This month has been fascinating. Sweet P (or Mr. P as we like to call him now) enjoys investigating all the little corners of the home, and it seems that toys just don't do it anymore. He loves exploring, opening drawers, and pulling books off the shelf.
Mobile Mayhem. He's a fast crawler now and will clear the room in no time at all. I've put up baby gates and baby proofed all his play areas. We got him a push walker, which he uses sparingly because he rather push around boxes (I'll get to that when I discuss playtime). He's also standing on his own, and has made attempts to walk, which entails him just leaning and falling forward with outstretched hands. Little man should get it this month though, he seems pretty motivated.
Some of our favorite are board books by Sandra Boynton. My absolute favorite is But not the Hippopotamus. I read Boynton books so often, that I've found I've developed a cheesy ability to recite many of her books by heart. I guess it would be a neat party trick...that only I would enjoy.
|Buy on Amazon|
|Buy on Amazon|
Signing. He doesn't have the dexterity to sign yet, but I've been signing to him often. We've started with basics like 'Mom', 'Dad', 'milk', 'more', and 'eat'. My reason for baby signing? Since babies are capable of signing before speaking, I'm hoping it'll alleviate some communication frustrations later on. He does try and mimic me, which is fun. He'll brush the dogs and flap his arms on cue. He also understands words like 'no', and knows which dog is by name. He also knows his own name, and we can call him over! We try to be careful what we say around the little fellow since he is all ears now.
Playtime. I could buy him the most elaborate toys in the world but he'll still prefer an empty kleenex box with a rock in it. In the near future I think I may do a post on all our creative and inexpensive "non-toys" that we've discovered. I wish there was some sort of study to prove that a toy cost is inversely proportional to how much a child will enjoy said toy. Boxes > push walker. Empty kleenex box with rock > Anatex Busy Cube. Water bottle > Jungly tails book. The list goes on.
|Played on busy cube for 5 minutes, played with empty kleenex box with rock for 30.|
|Yes, I'm cute!|
I've also found that since my workouts have intensified lately and my diet has become stricter, my milk supply has dropped. In order to bring up my supply, I've started drinking Mother's Milk tea, which has fenugreek in it. Fenugreek is a known galactagogue, meaning, it has been shown to promote lactation. The tea has a licorice flavor to it and despite me hating licorice it goes down pretty easy. So far it really has worked great, and I plan to continue using it so long as I need it.
Teething. I thought the little fellow was teething, but no teeth to be found yet!
Socialization. I basically hand him off to whoever will take him. I'll frequently bring him up to strangers (mostly grandparents who are cooing at him from afar). He's still a bit young to know how to play with other babies, but he attempts it. He has a girlfriend (7 mo) who lives down the street, and they have gone on a couple dates now. Unfortunately, the most interaction they've had is Patrick using her head as a bongo. When do babies start playing without trying to tear each other apart?
Where do we have in mind to go next? Our next trip is up to Forest Lake, Minnesota to see Ryan's grandparents! We also want to plan a trip to Puerto Rico to see his great grandfather. Can't wait for Patrick to meet them!
Take care everyone!