wave facing himself and studying the way his hands move very intently. Just yesterday, on the day of his 13th month birthday, he finally waved after being prompted! I waved at him, and asked him to wave at me, and he did it! It just melted my heart, it was the cutest thing. Now he waves all the time, and when Dave came home he did it for him too.
He got some stacking cups for his birthday, and now he can stack 3-4 cups in a tower! With a small amount of help from me to hold the bottom ones still. But he so has the idea.
Here is a video of crazy baby humor.... Drew thought Daddy's toes were soooooo hysterical.