October 09, 2018

Anderson: Eight Months

Well, now that Mister Man (as his big sister likes to call him) is nine months old, I suppose it's time to get on here and update his eight months stats. Why am I ALWAYS behind on this? Poor, second kid.

Weight: ? (although, I would guess somewhere around 18 pounds)

Length: ?

Milestones:
Anderson continues to be one MOBILE little guy. He crawls at an INCREDIBLY fast rate, and it is often difficult for Mommy and Daddy to keep up with him. He has also started "cruising" this month, and seems to be closer to walking every day. He loves to walk around the perimeter of the couch, and is starting to stand for extended lengths of time (Daddy counted TEN seconds at one point!). Another (sad) milestone for Mommy is that Anderson decided to wean in the last month. Mommy's return to work seems to have heralded the end of Anderson's nursing journey. It still makes Mommy REALLY sad, but Anderson absolutely refused to nurse (despite Mommy's many, many, MANY attempts), so it was time. Everyone is less frustrated these days, and while Mommy still struggles, it was for the best. Anderson learned how to clap this month, but in a VERY unconventional way. You ask him to clap, and he slowly brings his hands together and laces his finger together, over and over. It's pretty cute! Anderson is starting to babble more and more these days, and seems to add more consonants to his vocabulary every day. But his most frequent utterance still remains, "Da da da da," much to Mommy's frustration.   

Loves:
The book case. Cords. Wall outlets. Small choking hazards. Basically, Anderson loves all of the things that he is NOT supposed to play with. Mommy and Daddy have to be hyper-vigilant with hazards because Anderson seems to seek out the ONE thing in the room that could hurt him. Mr. Man also LOVES to climb and spends most of the day going up and over everything. He has discovered a real love of food this month. He used to make some pretty funny faces whenever new food was offered to him, but now he seems to eat everything with gusto (besides refried beans, which is a strange aversion). He is becoming less interested in bottles, and wants to eat ALL of the food. His favorite foods, like big sister, seem to be ANY form of pasta and ANY form of fruit. Anderson loves his sister best, Daddy second, and Mommy third. This is a huge shift from the early days (when he only had eyes for Mommy), but Anderson is seeming to become more of a "Daddy's boy" every day, again...much to Mommy's frustration. 

Hates: 
Not much. Maybe diaper changes? But only because he has to lie still for those. Anderson hates being made to stay still, but other than that, he's pretty much the happiest baby on the planet. 

Photos to follow (when Mommy edits them)

August 24, 2018

Anderson: Seven Months

Weight: 16 pounds 8 ounces

Length: ?

Milestones:
The mobility continues...at an exponential rate. Anderson does not sit still for anything, and has moved from crawling, to standing. Anderson will make his way to any stationary object (couch, bookshelf, his crib...you name it) and pull himself to the standing position. For the first little while, it made Mommy's heart race. Anderson earned his fair share of bruises to the head this month, and Mom earned her fair share of gray hairs (kidding). BUT, Mr. Man is finally getting the hang of standing (without the epic falls), and Mommy has been able to calm down a little bit (but only a little bit because is she ever fully calm??). What is making Mommy not so calm? The fact that Anderson has discovered the stairs and loves to climb from the very bottom ALL the way to the top (with Mommy right behind him, of course). He is quite proud of this new-found accomplishment, but Mommy hates every minute of it. Another milestone that has been reached this month is Anderson's cute little babbling noises. Unlike his sister, Anderson is a pretty quiet little guy and often has a pacifier stuck in his mouth. Lately, however, he has started to say, "Dada" pretty frequently. He also does a high-pitched squeal whenever he gets excited that gets everyone around him smiling. Anderson has also learned how to eat his solids without the hilarious gagging noises and funny faces of last month. Anderson has recently learned how to hold his bottle which is helpful for those that watch him, because it means that he can feed himself.

Loves:
Much to Daddy's delight, he has another baby who LOVES music. Anderson has started to dance and bounce every time a song comes on, and it is pretty much the cutest thing ever. Anderson has also developed a LOVE of blueberries. They are by far his favorite food, and he can't get them into his mouth fast enough. Anderson also still loves his pacifier and can often be seen happily sucking away.

