It’s been super busy in the Den this past month, so I thought I would give a run-down on the goings-on as of late.
Bean turned 6 months on Sunday! I can hardly believe it has been half a year since our sweet blessing came into our lives. It also marks 6 months of exclusively breastfeeding, which was our third big nursing goal (the first was 6 weeks, the second was 3 months). He has his 6 month check-up this week, and I'm positive that his pediatrician will be more than pleased with his progress.
Bean is all but crawling now. He has figured out how to get his legs and arms going at the same time, he just needs to get his belly off the floor. Regardless of his looking like an octopus, he moves from one end of the room to the other at an incredible rate.
He is also putting everything in his mouth. Everything. If it is within his arm’s reach, he WILL grab it, and if he can manage to hold onto whatever it is long enough, and it is a movable object, it will almost always go straight into his mouth. Occasionally, he will stop and observe the object, turning it over and over in his hands with the sweetest, most contemplative look ever. I adore moments like these, when he is discovering. You can almost see the cogs turning in his head, right before said object gets covered in slobber.
You probably guessed that he’s teething, since everything is going into his mouth. Some days are much harder than others. Most of the time, Bean is still the happy, thoughtful baby he’s been since birth. But, some days, he wants nothing but mama. I get frustrated, especially when I’m tired and/or there’s a lot of work that needs to be done, but I try to take a deep breath and remember that 1) I’m going to long for these days and these snuggles some day, 2) I’m blessed to be a stay-at-home-mom for now, and not a lot of moms these days can say that, and 3) the work will get done, eventually, and is not a priority. Amber necklace, teething tablets, and babywearing have all been lifesavers through this teething process. No, no teeth yet.
We gave Bean his first taste of food on Thanksgiving, which he promptly spit back out. It was a fingertip of mashed sweet potatoes (nothing added), and he didn’t seem to mind the taste, he just couldn’t figure out why it was in his mouth! We plan on giving him something around Christmas and we’ll see how he does then. We don’t want to force anything, but we do want to give him the option if he is ready. We’re not taking his grabbing at food as the only cue, since he grabs at everything, and used as the only indicator, it’s a poor one. He is sitting up unassisted for slightly longer periods of time now, but still ends up toppling over in under a minute. It’s so funny when he does, though, because it’s almost like Baywatch slow-motion!
I was able to wear jeans comfortably this past weekend for the first time since Bean’s arrival, which was a huge thing for me. Since the top of the jeans rest just above my incision, it has been painful to wear them. I know a part of that was that I had not yet dropped the baby weight. However, I do believe I’m within a handful of pounds away from pre-baby weight! I wouldn’t be able to say for sure, because I slipped up and started weighing myself several times a day again, so I asked Bear to hide the scale for me. I just feel lighter.
Before I had Bear hide the scale, I went a couple weeks without touching it, and was less concerned what I ate, and more concerned that I ate. In that time, I did lose about 5 lbs, but as soon as I started stepping on the scale, the weight loss stopped. I’m trying very hard to remember that I not only need my calories, but Bean’s as well.
I have been inundated with crochet orders, which has been awesome! And awesomely overwhelming. One friend found out that I crocheted and asked me to make a blanket for her daughter. Then a few more found out and asked for blankets as well. Then more found out and asked if I could make other things! So far, in the past few months, I’ve made 4 blankets (2 more still in progress), 5 hooded capes, 10 hooded cowls (4 more still in progress), a 10 piece amigurumi (stuffed crochet toys) fruit and veggie set, 2 pairs of long-legged wool diaper covers (another pair is almost done), approximately 30 star Christmas ornaments, a couple cowls, ear warmers, leggings… I’m sure I’m forgetting something! The couch is surrounded by fluctuating mounds of yarn and half-completed projects. I currently live with a crochet hook in my hand. I am SO thankful for all of the work that I’ve been given, as it has allowed me to continue to stay home with Bean. I’ve just been a little overwhelmed, and it has taken temporary priority over the blog, since most of the orders have been requested for Christmas. After Christmas (and a bit of a vacation from the hook), I plan to create stock and open a legit store on this website.
Bear has been working, working, working, as well as helping me keep up with the house, since most of my time is spent snuggling Bean and the rest is spent crocheting. He’s even helped me with a little bit of crafting! I’m so thankful to have such a multitalented partner in crime! We have big plans for our near future, though until we start heading in that direction, it’s a secret ;)
Mama Bear of one Baby Bear, Bean, who both love Papa Bear, and live in a crafty, gluten-free cozy den.