Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Gideon 8 Month Update

Age: 8 months old.  This time in 4 months we will be letting this kid smash into a birthday cake and celebrating 1 whole year of life on Earth!

This month Gideon has continued to bring us a tremendous amount of delight and purpose and is constantly teaching us new things.  Just last night we talked about how to intentionally parent this unique little boy.  Parenting is super rewarding but also a daily battle of choosing to be a loving, patient, kind parent when there are tough moments.  We processed a lot about what we hope to say is true of our parenting when Gideon is graduating from high school and set some goals in that perspective.  It will be by the grace of Jesus that we are patient, Jesus-following, loving parents! (spoiler alert: we already fail at this a lot but we sure do love our boy and try)

Our best realization about parenting an 8 month old: IT'S ALL UP HILL FROM HERE! So we are buckling down and praying everyday for intentional hearts to shepherd and love this precious gift from God.

Weight: He hasn't been weighed in several weeks so I'm not sure.  We have really noticed that Gideon is not chunking up much as much as he is getting longer and leaner. Tall boy!  He's more mobile so I think that's part of the plateau.  He's a solid little monkey but I would say his best rolls are in his thighs and in those chubby cheeks.

Length: Hmmm I think about 28 inches.  He hasn't been measured at the doctor since his last appointment but he is totally popping out of his sleep sack at night and I think I need to upgrade him to a longer one.  Daddy is 6'2" so it's fun to think about him playing basketball or ultimate frisbee and using that height to his advantage!

Sizes (diapers, onesies):  Not a whole lot has changed here in the last month.  He's rocking the size 4 diapers, 12-18 month onsies and shirts, 12 month pants, 2-3T socks.  His Grammy got him some big kid hats that he wears to shield his white body from the sun.  I think one is a 24 month hat HA!

Eyes:  His eyes are one of the things that people comment on most.  They are so sparkly and big!  You know exactly what this kid is thinking with one look at those eyes-if he's thrilled, mega-pissed, bumming out, or just content.  His eyes tell it all.

Ryan told me yesterday that he read that the combo of red hair and blue eyes is the most rare in the world.  So my son and my sister are pretty much majestic unicorns in human form.

Hair: This kid has sprouted like 1,000,000 new hairs this month!  There is even enough for me to mohawk and I'm going to pick up some hair gel next time I'm at Target.  It's my exact color and OF COURSE 643 people a day come up to him to tell him how precious he is.  He gobbles up the attention, the little sucker.

Sleeping: Gideon has given me up to an 8 hours stretch at night which is a fantastic blessing!  He still has normal baby nights where he is up 2-4 times in a night.  But I would say for the most part he goes to bed at 7:00 pm, dream feeds at 10:00 pm, stirs once or twice and needs a back rub/pat, and sleeps until 6:00ish am.  

Right now he mostly naps from 8:00-9:30 and then naps again from 12:00-1:00ish.  Then a last cat nap from 3:30-4:00 so he doesn't explode into a million pieces from exhaustion by the time it's bedtime.

Eating: This has been one of my favorite parts of him getting older!  We eat a lot of diverse foods at our house and I try to serve us whole, healthy, real foods if possible.  But we need the occasional burger and fries, yum!  When we eat "junk food" I aways prefer to make homemade chocolate chip cookies or banana bread because it just tastes better.  Gideon hangs in his high chair, playing with measuring cups while I bake or cook; we use the time to talk about math, measuring, fractions, etc.

Ok besides the mini-homeschool sessions ;) He has been trying A TON of new foods:  

Broccoli, hummus, olives, whole wheat pasta, shredded white meat chicken, banana-quinoa-baby-bread, egg yolk,  toast with butter, pita bread, blueberries, mahi mahi, mac & cheese, peas, cheerios, baked carrots, black bean burger, bell pepper, pear, potato, and peaches.   Mostly I just chop up whatever we are having and serve it to him so there's no special prep.  Everything is size appropriate and I would say about 1% of it even makes it to his lips. But he has the grandest time squishing it, throwing it on the floor, rubbing it on himself, and shoving it down his diaper.

