8.05.2013

Six.

Six months. 
Goodness this is going by faster than I thought. I'm so blessed to be able to enjoy every minute of it, even through all the frustrations and battles. I've talked about our bed time struggle. Last night was probably the hardest night of all. It took in the upwards of three and a half hours to get him down. Nothing we did made him happy, no shushing, rocking, nursing, holding, hugging and even crying would put him to sleep. It was HARD.

I won't lie, if putting him to sleep is the hardest thing we encounter as parents, then I am happy with that. I'm afraid of him getting bigger and making choices. I'm afraid of the world hurting him. But isn't that what being a parent is? Going through the struggles of night time, sleepless nights, tantrums and boo boo's, only to be faced with struggles of pre-teens and high school problems? As much as I tell myself to stop and enjoy this time, it's still going by much to fast for my liking. I don't have a choice, he's only half a year old and one day he will be an adult. One day he will have a significant other. One day, he won't sleep under the same roof as me. One day...



One day is coming too fast. I don't like it and that's a fact.



























Everyday we are in awe of how fast he grows. He can roll over, scoot around and he's starting to sit up. Still no teeth yet. I've decided his teeth are playing the ultimate game of 'peek-a-boo'. One day he will be teething a whole bunch, drooling, fussy, sleeping a lot and the teeth look like they are just about to pop through. Then the next day, poof, happy baby, no teeth. Oh my child.





One day this little boy will be a man. I hope and pray he takes on the same morals as his father and is as gentle, kind and loving as him as well. I am such a lucky woman to be surrounded with the amount of love in our household. Happy husband, healthy baby and the best snoring dog around. Jesus has truly blessed me. Thank you.



I feel like this post was so sappy! Gosh, six months and your mother is already a mess. What am I going to do at your graduation? Or wedding? Alright, enough of that. 
Happy Monday everyone!

 

8.01.2013

12:29pm

12:29pm. That's the time currently and Eli has been asleep for just over an hour. We will see how long i have to do a blog post until he wakes up. GO!

It has been such a struggle at night time lately, nurse him to sleep only to have him wake up 20  minutes later. Ugh. Then he stays up and doesn't go back to sleep until almost midnight. It's been like this since our vacation to Washington in June. I think something in his little body turned upside down, inside out, something. We are working on changing that. Been working on moving up the time he wakes up in the morning. He's been waking up at ten in the morning to ten-thirty. Yesterday I woke him up at nine-thirty and today at nine. We will see if that helps reset his clock. I'm going to work on his six month post (somehow) and post all those fun photos of him. In the mean time i'll post some iPhone photos to hold you over.
We've starting doing baby led weaning, which is an approach to food without the normal purees. It has been awesome! No purees, no feeding him and no fuss! He loves it and so do we. The biggest question we get is, "Does he choke?" The answer to that is actually pretty simple, babies are used to sucking things back, milk and pacifier for example. They have a gag reflex, like you and I that turns on before it gets to choking. Just like when you stick your toothbrush too far back in your mouth when brushing. This reflex lets them know, 'that piece is too big and not ready to be swallowed, suck on it a bit more and try again'. Eli eats chicken off the bone, fish, carrots, salad and various fruits with no teeth. Yeah, we are still working on those. It takes him longer to break it down in his mouth, but it actually works better because he is able to feel the texture of it and decide if he likes it or not. We've recently discovered he doesn't like bananas, which makes total sense because I would throw up immediately after having one when I was pregnant with him. Baby led weaning has also been linked to kids not being obese, they are able to better gage when they are full, rather than babies that are puree fed, because of the simple fact it takes our stomach time to catch up to everything we have put in it before we get the signal saying, 'full'.
 It's been an interesting journey and we LOVE seeing him try new things and seeing his reaction to it.
The biggest selling point for us to try it was when we asked ourselves,

"What did people do without blenders?"

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I understand it's not for everyone and that's totally fine. Do what works for your family and what you think is best. This works for us really well and I'll continue to post on our journey with it. If you want any more information on it, I suggest to purchase the book and look into it.
Nizmo & Eli best friends at the table'

Caught! Feeding the dog avocado.

What did you say? You like apricots too?
 
Bath time. 

12:56pm. How did I get so lucky?