Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Luke - 8 months

Luke at 8 months old!

-hallelujah! i've found the secret to get him to consistently nap longer than 30-40 minutes!  he now naps in our pitch black bathroom, with the vent going as white noise, in the rock and play.  i think just the fact that it's absolutely pitch black is what does it.  i've always used some kind of white noise when my kids sleep and he's napped in the rock and play in our room before.  but when he does wake after that first sleep cycle at 30-40 min he's able to stay/get back to sleep quickly because it's so dark instead of waking up still tired.  now, most of the time, he will take 1-2 hour naps at home!
-still wearing 9 month clothes but can fit into a lot of 12 months and already in 12 month pjs.
-still sooo not interested in real foods, pureed or not.
-still nurses twice a night but in the last week or so he randomly did two nights of an 8 hour stretch between feedings which has never happened! wasn't asleep those whole 8 hours and still woke up at the time he'd normally nurse but i just gave him his paci a couple times and he kept on sleeping!  just hoping that means longer stretches are soon to come more often! cause it's about dang time.
-started inch worming to reach something if he really wants it.  but still happily getting around every where by rolling and spinning around on his belly.
-starting to 'get into things'.  he'll try real hard to reach up onto something to pull things down or into something to get what he wants.
-has his two bottom teeth and one, i think almost two, top teeth!
-definitely knows my voice and can see me from a mile away.  he'll protest if he wants me or if i walk away.  a little unsure of strangers and once he sees me again starts the little saddest cry like why did you just leave me?! or just busts out the biggest smiles you ever did see.
-still takes three naps. since his awake time is two hours he has a short evening one to get him until bedtime.
-up around 7am. naps about 9am, 12:30/1pm, 4/5pm. in bed about 7/8pm.
-nurses about every 3-3 1/2 hours during the day.  and anywhere from 4-5 at night.
-not sitting up on his own for more than a couple seconds.
-so very ticklish and giggly.
-quinn was never this way so i'm not sure if it's just him or a lot of babies are like this but he loooves to feel different textures.  so interested in them and just rubbing and feeling and patting them.  he'll make his way over to the kitchen floor (our super fancy apartment linoleum)  from the carpet as often as he can just to pat and rub the hard floor and then put his hand back to the carpet to feel the difference.  he isn't so much a fan of the bumbo for very long which is fine cause it's not the best for their development but instead of playing with toys in it he just rubs his hands all over it to feel it... and then almost falls out trying to reach back to the carpet.
-gets distracted from nursing so easily now.  wants to know what every little sound/footstep/person is.  and if it's quinn i swear he can hear her from a mile away!  she really loves to take advantage of this and starts being so sweet to him saying "hiii luke!" in the sweetest voice to get him all excited JUST because she knows i'm trying to feed him when i really want her to just go away haha!

(i know, i reeeally need to be taking these pictures at a different time of day so the lightening won't be so horrible!! but with three naps a day the time he is actually awake i never seem to remember and get too busy doing other things, or we're not home, or playing outside with the kids!  i'll try harder to remember next time!)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Luke - 7 months

Luke at 7 months old!

-a bottom tooth has popped through!  he was the maddest, saddest little thing.
-he laughs, and loves when i play peek-a-boo with him.
-totally not a fan of purees.  but i gave him some real chunks of banana just smashed with my fingers and he gobbled it up!  only to barf it up about 4 hours later that night in his sleep. dang it!
-wearing nine month clothing.
-still as cuddly and smiley as ever.
-still so good at taking short naps.
-still nursing twice a night.
-makes more sounds now like 'ba' and 'da' and is more verbal, especially when he is tired.
-likes to make little raspberry/fast blowing sounds with his lips.
-loves his exersaucer.
-still just rolling around and chewing on things like crazy.
-such a flirt.
-will NOT take a bottle :( but nurses fast!
-a usual routine for him:

-up around 6/7am, nurse around 6:30/7:30.
-down for morning nap between 8:30-9 (this is why most days when we leave the house for a Quinn activity i am out the door just before 9am so he can get a chance for a good nap in the stroller where ever we are and we aren't having to leave in the middle of his nap or after he's way too tired.) and
(since he takes 30-45 min naps not all days are consistent with his last couple naps.  but sometimes he can get back to sleep after that waking, and get a real nap.  his awake span is about two hours depending on how well he napped the time before.)  
-nurse around 10:30/11.  
-down for second nap, depending on how long his first was, anywhere from 11:30-1:30pm. 
-nurse around 2/3pm and either back down to finish his short afternoon nap, (making for 4 naps) or doesn't nap again until an evening one anywhere from 4-5:30. 
-nursing around 5/6 and in bed for the night between 6:45-7:30 depending on when his last nap fell.
-wakes only to nurse around 10/11pm and right back to sleep.  and again anywhere from 2-4am. a lot of nights he will wake up randomly in between those night feedings just to cry for a second and i'll have to give him his paci.  needless to say, those are the mornings i. am. so. tired.