- He is really perceptive. Whenever we go into a new room or place he observes every part of it, like he's trying to memorize it.
- He is very active! He's got the army crawl down and can move pretty fast. Sitting still is definitely not his favorite thing to do. I see some people that can sit down with their baby on their lap forever. It lasts about 30 seconds with Finn. Because of this he is not a snugly baby at all.
- He likes change. Lately, he's been getting very bored being inside the house. He loves going on outings and is ready for winter to be over.
- If he gets excited and he's on his belly, he'll scrunch up his face and pull his hands and feet off the floor. It's almost as if he is balancing on his belly button. Like the superman pose.
- Another things that he does when he gets excited is put his mouth into a Cheerio shape, and then he kind of makes a sound like a monkey.
- Eating is not his favorite pastime. Because he was a late preterm infant, the cards were stacked against him when it came to feeding problems. Late preterm infants get tired easily and a lot of times aren't strong enough feeders to drink enough breastmilk to gain weight. This in turn led to me not making enough milk. He has been doing well with most of the pureed foods, but he will only eat about half of the stage 2 bottles. We tried to give him more solid foods (instead of just pureed) the other day and he hated it. To make matters worse he barfed 7 times that day because of it. I think we'll hold off on trying that again anytime soon.
- He loves being outside! I think this stems from the hour walks I'd go on with him when he was a newborn. Nothing else I could do at the time would sooth him, nothing. It was very tiring going on 3 walks a day that were each about an hour long, especially right after giving birth. I'm glad we have an outdoor enthusiast though!
- He likes taking baths and hangin' out in his jumper. His jabbering increases whenever he is doing either of these activities.
- The most ticklish part on him is his neck. He's a light tickler though. If we ever tickle him too hard he just stares at us blankly like, "what in the world are you doing?"
That's all I can think of for now. I have learned a lot about being a mother in the past 10 months. One of the most important things I have learned though has been to not judge other mothers for how they do things or why they do certain things. What made me learn this so quickly? Breast-feeding. I have always been a super big advocate of breast-feeding. But when things seemed to spiral out of control with feeding Finn I was devastated. I saw multiple lactation specialists, and my doctor. I took blessed thistle, fenugreek, Reglan, and drank Mother's Milk Tea. I used an SNS, and pumped every 2 hours. I had people tell me all sorts of advice and I wanted to punch them in the face!!
I used to be judge mental about the whole breast-feeding thing and thought mothers were doing a disservice to their babies by not doing it. Well, things change pretty quickly when you see the other side. I have had friends whose milk didn't come in at all. Friends whose babies chomped them to death from day one and wouldn't stop. Friends that got so stressed out by it all that they hated it. And other friends that decided before hand that they weren't going to breast-feed at all.
I have since learned that I was wrong to place any sort of judgement on a woman for her decision about breast-feeding, and am truly sorry because of it. Obviously, not judging others is a life long thing that I need to work on. Just a word of advice though, (not like you asked for it, but don't worry it's good) to any soon-to-be mothers or current mothers... DO NOT judge a woman's choices about feeding her child, about wanting to work or having to work, about the cleanliness of her home, or about raising her child. I'm sure every mother is trying her very hardest to be a good mother. She judges herself enough and doesn't need more people judging her. That is all.