Speedy Takes Steps

July 12th, 2012 by Rachel

If he could walk out of sheer will, he would! He started just a week and a half ago taking one step without holding on, and now he is up to four or more at a time.

Speedy is 10 Months Old

June 25th, 2012 by Rachel

Wow, 10 months?! Ten months seems so old to me–it is so close to a year. For me, the first year of having a baby is often the longest year, but not with Speedy. It really has sped by! Or course, I think his older siblings have a little something to do with that.

Speedy continues to be a very busy boy. He pulls up on anything and cruises along furniture, walls, legs, etc. He can even let go for a second or two and remain standing or reach out to grab something else. He loves pushing his little walker around and even yells, “Yeah!” and shrieks as he walks along. He hasn’t figured out how to turn it around, so he just pushes it from the opposite side until it tips over.

Speedy is still taking two naps a day. The first one is at 9 a.m. and lasts 1.5 hours. His second nap is around 1 p.m. and lasts 1.5-2 hours. He really wants to go to bed by 6:30 at night, which makes for some time to spend with the big kids. He still wakes twice a night (sometimes thrice) to nurse and goes right back to sleep.

He has four teeth and loves to bite things. If he is hungry, he tends to try to nibble on my arm, face, etc. I try to encourage signing, but the only sign he does consistently is “all done” or “finished”. He even says, “Ah Dah!” with it. He will say, “Bye bye” and “nigh nigh”, “momma” “dada” and he will repeat some things we say like “Ya ya” for his big brother’s name. His favorite phrase is “uh oh” which he says all day long. It is so cute!

Speedy is the messiest eater. If anyone has a recommendation for bibs that babies cannot remove, please pass it along! He can pull the over the head ones over his head and spits out a lot of food.

His favorite foods are orange veggies (sweet potatoes, carrots) and fruits. He loves bananas, fruit bites, avocado and meat for finger foods. He still has a hard time swallowing finger foods, so most of his bites are swept through his mouth, chewed and then spit out onto his bib (or shirt if the big has been thrown down). He is a really indiscriminate eater, pretty much if you feed him, he will eat it.

Speedy can make a big mess very quickly. He loves trying to get into the refrigerator and pull out anything he can get. (I quickly removed the cherry tomatoes from him after taking this picture.)

He has a course that he crawls through the house, pulling things out of cabinets (or climbing in them), pulling out nightlights, pulling magnets off the fridge, and then dumping toys out and scattering them around. He sure is a fun little guy!

Speedy is 9 Months Old

May 29th, 2012 by Rachel

Our littlest guy is changing so much and turning into quite the curious little mess maker. As I was picking out pictures for this post, I thought it could be more appropriately titled, “Messes Speedy Made.” Our calendar has found a new location on a higher wall where Speedy cannot remove the dates.

At nine months, Speedy is crawling everywhere and very quickly. He goes on hands and knees for the first 4-5 paces and then resorts to his spidery army crawl. Did I mention how fast he is? He pulls up to standing on most anything and will cruise along holding to furniture, ledges, people’s legs, etc. This is the face he makes when he is about to grab the camera.

He takes two naps a day, one around 9 a.m. for about 1.5 hours and another around 1 p.m. for 1.5-2 hours. He is our early bird and doesn’t stay up past 7 without a lot of fuss. He prefers to be in bed around 6:30, but this can be difficult some days. He wakes up twice in the night and is up for the day at 6:30 or 7 a.m. One day, Speedy fought his morning nap for ages. I thought he would never go to sleep. When he finally did, I peeked into his room as saw this. The quilt is is laying on was previously attached to the wall by his crib. I had no idea he could reach it (his crib is pulled away from the wall a few inches) or that he was strong enough to pull it down.

Speedy got his two top teeth in last month, within a week of each other. There was one epic night of fussing and frequent waking, but the next day, the first one broke through. I am so thankful since those two top teeth were the worst for Sugar.

