Yes, it has been a month since I’ve posted. I’ve missed you too! Our lives have been very full with all sorts of fun (and a lot of work) since Soren turned 8 months. But it feels like we have so much to share as this little man grows like a weed before our very eyes.
Soren is now…
Crawling at high speed – Soren went from kind of being able to move across the room, to being able to haul from one side of the house to the other (often in pursuit of Alice the Dog) at high speed. Soren crawls all over our house, my parents’ house, and his daycare. He has what we call his ‘monkey leg’ where he swings one leg around as he crawls ‘normally’ with the other one. He does is on both sides and it is pretty hilarious. I’m generally impressed that he can stay moving in a (largely) straight line this way. Personally I feel like this would lead to major alignment problems.
Pulling up on all the furniture – This development seemed to happen overnight. We were stunned when he quickly expanded his crawling capabilities, and the next week Soren crawled up to Granny and pulled up to standing on her chair! Now he spends a great deal of time pulling up on whatever he can find – the coffee table in the living room, the legs of his high chair, his bouncy chair, his bookshelf, his crib, the kitchen shelves, the oven door (well-secured). And his daily reports from daycare relay his latest antics of pulling up on their furniture… and shredding paper, another new favorite pastime, with one of his daycare besties.
2 teeth!! – Mr. S. is well on his way to his first two teeth. They’ve popped up on the bottom and each week you can see a little more of them. He’s been pretty chewy, but I feel like he’s been that way all along, so who knows if it was the teeth or not…
Eating pudding at daycare – He didn’t really eat pudding at daycare, but my all-time-favorite daily report that they sent home read as follows: “Today Soren smiled at the teacher when she said ‘please don’t eat the pudding.'” I kid you not. The report said that. By way of background, it is garden month at daycare, and the pudding was a sensory activity for them to understand soil/dirt/mud, but Soren knows what’s up. He went straight for it. That’s my boy.
New foods – We’ve been introducing Soren to all sorts of new foods this month and the latest additions were peanut butter and whole milk yogurt. It seems like everyone I talk to gets different guidance from their doctor on PB, but we went for it and things turned out fine. And now Soren eats whole milk yogurt (this kiddo needs the fat!!) with breakfast (oatmeal and applesauce) each morning. Yum!
Increasingly vocal – Have I mentioned how loud this kid can be? Whether in the car, getting a diaper change, or crawling around the house, Soren wants to be sure that his voice is heard. He has a particularly cute happy squeal for when he sees Alice Dog. She does not seem too pleased by this. He flaps his arms around (we call him flappy bird) when he gets really, really excited.
Clean bill of health – Just this week Soren had his 9-month checkup and got a clean bill of health from our totally great pediatrician. Soren continues to weigh in on the small side, but has a substantial noggin. When we told the doctor how much he eats (milk 5-6x/day and purees 3-4x/day) he didn’t seem all too worried, in fact, I think he was a little impressed. Both Joel and I were skinny kiddos, so he’s probably headed for the same fate. Soren is a champ when it comes to getting shots, and even put up with the blood draw (better than I would have) and conked out as soon as we got back in the car.
Unfortunately we’ve all been walloped by a late spring cold over the last two weeks. Soren was out of daycare for most of last week and Joel and I have been bowled over by this nasty bug this week. We’re on pace for being sick pretty much once a month, which though exhausting, seems like something we can keep plowing our way through. Thank heavens for humidifiers, saline spray, and the Nose Frida.
This week is also Teachers Appreciation Week and Mother’s Day. What great timing! So though we are celebrating all of Soren’s developments, we’re also taking time to thank the day care providers who dote on him each day and his grandmothers (Granny and Nana) who shower him with love. Soren is one lucky kiddo to have amazing teachers at his daycare and family who love him to pieces.
And it’s my first Mother’s Day with Soren ‘on the outside,’ so we’re going to take a little time to relax and celebrate this weekend. Though I can easily jump on the critical bandwagon of commercialization of the occasion, it does feel nice to take a minute and reflect on how becoming a mother has changed every fiber of my being.