This picture is such a perfect representation of this little boy. Spit covered shirt (I’ve honestly never met a spitty-er child), Lord knows what type of food all over his pants (my guess is banana), and the biggest, most charming smile I’ve ever seen! Sometimes I wonder if my thoughts reflecting back on every month forever will begin with “well that was fun, but it was also really hard” because it sure has been true every month thus far. My guess is yes, so maybe I spare you from that some day but that day is not today because WHOA GUYS. Last month was magical but it also kicked. my. butt. This motherhood thing is no joke. Am I going to doubt and question every decision we ever make for the rest of his life? Don’t answer that.
Here’s what you were up to this month:
+ You started crawling and pulling up confidently. You will stand for a few seconds on your own but always sit down right away once you realize what you are doing. I’m perfectly ok if you want to wait a looong time before you start walking. I can barely keep up with you now!
+ We had a tough time at night towards the beginning of the month with the eight month sleep regression and Leap 6 happening at the same time. It was the first time you woke up 3-4 times a night on your own in your life! But we made it through and you are going to bed around 6:30, waking up for a bottle around 4:30, then sleeping again until 6:30.
+ You sign “more” basically the whole time you are eating (but you are stubborn with it some times), you wave “hi,” and clap your hands when we say “Yaaaay!”
+ You also say “Hi!” when the phone rings, when you see new people, and almost every time you are prompted. Everything else is Dada. You say dadadada all. day. long. You can say Mama but reserve that only for when you are really frustrated with me.
+ Every Wednesday morning is “Mimi Morning” and you go hang with you Mimi for several hours while I power through some work. You love all the fun places she takes you, she loves spending time with you regularly, and it’s crazy what I can get done in just a few hours of uninterrupted work.
+ Story time at the library has quickly become one of your favorite things to do. This week we were the first ones there and you crawled over to every single person as they came in the door to greet them. For a boy who couldn’t ever be happily away from me just (what seems like) a few weeks ago, this makes me so happy to see. Also, Melt. My. Heart.
+ We’ve had uncharacteristically nice weather lately so we’ve gone to the park (you loved swinging so much), and the zoo, and many walks. You love being outside doing stuff just like your Momma.
+ This book is your favorite. We read it every time you wake up and every time you go to sleep. Plus 87 other times a day. You are also all boy and love trucks and balls (and wrestling. Insert eye-roll here).
+ You have four teeth (two top, two bottom) and eat all the things. I have to puree your veggies because you won’t eat those whole off your tray yet, but everything else is fair game. You take about six, four oz. bottles a day and have lots of other “real” food throughout the day.
+ Our breastfeeding journey ended (see above regarding teeth) and oh man, this was so hard on us. We tried to power on for two weeks of utterly painful nursing sessions but in the end had to accept that stopping for good was best for both of us. Maybe I’ll write more on this another time because it really took me by surprise and hit me hard after having zero issues with nursing from day one but it’s a little too tender of a subject for me at the moment.
+ Dad was gone for a couple of weeks this month and you recognized him on Facetime for the first time! Then, when he got home you heard his voice at the door and crawled to him as fast as you could from another room. We were both a puddle of tears. It was the sweetest moment of a hard month.
As hard as this month has been, Nathan and I looked at each other last night and talked about how amazing it is to watch him grow, and how we can’t wait to do it again with another baby! We cray.