30 October 2012

Easton is 7 months!!

{compare to 6 months}

Easton Michael is 7 months old! And? I'm proud of myself for sticking with these monthly updates. I wasn't very good about it with Bennett, so I'm patting myself on the back this time around. lol.

I feel like there have been some big changes in the last month or so. His eating, his sleeping, he's reached some milestones.. I guess he's officially growing into a full blow baby. Not so much an "infant" anymore.

Eating. He's still exclusively breastfed at this point, and still having baby food sporadically. He likes sweet potatoes, bananas, apricots & mixed fruits. Not big on his veggies, though. Am I surprised? Not really. ;-)

Sleep. This kid loves his sleep. Like, LOVES his sleep. He goes down for the night anywhere between 5-6:30pm and sleeps until 8am. AND takes 2 naps a day (ranging between 1-2 hours each). He's kind of insane. I love that he loves his sleep, but it makes it hard to do anything, because he must be in his  bed to sleep. No stroller or car seat naps for this kid... he won't have anything to do with it.

He's still a tummy sleeper! And will still suck his thumb to fall asleep, but never sucks his thumb otherwise, which I'm super glad about. Oh, and we're working on getting him out of the pack n' play and into his crib. :-)

Diapering. I am still really loving cloth diapering him! We have a mix of Sunbaby Diapers, Kawaii Diapers and bumGenius. However, the majority of our stash is Sunbaby's and they have been working really great! I still definitely recommend them!



Easton is wearing 9 month clothing and growing like a weed. He is slightly bigger than Bennett was at this age because he's fitting into cloths now, that Bennett wore around 9-10 months. But it's actually perfect because Bennett was a January baby and East was born in March - so the seasons are matching up perfectly!

Milestones this month: Little dude's two bottom front teeth broke through the beginning of October! Eeeep! I feel like that's really early, but, I guess every baby is different!! Easton is sitting up on his own 100%! He was wobbling around for several weeks and we'd support him with a pillow, but now he's got the balance thing down pretty well.

He's still a happy little camper most of the time. He's content if you set him up with some toys and he LOVES watching big brother play. Bennett is so entertaining to him, it's awesome to watch Easton's face light up when Bennett walks into the room, or does something funny! He loves his big brother so much!

I mentioned he's happy most of the time....also new this month? Separation anxiety! He wants Mama all the time. I think that it's both flattering and extremely frustrating! When my Husband comes home, that's usually when I like a little break, you know, some "me time". It's hard because the baby is much fussier with my Husband. The good news is, that if I sneak away when he's happy, he'll usually be okay for a bit. But if he hears my voice or sees me, all bets are off. He will cry and cry until he's in my arms. And now? He reaches out for me! He will stretch his little arms out for me and it just melts my heart!!

{this picture cracks me up, his expression is awesome}


And lastly, November will be the month that I start the weaning process. I was going to start this month but it's just been a lot harder than I ever thought. I have been debating if I even want to follow through with my "plan" to wean him a little early.

Here's what has been going on in my head....I love nursing my baby, it really is a great feeling to know he's getting the best possible nutrients from me, and I love our bonding time together. However lately, it's been such a pain to try to feed him. He's SO wiggly. Way worse than Bennett ever was. He will start eating, but then any little noise he hears, he'll pull off and look around. The distraction is out of control and it's actually quite frustrating. I have to take him into a dark, quiet room, and even then - he's more interested in playing with my shirt than eating. On top of that? The attachment issue. He's so so so attached to me. And like I said, it's flattering, I love how much he loves me, and I'm grateful for the bond we share-- but it's super hard when I need to go upstairs and work, but I hear him downstairs fussing and crying for me. I can't focus when I know my baby is upset.

But here's the thing. It's much harder, emotionally, than a lot of people realize. When you carry and sustain a baby for 9 months, and then continue to be their source of life (through breastfeeding) through their infancy -- it's hard to let that go. But the bottom line is that I really want my "Independence" back, my body back. The ability to stay out late or be gone for extended periods of time without worrying about my nursing schedule. Yes, that's me being selfish, but I have prepared for this by accumulating such a large storage of milk, so that he will continue to have my milk for several more months without having to nurse. So -- I am going to try to stick with my plan and have no regrets about it. Whew. I'll let you know how it goes!

And that's that! It's weird to think that next month, he'll be 8 months. That just sounds old. Well you know what I mean, old on the baby scale. Ha ha.

