Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Playing catch up

9 months!

What a crazy couple of weeks we've had. Nothing major just lots of little things here and there. We went to Wichita over the weekend and it was wonderful. We had my parents all to ourselves for the first time in I don't know how long. They got to just enjoy Brock and all his new tricks. They hadn't seen him since before Christmas so it was long over due. He loved being with them and had so much fun. I loved seeing him interact with my Dad. I took a mental picture of them sitting in my dad's computer chair (his favorite place) and looking at pictures together. They both looked so happy and content, it was a moment I never want to forget.

Brock has been full on army crawling ALL OVER the house. We mostly stay in the basement where there are fewer temptations for trouble for the little man. He likes to squeeze into small spaces he shouldn't be in and play with anything that is not a baby toy. He's exploring and testing his new trick, along with our limits and it's amazing to watch.

He has been a little more drawn to 'mama' lately and I gotta say, secretly - well maybe not so secretly, I love it! He's been such a daddy's boy so far and now he seems to want mama. I'm soaking it up as much as I can.

He has started getting himself up on all fours and rocking back and forth. We think he'll be full out crawling any day now! Not sure that we're ready, but it'll be fun to watch him. He has also added the word 'baby' to his vocabulary somehow. We don't think he knows what it means, but he sure likes to say it! He also laughs all the time. He's always been a smiley happy baby, but even more so lately.

He now eats 'big boy' meals. In Wichita we even ordered off a restaurant menu for him for the first time! He had a non-buttered grilled cheese sandwich from Freddie's! LOL! Wellllll, he had parts of it. But, we let him eat more big boy foods and are starting to wean him off the baby foods as he seems to prefer the 'real' stuff. He picks up Gerber puffs and Cheerios  like a champ, but any other foods, he's not that great at picking up yet. He can pick them up, but the texture usually weirds him out and he either drops it or throws it. It's a work in progress for sure!

We go to the doctor tomorrow for his 9 month check up and will report back his official 9 month stats!

Lastly, I want to take a few minutes to write down a few little things he's doing right now that I never want to forget.
1. Getting excited for the 'Hot Dog' song on Mickey Mouse Club House - every morning, Brock lays on our bed while I get ready for work. We put MMCH on the tv and he watches bits and pieces but mostly plays....UNTIL the very end when they do the 'Hot Dog' dance. He'll stop whatever he is doing and watch. He smiles, laughs and sometimes even bobs his head. We can even sing the 'Hot Dog' song to him away from that and he lights up!

2. Sounds - I swear this kid will end up a comedian or voice over artist. He has more 'characters' than any baby I've ever seen! He has his super high voice, his 'roar' voice, his regular voice, his 'gargle' voice, his 'machine gun' voice, etc. He has all these different sounds, noises, voices, etc that he makes and it's so cute! Some definitely more than others, but we love them all!

3. Being camera shy - He can be laughing or smiling like a mad man and as soon as you pull out a camera (video or still) he freezes. He takes it so seriously. He's started closing his eyes at our big picture b/c of the flash, but even when you turn it off, he still closes his eyes when you hold it up. It's hilarious!

4. Sock ninja - His main goal in life right now, is taking off his socks. Sometimes they are off before we even leave the house in the morning, or he takes them off in the car (yes, totally strapped into the carseat - I told you, the kid is a ninja). Things got to an all new low when we were at girls night with all my friends and their babies and he started taking Madison's socks off! I don't know what the kid has against socks, but we're starting to give up even fighting it anymore.

Those are just a few little things he does that I always want to remember!

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