Ian: 8 Months

2.18.2014

Ian turned 8 months recently. Hard to believe. It is going by so fast!! I love this little guy so much. Something about the second kid...like you're not as stressed out with them cause you know what you are doing in terms of actually taking care of a baby...and you can't possibly just sit and stare at them 24/7 like you did with the first one and you know how quickly this baby phase is all going to pass, so you really cherish the special one-on-one time you do get with them. And sometimes it is just really nice to snuggle and cuddle a little bundle of softness who laughs and smiles up at you instead of dealing with 3 year old drama!!!!


So, I've been wanting to document Ian as the months go by (like I did with Maura) but I'm just getting to it now. With her I had my act together at 6 months, but as is one of the recurring themes with the second child, I'm a bit behind for him. But I'd rather begin now than not at all. Looking back at Maura's monthly posts are one of the only reasons I am remembering what to do with this little guy (I've been living in toddler land for so long!) and I am getting a kick out of reliving her baby hood. I want to be able to remember his too.

(Warning...this one will be a lot longer than subsequent posts of its kind since its the first one and I'm playing catch up.)

I started taking pics of Ian in an animal critter chair like I did for Maura every week (this one's the Cuddle Plush Elephant from Restoration Hardware) and although it was hard I made it up through like the beginning of December and then stuff just started getting crazy and I missed a bunch of weeks in a row- terrible Mom! But I'm going to try and not be sad or stressed out about it and just make sure I do at least a monthly pic. So here are the first 8 to catch you up on:)





{not sure why this guy is wearing yellow for the last 3 months! he seriously only has like 2 yellow things...with Maura I was meticulous and made sure she never had the same outfit on twice...second kid gets screwed!!!}

Sleeping Habits: As much as I love this little guy, he was a TERRIBLE sleeper until about a month ago. Finally, we decided to go for the sleep training/cry it out Ferber thing because I was just so tired and at a loss for what else to do. It took him like 2 days of minimal crying to get the hang out it and he now goes down for his 2 naps a day so easily (falls right asleep) and is sleeping through the night! Thank you, Buddy!!! It is amazing how much of a difference a solid night's sleep makes. And there is something just so relaxing about heading to bed with the confidence that you won't be waking up in another hour or two.

Ian naps once in the morning and once in the middle of the afternoon and we put him to bed around 8/8:30pm. His going down routine is the same (with the addition of a bottle at bedtime)...new diaper, sleep suit thing, read a couple of books, sing a few songs while rocking in the chair or walking around the room, put him in his crib awake. With "Binkie"/Pacifier. Bam. Done. Amen!


One thing that's different about the second child is that they get a bit screwed in the sleep schedule department. More often than not I have to wake Ian up in the morning to feed and get him ready to bring Maura to school or one of her activities. Then I have to wake him up from his morning nap and throw him in his car seat to head out and pick her up from school, etc. Sorry! Guess that's why he's so much more chill?! The whole world isn't revolving around him like it did with #1?!


Breastfeeding/Bottles/Solids:
I breastfed this guy exclusively until he was almost 7 months old. He wanted nothing to do with bottles (of breast milk or formula). But as much as I loved this special time together (and as proud as I was of both of us for having gotten that far nursing together), I was ready to move on. It took us probably 2 months of literally trying to get him to drink a bottle everyday and failing before he was willing to do it. At first he screamed every time we tried to give it to him, then he progressed to just playing with it. Finally he figured out how to actually suck on one correctly and then took to them like a champ. I weaned him over the course of a month down to where I was just breastfeeding him first thing in the morning and then I think my milk just sort of ran out. So one day I gave him a bottle when he woke up and neither of us looked back:) He just likes to eat so thankfully he is fine with it.

Ian loooves his solid foods (he'll eat any of the pureed fruits or vegetables mixed with oatmeal cereal...like even the nasty green ones such as peas and green beans that Maura wouldn't touch) and he now has three solid meals a day (he eats breakfast, lunch and dinner with us) as well as four (6 oz.) bottles (one when he wakes up in the morning, one just before lunch, one after his afternoon nap and one at bedtime). He's been gnawing on Mum Mum cookies, Gerber Puffs and Crunchies for awhile now but this month we started giving him some real table food and he is in heaven! Loooves it, is starting to prefer it more than the mush...as you can probably tell from his chubby cheeks!  He likes bananas, Cheerios, pancakes, cheese, any kind of bread, mac-n-cheese/pasta, blueberry muffins, sweet potato fries, carrots. Going to just keep trying and giving him whatever we're eating that's soft enough and see what happens. I really hope he just keeps this up and becomes that kid who eats anything/everything (unlike #1)!

Developmental Milestones/Firsts: learned how to sit up from a lying down position on his own, STARTED CRAWLING, got 2 teeth (bottom center directly next to each other), started sitting up in the stroller for walks and in stores as opposed to staying in his car seat


Favorite Toys: Fisher Price Little People Animal Sounds Zoo, FP Laugh and Learn Kitchen, Melissa and Doug Wood Standard Unit Blocks, anything of his sister's that he can get his hands on


Favorite Pastimes: baby class at our local My Gym (on Thursday afternoons), play dates with his baby friends, hanging out in the Baby Bjourn, anything involving food, knocking down towers of blocks that we build for him


{Ian and baby Brooke (Maura's best friend Jack's little sister)}
Buddy, you are just the best little guy!! You are so happy and chill...thank you for being so good for Mama! I love that you still don't have any hair, your big blue eyes, the way you rest one foot inside your other big toe just like Dada, kissing and smooshing those chubby cheeks, sitting on the couch feeding you your bottle first thing in the morning before anyone else is awake, the way you fall asleep with one binkie in your mouth and one binkie in each hand...I could go on and on but I'm actually starting to get a bit teary eyed writing this. Just know that you have captured my heart in a way that I didn't think was possible again after having your sister. Love you so much, Bubs!!!!

PS. Here's Maura at 8 months!

5 comments:

  1. I love learning all about Ian! He is absolutely so sweet. Thank you for these updates! See you soon I hope :)

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  2. He is soooo sweet. He just seems like such a little bundle of happiness.

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  3. Thanks you guys!!!

    Lis - thinking of you! April will be here before you know it! Would love to have the babies meet:)

    Holly - He is! Not sure if its cause he's the second or a boy;) I can't believe how old and mature Wren is...been following you since the beginning on the nest! So awesome to watch her grow and come into her own (and get hair, lol)!!!

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  4. He has the sweetest smile! These pics make me excited to meet my next baby!!

    Kelsi @ ThankfulforSurprises.blogspot.com

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  5. Oh gosh you've got me teary too over here girlfriend - ha! Oh you couldn't have said it any better about baby #2 - they just roll with the punches don't they? It's pretty cool. And I don't know about you but any time I'm spending one on one time with Allison (and big sister overhears or sees it) big sister DARTS right over and has to get in on the action ;) so I really treasure whatever one-on-one time I can get with my little one. And good for you for making it that long b/f - that is quite an accomplishment. Looks like everyone is doing so well :)

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