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Month 8 - Wrestling. So much wrestling. 
2nd-May-2009 12:11 am

Today, we are the worst parents evah - he's been kicked in the face, had his head whacked on a table edge, somehow found some plastic to eat and earlier this week I was too slow to stop him face planting out of the rocker (its hard to explain how without jestures). Also he's been fed broccoli, which is the first food that has been actively, and voluminously rejected. I'd be complaining to the management if I was him.

We've been trying a new food every 3 days or so. And by we, I mean goldengrove for the most part - he mostly gets fed "solids" in the morning and afternoon, so I'm not often home. Which is just as well when its sweet potato or pumpkin, because these 'foods' are not suitable for consumption. Anyway, he's successfully had pear, peas, pumpkin, potato (sweet), porridge... its like there's theme going on, but I can't quite put my finger on it. He's also scoffed cauliflour, zucchini and avocardo, but that lacks something in the alliteration department.

Feeding him is a bit of a struggle to get the spoon to his mouth before he lunges at it and knocks all the food off, then another wrestle to get it out of his mouth. All while balancing him on your leg and trying to hold his arms out of the way, and hold a nappy in front of him to catch the vast majority of the spilled food. There was an attempt to let him control the spoon but ... well, the results speak for themselves.

His sleep cycle has been a bit off with the additional solid food, although I gather that's normal - I'd expect that the solids have a lower nutritional density than breast milk so you need more of them for the same food value; but baby stomachs are only so big, so he's been waking up around 10 or 11 for a feed and then back to sleep. Daylight savings was a bit of a disturbance too, with it suddenly being too dark at night to go for a walk. Still no sign of this mystical and mythical state called "self-settling".

There haven't been any big outings in the month, although he's been to Conquest, kirby1024's birthday picnic, tai chi/Cath & Morg's, visted geekweevil's on a Thursday and for a dinner party, over to tacomonkey's house for a while (while goldengrove got to have a nice hot bath for the first time since getting pregnant) and Glenn and twilight_dew's going away party. He didn't go to the housewarming - we organised to tag team seeing as how the party was close by; goldengrove went first for a few hours while I babysat, then she took the B shift while I caught up on the vodka. I mean partying. Also. because bjj_moves was on leave for two weeks, he also got a lot more attention and shoulder rides during the day while at home.

Hamish has reached a stage where he sees things and wants them. All the time. Regardless of how hot, poisonous, sharp, easily broken, electrified or otherwise inappropriate they are. They Must Go In His Mouth. Which means that while you're holding him, you are constantly wrestling with him as he lunges toward the object of his total desire. Which, frankly, gets really tiring pretty quickly. I don't quite understand how wrangling a 7kg baby is so hard, he really has quite strong muscles for his size.

He's slowly working out how to get around on his own - he can now roll around the lounge with a reasonable degree of success (we've had to raise the sides of the cot while he sleeps) and he's working on the idea of crawling. The knees go under, leading to elevator bum, or the arms lift his head up, but I don't think he has the strength or coordination to do both as yet. That's probably for the best, given how much stuff needs to be sorted into a less baby-accessible location around the house. Weirdly, if he's on his back and he grabs your fingers, you can provide a bit of uplift and he rises easily to a sitting position, and then up onto his feet, which is the Best Thing Ever. He'll stand there laughing and bobbing up and down a bit while clinging to your hands. Its not a 100% successful process - if he lets go with one hand or puts his feet too close together, he tends to spin around and plunge to the ground (see "kicked in the face"). In other gross motor skill news, he can belt anything within short range with the bear-rattle thing he has; short range mostly just encompassing himself, but also my face or any other toy sitting on his lap. Also, less hilariously, he can mostly sit up on his own - oo, the thrills never end :)

Next Monday is the 8 month MCHN appointment, where hopefully he'll have put on a bit more weight for his height. Its not that he's malnourished or anything, but it feels weird that he is a tall skinny lad, and its hard to avoid that thought of "maybe we're doin' it wrong".

Month 8 photos
1st-May-2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
Broccoli was A Thing for Mr. Orson as well. We had to present it three times, each a couple of months apart, before he wasn't coming out with a rash after eating it.

Babies do have exceptional strength for their size. And very good neck muscles right from day, um, -1 otherwise I gather their little necks would be snapped coming out. My 6-year-old has a six pack. I mean really. They just do so much ALL the time. But I still think babies win.
2nd-May-2009 12:20 am (UTC)
I'm not really fussed if he eats it or not, but if he doesn't like it I don't want to force him.

heheh, Pedro was saying something similar about his kids - they run around on the hills in country Victoria all day and are just rippling muscle.
1st-May-2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you'll find that at this age he'll reject anything that doesn't have a minimum, requisite amount of sweetness to it. If you keep pushing things like broccoli, he'll soon enough reject anything green so be careful.

Oh, I'm looking forward to you updating on how you're chasing him around the house because he's UNSTOPPABLE!!!
2nd-May-2009 12:22 am (UTC)
Er. Cauliflour, zucchini, etc - it really wasn't about sweetness, its just that one food he doens't like. He will literally lunge from a sitting start at a spoon with cauliflour on it.
2nd-May-2009 11:57 am (UTC)
Ah, fair enough :-) I just remember reading that kids that age tend to prefer sweet foods to sour and bitter ones, so if that association is built it can be dodgy.

Cauliflower *is* sweeter than broccoli, and zucchini can be, too, depending on how well it's cooked.
1st-May-2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
Also with broccoli - many green vegetables contain a chemical called PCT which to some people tastes nastily bitter. Children appear to be particularly sesitive to it, but some of them will grow out of the hatred of green veges.
2nd-May-2009 12:24 am (UTC)
Ahhh. I've seen his cousin happily chew immense amounts of it to bits :-) I've no real need to push it on him, and a range of other foods, so we'll see how he feels in a year or so
2nd-May-2009 10:52 am (UTC)
Ha. Your photo of Hamish after attempting to feed himself looks like Chloe when after I've been feeding her!

But then, we don't have lunging. We have me making an ass of myself in an attempt to make her laugh, whereupon she opens her mouth wide enough that I can jam the spoon in.
4th-May-2009 12:16 am (UTC)
She's not so keen to have food?
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