Sunday, September 28, 2014

6 months old!

Our big, happy, boy is 6 months old!  It feels like the fastest half year of my life, and sometimes I get sad that babyhood is whizzing by.  Miles has turned into a jolly, smiley baby and we love him so much!

At his 6 month appointment (pre-shots)

He sits up steadily, and is really interested in toys, what Nick and I are doing, and his best bud Maggie.  He has great mobility for his age, rolls all over the place, and tries real hard to crawl.  He doesn't quite have the coordination to be on his knees and his hands at the same time, but will probably get there soon. (Yay?  Not looking forward to babyproofing.)

 She came to lay by him, and decided to stay... he's learning not to grab ears, I promise.

This week Miles learned to wave bye, but only if he's in the mood to do it.  He's also eating lots of different purees, and we're looking forward to sharing our food with him soon.  So far, he doesn't seem to have any allergies, and just needs practice with different textures.

Not a broccoli and carrot fan.

Unfortunately, sleep has been inconsistent lately.  Sometimes he'll go all night long without waking up, other nights we'll get up twice and reposition him and put the pacifier back in his mouth.  Hopefully he'll get more uninterrupted rest when we install his padded crib bumpers and he can't hit the bars anymore (we have a mesh bumper right now).

We tried taking Miles to his first Texas Rangers game this month, but there was a pretty lengthy rain delay and we gave up until next season.

We're looking forward to move time with family this month, and will keep everyone posted as our guy keeps getting bigger!

School picture proofs that we did not purchase for $55

Gim em, Aggies!

Meeting Miles' new friend, Hudson - I could not believe my baby used to be so tiny, too!

Monday, September 1, 2014

5 Months Old!

I'm on a roll - here's the five month update too!

Miles turned 5 months old on August 18th and I forgot to take a picture for a few days, but I assure you he still looked like this:

I thought about changing his onesie, but then I left it because drool stains are part of our life these days.  Miles has two teeth, and seems to be working on some more because saliva pours from his mouth all day.  He goes through all 15 of his bibs each week!

At 5 months, Miles is a lot more confident and capable in his movements - he holds his own bottles now, rolls around happily in his pack n play (but only to the left - our son, Derek Zoolander, hasn't figured out the other direction yet), and is starting to work on sitting up. 

He's grown a lot, and weighs 16 lbs 13 oz as of a doctor visit for a hacking cough on September 1st.  I just packed up an alarming amount of outgrown clothes, and can't believe my little baby is so tall and chunky!

He's still cheerful and giggly, too  :)

August also brought my first attempt at single parenting, when Nick ended up being away for a week while attending a conference and his grandma's funeral.  I want to personally award medals to the ladies who do this all the time - it was very hard!  However, we made it through and welcomed him home along with Grandma and Grandpa and Aunt Andrea and Uncle Max.  And toys!

This month Miles also attended his first birthday party for his friend Emilia (hence the sharp overalls outfit above) and took another trip to St. Louis since we'd pre-paid for the trip long ago and couldn't get a refund. We were glad to spend more time with Grandpa Jones, and meet up with my sweet friend Tiffany and her husband Chris for brunch.

[Side note: I highly recommend a sling like ours for flying and general errand running.  It lets me have free hands, and the dude feels safe and happily looks around while we get stuff done. This is where I got mine.]

At 5 months Miles also got cleared to eat stage 1 baby foods, and it's been a hit!  So far he's eaten green beans, pears, yellow squash, sweet potato, and apples.  Sometimes we combine it with rice cereal, sometimes not, and he's been filling up on formula bottles and food to the degree that he has begun sleeping through the night most nights.  It has been GLORIOUS!  He goes to bed around 8:00-8:30 and wakes up around 7:00.  We've also been working on putting him to bed while still awake so he can learn to fall asleep on his own, and he seems to be capable, since he sometimes puts himself back to sleep at night unless he's stuck in a corner of his crib.  Fingers crossed he keeps this up and we can avoid any cry it out situations.

That's all, folks!  Hopefully I can get back on schedule and bring you a 6 month update sometime in September.  We'll see.

4 Months Old!

I think "better late than never" is becoming my new motto.  It applies to birthday gifts, house projects, and now blogging.  We've had a very busy month, and I'm sure this post won't do it justice, but here we go:

Miles turned 4 months old on July 18th, and on that weekend we went to visit my parents in Bryan to celebrate my dad's birthday, take some family photos at the A&M campus, and introduce Miles to his great grandmother.  He was already rolling over by then, albeit unsteadily, and has since become a pro. 

Dr. Tran said we could start him on rice cereal, and little pig loves it, and almost immediately began sleeping for longer stretches at night!  Hallelujah!

I think Miles' little personality really started to take shape in his fourth month - once his colic cleared up and he was able to sleep better (on his side and tummy) he became a different kid.  He's now the jolliest little boy I know - usually smiling, laughing at me and Nick, and happily rolling around on the floor with his toys.  He's clearly one of the favorites at daycare - we walk down the hall and people I don't know all stop to greet him.

Miles also ended up taking his first airplane trip to St. Louis during his fourth month.  It wasn't a happy reason, but we ended up having a wonderful weekend saying goodbye to Nick's grandmother before she passed away and we are so glad that Miles was a bright spot in her final days.  He laid in her hospital bed and laughed and kicked and made the circumstances a bit more cheerful.  We will miss Grandma Jones very much.

Finally, just before he turned 5 months old, Mr. Miles got his first tooth on August 9th!  His second one appeared a few days later, and now he has a set on the bottom and it's adorable.  But they're sharp!  (I don't have a good tooth picture so you'll just need to believe me)