Aiden began crawling backwards in our 7-month update; since then, he has discovered forward motion and is a little speedster on the ground. His increased agility and the way he moves across the floor is also very frightening, but it’s a lot of fun to watch him figure out his new tricks.
He’s only been forward crawling for a few weeks, but he’s still keeping me on my toes; nothing is secure anymore, and we need to get our butts in gear and baby proof the place.
So much has changed in the last month; it’s amazing how quickly babies grow in just a small period of time.
Taking a nap
Aiden has always been a decent sleeper at night, getting up just once or twice to drink, and this has been true throughout his life. He has three teeth going in at the same time right now, and we had a lot of tough nights with him until they cut through when he was having trouble settling and running a fever, definitely one of our worse nights with him since he was born.
He’s been having trouble sleeping because of the longer days and lighter nights. I made a deliberate attempt from the outset to show him the distinction between night and day, and the sunnier nights have perplexed him, and he’s been going to bed later, despite his desperate need to sleep.
The last few weeks have been better, and he has gone to bed at his regular time of 7.30 p.m. When I send him his bedtime feed and he drifts off into a milk sleep, the blackout blinds always support.
One issue I’d like to address is Aiden’s sleep feeding before moving him to his cot or our room. It would be fantastic if I could place him in his cot awake and let him self-soothe himself to sleep, but I’ve had little success so far, and I despise the cry-it-out process. While he sleeps best in his cot, I sometimes sneak him into our bed after a night feed for baby snuggles – nothing beats it!
Weaning and Breastfeeding
Weaning is still progressing well, and we’re continuing to use our modified form of baby-led weaning, which has proven to be really effective for us. Aiden would try something, but I’m glad he’s not a picky eater and enjoys his food as much as his mother. He also doesn’t consume a whole meal and has refused to eat on a number of times, something I never push him to do. Food before one is apparently only for pleasure, and babies’ primary source of nutrition is always their mother’s milk.
Aiden’s ability to sustain himself and becoming steadily self-sufficient astounds us. He begins crying whenever I want to feed him with a spoon because he needs to do it himself. It’s a disaster, so I’ve finally given in to the huge cleaning after meals. Our family dinners at the dining table are one of my favourites, and Aiden is still willing to participate.
We’re still breastfeeding on demand when weaning Aiden, and while he hasn’t lost a feed yet, I’m certain he will when he’s prepared. I understand why some of his feeds are for convenience or to assist him in sleeping, so we only go with the flow. Breastfeeding would be a lot more fun around here now that he has two bottom teeth and two top teeth falling through…ouch!
Taking care of my body and mind
I’ve been feeling a little run down lately, and I’m pretty sure I haven’t been taking care of myself as well as I could. Last month, I did manage to offer myself a manicure and pedicure, which was a great treat. I’m overdue for a “me” day, and I’ll have to try to schedule one soon. In terms of fitness, I believe I’ve recovered the majority of my power after pregnancy. There is still some testing to be done in the abdominal region, but I am certain that it will return in due time.
I actually feel like we’ve grown into parenthood, and I’ve struck a comfortable balance of becoming a mother and also having time for myself (mainly in the evenings when AJ is asleep). I believe it is important to have a separate existence from your child such that you are not fully overwhelmed by motherhood and losing your identity.
Yes, I am a mother, but that does not characterise me as a human; there are several other strands to my bow that make me who I am. Becoming a mom has enriched my existence and made me a stronger person in certain respects.
Like I previously said, AJ is now crawling forward and getting into everything. It’s incredible how fast they pick up momentum as they gain trust, and he always keeps us on our toes. We really need to baby proof the building, but we’re not sure where to begin.
He learned how to conquer our stairs from Alfie, and yesterday he scooted up the three steps to our bedroom when I was distracted for a few moments. If I can develop eyes in the back of my head, the baby protection gates are on order, and I can’t wait for them to come for a bit of reassurance.
Aiden is not just crawling, but he is already pulling himself up to stand, and he doesn’t seem to mind what he uses as leverage: a bookcase, his cotbed, or the laundry basket. His cute chunky legs are certainly strong enough now, and he still likes to stand, so I’ll have to get him a walker next. All seems to be occurring at the same time!
He always enjoys clapping his hands and banging two things together, in reality, he enjoys banging in general. My mother thinks he’d make a fine guitarist, but I’m picturing Animal from The Muppets more than Ringo Starr from The Beatles. He just learned his speech has a higher octave this week and has been screeching like a banshee since.
It’s very cute to see him use his voice to practise new sounds. When he gets rolling, he’s a little chatterbox, and I’m looking forward to hearing his first words.
But there’s a lot going on over here right now, and we’re still adjusting to our new home with a hypermobile boy. It can be hectic at times, but it’s still a lot of fun!
What steps did you take to baby-proof your home? What was your baby up to when he or she was this age?
When did you first learn to crawl? Did you take a step backwards before taking a step forward?