Wednesday, December 17, 2014

6-8 Months

This little guy has been keeping us soooo busy that we did not post during six months and I thought I would catch up at seven months.  I thought that I was good to go when I realized he was 8 months old already.  I'm telling you this time is going super FAST. 

Height & Weight:  Carter is a big boy!  Bless.  He is weighing in at 22 pounds and is 26 inches long.
Health:  Well it's been a rough two months or so.  Bless his heart.  He got croup about six weeks ago and since then has had a snotty nose/cough.  Goodness we have wiped so much snot it is unbelievable.  We go to work daily with a boggie on our clothing somewhere.  He also had a TERRIBLE case of diarrhea!  Oh my word.  Bless his hiney.  It was awful.  Thanks to awesome friends and great advice it was cleared up after a few days.   
Sleep:  Sleep is going pretty good.  We have eliminated all feedings at night time.  He was taking a "dream feed" around 9:30 and then one other bottle around 3:30am.  We eliminated the 3:30 feeding first.  Last week we eliminated the 9:30 feeding.  He usually goes down around 7:30pm and wakes up anywhere from 5:30am to 6am.  He is taking an average of 2-3 naps a day.  Usually a short morning nap and a long afternoon nap. 
Clothes/Diapers:  He is in size 3 diaper during the day and we put him in a 4 at night time.  Big boy is in size 9-12 month clothing.  A lot of his clothes are Garrett's so they are a little smaller anyway from washing and drying.  That's what I keep telling myself, but he is a BIG boy!
Social:  He is pretty social, but lately has become attached to mommy and daddy.  If we are in the room and someone else takes him, he will sometimes fuss.  He still prefers to be outdoors vs indoors.  He also loves getting out of the house in general.  If he is fussy we will jump in the car and go to the grocery store or Target.  It's amazing.  He won't fuss or cry the whole time we are out there. 
Diet:  He is still on GentleEase and has a little over 6 ounces.  We are still putting  1.5 tsp of rice in each bottle.  He eats pretty much every three hours during the day.   
Baby Gear Love: This boy doesn't have time for baby gear these days!  Boy is beyond busy.  He is crawling everywhere and pulling up on EVERYTHING!!  He really loves the laundry basket to play with.  Seriously!  Second kids are so much easier.
Hair/Eyes:  His eyes are still really blue and his hear is a strawberry blond. We are still wondering about his hair and if it will stay that way.  His hair tends to get wavy when he gets hot!  So maybe we will have a curly haired baby?
Crying:  It's gotten a lot better.  He has been sick, so he is a bit fussier in general.  He usually only cries if he hurts himself or if he is tired/hungry. 
Likes: He finally likes baths again.   We went through a 4 week period where he screamed/cried through baths.  HORRIBLE.  Praise the Lord for phases.  He still LOVES his big brother.  Sometimes Garrett will be so annoying to us, but Carter LOVES it and giggles.  So we just let him go and make him laugh.  He loves Sandy!  His favorite things to play with are Sandy's dog bowl and food.  He also will settle for her water bowl too.  He likes watching the laundry go in the washing machine and dryer.  He loves chasing us around.  He has found a love for balls.  He likes saying "yeah yeah".  He likes making zerbert noises.  His laugh is contagious and I could listen to it all day.  Oh he also loves getting into things he's not supposed to be into (fireplace, touching the TV, pulling chords and playing with floor fans.  His favorite places to play are on sofas/beds and playing in his room.  It is so much fun to watch :-) 
Dislikes:  Eating sometimes.  He really hates getting his diaper changed and putting clothes on and taking them off!  That boy can squirm like no other.  I get sweaty just trying to change him sometimes.  ha
Milestones:  He is crawling everywhere!  He is also pulling up and can stand by himself.  Seriously this guy is growing up fast!  It's so crazy.  He also got his first tooth.  It's almost done growing in. 

Firsts this month:  He is eating more.  He has started eating puffs and yogurt.  He loves yogurt.  I'm going to try some real food soon and see how he does with it.  I tried to give him some peas and he was not a fan. 
What I'm thankful for:  so thankful for a smart baby boy.  He gets so tickled at his brother and himself.  He is a funny guy.  He also said "ma ma" today.  ONCE!  I will take it.  Hopefully he will continue!

Typical Day: I've added this to help me remember what days are like...
Looking back at what we did at 5 months, it's amazing how much he has changed.  He usually wakes up around 5:30 to 6:00 am (thank you time change...grrr) and has a bottle.  He then has fruit and oatmeal about 20 minutes after that.  He then plays until it's time to go to school.  No more laying around.  We are chasing him all over the house during this time.  We take him to school around 7:30.  We get him home around 5:30 and he eats around 6:15pm.  A bottle and a vegetable.  He takes a bath around 7:15pm.  We read a book and put him to bed.
On non daycare days he gets up at the same time and then we usually keep him up until 9:15am.  He usually will fall asleep during this bottle and sleep four about 45 minutes to an hour.  He wakes up and plays until his 12:30 bottle/feeding.   A lot of times he will nap after this point and take a longer nap.  It can last up to 2 to 2.5 hours.  Sometimes if that nap is short he will take a third short nap.  He still follows the same night time routine.

No pictures....hopefully I will get some pictures up soon.  He will be nine months in a week or so.