Monday, August 15, 2011

Oh Boy!

We have a crawler on our hands!  He's actually been army crawling for about a month and a half or so, but he is very efficient with it now.  By "efficient", I mean he can get places and into things very quickly.  Before we know it, he's at the power cords or pulling dvds off the tv cart!  I purchased some things to help us baby proof the living room, which is the only place I really put him on the ground.  I will start working on that tonight after he goes to bed and we have a new entertainment center picked out, we just have to get it.  I think Tim is going to get it and put it all together this weekend while we're gone.  It has doors on it so everything can be closed up and he can't get to things.  Anyway, I haven't been able to get any videos of him crawling because AS SOON as I turn on the camera, he stops!  So this afternoon, I set up the camera on my laptop and got a few videos of him.  The best one I got was when I put it right in front of him and he could see himself.  He crawled right to it!  I love towards the end of the video when I keep moving the computer.  He looks like "Mom, I know what you're doing!"  Unfortunately, since it's straight on you can't actually see the act of crawling, only that he's moving.

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I don't know why the last video is going really fast.  I will work on it and try to correct it.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Morning Walks

Since we live in an apartment complex, in order for me and Robby to go for walks in the mornings it's kind of an ordeal. First, we get up around 6:30-7 to try and leave the apartment between 7-7:15 in order to beat the heat. Unfortunately, there is no beating the humidity! Anyway, we load up in the car, drive down to one of the main roads in town, park in a strip mall parking lot, unload, get Robby all set up with bottle, sippy cup, paci, and about 3 or 4 different toys. Then, to get to the neighborhood where we like to walk, we have to go up this really big hill. The only thing that gets me up that hill is telling myself that at the end, I get to go down that hill and it will be much easier! I enjoy the neighborhood where we walk because it's nice and quiet with lots of trees and cul-d-sacs. So we walk in and out of every cul-d-sac and up and down every street. It makes me miss living in a neighborhood though. Where we lived in Amarillo had the most beautiful tree lined brick roads where we used to walk. This weekend we were driving around and I showed Tim where we walk. I told him all that I had observed of people in the various homes. After I was done he told me that I sounded like a creepy old lady! Haha! Usually by the end of our walk it's been about an hour and Robby has had quite enough. So we get back to the car, load back up and head home. When we get back home Robby goes in his Johnny jump up while I work on my arms and abs. By the time I'm done with that, it's naptime for Robby and time for me to get in the shower and get ready for the day. I love our morning walks. I don't listen to music or anything. My music is listening to Robby squeal and say "da-da", "hi", and "hey". It's the perfect way to start the day, even if that hill is trying to kill me!

Here are some pictures from our walk this morning. I thought it was cute how he was all lounged back.



This picture shows just how exhausting our walks are on Robby! Poor thing!





Saturday, August 6, 2011

Learning to Interact and a Few of My Favorite Things

I think having Robby stay in the nursery while we are at church is really helping him develop a sense of other children.  When we were eating on Sunday, I was holding him after I was done and he started jumping in my lap and making his excited noises.  I looked over my shoulder and he and another little boy (probably around 10 months) were "talking" and smiling back and forth!  It was so cute.  This went on for a while until the other family left.  Then yesterday, Robby and I had lunch with some friends.  As soon as he saw my friends almost 4 year old little girl, he started smiling and getting all excited.  Then once her 20 month old little boy and Robby were each in their highchairs, Robby started talking to him and getting all excited.  It's interesting to watch him interact with other children and babies.  He has interacted with adults since before he was a month old with laughing and smiling, but I never even thought about him not really interacting with kids.  What a fun aspect of him to watch grow!

I wanted to list some of my favorite things that we have right now.  I don't know how I would be making it without these things, and I know pretty much all of them weren't around when I was a baby.  My poor, poor mother!  :-)  These are in no particular order, just the order I thought of them!

1. The Bumbo
Robby started sitting in his Bumbo seat when he was about 6 weeks old.  It really helped him develop the strength and learn how to sit on his own.  I would use it when I was getting ready in the mornings.  I would put him in it and let him watch himself in the mirror.  He loves to sit in it in the kitchen while I'm making dinner.  He can see everything and be close to me, but still be "on his own".  We also use it when we feed him.  I don't want to get a traditional highchair.  Our dining table is counter height, so a highchair would be quite low.  Plus, as silly as it sounds, I haven't found one that would go with the look of our furniture.  So, once he no longer fits in this, we are just going to get one of those booster type seats that have the tray on them that attache to a regular dining chair.  But right now, this thing has been a life saver!

