Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Walker 7 month update

And its only 4 days late....shut the front door.  I'm on top of it today people.  To be honest, its nap time and I really want to color in my super cool grown up coloring books but I told myself I couldn't color until I finished this blog post.  More on grown up coloring in a future post.

Walker is 7 months old!  Seriously?!?!  Time is going by too fast with this kid.  Lots of milestones over the last month and he is becoming his own little person.


I'm guessing he's near the 18 lb mark but I haven't weighed him and I swore that when we got him up the other morning he was taller.  He's been eating a lot of solids so I think that has helped him start filling out though he is still skinny compared to Sawyer who had a couple pounds on him by this point.  We have started using size 4 night time diapers on him to prevent leak outs.  And now that he's on solids he gets the stinky poop - blech.

Developmental Milestons
When I took Walker in for his 6 month check I was a little concerned that he wasn't sitting up on his own yet (because Sawyer was at that point) but she said not to worry - he was plenty strong and would sit when he wanted.  Then my mom came out to help while Andrew was out of town and he was sitting by the time she left.  In a way this makes life a little easier because you can sit him down with a bunch of toys and he will stay entertained for a while (and he doesn't move!).  He can go from sitting to being on his tummy but then gets stuck there.  He's really good at getting his wubby into his mouth on his own which is helpful in his crib when he wakes up at night.

Walker has gotten the hang of solids now and is downing almost everything we give him.  He also really likes baby mum mums and the puffs.  He gets a little frustrated with the puffs because he will grab them in his fist but can't coordinate to open his fist to get them in his mouth.  The dog ends up eating more puff than he does but it keeps him entertained while we eat dinner.  He still prefers his milk direct from the source but we've switched to a faster flow nipple and he seems to tolerate that a little better though still will protest.

I think sleeping has gotten a little better.  He's pretty consistent on the times he wakes up - if I go in to feed him its about 20 minutes to eat and put him back down.  But I don't think he needs those middle of the night feedings - Andrew has tried a couple times to give him a bottle and he will protest (loudly I might add) and eventually just go back to sleep.  We should probably try sleep training here soon but I'm not quite sure we are all ready for it just yet.  I'd like to know he can roll and move enough to get himself comfortable in the crib before we start and we are really working on establishing the schedule now so that may also help.

Likes and Dislikes
Walker likes watching whatever is going on around him.  As long as he is in the middle of the action he's pretty content.  We constantly get comments on how happy and smiley he is and he really is a good natured kid.  He protests when he's tired or hungry.  He's becoming more aware of the dog (much to Charlie's chagrin) and is liking trying new foods.  He likes being in the car and the stroller and he likes to bounce whether in your lap or in his jumperoo.  He also likes bathtime so I think he will end up loving the water like Sawyer does.

Speaking of Sawyer, I'm hoping to give you all an update on him as well.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Walker 5/6 month update

I figured I should get this written before he turns 7 months old (in 4 days).  Seriously - so behind the ball on updates for this kid.  Its a good thing he's pretty laid back

At his 6 month check, Walker weight 17 lbs, 8 oz (50th percentile), was 26th 3/4 inches long (50th percentile) and his head measured at 16 3/4 inches (25th percentile).  We have moved up to size 3 diapers now and are in 6-9 month clothes. 

Developmental Milestones
Lots of laughs and giggles from this kid and he LOVES to stick his tongue out.  We are working on sitting and rolling over back to tummy though haven't mastered them yet.  Everything goes in the mouth but no teeth have made their appearance yet.  We have some babbling (ba ba ba) and he is able to get his pacifier in his mouth by himself.

Walker continues to prefer his milk straight from the source.  He is doing okay with the bottle but has days when he will only eat 4oz all day when I'm at work and then nurse for 15 minutes when I get home.  We started solids but he hasn't been too into it just yet - his first bite of sweet potato he looked at me like I was crazy.  He seems to like purees with bananas thought.

Well, the kid can't be perfect.  He slept great until about 4 1/2 months.  Then we hit the 4 month sleep regression and its been variable ever since.  He's usually up 2-3 times a night to eat (fortunately it usually only takes 20 minutes to feed him and get him back to sleep).  He's had nights that have been worse when his teeth seemed to bother him or when he had a cold.  We've weaned out of the swaddle and started sleeping him on his tummy and he does much better with that. He's starting to get on a bit of a schedule though its much harder to establish something super strict when we are always on the run with big brother.

Likes and Dislikes
Walker loves his wubby, his big brother, his jumperoo, his tongue and his feet.   He also likes being naked and bath time.  He does not like his nose being wiped or if you leave him when he is clearly ready to eat or sleep.  In general he is a happy kid and we get lots of comments on how smiley and content he is.  He's pretty fun to have around and as long as he's in the middle of the action he doesn't protest much.

We love our family of four!  Sawyer is a great big brother and enjoys helping - he often brings Walker toys or his blanket and likes to give him kisses.  I have a feeling this affection may quickly change once Walker is mobile and starts getting into his stuff. 

I still can't believe he's already 6 months old!  Is it bad if I put a brick on his head to keep him from getting bigger?