This month we went to Dancing Tots, My Five Senses, (he and The Sailor went to) Donuts with Dad, La Leche League, Natural Parenting for Non Hippies, and Family Story Time...maybe that's why the month flew by! haha
|My Five Senses|
|Family Story Time|
Some new things he enjoys doing (on top of everything he liked last month) is playing chase around the house and flying kites outside.
|"Come here kite!!!"|
|Yes, The Sailor attached it to a fishing reel|
There is a book and a phone application; I just have the app and if W is being a turd I open it up to see if he's in the middle of a "leap" and 99% of the time it's been right. Right now he's in the middle of the tenth and final leap - the leap of systems. The "symptoms" as described by the app that most strongly hit home are:
- Cries more often and is more often cranky or fretful
- Is cheerful one moment and cries the next
- Wants to be closer to you
|Flipping adorable, right? He hasn't napped like that in AGES|
- Wants physical attention to be tighter or closer
- Sleeps poorly
- Reaches for cuddly toy or does so more often
|Gabby counts as a cuddly toy, right? BTW, he's kissing her, not biting|
The biggest thing during this leap for us has been him being more stubborn. Sometimes I'll say no to him, and he'll say it right back. Not cool dude, not cool. They apparently are developing a sense of self, and of their own body. The other day at the Family Resource Center a little girl (probably 2 or 3 years old) hit him for no reason and he just looked at her and firmly said, "no!" It was actually quite a proud moment for me - in my eyes that's the beginning of conflict resolution. Instead of hitting her back or running to me, he just told her what's up. Then she tried to kiss him and he had a melt down and came running to me, but at least it started out good! (And can you blame him for having a melt down...holy mixed signals Batman!)
At the beginning of the month I was seriously afraid he was going to stop breastfeeding completely. I was barely making any milk and he would get more frustrated than anything when he was at the breast. Every time he nursed I was afraid it was his last. Then my supply kicked up a bit, but it turned salty (which is completely normal during pregnancy). He'll still nurse for a while first thing in the morning, but needs water right after, and if he nurses at all throughout the day he switches sides a lot and I think he's just hoping the other side will be less salty. But, I wake up and my boobs feel heavy (not engorged at all, just noticeably heavier than usual) and after his morning snuggles and nursing session they feel significantly lighter so he's definitely getting something!
I guess that's really it! We've got another busy month ahead of us - hopefully he'll get through this final wonder week leap quickly!!!