Five Years Old!

Little man –

Five years old. I can’t believe it.

Last year’s interest in superheroes was fleeting. We are now knee-deep into the worlds of Pokémon and Minecraft. That’s what the big kids like, after all.

You are a great artist and storyteller. (You obviously get this skill from your father.) You’ve excelled at swim lessons this summer. In May, you didn’t even want to put your face underwater. Now, you love to wear your goggles to practice swimming in the bathtub…lol

You have one more year of Pre-K starting this week. I can’t wait to see what this year has in store!

Love you lots and lots!

~ Mommy

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Current stats:

weight: 41 lb.
height: 44 in. (Or 3′ 8″)

Shorts: 4T
Shirts: mostly 5T, but can still squeeze into some 4T if the brand runs big
Shoes: Size 10-11

Foods:
Likes – strawberries, corn dogs, broccoli 
Dislikes – red meat, green peas 

Birthday interview coming soon! (See last year’s interview here.)

December Baby – 8 Months

Baby boy –

Lots of motor skill development this month!  Sitting confidently?  Yep!  Crawling?  Been there, done that. Pulling yourself up to standing?  Yeah, you do that now, too…

And when you are standing, you are bouncing. Especially in your crib. Standing still is apparently not an option. Haha 

You babble a lot, but still nothing that sounds like words (at least to me).  Definitely not “mama” or “dada”.  Maybe someone here can translate “gukkk”?

You are so much fun, little guy. I love watching you grow up!

Lots of love, hugs, and kisses!
~ Mommy

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8 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Says “mama” or “dada” to parents (isn’t specific) – Nope
  • Passes objects from hand to hand

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Stands while holding onto something
  • Crawls
  • Points at objects – Not yet 
  • Searches for hidden objects

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Pulls self to standing, cruise 
  • Picks things up with thumb-finger pincer grasp – Working on this
  • Indicates wants with gestures – Not yet

December Baby – 7 months

Sweet boy –

Happy 7 months! Time is just flying by!

You’re getting better at sitting, though you’re still a little unsteady. You JUST started crawling. Like yesterday. Seriously.

You love to eat, though we haven’t tried a lot of new foods yet. So far, you’ll eat bananas, sweet potatoes, green beans, and squash.

You’re not much of a talker on your own. If I make a sound, you’ll usually say it back. You still love to squeal, though!  I think we’re going to start working on signing now, too.

I can’t wait to see what the next month has in store. I love you so much, baby boy!!

~ Mommy

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7 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Sits without support — For a little bit. He’s still kind of wobbly.
  • Drags objects toward himself

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Lunges forward or starts crawling
  • Jabbers or combines syllables — Not quite. Mostly just squeals.
  • Starts to experience stranger anxiety — I haven’t noticed this yet.

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Waves goodbye — Not yet.
  • Stands while holding onto something — Nope.
  • Bangs objects together
  • Begins to understand object permanence

December Baby – 6 months

Sweet boy – 

I can’t believe how fast 6 months have gone by.  You are learning new skills everyday.  You can now sit unassisted for a short amount of time, and you’re ridiculously close to crawling.   You imitate sounds and faces, but you’re not making any word-like sounds yet (like “ba ba” or “da da”).  You just squeal in delight more than anything.  hahaha  You’ve been sleeping better lately, and are falling into more of a routine.  (Which is awesome!) 

It’s so fun watching you grow up.  I love you so much!

~ Mommy

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6 month stats

  • Weight: 20 lb. 2 oz.
  • Length: 27.75 in.

6 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Turns toward sounds and voices
  • Imitates sounds
  • Rolls over in both directions

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Is ready for solid foods
  • Sits without support
  • Mouths objects
  • Passes objects from hand to hand

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Lunges forward or starts crawling  — You can scoot forward on your tummy, but you’re not crawling just yet.
  • Jabbers or combines syllables — Not yet.
  • Drags objects toward himself

December Baby – 5 months

Sweet boy –

You are growing up so fast! Lately, you are very determined to move. (I assume you are trying to keep up with your big brother!) Rocking on your hands and knees, scooting backwards across the floor. You’ll be crawling in no time!

