We had another fun month with Elijah! There have been some challenging nights with the teething getting more and more painful, but nothing that a little bit of cuddling and extra nursing doesn’t cure. The first few months were pleasant and restful for the most part, so right now we take the teething one day at a time. Even though there are nights with much less (sometimes barely any) sleep, no one ever said that having a baby would be easy. With mommy staying home, it’s really not too much of a problem if little man has a rough night. Thankfully, he is cheerful for the most part and still happily plays on his own for many hours at a time. We still count our blessings everyday – Elijah is, along with our beautiful relationship, the most amazing blessing that God has ever given either of us.
Weight: 18 lbs
Height: 72 cm
|Jenny and Elijah|
Health: Our little guy had a healthy month – no colds or sickness. He had another two vaccinations this month. The DPT (3rd time) and Hepatitis B (3rd time). Even though he has received two vaccinations at one time, he has never received two shots on one day. Evidently, this was too much because he cried when they administered the second one. They warned me that he may develop a fever or feel fussy, but everything went well and I saw no side effects at all. Our Chinese friend, Jenny, went with us this month, and thankfully so, because the clinic had moved and i never would have been able to read the sign posted on the door.
Eating: All is well in this category. We still have not introduced any solids food, and although Elijah seemed to be nursing for shorter periods, I think that he is just more efficient at it. Unfortunately, he is very easily distracted, so we have to make sure that there are no noises or any people coming over when he is in “distraction-mode” (this only occurs on some days). I pumped a few times, and we have tried to feed him with bottles but he is not interested. He will, however, drink from a cup – interesting (and rather messy)!
Sleeping: This was not a good month for sleeping. There was an extremely rough period lasting 4 days, and then a couple of other short ones. These could be due to a number of things – for example, Wonder Weeks or teething. There have also been days this month when he completely refuses to nap all day. Putting him into his crib results in full-blown screaming until he almost chokes – this is very uncharacteristic of him, and never lasts more than a day or two. So in these times, we try to give him extra cuddles and allow him to nurses as much as possible – both of these help tremendously in easing his fussiness. At 28 weeks he had another night terror which lasted a few minutes. We have noticed that these only occur when he is extremely tired, for example, after a few rough nights. Aside from the tough nights, he continues to sleep for long stretches of 10-12 hours when all is well… and there is no teething, growth spurts, or Wonder Weeks. haha – that’s quite a bit to contend with!
Diapers: Elijah is still wearing a medium in the Pampers brand. They are getting a big snug, so once we finish the pack that we are on, he is moving onto the LARGE. He wore more disposables than cloth this month – mainly because we are trying to finish off the last pack that we have before they don’t fit him anymore.
Clothing: Like last month, Elijah did not outgrow any outfits this month. This is most certainly the longest period over which he has worn the same few outfits! He moves around a lot now, so the full onesies with feet are the best. They keep him warm and completely covered.
|“Oh, what’s under there?”|
Social: We have noticed that Elijah has two very distinct personalities – one for when we are out, and another for when we are at home. When we are out, he is reserved and quiet, but the minute we get home he starts to “talk” and make loud sounds. He is definitely quite a funny character with a cheerful disposition, but not many people get to see that side of him because of the “poker face” that he wears when we are out. In this way, he reminds me a lot of Justin. Even some of our oldest friends, do not know Justin’s true character. He is not an open book – you have to take the time to get to know him, and even then, there is a lot of Justin that only I, his wife, gets to see. I quite like this about the two males in my life right now. They are reserved but thoughtful, loving and animated when you get to know them. I would be over the moon with joy if Elijah turned out just like his daddy!
New this Month:
The biggest thing this month is the speed at which our son travels. He army crawls all over the place. From the dining area, down the hallway, into the kitchen. All of that without lifting his bum. He uses his forearms and his feet to propel himself, and it is the funniest thing we have ever seen. He pulls books off shelves, tries to get onto the coffee table, and has tried to tip over the rubbish bin on a couple of occasions. Right now, we have to watch where we walk because at any given time, Elijah could be right behind us. One day, I was cooking in the kitchen when I felt something scratching my ankle – I looked down and there was Elijah, smiling up at me. Amazing! His ability to move started at the beginning of the month, with him scooting backwards to get places – over the course of the month, he perfected moving forward too!
With this new ability to move everywhere, comes an interest in new “toys”. By toys I mean everything that is NOT a toy, which Elijah now considers to be a toy. His favourites are cardboard boxes, anything that makes a loud noise when he hits it, and books (which are apparently delicious).
Elijah’s chews on his thumb a lot. It almost looks like he is about to suck it, but then he gets it between his gums and starts gnawing away! I guess it’s better than a teething toy because it is the perfect size and it’s always on hand (haha – excuse the pun!)
