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Archive for June, 2011

Sitting!

Over the past few weeks, Liam has been getting better and better at sitting on his own. Well, this week, I was finally able to get a picture! He is able to sit independently, without support, until he sees something he wants to grab, and then he generally starts falling to the side.

Here is a picture of my little guy sitting on my bed all by himself!!

I can’t believe how big he is getting to be! I took a picture of him in the swing, which he has almost outgrown, this week.

For comparison, here he is in the same swing between 2 and 3 weeks old!

Other than a few onesies, he is completely out of 3-6 month clothes and wearing 6-9 month clothes on a full-time basis. Since his 6-9 month wardrobe was a bit sparse, and he had essentially zero clothes in the next size up (12 months – I can’t believe that is next!), we went shopping for him. We found quite a few things for him in his current size, but still not much in the next size. So it looks like Mommy will have to go shopping again! Darn!

Daddy rarely gets to pick out clothes for Liam, so since he was with me on the shopping trip, I allowed him to add the below Star Wars outfit to our basket. 🙂

Below is the same picture, cropped around his face. Check out the eyelashes on this little guy!!

I decided to give him a little bit of water in a sippy cup this week. To my surprise, it didn’t take long at all for him to figure out how to use it! Within minutes, he was acting like he had always used one!

That’s about it for this week!

(In case you are wondering about the necklace in most of his pictures, it is an amber teething necklace, claimed to help ease teething pain. People swear by them, so hopefully it will help the process go smoothly for Liam!)

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5 months and a week

I’m letting time get away from me again, and am late again on my weekly post! I don’t want to get in the habit of letting too much time go by between updates, as Liam changes so fast these days. I’m horrible at keeping up a written baby book, and this is my way of documenting all those milestones! I do plan to update the baby book at some point, and I’m sure I’ll be referring to this blog to do it.

This week, Liam discovered how to use his tongue! He keeps sticking it in and out, like a little lizard!

He also has figured out how to suck on his toes! He likes to do it during diaper changes and while riding in the car.

He is starting to actually like tummy time! Sometimes he will fuss if I put him on his tummy, but if I get on the floor with him, he is fine. And other times he doesn’t even complain about it one little bit! And when he is on his tummy, he has started moving his legs like crazy, as if he is thinking about crawling! I wouldn’t be surprised if a crawl, or at least a desert crawl, isn’t in our near future. Here is a video I took of him doing this last week.

He still hasn’t started rolling regularly again, but he did roll a few times this week. I don’t know if or when he’ll ever decide to do that again. I think he simply has better things to do than roll!

One of his favorite things to do is walk around the house while we hold his hands. We usually have to show him what to do for the first few steps, and then he takes off so fast, walking from room to room! Sometimes he gets so excited about it that he steps on his own feet. I need to remember to take a video clip of this.

In eating news, this week he tried sweet potatoes and bananas. He seemed to like both at first, but then wouldn’t eat either of them a second or third time. He clamped his mouth shut and so I gave up. However, I let him have some mango today, and he acted like he loved it! I’m not going to determine that he likes it though, until I try again a few more times.

He is learning how to bounce in his exersaucer, though he isn’t jumping like crazy as I’ve seen some babies do just yet. Here is a short video clip of that.

Here are some of my favorite pictures of the week! Liam got to spend some time with his cousins on Friday, and I was happy to get a few pictures of him with his newest cousin, too.

Isn't he handsome?



Ella & Liam


And since he never seems to be smiling in pictures, here are a few short clips that show he really does smile and laugh!!

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5 months!!

On Wednesday, my little guy turned 5 months old! Where is the time going? He is growing so quickly! He is currently weighing about 16 lbs 10 oz, so not too far away from doubling his birth weight of 8 lbs 7 oz! Most babies double their birth weight around 5-6 months, so it would seem he is right on schedule.

In developmental news, he is in the hard-core grabbing stage. He grabs everything he sees and, after fully examining it, puts it in his mouth. He even grabs at our faces! He loves to pull on our lips and cheeks or to simply touch our faces. I have to keep a close eye on him though, as he has grabbed pencils off the desk, and I’m afraid he will poke his eye! He also tries to grab food off my plate. He doesn’t like it when I take things away from him though – he usually lets out a little protest at first, but then is very easily sidetracked with whatever toy I give him in its place. He will also lean forward as far as he can in an attempt to reach something. And he just started reaching out to us when he wants us to pick him up! I reached out to him to see if he would reach back, and he did it! He now does that quite often.

He seems to be on a rolling strike. He rolled for the first time early on, and was doing it regularly enough by the time he was 4 months old. However, he seems to have no interest in doing it now. I have heard that sometimes when babies master a skill, they will often stop doing it for a while. If I put him on his tummy, which he doesn’t seem to mind nearly as much as he did when he was really little, he raises his butt in the air and tries to scoot himself forward, but he doesn’t even try to roll anymore, not even to his side! The exception is if he is trying to get a better view of something – then he will maneuver himself to whatever position is needed.

He is getting better and better at sitting. He still doesn’t sit unassisted for too long, but he can do it in short spurts, and it doesn’t take much support for him to be able to sit up! If I put a pillow behind him so that he is mostly reclined, he will generally pull himself to an upright sitting position, and the pillow is enough to keep him stable, even though it is not fully supporting him.

As he has seemed so interested in our food (he goes crazy when we eat sometimes), does great with the spoon with cereal, and is sitting so well, I decided to go ahead and let him have a taste of some solids a little earlier than I had planned. I’m only giving him very small amounts – really just enough to let him taste it since it makes him so happy. Plus, as he still isn’t eating well at daycare, I want to do what I can to make sure he is getting enough calories. Anyway, I gave him his first bit of avocado on Tuesday, and he loved it! I gave him another bite of it the next day, and he enjoyed it again. However, he was fussy after eating it, and after ruling out an ear infection and teething, I am thinking the avocado didn’t set well in his tummy. So, I decided to try that again in another month or so to see if he does better with it. Last night I gave him a tiny bit of banana, and he isn’t fussy today. He doesn’t like banana as well as avocado, though!

I said in the previous paragraph that we had ruled out teething. Well, I am pretty sure he is in the teething process, which can last for months. And our pediatrician said it is possible that his gums are causing him some irritation. However, I was informed that if he were about to pop a tooth, his gums would be red and swollen, and almost look as though they had been bitten by a bug. His gums do not look like that at all. So while I think his gums are bothering him enough to cause some restlessness, we haven’t even come close to seeing the worst yet. Other than a few days this week, he hasn’t been fussy at all though. And, as I mentioned, we now think the fussing may be due to the avocado.

Last week, I mentioned I was too busy to write a full post. Part of that is because we traded in our Yaris for a 2011 Honda CRV! I’ll post some pictures below. We are very excited to have it, as it makes driving with a baby much more comfortable, and I also feel safer. We got an amazing deal on it, and the interest was so low (practically nonexistent) that our payment is lower on a brand new vehicle than it would have been on a used!

We bought it from some really good friends (the husband sells cars for Honda), and we had to drive to Kentucky to get it. Liam did so well on our trip – he really only fussed once on the way home. Other than that, he played or slept the entire time. He also did great on Memorial Day – we drove to visit Nathan’s family, and in spite of getting very little sleep, he stayed in good spirits!

Here are some pictures from this week.

Visiting Big Sister on Memorial Day


Great-Grandma Hazel Frank


"I love my exersaucer!'


Thinking up some mischievous plan, no doubt!


"Where are you taking my avocado???"


Bye-bye, Yaris!


Hello, CRV!

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