The jumperoo is your favorite toy overall, but you’ve started grasping smaller toys and putting them in your mouth. Pacifiers are a thing of the past. You’d much rather chew on your hands. You also just recently discovered your feet, though you’re not terribly interested in them just yet.

You smile any time you hear your dad’s voice, and big brother always makes you laugh. Such a happy little guy! I’m so excited to see what the next month brings!

I love you!

~ Mommy

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5 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Distinguishes between bold colors
  • Plays with his hands and feet

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

    • Recognizes own name
    • Turns toward new sounds
    • Rolls over in both directions

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

    • Sits momentarily without support
    • Mouths objects
    • Separation anxiety may begin – I think we are dealing with a little of this.

December Baby – 4 months

Sweet boy –

4 months has just flown by, and this past month has been an eventful one!

We celebrated your first Easter, which included your first road trip! You did great, as I expected. 🙂

You’ve mastered the back to tummy roll, but are still working on going from your tummy to your back. I’ve seen you do it once or twice, so we’ll keep practicing.

You are laughing and “talking” more now, which is so much fun! I can’t wait to see what the next month brings.

I love you lots! ~ Mommy

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4 month stats

  • Length: 25 inches
  • Weight: 16 lbs. 5 oz.

4 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Smiles, laughs
  • Can bear weight on legs
  • Coos when you talk to him

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Can grasp a toy
  • Rolls over, from tummy to back — Not quite, but getting better every day.

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Imitates sounds: “baba,” “dada” — No, but imitates facial expressions.
  • Cuts first tooth — Not yet
  • May be ready for solid foods — I think we’re going to wait a little while on this one.

December baby – 3 months

Happy 3 month day, little guy! (Just a few weeks late…oops!)

Now that you’re no longer a newborn, you’re ready to explore your world! You’ve found your hands, and they are always in your mouth. We change your clothes a lot, because you’re drooling everywhere all of the sudden. (It’s too early for teething, right?) You’re doing much more cooing and smiling these days, which is so much fun!

Such a sweet, happy boy. I love you!

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3 month milestones (from Baby Center): 

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Recognizes your face and scent
  • Holds head steady
  • Visually tracks moving objects

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Squeals, gurgles, coos
  • Blows bubbles
  • Recognizes your voice
  • Does mini-pushup

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Rolls over, from tummy to back – Not quite yet.
  • Turns toward loud sounds
  • Can bring hands together, bats at toys – You’re much more interested in your hands than toys. lol

4th Birthday Interview

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I finally got around to this post, now that my older son is four and a half. (Better late than never, right?!) Last year, I decided that it would be fun to do an interview with him every year to see how his likes change as he grows. 🙂

His answers are in bold, my comments are in parentheses/italics.

  • How old are you?: four
  • What makes you happy?: treats
  • What is your favorite animal?: cheetah and lion
  • What is your favorite color?: green (same as last year)
  • What is your favorite thing to eat?: goldfish and chocolate milk
  • What is your least favorite thing to eat?: regular milk
  • What is your favorite thing to do?: cuddle with my (stuffed) animals
  • What is your favorite TV show?: Power Rangers
  • What is your favorite movie?: Scooby-Doo
  • What are you really good at?: writing (drawing) Rescue Bots
  • What is your favorite song?: “An octagon is a shape that has 8 sides!”
  • What do you and Mom do together?: write Rescue Bots
  • What do you and Dad do together?: write MORE Rescue Bots (I’m sensing a theme here…lol)
  • What is your favorite book?: The one with the animal tails (Whose Tail is This?)
  • What do you want to be when you grow up?:
  • A policeman, a fireman, and a construction guy. But not an ambulance guy, because they have to shock people, and that’s not nice!

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