As I mentioned in my last post, I’m starting to combine Alden’s updates, covering two months at a time. I plan to stop publishing these posts once he reaches a year in age, but right now, watching him grow and develop is just so incredible (and fun!) and I love having written these accounts to look back on.
These last two months were particularly exciting — Andy and I keep looking at each other and realizing that our little, wee baby is starting to turn into a cute, inquisitive child. He just feels so much older these days!
Alden started crawling! Like – really, really crawling. We quickly learned that we couldn’t turn our back on him for a second if he was out of his pack and play or crib. He also became adept at walking in his walker and maneuvering it all over the place. We’re honestly continually impressed with how well he turns it around in tight spaces. He started saying “Mama” and making happy noises that led to us calling him “dolphin baby.”
Perhaps one of his sweetest developments was learning to give kisses. As slobbery as they are, baby kisses are the absolute best!
What was once non-stop “Mama” turned into non-stop “Dada.” Everything was “Dada” — including Mama! One of my favorite memories from this month was when he was just learning how to wave. One night at the dinner table I kept waving to him, saying “Hi Mama.” He would turn away from me, look at Andy, wave and say “Dada.” I still laugh at the memory.
The big update that characterizes this month in my mind was his learning how to pull himself up. He first demonstrated this ability using his baby piano (which is why he’s only allowed to play it while supervised) but soon we couldn’t keep him down as he started pulling up on literally everything. Couch, crib, shelf, chair, walker — you name it.
As we neared the end of month eight, Alden also became adept at clapping. He loves clapping and yelling “yay” as well as playing patty-cake. Aside from yelling “yay,” he loves mimicking the noises you make to him including laughing and yelling.
He continued to love giving kisses and even started giving them when you asked him too. His eating also became much more developed and he enjoyed his first nibbles of saltine crackers and mushy ice cream cone.
Alden helped his Dada celebrate his first Father’s Day! He also celebrated his first Fourth of July.
I feel so good! When I was pregnant I kept thinking how I couldn’t remember what it was like to not be pregnant. Never in my wildest dreams did I fathom I would one day feel this good again. It’s true, my body has inevitably changed a little, but the changes aren’t nearly as extreme as the internet would have had me believe. The only thing that feels truly different is I feel like I lost my waist a little in regard to how my body is shaped. It’s really not the end of the world. It’s just nice to feel healthy again and full of energy.
Lessons Learned During Month Seven and Eight
- When they learn how to move — they move.
- Babies have the capacity to be hilarious.
- Watch your back (more like calves) when your baby is in their walker — those things hurt when they slam into your leg.
- The growing does slow down (at least a little bit).
- Little baby voices are so precious.
Favorite Products for Months 7 & 8
Note: As mentioned above, we only allow Alden to play with the piano while supervised! He is constantly trying to pull up on it so he’s only allowed to play it when Andy and I are able to hold it down for him.