So, Baby J is going to be 7 months in only a couple of weeks! This past month has absolutely FLOWN by!! I now have a crawling everywhere, pulling up on everything, curious baby! He also is now trying to mobilize himself while still latched on and nursing… fun times! He sleeps on his belly with his little baby butt up in the air.. and I love it.
But, lately, what I don’t love is bed sharing. I actually am surprised to be saying this. But, with some back and neck issues, I feel like I need to be seeing my chiropractor everyday! We had recently took away his co sleeper bassinet, since we watched him stand up in it one night, and took apart our bed and put the mattress on the floor. Lots of people tell me the mattress doesn’t feel different on the floor, but I beg to differ. Anyway, my other issue is that I no longer had a headboard to prop my pillows and myself up on…and, with Baby J as mobile as he is, I suppose we both did a half asleep dance around the bed, as I would frequently end up just about hanging off onto the floor- thus, the twisted neck/back experience. Sooo, needless to say, we are ordering his crib mattress (hopefully tomorrow), putting our bed back together, and will be side- carring his crib. More examples of this here, and I will be sure to post our pics also when we are finished.So, for now, we continue to do our little night time dance.
Aside from this, Daddy and I are looking into some play groups, and “drop and play” centers around our area for Baby J and I to join, and hopefully involve Daddy in also. We are also looking into swim lessons for him, but we may wait until the summer is over and the Y is less crowded with kids. I have also started and pretty much stuck to the no television rule while Baby J is awake. Its been working, and having music at least lightly in the background has also inspired quite a few “get up and dance” sessions while both Baby J and I were feeling a little bored.
As far as Baby J eating goes, we are going to start Baby Led Weaning sometime in the next 2 weeks. He is showing all signs of readiness as far as we are concerned… it’s just that we want to make sure he isn’t upset by teething or hitting a new developmental milestone at the same time we try to introduce something so new and exciting to him. He just cut tooth #2…finally! He also watches us eat and moves his mouth and also smacks his lips together- which is pretty cute. He is also getting better with picking up and grabbing different toys… along with things on the ground he finds that we don’t want him to have (of course).
And lastly, I *think* I may almost be ready to put him in the nursery at church. Given how his schedule has him staying awake a lot of the time at church, I think it may benefit him and us a lot more if he gets some playing time in during church service, unless he falls asleep nursing of course. But, on the days that he nurses before we leave, and is basically ready to play by the time we get there, I think that’s what we will start trying out. I say this now… but, I don’t really think I am ready yet. Luckily, we have been able to go in there together so he can get a feel for things, and I can also “check out” some of the volunteers. So, we shall see.
On a more family-centered update, since we have pretty much gotten the hang of our major dietary changes, I am now getting us into the routine of buying better toiletries and cleaners. I just cleared out a ton of stuff from our hall closet that I don’t want to use on myself or Baby J any longer, and replaced my shampoo, conditioner, body wash, leave-in conditioner, mousse, and face washes and blemish fighters. I also got rid of my disposable nursing pads and bought some organic cotton ones… which is great, not only on our wallet, but of course little to no chemicals, and muuuch less waste! I am also thinking about using mama cloth, but that’s a whole other post! I am currently looking into greener cleaning supplies and some DIY options. We also plan on cloth diapering Baby J in the very near future.
I think that’s just about everything I can think of. If you have any resources for cleaning supplies, be sure to share!