Archive for October, 2006

4 1/2 Months Old

Wow! Daniel is growing so fast. He’s almost as big as the 2-year-old I babysit. He’s bigger than two of the 9-month-olds at our church. He outgrows his clothes so fast, we’ve begun only buying him shirts and pants (no more onesies). They last longer.

Today, I sat him up and let go to see what he’d do… he stayed sitting by himself for about 30 seconds–long enough for me to call Dan out of the bathroom to see him before he fell over. I’m so excited for him to be able to sit up. It’s the first step in him graduating from a lap baby to more of an independent baby. My back needs a break!

Lately I’ve been having a very sore stiff neck and upper back¬†from carrying around¬†my hefty baby. When I went in for a massage, the masseuse commented that I was very tense and needed to have several more longer deep tissue sessions because I had so much tension in my muscles. I have noticed also that my arms are getting nice and toned. Some days, I wake up feeling like I’ve been to the gym lifting weights.

We’ve been very slowly introducing solid foods to Daniel–not as meals yet, just as tastes, to see how he reacts. Last week, I let him taste a bit of avocado. A couple days ago, he got to taste banana. He won’t get to actually eat any of these things for about one more month when his digestive system is more mature. For now, he just gets to taste a few things while we eat our dinner so he stays calm long enough to let us finish eating.

One of his bottom teeth is starting to move around in his gums. Some days we can feel a little ridge, and other days we can’t. He’ll probably start cutting the tooth in the next month or so… but we’re told that teething can be a very long and slow process–so who knows.

The hair on Daniel’s head that used to be that sweet soft baby hair is making way for his big-boy hair. There are only a few little wispy pieces of the baby hair left on the very top of his head. The rest of it is coarser and feels like big-boy hair. It’s still pretty thin, but it contributes to him looking much older than he really is.

He recently went through a period of time when he was waking up every 2-3 hours to nurse–like when he was first born. Thankfully that’s going away again and I’ve been able to get a little more sleep. I was feeling like a zombie. And being tired added tension to my already tense neck. I’ve also been drinking a bit of coffee on a daily basis again. As a nursing mother, I’m supposed to limit my caffeine intake, but the benefits of my getting a cup of wake-up juice in the morning outweigh the unhealthiness of it.

And with that, I’m going to finish my coffee and try to do something productive.

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