It really is true that the older you get, the faster the time goes. I’m already late for this blog post and late for his monthly photos too. Bean has had a busy month as well full of exploring and learning about his world. He crawls very quickly now. Fast enough that he and Locutus are starting to play some very simple “chase” games. The simplicity of this game is inversely related to the level of noise they make playing it. He does a fair bit of cruising around as well, but can get places (and follow his brother) faster with crawling.
Bean has made his opinions of certain foods made very clear. He’s already picked up on the sign for ‘more’ and ‘berries’ and is working on a few others. Whenever I’m around, he still wants a certain amount of nursing time. But if I’m out of sight, I’m out of mind. Instead of fighting it, I’m just going to see how things work out when I return to work. He’s good with most foods, though I’ve noticed that he isn’t very interested in meats yet. But since he loves tofu, cheese, and beans, I’m not too worried about his protein intake.
Speaking of cheese, that’s one of the words he tried to say. He is very imitative and is starting to make the sounds of initial syllables for lots of things: no, more, cheese, teeth, tree, dog, cat, and car are a few of the ones that come up often.
Both boys LOVE the outdoors. At the sound of the door chime, Bean will furiously make a break for it, attempting to get to the great outdoors. Since our deck isn’t yet safe for him to be adventuring solo, I have to keep on my toes, or keep the back door locked. He gets quite upset when the door closes before he gets there too. If he can’t get outside to explore, his second favourite place to check out is the fridge.
The nice weather has brought us very frequently to the park. Now that he’s more mobile, he’s able to explore more of the structures and toys there as well. So far he enjoys the swings the most, though the teeter-totter and slide are pretty cool too (while being held by mom). Locutus sometimes like it when his brother joins him in these play activities too.
Teeth are still making their slow, painful progression in. He now has for that are through the gums and they just seem to continue steadily on. He is ok for the most part, but then will have a set of bad teething days. Pain seems to always strike around noon, during which time he won’t eat or nurse, but is just fussy and crying (and drooling a small personal river). Getting him a wet washcloth to suck/chew and a dose of Advil has been working ok so far.
Bean also shares his older brother’s excitement over dogs! We’ve met a wide variety at our local park. My favourite are the 2 larger dogs who are extremely well-trained! They live with kids and their owners have trained them to lie down and let the kids approach and pet them gently. Even when there is a group of kids jumping around them, they are incredibly calm and patient and I’ve only ever heard them bark at other dogs. Bean is slightly more reserved with them compared to his big brother (who tried to kiss them on the face) but I think as he gets bigger, he’ll have more confidence with them too.
Bean definitely needs his naps still. He occasionally skips them, but gets very cranky about it. He is also a little more of a morning lark like me. This is both good and bad since it means we have one kid cutting in to the evening time and one in to the morning time. I’m sincerely looking forward to the day when I can consistently carve out a little bit of time at either end of the day for non-parenting stuff.
Speaking of sleep, he is also a mover and shaker in his sleep with limbs flying about and huge re-positioning maneuvers. It is cute and funny when it doesn’t involve him trying to roll onto my face and neck. Or when he isn’t head butting my rib cage. Or nearly launching himself off the bed or into a wall. Actually, even with all the sleeping acrobatics, it’s still kind of cute and funny.
Some of his other favourite things: peek-a-boo, pretending to sneeze, turning lights on and off, splashing in water, music (especially row, row, row your boat), the toy knife from the play food, the toy screwdriver, playing tea with his brother, and cheering along with anything.