fatherhood

william: seven months old.

in the last update (you know, the one that was 6 weeks late, so really just posted for me to have a record that my child had a six month milestone…), i mentioned that William had made leaps and bounds from six to seven months, and you guys, i think i finally realized why he never sleeps.

our little homeboy has decided to pretty much learn everything with the span of four weeks. and the next four are probably not going to be much different. between six and seven months, William learned to pull to standing – on EVERYTHING. he learned to crawl. he learned how to stand up and yell in his crib before bedtime. the sheer brain and muscle power all of it takes is shocking. he’s pretty amazing, and i am in awe of him every single day. i mean, the sleep, as ALWAYS, could be better, but the exhaustion is so temporary that i am confident i will make it through this alive…most days.

here is what mister William was like between six and seven months:

William loves food. he loves it. he will eat anything (much like his sister), and in any form (very unlike his sister). she strictly loved purees until almost eight months, while he is very into gumming mushy veggies whenever he can. it’s so funny, because he has no teeth and it’s very hard for him to do, but he loves it! he is now eating rice cereal, prunes, carrots, sweet potatoes, peas, apples, pears, and some puffs. he’s also had a couple tastes of watermelon and is very into it. i’ve been making new purees as i think of it, and i’ll usually steam up some frozen peas/carrots until they’re soft enough for him to munch on. i love baby feeding!

i’m not going to talk about this much more, but let me just put this on the record here: William will be walking by eight and half months. that’s my prediction. my daughter was a crazy early walker at nine and half months, but i’m betting that he will have her beat. he seriously thinks he can walk already, so we’ve had a lot of faceplants happening around here. he loves getting walked around while hanging on to our fingers, and is pretty proficient at it, and while he likes crawling, you can tell that being upright is his jam. i’m not sure what it is about Mister Man and i that makes our children like this, but there has to be something to the combination of our genes where the children we make are kind of freakish with their motor skills. too bad they’ll all be too short to do any kind of athletic sport professionally…

i didn’t think it was possible, but somehow my happy baby boy is getting even more smiley by the day. he is very quick with a grin to anybody who smiles at him, and will reach his arms out to almost anyone and be totally fine in their arms. he likes to know that dad and i are nearby, and has very strong preferences about his favorite people (dad, amelia, the grandparents and his uncle mark), but is seriously so social and joyful! he’s starting to show more emotions with that too, like when Amelia cries or is upset, he will have sympathy tears quite often, and he also gets mad if you aren’t quick enough with getting the food from the bowl to his mouth. we lucked out in the mood department with this kid, let me tell you. he’s a lover, not a crier.

little william: your personality is bursting at the seams these days, and it’s so fun to see you grow into your own little person. time is moving way too fast for me, you are losing more of your baby-ness each day and growing up before my eyes. it’s exciting to watch, but also moving faster than i can handle! i know that with your sweetness, you’ll always stay my baby boy (even though dad is your favorite). thanks for still snuggling with me when you know i need a fix.

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william: six months old.

oh boy you guys. i am pretty dang tired (in my head, i always say “pretty dang” in Amelia’s voice…she says it with a cowboy voice and it’s the best!). six months brought a lot of great stuff to our lives, but sleep was not one of them. oooohhhhh no it was not one of them. if I had to sum it up, six months gaveth all the gross motor skills, and tooketh all the sleep.

let’s get to it, shall we? (keep in mind, William is now seven months old, and has made a lot of leaps and bounds, which i will talk about in his seven month update, which will hopefully be up over the weekend. at this point, the time to upload the pictures is what’s killing me with these updates, but it’s important for me to have these, so on i will march!)

here is what mister William was like between five and six months:

i don’t know what it is about my children, but they have this innate need to be on the go ALL THE TIME. if they are not constantly moving, they are not happy. this is the main way that Amelia and William are so much alike. the moving. it’s insane!

if my baby boy is not sleeping or eating (quickly), he is moving, or whining about wanting to move more. between five and six months he learned to sit by himself and push to sitting. and now that he’s learned that, all he wants to do is be able to crawl or stand up on things. as of six months, he’s close to the crawling, and i’m guessing the standing won’t be far behind. and this is all exciting! but when my kids are learning new skills, they don’t sleep well. and since he’s learning all the skills, there is not much sleep happening at night. i’ve been telling myself that it’s temporary, but that gets harder day by day.

one of my favorite parts of having a growing baby is the part where they start to eat solids. William is SO FUN to feed! he gets so jacked up to get the spoon to his mouth. so far he’s eaten rice cereal, homemade applesauce, prunes, and pureed sweet potatoes (yes, we feed our babies rice cereal. we also feed them homemade fruit and veggie purees. i sometimes let them suck on pickles. eventually we will let them eat things that contain sugar. if you have a problem with any of these things, you can email me at mindyabusiness@calmdown.com). we will be starting carrots, avocados, peas, and pears soon. we’re taking it slow because Amelia has had some gut issues in the past, so by the time we get to a few more foods he’ll almost be ready for cheerios and puffs!

[parents. of. the. year.]

little william: even though you keep me awake at night, you are worth it. and those smiles pretty much make up for anything you’ll ever do. watching you and your sister together is one of the great joys of my life, and i will never get tired of how you look at her. thank you for being so perfectly matched to our family.

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william: five months old.

please read the next paragraph and laugh with me. i started writing it a month ago.

