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.
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.
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:
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
Convertible car seat
Yesterday I posted the video of Tucker sampling the deliciousness that is sweet potatoes.
I thought I would briefly share the how-to of how I’ve been prepping homemade baby food.
We don’t have a baby food maker. So, I baked the potatoes, steamed the parsnips and turnips in our double-stack steamer, and just mashed up the avocado and bananas.
The potatoes were mashed by hand as well.
Everything was spooned into the nifty (albeit not the easiest to use) silicon ice-cube trays and then set to freeze over night.
Storing all our little cubies in freezer bags make things easily accessible at meal times. I pop 2-3 in a bowl and heat them up for a few seconds to soften. If I’m less rushed, I can put the cubes in a plastic container and let them thaw in the fridge over night.
The only reason we have parsnips, turnips, and even some rutabaga, is because Jason had made a roasted root vegetable dish last week. We have a few pounds of carrots and leftover sweet potatoes (both white and red) from this recipe as well. My plan is to process all of these so that we can slowly introduce them to Tucker over the next few weeks.
I know that turnips are probably asking too much, but, what the heck? It can’t hurt to try it.
Just a long video of Tucker’s first solid food experience.
Our wee boy is half a year old today. I cannot believe it. He is such a good boy, too. Very curious and happy.
Weight: 17.4lbs (48th percentile)
Height: 28.0in (93rd percentile)
As you can see, he’s a slim and tall baby. He easily rolls back-to-tummy and more recently, tummy-to-back. He WANTS to sit unassisted, and he can for brief, very brief, periods of time (like 5 seconds or so).He loves his kitties and puppies. The cats will, on occasion, allow Tucker to “pet” them. And the dogs like to check out Tucker while he’s on the floor with his mat or playing in his newly (see below) acquired ExerSaucer.
He’s also now 6-moths and just today received his last round of shots for a while. His next Well Check isn’t for three more months and NO SHOTS at that one! WoOt.
And now that he’s 6 months old, Tucker will be getting the addition of solids to his daily regimen of liquids. I had wanted to start him out with avocados, but we never made it to the grocery store today. However, we do have a TON of sweet potatoes (both red and white) that we’ll start with instead. I’m baking them up now and will then mash them, perhaps adding a little breast milk to really smooth them out.
I bought two ice cube trays so I can then freeze the food into manageable serving sizes. I’ll post about the process in an upcoming blog.
And, for your enjoyment, I leave you with this fun and exciting little video of my kidlet.
No, Tucker hasn’t cut his incisors yet. In fact, every time I try to look in his cute little mouth, he covers his lower gums with his tongue; it’s almost like a reflex.
With all the sucking sounds, slobber, and what may be the hint of white (it could also be the glare of the overhead light reflecting off the half-gallon of saliva he tends to leak…spit…produce?).
We have been begging Tucker, “Show us your teeth!” for the last few weeks. But to no avail. Those I-teeth are stuck inside his jaw for now.
His 6-month well-baby check is this Friday, and we’ll ask his doc if those teeth are in fact on their way.
I’m at least hopeful that he will follow the order of eruption. Although, he does like to chew toward the back of his mouth. Molars before I?
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).