Saturday, July 19, 2014

Shep's at 3/4 of a year!

Shepherd, in his nine months of glory, has really made some strides this past

He has transitioned to not just pureed foods, but now eats fork-mashed veggies, ground meats, and whole bits of fruit. He is still figuring out how to chew as he still doesn't have any teeth, but he is getting the hang of it. Every once in a while he gets that choking coughing action, which initially gets me in a panic, but then he always laughs and coughs it out. As a side note, I work with people all day long with swallowing disorders so I immediately go in to professional mode with Shep and start modifying his diet. I, then, always have to promote his diet and let him try that cut up nectarine again. I've learned that he isn't actually choking on these foods, he is learning how to manage bigger foods than he has every experienced. My chosen profession, speech language pathology, may be my best attribute as a mom, but it may also be my worst.

He has started self feeding with yogurt bites, cheerios, fruit, etc... He picks up the food with his pincers, but to actually get it into his mouth he ends up with it in his palm and at least 3-4 fingers in his mouth. When he gets tired during a feeding, he normally wipes his mouth, rubs his eyes, then swishes his grimy fingers through his hair and looks at me with those big I'm-not-tired-but-I-don't-know-what-I-want-eyes. This happens at least once a day. Then I proceed to wipe his entire body down, before he just completely melts down. It is funny how exhausting eating is, but to calm him down or distract him, my "go to" is yogurt bites. Eating those will normally distract him enough to get through whatever we are trying to do to actually deal with what he really needs - nap, a bottle, etc.. So thankful for these little inventions of baby snacks!

He is SO close to crawling, he just has to wrap his mind around the concept. He gets on all fours constantly, goes to his belly, then back to a sitting position. He will reach for something on his belly and possibly inch forward a little, but then he goes back to sitting every time. He has, however, moved backwards in the crawling position several times. As you can imagine, this just absolutely sends Shep in to fits. He is putting forth all this effort to move away from the object he so desperately desires to reach. I wouldn't quite say he is crawling yet, but he somehow gets around the rug in our living room - enough that we definitely have to keep one eye on him all the time.

He has started the thunk-&-dive stage. He has dove in to our GLASS tv stand, which we so happen to have on video. My husband was so excited to record Shepherd's first success at pulling up only to realize he was actually capturing one of his first nose-dives. He has since then, dove from one sink full of water to the other - that was not pretty.  He was standing against  a chair in the public library while I picked out a book and thunked his head against a table behind him when he lost his balance. There has been so many thunks unaccounted for here as Josh watches Shep during the day, but rest assured, he actually has no bumps or bruises. He is easily appeased, thankfully, and stops crying when distracted with a loud toy or hand clapping.

He has recently learned to hand clap. So multiple times a day he incorporates all of his skills by clapping, blowing raspberries, and shaking his head "no no no" all at the same time. I have a feeling he is going to be really good at the whole rub your belly while you pat your head trick.

Our lives have been on the go as we went to Texas and visited our new baby cousin Zoey Paulette Mitchell. Then Josh and I were both in Jeff and Anne Corey Reed's wedding. The wedding festivities started on a Wednesday, people! Those Harlan county folk know how to throw a wedding! But Shep was a trooper through it all. I don't think he minded me doing the WOP dance with him on my back in his carrier. He'll learn his parents haven't really slowed down a whole lot since he was born, and I can already tell he has our nature.

Well, this post went a little longer than anticipated so I'll have to post later about "how I know I'm a mom since everyone keeps telling me I look like one."

Enjoy some major cuteness from Sheppy below:

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