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Levi at Nine, Ten, and Eleven Months

Reposted from Parker Haus Grows
Whoops! A whole quarter of a year has passed between formal updates!  We’ve been too busy loving and living life!

Nine Months
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This month really started out crummy, it felt like you (and we) were constantly sick.  Couple that with some teething and Wonder Week fussy periods and things were a bit overwhelming. As you got over your illnesses and emerged from your Wonder Week we were rewarded with so much advancement and new abilities.  You started crawling and quickly started to pull up on things.  You started saying Dada and Maaaaa.  The later usually when you are upset and want to nurse!  At the end of this month you got your first top tooth (lateral incisor) and we can see the whites of 2 more.  You are so excited to be able to chase the kitty and you love to shower Hugo with hugs (tackles) and kisses (eating of fur)!

Ten Months
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Imagine our surprise when you crawled through the pet door on your baby gate! You watched Hugo go through it, thought about it for a minute and then very skillfully put your head through, only getting stuck at the hips. You quickly figured out how to turn your hips to slip through.  You attacked the stairs similarly. You watched Hugo run up a couple of stairs, thought about it and then started climbing to chase him. He would go up a few stairs and wait for you to catch up then go up a few more.  You observe and then execute. I think we are going to have to watch out for you!  This month you started to join us in the kitchen while cooking (you can go through the pet door so there is no keeping you out).  You love to pull down nesting bowls of all shapes and sizes.  You especially like the metal mesh strainers.  We put the strainers over our faces and sing “I’m a baby (or mama) beekeeper. Buzzz Buzzz Buzzz”.  You also love the magnets on our filing cabinet- specifically you like a Chinese mask magnet that a coworker gave me years ago.  You started swim lessons this month.  You love the pool and we have had so much fun alternating which one of us gets in the pool with you.  You aren’t a fan of floating on your back and you twist and turn in our arms every time we try to float you on your back.  You don’t mind getting your head wet or putting your face in the water.

Daycare told us that you are a pacifier thief! You crawl around and take pacifiers out of the mouths of the younger babies and promptly put the paci in your mouth. Strange since you haven’t been interested in a paci for months! You are also very interested in hair.  You find your own hair (which is slowly growing) fascinating as well as other people’s hair. Poor Emily at daycare sometimes gets her hair pulled because she has so much more of it than you and you can’t keep your hands off it. 😦

You are eating everything and anything.  I don’t think you have met a food that you don’t like.  As a result you often don’t finish all 3 of your bottles at daycare.  You tried sushi for the first time and you love it!  You are also a big fan of Korean food.  This month we also worked on drinking from a straw cup in preparation for moving up to the waddler class at daycare.  This month your two front teeth came in bringing your total tooth count to 5.  We can see a fourth tooth on top but it doesn’t seem to be moving very quickly.

Eleven Months
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This month you really seem like a little boy and not a baby anymore.  You surf on everything and you are getting to where you can stand without holding something for support.  You learned that you can climb under things this month and you learned how to climb into (and out of) an empty bath tub.  You are starting to express your displeasure at things vocally- yelling at us if we try to take something from you that you aren’t supposed to have (like eating cat food).  Similarly you are having conversations with us, you answer our questions and you tell us stories complete with lots of hand gestures- we just don’t understand your words yet.  You have been signing “fan” for a long time but we think you are also starting to sign “all done”. You most definitely understand the following signs:

  • “nursing”
  • “all done”
  • “cat”
  • “light”
  • “momma”
  • “dada”
  • “silly”
  • “fan”

At different times we have heard you say the following words very clearly (but not consistently):

  • “all done”
  • “yeah”
  • “kitty”
  • “cat”
  • “light”

You have a couple distinctive “Levi words”. We aren’t sure what they mean but you say them often and with purpose. The one you use the most is “Adat”- I think this means “cat”.

You finished up swim lessons this month. You are a little more tolerant of being on your back, but still not a fan. You love going under water and jumping off the side of the pool into our arms. Your daycare class started going outside on nice days and you love it! You pitch a fit when you have to come in though! Your daycare teachers are bursting to tell us all the silly things that you did that day, like crawling in one of the bins that goes under the cribs and putting yourself under the crib.  They tell us that you are very loving and affectionate with your classmates.  You like to stroke their cheeks and hair (an improvement from pulling hair last month).  You look at the teachers to make sure it is ok before continuing.  However, you like to lean in for kisses too!  With one eye on your teacher you open your mouth wide and lean in for a “kiss”- a quick shake of the head tells you that you shouldn’t be doing that. Persistent boy that you are-you wait a few minutes before trying again.   You also love to hug (aka tackle) your friends at school.  Usually they “hug” you back but if you upset them you usually burst into tears along with them.

