Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Luke at 5 months

I started this blog when I was pregnant with Kiree and I wrote about the things she did when she was a baby.  Since Luke was born, I've been going back through and reading some of those posts to help me remember what I did and what Kiree did at different stages.  It's been helpful, so I'm going to try and record things with Luke too.  It's amazing how soon you forget so much.
Just before turning 5 months, we started feeding Luke solid food.  We would have waited longer, but he really wanted food.  He would get so mad when we had dinner and didn't share.  He's pretty good at eating (for a baby obviously, he still makes slightly more of a mess than Jaide does).   We started out letting him chew on some whole foods which he liked, but he wasn't very good at grasping stuff and that really frustrated him.  We started making him pureed food in the baby bullet and he loved it.  He does want to hold the spoon though and I let him.  I help him a bit, but he gets to hold the spoon as he's taking the food off it.  He's had bananas, apples, pears, green beans, sweet potatoes, carrots, and squash.  He also enjoys sucking on plums that I've bitten the peel off of.  He had avocado too, but he didn't like it.  All the other stuff he really likes.  He usually eats one baby bullet jar of food at lunch and at dinner. 
 Luke is getting better at sitting up by himself.  He still falls over from time to time (or folds himself in half) but he can sit up all by himself for short periods.  Not that he could get to sitting up without being put there in the first place though.  He often grabs his feet and then rolls to his side and then onto his tummy.  He usually can't get back onto his back from his tummy and he doesn't like being on his tummy for very long.
Luke's gotten better at grabbing things lately.  He has a few toys that he loves to grab and bite and slobber all over.  And sometimes he can really throw stuff far!  No teeth yet, but you can see the spot in his bottom gum where they're working their way up.  


 

  

 



On good days, Luke takes two naps, one after we take the girls to school and one at about 1 or 2 o'clock in the afternoon.  Sometimes he naps in his crib, sometimes in his carseat or the stroller.  He's usually a good night time sleeper.  Bedtime is between 7 and 8pm and he usually sleeps until somewhere between 3 and 6 in the morning.  After a feeding, he usually goes back to sleep until everybody gets up (7 or 8).
Luke's a pretty happy baby, for the most part.  He loves watching people, especially his sisters when they're playing or doing crazy stuff (as long as it's not bothering him).  We've been doing "baby stats" on the wii fit nearly every day.  It's interesting to see the fluctuations even in such a little one.  He's just under 16lbs right now.  Next month, at his check up, we'll find out how long he is.  He's a tall baby, that much we know!  

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

School!

Last week Jaide had her first day of third grade.  So far she's really enjoying it.  One of her best friends from last year is in her class and some of her other friends are in her class or math class too.  This year, the third graders are on the bottom floor.  This year Jaide will also get to start learning an instrument.  

I used to think it was funny to have school start for a week and then have the labor day holiday.  This year I was ready for that long weekend.  I'm not sure why the first week of school seemed so long to me, but it probably has something to do with not having a set schedule yet with Luke and having to be places at specific times every day after a couple months of not having to.  Also walking up the hill to school and back in the heat is a little tiring too.  I need to get back in shape!

Today was Kiree's first day of her last year of preschool.  Last year she went to a coop preschool.  Since that school's cut-offs were at the end of the year, she got to be with her friends who are all in kindergarten this year.  This year we decided to put her in the preschool at the elementary school.  It's a longer day and not a coop.  Jaide went to preschool there when she was four but it's a different teacher now.  I got to talk briefly with Kiree's teacher today and she said that she was really good and very independent.  Her teacher last year said she was ready for kindergarten at our meeting halfway through the year.  Kiree was the youngest in her class last year and might be the oldest this year. It will probably be a good thing for Kiree to get to be the 'older kid' though.  She's used to being with kids older than her. Kiree's school this year has only ten kids.  Half are the younger kids who only stay half the time on Monday and Wednesday.  That may be part of why it seems like she's bigger than the other kids.   
Kiree was super excited to go to school and she loved it.  

Last year, after forgetting to make Jaide a lunch (twice!) I started making lunches (or at least sandwiches) for the week on Sunday night.  This year I bought these ziplock divided containers for the girls lunches (they came in sets of two and I needed exactly 8 for a weeks worth!)  So far they've been awesome!  I love being able to assembly line it on Sunday night and not having to use a million baggies.  The girls have been more interested in helping pack lunches with these too and they make it easier to be more creative.  Not that I've been all that creative yet, but I've got ideas.