Raising a Blended Family

Notes from the trenches at 6 & 8 months

on April 21, 2013

Wow, you guys. It has been sooooo crazy around here. Crazy enough that I managed to type out that last blog post, get pics added, and then get distracted by something and never hit the “publish” button! Until just now, which is why you’re getting two posts in one day.

I haven’t had time to write the babes their six and eight month letters yet (I will! I swear I will!) but I wanted to get down some notes on them now, before they go off and learn even MORE fun stuff and I forget what they were like before they knew how to do X, Y, or Z.

Stuff like:

-Independent sitting. Finally, baby girl can do it. I suspect she may have been able to do it long ago, but she kept using one arm as a crutch/tripod and wouldn’t just completely sit up straight. She finally picked that arm up off the floor and wa-la! Sitting! Guess she gets there in her own time, right? Pax seems like he’ll get there in his own time too… The doctor mentioned that “oh yeah, he’ll probably start sitting really soon for you guys” at our last appointment and Shorty looked at her like she was crazy. The boy can sit in tripod position- sometimes- but he is nowhere near getting there on his own! I’m not worried about it though- it will come.

– Crawling. Again, this falls into the category of stuff-baby-boy-cannot-do-yet and stuff-baby-girl-mastered-within-this-last-month. Previously, she was doing the whole army crawl thing, but she figured out how to get up on her hands and knees pretty quickly and it was all over from there. Poor Pax- this puts him at a significant disadvantage. Whenever the babies are on the playroom floor and he has a toy Addie wants, she will simply crawl over and swipe it from him, and then either sit up out of his reach or crawl away with it. Naughty thing! Pax is not mobile enough either to crawl away from her or crawl after her (though he can and will put up a fight as long as she’s within his reach!), and so oftentimes he is left wailing on the floor for a mama to rescue him and retrieve his toy. It’s cute and pathetic all at the same time. πŸ™‚

-TEETH!!! Holy crapballs, the teeth. Pax now has SIX (two lower, four top) and is working on two more. I keep asking him what in tarnation he needs so many teeth for when he is an exclusively breastfed baby, but he keeps refusing to answer the question. Sigh. At least he isn’t biting me anymore- if that hurt with two teeth, I can’t imagine what it would feel like with six! Addie is now sporting two and a half teeth- the half just having been spotted poking through this morning! We had no idea she was teething, because she doesn’t typically fuss, chew, or have any other hallmarks of a teething baby. As a result, both her first two and this third one have been of the “surprise! There’s a tooth there!” variety. Pax, on the other hand, drools and slobbers and whines and runs fevers- the whole house knows when he is teething!

-Lately, the whole house knows when Pax is mad, too. If you put him down when he’d rather be up, or take something away from him that he’d rather have, or try to get him to sleep when he would rather stay awake, he will immediately inform you of his preferences. Loudly. He has this angry-screech that he does, followed by angry wailing directed at whatever person has wronged him. It’s the first sign of a temper we’ve seen on our otherwise mellow guy and I’m hoping it is not a harbinger of terrible toddler tantrums to come!

-We’re also seeing the first signs of “directed crying.” What I mean by this is that, when a baby is a newborn and has a need, they just cry. They go for it full out and they’re not crying at anyone in particular, or trying to manipulate the situation, they’re just crying to get their needs met. Pax is still crying to get his needs met, but he’s now directing it at the person he wants to meet the need he has. For instance, when he’s hungry or wanting me to pick him up, he will look right at me and cry at me in this shallow-sounding, no-actual-tears kind of wail. Then he’ll stop to see what kind of response he gets. If I don’t respond right away, he’ll wait to catch my eye and then when he sees I’m looking, he’ll give the cry again. Shorty calls it his “fake cry” because it never really seems like he’s putting much effort into it or is really upset- he’s just trying to get us to do what he wants us to do. It’s very interesting watching him learn this, learn how to manipulate his environment to get things he wants or needs. Some would say he is manipulating us, but I think that his crying, even directed crying, is still a means of communication. He’s just gotten smarter about it lol.

– We are going to be starting Pax on solids, soon! He’s over six months now so he’s definitely allowed to… We haven’t had time to be honest because of the move but once we move and get high chairs set up, he’ll be getting solids twice a day, just like Addiekins! Speaking of whom, that little girl loves her some food. Any food. Pick a food! I generally let her try a little bit of whatever’s on my plate, provided its not too bad for her (and yes, I will guiltily admit that this does mean she has on occasion sampled teeny bites of a French fry or some frozen yogurt). The vast majority of her sampling though has been of the healthy variety. Broccoli is a favorite, as are sweet potatoes. Can’t wait to let her try more things as we go on!

-How could I forget- the STANDING! We noticed baby girl pulling up to a kneeling position a few weeks ago, but that was as far as she would get. Suddenly one day though, she grabbed the crib rail and hauled herself out of kneeling position, and STOOD! (We lowered the crib that night!). Since then she has repeated the trick using various items to pull herself up- baby gate, couch, mama legs, etc. She’s only done it a handful of times but I suspect she’ll catch on fairly quickly- that seems to be how she goes. Next stop, stepping!

-Both of them, laughing laughing laughing. It is the best sound in the whole wide world to hear the house fill up with baby laughter. Addie has a high-pitched giggle and Pax has a much lower “tee-ha-ha” and together, they are the cutest things in the whole wide world. Remind me to share a video of it. πŸ™‚

-Statistics: we have no idea where Addie is, length-wise, since she’s in between her six and nine month check-ups, but weight wise she’s about 19lbs. She doesn’t feel that heavy when you pick her up- Pax actually feels heavier. He’s only 18lbs 8oz though (74%) and about 27.75 inches (84%? I think?). The doctor said he is tall for his age and that even though he looks quite chubby, he really isn’t and his height to weight ratio is perfect. Yay! I’ve always worried a little because he was such a chunker. He is in 12 month clothes, but I think that has a lot to do with the cloth diapers, since they’re both in ‘sposies this week (no cloth diaper laundry for me! Not while trying to move an entire household and five kids!) and he is back to fitting into his previously outgrown 6-9 month sleepers. ‘sposies are just so much more trim and give them less of that bulky diaper-butt.

-Last but not least, wanted to note that Pax IS rolling. Both directions, very regularly and easily. He’s been doing it awhile now but I couldn’t remember if I’d mentioned it on here before or not, so I’m mentioning it now. πŸ™‚ He mostly just rolls from side to side but there have been a few times when the playroom floor was mostly clean and he was feeling motivated that he rolled all the way across the room for something! Only a few times though. I wish he would do it more, cause then he could keep up with Addie!

That’s it for now. If I think of something, I’ll add it. Probably not going to blog again until after the more (THREE DAYS! Holy crap!) so I’ll see you on the flip side!


One response to “Notes from the trenches at 6 & 8 months

  1. Isa says:

    can’t wait to see them and their cuteness! !!! πŸ™‚ ! (just to emphasize)

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