I hope you’re not overwhelmed by my posting 3 months of our story all in two days. I know some people have been checking and waiting for the next edition- so be sure to make sure you caught up on December and January too! I was sure to include lots of photos since Cameron is growing so quickly!
New this month…
-Our little guy insists on walking down the stairs with the help of a hand to hold. Generally he does pretty well, and there’s always a hand to catch him.
-We’ve transitioned away from bottles completely during this month, and working on adding a breakfast before daycare and no specific night-time milk before bed.
-Requesting a fork for eating more often. He still mastering how to use it, but he is getting there.
Cameron has been loving bath time for a while now, and he especially loves playing with the water as it comes out of the faucet. He lets it run through his hands or catches in a cup to pour on his belly. He also has been watching me, so now he knows how to turn the water on and pull the plug that let’s the water out. We are sure to see an increase in our water bill since we now have two of us that love baths/showers.
Obviously there are pretty good odds that Cameron is going to be tall, if he takes after us at least. Since we are around him everyday we don’t always notice how much he has grown, well until he starts reaching and obtaining things he previously couldn’t. For example he been able to get his hands on the following: the computer mouse on the desk, scissors on the table, food on the counter, our books on the third shelf, and knife on the counter. (Don’t worry about the knife or scissors, we were right there and he was only interested in them because we were using them. We’ve also made a point to put toward the back of the counter to avoid problems.)
He most frequently goes for the third shelf that has our books. He’ll bring me the Thesaurus, dictionary, or another random book so I’ll read him a few lines or make up a story for him. He usually moves on pretty quickly because they don’t have pictures in them.
The nice thing is that Cameron is very independent, and easily entertains himself with his toys. As we watch him it often seems like he has specific tasks and knows what he had ‘to do’. While we do allow him TV, sometimes he’ll get bored and go off to play with toys. He does bring his toys and books to us, and we do get down to play with him….then other times he just lays on the floor to doodle.
All the playing makes this little boy tired. He does have a pretty standard two hour nap from about 11 until 1. Then somedays if we are out in the car later in the evening, he will pass out because he played so hard that day. Most of the time he will wake up when we get home, but other times we just lay him on the couch to wake up when he’s ready…clothes and all.
Hold my Hand
One day Cam and I were just hanging at the house and he climbed up on the couch next to me. He leaned on next to me and insisted on holding my hand- and if I took it away he grabbed it back. It’s little moments like these that I want to remember forever….
It’s been in the works forever, but finally Matt had all the supplies together to brew his own beer. And one Saturday it finally happened….and then again the following weekend too. So if you’re keeping count that’s 10 gallons of beer made in the month of February…March is going to have lots of bottling and drinking!
Obviously we have plenty of snow here still, so one day after work I took Cam outside to see if he’d walk in it. At first he just smiled and then tried to follow me, but he’s tumbled and got his gloves covered in snow. At first he gave me a look of shock and confusion….then the biggest grin!
Yeah just when I had thought if never have to worry about the amount of milk available for Cameron, we decided to test out making almond milk at home. I already owned a Vitamix and the milk bag, so there was nothing to lose. Turns out the process is generally easy and Cameron has no problems drinking it. The ‘hardest’ part is making sure that I start soaking the almonds 12-24 hours before we run out of milk. Also we’ve been turning the almond pulp into flour, so it’s doing double duty!
It started with climbing up on the couch and the footstools, then he figured out he can pull the chairs out from the table. With a little effort he can then hoist himself up and gain access to the wipes that we keep available post-dining cleanup. Pulling wipes from container gives him much joy, though not so much for mommy.
Grandma Reis brought these red cowboy boots for Cameron during their visit in February, he took right to them. They are currently too big for him, but he doesn’t let that stop him. I think he finds the noise they make to be the best.
I’ve been teaching Cameron to ‘dance’, which well if you’ve seen my moves you know involve no real skill. At this point he mostly spins in a circle with a giant grin in his face, and we’re working on getting him to move his arms. Along the way we created a little song that goes, ‘dance, dance, dance….dance, dance, dance….dance around….night, night!’ So he’ll spin around for a bit then drops to the floor to put his head down as if to go night night….then we repeat until he gets too dizzy or gets distracted. There is a great little video of this that I will need to put on Facebook since I can’t post it here.
No Rest for the Weary
We’ve been going through a bit of a sleep transition this month that includes random night of waking up around 4am. We let him try to work it out and then if he doesn’t we go in to see what’s up. Typically the minute we pick him up he puts his head on our shoulder to snuggle, but no matter how long you hold him the minute you try to put him down he’s back up. Luckily this is not every night, and seems to coincide with the times he has a cold or runny nose.
One afternoon I noticed the heated was making an unusual noise and had a ‘burning’ smell. I immediately turned it off until Matt got home. Later that evening he determined that our fan motor had likely burned out, so no hot air was traveling upstairs. Since it was late at night and we didn’t want to pay extra fees, we waited until the morning to call for service. Thanks to a space heater in Cam’s room and a heated blanket we made it through the night fine, and in the morning awoke to this…
We moved the space heater to our bedroom, grabbed extra blankets, and doubled up on clothing. We watched TV, played, and ate meals in our room. Luckily the heat was back in working condition shortly after noon….and it did take a little bit of time to get back to 65- but boy was it nice to have heat back!
And just when we thought we might be getting into spring soon, today we are experiencing a thunder-blizzard…thankfully we are warm and inside the house.