We have crossed the halfway mark - eeep! Our baby boy grows more expressive by the day. He has a squeal that we hear more and more. It's how he laughs and you can get a squeal with a game of Peekaboo, tickles, silly voices or just songs.
Henry is sitting independently really well now. I often leave him sitting up with no pillows behind him. And he does so well on your hip - he is very strong and seems to support some of his own weight.
No crawling yet, but he is making progress to that end. He easily gets from a sitting position to his belly towards an object he wants to reach. And he often scoots around backward.
His big thing this month is eating. He had his first taste of solid food on his 6 month "birth' day and we haven't looked back since. He became an expert eater on about day 3. Since then he has had:
brown rice, sweet potatoes, avocados, apples, oatmeal, bananas, pears, green beans, barley, peas, mangoes, butternut squash, and carrots.
He has also had some finger foods - Ritz crackers, Rice Cakes, and teething biscuits.
The only thing he hated was the avocados. He shivered in disgust when I fed those to him. It was kind of entertaining - sorry Bud =)
He is also not a fan of carrots, bananas, green beans and barley - you have to hide them in applesauce.
Since we have started food, we have also started some sign language for "all done", "more", "eat" and "change diaper". He already seems to know what "all done" and "more" are. He doesn't sign them back, but when you say and sign the one he wants, he kicks his legs and gets excited.
I'm not very good at incorporating the solid eating slowly. We have gone to 3 meals a day pretty quickly with all three of the kids. Henry is eating 3 solid food meals a day and usually has a snack mid-morning and mid-afternoon. A snack is usually 2-3 crackers, a rice cake or applesauce.
Henry loves to help feed himself. He does this way more than either of the girls did. He always tries to grab the spoon and help put it in his mouth.
Little buddy also got 2 new teeth this month. They came in about 1 week apart. The first tooth (Left Central Incisor) played Peekaboo with us - it came in one morning and disappeared by the afternoon. By Sunday, January 25th it stopped disappearing =) and the second came through on Sunday, February 1st. No signs of the top 2 yet other than the never ending stream of drool!
Henry's nighttime sleep has really evened out this month. He goes to bed about 7:30 pm and wakes me up between 3-4 am to nurse. He immediately goes back to sleep until one of the girls wakes him up =) This schedule is totally doable. I have so much more energy during the day now that he is not waking up 2-3 times a night. Little boy was ready for some FOOD!
Henry seems to know his own name and the names of each family member. For example: If I say "Where's Lucy?", he will look in her direction.
Henry has started a little babbling - mostly on the changing table. I thought he was going to be the quiet and reserved type but that may be changing.
Here is a roll of other pictures from the month: