March has felt like a really big month for Tim but when I thought about it, a lot of the things happening have been gearing up for even bigger things soon to come, so I suspect he'll be a whole new baby by the end of April.
Early in the month, Peter sat him up and to our surprise, he didn't fall over. By the older boys' birthday party on the 13th, we could plunk him on a blanket and he'd stay sitting until he was bored with the reachable toys -- up to 15 minutes. He still can't manuever himself into a sitting position, but he stays up (while leaning over and righting himself repeatedly) indefinitely.
Although he's not truly crawling and I'm not sure I'd say he's even army crawling, he gets around. He rolls every which way -- and can do so without thunking his noggin on the hardwood floors so long as it's a planned roll and not a fall. On hardwood, he sort of pulls himself, particularly if he's on the edge of a blanket. His hands grip the floor and the rest of his body slides behind them. On carpet, he pushes more with his feet and inchworms around. I haven't seen him aim for something more than about four feet away, but he might twist around in a 180 and then do a double roll to reach something interesting.
Tim thinks he wants to eat solid food until it nears his mouth and he clamps it shut. He likes being in the high chair and holding a spoon, but prefers to put the non-food end into his mouth. Tonight I gave him applesauce and if I held the spoon and directed it towards his mouth, I wouldn't get anywhere. If I let him hold the spoon, a small amount eventually went into his mouth. I tried taking the spoon to add more and he had a fit, so I refilled his spoon using my spoon and that went slightly better. Other foods we've tried are avocado (the only thing he didn't refuse outright, but we don't eat avocados much and they're really hard to store half-eaten) and banana (shudders if any manages to enter his mouth). I didn't really try feeding him at all until he was close to seven months since he wasn't sitting yet and didn't have the pincer grasp. He's starting to try to pick up tiny things but I don't think he's succeeding yet.
His bottom middle teeth are getting closer but still aren't out. The older boys were getting teeth 3-6 at this point. Dan and I each got our first teeth at 7 months. Without any teeth, I'm going more for purees than I did with the older kids.
I weighed him right around the 8 month mark and he was the same 17 pounds and 5 ounces that he'd been a month before. He was just under 16 pounds at the beginning of December and 16 1/2 in mid-December. He's been in 6-9 month clothes since Christmas. We might not even need the 9-12 month winter clothes at this rate. Each of my boys has worn a different size their first winter -- Peter was in 12-18 months (rolled up), Leo did 9-12 months, and Tim was in 3-6 from October-December and now 6-9. We have a lot of tiny winter boy clothes. I seem to have 2 navy hoodies in each of those sizes. Apparently I really like baby boys in navy hoodies.
His sleeping pattern is still fairly wonky. If I was a nice mama, I'd lie down with him at 9pm and stay there for 12 hours and he'd probably stay mostly asleep that whole time. However, I have work to do and laundry to rotate and blogs to read (and don't need 12 hours of sleep), so although he usually nurses to sleep sometime in the realm of the older boys' 8ish pm bedtime, he doesn't often stay asleep. Sometimes that turns into a 45 minute nap. Sometimes he's not totally asleep for the night until midnight. The teething isn't helping. I think he sleeps more in the evening than he used to. The other night he slept from 10:30-1:30 and it felt fabulous. Most nights, by midnight he's asleep for the night and though he wakes to nurse, he's not really awake again until at least 8:30 and usually after 9. He tends to take an early nap right when I'm trying to get ready to pick up Leo, so around 11, that lasts 30-45 minutes. He doesn't have a steady, long afternoon nap like his brothers did, but he usually naps in the afternoon for at least an hour, sometimes two. He still often takes another short nap around dinnertime.
We're starting to work on signs with him, although not that consistently. I almost always make the potty sign when I put him on the toilet (which he does use once or twice a day), and we sometimes sign for nurse, change, and food. Tonight as Dan laid him down to change him, he made a clear change sign and we'd like to think he did it on purpose, but it was probably random. He says dada, but not consistently.
We tend to put him in the johnny jumper while cooking and he really bounces in it. He enjoys standing and bouncing when he's not in it also. Other favorite activities include grabbing people's faces (so cute and then so painful) and my hair. My hair has been almost permanently in a bun because if he's on my back, he can grab a ponytail.
We still have him in the baby bucket, although I think I'll be returning it soon now that we can see some of our grass again and spring might be trying to arrive. We haven't been completely snow-free since mid-November.
Since he started scootching around, I got out the pack-n-play and keep it in my office. Sometimes he'll happily play in there for 20 minutes, checking out whatever toys we tossed in. I've also brought it into the bathroom while I shower. I never used it with Peter and Leo -- in some ways it's protecting Tim from his sometimes-overzealous brothers.
Tim is always smiling. We're now 3 for 3 with happy babies. It feels strange to me when babies don't smile constantly because that's what I'm used to.
It's impossible for me to not compare Tim with his brothers, but I don't feel like his path is better or worse, just different. I was so proud when Peter sat and crawled early but I'm just as excited that Tim is taking his time. I feel like we've been graced with an extended babyhood for him and he's awfully soft and sweet and kissable. I can wear him on my back in the Ergo for an hour and he doesn't fuss so long as I move around the house. I mostly use that and the fleece pouch (on my hip) for now, although the pouch isn't as good for longer wear. Every once in a while I get out the wrap and it's fun to try stuff with it, but I can't get it to distribute the weight as well as I can in the Ergo.
A month ago, Tim had an ear infection and had a miserable day where he barely nursed. I borrowed my SIL's pump and even though that evening he finally nursed longer, I was able to pump 4.5 ounces in 7 minutes. Then last week I was curious to see how much I'd get if I pumped in the morning and got 7 ounces in 5 minutes while he napped. It's a bit of a relief knowing that if I had to run off and do something for half a day, there would be milk for Tim. Who knows if he'd drink from a bottle, but if he was hungry enough, something would work. Then this week Tim and Leo have eye infections (or something causing goopy eyes) so I pumped an ounce to drop it in their eyes. I'm so glad I don't have to pump, but it's been a curious thing to check out.