“we are getting back on track people! i really underestimated how crappy going back to work was going to be on my sleep and my energy and my life in general. but i think i’m finally out of the woods at least a little bit. in any case, i have the blogging bug back.”

hah. that was funny past erin. you thought you had things under control. but to post a monthly update, you have to take a photo… in any case, the following is what william was like between four and five months:

the thing about babies that is so great and also so terrible is that they do not keep. they just keep growing. which i love because sometimes babies are exhausting, and no amount of cute can make up for the lost sleep. but also sometimes i want to stop time and keep them just the way they are for a while longer, because the sweetest moments can be so fleeting.

[look. at. those. eyebrows. and. lashes.]

William is learning so much, so quickly, that i feel like i can’t keep up with him. every day he does some other thing he couldn’t do before, and before i know it i’ll be chasing after him in the yard with his sister. he wants to move so badly, and unlike his sister, actually tries to scoot towards the things he wants. i sense some baby proofing in our future, which we never did with Amelia, so we might be out of our league with this child. he’s the happiest baby i’ve ever had the pleasure of cuddling, so that’ll make up for any heart attacks he’s sure to give me down the line.

he rolls, and can sit up mostly unassisted, and he is already noticing us eating. like, he stares at the spoon going from the bowl to our mouths. we’ll be starting him on cereal in a few days, mostly so we can see if it helps him sleep better, sweet boy. he’s just getting too big to sleep for long stretches on milk alone. oh long stretches of sleep. i miss you.

little william: i cannot imagine life without you here now. your personality is so full of life and joy, and you delight everyone who sees you, from your dad and i, to your sister, to the checkout lady at the grocery store! thank you for being perfect little you. but maybe start to sleep through the night pretty soon, mmmkay?

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william: four months old.

oh good lord. there is nothing like going back to work and the 4-month sleep regression to knock you on your ass for a month or so, huh?

i’ll have every single one of you know that i took these photos the day after mister William turned four months old. so my intentions are so so good. my execution is so so bad. because william is already five months old. i’m planning on posting that one when he’s a year old. he’ll be five when i’m done getting around to his monthly updates…but this is my blog and i want to keep these memories here for me to look back on someday, so i’m going with the old mantra, “better late than never”.

i love that in all of the photos of William, he just exudes exactly who he is. like, this photo is William in a nutshell. smile on his face. finger in his mouth. probably waiting for his sister to come over and entertain him. he’s just a precious little ball of light, he is.

our little boy is growing up so quickly. as of four months, he was just starting to roll over, and just trying so hard to DO things. he loves watching his sister do anything, and i can tell that he is just going to worship the ground she walks on. i mean, he already does, but it’s going to be a serious love fest between the two of them. pretty soon i think that they will just entertain each other all the time and my life will just consist of kicking up my feet and eating bon-bons. PARENTING IS EASY Y’ALL.

sweet little buddy is a hard core mama’s boy. when i went back to work, he was not happy with me. and showed his displeasure by going from getting up once or twice a night to getting up three times a night like clockwork. it’s not cool. it’s adorable, but it’s not cool. i would much rather cuddle during the waking hours! but as with everything else that goes along with babies, this too shall pass. and that is what i keep saying to myself when i get so exhausted i can’t see straight…

little william: i cannot imagine life without you here now. your personality is so full of life and joy, and you delight everyone who sees you, from your dad and i, to your sister, to the checkout lady at the grocery store! thank you for being perfect little you. but maybe start to sleep through the night pretty soon, mmmkay?

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william: three months old.

ready for our typically late update on little mister william? at this rate, his one year update will be pushed back to december by the time i get to it.

oh william. you are the sunshine in our lives. all three of us; your dad, your sister and me, we are obsessed with your mood, your skills, your everything. and lucky for us, you give us all the reasons to smile. i mean, look at you, how could we not be in deep, deep love with you??

 

this next photo pretty much sums up our sweet boy’s personality. happy with whatever he’s given, and infectious in his happiness:

“oooooh! an avocado! thaaaanks!”

ten points to you and gryffindor if you know what that reference is.

between months two and three, william has come into his own in terms of his personality. he has settled into his own schedule and routine, getting up twice a night, getting up around 7:30am, staying up anywhere from 1.5 to 2 hours before wanting to be cuddled into a nap (oh, he is the BEST cuddler), and then repeating the process a few times until his bedtime at 8 or so.

now that he is developing into his own little person, i might be willing to say that he will be even more social than his sister. he loves to smile at anyone and everyone, although he reserves the biggest and best smiles for his dad and his sister. he is in love with Amelia, and once he can sit up, my parenting job will be so much easier, because i’ll just make sure he’s sitting somewhere where he can see his sister and I won’t have to worry about entertaining him. right now, he loves to be held looking out so he can see as much as he possibly can. he really is only unhappy if he can’t see enough of the people or things that interest him. 

i go back to work soon (even sooner now that this is late), and while i get worried that he isn’t even four months old, and there will be some rough spots because of that (vote for paid maternity leave for all), i know that he will be fine. he knows how to go with the flow and even though he’s a mama’s boy, he will learn to be okay without me.

little william: i’ve learned that i live for your smile, especially when it’s prefaced by your “what are you looking at?” face. i am loving this stage with you, but also am so impatient to see what type of person you will be as you grow. i’m so excited to see how you and your sister are together as you get bigger and more able to “keep up” with her. thank you for being so sweet and for bringing our family so much happiness.

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