ANYWAY. Enough of my complaining! Let's get to the meat and potatoes! (which, by the way, sounds absolutely delicious in comparison to the boring tuna sandwich I just had)
Some current highlights for Elijah:
-In the 70%s for height, and the 30s for weight (both my guys are more slender - from whom do they get this gene?!) His pediatrician said his growth and development look wonderful and are right on track!
-has started eating solid foods! We started rice cereal and poi at 4.5 months after our pediatrician OK'd it to see if it would help with sleep. It didn't - but he loved eating and did really well with it right from the beginning, so we continued to give him 1 meal at night. Nowadays, he gets 2-3 meals, and we have introduced more of a variety of foods. So far, he has had rice cereal, poi, sweet potato, banana (hated), avocado (disliked), prunes, pears, butternut squash, and peas! Everything except for the prunes and pears have been homemade. I don't mind making baby food, and love knowing exactly how it is made and what went into it (i.e., INGREDIENT + LOVE).
-He has two bottom teeth and two more on the way in! (He got the bottom teeth really early at 4.5 months!)
-He has recently started sleeping bigger stretches at night, which generally is anywhere from 4-7 hour blocks. Since he is still nursing, this kind of a block is pretty good and not out of the ordinary.
-He is doing lots of babbling and baby talk. Can make the M and D sounds, so it sounds like he is saying Mama and Dada!
-he can sit up for a few minutes unassisted!
-is a perpetually happy baby. He doesn't sleep much, but really, that's the only challenge he's really given. He is such a happy and pleasant baby! Even if he was just crying, once he's picked up, he's back to his happy self with lots of smiles to give away. He is my happy boy.
|Sitting up like a big boy!|
|Looking dapper for church|
|Smiles for miles|
-Uriah can recognize numbers 1-8 (out of order, and randomly!) He notices the numbers on the elevator, TV, on the bottoms of his stacking cups...really anywhere! I was shocked that he is already able to do this! He can also count from 1-20 and 20-1 (I realized this when his Super Simple Songs was playing a number song and he could do the whole thing!)
-Is very polite, and says "thank you" and "you're welcome" regularly....even in instances where it makes me roll my eyes. For example, I told him to get down from the table (he was climbing onto the table), and when he got down I told him THANK YOU, to which he responded "you're welcome!" Rob was also changing his dirty diaper, and as Rob was cleaning him, he said, "Thank you!" So polite! Almost TOO POLITE. haha.
-He also has been paying attention to Rob's football antics, because now he ALSO will say, "COME ON!!!" "LET'S GO!!!!!!!!" JUST like Rob does. It's pretty cute.
-He loves taking out his hairbrushes daily, and saying, "Brush Hair!" even though he ACTUALLY HATES brushing his hair.
-Speaking of taking things out, he is in the current phase of life where dumping things out is more fun than playing with the things. Nothing tops a good dumping of books from the bookshelf, or an entire bag of blocks, or all the puzzle pieces, or stacking cups, or basically anything that was once contained. Suffice it to say, every day is D-Day (aka DUMPING DAY) in our house.
|Some of his fine handiwork|
-Uriah currently loves screaming. Apparently, this is just a kid thing? All kids love it? WHY?! IDK but it drives me and Rob to insanity and back at least 5 times a day. I've tried "Stop screaming", the even nicer "quiet voices in the house", we've tried threatening, even a little swat. NOTHING WILL QUELL THE BURNING DESIRE TO SCREAM. NOTHING!!!
-He also LOVES a good chase! Pretty much any time there's some distance between you and him, and you take one step towards him, he turns it into a game of chase. ESPECIALLY when something needs to get done! (E.G., brushing teeth, taking a bath, napping, changing diaper, etc) I basically have to avoid eye contact, and move REALLY SLOWLY so I can make it as UNFUN as possible. Even THAT usually doesn't work. If all else, he is determined to have fun!
-He got his first haircut last month! His hair was going into his eyes, and we found a gal on base who cuts curly hair (she also has similar hair texture to uriah, which was a bonus). She was so awesome, and Uriah did great! He looked very NOT thrilled to be there, but he didn't cry or move around or anything! His hair is much easier for us to manage now.
|THIS FACE!!! Priceless.|
Uriah's current favorites are dinosaurs, donuts, trains (especially Thomas), the movies Secret Life of Pets and Lion King, and of course, Elijah. Uriah is such a good older brother, and displays such sweetness and love for Elijah EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. I love being able to witness that.
|*melt* Ladies, hold onto your ovaries.|
Lastly I wanted to write down a few funny things Uriah has said, because I know I'll forget soon enough. When we went on our Ohio trip and were all staying in a hotel room (that's for another blog), Uriah was in a crib but sharing our room, which was new for him. He kept wanting to get up, so I kept saying "LAY DOWN"..."LAY DOWN"..."LAAAAY DOWN!" Not too long after that, Elijah started fussing so I got up to go tend to him, when I hear Uriah from the crib telling me, "LAY DOWN..." HA!!
I also used my fur lined coat on this trip, which Uriah hadn't seen me use before! When I put the hood up, Uriah saw me and said, "Lion King!"
|I guess it does look pretty mane-ish|
Well! That's the update for now! I'm sure by the time I write a blog again, another 6 months will have gone by! (But let's hope not.. :)