We tried the Nubby Nibbler this month, but he wasn’t really interested for too long. He did however like that something tasty came out of it when we put pear and apple in there, so he did suck on it for a while, but he lost interest and eventually threw it from his high chair. haha!
He has been “blowing bubbles” a lot this month. Mostly it turns into thick white saliva which gathers around his mouth – hello ladies! We are not sure why he does this, but it could be the sound that he makes since he gets a real kick out of it. It looks ridiculous, but at the same time is very amusing!
|What. The. Heck?!|
Elijah is not crawling but he is pushing himself onto all-fours – this month was the first time that he did this. He has done it a few times, rocked back and forth, and then collapsed down again, and returned to army-crawling, which he has realised works well to get him places.
He has been reaching out to touch whatever we are holding. When people come over to talk to him, he reaches out his hand to touch their face. Adorable! He likes to grab hold of whatever we are holding, especially napkins/ tissues. Once he has a tissue in his hand, he likes to rip it up and then rub it on his face. haha.
He loves his Fisher Price Lion walker that our boss bought him for Christmas! He sits in front of it, playing with the buttons. At the beginning of this month, he needed pillows behind his head because he kept toppling over and hitting his head. But by the end of the month all the pillows were gone and he is now able to sit unassisted. If he gets too excited he still falls over occasionally though.
Lots of new sounds this month – very loud sounds.
He loves to “ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh” for absolutely no reason at all, and then laugh. If he weren’t a baby, he’d be locked away in place with padded walls and straight jackets.
If he is on our lap, Elijah will put his hands in our mouths while we are talking. He also does this while he is breastfeeding. Interesting, and a little odd, but we just go with it!
Eli is beginning to reach up and trying to lift himself onto things. He has not had any success yet, but he is developing this skill as his ability to crawl develops each week. We have very low furniture in our lounge, so this reaching-development is not good in our current apartment. Lots of low sharp edges!
Elijah sits, and happily entertains himself, in the high chairs at restaurants
We Want to Remember:
This month we want to remember how much Elijah loves to play the “pillow game”. This game involves playing peek-a-boo with a pillow. It is not the safest idea, but he goes nuts for this game. The way that he laughs and screams with joy is absolutely adorable! On a side note, we did learn the hard way that Elijah only likes to play this game at home, and with those that he feels comfortable with. On two occasions, while at a friends house, we tried to show someone “Elijah’s new favourite game” and it ended in him looking horrified and then bawling his eyes out! Yup, we looked like awful parents. Oops – we won’t be trying that again!
The way that Elijah’s face lights up when Justin get home from work.
PRICELESS! He’s such a daddy’s boy.
We also want to remember the cute thing he does with his toes when he’s army-crawling around. He uses one of his legs, stretched out to the side, to change his direction or balance himself when he’s turning to look in any direction. It is not easy to explain, but this picture (below) shows exactly what I mean…
|Daddy loves his boy so much!|
Feeling wonderful and happy happy happy! Running 5-6 times a week, and doing strength training about 4 times a week. I entered a DietBet, and although the weight is not really moving, I am definitely much slimmer and getting back to my former fitness level. I am very excited about our upcoming trip to South Africa.
Daddy got a promotion at work, and is now the Head Teacher. He is working hard and still helping out more than mommy could ever expect at home. It sure is wonderful to have Justin as a husband – his gentle loving character is amazing in every way.
– We had to lift the crib bars because Eli was reaching up and trying to lift himself;
– Scooting backwards and then army crawling forwards;
– Lifting his hands up when he wants us to pick him up;
– Able to drink from a cup (assisted);
– Lifting on all fours and rocking (no crawling like this yet);
– Sitting up with no assistance and without using his hands on the ground;
Likes: The sesame street blocks from Grandma Sue, his blue giraffe, the “pillow game”, even worse than this – he likes lying with a pillow on his face (gulp! ahh!), playing on the mat with his toys, his Fisher Price lion walker, looking in the mirror, blowing spit bubbles, pulling washing off the line, being tickled, army crawling to mommy’s weights (and then trying to suck on them – ewww!), his yellow octopus that we keep at his changing table, splashing in the bath, funny faces and sounds.
Dislikes: He hates getting a fright and will burst into tears with a horrified look on his face (we found this out the hard way – no hiding behind the couch and then jumping out to surprise Eli, Oops!) and no mean faces (only smiles allowed), wind and cold air.
We spent a lot of time with the Klugs this month. Ella, Silas and Laney all love Elijah so much. They gather around him, and softly touch his face. I adore the way that they look at him. It really makes me excited about having more babies.
|Seriously guys?! You’re embarrassing me!|
– First Christmas as a family of three;
– First time Elijah sees snow falling;
– Lunches and Dinners with friends;
– A few winter walks through our complex;
– Walking on the beach with mommy;
– We watched our friends’ live band at a cafe downtown.
Fun Things we are Looking Forward to:
We are flying to South Africa at the end of this week – need I say more?!