Hates:
Not much. The only thing that seems to REALLY upset Anderson are loud noises. He's very sensitive to sudden, loud noises. They make his little eyes fill with tears and he will SOB until he gets some loving and comfort from Mommy or Daddy. He also doesn't do well when he gets woken up by his sister's screams. Unfortunately, Big Sister finds it HILARIOUS to wake her brother up in this fashion. And because they share a room, there have been too many nights when Anderson has been woken up by his screaming sister. It has inspired some pretty intense heart-to-hearts between Wren and Mommy. Thankfully, Wren has been working on it...

August 21, 2018

Anderson: Six Months

Weight: 16 pounds 

Length: 28 inches

Milestones:
Mommy has said it before, and she'll say it again: some months, the milestones PILE up, and this month is no exception. Anderson has decided that he is not content to be in one spot, and needs to be on the go AT. ALL. TIMES. At six months old, Mr. Man has decided to crawl. And not just army crawl, full-on crawl. Mommy and Daddy don't know what to do with all of the mobility. Big sister was nine months old before she really started to crawl, so having a baby that is crawling at six months old is throwing them off of their game. Anderson has also become an expert champ at sitting up this month. No more toppling for the little guy. You set him down, and he will stay sitting. Also, he can go from the crawling position, to the sitting position all on his own. At his six month appointment, Anderson's doctor told Mommy that Little Man has the motor skills of a much older baby. No surprise there. Mommy has been chasing him around for weeks now. Anderson is still getting better every day at sleeping. He moved out of Mommy and Daddy's room, and is surprisingly sleeping better now that he shares a room with his sister. Who would have guessed? Mommy was sad (at first) but is now really enjoying her improved sleep, and Daddy is enjoying being able to make noise again without Mommy "shushing" him all the time. His naps are never shorter than 1.5 hours, and he usually only wakes up 1-2 times a night. Every once in a while, he will have a rough night and it will take quite a while (up to two hours) for him to go back to sleep. Thankfully, those nights are pretty rare. Mommy thinks that one of the major reasons that sleep has improved is because Mr. Man has figured out how to find his pacifier (in the dark), put it back in his mouth, and put himself back to sleep. Hallelujah! Anderson also had his first bite of food this month (avocado) and he was NOT a fan. He made HILARIOUS faces and dramatic gagging noises, so solids don't happen too often.

Loves: His big sister. More than anything. Maybe even more than Mommy these days. Anderson thinks that big sister Wren is the best thing ever, and he simply lights up whenever she is around. He has also discovered (with all of his newfound mobility) that he likes cords. Mommy and Daddy have to be careful, because if there is a cord at ground level, Anderson will find it. Anderson has been dubbed "perma-grin" by those who know him because he really is the happiest little guy, and basically grins at anybody who happens to look his way. He LOVES people, especially other little ones, and will follow you around all day long.

Hates:
Not too many hates for Mr. Anderson now that he has stopped hating sleep (he seems to only mildly dislike sleep these days). He really is just the smiliest, happiest baby you will ever meet.

Photos to follow (when Mommy edits them)

Anderson: Five Months

Weight: 15 pounds

Lenght: ??

