Anyway, we had a decent month, not great and not terrible, with some great moments and not so great ones. That about sums up life though, doesn’t it?
(Sorry this update is especially rambling, I guess I know that these monthly updates are going to end soon so I want to get in as much information and detail as possible, I’ll appreciate it later in life I’m sure!)
*Stats: Weight: about 20lbs, though he feels much bulkier and heavier than before. I told Dan that he’s kind of chubby in the face now, lol. Height: unsure, probably nearing 30 inches at least (he’s not that much shorter than his pal Eli who is 2 months older, I think he’s going to be tall like his father). Wearing 6-12 months pants, 6-12 and 12 months PJs (he still has some 6 month PJs that he wears, but they are getting too small, I’ll be putting them away really soon), and a variety of shirts, mostly 6-12 months, but I pulled out several 12-18 months onesies and shirts today which fit him fine. Incredibly he still fits into his small diapers, even though they’re getting a bit tighter every month. I still have a few snaps I could loosen them to though so he’ll be wearing them into his 1st birthday for sure. He has a very small waist and bum, what can I say!
*Sleep this month has been a bit scattered, and we’ve (well, I’ve) gotten into a bad habit of bringing Victor into bed with us for up to half the night, which isn’t good for any of us because the bed is way too small and Victor is way too wiggly for a decent night’s sleep. He’s been waking up about once a night, and he has also gotten into a bad habit of falling asleep in our arms and then waking as soon as you try to put him down (both at night and at nap times). So that has made for some frustrating nights, and for the first time, some ‘crying it out’ sessions. I’ve never done it before, but I figure at this age he really doesn’t need anything from us at night-he doesn’t eat, he doesn’t need to be changed, if he wakes up I hold him until he falls back asleep, but then if he wakes back up because I put him down, well…he’s going to have to get over it. And he has, each crying ‘session’ has been shorter and shorter (the longest was only 15 mins, but it was a rough 15 mins!), to the point now where if I put him down and he wakes up, he knows that I’m not coming back and gets himself to sleep just fine. I do feel bad when I have to do it but at the same time if I hear that he’s crying more than usual I will go in and comfort him, but in most cases he’s just trying to get back in my arms and once he realizes that’s not going happen, he goes down by himself. He’s been going to bed earlier this past month, around 7:30pm, and has been waking at around 8:00am. He still has his morning nap about 90% of the time, and a late afternoon nap around 60% of the time.
*As far as favourites this month, I’m happy to say that it has been books all the way. All of a sudden Victor has been loving books. He got some new ones for Christmas and they quickly became his new favourites (one about colours and another about a dog named Spot). He loves books that have flaps that he can lift up or board books with pages that he can easily turn. We keep his books near his toys and he always goes for them first, which is great. I try to read to him whenever he seems interested, but a lot of times he’s more interested in looking at the pictures and turning the pages, rather than listening to the words, which is ok, I know the interest will come soon. Other favourite toys include anything that makes noise (his Buzz Lightyear ride-on and little ‘singing’ ball in particular), his ring game and his pop-up toy. His favourite non-toy? Light switches.
*This month I’ve also noticed that Victor is becoming interested in not only taking things apart, but putting them back together. Putting blocks in the basket after taking them out, pulling his rings off and then putting them back on, putting lids on jars, he likes doing these things more and more. It’s really amazing to see his mind work with these ‘games’. He has also learned some new ‘tricks’, including putting his hand up to his eyes to play ‘peek a boo’ (he also puts his hand over our eyes to indicate he wants to play), hiding behind the sofa ledge and popping back up (another version of peek a boo), playing hide and seek type games (I’ll run into another room and hide behind the wall and he’ll come after me until he finds me and I say ‘boo!’), and playing telephone (he knows to put the telephone up to his ear and puts it to ours as well). He also squeezes his hand together (I think it’s the baby sign language sign for milk), but we haven’t quite found a pattern as to when or why he does it (we think it might be when he likes something). He hasn’t learned to clap yet but we’re trying, he knows how to grab our hands to make us clap but hasn’t figured out how to do it himself. Regardless, he’s learning new things everyday and it’s been really fun to experience.