Sunday, June 29, 2008

Updates, Part 2

  • On the move! Gavin is getting really close to walking. Only a week and a half ago (Thursday, June 19, at 10 1/2 months) he officially started "crawling". I set him down in the kitchen in the morning and walked several steps away, and he promptly "crawled" right over to me. Now, this "crawling" is not the normal hands-and-knees type - it's more of sitting on his bum with one leg back and one leg Indian-style in front, using his hands to scoot forward. (I'll have to post a video sometime soon.) But it certainly works and he has gotten quite fast at it. However, his favorite thing to do to get around is to walk holding onto someone's finger with his left hand. He's been doing this for quite a while now (see previous post and video). A pretty close second is cruising around along the furniture, walls, or whatever else he can lean against. He's been letting go and taking a couple steps recently, which has resulted in quite a few bruises. I can't imagine he won't be walking before his first birthday.
  • Talking up a storm! His verbal/language skills seem to be taking off like mad. Today, he absolutely said "cherry" (no "r"s, sounds like "che-hee") five or six times while we were giving him cherries and he wanted more. He's said "hello" ("hey-o") on many occasions and often says "up" (when he wants to get off the changing table, used to be when he wanted to be picked up but not now that he wants to walk everywhere!). Some of the words he leaves off the last consonants but gets the vowel sounds right, like "bath" ("ba!!!" when I ask if he wants to take a bath or we're in the bathroom and he sees the tub), "duck" ("du" when he's playing with his rubber duck, sees the ducks on his new toothbrush, or sees ducks in his books), and "dog" ("do" when we're looking at books, mainly). He also says "mama" (often "ma-ma-ma") and "daddy" (usually "da!"). He knows what quite a few other words mean (he probably understands more than I think he does!), like avocado (his absolute favorite food, closely followed by cherries and scrambled egg yolks), outside, squash, no, milk (does the sign sometimes), more (does the sign), eat (does the sign), nap, just a minute, baby and book (I'm sure there are more but I can't think of them right now). Just today I was noticing that his babbling is starting to sound a lot more word-like, with the cadence and emphasis of conversation rather than just lots of noises. Although he does still really like just making noise, too!
  • Second tooth! I'm still not sure if that thing has cut all the way through or not, but the second bottom tooth (on his left) is at least partially in. It takes Gavin soooooo long to cut a tooth! I think this one has given us at least 3 if not 4 weeks of intermittent days (or portions thereof) where he's on the edge of crying constantly unless I give him Tylenol, nursing a ton, and generally irritability. And this is only the second tooth! Can't wait for those molars (groan!!)....
  • Avocado monster! Gavin's absolute favorite food is avocado. He has eaten a whole (small-ish) one in one day. Did you know a large avocado can have 700 calories?? How is he not a million pounds by now?? He has been consuming food in general in super-large quantities recently. A normal lunch or dinner could be, for example, 2 egg yolks (scrambled), 1/3 to 1/2 an avocado, baked apples sliced (with cinnamon!) equal to about 1/4 or 1/3 of a medium-sized apple, 5 to 8 cooked baby carrots, a couple tablespoons of cheerio-like cereal and possibly something else. (Yesterday he ate almost a whole cup applesauce after we thought he might be done with dinner.) And this happens twice a day, in addition breakfast (much smaller, but still 1/3 cup baby cereal), 2 snacks, and breast milk about 5 times each day! He eats most of the things we've offered him, but has a hard time with coarser texture, like rice and chicken breasts (a couple things have made him gag and throw up - ick). Peaches, nectarines and apricots (all fresh) give him a nasty diaper rash, which is a bummer because he loves them. Most of what he eats is regular people-food, cooked until very soft or very soft or easy to eat to begin with. He still eats some baby food, especially when we're not at home, but he's not a fan if that's all he gets for days on end. His repertoire currently includes: Grains - baby rice cereal, baby oatmeal cereal, baby multi-grain cereal, cheerio-like cereal, rice puffs, shredded wheat, whole wheat pasta (with a little basil or sage); Protein - egg yolks, ground chicken, lentils; Fruits - cherries, apples, applesauce, pears, blueberries, bananas, avocado; Vegetables - squash, broccoli, sweet potatoes, green beans (baby food type only), green peas, carrots. I'm sure there's more but I can't remember them all right now!

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