We just got back from Otto’s 6-month appointment today, so I wanted to write everything down before I forgot! I am not ready for this baby to grow up. Our pediatrician said as we left, “Just think—the next time you’re here he’ll be crawling!” All the nopes on that one. I need him to stay little. I can’t really tell you why, but I have learned these 2.5 years of being a parent that time is fleeting. And this time when he is so little, the last baby, feels very special. I’m holding on as much as I can.
Weight – 17 lbs 14 oz
Height – 27.5″
Head – 18″
Teeth – 0
Diaper Size – 3
Sleeping Through The Night? – Yes (But still in his Rock ‘n Play—oops!)
Likes: Watching his brothers play, kicking in the water, eating purees, napping on mama, playing hide ‘n seek, bouncing up and down, touching Biggie’s fur, gnawing on his blanket and looking outside
Dislikes: Diaper changes, being put down for a nap, loud noises, getting strapped into his car seat, when mom ends nursing sessions
Otto is a hoot! He’s got the best faces. And he gives us these “Y’all are crazy” stares all the time. I think he is going to be a little jokester—I swear he knows what makes us laugh. His big trick right now is blowing raspberries while eating, which sprays food everywhere, which gets all of us smiling and laughing. He gets a kick out of it.
Overall, he’s a very calm baby (thank goodness!). He’s really along for the ride, which is good, because it feels like we’re moving a mile a minute all of the time. He’s outspoken though—and will let you know when he needs more attention or if he’s ready to move on. He laugh-screeches for us in the morning to come get him and it’s the sweetest thing. I’ve mentioned this before, but the kid knows how to command the attention of the room. A select few have been lucky to hear his glass-shattering Mariah Carey-style scream. (It’s actually pretty impressive.)
His favorite thing to do right now is to stand on our knees, with his legs locked, and then let go and bounce up and down for as long as you’ll let him. He squeals and giggles the whole time, especially when he’s with his daddy.
LIFE WITH BROTHERS
Both Nixon and Teller are beyond sweet with Otto. They talk about Otto all the time. When Otto starts to fuss, the boys act like it is a national emergency and yell, “Baby crying!” as they rush to his side. Soothing includes throwing a blanket over his head or shoving a paci in his mouth (don’t worry, there are interventions that take place).
Teller is often sitting next to me while I’m feeding Otto and I’ll look over to Teller holding Otto’s hand or patting his arm. It is beyond sweet. And I hope it stays this way when Otto gets mobile. I keep telling myself that the big boys are so used to a life of sharing that adding a third person to lay claim on toys won’t be as big of a deal (maybe?).
And Otto is incredibly curious about his brothers. His head is on a swivel, whipping back and forth, as he watches them zoom around the house. He drools over what they eat, he laughs when they laugh and he’s just generally ready to get in there and play. He will have to wait a few more months, but he’s almost there.
FOOD & NURSING
We just started him on some purees this month and my gosh—he is a fan. He smacks his lip and opens his mouth wide for more. His favorite so far appears to be prunes and as you can imagine, stretches my laundry skills to new heights. 🙂 He also is loving pumpkin and mango. We got the OK to add in some variety today at our appointment, so we’re about to go full throttle into the world of “real food” and some of the handheld stuff. I wouldn’t consider myself a BLW (baby-led weaning) mom at all, but I’ll let him suck on a banana or another type of fruit if he reaches for it.
And from a nursing perspective, Otto is my first baby that has been 100% breast milk fed. I pumped for the boys and supplemented, so this “all in” thing has been a whole new adventure for me. Do I love it? Yes. Do I want it to be over? Yes! Ha! I don’t do a ton of nursing in public because Otto is a very, erhm, passionate eater and him nursing sort of looks like I’m wrestling a crocodile under my shirt, which isn’t a great look. I’m thankful for a pretty big freezer stash that saves me from some of those moments.
Also, not sure this is worth nothing but I’m not a “breast is best” snob AT ALL—I’m so laid back about the whole thing in general (just feed your baby whichever way works best for you—no biggie), but the whole nursing thing has been a personal challenge/goal of mine that I’m glad I’m still doing.
ADDING IN A THIRD BABY
Y’all. Going from two to three is no joke (and doing so in 2 years was also aggressive lol). Everything they say about adding a third is true. It took a long time for us to get into a routine, and we’re still working out the kinks. The biggest daily hurdle is being outnumbered, particularly when we are wanting to get out of the house and go to some kind of event as a family. The boys are still young enough that they need to be watched close/need assistance and Otto is well… a baby. Otto is actually the easiest part—it’s keeping the other two together and safe that gets tricky. Aaron is usually chasing the big kids (and they run in opposite directions), while Otto is strapped to me. I can chase, but I can only do so much with a baby on me. And when I have to stop to feed the baby? Oh boy… it’s a little nuts!
But even with all of those challenges, we try to get out of the house a lot. No matter how painful or inconvenient it might be. We need to exist and participate in the outside world in order to feel normal. We’ve truly had a great summer and we didn’t feel like shut-ins at all, which I’m thrilled about because I was sure it would be the exact opposite. That being said—those outings all come with a serious dose of “oh my gosh, this is hard” (ask us about our camping trip, or our weekend at the lake), but we’re always glad we did it.
I’ll be back at 12 month (in 2018! Eep!) with another Otto update, and my big boys are actually 2.5 as of today, so I’ve got another update to write. This blog is sort of acting as my baby book (I try to do updates every 6 months) and I am so thankful to have these posts to look back on!
We love you so much Otto boy. If feels like just yesterday you were born a St. Paddy’s Day baby and now we’re so excited to show you what mom and dad’s favorite season is all about.