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Friday, March 29, 2013

9 Months

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20 lbs. 12 oz.
30 1/4" long
Wears 12 month clothes

WELL HE DID IT! Not that I was rushing him into it or anything, but it is a very exciting milestone for both him and Mommy and Daddy to experience and so I couldn't help but feel a certain amount of eager anticipation as I watched him getting closer and closer to the big event.

What am I talking about?

Why Reuben crawling of course!!!

I thought I wasn't going to be writing about it this month but at two days shy of turning 9 months old he took the giant leap tiny drag/creep forward and hasn't looked back.

He started out barely getting one knee forward and ended up sort of dragging the other one but less than a week later he's got the kinks worked out and is cruising along nicely. In my observations it seems like he is really digging this whole freedom-to-go-wherever-you-want-to thing but sometimes he forgets that he's capable of such activity now and will sit there and fuss before he remembers and then takes off! So far I've managed to stay one step ahead of him and pick up forbidden objects in his path but it won't be long now before I find him taking off even faster and discover him eating a bug or some other vile and/or disturbing item. He already tries to eat leaves and dirt when we're playing outside and my back is turned. No doubts there...he's all boy.

Its been amazing watching him in his progression towards crawling. Even though he's my second child and I've been through all of this before, I'm still in awe of how babies learn all the things they do in the time-span that they do. Just nine months to go from a helpless, immobile bundle to a crawling, (somewhat) independent infant. Its truly incredible.

Not only has he learned to crawl but he pulled himself to standing for the first time about a week and a half before he started crawling. I was sitting on the couch and he scooted over to me and worked his way up my legs till he was standing there staring at me and grinning. It took me several seconds to notice what he had done! I guess I'm used to kids tugging on my legs all the time...

A few other accomplishments from this past month:

He got his 4th and 5th teeth in. The 4th one was rough enough but then the 5th one decided to come in right after. At first it was just a tiny hole (it looked painful - poor baby) then it was a tooth and good thing too because he was extra clingy and was waking up every hour or less after being put to bed. One or two nights I think I had to go in there 4 or 5 times and help soothe him back to sleep.

Since he was 5 months old I've been teaching him the American Sign Language (ASL) sign for milk which is what we use to refer to "nursies" or nursing/breastfeeding in our house. I was getting him ready for bed one night and I signed and asked him if he wanted nursies before bed. He got all excited and signed it back to me! Of course that just made my day and I hugged and kissed him all over while jumping up and down and yelling to Andrew in the living room "HE DID IT! HE SIGNED NURSIES!!!" I think Andrew was wondering where his normal, sane wife had disappeared to. Oh, and of course Reuben hasn't signed it again since then. Figures.

And while we're on the subject of nursing, at just about 8 months he started doing the 'push and pull' while nursing. You nursing mothers out there must know what I'm talking about. You know that delightful sensation of them pulling out on your nipple while they're sucking and pushing into your shoulder with their hand at the same time? Well for those of you who have never had the joy...let me tell you it is quite painful. Especially when they're pushing and pulling so hard that they completely slide off of the boob. Its right at that moment that certain 4 letter words come to mind. My theory is that they do this because they've figured out that they can affect how fast the milk comes out and they want more...or something like that. Kind of like how a kitten nurses. Ever watched a kitten nurse? They do the same thing. They knead the mama cat with their paws and push and prod while they're nursing away. I'm just glad my little man doesn't have claws...

One Saturday morning at church he was sitting on the floor in the foyer and he heard music coming from the sanctuary and he started clapping away! Now he grins and claps when he hears music or when I say "yayyyyyyyy!!!" even when its not directed at him.