Speedy is eating baby food much better and will actually finish about half a stage 2 jar at a feeding. He figured out how to drink out of a sippy cup, just in time for the hot summer starting. He also started swallowing some Cheerios or cut up food. His pincer grasp is really good, but rather than using it to eat finger foods, he prefers bits of paper, tiny rocks and dirt. His favorite finger foods are watermelon bits and a strip of steak. He will gnaw on steak happily for a long time. Yes, my poor third child is wearing a pink bib. Sometimes he wears pink diapers, too. Shhh….

I haven’t bothered to look up the other kids nine month updates, but I think Speedy is quite advanced in his vocabulary. He says, “Mama” and means me. He will whine it as he crawls across a room to me. He will say, “Dada” and mean Thomas. He also says “ah ah ah” to mean “uh oh”. If you ask him to say his big brother’s name, he says, “Ya ya.” He waves bye-bye all the time and will wave bye-bye and say “Nigh nigh” as he is going off to bed. No signs yet, but I blame myself for a lack of consistency.

We took Speedy to the splashpad with us twice this month, and he loved it. The hardest part is making sure he doesn’t get trampled by other children. He likes the pool, but manages to hoist himself out of his flotation device, face first into the water. He much prefers crawling around and finding rocks, dirt, etc. to eat.

Speedy is 8 Months Old

May 4th, 2012 by Rachel

I love this age! Speedy is so curious, so happy, and so social these days. He loves being around lots of people and also plays happily on his own for several minutes at a time.

He is little Mr. Curious, always finding something new to get into and explore. He is crawling (on his hands and knees for a few paces, then on his tummy) so fast. He digs his little toes into the ground and flies across the floor. The fastest crawling occurs when the refrigerator is open or a door to outside. The other morning, he tore across the kitchen into the garage as Thomas was leaving for work. I let him keep going just to see what he would do. He stopped a few times to check out things in the garage, but made it over halfway down the driveway before I got him.

Speaking of outdoors, Speedy loves being outside. He will chill in his baby swing outside for a long time, long enough for me to grill some dinner, do a few things in the garden, and such as long as I go push him every few minutes and he has an older sibling to watch.

His older siblings have learned how to pick him up under his arms and now deliver him to me around the house or move him from their belongings, the toilet, etc. Sometimes this is helpful, but mostly, it is unnecessary. Sugar picks up a happily playing baby and deposits him at my feet while I am cooking. She loves this new trick.

Speedy is pulling up on everything–tables, chairs, laundry baskets, the wall, the side of the bathtub, you name it. He has some surprises with cabinet doors that open while he is pulling on the handles or laundry baskets that tip over, but he is getting so good at catching himself. He loves the bath, but spends 90% of the time standing on the side, not even playing in the water, silly boy!

He takes two naps a day, and I think he took three naps once or twice last month, but he is nearly impossible to put down for a third nap, even if he needs it. He goes to bed around 6:30 or 7 and wakes up around 7 in the morning. He still wakes twice a night to nurse. He finally stopped staying awake for an hour during some of those night wakings. I thought he would never stop singing in his bed in the middle of the night!

Speedy got his first cold and ear infection this month, but he was a trooper and still happy most of the time, unless I was sucking his nose out. He is eating a little more these days, but still not very much baby food at each sitting. He eats lunch and dinner with us, and prefers vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, and squash. He is also experimenting with finger foods, but moves them around his mouth for a few seconds and then spits them onto his bib. He is a fan of Puffs, but will pick up anything and try it and seems to like meat. He is a huge mess after every meal and I often spot dried yellow-orange mash in his eyebrows, ears, and hair after I was certain he was clean. Perhaps it his vehement resistance to face wiping?

Speedy is 7 Months Old!

March 26th, 2012 by Rachel

Little Mister Speedy is scooting himself all over the place, from room to room in search of new adventures, even trying to get outside if a door is left open. He can army crawl quickly, and then likes to get up on his knees and rock, and has just mastered the ability to go from knees to sitting on his bottom. He figured that out yesterday, though he was working on it for the past week. He will sit and play contentedly for a minute, then tips himself over and is off again.

