I disappeared for a few months because it felt like nothing new or revolutionary was happening. Now my little dude is 8 months old. Comparing with my first I thought this one would have leap frogged his accomplishments since he started rolling and popping up to his knees earlier but nope! He started knee popping like 2 months ago and hasn’t mastered crawling! I don’t get it. He rocks back and forth on his knees, and pops up into a downward dog pose a lot but still no hand over hand proper crawling. He kind of worms his way forward, but even then he’s not terribly interested in it. He did recently start lifting his arm and letting his weight rest on just the one arm but no forward movement. He usually tips over. By the 8th month update with my first he had begun pulling to stand. This baby has reached out for things on his belly like he wants to pull up but doesn’t or can’t. He spends most of his day chilling on his belly, grabbing for toys or rocking on his knees. Maybe he’ll never crawl. He does sit well unsupported though. He seemed to get that out of nowhere after resisting it or wobbling constantly. He doesn’t prefer sitting though. He just started (like a few days ago) getting good at sort of going from crawl to sit. He just did his first perfect crawl to sit this morning.
He’s still a super happy baby. He smiles at everything and makes a noise like he’s vocalizing his happiness. He seems chubby and long but he isn’t according to growth charts. He is probably bigger then P was at this age though. He eats 2 solids meals a day. Usually oatmeal cereal with some fruit puree or avocado mixed in, and a pouch for dinner. He loves eating, and is getting better with self feeding. I’m still a little scared to start table food though. I usually give him a little taste of mine squished up but I’m not sure how well he’s actually mashing it.
He is down to 2 naps a day, and sometimes that first nap last 2 hours. I’m wondering if this is a phase or not. He has been having trouble getting down to bed at night even if it has been 3 hours since his last nap. We’re in that phase where the second nap is probably too close to bed time but he can’t do without it so bed time will be crap until he drops the second nap. But this dude seems so sleepy all the time so I’m not sure how quickly that second nap will drop.
P starts Kindergarten in the fall and I’m looking forward to getting him out of my hair all day. He’s honestly so difficult and relentless. It’s like living with a feral animal. No matter how much structure I give him and discipline it’s like his brain is incapable of processing it and he just does whatever impulsive thing pops into his head. Does he have ADHD? Probably. We’ll see what happens with that when he starts school. Maybe he’ll be a model pupil.
I’m pretty happy in the rest of my life. My house is being worked on, it doesn’t make me angry all the time, just the basement. I know that will be done eventually. I can see myself living here while the kids are completing school and being ok with it. It’s starting to turn into a house I’m proud of for once. I wish we had less debt and more money though but that’s probably the same for everyone. I still don’t have a job but I have been KILLING IT on etsy and am so close to achieving a goal I set out for myself at the beginning of this year. I’m hoping I can continue growing it into something real and maybe not need a job, but I think I’d still like to work outside the home again some day. I just don’t know how people do it with kids. I don’t have a 5 year plan but it’s crazy for me to think in 5 years I might have 2 kids in school. Though with H’s birthday he won’t be going until he’s closer to 6. That’ll be interesting. One who starts early and one who starts late.