I applied for a spot for me and Wes in February after it was recommended by some former co-workers, I finally got a call today! The lady will be coming by on August 30th, so Wes will be 8 months old! They have had their funding cut 12% (or 46 client spots), I will probably not meet with her regularly, but I would like some ideas of things to do through age 1. I really don’t want to take a spot from someone who really needs it- there are a lot of ELL and lower-income people that could benefit in the community. During the school year they have play groups at different schools, so I will take him to a few of those now that he can sit on the floor and play.
Oh, and yes, I -a certified teacher- signed up with the recommendation of other teachers. But we’re high school teachers, infants are completely out of our area of expertise! I do read a lot about things to do with Wes and make sure he’s hitting milestones, but it would be nice for someone else’s opinion on developmentally appropriate activities.
I’ve been a bad baby food maker and Wes has had a lot of jarred stuff lately. I got back at it and he now has enough for dinners until September. I really need to start doing more for breakfasts. I usually give him half a jar of fruit mixed with 1/2 a small banana. He loves bananas, so it works, but I need to get away from the jarred stuff. It is so expensive!
Dinners for the month are butternut squash, summer squash, and peas all with and without chicken.
We went to Town Center with Rachel today and Wes was a bit of a fusser nugget. He was also chunky and ate the avocado off my salad and loved it. When we got home I looked and saw that a top front tooth is starting to come through! Who knows when it will make it so that it is visible beyond the gum line, but it’s working on it. I took a couple (bad) pictures of his teeth.
Thanks to Amy for giving me Joshua’s food jars so I can reuse them for Wes’s food! Food storage trays put things in 1oz portions, but Wes eats 3-4oz for breakfast and dinner, so we’d need a lot of trays. Don’t worry- we recycle them when we’re done. 😉
Wes is now:
– frequently pulling himself up on things (his crib- even though Steve lowered it, the couch, his musical table, the bathtub if Steve doesn’t hold him down, etc). Tonight he let go of his crib rail and came within an inch of hitting his head on the side of his bed.
– eating turkey, blueberries, star fruit, and raspberries. The berries were in jarred baby food, but he’s now tasted them.
– crawling. Pretty sure I can call him a crawler now. Before our vacation he got where he wanted to go eventually, but now he’s really moving! Once he figured out he could go from crawling position to sitting, he got a little lazy. :-p He will take a break when going somewhere, it’s really cute. Like he’s saying, ‘I’m soooooo chunky, don’t make me move any more.’
We were pretty fearful his routine would be a mess once we got back from vacation, but he’s fallen right back into it! He even isn’t fighting going in his crib to sleep for the first part of the night (7:45- 11:30pm the past 2 nights- which is really good for him).
In other travel news, I love my Oh Snap baby carrier. I wore Wes through 4 airports, on all 3 flights, and on the parking lot shuttles and it was great! Steve carried the car seat (it’s a massive convertible one) and I wore Wes while rolling 2 suitcases with a cooler of milk attached to one and a carry on attached to the other. If we would have had a stroller, there is no way we would have managed. I actually saw another babywearer ‘in the wild’, also known as the Easton (MD) Target. I’ve seen people with Bjorns (bad), but this lady had an Ergo on. I’ve only seen people using quality carriers at babywearing meet-ups, so it was nice.
The only airport that was a pain was Dulles, they made me take off Wes and were rude to Steve about the car seat. Apparently it was suspicious that we didn’t have a car seat with wheels (he was talking about a travel system). The guy that asked me to take off Wes also said that Wes wouldn’t mind and would be happier off. Um, nope- he wasn’t! Because then I had to grab mine and Steve’s stuff (while Steve dealt with the car seat) and try to get situated while holding him.
Time to get back to cleaning, we are having our house appraised Monday and things are a mess from just throwing stuff down when we got back Thursday night.
Some pictures from Ohio, we go to Maryland tomorrow. My grandma was readmitted to the hospital yesterday- her blood sugar was 19 and an ambulance was called. She had another episode today in the hospital. She and Papa were very excited to meet Wes!
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I took Wes to Deanna Rose today with Amy and her 8.5 month old son, Joshua. We only stayed about 45 minutes, but that is because Wes was fussing and it was quite hot/humid. That was long enough to walk a loop around and chat. Once we got in the car, Wes passed out until we got to the post office (20 minutes).
He had chicken & squash again for dinner and this time he gobbled it down. He didn’t take a late afternoon nap so he was VERY fussy. He went to bed at 7:20pm, that’s very early, normally he goes down a little after 8. I’m hoping he sleeps at least until midnight before he wakes for the first time.
Didn’t get a picture, but Wes tried chicken tonight. I somewhat pureed it in the Babycook with a little water and added it to his squash. Not a fan! We’ll try again tonight.
Oh, and our house got hit by lightening, but all is well except Steve’s computer.
Wes crawled and Steve witnessed it tonight around 7.
Please make him stop growing up so fast….our house isn’t baby proofed!
edit: He crawled in the crying room at church this morning, so I guess he can crawl. He’s not going anywhere fast, but he does have the motions down. He still seems to prefer to go into a push-up stance with his butt way up in the air.