One of his favorite things to find is Rapunzel. Sugar says that he wants to marry Rapunzel, and while I’m not so sure of that, he sure gives Rapunzel sweet smiles and squeals.

We experimented with the “Baby-led Weaning” approach to starting solid foods more this month. Speedy enjoys asparagus and made a delightful mess of broccoli and gagged on some green beans. Then, my bravery with baby-led weaning ended (the gagging was awful and he was rarely actually eating anything), and we went back to trying baby food. He was still making all kinds of awful faces with every bite of fruit I tried, and only swallowing one or two bites before he spat the rest out. I decided to try some vegetables, and surprisingly, he has done much better with butternut squash and carrots. I haven’t tried anything else yet (the poor kid only gets baby food a couple nights a week), but he seems to lack the sweet tooth that my other two kids had… so far.

Speedy is taking longer naps these days, normally 1.5-2.5 hours long, and takes 2-3 naps a day. He is ready for bed around 6:45-7:30 and wakes 2-3 times a night. His internal clock still thinks that 4-5 a.m. is a great time to sing and babble in his crib for an hour, but I just turn off the baby monitor and he goes back to sleep on his own eventually.

He is still living up to his nickname and seems to never stop moving or going unless he is being held (and then he is often trying to grab anything within reach or climb up my chest), or unless he is confined to a seat with a five point harness or the baby swing outside. He is so happy in that thing! He is such a fun baby. I guess it is a third child thing, but the crazier things are (as in the more people are around and the louder it is), the happier he gets. We had 15 kids and 8 adults here for dinner a couple weeks ago, and Speedy was so excited and busy the whole time. It seems none of my children have inherited my introverted personality.

Speedy is 6 Months Old!

February 28th, 2012 by Rachel

It is hard to believe that we have had Speedy with us for six months already. Six months is a milestone age, and it has caused me to reflect more on the circumstances of Speedy’s birth and Sugar’s hospitalization. I remember the night after Speedy was born. It was just me and Speedy in our hospital room, he was nursing away with all his might for hours straight, and I was alone with only old Friends reruns to watch on TV (which are not as entertaining as they were in high school). As I sat there, examining my sweet newborn’s fingers, hairy ears and funny creased ear lobe, I wondered what kind of little boy he was going to be and how he would fit into our family. I thought about his rapid entry into the world, his extremely vigorous nursing almost constantly since that rapid entry, and how strong and alert he seemed, and it hit me. This one is going to be fast. He is going to crawl early, walk early, and be in a hurry to keep up with his brother and sister. And this month, he proved those thoughts true by starting to crawl already. Bud crawled at 7.5 months, Sugar was much later–like 9 or so and had to be enticed with Cheerios.

Six month olds are so much fun. They are so curious, great at grabbing things, easily entertained, and not so afraid of new people, but mostly curious. Speedy is so much fun these days! He scoots across the room to get whatever he is interested in–the big kids’ snacks, toys, or his reflection in our fireplace cover. He especially likes getting into big kid toys–Bud’s remote control helicopter and Sugar’s Rapunzel doll are his favorites. His favorite person is still Bud, and he will laugh and play with him for ages if he could keep Bud’s attention and never get hungry. Here he is playing “peek-a-boo behind the couch” with Bud:

Speedy has one tiny tooth that is razor sharp, that came through right before he turned six months old. He is not interested in solids yet, but he makes quite a fuss at meals. I’ve been reading more about baby led weaning, and we have offered him large bits of food, which are only tossed to the ground and rarely tasted.

Speedy is finally starting to nap a bit longer. He is now taking 2-4 naps a day and is just about impossible to get down for a late afternoon nap if it is after 5 p.m., no matter how tired he is. His naps range in length from 45 minutes to a record 2.5 hours. He wakes anywhere from 3-6 times a night. The six times a night was happening around the time of the tooth coming through along with a really bad skin infection behind his ears and along his neck (thanks to the still profuse spitting up and Mommy treating it with stuff that was actually making it worse, but it is all better now.)