2. The Johnny Jump Up
I can't say enough great things about this!  Robby actually loves this more than his exersaucer now.  At first, he would just be in it and spin around checking everything out.  But now he jumps like crazy in it!  He will spend an hour at a time in and have a blast.  It's great for entertaining him as well as getting out his extra energy.  This really helps when I need to get cleaning done or am in the shower.  I just hook it on to the bathroom door frame and he's set!

3. The Playtex Drop Ins

When we switched over to formula, I tried several different bottles but they all leaked when I would shake them up to mix them.  I finally had it when I was shaking a bottle in my car and formula went everywhere.  I was hesitant to start using them because it seemed like it would be an ongoing expense. But I have several coupons for the liners and since they come in 100 count boxes and Robby only takes 3 bottles a day, it actually works out to be about $5.50 a month for the liners.  I lucked out and the BX had clearanced all the bottles when I first started using them, so I was able to get them for $2 each!  The reason I love these is you only have to clean the nipple (and maybe the ring if any formula gets on it).  I have extra nipples, so I only end up washing them every 3 days or so and it takes no time at all!  We are planning on having him start taking his formula from a sippy cup at around 10 months, so we only have about 3 months or so of using these, but we love them!  Speaking of sippy cup...

4. The Playtex First Sipster

Robby drinks water or watered down apple juice from a sippy cup and this one is great!  He loves it and can get the drink out fairly easily.  It's made for the liquid to come out easily, so I have to make sure it doesn't sit upside down in my diaper bag or anything.  The handles are great because it's easy for him to hold on to and he also likes to chew on the mouthpiece while he's teething since it's usually right out of the refrigerator and cold.  This was the first one we tried and it seems to be a winner.  He looks like such a big boy drinking from it!

5.  The Boon Spoons

There are two different types and I have both and love both!  The first are the attachment spoons.  They are advertised for the Plum Organics baby food BUT they fit all brands of baby food in the pouches.  Extremely handy.  I don't just use them when we are out, but at home as well.  You only dirty on little thing that takes less than 30 seconds to clean!  Extremely handy and I love it!  Now, if we are out and about and I have a different time of baby food (or if I have the pouches but for some reason forgot the little spoon attachments) I use the food dispensing spoon.  I just scoop the food into it, snap it together, squeeze and feed.  These are absolutely lifesavers when we are in the car.  I'm not having to worry about scooping food out and food dripping off the bottom of the spoon onto somewhere in the car.  And Robby tends to take more in and not get as much all over his face when I use either of these.

6. The Ring Stacker
I had one of these growing up and when I saw it in the store several weeks ago I was actually disappointed in myself for not getting it for Robby sooner!  He loves it!  As soon as I put it down in front of him, he takes the rings off, claps them together, sucks on them, puts them on his wrists, and plays with the base.  This is a tried and true toy that every baby needs!  And since Robby doesn't have many toys (by our choice) I'm glad he likes this one.

7. Vulli Teethers


As soon as we thought Robby was teething, I purchased his first Sophie the Giraffe.  He never wants to put it down and it definitely lives up to its hype.  He can chew on all the feet and legs, the head, and the body.  Sometimes he just holds it and squeezes it.  I was looking into getting him another one because we have made it out of the house several times without Sophie, so I wanted one at home and in the diaper bag.  When I was getting the second one, I found the gnons.  We have the blue one.  Robby loves the little nub on top of its head, as well as its different shape.  Both of these are great teethers and just great toys.

It seems odd to stop at 7 but that's all I can think of that Robby (and I) just can't live without right now!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Air Time

This is currently one of Robby and Daddy's favorite things to do!

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First Word!

Last Wednesday, Robby's random babbling actually turned into a word! Our pediatrician said at his 6 month appointment that he would probably be saying some words soon and was actually surprised he wasn't already (I personally thought it was a little early, but what do I know?!). So what was his first word? "Da-Da"! Yes, not only does Robby look exactly like Tim, but he also said his name first, too! This mama's not getting any love! ;-) I have been trying to get it on video but I never know when he's going to say it and if he is saying it, he stops as soon as I start videoing! He also will say "Hi" and "Hey" but only when he wants to! Normally, he will just say "da-da da-da" over and over but in the video he's also jabbering. It's the best I could get! Also, he started the wrist thing that he does in one of the videos last week. He likes to move them like that. He'll pick up a toy and flick his wrist while he's holding it. I wonder if he might start waving in the next month or two.





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