Tuesday, June 24, 2014

4,5,6, and 7 Months

I totally saw this coming.  Taking care of a little one consumes my life and using the remaining time to try to clean up my house has taken away from time to write, so therefore months 4 thru 7 will be combined!  This does not forecast well when we just have one child now.  Our little man is growing up!  He has mastered rolling over and uses it to get him most places.  Within the past couple weeks, we are making progress in the crawling department.  He's pretty close now, so I don't expect it to be too much longer.  He gets up on all fours and will rock back and forth, but either one of his legs gets caught underneath him and he gets tired of working at it and sits up OR he just lunges forward and flattens out.  You can see he's there mentally, but he just hasn't quite figured out how to make his limbs move the right way.
     Caden started eating oatmeal at 5 months and now we are up to eating fruits and vegetables too!  Thankfully, he hasn't had any allergic reactions to anything, though I don't think he's as big of a fan of squash or peaches.  He's eaten everything though, even peas and green beans.  I've felt we've been teething for awhile now, just based on chewing everything we can grab our little hands now, though he hasn't really been drooling too much.  We also had an episode of diarrhea last week and some fussy episodes (definite fun times at the Hixon house), so all of this combined with some middle of the night wake up calls made so much more sense when I discovered our first tooth this past Friday!
     I know understand what parents mean when they groan about teething!  The teething demon is awful!  He just has a little part of one of his bottom teeth poking out, and we still have a whole mouth to go!  Oh my! Sunday was one of those days where someone desperately needed a nap (and I really wanted one too), but Caden was being stubborn (no idea where the kid got that from) and not going to sleep.  After crying for almost an hour, I had exhausted all of the usual options and decided to just put him in his crib and seeing if letting him cry it out would work.  Thank goodness for the invention of video baby monitors because from that I saw my child stand up in his crib for the first time!  Seriously kid?!  This could not be ignored so out of the crib he went and back to the recliner (that also rocks) we went.  Thankfully Casey came to my rescue and took over so I could take a nap.  He tried his best too, but the child would not fall asleep and played until finally about 4:45 he gave in to some slumber.  However, this gave only about maybe 30 minutes until we had to wake him up to get ready for church. Sigh.
     Little guy is finally putting on some good poundage.  He moved up to the 21% for weight at his 6 month check up which was a big jump from 10% at his last few appointments with the pediatrician.  He can still wear most 3 month clothing that we have, but I've started putting him in 6 month stuff just so this Momma can get a change of scenery in the wardrobe department.  Caden has unfortunately developed a habit of waking up during the middle of the night (usually around 3 or 4).  At first we thought he was hungry, but now we think it's because he's wet.  I've tried the special diapers for at night that. put his last bottle earlier in the evening and end with some oatmeal so maybe to not give him such a full bladder, and I've done a little rice in his last bottle in hopes that would get him through the night, but nothing has had great success yet.  I'm thinking the appearance of this new tooth maybe playing a role in not sleeping, but who knows.  Thankfully most times once his diaper is changed, its not usually too hard to get him to go back to sleep.  Perhaps once this tooth is 100% out, he'll sleep through the night consistently again.
    Even with waking up some nights, he still as cute as can be!  His dimples can make anyone melt in my opinion and will get him out of so much trouble I'm sure.  With each month and really each day, Caden continues to look like a Casey Jr. As I look at his monthly pictures, I'm starting to see more of this little toddler and less of a\baby, which is kinda sad. but also exciting to see him grow into this little young man!

"Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity, and honor," Proverbs 21:21

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