Thursday, November 29, 2012

Twenty Four Weeks

Max has been a happy and healthy boy this week! We've noticed that he has so much more personality lately, and it's definitely because he's feeling better. He's talking (baby talk, but still) more, he's always smiling, and he's moving around a lot. It's great to see him like this. Don't get me wrong, he has a great temperament even when he's not feeling well. He just takes it up a notch when he's feeling well.

He's getting better with the hiding games, or the start to peek-a-boo. While I'm holding Max, his daddy likes to jump from one side of me to the other and get him to laugh. Max loves it! He giggles and kicks, and of course his little squeal. When Sean disappears behind my back, Max will look to the side that he knows daddy will appear from. It's hysterical. It's so cute watching them play. Sometimes Sean will actually run from one room to the other to do this, running around the interior of the house to appear from a different room. Max doesn't love that one as much (probably because he doesn't have that much patience yet, being a baby and all), but he still giggles for daddy.

When he's laying in his Pack and Play, I will hide under the edge and talk to him. He starts breathing fast and getting all excited, and then I'll pop over the edge and say "peek-a-boo" and he giggles so hard. His belly laughs are the best. Sometimes he doesn't want to lay on the changing table. I'll put a shirt or burp cloth over his face and say "Where is Max?!" and he'll pull it off and look at me with a huge smile. I'll say "peek-a-boo" and he giggles all over again. This trick is quite handy when trying to change the diaper of an energetic gremlin who just does not want to lay down. Now he's actually putting cloth over his face and pulling it off to make that face. He loves it AND he's a quick learner. (Note: This also means we have to be careful about blankets and other cloth when he's playing or sleeping.)

Our little monster is officially rolling! He has been rolling from back to front for months. He started rolling front to back recently, and now he can do a full roll. He gets SO proud of himself when he does it! When he rolls from his back to his belly, he'll prop himself up on his arms and look up at you with a huge grin. We'll give him praise for doing a good job, and he'll giggle.

We usually let him hang out in the bouncy seat while we are cooking or doing dishes. He can play with his toys (aka eat them) while we talk or sing to him. Now that he's getting so much better at sitting up, we have started him in the high chair. He loves being able to sit up in that thing! We put some of his toys on the tray, and he plays and plays. Of course he will throw something on the floor every couple of minutes, but that's what babies do. Sometimes I think he does it so we'll come over and kiss him when we hand the toy back to him.

Oh! An update from a couple of weeks ago! This past weekend, my mother-in-law gave me a portable light to put in the back seat for Max. I used it today driving home from daycare (dark out) and he was content the whole time! He just played with his toys back there, and didn't fuss at all. What a life saver! Thanks again, Jane!

Dixie reaching up for Max to rub her head

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Twenty Three Weeks

The cold is finally gone!! He is a healthy boy again! We hated seeing him sick, so we are very relieved that he is all better.

This past week has been all about Dixie. That's our cat. She's known to be a mean cat, but not to Sean and I. She usually keeps to herself, and wants a little love once in a while. I honestly wasn't worried about having a baby with her in the house.

He's been staring at her lately, which you probably read last week. But Friday he actually pet her for the first time! He and I were hanging out in the front yard. I was helping him stand on the ground, and she walked up to him. Max put his arms out, and she rubbed herself into his hands. Then she walked back and forth, so his hands were petting her as she passed. He was kicking his legs and getting all excited!!

Every day since, they have had some play time. They're becoming fast friends! I'm excited to watch this develop.

(Sorry for the dark photos)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Twenty Two Weeks

Well this little monster is as happy as can be. He's in a great mood 90% of the time, even with a cold. This week he started to roll off of the couch, so that he could hang upside down. He climbs all over us like we're a jungle gym, so that he can roll off of us, pillows, the couch, etc. He likes doing back bends. We of course taught him to go upside down, by dangling him and playing with him. He just loves it. Seeing everything upside down must be very exciting when you're just learning about the world, right? So I let him do it until his face starts turning red, and then I distract him while I hold him upright. Crazy little monkey.

Max, hanging over the edge of the couch
He's been sleeping better at night, which has been great. Keeping him in his rock and play, at a slight angle, is great for his cough. The cool mist humidifier also helps, and he loves to stare at it. It's a big green frog. He talks to the frog sometimes in the morning, it's adorable! He hates having his nose suctioned, he hates having it wiped, and he definitely hates saline drops. I can't blame him for any of these things. I would feel exactly the same way.

He loves his baths. Now he will reach for the sink if he's in the kitchen and sees the water coming out of the faucet. He's always wanting to dive into the water.

Max and Dixie are becoming friendly! Last week he started to watch her as she walked by, or moved around on the bed during story time. Now he looks for her when he hears her bell, and closely watches her move around the room. He's captivated by her. She sat with him on his play mat Friday, and watched him play for a while (until he was too noisy for her). It was awesome to watch.

