Holy cow – we’re in the double digits!
I always find these posts super hard to write out because, where do I even start when talking about my kid?! There is just so much to say.
First of all, I’m pretty sure Marc and I are never going to sit down again. This kid is seriously ALWAYS on the move! He’s always been a mover (even as a newborn – he didn’t like when we would sit still while holding him!) and that innate sense of activity has definitely stuck with him.
He’s a master crawler now and is pulling himself up on everything and anything. He’s also “creeping” on furniture, meaning he will hang onto the couch or whatever furniture is nearby and walk. He’s definitely not walking yet, but he just started loving his Sit-To-Stand Learning Walker to hang onto and take a few steps before he runs into something.
It’s just so fun to see him learn new skills. He’s also learning to wave “hi” and “bye” and loves it when we say “Yay Lars!” and clap with him. He also definitely knows his name and I’m pretty sure he’s starting to learn the meaning of “no”. Like, when he starts to crawl over the baby desk that we have as a blockade from our den out into the living room area (I KNOW – we need a baby gate!) and I say “no Lars” he’ll stop and look back at me and climb back down. Or other times he’ll just keep going and crawl away giggling. Little stinker 😉
One VERY exciting thing for me is that he has started saying “mama.” When he first started saying the syllables “ma-ma-ma-ma” about a month ago I was pretty sure he was saying the easiest syllables. I’m fairly certain he had no idea what he was saying. But now he’ll crawl up to me and say “mama”. And then my heart melts into a big pile of mush. Gahhh it’s just so sweet.
Lars also has a few teeth! Four, to be exact. He got his bottom front two first, like most babies do. And then he decided to go the vampire route and his two lateral incisors came in. Apparently most babies have their front teeth come in next, but nope, not Lars! It is hilariously adorable 🙂
I don’t think I’m going to write out his schedule for this update, like I have in the past. Basically, he wakes up, eats, plays, naps, eats, plays, naps, eats, plays, and goes to bed. Most days 🙂 He’s been going down for the night around 6:30/7:oo and sleeping for 11-12 hours. Some mornings he’ll wake up around 4 or 5 and want to eat and then he’ll go back to sleep for an hour or two.
His naps are typically about an hour and fifteen minutes each nap, give or take. I’ve learned that just as soon we start to get in a routine of things, something will change (teething! growth spurt!) and the schedule will get thrown off. I do, however, really believe in the value of sticking to a schedule as much as possible. Obviously, life happens and we might stay out at a friends until *gasp* 7:30, meaning his bedtime gets pushed back a little but I just make sure this doesn’t happen too often.
One main difference in his schedule from his 8 month update is that he’s eating solids three times a day now! I’m still breastfeeding him 4-5 times a day, typically after he wakes up in the morning, after naps, and before bed and then he eats breakfast, lunch, and dinner about an hour after those feedings. He is SUCH a good little eater which makes my food-loving heart oh so very happy.
His typical daily menu:
Breakfast – Homemade old fashioned oats with fruit and yogurt. Sometimes I’ll add some peanut butter to his oatmeal. He’s not a huge fan of eggs so I’ve stopped trying eggs at breakfast. I recently tried peanut butter toast which he loved and he actually ate more than half of my chia pudding one morning….that little breakfast stealer!)
Lunch – This is the time of day I try to use up some of the frozen purees that I have stocked in the freezer. I’ll also give him some beans, cheese, and a cube of fruit puree. His absolute favorite is the beet, apple, and carrot puree I made him. Other lunch ideas he’s loved: bits of pita with hummus, beans and rice, quinoa mixed with squash puree, and broccoli cheddar patties.
Dinner – Meat sauce with pasta, steamed veggies cut into bite sized pieces, or anything that we are having for dinner that seems soft enough for him to eat. I’ve made a couple batches of meatballs, which he loves, a thai peanut chicken pasta that he ate for 4 days straight, and some black bean and quinoa patties that he gobbles up. At this point, there isn’t much he won’t eat.
I’m still loving the Little Foodie Cookbook, though he’s pretty much over purees. I try to sneak one or two cubes in a day so I can use up the cubes I have left in my freezer. I’ll put a fruit puree in his oatmeal, dip his chicken in a squash puree, or add the marinara meat sauce to small pieces of pasta.
He is also working on mastering the pincer grasp and while he has trouble picking up slippery things like cantaloupe or banana, he has no problem picking up pieces of chicken, peanut butter toast, or black beans. He is definitely one determined little guy when it comes to picking up his food!
Other fun things we’ve done over the past two months:
We went to Florida for vacation! We went to Rosemary Beach, Florida with my mom’s family for spring break and it was a blast. Lars loved the water and while he wasn’t sure about the beach at first (he didn’t cry, he just wouldn’t put his knees down on it while crawling – pretty funny!), he loved it after the first day. He was also VERY spoiled the entire week by all of his family members. I pretty much had to beg to hold my own child! 😉
One tough thing about that vacation was he didn’t sleep well AT ALL. By the end of vacation, I needed another vacation to catch up on sleep.
Easter! We went to church and had brunch with Marc’s parents, brother, his wife, and our nephew. The two boys looked pretty darn cute, if I do say 🙂
Now that the weather is getting nicer we’ve been going on lots and lots of walks and runs. I’m so thankful that Lars loves spending time in the stroller. While he usually likes to be on the move and doesn’t like sitting still, something about being outside and rolling in the stroller keeps him super calm. I think we both need our outdoor time.
We’ve also been spending a lot of time in the backyard, which means Lars and Maddie have been getting some quality playtime in. Maddie has a couple of tennis balls which they will play their own version of “fetch” with. Keep in mind, I’m using the term “fetch” very loosely.
Marc and I also took our first baby-free vacation! We spent six days in Saint Thomas and it was pure heaven on earth. While I missed Lars SO much, I knew he was in great hands with my parents, and it was a really great vacation.
Products we have been loving:
I haven’t talked much about skin and hair products that I use on Lars because I don’t want to come off preachy or hippie but basically, I try to keep the food I feed him and the things I put on his body as natural and organic as possible. I try to stick with buying organic produce that’s in the Dirty Dozen for all of our foods but especially his and have done my research on the bath wash and lotions that I use on him.
Up until recently I was using SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Chamomile & Argan Oil Baby Head-to-Toe Wash & Shampoo which I liked and Lars didn’t have any reactions to it – I also love the way it smells! However, when I saw that Beautycounter* was coming out with a new baby line, I was very curious to try it.
*Note – I am not a Beautycounter rep! BUT one of my very favorite Minnesota blogger friend’s is, and she reached out to me about trying the new baby line that Beauty Counter just launched.
I have to say, while I do miss the yummy scent from the other baby wash and lotion I was using, it does feel good using a product on him that I know is free of any bad chemicals and potential carcinogens and is safe for his skin. Ultimately, I can get over the lack of scent (and just breathe in his baby scent!) for the peace of mind in knowing the product is safe for him.
Which brings me to a really fun part of this post – a GIVEAWAY! I get to give away one complete Baby Collection including the body wash, protective balm, and soothing oil. I have loved using the soothing oil as part of Lars’ bedtime routine.
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