Wow, a LOT happened in Max land this past month! Hopefully I won't forget anything :)
In no particular order (because I already forget the exact order):
Max started to crawl. It was a slow process for him and if he could've avoided it all together I think he would've. He started by crawling one step and then sitting back up. Now, he really crawls, but his crawl is a very unique version that does not involve putting his right knee on the ground at all. Seriously, the kid just wants to walk.
Which leads in nicely to his other new skill: pulling up on everyone and everything. I really mean everyone. If you sit on the floor to play with him, he will likely abandon his toys, crawl over to you and then stand himself up while holding on your legs, or head, whatever is at the appropriate level for him. He also walks along furniture items, such as my bed. He wants to stand/walk so badly that he often just lets go… which currently results in him falling but, it's only a matter of time now.
Max has also added a "word" to his Max language: Dadadadadadada, with an occasional Dad-EEE thrown in for good measure. It's up for debate if he knows who his Dada actually is, but he at least says it frequently. In case you were keeping track, yes my parents did test out the theory of saying "mama" over and over again to Max since he was born to see if he would say "Mama" first. Didn't work ;)
Also on the language front, Max can sign "milk." In case you were wondering, the sign for milk looks like you are milking a cow. His understanding of this word is also up for debate. I'm convinced he knows it has to do with food, but he often signs it also while eating solid food, so I think I may have accidentally lead him to believe it means "more food" by often forgetting to do it until midway through nursing sessions. Oops.
Max began swimming lessons and learned how to kick. He also attempted once to blow bubbles but at the moment this consists of sticking the tip of his nose in the water and then coming back up looking a bit shocked.
Thank you to those of you who encouraged me to do swim lessons with Max even though we knew it would be a busy time. It has actually been the best possible time to have this super positive and fun half hour to spend with such a cute and happy little guy :)
Finally, the last exciting milestone… Max can feed himself Cheerios! If you know me, you know about my love for Cheerios. I am excited he shares this love and that I now have someone to blame when I leave my inevitable trail of Cheerios around the house. Yay!
But this month was not all exciting milestones. Both Eric and I went back to work, and leaving Max seemed (for me at least) much harder the second go around. Plus, Max decided to stop sleeping through the night. At first it was just waking up to eat, and that was fine, but then it became "I want to play for hours in the middle of the night!" at which point we needed to put a stop to things. We started officially "sleep training" last week, beginning with bedtime and moving to the middle of the night. I'm not going to lie, it completely sucked in every way except one…he is now going to bed on his own and has slept through the night 2 of the last 4 nights. I don't think I'm done by any means, but I'm crossing my fingers that at least the hardest part is over now.
Likes: taking all his books off the shelf, Cheerios, climbing, watching people do silly things, smiles, walks, staring at people, swimming lessons (particularly kicking and mom blowing bubbles)
Dislikes: when mom and dad don't want to play at 2am, still not a big fan of the car but this has definitely improved
Eating: He is currently eating about 4 solid meals a day and 4 nursing sessions (1 bottle on the days I'm at work and since he is still kind of not the biggest bottle fan, my mom often just mixes the milk into his food).
Sleeping: Most of this month sleep consisted of an 8:15 bedtime, followed by 1 wake up anytime between 12 and 5 am, lasting anywhere from 20 minutes to 2-3 hours, wake up time around 7. His naps started around 8:30-9am and 12:30-1pm, they lasted anywhere from 1-2 hours. He is basically down to 2 naps these days.
And now, we have an 8 month old! :) Thanks again for reading!