On another Saturday a week later Andrew, Reuben and I were laying bed having just woken from a wonderful 3 hour nap. Reuben was climbing all over me and babbling away having the time of his life. After a few minutes he decided to turn his attention towards Daddy who was laying there trying to hang on to the last remaining seconds of sleep. Reuben was having none of that and started climbing on him and saying "Dada." I wasn't sure if I had heard correctly so I asked him "where's Daddy?" and he looked at Andrew and said "Dadadadadadadadada"! I guess the coaching I've been doing with Reuben trying to get him to say "mama" first didn't work. :/

Tiny boy, I love you so much and I make sure to tell you that every single day. You are such a joy in my life and I love watching you grow and explore your world. Happy 9 months little man!

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

My Little Storyteller

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Lily's really into "reading" books out loud to anyone who will listen, or to no one in general some of the time. I managed to capture this little gem while we were out running errands yesterday. I captioned it so you can better understand what she is saying. I have no problem understanding 99% of what she says, but I used my cell phone to record her this time so I blame it for the poor sound quality. You may need to turn it up a bit too.

Monday, March 11, 2013

8 Months

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20 lbs. 8 oz.
Wears mostly 12 month clothes

I realize its actually been two weeks since Reuben turned 8 months but I've taken a bit of a break from the blog to get some much needed sleep...which hasn't really helped. I'm convinced that once you pop out a kid there's no going back to those nights of a full 8 hours of (uninterrupted) sleep. So here's to staying up late, perusing Pinterest and composing blog posts!

Well we're in full on Crawl Alert mode here in the Eroh household. This past month he's made great headway in the learning to crawl arena but he hasn't mastered the skill quite yet. He started out the month by learning to spin around while sitting. After a while he was doing rotations upon rotations. Sometimes he would just sit and spin. Its really quite cute to watch. Once he mastered that skill he went on to pushing himself around on the floor. I would set him down in one spot, walk into the other room and walk back in to find him halfway across the floor! Whether backwards or forwards he was determined to get to where he wanted to go. Then he graduated to trying to pull himself up on everything. Not even attempting to get to his hands and knees yet and he's already trying to climb things. My little overachiever. Then one late Saturday afternoon in early February he was sitting on the living room floor when he leaned out on his hands and put one leg in back with one still in front and got stuck that way. Lily helped him pull his leg out but he must have had a taste of something good because from there it wasn't too long before he was lunging forward on his hands and one knee, picking his butt up off the floor and attempting to get into the crawling stance. So far its just been a lot of lunging forward and then settling back down on his bum but I know one day he'll surprise us and take off. Then he'll be mobile. Hmmm, I really need to tidy this house...

This past month he also...

Sat in a swing at the park for the first time and loved it!

Started eating solid food just recently. Nothing too serious. Just a few fruits and veggies (and apparently rice) here and there. We take the whole thing kind of slow and easy. No reason to jump in head first and start feeding the kid 3 meals a day every day.

Got a new high chair. Now that he's eating solid food we thought it was a good idea if he had his own seat to sit in (Lily's old high chair was rendered unusable thanks to having to be stored out on the front porch [no storage anywhere in our house] and the Florida elements getting to it). Maybe him sitting in a high chair and eating real food now will give us a much needed boost to eat at the kitchen table for meals as a family.

Cries when we take things away from him. That includes the tiniest little pieces of paper he finds on the floor. Having a toddler (who loves to use her scissors to cut tiny pieces of paper) and a baby (who likes to eat them) is going to run me ragged. And keys. Specifically car keys. He's obsessed with them. The only way he will go into his car seat with no fussing is if I give him my keys when I put him in. But when I have to take them away so I can, you know drive, he very loudly tells me how he feels about that.

Fights the third nap so much that its pointless to even try any more. He's hated going down for anything more than two naps since he started taking regular naps. Good news though. His naps have been getting a bit longer up from 1 hr. 15 minutes to 1.5 hours. Even the very rare two.

Realized that he likes some people more than others. Close family he's ok with. Strange people that he doesn't know very well who want to hold him? Yeah, back off buddy cause that ship ain't sailing. He's starting to lean towards me with his arms sort of outstretched, sort of not, as if to say "rescue me Mommy!"

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