Milestones:
Over the last month, Anderson has FINALLY started to figure out how glorious sleep can be. Mommy and Daddy started slowly taking away all of Anderson's sleep crutches about a month ago, and he did really well with each step. First, they took away his "Rock and Play," the rocking cradle that he slept in. Then, they tried several different sleep suits to help him "transition" out of his swaddle. Next, Mommy stopped nursing Anderson to sleep. Then, they took away his sleep suit. As of two weeks ago, Anderson was going to bed needing only two things: his pacifier and someone's hand to hold on to. He started taking naps that were longer than 20 minutes, which was a miracle for Mommy and Daddy. The only problem was, that Anderson needed his pacifier put back into his mouth CONSTANTLY in order to stay asleep (and even that didn't work half of the time). That meant several wake ups, both for naps...and at night. Nap time was okay. Nighttime was not. Mr. Man was waking up about 5-6 times a night, and took anywhere from 30 minutes to TWO HOURS to go back to sleep. Mommy was dying. So, after a LOT of research by Mommy (of course), and a LOT of tears over the last five months (Mommy again), Daddy and Mommy decided that it was time for sleep training. Anderson needed to learn how to fall to sleep on his own...without his pacifier and without someone to hold his hand. Mommy was a wreck and couldn't stomach the thought of Anderson crying. But, another miracle happened...Anderson surprised the HECK out of them. On the first night, he went to sleep entirely on his own, and he woke up only once to eat. That trend has continued for the last four nights and, while Mommy and Daddy are trying not to get their hopes up, they totally are! While improved sleep is the most exciting milestone in the Russell household, there are a few others that are being reached. Anderson has really learned how to grab onto and play with toys this month. Anderson learned how to roll from belly to back a couple of months ago...but seemed to forget how once he learned how to roll the other way. He has now mastered rolling BOTH ways, and is moving all over the place. Last week, Mommy laid him down in the middle of the living room rug, and came back to find him on the wood floor, banging his hand against the ground. 

Loves:
With Anderson's newfound ability to play with toys, a few have become the frontrunners as his favorites. Number one? An empty pack of baby wipes. He loves the sound it makes when he crinkles it in his fist. He also loves the Sophie giraffe that his cousin, Nixon, handed down to him. Anderson loves people, and his whole face will split into a grin when you call his name and talk to him. He is probably one of the happiest babies that you will meet and really is such an easy little guy.

Hates:
Anderson still hates being burped, or more accurately, hates when you take his food source away to burp him. It's one of the only times that he cries. He can be BEYOND full, but gets so angry when you stop feeding him. Other than that, he's generally content. He only cries when tired, or hungry, and even then, his cries are typically short-lived. 

Photos to follow (when Mommy edits them)

May 04, 2018

Anderson: Four Months

Weight: 13 pounds 3 ounces

Length: 26 inches

Milestones:
Anderson "found" his hands and toes last month, but they have since become his favorite toys. He is constantly sucking on his hands and clutching onto his toes while he rolls back and forth. Anderson has also learned how to roll from his back to his belly, but in the process, has somehow forgotten how to return to his back and gets stuck on his tummy. Then he gets MAD. Mommy and Daddy keep telling him to stop rolling if he doesn't like it, but the second he is put on his back, he rolls to his tummy. And the grunts of frustration commence. It's a vicious cycle. Anderson has also learned how to "grab" things this month. No more "batting" at his toys. He grabs them with gusto, and usually takes them right to his mouth. 

Loves:
At four months old, Anderson still loves his pacifier. It is VERY convenient for Mommy and Daddy to have a paci-loving baby. If he gets upset, popping his pacifier in his mouth usually does the trick, and his fussing turns into contentment. Anderson still loves snuggles, and has started to lay his head down on Mommy's chest and shoulder whenever she carries him. It'm Mommy' favorite thing EVER!  Anderson loves the monkey that hangs from his play mat. It's the ONLY thing that will keep him on his back. He also loves the rattle that hangs from his car seat. If he is crying in the car, and won't take a pacifier, shaking the rattle will calm him down immediately. But Anderson's #1 love is still Mommy. Daddy likes to joke that the reason Anderson doesn't sleep is because he's too obsessed with Mommy. He just wants to be with her for every minute of the day (and night). 

Hates:
Unfortunately, Anderson has developed an aversion to breastfeeding lately. Mommy ended up with a kidney stone and had to stop breastfeeding for a few days while she took medication. During that time, Anderson developed an even greater love for the ease of the bottle, and gave Mommy some major resistance when she tried to get back to breastfeeding. Mommy and Anderson have been working on it, and he is getting better, but he will still have random "nursing strikes," so Mommy is forced to give him a bottle. Anderson STILL hates sleep. Nothing has improved on that front, and Mommy is still dying from sleep deprivation. She has spent a LOT of money trying different swaddles and sleep suits...but Anderson still insists on horrible sleep. People keep telling Mommy to let him "figure it out," but unfortunately, Mommy (and Daddy for that matter!) is a softy and can't handle Anderson's cries! 



