Monday, June 29, 2009

Mondays with Crosby

At 11:24 am, Crosby Fox turned 26 weeks old!!! He is officially 6 months old!!! And what an amazing 6 months this has been. Labor, breastfeeding, pumping, supplements, sleepless nights, fussy phases, spit up on our clothes, poop in my lap (twice). I would do it all over again and again. He is worth every single second!! :)

Crosby is taking 5, 6-7 ounce bottles every day. We haven't been super consistent with solids up until this point, which is fine with me. We plan to make it part of our daily routine now that he is 6 months. He is watches everything we put in our mouths now. He even opens his mouth when we do! I think he is ready for solids for sure! He continues to talk and squeal with joy. We love hearing his voice. He still loves the Nuk but is willing to take the Playtex pacifier as well. That makes me happy because I prefer the colors of the Playtex pacifiers!! Silly...I know! His absolute favorite thing to do is chew on his hands or ours. I don't feel any teeth yet but he sure acts like they coming soon! Crosby still sleeps through the night, usually going down around 8:00 pm and waking up at 7:00 am. As of late, he has been taking at least 2 naps a day without issue. He still loves his activity mat and bouncy seat. He uses his "movie seat" (swing) several times a week. It mellows him out like a charm. He is starting to spend more time in his exersaucer now and is starting to enjoy it more. Crosby still prefers to be on his back. However, he is starting to roll to his stomach and is tolerating tummy time much better. We are now really working on sitting and he is doing well. See...

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He is able to sit straight up for a few seconds at a time. Don't think poorly of me when you see the pictures below. I remembered you could watch videos online and I wanted to see if he would respond to Mickey on the computer screen like he does with his stuffed animal! He LOVED it! He kept reaching for him and smacking his hands against the CPU!!
It was good exercise...sitting balance, trunk control, head control, forward reach...lots of good stuff!!! I have only let him do this twice!!! We will not make a habit of this for sure! :)
Speaking of good habits, we celebrated his 1/2 year birthday with a nice, healthy meal. We heard on the news that Krispy Kreme was serving a new product...Donut Sundaes!!! We thought they were giving them away so we stopped in. Turns out we just got a free sample of ice cream! Oh well, it was good and we got a few donuts to go with it!
By the "HOT NOW" sign!!


On a healthy note, Crosby and I have added something else to our routine. He will be spending time in here while I do a little exercise!!!




I re-joined the YMCA after being on "medical leave" for almost a year now! I know, I could have joined for several months now. There are multiple reasons (excuses) that I have not done so. You are supposed to limit activity for the first 6 weeks after childbirth, so there is excuse #1. Dr. Patton specifically told me to avoid the Y for the first 12 weeks of Crosby's life. Excuse #2. Then I was worried about my milk supply dropping, which is the 3rd excuse I have been using most these days. The hit to the checking account was the 4th excuse that has kept me away. And there is the 5th and final excuse, which is probably the main problem...lack of motivation!!
So, I am trying to turn over a new leaf and get myself in shape again. We have a long way to go, made evident by the urge to stop after completing only 3 minutes of a 30 minute elliptical workout!!! Finding a good time to go is going to be tricky as well. Today, Crosby got up at 7:15. Then I pumped while he took his bottle. After getting dressed and ready, we drove 1.1 miles to the Y. I had him signed by 8:15 and headed off to burn a few calories. I wanted to lift weights but found Mr. Crosby in the nursery falling asleep in the swing! Ohhh, no sir! I decided to pack him up and take him home because I did not want him to miss out on a good 2 hour nap. I had to pester him to keep him away for the 1.1 mile drive back home. Luckily he made it to his bed and slept like a dream! I do best if I go first thing in the morning. But Crosby takes his first nap within an and hour and a half or two after waking. I am not sure how to balance both of our needs so he wins!! I really, really, really want to get back to the gym on a routine basis. I will take any and all accountability partners...
This is what we did after that morning nap I referred to! Perspective pictures...
Crosby and his bear in the chair...
He isn't as tall as it seems. He just wants to sit up rather than lean back like he used to! But he is getting much bigger...

Crosby and his bear side by side!
He wanted both hands in the picture...
Piggies...

Upside down...

And I forgot to take a picture of his head next to my hand. I knew I was missing something!!! I will have to get that one tomorrow!
Crosby ate a large meal after our photo session... rice cereal and peaches. We played until Blake came home for lunch. Crosby started to fuss a bit, which meant it was time for Blake to give him his next bottle. He took it down, no problem and started getting sleepy. So, I put him in his bed. He fought going to sleep a little, requiring me to go in his room twice to replace the Nuk!! When I went for the 3rd time, I was horrified to find my sweet little boy covered in peaches, rice cereal and milk!!! It was horrible. He was crying and looked scared out of his mind. I took him into the bathroom where he proceeded to further empty the contents of his stomach. He looked up at me with a pitiful little face, as if he was asking my how to stop it from happening again. It broke my heart. In to the bath we go. His smile returned and he started laughing and splashing. Once things calmed down, Blake informed me that Crobsy never had a good burp after his bottle!!! I am pretty sure that the full belly combined with the lack of a burp and chewing on his lovie and hands triggered his gag reflex! He was worn out when it was all said and done. He cuddled up in my lap and I held him while he slept for 30 minutes or so before taking him to our bed...

3 hours later, he woke up hungry!!! Wonder why!??!
Happy 6 Month Birthday, Crosby Fox Malone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3 comments:

kelly w said...

does exercising decrease milk supply? i have never heard that! please explain! will you send me an email? kellywoodard at juno dot com. THANK YOU!!!

Carla said...

I also have the hardest time fitting in exercise now that I'm a mom and it has been 15 months! So far what works for me is DVDs and taking walks w/ Natalie. Does Crosby usually do okay w/ peaches? Natalie also spit those up more than anything else, fyi.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Crosby! We love you!!! jill