Speedy Tries Pureed Bananas

February 27th, 2012 by Rachel

These pictures make me laugh so hard! As much of a fuss as he makes at mealtimes, I would have thought he would be more excited. We might pass on bananas for a while and see how avocado goes next.

Speedy is 4 Months Old

December 31st, 2011 by Rachel

Speedy seems to be a much happier baby this month. He still has lots of reflux symptoms (spitting up a ton, choking if on his back within 30 minutes of a feeding, coughing and choking if he hasn’t had his medicine in a while), but he is much happier. He weighs 15.5 pounds and wears 3-6 month clothes.

This month brought a lot of changes for little man. He started rolling over from his back to tummy during the middle of the month and he is very fast with it now. He has rolled over from tummy to back just a handful of times. While on his tummy, he “airplanes” with his chest and legs of the ground while kicking his feet as fast as he can. He gets really frustrated by his lack of mobility. He has a white spot under his lower gums, but it has not broken through. I keep thinking it will any day, but it still eludes us.

Sleep with Little Man became quite difficult this month. I had blamed most of his awful sleep issues on reflux, which I think was legitimate, but he had become so dependent on nursing to fall asleep, that combined with reflux and my oversupply issue, he was not sleeping well at all. He was having trouble staying asleep. After several nights of his night wakings that were normally 15 minute nursing sessions followed by 15 minutes being held upright asleep on my chest turning into hour or longer bouncing in the sling sessions (every hour and a half!), I was about to lose my mind. I read some of the sleep book, and we moved Speedy out of our room and our bed to the crib in the nursery, stopped swaddling (since he was rolling to his tummy in his swaddle), along with being more rigid about not letting him get overtired, he has started sleeping much better. He still wakes up 1-3 times a night, but those are quick feedings and he is right back to sleep. He takes 3-4 naps a day, and most naps are 45 minutes to one hour long. Occasionally, he will have a nice long, 2+ hour nap. Ideally, he needs to be put down after 1.5 hours of wakefulness, but this can be difficult sometimes. He can also go to sleep without nursing sometimes, which is helpful.

He is working so hard at using his hands to grab toys and other objects. He likes watching his feet and grabbing at toys and putting them in his mouth a bit. He loves his big brother and smiles at him all the time. He laughs really hard at his sister, and is not as afraid of her as he used to be (though he still has every right to be afraid of her!)

We sure love our sweet little baby. If you see him, tell him not to be in such a hurry to be mobile, k?

Speedy is 3 Months Old

December 6th, 2011 by Rachel

Better late than never! At three months, Speedy is much more agreeable than he was a month ago. He still has a lot of reflux symptoms and wakes up choking a lot, but he can finally sleep at night without being upright. This is huge for me after sleeping sitting up for twelve weeks with a baby on my chest. He weighs 14.5 pounds these days and is getting chubbier everyday. He lost the patch of hair on the top of each of his ears this month. It was over 1/2 inch long before it fell out!

He loves being held and yells and yells if he is put down for too long. Therefore, he gets worn a lot. I am so thankful for good baby carriers!

Speedy naps several times a day. At three months, he can stay awake for an hour and a half before needing a nap, and if we are out, it can be pushed to two hours. He screams in the car seat driving around town, which makes for frazzled Supercinskis when we arrive at our destination. His naps are about 45 minutes or an hour long, but I have hope that they will be someday! At night, he may go four hours between nursing, but it is often the first stretch of sleep that is is three or four hours and then he wakes every two to three hours after that. He falls asleep really quickly in the Moby Wrap when we are out.

His favorite person seems to be Bud. Speedy lights up with smiles and coos when Bud comes near. He tends to cringe a bit when Sugar is around as she likes to get too close and in his face too much.

We are getting lots of smiles and laughs from this guy. He also is very serious in studying what is going on around him. When he makes his “serious face”, he furrows his brow and purses his lips. I must get a picture! We sure love our sweet little boy.

Look Alikes?

November 6th, 2011 by Rachel

Bud (top) and Speedy (bottom) at about the same age, perhaps a couple weeks difference. Speedy is definitely starting to look like his own person to me.