Anderson: Three Months

Weight: 11 lbs. 14 ounces

Length: ??

Milestones:
Mr. Anderson has had several outings now that he has reached the ripe old age of 3 months! Being born during cold and flu season made for a VERY paranoid Mama, and she kept him pretty much indoors for the first two months of his life. Anderson has now been to the beach, to Sea World, and to the zoo. He is the BEST when he is on-the-go. Mr. Man has also started to laugh this month and it is pretty much the CUTEST thing ever. He talks and coos non-stop and is ALWAYS smiling! He has also found his tongue and is constantly blowing spit bubbles (which means that his shirt is always wet). Anderson has rolled from his belly to his back, but since he HATES tummy time (and rarely gets placed on his belly), it doesn't happen very often. Anderson has also found his hands, and has learned to "bat" at the toys that hang from his play mat. One "not-so-fun" milestone that Anderson experienced this month was his first fever. Big sister got really sick with a fever and a cold, but thankfully mister man only had a fever and congestion for one day. 

Loves:
Mom. She's his favorite person in the world, and he seriously can't take his eyes off of her. He likes everybody, but he LOVES his mom. Daddy tries to get his attention pretty regularly, be he usually only has eyes for his Mama. Anderson has also learned to love baths and the shower, and is pretty content to hang out in either one. Anderson still loves to cuddle, and still loves it when Mommy "wears" him. He takes his best naps while being worn (or in his stroller) but rarely at home. Anderson LOVES being talked to and coos and laughs happily anytime someone makes eye contact with him. He also loves his swing, and will hang out in it while Mom makes dinner, or tends to his sister. He has become "okay" with being put down (a huge change from his first two months of life), and is usually pretty content to just hang out.

Hates:
Still sleep. He surprises Mom every once in a while with a decent nap, but most of the time, he just takes cat naps all day long...and still wakes up anywhere from three to eight times a night. It's pretty much killing Mom, but since he's the sweetest baby EVER, she tries not to complain (but doesn't always succeed). Like his Mama, Anderson hates loud noises. He goes from perfectly content to crying almost inconsolably if startled by a loud noise. As mentioned above, he also hates being on his belly, so tummy time happens very rarely. And strangely enough, Anderson HATES being burped. He gives VERY loud cries of annoyance whenever he has to stop eating in order to burp. It would be funny if he didn't make burping almost impossible with his back-arching and crying (which seems to keep the burp from coming out).

Despite the long list of "hates," Anderson is actually a REALLY happy baby. His moments of discontent are pretty rare and short-lived, and he spends most of his days with a smile on his face, happily watching the antics of his sister or following Mom with his eyes.



Anderson: Two Months

Weight: 10 pounds 14 ounces

Length: ??

Milestones:
The best way to describe Anderson is: "Smiley." He learned how to smile early, and they just get bigger and bigger the older he gets. Anderson is getting more and more alert every day. He has finally ventured out of the "sleepy newborn" phase, and loves to analyze the world around him. Upon meeting Anderson, most people comment, "wow! he looks like his sister," followed by, "he's so alert!" Both statements are accurate. Anderson continues to do well when "on-the-go," during Mommy's morning walks. He seems to be okay with his car seat and stroller, which Mommy and Daddy are SO grateful for (since his sister was such a terror). Anderson is getting better at nursing, but still fights it at times. He had a bottle for the first time this month, and took it like a champ. But unfortunately, he seems to prefer the bottle to nursing, lazy boy!

Loves: His sister. His whole face breaks out in a smile if he can hear her voice. Anderson also loves being "worn" in the wrap, and falls asleep the second Mommy wraps him in close to her. He still loves to snuggle, and unlike his sister, actually loves being cradled and held like a baby. 

Hates: Sleep, unfortunately. During his first month of life, Anderson could be described as a decent sleeper. But now, he has fallen into the category of "world's worst sleeper." His regular naps only last 25 minutes, and he still wakes up five or more times a night. It has been hard on Mommy since she also has a toddler to take care of, but everyone is managing (barely).




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