This month Hugo celebrated his first Christmas (ex-utero), mastered crawling & pulling up, erupted two teeth, started using a spoon and has enjoyed babbling a little more!
We had two holidays: one week in Canberra with Marnie’s parents and three weeks at Andrew’s parents home where we had lots of swimming practice.
We watched him go from being up on all fours with a little movement to confidently crawling. He is able to stop mid crawl on pick up a toy while balancing on three limbs.
Then Hugo progressed to standing up and even letting go with one hand. I love to watch the concentration on his face when he is pulling up to standing. Also watching him harness the power of his leg muscles to pull him up!
Now nothing is off limits, he will attempt to climb up anything, frequently getting himself into trouble with objects that move or fall on him!
Eva is taking some time getting used to this new Hugo but overall she is managing quite well. She is just learning that she has to keep things safe that she doesn’t want him to touch. Of course inevitably she wants whatever he has just gotten hold of. We have asked her to give Hugo something in exchange for the toy if she really has to play with it. Of course the exchange token is usually the closest object and often not what he is interested in but it’s a start in the sibling negotiation process.
Two lower teeth are visible however I’m sure that there are more to follow shortly. Of course anything that he can dig his teeth and gums into is most welcome these days.
Hugo’s solid food adventure continues to be fun. His self feeding is getting so much more successful and accurate. We added self feeding with a spoon this month which is predictably very messy but he is already improving his aim.
Earlier in the month he really discovered his voice with mama and nana added to the dada that he was already saying. However now that he is so mobile the babbling has taken a back seat in his overworked brain and we don’t hear as much now.
Hugo’s personality is really starting to become more obvious now. When entering a room of people he doesn’t get scared and is happy to go to others but he is very quiet and pensive. After a few minutes he warms up and delivers the smiles that everyone enjoys. Also he doesn’t seem to be bothered so much by hunger but when he is tired he will really let us know. Also he doesn’t cope with being hot at all!
Sleep has certainly not been his number one priority this month which saddens his parents a lot. With several moves during holidays, hot weather, pesky teeth piercing through and major developmental steps being reached it’s no surprise that he wants to see me for reassurance. It’s tiring but as my last baby sometimes I enjoy those quiet moments at 2am and I know that it will get better with time.
Yesterday was his 8 month check up (his corrected age, yes he should slow down, I know) and he weighed in at 7.82kg. I was a little surprised that it was only a 455g increase as he certainly feels heavier but maybe that’s just because he is getting stronger.
Although I try not to compare them, to put his weight into perspective for us, 2 years ago when Eva was 14 months (11 months corrected) she weighed 7.705kg. Hugo is 67cm and Eva was 73cm. I think that currently they have the same size upper arm to give more perspective! She also cut her first teeth while we were house sitting at Gran and Pop’s.
Hugo 9 months January 2012 - Eva 14.5 months January 2010
We look forward to the next month with some trepidation as the bumps and bruises are destined to appear daily with the new adventurous behaviours Hugo is determined to practice.