Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Trying to catch up on what Gavin is doing

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I feel like there is so much to write about and so many things I don't want to forget when these baby days are behind us that I don't quite know where to begin. So, sorry if this post is a little random and incomplete!

Gavin is a pro at sitting now. He can twist around and grab something nearly behind him and can bend all the way in half (with his head almost touching the floor) to reach something in front of him. He also can lean to the side and get himself back to upright again. He pretty much doesn't accidentally tip over anymore (but sometimes does on purpose, especially backwards when the boppy is around him). He is getting more comfortable with being on his stomach and doesn't necessarily immediately roll over (or try to roll in mid-air when he realizes he's about to be set down on his stomach!). He will tolerate being on his hands and knees for several seconds, but I don't think he's figured out that he could get places if he moved while in that position.

About a week ago I noticed that he somehow scoots upwards (i.e., in the direction of his head) in his crib when we put him down for a nap but before he's asleep. I'll come in to check on him a few minutes after putting him down, and he'll be a good 6 inches away from where he started. But I haven't actually seen what he does in order to get there. Before this he pretty much stayed completely put in the crib (or other sleeping device).

We started putting Gavin in his own room in his crib at night about three weeks ago. So far he usually sleeps there until he wakes up to eat, maybe at 1am or so, when I feed him in our bed and usually promptly fall asleep. If I wake back up, I'll take him back to his crib where he'll sleep until he wants to eat somewhere around 6 or 7. If it's 6, he'll sleep the last hour or so in our bed. I need to start being more disciplined about taking him back to his crib, but lately I've been so tired I just don't have the willpower to make myself stay awake at night when it's optional. What's very cute is when he wakes up in the morning next to me, if I am still dozing or have my eyes closed, he'll often tap my face or grab my lips as if to say "good morning, mama! wake up!".

Gavin also likes to play with my face while he's nursing. Usually he'll grab my nose or just play with my face, but sometimes he grabs my lips or, recently, my ear. At his 6-month doctor appointment he weighed 16 pounds and 10 ounces and was 25 1/2 inches long. At that point, we had only given him a tiny amount of rice cereal starting a week beforehand. It's pretty amazing to think that all 16 and a half pounds of him has been made from me.

We gave Gavin his first meal of "solid food" (rice cereal) on February 9. (See this post for the video of his first bite!) He loves rice cereal (we use the organic brown rice kind) when it's made with breastmilk. We've also given him jarred baby food peas, mashed (fresh) banana and jarred baby food banana. He loved the peas and seems to think fresh mashed banana is okay, but he didn't like the jarred bananas. I tasted them and can understand why - they have citric acid in them to keep them from turning brown and it adds a strong kind of sour/tart flavor (which I don't think is bad, but it's definitely not very subtle and may be too much for a developing palate). I think next week we will try fresh mashed avacado. I am thinking about making and freezing some homemade baby food since it is more nutritious, extremely less expensive and in general, more tasty. I've been looking around on this website - if anyone has other website suggestions for info about homemade baby food, please leave me a comment!

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