I was out of town for a few days, so I have lot to catch up on
Dov has gotten VERY into mealtime. If he's lying on the floor or in his stroller while we eat he watches every spoonful from plate to mouth, and if he's on my lap, he tries to grab each one. I snack a lot on sunflower seeds, and whenever he sees the bag he tries to grab it into his mouth. He was also grabbing my cup for a while, so I started to let him try to drink from it, and he does a pretty good job. Only water, of course! So we bought him some sippy cups and likes to hold them and suck from them while we eat. He doesn't get much liquid, but it's better that way. He is also picking up small things, and he sits pretty much independently, so we're just waiting for the six month mark before giving him solids. We plan to just put chopped vegetables in front of him, but I have little doubt he will eat as soon as we give him the chance!
For clothing, I have one rule: CHEAP. So Dov wears some pieces from when I and my siblings were little, and lots of hand-me-downs from neighbors. I vastly prefer the one piece outfits, but I like overalls too -- I draw the line at miniature suit-type things. He's only about 17, maybe 18 pounds, but the 12 month footed outfits are getting to be too short already, and I don't feel like moving him up to 18 months yet, so we're transitioning to socks and pants.
TwoGreenCars -- yes, I did notice that Dov will follow a conversation, but only when he has nothing better to do -- no toys or new accessories on my clothing
. What I find the funniest is how he knows when we're talking about him -- or at least, when we're imitating him. I was holding him on my lap and telling a cousin about how he likes to blow raspberries, and I made the noise he usually makes. Immediately, his head shot around to look at me. Also when I imitate his babbling, no matter what he's doing or who he's looking at, his head shoots around.
And my favorite new activity: he's started to try kissing. He does two different things that I think are kissing. Sometimes, when I kiss him on the cheek, he'll turn around, grab my face, and put his open mouth on my cheek for a moment. Then he'll go back to whatever he's doing (pulling my hair, drinking from his cup, etc.). The other thing is he's been practicing smacking his lips, but he tends to do it in response to people giving him loud repeated kisses, so I think he's trying to get the same effect. They're both very cute, and I think he just hasn't figured out that the two are supposed to be the same thing -- he doesn't get to give suction when he's kissing my cheek, and he doesn't get to do the lip-smacking thing against someone's face. But he'll get there eventually.
ANYWAY. That was long. Jchizever, I'm sorry I didn't respond. I usually don't if I don't have personal input, and I didn't. Please stick with us anyway....
Oh, and for other important milestones, and related to rolling: DS rolled off the bed for the first time
. Happily, it was onto a pile of clothing on a carpeted floor, but now we know he can go front to back again so we have to be much more careful.
And a sad thing. My mother has been complaining lately about how DS doesn't get to exercise his lungs because we don't let him cry. Well this weekend, he got prime lung exercise. We were staying with friends, and everyone was out. DS was asleep on our bed in the basement, and I left the door open so I would hear him when he woke up. I was putting their boys to sleep, reading books, fixing snacks, etc., until I happened to walk past the basement door and realized that not only was it closed, but DS must have been screaming for ten minutes!