The fourth top tooth finally broke through at the end of this month. You were working on that tooth for a long time!  Unfortunately we think you are starting to work on your molars.  Teething is the pits!

One more month to 1 year.  I cannot believe time has passed so quickly.

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Levi at Seven Months (Belated)

This post is a cross-post from Parker Haus Grows

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A bit late, but here is a look back at your 7th month. At the end of your 7th month your first tooth popped through. We knew it wouldn’t be long because the whole month was filled with lots of drool, fussing, and everything.goes.in.the.mouth. Your Granddude was certain a tooth wasn’t far away when he visited for Thanksgiving. You had so much fun with Granddude, showing him how you try to crawl and move around. You also showed him what a great eater you are, both at home and at restaurants. You had turkey for Thanksgiving dinner as well as green beans and potatoes.
You and Hugo are really becoming friends. You love to pet him “gentle” and every once in a while you will tackle him, Richard Sherman style. He is usually surprised, as are you, and he escapes unharmed. You both have an affection for a certain soft throw blanket and love to snuggle up with it.
You continue to enjoy cheering the Seahawks on every Sunday in your Marshawn Lynch jersey (momma has a matching one). Seahawks football is the only TV you are allowed to watch.
You really are a joyful and sweet baby boy. We are such lucky parents.

xoxo,
momma and daddy

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Levi at Six Months

 

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Six months is such a fun time! You are so interactive and busy all the time. Your personality is really starting to shine through. You are always smiling, very loving and affectionate, and a little bit silly. You look more and more like your dad every day.
This month we visited The Great Salt Lake with grandma and grandpa. You continue to be a great traveler, much our pleasure.
You could spend hours sitting, surrounded by toys. This month you really started to like stuffed animals. You have a musical panda from your cousin C, a soft blue Build-a-Bear from mommy’s friend H, and 2 stuffed foxes from Ikea. You love to give them kisses and hugs.
Speaking of kisses and hugs you have become very affectionate with dad and I. You love to “suck” on our faces (dad’s nose and my chin) it makes us giggle and we think it is your version of kisses.

At the end of this month you began eating solid food. Your first foods were streamed broccoli, streamed carrot, banana, and pasta. Carrot seemed to be your favorite but you also seemed to like banana. You made lots of faces eating broccoli but you kept coming back for more. You actually ate very little, but that is ok, it is more about letting you discover tastes and textures of food.

We also started using baby sign language with you. Our most consistent sign that we use is cat, but we also sign for milk, gentle, soft, light, fan, change diaper, mommy, daddy, grandma, and grandpa. The kitties are by far your favorite things the house. If you could get up and walk I think you would chase Hugo all day. You are very interested in moving but haven’t figured out this crawling business.

We had so much fun taking your photo this month. Below are some out takes that show your personality. Love you Levi!

Xoxo,
momma and daddy

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Levi at Five Months

This is cross post from Parker Haus Grows.

About a month ago I went back to work. And the blog posts stopped. I promise this won’t turn into a series of monthly updates. I’m getting into the rhythm of this whole working mom thing and hopefully can crank out a few posts on the topic here soon. But for now we are celebrating 5 months with Levi.

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At the start of this last month I went back to work and you started daycare.  You have so much fun at daycare and while I would love to stay home with you, I also really love my job.  Thankfully you have thrived at daycare, coming home doing all sorts of new things like sticking out your tongue and making funny faces.  You have also come home with some germs and the common cold. Oh well!

These new faces that you make crack us up! Combine your funny faces with a love of babbling and laughter and you can see why we could sit and chat with you for hours.  You really are a delight.

You started tripoding a couple of weeks ago, which quickly progressed to sitting.  You are pretty good at keeping your balance for a while, until you fall over.  You don’t cry though, just laugh and wait for us to help you up again into sitting position.  With all of this sitting you are much less interested in rolling over though.  When you do tummy time you have started to try to propel yourself forward. Sometimes you end up pivoting on your tummy and other times you plant your face in the floor and try to drive yourself forward with your legs. Neither methods are very successful at this time but it doesn’t stop you from trying.

