Caleb participated in his first research study yesterday. He worked so hard he took an almost two hour nap when we were done. Belly crawling is hard work yo!
Holy wow! I’ve given up on monthly pictures. Instead, the new goal is to pull out the good camera a few times a months and call it a day. We take so many pictures, I’m not worried I’m missing anything. I also coming to terms that every other month is a better schedule for updates.
Caleb turned six months while we were in DC. On that day he started sitting with minimal support. Month six was all about rolling. Caleb was mobile and could get around a room. He started playing with his toys. It was fun to see what he decided he liked. The toys are mostly from Simon and his favorites are not the same that Simon liked. Caleb loves the play mat (Simon never used it).
We borrowed a bouncer, Caleb likes it and it’s good for a few minutes here and there, and a great place for containment when needed, but the same love Simon had for bouncing isn’t there. Or maybe I’m not remembering things clearly.
The first week of September, just before the seven month mark, Caleb started sitting unsupported for more than 30 seconds at a time and doing a legit army crawl. He’s rocking and can almost get hes legs under him. He can get to different rooms now. So big!
We started giving him bites of food. He likes it. His grasp is still very careful, but he’s getting food to his mouth. Chicken is a big favorite. My version of baby led weaning is give him whatever we are eating and some mum-mum crackers. If I have pouches on hand he likes those too. We are still breastfeeding and it’s good. I plan to go around 2 years again unless something changes. Right now we are in the can’t eat when I’m distracted phase, which mostly means I need to nurse in a dark room. I can get away with reading on my phone if I hold it our of his view and don’t breath too hard. It will pass. I don’t really keep track, but I think we are nursing about 6 times a day and once or twice overnight. He’s tall and skinny just like Simon and I am not going to allow myself to get crazy about his weight or eating habits.
Sleep is fine. We moved Caleb to the bottom bunk, which deserves a post of it’s own. Sharing a room hasn’t been a problem so far. Caleb is mostly waking once a night to eat. Occasionally he’ll sleep all the way through 8-7ish and occasionally we have an up every hour and I think I’m going to die night. Those days require lots of coffee. But mostly it’s good and Caleb wakes up happy. (Simon on the other hand usually wakes up in a whiny rage of I need all the things right now!!!!!)
The biggest change has been Caleb going to daycare three-and-a-half days a week. It’s great for me to be able to actually work. The pumping stinks, but I knew that would happen. Supply is fine, I get enough, I just really hate it… The first day of school they called Caleb Mr. Sunshine. He’s a happy kid. It’s stressing him a little and he’s not napping so great, but he’ll adjust. Even by the end of the first week he was back to one long nap.
Six month stats: 14 lbs. 6 oz, 27 inches.
Upon being told he was going to the big kid room for Sunday school to learn about God instead of the baby nursery Simon said: God is not my friend! I only want Miss Mariana! (teacher in baby room & our sitter)
After Sunday school I asked him the first question of the Shorter Catechism, which is our Sunday school curriculum and what they talked about.
Me: Simon, who made you?
Simon: stares at me.
Me: Simon, did God make you?
Simon: No, I made me all myself!
Clearly Sunday school is needed and we have some work to do.
Simon is also at an age where he is starting to understand his body and parts and what parts other people have and the comments and questions that come with that.
While I was in the bathroom, I wanted Simon to come use it when I was done so we could go out.
Me: Simon, I need you to come here to the bathroom.
Simon: No mama, you can point your penis down all yourself.
While sitting on the couch with Rob, both in pajamas.
Simon reaches over and grabs: Is that your penis Daddy?
Simon: I like it.
This morning while playing in diapers and Caleb fussing.
Simon: Mama I need you to put milk on my nipples, so I can give Caleb boo boos. He wants me to feed him. Come help me hold him mama.
Also, I bought pants in a size 6 this weekend. Still 10-12 pounds to lose, but only one more size until my old clothes fit!
If I can keep it up I might actually finish blogging about our summer before it’s officially fall.
For Rob’s birthday we got an Amazon Local deal to a Staten Island Yankees game. We packed up and took the subway to the ferry to get to the game. Minor League games are a ton of fun and really family friendly.
With the exception of the woman in front of us who really did not like having to share her air with our children (the rest of her group thought it was awesome that Simon was so into cheering and the 3-year-old version of trash talking). We made it through the 7th inning stretch, which was my goal, and longer than I though they’d last. The food coupons with our deal helped. And meeting the mascot. At first Simon was scared of the Holy Cow. Then the second time really excited.
To finish up our summer travels we took a road trip. Because we are crazy and wanted to visit my Dad we rented a car and packed up our potty training older boy (in his underwear) and the baby and drove the what could be a 7 hour trip in 10 hours. Buying kid sized headphones was a great $10 investment.
But to make it extra fun my Emily and Scott drove up too, so we had some sibling time. We drove all day on Friday and Monday so had a full weekend to play. We took a 12 mile bike ride through Cuyahoga National Park, ate some lunch and did some shopping at the end, then took the Cuyahoga Scenic Train home. No one quite realized that when we said everything takes longer with kids that we meant it. And there was a faulty bike chain, so we had to detour to fix my bike in addition to the bathroom breaks, meltdown and snack breaks, and the Simon fell asleep in his chair so we need to transfer him to the trailer with Caleb but that wakes him up and he screams break. And some nursing breaks. I think Dad planned that the ride would be about 2 hours. It took us 4. But since we got to lunch so late, we missed the afternoon train which left us time for some shopping while we waited. I got a new purse, so winning.
Sunday we went to the farm, which is owned by Marilyn’s friends. Dad does a lot of work mowing and trimming trees. Simon got to ride the tractor, which he thought was too loud. And the golf cart, which he got to steer. We picked some blackberries and then headed home.
Emily and Scott left after lunch and the rest of us went to the county fair. It’s been YEARS since I’ve been to a good county fair. We started out watching rough trucks. Simon liked watching the trucks break their wheels. Then we got some snacks and went to the midway. We bought Simon a wristband and some tickets for adult ride alongs. Simon loved the BIG slide. I screamed a lot. He also went down with Marilyn and Rob. He was crazy to ride the Ferris Wheel, until we got there and decided no way. So Rob and I rode together. That was fun. Simon spent the rest of the time in the kiddie area. I was so proud of him for riding the Dragon Roller Coaster. And after the first time, he rode again and again. I love watching him be so happy. We finished off the night with a carousel ride – where Simon told me to go stand over there and watch, but he was too little to be on alone.
Simon and Dad slept in the tent one night. And we made s’mores in the fire pit.
It was nice to spend time with my Dad at his house for a change.