Posted by Mandy | Posted in baby boy, challenges, life as mommy, weather | Posted on 08-03-2012
This is where they go now, all the time:
He’s been playing with his feet for quite a while, but silly me thought there’s no way he’s going to bend them all the way to his mouth for a while yet. Cue my surprise when I gave the little bean a bath 3 days ago and he suddenly sticks his foot into his mouth in the tub, big grin on his face. Since then, he hasn’t really stopped. So now, we’re going back and forth between attempts to sit up that are accompanied by strained groans, back arching in an attempt to move himself (it actually works surprisingly well) and feet in mouth. Little guy just wants to DO stuff. He gets frustrated pretty quickly when he can’t do what he’s trying to do, so mom & dad have to help out here and there.
He grabs everything and puts it in his mouth. I know I’ve said this before, but he’s actually developing a much better grasp as the days go by, and his accuracy has increased tenfold. It’s pretty amazing to watch this process happen… I still remember when he would barely touch toys, and now he yanks absolutely everything.
I remember in one of my new mom meltdowns in mid-November, when Logan was about 2 weeks old, my mother told me that she thought the really hard times would be over by Christmas. I looked at her, tear-stained and snot-nosed, and replied: “That’s FOREVER away!”; then I resumed my meltdown. Christmas came and went, and while I was still getting adjusted around that time, my mom was indeed right. The hard times came and went and were over in what now feels like the blink of an eye.
It is now March and my little guy is a legit baby. Where did my newborn go? How much longer is he going to like cuddling with mommy? He barely ever falls asleep on me anymore, and while I rationally know that it’s a good thing he can soothe himself to sleep, I also can’t help missing it. I never thought I’d be one of those moms, but hey, motherhood gets the best of you.
Yesterday, I got him to laugh hysterically by shaking his bottle up and down while making a silly face. I think he enjoyed the anticipation of knowing that I was going to shake the bottle, but not knowing when I was going to do it. The word “diaper” still makes him laugh as well, and daddy taking him flying always soothes a crabby baby. That said, we did get really lucky. Logan is a relatively easy baby and doesn’t have many crying spells. We had a few rough weeks around the 2-month mark where he temporarily decided to have a witching hour, but it wasn’t even close to colic.
He did sleep through the night again this last night, so I’m hoping his 3am wake ups were only a growth spurt. He certainly did eat a lot these past days.
I’m really looking forward to the weather getting better and being able to be outside with him – going to parks, just hanging out in the sun… he might be able to sit up by himself within 2 months or so, and I think he’ll have a blast discovering the outside world by himself, instead of having to be attached to mommy. Meanwhile, mommy is going to have a blast taking pictures of him doing so, of course.