This year is flying you guys! I think it feels even faster than Mo's first year. Or maybe not, maybe it's all just fast all the damn time. Yeah, that's probably it. So here we are, Drum is 8 months old, two thirds of the way to one year.
Mo | Drum
I've already started thinking about his first birthday party! Apparently Golden Birthdays are not a thing everywhere, but in our family we like to celebrate the day when you turn the age of the date you were born. So Mo's Golden Birthday will be when she turns 14 because she was born on January 14. But Drum was born November 1, so his Golden Birthday is his first birthday! I'm going to do a gold theme for his party. Not that I ever go all out for birthday parties, I'm just not good at that, but I do think it'll be fun to have some golden touches when we celebrate.
Anyway! That's four months away. Hopefully four loooong months.
Drum has made some pretty big leaps this month. On the day he turned eight months, he figured out how to clap and he is so proud of his new trick. Probably because we are all so thrilled every time he does it! I remember thinking that it was the cutest thing that had ever happened when Mo started clapping, and now Drum's clapping is a dead tie for cutest. He claps on his own all the time, but also any time anyone says "clap clap clap" or even "yaaay!" He just loves to celebrate. He's also figuring out how to wave. He'll study my hand very intently, trying to learn, and I'll see his little hand start to move. Again, adorable.
He's rolling all over the place now. He learned to roll to his tummy a long time ago, but could never get back over. Now he rolls and scoots all over, especially when he's in his crib. He can get from seated to to his tummy (it was fun to watch him figure this one out over a couple days), he gets up on his hands and knees and rocks back and forth, and sometimes pushes up on his toes. He's not pulling up yet, but he's pretty strong on his feet if you prop him against something. He also zooms all over in his little walker. Mo and I like to call him the crazy driver! Drum has amazing posture. Have I mentioned that? He has a very long torso, and when he sits, he's usually rod straight. It's impressive!
Drum is eating a lot of solid foods and so far likes everything he's tried. Mike makes him pureed fruits and veggies, and he also gets little bits of other table foods. He's figuring out how to use a sippy cup. He loves to drink water, and he can get a sippy cup into his mouth, but he can't figure out how to tip it back enough to drink.
We moved him up to a big boy car seat a couple weeks ago. He got Mo's old convertible seats, so Mo got two new seats. This time we bought a Graco seat that goes from a 5-point harness to a highback booster to a backless booster, so hopefully she won't need anymore seats. I can't believe we waited so long to transition Drum actually. When I referenced journals from Mo's babyhood, turns out we moved them at the exact same time, except Drum is several pounds and inches bigger than Mo was. He was too heavy to be lugging around in an infant carrier a long time ago, but he wasn't quite sturdy enough to not be in one. Now though, he can sit in a shopping cart, etc. so we ditched the carrier.
Mo on the left, Drum on the right.
He also finally got a tooth. Sort of! He went through a couple weeks of grumpiness, which was a little tough because Mo was a pretty undramatic teether. Drum wasn't inconsolable, but he was persistently fussy and clearly uncomfortable. Finally a few days ago we felt a little tooth poking through.
Drum loves stuffed animals just like Mo did and still does. Sometimes when we lay him down he'll momentarily get mad, but if we hand him a stuffed animal he immediately smiles and hugs it to himself. His favorite at the moment is a little monkey that we keep in his crib. His other comfort is rubbing his head. When he nurses, his little hand automatically goes up to his head where he either rubs his hair or just rests his hand. The other day I got him up in the morning, and he was still pretty sleepy so he stayed asleep in my arms. That never happens anymore - I can't get him to sleep in my arms if I try - so it was really sweet. It's funny how during those first few months he would ONLY sleep in my arms and it was exhausting. I knew it would change quickly and I'd miss having him snooze there, and sure enough, here we are. So those small moments where I get to hold my sleeping baby in my arms are very special.
One of my favorite things is to watch the relationship between Mo and Drum. Drum is endlessly fascinated and entertained by her, and Mo is so sweet. She has never shown anything but love toward him. She snuggles him, kisses and hugs him, brings him toys, makes him laugh. Siblings are such a gift, and I'm so fortunate I was able to give them this special relationship, this lifelong friend!
This has been a truly amazing month. I was reading about Mo at this age and it was the same thing. There must be something about this stage, it's magical and wonderful. I've been traveling a lot for work and I've missed out on some time with my babes, but I feel like our time together is all the more special. Drum has really bonded to me lately. He's always loved me, but for awhile I felt a little sad that I wasn't his favorite, that he didn't want me over anyone else the way Mo had. But in the last few weeks he's discovered that mom is the best ever. He gets excited to see me, upset if I don't grab him right away, sometimes even jealous if he wants me and I've got Mo already.
I love it. I love him. He's my Boo Bear!