"In the eyes of a child...there is joy, there is laughter... there is hope, there is trust, a chance to shape the future..."
Author: Air Supply
Winter is upon us here in the Maritimes, which means bundling up and lots of snuggling!!
My little bright eyes is not a fan of all these extra layers!
Macalasdair turned nine months old today! He weighed in at 17 pounds and 9 ounces! That is a 2 pound and 10 ounce gain from his 6 months appointment!
He went for his booster shots and flu shot yesterday and handled it like a champ- only 2 second tears and then gave the doctor the stink eye and was over it. He had to get extra shots because in Ontario they do not vaccinate as much as they do in New Brunswick, so he is behind on some of his vaccinations and needs to be given them gradually to catch up.
Due to the allergic reactions he has had to some
milk products and strawberries, we were concerned that
he would have a reaction to the egg protein in the flu shot. I am pretty sure my doctor was annoyed by how many questions I had and how paranoid I was, but thankfully he was fine and had no reaction at all!
Big Boy- Growing so fast
All those times you hear people say "They grow so fast"- you never truly understand how true that is until you are a parent yourself. I feel like I just blinked my eyes and he went from four months to nine months. It makes my heart hurt to think he is going to be a big boy soon.
Fell asleep watching cartoons with Mama
Every stage just gets better and better!
Mac has such a great personality - he is funny, sweet and loving.
Thankfully, he still LOVES to cuddle.
He loves anything related to music.
He is now sleeping in his crib for naps and over night- although we still have to go in and rest our hand on him to let him know he is not alone a couple times through the night. He likes to sleep with his George the Giraffe and Matty the Monkey, and some nights Kat the Kitty.
His favorite thing is to happily yell at the top of his lungs. He finds this very amusing and does it all day long some days!
His favorite toys are his "Play and Learn Guitar", his mega blocks and of course the walker that helps him walk around all day!
Have you heard this term? Apparently, my husband an I fell victim to accidental parenting.
For the last nine months we have allowed Mac to co-bed with us, and we held him in our arms to put him to sleep. This is a MAJOR no-no to the parenting experts of the world.
I have loved having him so close, to snuggle and hold tight. I loved waking up to his silly grins and baby squeals in the morning. I loved his little hands rubbing my cheeks as he drifted off to sleep. I would not change a minute of these last nine months! Not for anything!.
That being said, we are fast approaching my return to work and Mac's beginning with a babysitter. EEK!! A babysitter who will be managing four other small children and will not have time to rock and hold my sweet little man as he drifts off.
SOooooo, this week is devoted to helping Mac fall asleep in his crib...by himself... without mommy.. his favorite person.. the one that has kept him safe all this time.. UGH. The guilt smothers me!!!
Yesterday was day one and it was full of drama! Crying endlessly, being held until the crying stopped only to be put back down in the mean crib and start all over! I can tell it's scarring him. Loads of therapy in his future!!
Overnight went much better than nap times. He went to bed with no crying at all. I laid him in the crib and stood silently beside him with my hand on his tummy for about 5 minutes. Once his eyes closed and his breathing evened out I left the room and did not have to go back in again until 1:30. I continued the had resting when he would wake up throughout the evening. By the end of the night I would remove my hand before he had fallen asleep and just stand by the crib so he could see me there. Thank you Baby Whisperer !! I wish I had read you before I had this little man!!
On Monday and Tuesday morning next week we have appointments to meet prospective babysitters for Mac. Both are at home daycare service.
I am so nervous.
I hate leaving him with a stranger.
H A T E.
I would give anything to have the means to be an at home mom, but that is just not in the cards for us at this time.
He is such a sweet, loving, cheeky little monkey and
I just want to know that I am leaving him with someone safe and loving,
someone that will truly love and enjoy him.
How do you ever know, from just one small meeting, whether this person is the perfect fit??? The one that will help build your babies character?? The one that will keep him safe and ensure he comes back to you just as safe and healthy as you left him???
Ugh, my stomache is turning just at the thought of it.
I think I would enjoy this going up our staircase - need to start searching for different sized J's!
Disclaimer- I have been gathering photos for projects for so long that I no longer recall where most came from - If you recognize something as yours please advise so I can give credit where credit is due!