Toby: 7 Months Old

At the start of this month Toby turned 7 months old. He’s now weighing in at 24lbs (11kgs) and 29inches (73.2cm).

IMG_5181_2A few days after his 7 month bday, and after weeks of practicing,

IMG_5494Toby started crawling (here he is post-crawl, thinking ‘what was that thing I just did?’)

IMG_5593Him being on the move has opened up a new world of trouble for Jude. Toby wants to be involved in EVERYTHING Jude is doing. Previously I had control over Toby’s access to Jude but now Toby decides. Jude has been surprisingly pretty good about having his long-labored train tracks ripped apart in 3 second by Toby, or his food swiped out from under his nose (like Toby did to his carrot in the photo below shortly after this was taken).

IMG_5132Toby has also started pulling himself up and so we had to drop the crib mattress.

IMG_5579Speaking of sleep, after Hawaii we had a hellish few weeks of sleep and I decided enough was enough. Luke and I mapped out a plan to sleep train him and after a few days or so he started sleeping through the night (7pm-5am). It has been amazing. We’ve had the odd night where he has woken at 11pm or 3am very unsettled (always resulting in a feeding) but for the most part he has accepted the new rules.

IMG_4779He still is napping three times a day, 9:30am, 12pm, and 4pm. The noon one is the only one in the crib. The other two are on me in the Ergo while we are outside at the market or playground. The thing I haven’t been able to break is nursing him to sleep, for all his sleeps. Even in the Ergo, he will kick and scream and claw at my shirt until I feed him (using my nursing cover).

IMG_5086This month also brought 4 new teeth (all on top), making for 6 in total. Looking back it probably wasn’t the best time to sleep train, but there never seems to be a good time. Anyhow, his new chompers have given him more access to interesting foods. He is nutty for bread, so we give him a lot french toast, bagels, and marmite on toast. He also really loves mangos and will cry if he sees one until I give him some. I give him the pit and he will happily suck on it until it slips out of his hands and screams and cries until I return it to him.

IMG_5567Before his teeth came in we started him on a sippy cup of water with meals, but then after they came in, he somehow forgot how to suck so now we spoon him water out of a bowl. I wonder if this is part of his bottle/pacifier protest – refusing to get liquid from any nipple except mine!

IMG_5541Toby is certainly a sweet little guy but with a very strong-will.

IMG_4936He knows what he wants and won’t rest until he gets it.

IMG_5102_2He’s gotten better about sitting in the stroller and now seems to really enjoy watching the cars go by.

IMG_5532But, still, as soon as he sees one of us strap an Ergo around our waists, he starts bouncing up and down in excitement as he knows he is going to get to ride on us.

IMG_5044He’s a really cuddly little guy – more than I ever remember Jude being at his age. He will sometimes just lay his head against our chests or on pillows and just take a little break. It’s very sweet.

IMG_5462Toby’s been enjoying going on play dates with Jude and his friends. We visited a few sandpits this month.

IMG_5524Toby ate several fistfuls of sand each time.

IMG_4982Jude’s friends, especially girlfriends, just love Toby. They always ask to hold him. I find it kind of funny as Toby is as big, if not bigger than some of them!

IMG_4985At home I’ve been trying a few sensory activities the boys can do together. Uncooked oatmeal is something I often throw in a bowl on the kitchen floor and let them mix and pour it. Toby loved it! Jude usually gets bored after five minutes and so I will throw chocolate chips in with the oatmeal and he will meticulously pick out and eat each one. This can buy me another ten minutes!

IMG_5587It can be a long, exhausting day with them but I do love seeing them play in new ways together.

 

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Jude: 2 Years Old

Jude is 2!

IMG_4899In so many ways it seems like he should be a lot older. The things he’s learned in just 2 years is really incredible!

IMG_4847Our 2 year old Jude is rarely ever seen without car or construction vehicle in his hand or close by. Most meltdowns happen when he either: sees a car at a store and we won’t let him buy it,  wants another kids car that won’t let him have it, or when we won’t let him bring 7 cars into the crib with him (usually including his giant dump truck).

IMG_4694We love his enthusiasm and do manage to get him to engage in some non-car related activities like bike rides,

IMG_4707bug hunting,

IMG_5183basketball,

IMG_5029and donut eating.

IMG_5053But he really is at his happiest when he is outside in the dirt with his fleet.

IMG_4882The words are continuing to explode from his mouth. He can put together so many phrases and instructions. He can direct Luke and I during playtime. ‘Dad sit’, ‘Dad push’, ‘Mom do’, ‘Baby NO’, etc. He has picked up so many things from me like ‘how about this’, when we are deciding what to play or eat.

IMG_5043He can play for much longer periods on his own mostly making his cars and trucks talk to each other but a few times this month I caught him going into his room to read alone. This was a first!

IMG_5159_2Our biggest discipline problem with Jude at the moment is him running away from us at the park. I am totally cool with him running but its when he runs towards the street or when its time to go home that I get pretty short with him. He’s fast and I’m usually holding or pushing Toby so it usually ends in my dragging him home under my arm and into time out.

IMG_5093He’s picked up all sorts of funny things like whispering nonsense into our ears, pretending to find bugs and feed them to us, and wanting to play pretend sleep.

IMG_4979On vacation cousin Robby introduced us to the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse song and now Jude is obsessed with it and the show. He asks for ‘Hotdog song’ all the time and will often randomly call out ‘Ohhh Toodles’.

IMG_4839When Jude wakes up he’s usually not too hungry. He’d prefer to have a bit of milk and play instead. So we’ve gotten into the habit of stopping at 7-11 for a steamed bun on our way to the market after Dad leaves for work.

IMG_5141Jude is really getting the hang of all the big brother stuff. It’s so awesome watching them together. I won’t ever forget all the tough times we had in the first few months but it has certainly been worth it as these two have already developed a very close and special bond.

IMG_5148Something new this month we have been practicing a lot this month is sharing. If Jude wants something Toby has he says ‘Baby share?’ and then will swap a toy with Toby. It’s been going quite well so far and last weekend he had me help him facilitate a ‘share’ at the sandpit with another toddler.

IMG_5119_2We celebrated his birthday as a family on the weekend before his birthday. I made a cake and then crumpled it up in the back of his dump truck along with frosting, Oreo crumbs, and worms.

IMG_5175_2The cake was a big hit. Jude kept thanking Dump for the cake!

IMG_5191_2We decided the new rule will be one present for birthdays. This year we decided to get Jude a push tricycle and he hates it! I am learning that just because he wants to ride on everyone else’s bike doesn’t mean he wants one. Other people’s stuff is much more desirable! Anyhow, it was a fail so we decided we will re-gift it to Toby on his 1st birthday.

 

IMG_5180On Jude’s actual birthday we had a party in the park with his friends. I’ll do a post on that later as it was such a fun afternoon.

IMG_5241Happy Birthday, Jude! We love you.

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