Some of your favorite toys at the moment are Sophie the giraffe, your wubbanub, the bright starts clack and slide activity ball, the winkle, the O ball, and your dinosaur bath toys.  But really I think your favorite toys are your hands and fingers.  You love the stare at your fingers and gently tap them together (as if plotting to take over the world). You turn your hands over and over to examine them and the are constantly in your mouth.  You use them to explore our faces (and our mouths) and I swear you could entertain yourself for hours examining your hands.

You, sir, are a complete joy.  We don’t even mind too much that you are still in your 4 month sleep regression (only sleeping 2 hours at a time at night) when you wake up you have smiles and giggles for both of us. Our lives are brighter because you are in them.

♡ You little boy!

Momma and Daddy

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Soaking it up

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Tomorrow morning Matt and I are going to drop Levi off for a trial day of day care. I plan to pick him up after about a half day. He will do another half day on Friday and again on Monday. Tuesday he starts his full time Monday through Friday schedule.

I have been trying to soak up all the snuggles and just the two of us time I can this week. I am looking forward to getting back to work and for him to be with other kids. I am even looking forward to him getting better about taking a bottle and perhaps getting on a little bit if a schedule.

I am also going to miss him. UGH. I am blessed to have been able to spend the first 4 months of his life with him 24/7.

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Needless to say, my arms are going to feel a little empty tomorrow morning.

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A Day in the Life: Infant Edition

This is a cross post from Parker Haus Grows…. I love reading blogger’s day in the life posts. I wanted to capture a day while I am still home with Levi. With the help of my cell phone camera and the baby connect app here is one 24 hour period in the Parker Haus.

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4:01 am:
Wake up for second nighttime feeding after a 4 hour stretch. The first sleep of the night was also a 4 hour stretch so I feel like I have won the lottery. The past week had been filled with wake every 2 hour nights. Matt gets up and feeds the kitties while I nurse for 19 minutes, put Levi back in the crib and fall back to sleep.

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6:34 am:
Wake up for the day. Someone is very smiley this morning! While Matt is in the shower I nurse Levi (11 minutes). 

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I shower and get ready while Matt gives Levi his medicine (Nystatin for a reoccurrence of thrush-ugh).

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7:34 am:
Pack breakfast for Matt and take daily vitamins with glass of OJ… not really breakfast but it is something. Levi supervises from the comfort of his BebePod.

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8:12 am:
We drop off Matt at work. Starbucks on the way. Levi falls asleep 5 minutes before we get to work.

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He sleeps in his carseat for another half hour while I drive to my first appointment.

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8:45 am:
We stop at the post office to mail the grandparents these adorable (double sided) photo blocks.

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9:00 am:
I have a physical therapy appointment. Levi spends half of the appointment with me (sitting on my belly and nursing (14 minutes) and half the appointment with one of the physical therapists who offered to hold him.

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10:20 am:
Diaper change on the tailgate of our Honda Element before we leave the PT office. I call to check on the time of the drop in breastfeeding clinic. It is at 11:30 and not too far away. I decide to kill some time and drop in. I have lots of questions about pumping and returning to work.

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10:45 am:
Early lunch, drive-through because Levi has fallen asleep for nap number 2. Drive-through is a lifesaver with a sleeping baby in the car. I check social media while he naps for another half hour.

11:30 am:
The breastfeeding clinic is very helpful! I find out that the distracted nursing is normal for this stage, that he is crying while nursing when he is over simulated, and got lots of good info for going back to work.  He nurses only a little (less than 10 min) because the other babies are a bit distracting and falls asleep around noon, sleeping in my arms for 45 minutes while I talk with the lactation consultant.

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1:09 pm:
Before we drive home I take advantage of the Dr office’s changing table for another diaper change.

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1:40 pm:
We arrive home. What a busy morning! I go straight up stairs to nurse.

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1:45 pm:
Levi is still a bit over simulated and has a hard time settling down to nurse. We nurse for about 15 minutes with lots of breaks to smile at mommy and chatter. Eventually I give up on the nursing and just snuggle him and have “conversations”.

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2:17 pm:
I offer him the other side and he is much more focused with his nursing. A good 20 minutes of nursing. Cheese takes advantage of my reclined positron to perch on my hip and get some snuggles.

