2/2 – The 2nd 3
I feel like I am going to put a big jinx on everything that we have accomplished up to this point by saying what I am going to say next, but because I am brave and courageous I am going to say it anyway: months 4, 5 and 6 were easy-peasy in comparison to the first 3. Oh isn’t that lovely, just after I typed that, I heard a mysterious screaming noise coming from the boy’s room. Lovely is right. I have come to dread the evenings again, and we were doing so, so, so well. Sigh. And so we march on, and another hurdle we will conquer with our fists held high.
4 months old
I guess I shouldn’t say easy-peasy, as month 4 was still winding down from the chaos of the previous months. Month 4 saw several 2am car rides as well, which were enjoyed by all, even Lily. I have never seen someone get as pumped for a late night car ride as her. Oh my babies. Basically we spent the month of March attempting to level out the wild crying activeness of the boy, and eventually, they settled down. Cade had his first ride on a Greyhound bus, which went off pretty smoothly, thankfully. It was actually quite peaceful, just being able to chill out with him in a vehicle, pick him up if he needed soothing, and feed him as need be.
Month 5 saw big changes in regards to Cade’s motor abilities. Our little baby who just looked around and took in all the new sights now started to physically take in all the new sights, wanting to grab at them and shove them in his mouth. This happened more so towards the end of the month, and the middle of month 5 saw a huge milestone in the life of Cadester – he started sleeping in his crib at night and during the day for his naps. One Saturday eve, when Kyle was at soccer, I was lying in bed with my boy attempting to watch some NetFlix and hopefully have him fall asleep next to me. After 2 hours of him lying there, calm though, he still had not fallen asleep. That should have been my cue to try the crib, but intead, we persevered and we both eventually dozed off. The next night, I suggested to Kyle that we should give the crib a try. We had tried dozens and dozens of times, but Cade was never ready and would scream bloody murder as soon as his head hit the crib, even if he was fast asleep when we put him down. So, the night of March 20, we went about our evening routine, nurse, bottle, bath, book and bed. We aimed for a bedtime of 8PM, hoping earlier would mean better chance of crib sleeping success. Turns out, it may have. We laid our little guy down, patted his bum, popped the soother in his mouth, and he drifted off. An hour passed, and Kyle and I were amazed. Another hour, and same thing. Granted, we had to get up several times that night to pop the soother back in, he slept in his crib from 8pm – 8:30am, minus getting up to eat two times. I was curious what the next day’s napping schedule would bring, but it went off without a hitch. Our boy was READY! And mama was sad, because it meant no more naptime cuddles or no more bedtime cuddles. Well, at least not for a little while until he got used to the crib being his bed. If he wouldn’t have been ready, we wouldn’t have pushed it, but I truly believe it was just ‘his time’ to sleep on his own.
5 months old
I must say that month 5 was full of big things for this little guy. First off, he decided that everything he saw, he had to touch, attempt to grab, and then shove in his mouth. This started earlier than month 5, but was really exacerbated in month 5 and taken to a whole new level, and this has just gotten progressively crazier. I can barely drink a glass of water without him grabbing it out of my mouth and putting it up to his mouth. Reason #5328573289572389 why I love my boy, because he is hilarious and persistent. He fights for what he wants. Atta boy.
Cade had his first taste of ‘solid’ (read: pureed) food on March 29, which was homemade pureed chicken. Pretty sure more ended up on the bib, on his face, on his hands, and up his nose, than in his mouth, but it was fun and it went well. He figured out pretty quickly how to open his mouth for the spoon, and in fact, wanted to do it himself, which I partially obliged to until he nearly shoved the spoon down his throat. After the introduction of chicken went off without a hitch, we proceeded to make some more food and introduce slowly, allowing for a few days in between so as to notice any adverse reactions. To date, Cade has tasted avocado (loves), sweet potato (loves), beef (meh), carrots (loves), rice cereal (likes quite a bit), banana (loves), as well as small tastes of apples and peaches from using his ‘safe mesh feeder’ where he just sucks on the fruits through a mesh cover, so he can taste the juices.
Cade had his first HUGE shopping trip over the Easter weekend in Edmonton. I did not expect him to be the trooper that he was (I shouldn’t say that, he is an amazing little boy and I thought things would be ok, but I knew we would be going shopping crazy and I can’t even handle that let alone a 6 month old boy who needs naps and down time more than I do!) but he showed us all up and braved the 9 hour shopping day with all of us, Lily included, since she was puking the night before and the morning of, we didn’t want to leave her alone because we were worried. So in her travel bag she went, and both the sibs got to hang out with us for the day, checkin’ out West Ed Mall, South Commons and Ikea. Nine pure hours of shopping and Cadester barely fussed once. I was seriously amazed but moreso I was proud of my little guy for being such a trooper. He is a shopper at heart, oh yes he is. Kyle, look out, ’cause now you’ve got two of them.
