It’s been all crawling (preferably with a toy in his mouth, we’re not sure where he learned it because even our dog rarely does it) and pulling up to standing around here (the short video below demonstrates these). Standing is easily Curly’s greatest joy these days…he always looks so pleased with himself when he does it, and has been pulling up on the coffee table, the couch, the entertainment unit, the pack n’ play…whatever he can. He’s so close to cruising as well, especially when the dog is a little bit out of his reach on the couch. He’s certainly keeping us on our toes.
Daycare starts this week, but a short trial period. He’ll go for an hour tomorrow, and then 9-noon on Thursday. If all goes well, he’ll begin full time on Monday, with another half day on Tuesday because of a well-baby appointment. When he was 6 months old, the pediatrician told us to make his next appointment prior to 9 months if he was still having trouble staying awake more than 1-2 hours between naps. At 7 months, he was still having the same trouble so we made the appointment a month earlier. Now at nearly 8 months, he’s finally able to stay awake 2-4 hours between naps (typically 2-3 hours). But the appointment is already set and since we need the doctor to sign some immunization forms for daycare, it all works out.
The daycare provider told us to write down what his schedule has been like while at home and any other details she might need to know. I feel like I could fill a small book with details and quirks about our son. Like how he prefers to take a bottle while sitting on your lap facing outwards, and having your hands on either side of his face keeps him from turning his head back and forth to look at things constantly. Like how he will practically be falling asleep doing whatever he’s doing and the second you put him in the crib, he’ll start standing and talking like he’s a one-man act before he finally takes a nap. Like how carrying him around on your hip usually soothes him, but trying to cuddle him while you’re sitting hardly ever works. But these and many others are things she and her assistant are going to have to learn. I just need to keep reminding myself that they’ve been at this for years and years, and they’ve most likely seen it all.
And now for a little Curly…