I was looking back over my post of Life with a Seven Month Old and it seems like everything has changed. I felt I had my life all put together. For the past couple of months I remember thinking, "This mothering thing isn't as hard as what people make it seem". Well, I would say it has started to get harder no that our little boy is on the move.
Our little guy has learned to crawl. Yay! But, with that crawling, comes independence and lots of messes. It seems like I spend hours each day cleaning up the messes that he creates. I look forward to the day when I can expect him to help me clean up those messes, but for now it is my job. I am choosing to enjoy this phase and know it will not last long. I am soaking up every minute.
Our daily routine has not changed much since last month. If you want a better look at what each day looks like, check out my post from last month. With some vacations and our busy schedule, his daily routine has been messed up frequently. Since I can't control the changes, we just roll with the punches. We try to get a good morning nap and afternoon nap in each day.
Pain & Comforting
I love watching Preston explore our house and find new things to keep his curiosity raging. He has discovered that drawers can really hurt fingers. The floor is slippery after I mop and he is going to fall. He has been hurt multiple times and we have heard real cries for the first time. Obviously our little guy has been crying since he was born, but not this type of cry. This cry is not complaining that he is hungry, or tired, or needs a diaper changed. This cry is a cry of pain as he clings to my neck and he wants me to make everything better, and I can't. I don't encourage our Preston to get hurt, but we also don't always prevent it. When he falls gently, instead of rushing to him we simply say, "You're okay" or "Oh no, let's get back up!" There are other times when there is a hard fall, instant pain, and that requires comforting. As parents we aren't capable of preventing our kids from being hurt. It is our job to teach them about things that are dangerous, warn them, give them the freedom to choose, and comfort them when they need it.
In one of my child development classes in college, we learned about natural consequences. If a child touches something that is hot, it is going to burn them. They learn there are consequences for their actions. We can warn them all day not to touch because it is hot, but many times they won't learn until they feel a little heat.
Since our little guy has been eating baby food in a high chair (we started at 5 months) we have been doing sign language. We mostly do "more" and an occasional please. He hasn't started doing it back, but the more he is exposed to it the more likely he will learn it.
I am in the process of weening Preston from breastmilk to formula. I normally nurse him in the morning and then once in the evening. Breastfeeding has been such a beautiful thing. I NEVER thought that I would enjoy it, but I do! As school is starting up in August, I do not want to pump again at school. My supply has really started dropping as I keep cutting back on my demand. But, I am going to hold out for as long as I can :)