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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Shared Growth

I find it endlessly amazing and frustrating that as I figure out exactly what Nathan needs in order to thrive and be in good health, he grows and changes so that I no longer know. This past 8.5 months have literally flown by with Nathan learning new things all the time, and with me struggling to keep up! In a good way, usually.

Of course the worst part is his sleep. Being the at-home caretaker (and the one with the breasts for feeding) I am the one who is typically up whenever Nathan is. Even when my husband gives me a night off, I wake up with each little noise Nathan makes (I have always been a light sleeper, and even more so now). Right now, for some reason (be it a tooth or a possible milestone approaching) his sleep is just awful. He wakes 3-4 times just while I'm asleep. This past 3 nights, anyway. And he wakes around 6am on top of that. Just exhausting! Oh well, as they say, this too shall pass.

Two weeks ago we started working with Nathan on sign language! I am excited for when he starts repeating it back to me, although I know that won't happen for around 8 more weeks (or longer). Thus far, we're only on the most basic (and necessary) of signs, such as: Food, more, all done, water, milk. There's also non-ASL gestures or body language like when he wants up he raises his arms up (like most babies, I think).

On top of that, we introduced dairy into his diet recently. He really loves yogurt! I have been quite excited to work with him on finger foods, but he gets frustrated/bored/something and stops trying after a while. That's alright, practice every day and he'll get it eventually!

He still isn't really crawling yet. Part due to how big of a boy he is (already 26 pounds and 30 inches!). I have been giving him tons of tummy time to encourage him, but I'm wondering what else I could be doing. I've tried crawling around myself to help show him, I've helped scoot his legs one by one, and I've tried taking his pants off (he slips around a lot on the hardwood floors and his mats). However, I think all that I need to do is just let him be and let him figure it out in his own time. So that's what I'm doing now.

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