Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Evan: 10 months

(Evan was 10 months on October 16th)

Evan is doing great with crawling! He crawls everywhere now, including up stairs. He has also started pulling himself up to standing and is flirting with the idea of cruising. He's also been fond of the "all-fours" pose (like the pic above). Each day he seems to get a little more confident with this gross motor abilities. His PT was so pleased with the progress he's made, and we're considering him "caught up" at this point! 

Evan finally had surgery to repair his undescended testicle. It happened really quickly after we had the consult with the specialist. The Lord really gave us peace about the decision ahead of time, and the surgery went wonderfully. He did have to be fully put under, and I got to stay with him until he was asleep and then was reunited with him before he woke up. He recovered within a day, in terms of mobility. The surgeon was able to descend his testicle as well as repair a significant hernia. All in all, it went really well and I'm thankful this is all behind us now.

That being said - Evan has had a really, really fussy month. There could be a million reasons why: teething, new skills, growth spurt, cold/sickness, appetite changes, emotional development, the disruption of his surgery. He's been sleeping a ton, refusing purees (only wants finger food) and taking full nursing sessions still. He escalates so quickly when I leave his side, lay him down on the changing table, or put him in his car seat. He's still cute as a button though, so I've been as patient as I can be with him while he goes through this phase.

He's still nursing, and I think I'm safely in the zone where I could wind down the nursing and have enough freezer milk to last him until he's 12 months old. But it takes time and effort to end nursing, so I keep putting it off. I'm still producing so much milk that it's just hard to stop a good thing, ya know?
We're starting to see more of his personality come out, and he may end up being a bit feistier then he's previously let on. I'm so excited to get to know him better as he continues to grow. My baby boy! Love him!

This month's photo session is an accurate depiction of his mood right now, haha

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Evan: 9 months

Evan was 9 month on September 16th, so I'm a tiny bit behind :-)

Evan is crawling! He finally took off crawling just shy of 9 months old. He's now very content to be plopped down in the playroom and just busy himself among the kids and toys. We're still working with the PT to continue to improve some of his gross motor skills, but overall I'm so pleased with his progress. Just today he started clapping (at a football game, no cute is that?!), so I know he's going to continue making progress just fine.
He's got 7 teeth, and he's weighing in at 19.5lbs. He's 28.5 inches tall, and his current car seat height max is 32 inches so I'm hoping to keep him in that seat a bit longer. We do have a convertible seat ready for him when it's time, but the infant seat is just so convenient to click right into the stroller when we are out at about.
He's been babbling quite a bit lately, and started playing games with us. He's favorite is just shaking his head back and forth and laughing. The kids love joining in the fun and engaging with him, and I'm just so happy with how well they are all getting along right now. Drew really steps up from time to time to help me with tending to Evan or Mary, and even Mary has started helping here and there. I'm really trying to teach them how to look out for each other and not just rely on me to mediate their relationships. I love it when I see Mary go to Drew for help with something, or I watch Drew grab Evan a toy to chew on if he's getting fussy. Evan really, really likes Drew and considers Drew a suitable replacement for me or Kyle if he's upset. But it's very clear that I'm Evan's favorite, and I'm totally okay with that :-)
He's still nursing, which is so fun. I do feel like he's been getting less interested in it recently, and his solids intake has really increased. So this may be the final descent in our nursing relationship. I have about a months worth of milk frozen, so I'd love to make it to 11 months old with nursing and then do frozen milk until he's 1, but we'll see! We are having a lot of fun with solids. I've mostly done veggie purees that I make at home, and then these last few weeks I've been doing more purees of whatever we are eating for dinner. This week I made some batches of pancakes using the Trader Joe's pumpkin pancake mix, but adding in spinach to one batch and sweet potato to another. Both batches I made with coconut/almond milk and coconut oil instead of milk and butter, and then I also added a chia/hemp/flax seed blend to both. The texture and consistency of the pancakes are perfect for him right now!
Sleep is going great, he's on 2 naps a day. I've started capping the first nap to be shorter just to line his second nap up better with Mary's nap and Drew's quiet time. I've been trying to get to bed earlier at night so I'm really relying on that 1-2 hours in the middle of the day to tackle computer work so that I'm not up at night doing it.
Lastly, we finally had Evan's consult for his undescended testicle. They located the testicle (phew!) but he will need surgery to correct the issue. They will also assess his descended testicle (as it may not be fully descended either), check for hernias, and check for any other abnormalities. I really like his doctor; she studied at UW medicine, trained at Seattle Children's, and now works at Swedish. Also, one of my best girlfriends also works at Swedish in another field but highly recommends this doctor - so that is great peace of mind!