The naturally dwindling photo count
I almost never pull out my DSLR anymore. I just don’t think about it! I’m trying to make a better habit of keeping it downstairs so I grab it during the brief opportunities where the boys are still for a moment. I’ve even noticed that the quick little photos taken on my phone have dwindled–time is flying!
David has entered the full-blown high-energy toddler age. He’s always moving, loves to run in circles, and will play with his toys hard. There was a noticeable shift about 2 weeks ago when he went from this exploration and discover stage into the destroy and conquer stage!
With “destroy and conquer” comes many lessons in boundaries and redirection, so I’m finding that I need to be more and more creative with how we play!
Despite being an active little guy, he still just loves to sit in his crib and “read” books to himself before taking a nap. It’s so sweet to peek in on him through the monitor and see him flipping the pages. I wonder what he thinks about, you know? Does he remember the stories from when I read to him earlier, or does he just like to look at the pictures?
Luke, or “duker” as David calls him, can bounce in the excersaucer like nobodies business! I mean, he’ll bounce unbelievably high and I just stand there cracking up. It’s so fun to see him experience all the firsts that come with the first year of life. The first taste of food, the first giggle at something funny, etc. He has two bottom teeth and I’m encouraged by the significantly lower amount of drool as compared to David. David would soak through about 10 bibs a day, and I don’t think Luke has worn a bib more than twice in his 7 months of life.
I’ve finally managed to get them on a similar nap pattern and I hope it remains stable for at least a little while longer! Luke was a 45 minute napper, and would sometimes take 3-4 45 minute naps a day. It was imprisoning because we had to stay near enough to the house so he could nap in his crib (he’s gotten too heavy for me to wear him for a long time in the Solly Wrap) but I tried, at the suggestion of my husband, keeping Luke up a little longer in the morning and putting both boys down for naps at 1:00 and that has worked really well! David will nap for about 1.5 hours, and Luke will nap for about 2-3! That makes for a long evening for Luke because he doesn’t nap again until bedtime, but he goes down without a peep at 7:00p!
I’m so so excited for the stage when Luke can sit and play with toys and really watch them interact. I love how close they are in age and am really enjoying watching them grow up together! We are practicing sharing and trading toys, but I’m having to distinguish between what is okay to share (toys) and what isn’t okay to share (food/choking hazard size!).
Speaking of growing up, David is starting a 1 day a week “mother’s morning out” program this week. It’s just for 3 hours and I really think he’ll love it. He loves playing with other kids and I’m excited to see how he does being away from me for a decent chunk of time. I’m sure Luke and I are going to be bored and desperate to pick him up when the time comes each week!
21 and 7 months have proven to be quite fun. And I’m already thinking through coordinating Halloween costumes for next month. It’s going to be cute.