In fact, as I write, you are wriggling your way over to the dvds on the shelf and look very much like you are going to pull one down for a taste. Or all of them for a taste. Oh, first you are going to taste Daddy’s birthday card. Again.
Which is all my roundabout way of explaining, dear Jackie, why your seven-month letter is coming at almost exactly at seven-and-one-half months a few days before you turn eight months old. Bad mama!
The past six weeks two months have been a rollicking adventure of milestones and development, and the ride is not slowing down one whit. As you have now pushed yourself backwards under your swing and will be clamouring shortly for rescue, I will be brief. [Ok, this is not entirely accurate, two weeks later. The swing went on Craigslist and you required rescuing before I could finish this post. Right now you are sleeping on your sleeping daddy on the couch. Seriously, seriously cute.]
You can push yourself around backwards. This is cute, and not nearly as scary as the next trick — crawling. You can already get to hands and knees pretty much at will and you rock back and forth in preparation for the next stage, as if you are a little toy car getting revved up to be let go, zooming across the floor. We MUST get a baby gate. Seriously.
You have two teeth. The first popped above the gum line at Mt. Baker a few weeks ago and the second followed a few days later. They are now readily visible when you smile. I call you ‘Sharky’ because of your terribly sharp chomping which you do on our fingers at every opportunity.
You taste EVERYTHING. Every object you come across is lifted (if possible), turned, examined intently (with your little duck lip sticking out in concentration) and tasted. These include and are not limited to: the buttons on my sweater, the cat’s tail, daddy’s steel guitar (with teeth clicking on the metal), any carpet you are placed on, your coat, the granite countertops at Ikea, my toes, my wallet, my debit card (handily lifted from my wallet), your seat belts and whatever else you grab/we give you in desperation to keep you occupied for another 20 seconds.
Food has been interesting. I am a lazy ardent breastfeeder, so your diet is virtually 100% breastmilk, on tap. This is normal at your age, and since I’m lazy prescribing to baby-led weaning, food is for fun and texture at this point, not for nutrition (that’s what the boobs are for). No purees for you! And no preparing/spoon feeding/cleaning up puree-covered walls for me! Since we are going for fun foods, you have been eating a range of delicious things. You like raspberry pancakes, scrambled eggs and toast, any kind of cheese is a BIG hit, and you sucked back two slices of spicy Genoese salami at Costco. We actually had to go back to the sample guy for another slice. Awww our little blond, blue-eyed Italian shows his true colours! Sometimes you hide food in your cheeks for later. That’s always fun come nursing time.
“Why is this piece of half-mascerated steamed carrot on my boob?”
You are talking up a storm. You are speaking fluent ‘Babyese’, and we don’t understand a word of it, but you obviously believe that you are speaking a complete and many-nuanced language and your descriptive powers are amazing. We are actually surprisingly good at translating your Ahs! and Ers! into the mother tongue, or at least you appreciate our efforts.
For the past few days, your naps have been all over the place. Mostly far, far away. You are working on so many skills — walking, crawling, communication — that it wires your brain and you can’t sleep even when you are so. very. tired.
You have also begun to ‘request’ to be nursed upstairs in bed no matter where we are. It doesn’t help to explain to you that London Drugs just doesn’t have a bed we can nurse in — you are insistent! Arching! Take me to bed to nurse! Only nursing in bed + shortage of beds at major retailers = eating less during the day (though that ipod Touch Addiction is mighty handy for surfin’ and nursin’). In compensation, you are eating about five fifty times over the nighttime hours. Thank all the little gods we co-sleep, though your Daddy has on at least one occasion been pushed right out of bed.
I’m ordering a nursing necklace to try and keep your attention long enough to get some milk in you during the day. Cheerios are fascinating and tasty and look fine on my boob, but I’m getting a little tired of the afternoon pump because you can’t be bothered to slow down enough to nurse — or we don’t have a bed handy.
Diapering has also become something of an ordeal adventure as you’ve mastered the whole rolling uphill thing. Daddy and I miss the days when we could leave you on the change table to run and grab something and not worry about a *thump*. Frankly, I miss the days when I could grab a wipe without having to simultaneously pin you with a fancy wrestling hold while trying to keep your hand off your poop-covered privates while keeping your diaper in place with a fourth hand and trying to free the music mobile from your other hand so that it can make the music it needs to TO DISTRACT YOU. Ahh let it go. We do love the All In One Monkey Doodlez (I should buy stock) as it is only one layer of diaper to put on and therefore only requires two extra hands instead of four. Made in Canada with super velcro for the win! Go Canada!
I’ve been attending a ‘Mamas Unfolding‘ group put on by the same people as we did our pre-natal classes (Dancing Star Birth) where one of the mamas did the prenatal class with us. Her little guy, James, is working on walking (so scary cute!). You watched him and that night showed us that your mad standing skillz have translated into mad walking skillz! Of course your balance is non-existent, but the leap to one-foot-in-front-of-the-other has been made. Dear god.
Since I need to start working on eight months ASAP, I will close this one off with a bunch of random photos. Quick, before you wake up.
You love hiking. When the MEC baby backpack comes out, you jump with joy. Which makes hiking even more fun — nothing like a wiggling 20lb backpack to make daddy grateful for a hiking pole. Here we are at Lynn Creek. Truth be told, you find the label on the Jackpack just as interesting as the scenery. Mmmm… tasty label!
We checked out some Olympic venues. Stroller = snowplow if people = snow. Way to get us to the head of the line, baby! The energy downtown was pretty darn cool and you loved it and the people loved you. Beth and I stood in line for over an hour in the Bay Olympic Superstore lineup, where you decided a snack would be nice right about now… so we nursed in the lineup, Beth pushing the stroller and me walking and nursing. Too bad breastfeeding isn’t an Olympic sport. Go Canada!
Hiking at Cypress Falls in West Vancouver. The closest we could get to Cypress Mountain during the Olympics. You loved the rushing falls.
You do love your daddy’s music. Three… two… one… turn and EAT GUITAR!
You also love your pasta. This was your first (but not your last) trip to Anton’s Pasta Bar. You like chorizo sauce on your pasta. Someday you will be able to eat a whole plate, I know it. Go Quattrocchi metabolism!
Grandpa Rod and Nana Tracy were in town for a few days over Spring Break, which was awesome. I was so relieved that you took to them like you had seen them every day (instead of not since Thanksgiving). We went to a Sledge Hockey Game and you were RAPT. You watched the replay, you cheered at the goals, you ate Greek food afterwards and barely stayed awake on the bus on the way home — just like the rest of us.
Go raspberry pancakes!
In a few minutes, we’re going to pack up and go to Grandma Gayle and Grandpa John’s house for dinner, which will be followed by Easter brunch tomorrow and maybe some birthday cake for mummy and Auntie Lisa. Mmmm… cake. Maybe we’ll let you have a little taste… or maybe I’ll pick up a little salami for my little Sharky. Go Italy Canada!
I love you, Jackeroo. You are the awesome-est.