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I’ve been more than a slacker with this blog; I’ve been down right negligent. But, I’ve been really busy (as always) with Tucker, getting my parents house ready for sale, work, and job hunting. The blog has taken a back seat. But I did want to document Tucker’s 9 month birthday.

ImageI’m not going to write too much, because I’ve been writing all week for work and I’m tired of words. His nine-month well check is next Friday, and I’ll post a more detailed update then.

What Tucker’s been up to this month:

These are all 15 seconds or less… ENJOY!

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Hey Hey Baby

I haven’t posted a true Tucker update in a very long time. Mainly because life has been happening, as it does, and quickly. So this is going to be long, as it’s pretty much covering months 7 and 8.

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Every day is a new adventure, filled with ‘ah ha’ and ‘oh crap’ moments. It’s hard to believe that he’s already nearly been out in the world as long as he was inside me. Jason and I are still, to this day like, “Holy crap, we have a baby!”

So here’s the lo-down on THe little man:

Likes/Loves:

I feel like I could put ‘everything’ here, and it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch.

  • Solids: So far, he’s experienced orange and white sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, broccoli, peas, and avocado; as well as bananas, peaches, blueberries, and apples. He’s also getting some sort of cereal (Multigrain or Oatmeal so far, but we also have Whole Wheat in the pantry) and yogurt nearly every day. I’m still chicken to give him the turnips I prepped a while back. We’re still introducing new things to him every few days, so moving up to more ‘complex’ foods like meat and spices have taken a backseat to general experimentation.
  • Cats: Tucker attempts to accost any cat (or dog for that matter) that is within scooting distance; much to their chagrin.
  • Grandma and Grandpa: He LOVES them. And he’s had such an amazing effect on my mom’s health too. Her doctor confirmed it! Tucker is just good exercise and a dose of happiness.
  • Floor time: Whether he’s sitting up or scooting around, he is all action.
  • Music: In the mornings, Tucker listens to Pandora while he plays in his Arm’s Reach Play Yard. His favorite stations are Toddler Radio and Rockabye Baby.
  • Bubbles: We’ve discovered the awe-inspiring power of suds.
  • Bath time: Even though we only have bath time every few days, he LOVES the water, his water friends, and even the jets when we run them. It’s funny to watch him when those turn on. (I’m in there with him, by the way)
  • Long (or short) walks: We transitioned from our Chicco stroller to our 5K InStep jogging stroller, and it is great for all of us. It’s a smoother ride and more enjoyable to push. If we ever ACTUALLY make it to someplace cool like the aquarium or zoo, we’ll use the Chicco since it’s less bulky.
  • D-Vi-Sol: He’s been getting a ml everyday since he was about a week old. He recognizes the bottle and opens wide for his supplement.

Dislikes/Hates:

  • Waiting for his food: So, we give him these puffs as an appetizer if food prep is taking a while. He can get QUITE verbose when his bottle is delayed though.

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  • Teething: He’s cut 4 teeth already, so he’s had some pretty yuck nights as they came in one after the other. Tylenol does help, as well as chewing on fabric or hard plastic toys.

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  • Avocado or banana straight up: Without other mix-ins, he’s not too into the mushy/slimy texture. Yeah, he’s my kid for sure!

Milestones:

  • Sleeping: This was a big one. We had been swaddling pretty much from birth to six months. After a few attempts at swaddle weaning prior to his six-month well-check, we asked Tucker’s doc for advice. She said try to sleep train, then swaddle wean. Well, that didn’t work. So at the recommendation of a friend, I checked out this book on iBooks, and we dove into sleep training without the swaddle. It wasn’t a nightmare, and he did really well from day one. After nearly two months, Tucker is a pro! He naps fairly well, having good and bad days like all of us. And he generally sleeps through the night! Night before last, he went twelve and a quarter hours and last night he did a good twelve.
  • Pincers: Tucker has just about mastered the art of food pinching. He can, with very little difficulty, pick up his puffs or bits of banana with two fingers. And he has an 85% tray-to-mouth success rate.
  • Mobility: Tucker’s been sitting for a good while, but he’s been commando crawling for a few weeks. Just recently he’s been practicing crawling. With a precarious wiggle, he gets his knees beneath him and props himself up on his hands. He’s not taken it further than that… but it’s bound to happen very soon. Boy can he haul doing his commando thing though. My mom said she was a ‘chaser,’ not a ‘yeller’ when it came to my brother and I. This is how I am with Tucker (not that I need or would yell except if I need Jason). So we put in a lot of laps together. 
  • Sitting: We had yet to move down Tucker’s mattress in the crib because he really hadn’t been working on truly sitting up on his own. Until Monday’s late afternoon nap that is. Little Monster goes and sits up. So, instead of a nap, he got to watch his daddy lower his mattress. Then, after I put him down afterward, he did it again. We ended up skipping the nap altogether.

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Up Next:

Convertible car seat

Walking

MORE FOOD!

Talking?

Baby Takes a Bath

Now, I know that I said in yesterday’s post that I didn’t want to go all baby crazy, and I am going to hold to that. I’ll only mention my cute, amazingly adorable baby a few times throughout the month. He’s got a lot of milestones this month.