Cade had his first swimming adventure at the beginning of April, when we went to the Shaw Centre with our little munchkin. It was super fun, and so nice to be in water with my boys. Water is so relaxing and so natural, and Cade seemed so comfortable being in it. He loves his baths, so it only made sense. He wasn’t a huge fan of the kiddie pool, I think because it was a bit chilly, but he absolutely loved the family hot tub, which was set to bath water temperature, and had jets. What can I say, I loved it too.
The relationship between Cade and Lily has just continued to grow and grow. He watches her everywhere she goes, every move she makes, and she is pretty actively into what he’s doing too, but mostly I think because she knows that his spit up makes for good treats for her. Yup, I know, its not the most pleasant thing ever, but it’s pretty funny. Lily has come to recognize when we start burping him, that his burps often mean spit up will come, and she is on her toes. He gives her treats and and he doesn’t even know it. However, while she loves his spit up, she is not the biggest fan of his grab & ingest behaviours. She has figured out how to dodge his flailing arms and legs so she doesn’t get booted or grabbed. The other day, Cade actually got a good grab of Lily’s fur, and while she frantically tried to get away, he pulled tighter, and the menace-like grin and laugh on his face got brighter. It was quite hilarious, though I felt bad for the little gal. Once Cade is an appropraite age, I’m excited to teach him how to treat animals and what the correct way to engage with them is.
In April, we made the decision to switch to cloth diapers, based on environmental impact, chemicals in the diapers, as well as finances. We’re still using disposables as we’re building up our stash of pocket diapers (we’re at 16 now, woo, with 2 diapers from eBay enroute). Soon, we’ll be able to mostly use cloth, with a few disposables here and there, and do laundry every 2 or 3 days. We purchased a couple different brands to try, and have purchased a few of one particular brand that we like. They are so darn cute, and we really feel a lot better about having our babe’s bum draped in chemical-less cloth diapers, and in turn, not throwing out a bajillion diapers that will sit in the landfills. We’re leaving a legacy behind for our little boy and his grandchildren and so on, I guess you could say.
6 months old
Month 6 has seen Cade develop a growing disinterest in nursing, except for his middle of the night feeds where when Kyle is prepping a bottle, I breast feed my boy. I am not sure what it is, actually scratch that, I am the mama, I am pretty sure I know what it is, but can’t quite pinpoint exactly what it is. I think it’s more of a combo deal, he knows he gets the bulk of his nourishment via the bottle, which comes out faster, he gets distracted when nursing, and since it’s not constant, fast flow of milk, he is more likely to turn into wandering eyes.
So 6 months, eh? Where did the time go, I have no idea. I couldn’t tell you. I guess we were busy, though some days I feel like we just did the same thing as the previous thousand days. It’s all good though, because if I had to choose between doing the same thing over and over by myself or with my babies, I would obviously choose with my babies. I cannot even verbalize how much I love my boy and how much he has changed my life for the better. The photo above is one of my favourites, taken today. It speaks so clearly about our family. There you have Kyle and I smiling at our boy, who is grabbing for my glasses and Lily, simultaneously, while Lily is barely hanging on, trying to escape from the Wrath of Cade. I love us and I love what tomorrow will bring. Happy 6 months, my boy, you are beautiful. xoxo.
These are a few of Cade’s favourite things…
- Sucking thumb and fingers
- Rolling over from tummy to back
- Chillin’ out in my Ergo baby carrier
16 lbs 8 ounces
- Chewing his feet, fingers, toes, and virtually anything he can get his hands on
- Sofie the Giraffe and Lily are probably his besties
- Loves his Lamby lovey and Sleep Sheep, they are his sleep companions that replaced mama and dad
- Solid foods! Chicken, avocado, rice cereal, sweet potato…
- Solid foods, more n more… beef, carrots, banana
- Being busy and never ever sitting still, that is my boy’s main motive right now
- Jumping jumping and jumping in his ‘jumperoo’, related to the need to mov
- Non-stop til-you-drop shopping (okay, maybe not his favourite thing, but he was a trooper, so it kinda counts)
19 lbs 8 ounces and 26 inches
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