Wesley is almost 9 months old! This post has taken me forever to write! I started it before he turned 8 months old and now I will be lucky to get this posted before he turns 9 months.
Wesley is all boy, always on the go, and already mischievous. He is at a stage where he chews on everything and everything goes into his mouth. I even had to put a PSA out there not to let him put his mouth to anyone’s cause he is a baby and doesn’t know better but no one’s mouth/lips should touch his. I get bitten on a daily basis because he has gotten 3 teeth and number 4 is currently cutting in. He even tries to bite my toes if he can see them! He began crawling the week before he turned 7 months and now he is pulling up on everything, cruising on the furniture and behind his walker, even if he isn’t always super graceful. I have a feeling that walking will be in the not so distant future. We have learned to wave and at times clap but not all the time. Now we are waiting for that first word to be said.
Once Wesley started crawling and pulling up on everything we had to start baby proofing the house. We installed plug covers and baby gates as well as a gate around our fireplace to keep him from hitting his head. I also bought furniture straps to use on his dressers so that he can’t pull them over. The living room has essentially turned into the baby play room since I can keep him contained there. There is one extension cord that runs behind a chair that basically plugs in everything, the lamp, my computer, phone charger and there is no other plug I can use for these things that is behind the fireplace gate. Wesley is like a homing pigeon. He goes back to that power strip over and over again no matter how many times I tell him no, pick him up and move him away from it. I keep trying to think of a way to block it off with a piece of furniture or something so he can’t get to it. When I tell him no he also laughs at me so clearly the terrible two’s and teenage years are looking great!
Last we checked about three weeks ago, Wesley was 17lbs 7oz and 27 1/2 inches long but I know he is heavier than that now. He eats solids twice a day and LOVES puffs. He also thinks anything that I am eating is for him as well. He takes bites of anything that I am eating that isn’t spicy. He has tried pancakes, biscuit, cookie-he pitched fit what could I do??, ice cream sandwich, popsicle, brisket, Cheese fritter which he didn’t care for and a couple of other things.
We went to Litchfield Beach with Will’s family for the annual family beach trip for the week of the fourth. Wesley is clearly my child since he loved the beach and probably clocked more hours on it than any of us. We would get up in the morning and go down to the beach at 10, he we drink his bottle and fall asleep in his stroller under the tent for 1-2 hours then play in his baby pool under the tent for a while before having another bottle and taking another nap about two o’clock for another 1-2 hours. He took his naps all week on the beach and played in the sand and surf. He was the best! He almost made it through the fireworks without waking up but after an hour of booms he woke up. Our neighbors had to have spent thousands on fireworks. It was as good as any firework show I have seen. Wesley also got to try some of my popsicle, and an ice cream sandwich. I may have created a monster! He got to meet and play with all of his cousins from Will’s side of the family at the beach and they had so much fun together.
Will’s sister does photography and she took some pictures for us while we were there as well and I am in love with them! They turned out so good, but Wesley also makes it easy. He is just in such a good mood 99% of the time even when its past his bedtime and he spent the entire day on the beach getting worn out. Here are some of the pictures that we took at the beach.
Currently we have hit the 8 month sleep regression which has been ROUGH, Wesley went from maybe waking up once a night, sometimes sleeping through the night, to waking up multiple times a night and refusing to be put back down in his crib or he screams, cries, and hyperventilates himself. I am not one who is into co-sleeping but when he starts freaking out like this and I can’t get him to go back down he ends up in our bed. This is not a habit I want to start or continue with, but for now it’s how I get enough sleep to survive. Wesley has also been cutting his top two teeth to make four teeth total. He got the first two in early June as I was about to get out of school. Wesley is absolutely fine going to anyone, I don’t think he has ever met a stranger but for about a week if you set him down and walked away he would freak out. Thank you separation anxiety! All of these lovely things hit around the 8 month mark.
Last Thursday my parents, Wesley and I were supposed to head to Memphis to see my brother and and sister in law. They met Wesley at Christmas but hadn’t gotten to see him since and we had never been to Memphis so Wesley and I crashed their trip. As we were loading the car to leave for Memphis, I was in the kitchen gathering bottles for Wesley and heard a thud and ran out to the livingroom to find my mom on the ground holding her arm. She was coming down the stairs and thought she was on the last one and fell. Her arm was very painful so we took her to Urgent care and they did an X-ray and she had broken her arm!! They put it in a sling and an orthopedist said she needed to be seen in a week. So the trip started off with a BANG! We didn’t know if we were going to be able to still go but she was a trooper and said we are doing it. So we got a late start but made it to memphis with one short little meltdown in Atlanta thanks to a poopy diaper.
We had a lot of fun in Memphis. We went to see where my brother works and where they are building a house at way too much good food, went to see the ducks walk at the Peabody Hotel which of course ended up with my brother finding the loudest toy in the gift shop that “Wesley said” he had to have. My sister In law Caroline is an amazing hostess. She had robes, slippers, bathroom supplies, got Wesley an Adorable hooded lion towel, bought him toys to play with and puffs etc. I promise I will be stepping my game up guys!
From Memphis we drove to Indiana to see my grandma who had not gotten to meet Wesley yet. He did really well on the way to her house in the car and when we got there he got to meet my Grandma, my Aunt Deanna, cousin Kristin and her little girl Karlyn who is about to become a big sister. It was so nice to get to see them all and catch up in person for the first time in like two years! After spending the night there we then drove back to Greenville.
Total we hit 11 states on our trip, Wesley slept through a good chunk of them but managed to have a FULL ON meltdown the last 15 minutes in the car. This is a small taste of the pre meltdown and the crazy duck toy he got at the gift shop that sings, flaps and hops.
My dad was in the back seat with him and he tried everything to calm him, and then we had to pull out the dancing duck from the Peabody gift shop. After playing it multiple times he calmed down but then my dad wiped fuzz off of Wesley face and all hell broke loose! I called Will to let him know that we were coming in hot so he could move my parents car and be prepared for the screams that were bringing
Overall we had a good trip and Wesley handled the long stretches in the car extremely well.
He made friends pretty much every pit stop we made including the nice Sheriff’s officers that stopped to make sure we were ok on the side of the exit ramp in the mountains. They laughed when we said we had to make a diaper stop but there was NOTHING around us to stop at so I think they were used to people pulling over there. He flirted with the ladies at Wendy’s and at brunch anyone who sat beside us he entertained. Our waitress couldn’t help but get her hands on him he was flirting so much.
Wesley is just growing up so quickly and it’s amazing to watch but it is so true babies don’t keep. I miss my little baby sometimes but I love his little personality and seeing him learn all of these new things.
Keep your eyes out for a post soon about my baby essentials and items that I didn’t love or could have lived without.