Baby’s Been…

DenaApril 24, 2014

This is my eleventh edition of Baby’s Been. Next month we will have run out of months and started counting the years. I’m not certain about how I’ll be handling these updates going forward but I’m fairly sure that they’ll be a lot more casual. What bittersweet emotions are taking over me. Despite the fact that everyone and their mother tells you how quickly it will go (to the point that you desperately want to tear your hair out if you have to hear it one more time) — it really does go that fast, faster even. When I think about it, I feel a heaviness on my chest and it becomes harder to breathe. And so, I try not to think of it and rather to enjoy the moments that are, rather than focusing so much on what has come before.

Roman continues to develop rapidly. Every day brings some new and exciting change. At the beginning of the month, he took his first step. Now he is walking little stretches, up to ten steps at a time, and then he falls down to his knees to finish his journey crawling. He crawls so quickly, it’s still alarming. I have to move fast if he’s headed for trouble. It pains me to think of how it will be when he starts running…

I had written, First word: Mama — 6 months, in his baby book. And then last week, I wrote, First word: Bye-bye while waving. The whole talking thing has got me confused. He started mimicking at six months and I’m beginning to think that those sounds shouldn’t count as words. Now, when he waves goodbye and says, “Bah-bah” I can tell that he actually knows what he is saying. At any rate, he’s talking more and more. Yesterday I asked him, “What does the doggie say, Roman?” And he said, “Woof-woof.” It sounds more like a little whimper, whimper than the word “woof” but I know what he means.

His hugs and kisses are more frequent. He now completely wraps his arms around you & squeezes when he hugs. He’s started opening his mouth for kisses. I’m trying to deter that (ugh, germs) while at the same time, encouraging kisses — because, honestly, they’re the sweetest. Every time he wakes up — whether in the morning or from a nap — I get him from his crib and he is all smiles. I slowly lift him out and am greeted with the biggest bear hug. My heart explodes with love & joy.

I’m not certain if I’ve mentioned this already but since a couple of months ago, he’s had seven teeth — four on top and three on the bottom. We’ve been having some really fussy nap and bedtimes lately and I’m wondering if a new tooth might be on its way through. In general sleeping is fairly regular. He typically gets up once each night to nurse and takes two naps during the day, one in the morning a couple of hours after waking, and one in the late afternoon a few hours before bedtime.

Eating is still one of his favourite pastimes. He eats everything. I still feed him baby food on the rare occasion that he needs something to help with digestion, but most of the time he eats what we eat. His absolute favourite thing is french fries. He also loves pasta. Gratefully he happily eats his vegetables (loves asparagus!) and meat/fish, too. We are still nursing, but I’ve taken some baby steps toward weaning. Right now, I only offer him milk in the morning when he wakes up and at night before bed. I also let him nurse when he requests it. He still does the sign for milk, so adorable. Other than that, I give him a sippy cup with formula and/or almond milk. (We don’t regularly drink cow’s milk at home and neither will he. We eat a fair amount of dairy so I’m not worried about milk allergies.) I’m not certain as to when and how I will make more of a weaning push, but it is imminent. I don’t imagine that I will allow Roman to self-wean, for a lot of reasons, but that’s a whole ‘nother post.

Overall, my little guy is amazing. He is constantly exploring the world in awe & wonder. He has a wonderful temperament, always smiling, laughing, playful and outgoing. We do have some hard times at home though. He is rather sick of hanging out at home lately and while he used to play contently alone for little stretches, he seems to want constant attention these days. Luckily, as soon as we leave the house, he reverts back to his happy, easygoing self. I can’t blame him for being restless after the long winter we’ve endured. The weather is still hit or miss lately, but as soon as the warm weather is here to stay, I know we’ll both be a million times happier. I absolutely can not wait to take him swimming for the first time.

These days are full of so much happiness & magic. I can’t believe that our first year together is winding to a close. I’d better stop here, since I’m not in the mood to weep. Suffice to say, it’s been an incredible almost-year and I can’t wait to share the next one with my sweet boy. My cup runneth over.

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Comments (8)

  • Christina

    April 24, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Love that photo of Roman, and yes, it does move WAY too quickly I am learning ;(

    1. Dena

      April 24, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      Thanks, Christina. It sure does. <3

  • Suzy

    April 24, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Ha ha, yes, you can’t get into the mindset of how fast things go. You’ll always be missing the baby. But they are SO much fun now the older they get.

    1. Dena

      April 24, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      You’re 100% right, Suzy… and it foes get more & more fun! 😉

  • Gillian

    April 24, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Yes, it goes by too, too fast! I am a WRECK about my boys’ birthdays. I still remember how I felt approaching Asher’s first birthday – ugh! Sometimes I wish that I could be less sentimental about it because it can just be downright painful watching my little boys grow. Although, I must say – each year definitely brings something new and special and as they grow, our love for them grows as well!

    1. Dena

      April 24, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      Exactly — that’s what we have to focus on. <3

  • Kay

    April 26, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    i can’t believe he’s going to be one soon! (And ever since seeing his birthday party pinterest board, I am so looking forward to his birthday party pictures!). They grow up so fast! It seems like yesterday Reagan was taking her first steps, and now she’s reading ME books! So crazy!

  • cynthia

    April 30, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Cute, cute, cute pic!! I am in the same boat with you bout time moving MUCH too quickly. I honestly (literally) can not believe it’s almost been a whole year. 🙁
    My son has been standing on his own every once in a while but no steps YET! Kind of dreading the thought!
    We don’t have any real words yet, either. He says Dah-dah a lot but we don’t think it means Dada necessarily. haha
    I’m curious what you are thinking about weaning. I haven’t given it a lot of thought yet…

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