Happy New Year!
Wow it's been a while since I've checked our thread and there are so many new cute pictures and updates. Our babies are getting sooo big!
Konrad turned 6 months on wednesday and to celebrate we introduced his first taste of solid food, banana, to him. He played around with a hunk of it but I don't think he really ate much of it. He made some weird faces so I'm not sure he liked the flavour. We are going to give him some more today and try something else in a few days. I'm not really pushing the solids at all, I don't think he's really ready to eat much but just in case I thought he's big enough to give it a try and have some fun playing at least.
We had an amazing Christmas holiday- my sister and her dp came to visit and to meet Konrad for the first time! They fell in love with him right away of course and it was really cool to see my boy bonding with my sister. We did all sorts of fun vacation stuff here in Dubai too and Konrad was soooo great through it all! We were out all day and evening and even had some overnight trips and Konrad was so easy and happy the whole time. I was so worried about how it would go being busy and out all day but he just napped in the ergo and we nursed (albeit awkwardly- since I'm not so great at NIP) everywhere and he would be so tired by bedtime that he just passed out every night. His absolute favourite thing we did was going to the aquarium at the Palm Atlantis- he LOVED it! He was amazed with all the fish and sea creatures and we got some beautiful pictures of him. He is a water baby- loves the bath, the pool, and the aquarium. I can't wait to take him into the ocean!
We had some sleep issues about a week ago but those seem to have been mostly resolved- I saw the thread about six month sleep difficulties. Konrad was waking about a billion times a night for a week or so but then I started giving him a 6-8oz bottle of expressed milk when he woke up at around 10-12 at night and that did the trick. He doesn't nurse well at night (hasn't since he was born!) and giving him a giant bottle at night really helps. After the bottle he only wakes up once or sometimes twice more for a diaper change and a few minutes of comfort nursing then he's back down! I just have to pump a lot in the morning which is kind of a pain.
As far as mobility- egad!- this boy is going to be crawling really soon. He gets up on his hands and gets his bum in the air and wiggles it around but doesn't get anywhere. He rolls around to get where he's going right now. I'm having a hard time with naps because I can't leave him nap in the middle of the bed anymore but he won't go down in his pack n play unless he is really, really passed out. So lately he has been napping on me or in the ergo.
Konrad is sitting up pretty well- he still falls over alot, but he hates laying around on his back now and he only ever wants to sit like a big boy. He got a few great toys that he loves to play with while sitting up- this monkey on a ball that rolls and tips but stays upright, a bunch of wooden blocks and a wooden box/house to put them all in, and a bunch of stacking cups. He loves them all. He is really into BANGING these days. Banging his toys together, banging his hands or toys on surfaces, banging his hands on whoever is holding him etc. It's pretty cute. He's really into his books now too- his favourites are Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you see?, How do Dinosaurs Eat their Food?, and Bedtime in the Jungle. And he got loads and loads of books for Christmas from family members too.
Thankfully he has pretty much stopped making his zombie noise except when he is really tired. Now he really babbles with consonant sounds (ma-ma-ma, da-da-da) I don't think he's saying mama or dada yet really- he has no idea what he's saying. He does this really cute exageratted jaw movement thing when he gets really into it. He is into trying to mimic what his dad or I say. And he does the raspberries too! We are starting sign language too, I'm not sure he gets it yet. We have just been doing the signs for mom and dad- he just looks at us weird when we do it and tries to suck our hands.
We have a whole repertoire of things we do to make him laugh- he especially loves to watch us chew especially when exagerrate with a "num num num" sound. Cracks him up every time! He likes when I pretend to eat his hands or feet or bite his belly too.
He's just such a happy kid- I didn't realize it until my sister said so when she was visiting, but he NEVER cries. I don't really know what it would sound like if he were to have a crying fit because he never really has. He has only ever cried for 30 seconds at a time and it's usually for a reason that is easily remedied. It's pretty amazing when I think about it, maybe that's why hearing other babies wailing and wailing really upsets me- I'm not used to it at all!
Anyway, I could ramble on and on about Konrad forever- so I'll stop now and post a couple of pictures.
Sorry to hear you are struggling with the winter gloom Surfacing- I'm hoping spring comes soon for you, I know how hard those Canadian winters can be and I don't miss them at all. Hang in there!
Also sorry to hear about the ongoing issues with your DP, Terrilein.
Somegirl, if you don't mind, what are the issues with your au pair? I only ask because I'm really curious about how people get along with a live-in caretaker. In a couple years when DH and I (hopefully) have another baby we are seriously thinking about hiring a live-in nanny. It's very common and affordable here in the UAE, most often the nannies are from the Phillipines and those that I have met are just wonderful, amazing ladies. But most of the people we know who have a nanny aren't as particular about their parenting choices as DH and I are. I'm just not sure how we would deal with someone living in our space and how to go about getting someone to conform to our parenting style. Anyway, just wondering.
Take care everyone! I'm really enjoying reading about all your little ones!