The sweetest moments and the most heartbreaking…

Where has the time gone. I have so many things to write about and yet I haven’t been able to find the time. So here is a really short post about milestones in the last few months.

Somewhere between month 6 and month 7, Bailey started holding on when you carry him. As the days went on, his grip would get stronger and more sincere. And then he started reaching out his arms to be held. He had already done it a little bit, but around month 7, he started reaching out his arms and when you picked him up, he would swoop his arms around you in a hug. What a sweet feeling that is. Truly the huggable stage has begun.

Of course, I already mentioned that he began to army crawl, so in addition to the huggable phase, we also have entered the baby-on-the-loose phase. This kid can really get around with his odd sea turtle-like moves across the floor. He still prefers to drag his legs behind him and shows no interest in pulling himself up to sit. Once you have him sitting, he can sit like a champ, and he can pull himself forward from sitting to his knees but then he drops his belly on to the floor and drags himself over from point A to B. Oh, he can also pull himself up to standing on his knees and then sit back, silly boy!

Somewhere in his 7th month, Bailey got his first two teeth – bottom, middle front teeth. He also got his first ear infection accompanied by a high fever (104.8!) and a trip to urgent care on a Saturday afternoon.

Super sick baby flashing his two new teeth.
Super sick baby flashing his two new teeth.

p.s. yes, I know that high fevers don’t cause brain damage and that fever is good for the body – thanks Dr (current pediatrician’s name goes here), but did you know that high fevers are really freaking uncomfortable!! And when your baby is crying and screaming inconsolably for hours, and then limp and lethargic, and then panting for breath, you kinda want to help them out. Hell, if it was me, I would want some help so this isn’t about being a first-time (wussy) parent. It’s called symptom relief!!! Ok. I’ll save the rest of that rant for another post…. 🙂

In his 8th month he became a lot more vocal. Lots of mamas and dadas – very indiscriminately used I might add, so no, I don’t think he is calling me mama. He also started trying to pull himself up to standing by grabbing your hands and then sticking his butt up in the air and slowly scooting his feet underneath him.

In mid-November, I looked away from him for about 30 seconds and when I turned back, he was standing up in his bathtub holding on to the edge. Eek! He is pretty careful about trying to stand up at least, and so far he hasn’t taken any nosedives…yet. He also became intensely interested in trying to feed himself food. So we thought, why not, let’s give it a try. Now, he is eating little pieces of sweet potato, banana, avocado, scrambled eggs… actually he is very excited to shovel any food you give him into his mouth. He doesn’t always do the best job of chewing and swallowing said food, so if you’re not careful, he ends up with cheeks full of food – kind of like a squirrel.

In fact, if you look closely at the picture below, that’s food in his mouth not a strange set of teeth!

Look Ma, I can crawl to the bathroom from my room and pull myself on the diaper pail!
Look Ma, I can crawl to the bathroom from my room and pull myself on the diaper pail!

I can’t believe how much he is changed in the last two to three months.

Just last week, he started waving at people and saying hi when they wave at him and say hi. Also, if you are in another room and call out “where’s Bailey?,” he will get all excited and come find you – you might even get a wave and a hi once he gets to you. Now, that truly is adorable if I do say so myself.

And he turned 9 months yesterday!

p.s. one of his canines is about to pop through any day now – I might end up with a little fanged vampire baby before the month is out! And yes, for those of you who are wondering, we are still breastfeeding…

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2 thoughts on “The sweetest moments and the most heartbreaking…

  1. What a sweetie. I always get the “fever is a good thing” lecture from our pedi, too, but I agree it’s hard not to intervene. In addition to the discomfort, I’ve had several friends whose babies have had febrile seizures from their temps shooting up quickly, which would absolutely terrify me…so I tend to have about 4 bottles of baby ibuprofen on hand at any given time. 🙂

    Don’t worry about the teeth and breastfeeding too much. If he does decide to try them out at an inopportune time, just pull him off with a firm “no” and he’ll get the message.

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