Hi everyone! I haven't checked in with the group for a while, but I wanted to pop in and see how everyone's doing.
T is a chunk! He's is around 21lbs. Very unlike dd who was extremely petite and a slow weight gainer (which is fine!). I've noticed that his weight gain has actually slowed since he started solids, which he's really into. He loves his food! He and dd share hot cereal every morning--she is the honorary baby feeder in the house as he laughs and eats so well when she feeds him but he is kinda half-hearted about it for me and dh. He eats everything except cheese and the like, though I have been adding milk (raw!) to the kids' cereal in the am and haven't noticed any problems. He refuses a bottle which is a major pain! Getting away to work or any other kind of babysitting is really nerve-wracking cause he is still iffy on whether he'll eat solids or not, and he hasn't really clicked with the idea of sippy cup either.
Little man started crawling a couple of weeks ago and just moves across the house so fast! He started pulling himself up and has made it up a step or two of the stairs. I really really am hoping that he'll hang out in the crawling stage for a while as it's so good for right/left hemisphere connections and all that--I'm definitely not pushing the walking/standing, but he really loves to be vertical.
He says mom, momma, and dada, lala for sissy. I have noticed him kind of repeating word sounds but just mimicking. He uses his hands a lot and makes this little "come hither" sign, so I think we might start doing baby signing.
I swear he makes the pssss noise when he goes pee in his diaper! Though it sounds more like thsss--he goes peepee on the potty pretty much every time I set him on it--it's so cute! He holds his little penis and looks down and lets it go with this look on his face like he totally knows what he's doing. So I'm glad because we had tried offering EC potty opportunities when he was itsy bitsy and it just didn't really consistently happen, but now he goes and really enjoys sitting on his potty and looking at books, etc. No pressure, just fun and saving on diaper changes.
Sleep is a joke. 3 wakes is a good night, it's really more like 5 or 6---night is like one long nursing session with hour long sleep breaks. It's really horrible, lol. I'm just trying to deal. I don't think there's anything we can do differently as long as we're co-sleeping and nursing, so . . . ? One thing that I've noticed helps him sleep for longer is if I nurse him up really full but don't let him fall asleep on the boob (like nurse sitting up downstairs) then bring him up to bed in the dark and lay him down awake--he'll usually crawl around and play and talk to himself and pull my hair for about a half hour, but he'll eventually fall asleep on his own, and then he seems to sleep a longer stretch and wake less frequently that night. Though I can't always do this coz he'll cry for the boob and then fall asleep on it *shrug*
Anyways, love and happy restful sleep to all of you!