Max Baby Summary: 29/30 weeks

Wow, I know.  I’m behind…  Max is now 7 months old/31 weeks.  This is the update for his last (month) week, which was 30weeks old/the week he turned 7 months.

We have two teeth!  The first one was his bottom center right, and it came in about a week ago.  3 days later the left tooth came through.  The left one seems to really be bothering him today; he’s been pulling on his ears and chewing his fingers … but of course he hurts himself now when he chews them because there are teeth in there!  haha

He is sitting up all the time by himself (that actually started about a month ago).  He is much more balanced.  I noticed when Lexie was his age, in the middle of April she was pulling up on things and turning herself around while sitting.  I’m wondering if it is harder for him because we have carpet now?  Lexie had hardwood floors to spin on.  If Max were sitting on hardwood floors, then everytime he leans over or reaches for something he would realize, ‘Hey, I can move!”  haha  I may get the foam ABC mat out that Lexie used and put it down instead of the quilt they play on..  But I’m not sure how well it will work on carpet.

He is babbling a LOT!  Lexie taught him to say “dadadadadada” a few weeks ago.  I’ve been working with him to say “dada” when JTom comes home or is holding him.  Two days ago, the boy looked at his daddy and said, “dada,” then when JTom didn’t say anything back Max said, “dada,” until his daddy replied.  Then he just beamed!  JTom was very proud.  =)  So we are pretty well convinced he knows JTom is DaDa.  He has a few other babble sounds he makes and is so proud of himself.  Max is also signing for milk.  He signs it when he is waiting for me to make his bottle, when I sign it to him, while he is drinking his bottle… so next we are going to do “more” and “please.”

He is wearing 12 month clothes (he has a few 9mo that he can wear).  About 5 days ago, he woke up and had a head full of hair?!  Prior to that he had a “mohawk.”  Then 2 days ago he woke up with lighter hair!  It’s crazy how babies literally change over night!  His eyes … well I am going to let you decide from the pictures.  I really don’t know.  The centers look light green, but overall they’re just really blue.

Max’s 6 month dr apt went well.  He started a new medicine, I think it is prilosec for babies.  They compound it at the pharmacy.  The taste is terrible so he has a hard time swallowing it (even with added flavoring) but it has helped tremendously!  He went from barely eating and taking bottles to eating a LOT more!  I think he has gained 5 lbs in the last 3 weeks.  haha  He has been eating peas, green beans, carrots, apples, apples w blueberries, and avacado with no problems.  Bananas constipated him for a day or so, so he hasn’t had them anymore.  But there have been no problems with anything else as far as reflux goes!  What a blessing and answered prayer.

His sleep has finally gotten a little better for naps, and here is what his routine looks like:
6:45/7:15 wake
7:00/7:15 up, medicine, eat
7:45 independent play in pack n play
8:00/8:15 go downstairs to do calendar and activities with Lexie
8:50 wind down for nap
8:55-9 asleep (usually a 1hr10min-1.5hr nap)
10:15-10:45 wake up
11:00/11:15 eat, play
12:30-1:00 down for nap; we do 12:30 if he was SUPER tired from a short first nap, but 1:00 if not
2:00-3:00 wake up; time depends on what time he went down for second nap.  (Usually a 1hr10min-1.5hr nap)
3:00 eat, play
sometimes he takes a cat nap (he is in the process of dropping this nap)
Ideally, his dinner is 6:00, bedtime is 7pm
On days he doesn’t get good sleep (usually if naps are interrupted it’s with a poopy diaper, or we go to the library for story time…) then we do bedtime an hour early, so asleep at 6pm.  That helps his catch up on sleep, and keeps him from getting in an over tired cycle which can take weeks for a small child to get out of.

Lexie is doing great.  She still enjoys gymnastics, and has all her “imaginary” friends.  We read Goldilocks and the Three Bears, along with Billy Goats Gruff and the Three Little Pigs recently … now everything is a “daddy fill in the blank” “mommy fill in the blank,” or a “baby/Lexie fill in the blank.”  Obviously this goes according to size of said object.  =)

reading

She started letting me wash her hair in the kitchen sink, so hair washing and bath time are no longer a fight.  She was doing great, and then about 4(?) or so weeks ago, it became an absolute screaming, tearful battle to get her in the tub so I could wash her hair.  She doesn’t like teh water to get in her ears or eyes.  Of course we did EVERYTHING to prevent this, but when
 she is screaming and moving around, it becomes impossible to keep the water only on her hair ….  After I convinced her the kitchen sink would be fun, and that my Memaw washed my hair in the kitchen sink, she was okay with it.  =)

Two weekends ago, Spring hit Nebraska.  Although this coming week is supposed to be stormy and cold, the last two weeks have been warm and sunny.  We don’t do the Easter Bunny, so Lexie got a spring basket with some new learning toys and a few necessities.  We gave her a Thomas the Engine (electric) toothbrush, some new PJs, new dry erase markers for her dry erase board, a pair of fiskar kid’s scissors, and some accessories for her light table.  (The light table is a whole other post!  Look for it later this week or next!)  

She also got her first real kite!  In Nebraska it is very windy, and out where we live used to be cornfields, so there are no big trees around the house, they are all a street over at the park and school.  So it’s the perfect place to fly a kite.  She had so much fun!



In many of the pictures I am posting, the grass was just barely turning green, now it is all green and trees have started budding and blooming(?).  Our garden season is off from the south by about a month, so we don’t need to get anything in the ground for a few more weeks, at the latest May 1st.

JTom has been traveling some with work.  He went to Milan, Italy last week.  He brought back three bottles of Italian wine and some parmesean cheese.  I still haven’t tasted the Italian wine, but I am sure it will be great.  The cheese … well it’s good!  =)  In Italy they put (very expensive) balsamic vinegar on a little piece (like a cube) or parmesean cheese and eat it.  So when we went to Grand Island last weekend we got some of the good, “gourmet” (though no expensive…) balsamic vinegar and tried it on the cheese.  YUM!  New favorite snack, for sure.
He brought back some “monies from Italy” for Lexie and she was beyond pleased.  haha  I got a beautiful rosary, and the wine.

Turkey season in Nebraska has opened, so JTom may be hunting Saturday.  He joined a hunting lease here, that covers hunting land all over Nebraska, and in other states as well.  I told him if he brings home meat so I don’t have to buy nasty store meat, it will be worth it.  He said “it’s called hunting, not killing.  I can’t promise I will bring anything home.”  So, we will see if we end up w a turkey in the freezer.  =)

We have started planning our garden.  We know we are going to get in tomatoes  and maybe a few other things.  We have to get the fence done soon, hopefully in the next few weeks.  All of the pictures below are from March, so they are actually a few weeks old, or older.  You will notice Max’s hair isn’t very thick.  Look at his hair and fat rolls in the next posts with pictures!  It’s crazy how quickly they change.

reading to Bubby

Mister Bear playing in the bath

reading her Bible to Max

I love to be upside down

new outfit

playing outside in the dirt

                                                    

Happy Bear

Angel Baby

just minding my own business…..
Until now ….

picnic outside

happy bear

Mister outside in the exersaucer

Hi Mama- look at me!


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