Tonight was the first try of rice cereal! He ate well, although I’m not certain he wasn’t more enamored with the spoon than he was with eating. Time will tell.
Pictures of David & Judy’s picnic last Saturday are posted. Georgie finally opened up and showed his happy side to Grandma & Grandpa. He’s still a bit strange around people, but I’ve found that animatedly talking to someone before trying to hand Georgie to them does wonders.
Grandma got him to wave “bye- bye” on Saturday, but he hasn’t done it since. He’s definitely comprehending the sign for nursey, since he gets all excited when he sees me do it, and starts pulling at my clothes. It may be another few months before he starts making the signs on his own, but it’s great to know that he understands what I’m saying.
We went to Home Depot today and bought a Berber area rug for the front room, since there’s no place for the baby to learn to crawl (hardwood floors do not a comfortable landing make). He’s already pushing off with his toes, and maneuvering side to side, if not propelling forward. All in time.
Georgie is six months old today. I am flabbergasted that time has flown by so quickly.
Tooth #2 has arrived, and he’s still cranking quite a bit. Teething rings and cold spoons with a little ice water seem to help, but it’s obvious he’s still uncomfortable. I’m wondering if he’ll get all four bottom teeth at once; Dr. Sears suggests that babies often get four new teeth every four months until complete, at around 2 1/2 years of age. And he is BITING while nursing. It HURTS! He usually bites at the end of the feeding, so I think I will try ending the feeding once he bites, so that he begins to associate biting with an undesirable reaction (no more nursey) and curb the behavior. We’ll see how it goes.
We had dinner with Grandma & Grandpa Tuggle, Uncle Johnny, and Aunt Kiki & Uncle Ryan tonight, and of course he was Dr. Crankenstein. It seems like he’s in a bad mood every time we are around family… I want to say, “He’s really a fun baby!” He doesn’t normally act so out of sorts, but I think if I went to sleep in my carseat and woke up in a loud restaurant, I would be a little cranky, too.
Other new things: He’s patting my arm to get my attention. He figured out how to get the walker to move, and he’s been turning himself in circles in the kitchen. He’s learned the beauty of splashing water, and douses me at every bath. He’s started making this attention-getting screechy cry, which sounds like Tarzan. Just after we got home from dinner tonight, he started saying “Pa” so I think that “Papa” might be his first word. Which is OK by me. I think he’s finally realizing that changing the shape of his mouth will allow him to make different sounds.
My baby is growing up…
According to my calculations (24 weeks times 4 is 6 months) Georgie was six months old on Sunday… but by dates, he won’t be actually six months until July 18. I have no idea how to count…
His first tooth finally sawed its way through on Sunday night. He’s been in much better spirits since it finally showed, and hopefully he’ll sleep better as well. I’m not counting on it, though, since the next tooth appears to be right behind the first — kind of like the Matt Damon & Ben Affleck of baby teeth.
I’ve been taking Georgie to the Baby & Me program at the library, and I met a girl, about my age, with a daughter that is about 2 1/2 months younger than Georgie. (Taitum is just adorable, always smiling and watching the other babies.) Turns out, she’s a third-grade teacher and knows George from Operation Lifesaver (the train safety program he teaches third-graders). Small world!
He’s really rolling from front to back, and sitting up well. Hasn’t shown much interest in crawling, although he will plant his feet against my leg and push off, inchworm style.
First time in the pool the other day! Embarassing nakey-doopa picture is in the photo album.
We’ve started signing with him, more to get ourselves in the habit of using signs than anything else. We use Mama (thumb to cheek, fingers extended), Papa (hand to forehead, fingers extended) Nursey (milking motion with right hand) and Book (fold hands together like a book). He’s beginning to make eye contact with an object (e.g., Eddie) then look at us for confirmation. When he does that, we try to use the sign and the word. From what I’ve read, babies can start signing as early as 7-8 months of age, so there’s no harm in getting started.