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2:46 pm:
I strip him down to his diaper because he got warm in his sleeper. Minutes later he is out. Poor little guy was exhausted.

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3:46 pm:
He is still sleeping. I start putting together this post while he sleeps.

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5:15 pm:
Still sleeping but I have to go get Matt at work so I wake him up. Not a happy camper.
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Levi gets a diaper change and a new outfit. I love the baby cargo pants! As soon as I took his diaper off though he started peeing again. Oh the joys of motherhood! When you have a little boy you get real good at deflecting the “open air accident”.
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5:32 pm:
I called Matt to make sure he was ok with me picking him up late. Levi was quite hungry after a 2 hour 45 minute nap. He says to take my time.
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5:45 pm:
The natives are restless. It has been over 12 hrs since Cheee and Hugo ate. Cheese is on a gain weight plan and Hugo is on a lose weight plan so they have to be fed separately. While I wait for Cheese to finish eating (under the crib because she “feels safer” from Hugo there) I start a load of cloth diapers. I do a cold rinse without any detergent first. Typically I wash diapers every other day.

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6:30 pm: 
We pick up Matt at work which takes much longer than normal. I stop for gas and traffic is heavy due to rain. Yes you read that right, in Seattle drivers forget how to drive in the rain even though it does so frequently. It is raining hard which is unusual for Seattle and there is thunder which is a rarity in Seattle. One of the roads on my way is flooded so I have to take a detour. We have a Skype date at 7 with Matt’s parents so I text them to let them know we will be a little late. We have a little bit of a wait in the parking lot for Matt. Levi is fussy so I jump in the backseat and get him out of his car seat. What a ham! Matt drives home and I order sandwiches and salad from our favorite pizza joint.
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7:20 pm:
Levi shows off his bebepod skills in our weekly Skype date with my in-laws. He hasn’t gotten the hang of the Skype screen and is mostly interested in the thumbnail that shows our video. What can I say, my kiddo likes to look at himself! Skype dates are really nice ways for my in-laws to see how he is growing and changing.
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7:45 pm:
Levi nurses then gets a diaper change while I run the diapers through a warm wash cycle. This is likely the last diaper change before he goes to bed so I put him in a disposable. Usually he gets a double stuffed cloth diaper for overnight but my overnights had to be replaced by the manufacturer so we are currently without cloth for overnight.
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8:45 pm:
Matt and I enjoy a very late dinner. We take turns eating while the other snuggles and rocks Levi.
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9:00 pm:
I nurse Levi one last time before he falls asleep for the night. While I am nursing Matt runs the diapers through a final warm rinse. He transfers a sleeping Levi to his crib at the foot of our bed. We spend an hour or so catching up before turning in for the night at 10:30.

What a busy day! Some parts were typical and others were definitely not normal (hello, super late dinner!). I am glad I took the time to document this stage in our lives.  Things are about to change in a few weeks when I go back to work. EEEP!

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First illness

This is a cross post from Parker Haus Grows.

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Really, this is a first that I wasn’t looking forward to. Last week Levi had cold symptoms. He was congested, fussy, and tired. His temp only got above 99.1 once so I just kept an eye on it and nursed and snuggled with him lots. His appetite wasn’t as good as normal and he wanted to sleep more. Wednesday of this week he developed a barking cough.  Matt and I both suspected croup and a Dr visit Thursday morning verified it. Armed with two prescriptions we holed up at home in bed, lots of rest and nursing.
He is sleeping more, eating a bit less than normal, but still his smiling cheery self when he is awake.

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Matt and I believe that we shouldn’t keep him in a bubble. We have never shied away from taking him out in public, visiting the zoo for the first time at 3 weeks and taking him for a 2 week trip at 2 months. Sure this exposes him to more germs but it also gives him a wider range of antibodies as my breast milk contains antibodies for things he and I encounter.

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Sometimes you need 3 forms of comfort. Wubbanub, A&A Blanket, and robot lovey.

In a month he will be starting day care. At day care he will encounter germs that I won’t encounter because I won’t be with him all day.  This means my breast milk won’t contain antibodies for these germs. I am sure more illness is in our future but I hope that by taking him out and about I have boosted his immune system these first 4 months.
I like to call this philosophy the “let them eat dirt” parenting style.
It doesn’t make seeing him sick any easier though.
What is your go-to way to comfort a stick baby?

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