Thursday, May 3, 2012

Hayden's New Tricks

Hayden turned 8 months old on Tuesday and along with his new age, he has also acquired a few new tricks!  

  • He's on day 3 of crawling- Basically he drags himself on his belly from one point to another. He's still pretty slow, but he's getting there. He pushes with his toes and pulls himself forward with his hands. It's pretty cute to watch. 
  • He isn't much of a sitter, because he'd rather be standing or rolling than anything else, unless he's sitting in his high chair or on my lap- he loves that. But when it comes to sitting up on his own, he straightens his back and throws himself back. This week, though, he has been doing so much better. He only lasts a few seconds before he tips over, but he's doing it without support. 
  • Hayden has also figured out how to spit and blow bubbles and thinks it's especially funny while eating. 
  • As of yesterday he also now has a fake laugh. He and my mom were playing together and he started "fake" laughing at her. 

  • Hayden is related to Houdini. Ever since he was teeny, I've swaddled him. At first it was in a swaddle blanket but he always managed to break loose and pop his arms out, which would wake him up. We gave up on the swaddle blanket and I switched to a blanket and just wrapped him tightly in that. As he got older, bigger and stronger that quit working as well. I bought a Dream Swaddle (see this video) and that works really well. A little too well I think, because he can't move in it at all and that pisses him off then he wakes himself up from grunting and tossing back in forth in attempts to free his arms. He can go to sleep without being swaddled but he doesn't stay asleep. Anyway, last night, he kept pulling his right arm out and I kept tucking it back in. I finally just left him alone and let it stay out of the blanket, after all he was asleep and it didn't seem to be bothering him that way. Not five minutes later he was awake again and Mr. H went in to check on him. He not only had the other arm out, but he had managed to pull it out of his pajama sleeve! He thought it was the funniest thing ever and just laughed about it, so I turned on the light and took pictures, which of course made him laugh even more. He's so goofy. Did I mention this was at 4:30am?
  • Hayden loves watches! It doesn't matter who is wearing the watch, what color it is, or how big it is. He is just so curious and wants to touch, play with and eat it. 
  • He's also discovered Daddy's chest hair. Hayden sits on Daddy's lap, pulls his tank top back with his left hand then attacks the hair with his right hand and rubs his hands through it trying to figure it out. 
  • He shakes his head back and forth really fast. If he's laying on a flat surface, he does this in addition to moving his legs up and down and shaking his whole body. He's a nut!
  • I read that babies experience "separation anxiety" at about 7 months old and boy are they right. I can't leave the room or go out of Hayden's sight without him whining for me to come back. As soon as I come back, he's hunky dory again. It's kind of funny, but annoying at the same time. 
  • He's working on cutting a tooth on his lower right side. I can feel a little lump on that side so I know it's coming any day now. 
  • He's about 27 inches long and 19 pounds. 
  • He's eating rice and oat cereal, carrots, sweet potato, peas, pears, apple, banana, squash, sweet potato with corn, and pear with pineapple. He eats two "meals" and drinks about 3-4 bottles a day. 
That's about it for now, but he learns something new everyday. 


From the Kitchen said...

How do you get anything done except playing with that adorable boy? Isn't it fun to watch him discover and grow?


Tina Rochefort said...

I just want to tell you that I lost my 3rd baby to 2nd trimester loss on January 29th 2012. The first 2 I lost 6 months apart. When we tried and got pregnant a year after our 2nd loss I had a transvaginal cerclage that worked and after 6months of moderate bedrest our beautiful and healthy son Joel, was born. He is three now. We tried to get pregnant with a second after he turned 2 we found out in Oct 2011 we were expecting and at 15 weeks I started with preterm labor and was stuck in the hospital during Christmas and then home on strict bedrest for 2 weeks then back in the hospital for 2 weeks when I had to deliver at 21 weeks...our sweet baby girl...our Analyn was born still. I have a appt in a couple weeks to talk about the TAC but my docs are not sure if I have incomptent cervix. I know this is long and lengthy but just reading your blog today about your sweet little one and all they milestones he is hitting so reminds me of my early days with Joel. It gets so fun as the months go on and I don't think I have ever laughed so much in my life watching and listening to all of his ideas as he grows. God Bless.

meemawfish said...

He is so beautiful. I just love that he is doing all this stuff because it seems like he was just born.


Anonymous said...

I loved reading about your little Houdini. I've been following your blog for some time and find it quite inspiring.

I have a 3 month old who is also an expert at getting out of his swaddle. I've been taking baby massage classes and asked my instructors about it they suggested that when our little ones are old enough to break their arms free from the swaddle to switch to swaddling from the armpits down so their arms are free. It still gives the amazing sleep benefit and keeps kids happy because they don't have to struggle to break their arms free. Haven't tried it yet though. . .