Friday, November 9, 2012

My Baby is on the GO!

Zayden's Stats:
Height: 28” (86%) – this was his 6 mo. stats
Weight: 18.85lbs (57%)
Z is so full of life right now. He laughs frequently at his silly brothers. He does this sweet little shy hiding thing (it reminds us of our niece Taylee) he loves to catch someone’s attention, give them a gigantic smile and then when they smile at him he buries his face in my shoulder as if he’s hiding. He is truly my happiest baby thus far; His smile is contagious. Not a single person could look at his bright little drooley grin and NOT smile in return. Zayden is especially ticklish on his tummy, his ribs, under his arms, and on his chunky little thighs. Tyler can never resist squishing his thighs, resulting in an adorable giggle.
Although he’s been rolling and scooting for a couple of months now, he is officially mobile… he’s been working on this skill over the past week and can now crawl pretty fast. He loves to crawl down to his brothers’ room at the end of our house and ‘play’ with them. They love it too, and I frequently find them trying to encourage him down to their “big kids” room.  Z can sit up by himself, although he prefers to be on the move. The other day I was sitting on the living room floor by him, turned my attention away for a few seconds and then looked back to see him sitting up on his knees holding onto the couch with his hands. He had somehow managed to pull himself up and was incredibly proud of himself.
Zayden is my little ray of sunshine; this kid makes me so happy. His hands are becoming more and more coordinated so as of late I haven’t been wearing much jewelry of any kind seeing as how he’s usually ripping it off me. Hair has also captured his interest, another reason my hair is often up. He loves grabbing buttons, drawstrings, electrical cords, and any small object his little eyes can hone in on.  I have to keep the floor pretty regularly vacuumed because I’ve found him eating paper, crayons, and once he had a little plastic skull ring in his mouth that B got for Halloween.
Speaking of his mouth he is working on his two front teeth, but has not a single one that has poked through. This hasn’t stopped him in the eating department. Zayden loves to be part of the ‘big kid’ eating experience. He loves picking up bread, cheerios, or other small items of food off his high chair tray and feeding himself. He likes bananas, apples, squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, peaches, prunes, green beans, and any fruit mixture baby food. He does NOT like peas. He also does not like the premade baby food meals in a jar (ie. turkey, rice and veggies) he HATES them, and instead prefers to eat from the table. He is under the impression that any time WE are eating, HE should be too.  He hasn’t turned up his nose ONCE at something I’ve given him from the table, which makes me think that he prefers his mama’s cooking over the store bought stuff.
 Zayden likes to talk, blow raspberries with his lips, and laugh. He currently says the ‘da’ sound, along with others such as ‘th’ ‘ah’ ‘ba’ and a few more I can’t think of at the moment. He is only nursing 5 times throughout the day, usually an hour after he eats food.
He naps three times: once a short nap in the morning for about 20-30 minutes, a long afternoon nap for 2-3 hours, and a one later in the afternoon for 20-30 minutes. He sleeps 12 hours each night, and only since Daylight Savings has he been waking earlier that 8:00AM. 
He can clap his hands. He loves to knock towers over, he likes the ‘Itsy Bitsy Spider’ song—‘If you’re happy and you know it’ and ‘Once there was a Snowman’. He loves playing peek a boo, and when we hide from him, popping out and saying ‘boo’. He loves to take baths and turns from back to stomach while bathing, splishing and splashing all over. He loves when Daddy comes home. He doesn’t like to snuggle too much, unless he’s tired or hungry. His hair is getting so long—he really needs a trim, but I’m trying to hold off until he can sit still a little better.
 We are so thankful Zayden is part of our family. He brings such joy to every one of us.