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TJ At 8 Months

Lot’s of new things experienced and memories made this month!

We started Baby Lead Weaning this past month. I didn’t think we would be able to until he hit 8 months since he needed to be 6 months adjusted but he was hitting all of the readiness markers and our pediatrician gave us the go ahead. So far he has tried and loves bananas, avocado, green beans, and egg. He was also introduced to deconstructed tacos, spaghetti, butter chicken, and Chief’s Master Breakfast. He also FINALLY got a taste of his toes and seems to enjoy snacking on them during diaper changes.

He is still drinking 4oz about 6-7 times a day. I mix 2 oz of formula with 2 oz of BM to each bottle. Just a few days ago I decided it was time to drop another pumping session and am now just pumping 2 times a day. My supply has drastically dropped but part of that I think was due to some recent stress. At the moment I am pumping about 15-18 ounces a day but I have a feeling it will keep dropping. I’m just trying to make it to 9 months pumping with enough frozen to give him 12oz/day until he is 13 months.

He is rolling from back to tummy in one smooth motion and spends hours rolling around his playard tasting all of his different toys. He hasn’t gotten on his hands and knees yet but that it’s too far away. He loves playing with toys and will grab for anything.

His favorites include bath time, afternoon cuddles, watching Parker and Caity run around, bottles, and toys of any kind.

He has really started noticing Henry and wanting to pet him. He will follow him around the room just like he does with Parker and Caity. He has also started holding his arms out when he wants to be picked up or transfers between Rob and I.

He has been sleeping great but always has to have a blanket to cuddle with. I think that’s partly because he was use to a swaddle for so long. His favorite is my blue blanket which giving up was a small price to pay for a full nights sleep! He is still in the pack n play in our room but we will be moving him to the crib once we are back home and settled.

TJ traveled for the first time outside of the STL area! Staying in our new camper, we traveled through Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey! He is such a fantastic traveler and so easy going. I was so grateful how easy he made the journey.

He got to meet his cousins for the first time and was really intrigued by Austin who is about 8 months older. He went to Jimmy’s for the first time but wasn’t old enough to enjoy his own ice cream. I may have given him a teeny tiny taste of my vanilla though 😉

Quick sibling snapshot at a farm we visited last weekend. The kiddos LOVED the animals and seeing Grandma and PopPop.

TJ Is 7 Months

Another month has gone by and I continue to fall in love with this little boy more and more each day. He has come so far and you wouldn’t even know he was a preemie watching him now.

He is now giggling on the regular, especially when his brother and sister are acting silly. He has become quite ticklish and loves tummy raspberries during diaper changes. He is such a happy boy and loves when you interact with him. Not only is he giggling but also making sure his voice is heard above his siblings. He enjoys chatting in his crib in the morning letting us know he is ready for first breakfast.

He LOVES jumping in his bouncer and get get really far off the ground now! He can pull himself around to get to all of the different toys. He has rolled from back to stomach a few times and can sit on his own for about 30 seconds. He had a second tooth pop through which explains some of his recent cranky moods. He is still wearing 3-6 month clothes which is a reminder of how small he still is.

This month I decided it was time to start adding some formula to his milk so I could drop from 4 to 3 pumps a day. I am still making between 23-27 ounces per day but want to keep building a stash so I could stop pumping soon and have enough to last us till a year. It hasn’t phased him a bit and was a huge weight off my shoulders. During World Breastfeeding Week I reached 671 total hours of pumping.

Other than that we have been sticking close to home since the COVID numbers seem to be increasing in our area. The relaxed family time at home has been nice. We have some exciting news coming up in the next few weeks which I can’t wait to share soon.

TJ’s 1/2 Birthday

This past month TJ turned into a little boy right before our eyes. I can’t believe he is 6 months old already. 2020 has been such an emotional roller coaster and I am sad only ONE of his 6 months has been normal. He spent his first month of life in the NICU followed by a month of normalcy then 4 months in quarantine with no end in sight.

We have reached the drunk octopus in a bar fight stage. He is such a wiggler and can throw a mean right hook if you aren’t careful. He loves grabbing and reaching for things including Robs beard and my hair.

He started blowing raspberries and bubbles in addition to his conversation like coos. He is all smiles now and we have started getting giggles here and there. Parker and Caity almost always seem to be able to get him to giggle, he just loves his brother.

He has been a bit crabby and drooling like crazy so it was no surprise that we learned he already has 1 tooth that has broken through with 2 more on the way. Ekkkk little chickelet chompers!!!

We’ve seen a huge jump in his gross motor skills as well. He will rock from side to side, roll tummy to back, reach for things, and push off with his legs to scoot towards something. His leg strength is also really impressive.

He made a big jump this month with a lot of his gear. We said goodbye to the playmat, swing, and infant bathtub!!!

We introduced him to the jumper and he loves spinning himself around to play with all of the different toys. It has kept him entertained for up to 30 minutes so far! He is still a little short and needs a shelf for his feet to hit the ground. My favorite is when I can work from the couch and they kids can entertain him from the pool, lol.

Another upgrade was replacing his indoor swing with an outdoor one on the kids play set which he was on when we heard his first giggles.

A favorite upgrade of mine is when they move from the infant tub to a laundry basket in the big bath tub! TJ just loves the water and can explore a lot more in this larger space. Now he just needs some toys!

He also had a few fun “firsts” this month including…

His first dip in the pool –

I know he doesn’t look amused here but I promise he loved it! The kids loved having him in the water and making him smile by going under and jumping up. Our stock tank pool is the perfect size for our family.

His first concert –

We went to see Brad Paisley live at a drive in concert. It was very organized and each car got 4 spots so it was easy to social distance. TJ loved the music and had no problem snoozing at the end.

Most importantly, he FINALLY got to meet his Uncle Tim who he is named after. I was so wonderful for Tim to finally be able to make the trip. My heart was so happy when Tim finally got to hold him.

TJ now knows what is bottle and milk looks like and he will grab for it. He still prefers holding our fingers over hold the bottle but we are working on that. He will also only drink it cold. Still 4 oz about 6 times a day and his biggest stretch is about 8pm-6am.

Since he is only 4 months adjusted we can’t start Baby Led Weaning yet which I was a little bummed about. Our Pedi gave the go ahead for frozen fruits and veggies in a mesh teether and then start at 7 months. He is reaching for and showing interest in everything that we are eating, I forgot how adorable that is. At his check up he weighed in at 16 pounds (18th%) and 26.5 inches (37th%).

Pumping is still happening although I did drop down to 4 sessions a day. Some exciting news, probably more for me than anyone else, I froze my 1,000 oz of BM! If we keep on this track I will be able to stop the end of August if I want him to get 1/2 and 1/2 until he is a year old. OR if I can keep up this supply I can stop at the end of October to get him 100% BM until he is a year.

I will go into a little more detail in a Sibling Snapshot I am working on BUT in the meantime, here is one of my favorite recent photos of all 3 kiddos. Parker and Caity just love their little brother and he just thinks they are they funniest people ever. Always smiling and watching them. They are so good with him and are always trying to help us with diaper changes, feeding, and keeping him happy.