25 comments:

Olivia said...

7 months already?!!!!! He is absolutely precious and looks so much like his big brother!! What a sweet baby, you are so blessed!

Lisa said...

i cant believe his already 7 months! he is so adorable! and I cant wait till my lil one starts to reach for me, i can completely see how your heart would melt at this!

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Jenn said...

He is SO adorable! I was reading this thinking to myself, "I seriously felt the same way!" I nursed both of my kids, and for some reason when they weaned, I felt guilty. Almost like I was doing them a disservice. I think it was worse with my daughter because I kept thinking, "what if this is my last baby? Should I end this before she's a year old?"
It's nice to have your freedom back, but at the same time I am on the same page as you. It can definitely become an attachment for both Mom and baby. I miss sharing those quiet one on one moments with my kids.

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AshleyVos said...

You described how I feel about BFing so well! I had such a hard time letting go. I miss my little nursling, and I miss that time together. I can't wait to do it again.

Anne U said...

Ahh! I have to go into a dark quiet room with Isaac to nurse too, he's a terrible little nurser. I know what you mean about wanting your independence back. He also got two bottom teeth earlier this month, both in one day. Crabby boy over here. That sleeper outfit Easton is wearing is so cute!

Devon said...

Ahhhhh! I started crying reading about the weaning process. I LOVE nursing little Callie and I know I'll be a mess when I have to wean her. :-( I'm at the same point with Callie though, she is SO wiggly and grabby and pinchy. She tears my right breast apart but then is usually pretty calm and tame on the left side. ??? Weird. Best wishes to you next month!

kara-kae james said...

I can't believe he's already 7 months!!! It's just FLOWN by! He's looking so much like big brother :)

Laura Barndt said...

What a sweetie! I can't believe he's 7 months old already.

Meig said...

"The ability to stay out late or be gone for extended periods of time
without worrying about my nursing schedule. Yes, that's me being
selfish," - I don't think that you're being selfish at all! you have been doing an AMAZING thing by sticking to your plan and doing what you feel is the right path for you and your baby.... no one should ever think that is selfish of you to start weaning him now!! i think it's amazing and awesome when any mom's breastfeed, and how hard it must be with Bennett/having an older sibling as well. You rock!! =)

Summer Crosbie said...

I can't believe he is 7 months! What a handsome little guy. :)

Mama Monkey said...

Man 7 months just flew by!!! How did that happen? I hope he enjoys his first Halloween tomorrow :) Sounds like he might snooze through it! THat's awesome he likes to sleep so much! Do you miss his gummy smile? My youngest got her first 2 teeth at 3 months. Yep. 3 months!! I didn't even know they could get them that young. She's addicted to nursing too! Haha still going strong at 14 months, but the nice thing is I can give her cows milk if I want to go anywhere.

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Courtney K said...

He just gets cuter and cuter! :) Love those beautiful eyes and those chubby little cheeks.

mandy @a sorta fairytale said...

Thanks Courtney!

mandy @a sorta fairytale said...

Thanks girl!! He's so much fun!

mandy @a sorta fairytale said...

Meig, thank you for saying that! Sometimes I feel like I'm being selfish, but really, I'm just trying to do what's best for everyone! I appreciate your kind words!

mandy @a sorta fairytale said...

Thank you! And yes, time goes so quickly!

mandy @a sorta fairytale said...

You think so?? I think they look so different!

mandy @a sorta fairytale said...

Weaning is SO hard to do!!! You get so emotionally attached to your baby... it's a hard thing to go through.

mandy @a sorta fairytale said...

Oh man, teething is rough!! Poor babies!

mandy @a sorta fairytale said...

Weaning is such a hard thing to do... so bitter sweet!

mandy @a sorta fairytale said...

Thanks Jenn!! I appreciate your comment!! BF is so special, and it's definitely hard to let go!

mandy @a sorta fairytale said...

Yes, it's the sweetest thing when they start to hold out their arms for you!!

mandy @a sorta fairytale said...

Thank you Olivia!!

bethanygp said...

What a handsome little guy! I totally understand and agree about Breastfeeding. I loved doing it with both of my boys, but I also loved my independence back. I'm still Breastfeeding my second son (only 5 months) but I wish I had a bigger frozen milk supply so I could be done sooner. I really only have enough to last a month, so I'll keep going for as long as I can.