Monday, October 25, 2010

8 Months

Age: 8 Months
Weight: 16lbs 12oz
Eating: Nursing full-time on weekends and evenings!!! He also loves his solid foods. He will pretty much eat anything you give him.
Talking: He is still saying Mama and has added Baba. Sometimes I think he says "Hi"
Favorite Toy: Right now it his piano. I found the fisherprice piano at a consignment sale and Ant LOVES it. If I need a few moments to get something done I will sit him in front of it and he is happy for about 10-15mins before he moves onto another toy.
Sleep: GREAT! He has made real improvement this last month. Last month he wasn't napping well on weekends but now he will sometimes nap in his crib.
Milestones: Ant is on the move! He is army crawling everywhere. He started doing this at the beginning of the month and he is a master now. Every once in awhile he will get up on his hands and knees but no full out crawling yet.
Life has been very busy this month, as I said in an earlier blog DH has been out of town. It was a huge adjustment but we have survived. We are in the final week and look forward to DH returning.
People always tell you how fast time passes once you have children but I never knew how quickly it passes. It seems like just yesterday Ant was inside of my belly kicking me but at the same time it feels like a lifetime ago.
This past month has been such an exciting one. Ant started army crawling, which made it necessary to put up baby gates. The only downside is my cats won't jump the gates...I thought cats were suppose to be able to jump them. I think mine are just lazy.
We also took a trip to the pumpkin patch this weekend. I had never been and I am now wishing we had done this sooner. Ant and I had a blast. There was so much to do and many of the act ivies were free. I got some great pics of Ant and a pumpkin. I didn't want to bombard you with to many pictures so here are just a few.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Single Mama

For the last 3 weeks or so I have been a single mama. My DH has been on the road for work and he is still gone till Nov 1st. These last 3 weeks have been a learning experience of "How the heck do single moms do it?" Yes, I can do it but life is much easier with DH helping out.

Everyday when I get home I have a list of things to do to get prepared for the next day

  1. Wash pump gear
  2. Wash bottles
  3. Wash diapers
  4. Do the laundry
  5. Take out the trash
  6. Wash dishes
  7. etc!

I feel like this list is never ending. I get to a point where I think I am catching up and then something happens and I have to start ALL over again. During times like these I wish we lived closer to our families. If we lived in the same city or even state I wouldn't feel so overwhelmed. I do have friends out here but most of them have their own children or I am afraid of inconviencing them.

The other downside to being a single mama is that when I get home, I want to play with Ant. Instead I get hime all set up with toys and start on my list. After I finish my list or at least do a few of them it is cuddle time.

In times like these I am so glad I found the love of my life (DH). He helps out so much and half the time I don't even realize it.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Baby on the Move

We are now officially in baby proof mode. Over the weekend Ant figured out how to army crawl. Everyday he gets faster and explores the living room more. Sunday afternoon during his nap I went through and picked up everything I could think of in the living room. I took out all the magazines and moved furniture. My goal is our living room is going to be Ant's play area. We also bought two portable baby gates to block of the entrances to the room.

The funny thing about baby gates is my cats refuse to jump over them for now. I set them up today and while Ant and I napped. Hamilton and Athena just hung out in the living room. They could have easily jumped the gates but are two afraid to do so for now. I am hoping they get over this fear soon because there are a few gates I would like to leave shut.

Also, this is week one of being a single parent. DH is out of town for the whole month of October. I do have several friends who have offered to help but it is just different being the only caregiver. Usually when I would get home from work I could relax and play with Ant. Now I have to do dishes and prepare for the next day. Also after Ant goes to bed I need to pick up the house. If only there were a few more hours in the day.

I am happy to report my anxiety is better for now. Praying it stays away. Well it is off to bed for me.