Anywho. Over the weekend, Jason (the Hubs) and I talked about getting the three of us on a good daily schedule to maximize our productivity. Since we both work from home and are the primary caregivers to Tucker, it’s imperative that we figure out the whole work-from-home + baby having thing. Up til now we’d only been giving Tucker a bath once a week. Before you say “Ew, gross!” you should know that this was on the suggestion of Tucker’s pediatrician. Tucker has some eczema, which can be made worse with too much bath time.

So, like I said, up til now we’d been doing a bath (with soap) once a week. Well, we’re going to incorporate bath time into our morning routine. This is for a multitude of reasons:

1. Jason HAS to be online in the evening to connect with his Korean office.

2. We’d like to get into a good schedule not only with the baby, but ourselves.

3. Showers (meaning Jason and I would actually get one. every. day!)

4. Tucker isn’t so into the water just yet and I want him to enjoy the water; so more exposure to the water is necessary.

We have a garden tub, it’s giant, and kinda awkward to get in an out of. But, it’s perfect for Tucker and I (in a bathing suit) to sit in while Jason washes Tucker. And this morning we had a good bath, then a nice nap for Tucker after (since he likes to get up at 7, he’s usually still pretty tired by 8:30-9).

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One Down, Three to Go

The Tuckelberry has turned four months old. It’s amazing to see how different he is now as opposed to three/3.5 months back. Included in his array of new abilities are:

rolling over * great head stability * grabbing AND holding things with both hands while laying and sitting * sitting up (assisted) * standing (assisted) * lots of cooing * LOTS of “I’ve discovered my lungs” shrill screeches * hand sucking * smiling and recognizing mom and dad

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Tucker’s FIRST ride in the stroller in November VS. his LATEST ride in the stroller in February. Such a difference… in size and alertness.

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Here he says with his eyes: Hurry up Woman. When before he was pretty much: Ho Hum….

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The first time Tucker “met” his bird/tree friends at the end of November, he didn’t really know what to think.

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Now, he owns the mat, and all the tree friends attached.

The downside of having a baby who is now four months old, is he’s entered the “Four Month Sleep Regression” stage. This means that our little man sleeps really poorly at night. He had, for the longest time, been sleeping several hour stretches; like 4-7 hours, which essentially constitutes him sleeping through the night. Now we’re lucky if he sleeps 2-3 hour stretches. It’s quite trying on his poor mom and dad. Although, regardless of how much he sleeps, he still gives us smiles every time he wakes up, be it from a nap or in the morning.

October

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November

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December

Tucker 20

January

Tucker 18

February

Tucker 21

Not too shabby for one-quarter of a year old…

Seven Weeks In

Today marks the seventh week of our parenthood; the seventh week of Tucker’s life; The seventh week of my postpartum healing from the Cesarian.

Parenthood:

Being a parent is hard; and we haven’t even gotten to any of the really difficult things like walking, talking, potty training, kindergarten, girls, driving, college…(you get the idea).

Right now, we muddle through our work-from-home lives, dazed and amazed at how fast 24 hours really is (and how SLOOOOW it can be). Not only that, but how hard being a spouse is. Parenthood is not just a journey for us as a couple, but as individuals within a couple. We’ve been a couple for four years; we continue to develop our communication skills and to grow as husband and wife.

It’s good (and important) for us to keep growing. I think we are in a constant state of learning what the other needs and adjusting to meet those needs. Throw in a baby, and our work is definitely cut out for us.

Tucker:

Seven weeks ago I was just amazed that he was here and real. I think Jason and I both are still shocked that we made this tiny, über-dependent person. For my part, I pretty much find myself obsessively googling the strange things he does and habits (or lack thereof) he seems to be acquiring. It’s all a matter of perspective.

“They”–and by “they,” I mean just about all the literature the LCs and doctors have handed us–say that Tucker should be sleeping roughly 16-18 hours a day. He doesn’t. He averages 12; on bad days he gets maybe 9 and on really good days he might pull off 14. I have learned that if he has a crap day, the next one is likely to be good.

I’ve also discovered that Tucker isn’t the only baby NOT sleeping the prescribed length. We are very lucky that he isn’t really a fussy boy…If he’s overtired, he doesn’t really complain; he just grows sad, droopy bags under his eyes. It’s where we keep the extra binkies.

He likes to sleep after nursing, and he can get a solid hour or two napping on my lap (we have a giantnormous pillow acting as Boppy for the time being which also allows my laptop some space to work). He sleeps great (most nights) through the night.

Postpartum Recovery:

I have been healing nicely. The doctors didn’t use sutures or staples, but what Jason and I are calling “bio-glue,” to close me up, so my incision site is and has been looking good.

My abs, on the other hand, are pretty much non-existent. And my pelvis is still pretty sore (even though I didn’t have a baby push through it). The good news is I will be cleared for more strenuous exercise next week.

Jason decided that we should train together for a [half] marathon. Run or walk, I think it’s a great idea and a good way for us to do more together. I’m excited to begin training with him next week!

We can take this guy with us while we’re still working out the lower mileage.

Ready to Roll