One difficulty in the eating department is that Gideon refuses to nurse anywhere besides his nursery.  He prefers his room, dark, and quiet.  I absolutely cannot convince him that nursing in a quiet room at someone else's house or in the church nursery is a good idea.  I can usually get him to take 1-2 oz from a bottle but it's such a pain in the butt to remember and keep cold and then heat up.  It's one of the most draining experiences of the last few weeks because it's very hard to get to an outing, enjoy it, and make it home without him getting to a bad spot.  I offer to nurse him consistently when I know he's hungry but he refuses with a mighty and unwavering will!  Please pray for Gideon to be more flexible and want to eat via nursing when he's not at home!!

Milestones:  He mimics head shake "no",  claps his hands or two toys together, will sporadically wave "bye-bye", SO close to getting the forward crawl mastered, pincer grasp is really refining, a steady sitter, will balance pretty well when propped up to a short table, feeds himself with hands (if he's lucky a spoon will make it to his mouth), can reliably hold a cup or bottle himself to drink, and babbles his favorite sounds.

And two teeth officially sprouting!  He had two poking out a few months ago and in the last few weeks they went back up-UGH!  But the bottom two front teeth are sticking out and causing him so much pain.  He looks adorable though and hopefully they will be fully out in the next few days.

This is sort of a milestone...his first sickness.  Poor baby cakes!  He ran a low grade fever for about 4 days, experienced a lot of congestion, throwing up, diaper rash, coughing, and generally felt terrible.  He just wanted to be held skin to skin and nurse all day.  He's actually on day 10 of this sickness and just has the tail end of a cough.  I'm praying it's all gone soon.

Left, Our nightstand of "get-better tools" (the cough drops were mine FYI).  Right, at the doctor waiting for get his ears checked out.  I was convinced he had an ear infection because he kept clawing at them but apparently just a super red, inflamed throat that referred the pain out to his ears

Memorable outings:  We met our friends Ali, Bowen and Declan at the downtown REI for a playdate.  The babies did tummy time in the play area and stood holding onto the fake tree trunks they have.  There were so many other big kids running and showing off so that kept them entertained.

One of my favorite outings has been the pool.  Gideon went down the REALLY big kid slide with Daddy.  We splashed and played and realized this child is a water-baby to his core.  We also have ventured out for story time at the library and he has a BLAST with the other kiddos.

Favorite toys/activities:  Loves laying on the floor with Daddy and watching the ceiling fan whirl, evening walks, giving kisses, wooden puzzles, playing kitchen, cousin time, having a bucket of toys/objects placed in front of him to explore, watching the world out the front window, and petting Poppy.

Gideon will contentedly play by himself for a really long time.  I'm always surprised how happy he is to just sort through a pile of toys.  But he LOVES his people and friends so he's a dynamic guy.  Also, this little baby cakes wants and loves everything that is not for him.  He is fascinated by watches, cell phones, my wallet, anything shiny or metal, big water bottles, and more.  We say, "if it's not for Giddy, then he will want it!"

Words/sounds:  I swear (and Ryan will agree) this kid babbles "ma-ma-ma".  Score!!  He doesn't say it directed to me but I'll take it.  He has a lot of indistinguishable noises but when he creates a sounds he likes he will repeat it for awhile.  Endless giggles, lots of loud fusiness when something makes him upset, and plenty of squeals and babbles to just hear himself.

Nicknames:  Lou, Little Love, Giddy Con Queso (from daddy), Giddy Lou Who (from Aunt Linny), Giddy Puff (from Aunt Linny), Giddy Face (from Maggie), Giddy Pantz (from Maggie)
The usuals...Giddy Bear, Giddy Up, Gid, Giddy, Itty Giddy Titty Monster with the tiny hiney, G (from Uncle Clint), Mister, Man Cub

Funny moments: We laugh when Gideon finds something funny.  What comes to mind is when Ryan launches him like a rocket or when I pop out from behind a door to surprise him.  Gideon laughs and laughs.  We have had him cracking up so hard before that he has literally fallen backwards!  HA!!  He has such a sense of humor this boy.

Looking forward to:  We would really like to get up the mountains  to camp and out for some longer hikes this summer.  I really look forward to seeing what he thinks of the trees, mountains, and nature.  I want him to get dirty and explore!  Also he is like 1 second away from crawling and I think that he will be truly pleased with himself when he figures it out.

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