This past month has absolutely whipped by! Ace celebrated Halloween for the first time, started on solids, and has been showing more and more of his personality. Our little family of three had so much fun this month. The mild weather meant nightly walks to the nearby playground and lots of time outside.
Physically, Ace barely grew at all this month. The hubby and I forgot to weigh him this past weekend, but his last weigh-in from the previous week had him at 19 lbs. 4 oz. and still at 28 inches. The slow down in growth is definitely welcome since I am quite fond of his little wardrobe right now and not so fond of buying more clothes.
Ace trying to take down his stuffed panda:
Socialization was the name of the game this month. As were cuddles. Lots of little cuddles where Ace smushes his face into your shoulder and chest while his arms are around you, and get this . . . sighs. Cute right?
Ace also loves to sit and “talk” with us. He squeals, he babbles, he hums, and he coos. He has even started mimicking our facial expressions, especially his father’s. He also does a spot-on Mick Jagger impersonation.
His father taught him to make his rrrroar-face just in time for Halloween.
We started Ace on solid foods this month. I wrote all about it here. So far he has eaten sweet potato, oats, apple, and pear. No allergies yet *fingers crossed*.
With eating, Ace has gotten lots of practice sitting up. He sat up in a high chair at a restaurant for the first time in the cafe at IKEA. No swedish meatballs for him yet though.
He can’t sit up on his own outside of a high chair yet, but he does a pretty good job of playing with the boppy pillow behind him just in case he flops backwards. Which happens often.
Rolling over is still a no-go, but Ace still manages to get himself into some crazy predicaments.
90% of the time, Ace is a great sleeper. He sleeps typically from 6:00/6:30 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. with one wake up to nurse. The morning hours still get tricky, especially with our recent time change. He has been known to wake up as early as 4:30 a.m., but we are sticking with the suggestion from the book “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child” and trying to leave him in his crib until 6:00 a.m.
Ace is still a champion napper and usually gets in at least two long naps a day. I never thought I would be saying that two months ago. He mostly falls asleep while nursing but does a good job of soothing himself to sleep if nursing doesn’t do the trick. I can’t say enough good things about “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child”. It has been such a great tool for us.
- Nursery rhymes. “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and “Itsy Bitsy Spider” are faves.
- Library story time.
- Baby Bjorn walks with Dad (another reason minimal weight gain is probably a good thing).
- Playing with Mortimer the Moose and his O-ball
- Pears and apples
- Sophie the Giraffe Teether, which was a gift from my friend Katie. This is the only thing that keeps him entertained in his car seat and stroller.
- Bottles of pumped milk (UGH!)
- The sound of aluminum foil (?).
- The sound of window shades being pulled (??).
- The sound of the shower curtains being opened (!!!).
- Staying up past 6:30 p.m.
Here are some other photos from this month: