Archive for September, 2011
We have a crawler!!!!
On Tuesday, September 20, I went to visit him at daycare during my lunch, as I usually do. I fed him, and then took him back to the infant room to play with him for a bit before I had to head back to work. One of his teachers and I got down on the floor to play with him, and we decided to put him on his tummy. She put her hands against his feet for him to push against, and he went forward a few times that way. Then, she moved her hands, and he went forward all by himself!! I was so thrilled that I got to see it firsthand!! What he did on Tuesday was the army crawl.
On Friday, when I went to go see him he was all over the place! I walked in on him up on all fours, crawling in the “traditional” way! He is still doing it slowly, but I am sure it will take him no time at all to build the strength and speed he needs to be off in full force! However, he remains much more interested in walking than crawling. In fact, when we put him on his tummy, he simply sits up. Here is a video of him doing that. Ignore his “outfit” – he wet on his pajama pants, so instead of replacing his outfit (since he doesn’t enjoy that process), I simply put some baby legs on him, and they didn’t match at all.
He can stand while holding onto things, and will stand with no support for about 10-15 seconds or so before he gets wobbly and starts to fall. His favorite thing to do is to be walked around the house while holding onto our fingers. He can even do this with only one hand holding ours. The problem with this is that he doesn’t realize he can’t walk on his own yet, and he wants to let go of our hands and take off on his own! We always have to be prepared to prevent a fall since he does this so often. I don’t know how much energy he is going to waste on crawling – as said above, this boy wants to walk!
Over the past few weeks, he has decided he absolutely hates diaper changes again. He hated them when he was first born, decided they weren’t so bad shortly after, and now lets us know very clearly that he doesn’t enjoy the process. He kicks so fast and hard, if his diaper is poopy, it sometimes takes 2 of us to change him – one of us to hold his legs still so he doesn’t get poop all over the place, and then the other does the actual changing. It takes me back to the newborn days!
He also seems to have a bit of a jealous streak when it comes to me. A friend of ours was holding and playing with him, and he was having a great time. Well, I then started to hold another friend’s baby, and as soon as he realized what I was doing, he was mad!!! It’s a good thing we don’t have plans for another baby right away!
Here are some pictures from this week!
As promised in my last post, here are the videos I couldn’t upload last night.
Liam is now going from his tummy, to all fours, to a sitting position. It amazes me how he will learn a new skill out of the blue, and then quickly becomes an expert.
He has been all over the place this week-end. Not so much from crawling, though he did take a few small crawl steps forward, but he is somehow able to maneuver himself all over the floor by going from tummy time to sitting, and then scooting and rocking every which direction.
He is closer to crawling than he has ever been – I think one morning he is just going to realize it is an option, and take off! I took a video, but am having youtube issues, so the video will have to wait until next time.
He loves to be walked around the house – he will hold our fingers while walking from room to room. I just love hearing his footsteps pitter patter through the house while he wears this determined, yet excited look on his face. He walks right up to whatever attracts his attention, and gives us a little preview of the things he is going to be getting into when he is fully mobile. He is highly fascinated with our laptops, the remote controls, and our cell phones.
Here are my pictures of the week!
This week, Liam started crawling backwards!!! However, I didn’t get to see it. 😦 When I went to visit him at daycare during my lunch on Thursday, I noticed he was off of the large mat where the babies play, and onto the floor. I asked him what he was doing way over there, and the teachers said he had crawled over there, but backwards!!
As soon as we get home in the evenings, Liam is nearly ready for bed. I usually feed him, and he falls asleep and stays asleep for the night. So, I didn’t get to see him do this Thursday or yesterday. I gave him some tummy time this morning, but he was more interested in scooting around than showing me his new skill. So, I still haven’t seen him do this, but I hope I get to soon.
He is getting closer and closer to crawling forwards, too. Maybe I will get to witness that milestone firsthand.
Liam is also constantly discovering new sounds that he can make with his mouth. A few weeks ago he figured out how to buzz his lips together, and did that non-stop for a few days. I was able to catch it on video!
And here are some picture highlights of the last few weeks!
Last Sunday, on Madelyn’s birthday, we went to the cemetery and had a little remembrance for her. I made a lemon raspberry torte, and we took her flowers and released balloons again, like last year.