Dixie watching Max play with his Kick and Play (his favorite thing to do!) Fisher-Price Discover 'N Grow Kick And Play Piano Gym (Google Affiliate Ad)

This week we've had something new happen. Max HATES being in the dark in the car. When I pick him up from daycare, he wants the interior light on. For the whole ride. Poor little guy, he's curious and wants to see stuff. I have to figure out a way to get him some light back there, because the light we have in his mirror just isn't sufficient.

His favorite song is the alphabet. It has been his favorite for a few weeks. I've tried a few other songs, and he doesn't react the same way. He doesn't like the whole song though, just the letters part. Once you get to, "Now I know my ABC's" he gets mad and cries at you. You have to go from Z back to A, immediately. It's pretty cute. I love that he knows the difference.

Another song that he likes, but not as much, is our own version of the "I'm a Little Teapot" classic. Here are our lyrics though:
I'm a little baby, short and stout.
Here is my diaper, here is my mouth.
When I'm tired and hungry,
Hear me shout "wah!" (I add a little whine to make him smile)
Tip me over and feed my mouth!

He loves the end, I always tip him a little when I say it. He gets a big smile and kicks his legs. Happy boy.

Here is Max, looking startled when mommy gives him a kiss

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Twenty One Weeks

I'm not sure why this didn't post on November 8th, but we can try this again. The blogger app may have had an issue that day. 

Our little monkey still has a cold. He now has a pretty bad cough, and the doctor said it's completely normal. Having to be sick is no fun for him, and he is adjusting to these new coughs. The doctor told us that we can expect him to have one cold per month this winter, because he is in daycare. He said that the colds will usually last a week. Let's hope this one passes quickly! 

It seems that he knows his name now! Sean will say "Max!" and he will turn right around and smile. He responds to his name more than "hey" or other words, that's why we think he knows his name. 

He's getting a lot better at sitting up, and he's much more sturdy now. He is also getting more sturdy with standing, he still only does that for a few seconds at a time though. 

This week we retired his baby tub, which we had been using on the kitchen counter. He's now taking his baths in the sink, sitting in a bath seat. He loves it! He's in more of a seated position, and I let the water shower over him for the whole bath. He loves playing with his hands in the water as it's falling, and he loves having it aimed as his belly so that he can reach it. We still "listen to Franky" (Frank Sinatra) during his baths, it's nice and calming. It's a lot easier to give him baths this way, much less cleanup. It's a win-win for all of us! 

This week my back has officially started hurting. I figured it would happen eventually, with the weight restrictions I have when it comes to lifting, but I wish it didn't happen so soon. Picking up the little boy hurts a lot, and I'm having trouble walking. Each day it's been bad, but not getting worse. That may be a good thing. I can deal with the pain, I'm just nervous that it will get worse as he gets heavier. Which logically will happen. 

Here's a picture of our little sleeping monster. 

Five Months

Wow! Five months!!

Our little monster is getting so big! I can't believe that he's almost half of a year old! Last week he weighed in at 18 pounds 15 ounces! Almost 19 pounds already. Big boy. He still has that cold, but he's a happy and handsome little boy.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Twenty Weeks

This has been a great week. Our little buddy is feeling a lot better! He doesn't alway love his medicine, but it is helping and he's a much happier boy.

We don't know if it's due to his medicine kicking in (it probably is), but Max is back to sleeping five to six hours straight at night. The four month wakeful period may just be ending though :) he's slept better since Saturday. He was waking up every couple of hours for weeks, and we know he didn't have the ear infection at that time (4 month check up with doctor would have caught it). Either way, he's sleeping longer spells again.

He's getting even more strong! Last week he could sit up for a few seconds on his own. Now it's even longer. When he gets tired, he leans forward on his arms. He loves it, and loves to just sit and look around.

He's standing!!! He loves standing up. Now I am just holding his fingers to hold him steady. When he stands up, he gets the biggest smile and be looks oh so proud of himself. It's freaking adorable!!

He's been rolling from back to belly for a couple of months, but he always got stuck once he got on his belly. He's definitely trying to roll off of his belly now. He's also on his way to crawling. He gets his butt up in the air, and is on his knees. He is just working on the arms now. He's getting there!!

A couple of my sisters and I went toget our kids' pictures taken together. Costumes included. Super cute. Can't wait for the prints. Max fell asleep waiting for our turn, and here is a picture of my sleeping baby. He woke up a little bit for the pictures, but he was still too sleepy to sit up. Poor little boy, waking him up like a mean mommy!

He got dressed up for Halloween and helped hand out candy. Here are a couple of pictures for you to enjoy. One with mommy, and one with daddy. He was definitely the cutest raccoon I've ever seen!