Nash discovered the stairs. This is the very first time he found them. I love that devious little look! We have been practicing stairs almost every day since then and today for the first time, Nash went down the entire flight on his tummy without any coaxing from me! Now I just to teach him how to turn around at the top and start coming down on his own and we'll be in business. I am so proud of him. He is such a fast learner!
Gray was less than interested in climbing stairs for a while. He just didn't really care. He would come and play with me while we followed Nash up and pulled him down. And then out of nowhere I came around the corner to Granger standing on the sixth step up with his hands on the railing and grinning ear to ear. He was so proud of himself! It shocked me. Since then, he is such a fast climber! I truly think he knows how to do so much and he just picks when he wants to show off a little bit.
One night, Cameron was upstairs and I was making dinner. The boys normally hang out in the living room and I talk to them while I cook. I hadn't heard any responses from them in a while so I walked out to check on them. They were nowhere to be seen! I called up to Cameron who assured me they were fine and with him. I asked if he came and got them or if they crawled up. They had crawled upstairs. I asked him if he watched them or if they just showed up. They had just showed up! I'm glad they didn't fall or get hurt. These boys love when Dad is home!
Pre-nap wrestling is becoming a regular feature. Gray scratched my eye up real good during one particularly rowdy match. I'm sure it is the first of many. And I don't mind one bit!
This month, they also learned how to pull up to stand. Which resulted in Cameron lowering their mattresses to the lowest possible setting. We have really tall boys. It broke my heart a little bit to see them so far away. I have to bend clean in half and life my feet off the ground in order to kiss them goodnight, but they are already leaning over the railings again! They grow so fast!
Emilee gave us this play pen and it has been life saving! It is so nice to be able to corral them for a second in order to get a shower in and not worry about Nash throwing the speakers on the ground or Gray getting tangled up in the kitchen chairs. When they have limits placed on them, they are perfectly happy playing with the toys in the playpen or holding on to the edge and walking around the perimeter. I'm a huge believer in limits fostering creativity.
Gray made it to the top!
Once, I went in to help Nash settle down and go to bed. I just pick him up, give him a hug and a kiss, tell him I love him and lay him back down with his blanket. After I had done the routine, I went to lean in and kiss my sleeping Granger, but his little head popped right up for a kiss from me. He squealed a little bit, let me tuck him in too and went to bed without another sound from either of the boys. I love the little ways they show they love me and still need me. I need them, too.
I have started the idea of weaning the bottle. The boys do alright with sippy cups. They get about 3/4 of their feeding down before losing interest. It will be a gradual change, but I have no doubt they'll do well. They are such independent little boys, I love being their mama.
There are a few things I don't have pictures of that I wanted to remember about this stage:
- We like growling. We get in huge growling matches that can last for 10 minutes at a time. The best is when all three of us get going.
- We also like breathing through our noses. I don't know why that is so cool lately, but it is a common occurrence. We pucker our lips up, squinch up our eyes, and breathe through our noses extra fast. It gets them all riled up and giggly in seconds. So funny!
- Because of trying new foods, we have had a few bouts of diaper rash that have been a little hard to get rid of. One of the ways to combat that is to give them naked time without a diaper on to let things air out. During one of these "naked times", Gray pooped all down the hallway. Luckily neither of them got into it. Today, Nash evened the score by pooping all over the kitchen floor. I would be alright if the score stays 1-1. At least for a while!
- Part of me strongly feels like Nash's diaper rash is a reaction to lactose. Cameron has a slight aversion to lactose and I think Nash takes after him in that way.
- I think I mentioned before that we have discovered our tongues. Gray clicks his tongue, Nash sticks his out constantly and just leaves it there. Trying to grab mama's tongue is a fun game we play.
- Nash snorts when he laughs. Just like me. :) I love that! It cracks me up every single time. I have been tickling the boys like crazy every time I put them down for a nap or for bed. At first I thought it would rile them up too much and they would never calm down, but it's exactly the opposite. It has made going to bed or taking a nap enjoyable. They go to sleep with smiles on their cute little faces.
- For loving food so much, Gray is a really slow eater. He inspects every piece of food carefully before putting it into his mouth, taking it out again, and finally eating it. On the days when I am prepared with dinner for all four of us at the same time, I put food on the boys' trays, then dish Cam and I up. We all eat together. Then I clean up Nash and let him go play. Cam and I clean up the dishes. We talk and play for a little bit. And ten minutes after that Gray is done. He always eats his food, it just takes him a while! 5 months ago I never would have expected that from him!