Month 7

Month 7

Snow Day!

My snow babyWe were so excited that we had snow/sleet/ice over the weekend. We love winter weather (at least a little bit), and it was also Daniel’s first substantive snow. It started snowing heavily here late evening Friday, so visibility wasn’t great. I wish Daniel had been able to see the gigantic flakes. Saturday was grey and cold, and once the precipitation stopped, we took him outside. It took me about 10 minutes to layer on the many layers to keep him warm, and we spent about 2 minutes outside LOL. J deemed the steps too slick for us to proceed further, so we took a few pictures there. Daniel had seemed fascinated by the snow because he pulled himself up to our kitchen window to look outside. I can’t wait until he’s a bit bigger and can really enjoy the snow!

I wish we had been better prepared for him and the snow. We don’t have boots or a snow suit or anything. I didn’t think it was necessary to buy one because if I did, it would jinx any chance of snow. Since I didn’t buy one, of course we had snow 🙂 J and I have decided that at the end of the season we will buy a sled and other items so that next year when it snows and when Daniel is big enough, we will be ready!!

I see snow!J and I worked from home today (and we really did work!). I always fight the (ridiculous) impulse that I must be at work at all times, but I finally convinced myself that it was ok to work from home and that we don’t have snow very often in NC, so I need to enjoy it when I can. Poor D has been teething badly today (I think the other three top teeth that have been threatening are coming through finally), but I think we were all cheered by the sunny day and the warmer temps. Life will return to normal tomorrow, but we will remember the nice, long weekend we had.

This Time Last Year…

It should be no surprise by now that I am absurdly sentimental and can find a memory-good or bad-for almost any day.

Well, today truly is a special day. This time last year we found out that, well, we were having a Daniel!! For the months before our ultrasound, I had gone back and forth on whether we were having a boy or girl. Some days I thought girl, others boy. Finding out that all of my cousins had or were having boys caused me to vacillate as well.

We always thought we would have a girl, and it is easy to be seduced by pink, frilly everything. However, I woke up the day of our ultrasound and just knew it would reveal a boy.

And it did. I was shocked for about 5 seconds–mostly because now we knew for sure–but then I was thrilled. Honestly, all we wanted was a healthy baby, boy or girl. I loved him because that’s what had been given to us.

Now, a year later, I love D for him. He is so wonderful and happy. Today we made each other giggle for a full 10 minutes. I love that kisses in a certain spot can make him guffaw. I love his energy even as he exhausts me. He is our miracle, and I celebrate that today is the anniversary of being able to put a gender and name to what we were expecting.

He is my baby boy, and I couldn’t ask for more.

Where the Wild Thing Is

Oh, that’s right. I have a blog that needs updating! I truly have intended to post many times, but we’ve just been so busy. Daniel keeps us on our toes!

Daniel is 7.5 months old as of Saturday. It is hard for me to wrap my mind around that. It seems like only yesterday we brought home our tiny boy, and now he is anything but tiny! His first birthday is the next significant milestone, and that stuns me. Where has the time gone?

He is very active. We feel comfortable declaring that he is crawling after watching him consistently crawl more often than not. Saturday he seriously freaked us out by deciding that the kitchen was too confining and leaving for the greener pastures of the living room. There is no stopping him now, and I suddenly perceive our house as a death trap with nasty corners everywhere! We also spend a great deal of time keeping him away from the cats’ water bowl (I’ve cleaned up spilled water several times) and more importantly from the cats themselves. Daniel LOVES the kitties. He grins and shrieks when he sees them. The feeling isn’t quite mutual. They let him pet them with suitable chaperonage but usually flee when he heads towards them. The kitties love his toys though. Hopefully they consider it a fair trade 🙂

Daniel can also sit up unassisted. It is amazing because less than 2 weeks ago he was propping himself up on one cheek, and now he can do it on his own. He also easily pivots on one hand to and from a crawling position. We’ve also noticed him starting to pull up on a few things. Eek!

He amuses us. We love making him laugh and getting the belly laugh. He truly is a happy baby and smiles quite a bit. I think we are still stunned and overwhelmed by his energy (frankly I’m jealous. I wish I had 1% of his energy!).

We started him on solids and to my surprise, I am making his food. I really didn’t think I would, but well, it is so easy to do. I make up and freeze a big batch of various fruits and veggies over the weekend. I’ve never used my blender so much in the 8 years I’ve had it, and I had to replace a pot due to steaming carelessness. oops. I’m proud to say that Daniel eats peas, green beans, squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, peaches, apples, bananas and pears…more fruits and veggies than J eats!!

We had a truly wonderful Christmas. It really was perfect. J and I thoroughly enjoyed being Santa and can’t wait to do it again. The look of joy and wonder on Daniel’s face when he saw some of his gifts was priceless. I was really surprised because I suppose I didn’t expect much of a reaction his first Christmas.

We’ve had some ups and downs with sleeping. December was a pretty rough month because we went from pretty much sleeping through the night from 10pm-5amish to Daniel waking up every couple of hours. It was brutal. He would wake up shrieking and was definitely hungry. I think he was going through a growth spurt plus some teething stuff. That was right around the time he started trying to crawl. Thankfully, his sleeping has improved. We slowly went to waking every 3 hours (tolerable) to his going down at 8 for about 4 hours and then another 4-5 hour stretch. Definitely doable. I think hunger is a factor in the night waking. He plays really hard during the day and it can be hard to focus him on his bottle. He eats quickly at night and goes back to sleep almost immediately. I must confess that he is still sleeping in our room. I thought we were going to move him into his room over the holidays, but there are a few things we need to do to get ready. And honestly, when he wakes up at 3am, it’s a heck of a lot easier to barely have to get out of bed than to shuffle down the hall. Excuses, excuses… we will move him soon. I think. Before he is 20 definitely!

So far, he has 2 bottom teeth and two top teeth threatening to come through any minute now. He is also fitting easily into 9m clothing. It was quite a shock to me when I realized that not only had he outgrown his 6m outfits practically overnight but also that his 9m outfits weren’t as loose on him as I would have expected. Ack!

So I guess life is pretty much what you’d expect for life with a baby. We are pretty tired but that is normal. I’ve managed to read all of two books in the last few months and find it difficult to keep up with my weekly magazines. We are dreading the tv shows we follow resuming this month but thankfully we have the DVR! And I am so glad I let J talk me into withdrawing from grad school for the entire year instead of only the fall semester. I have no idea how I would begin to keep up with the coursework for one course right now.

Sorry for the long post! It had been a while, and I had a lot to write. Each day presents its own challenge, but we are having fun 🙂 Daniel is wonderful.