Walker Hudson

Walker / 7 + 8 Months

Between my freelance business ramping up, planning for MTHR and life with a baby in general -- the last month has been crazy busy for us. I hardly had time to shower regularly let alone write in this blog, which is why I'm coming at you today with Walker's 7 AND 8-month post rolled into one. #momlife

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I know I say this every month but this has been my favorite age so far. He's just so animated and personable now. He has learned how to throw tantrums though, which I find both annoying and hilarious. He'll arch his body backward and kick his legs--full cartoon style. He mainly does this during diaper changes and I'm just like, come on dude, please don't kick me while I'm cleaning poop out of your thigh rolls.

It's also a thing right now where he thinks I am the most comical person in the world. I literally can say "HEY!" and he goes into hysterical laughter. Joel is mad that Walker doesn't know HE'S the actual funny one (which is true) but I'm gonna take what I can get because I just know this kid's first word is going to be "dada." He loooooves Joel and legit looks for him all over the house when he's at work. Sad but also sweet. They play music together and it's 100% my favorite thing to watch them do together. If you follow me on IG, watch my "j + w" Story highlight for some peeks.

He is still absolutely loving food. He much prefers what we're eating to his own baby food which is great but also sucks that I have to share my food now. He's totally mastered the pincer grasp and has graduated to fistfuls of whatever he's eating, going into his mouth. His favorites are bananas and chicken. On Tuesdays, we go and visit Joel at work and I order a plain chicken breast for Walker and a salad for me and we both are happy campers. He still only has his two bottom teeth but has been teething for what feels like eleventy billion years now so I think the tops are coming soon. Once he has teeth on both top and bottom I think I will be less paranoid about him choking to death on chunks of food.

He is now sitting up like a pro and rolling all over the place. If a toy is out of reach he will lean forward and roll onto his tummy to try and get it so I'm thinking he will be crawling soon. The thought of having to babyproof our entire house is daunting but I'm also eager for him to be a bit more mobile so he can follow me around the house instead of screaming when I'm 2 feet out of view. We got him one of those Joovy walkers (Walker in a walker, ha) but he seems to think it's his old door jumper and literally hops around to move instead of you know, walk. Hahah.

I honestly can't believe we're already here, at 8 months. I feel like I get more emotional the older he gets. Before I know it, we'll be planning his first birthday and I know I'm just going to be a hot mess. Thank god for waterproof mascara, right?

Walker / 6 Months

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Somehow, our sweet boy is already half a year old today. I don't know which is more impressive--the fact that I've been able to keep him alive this long or that I've survived motherhood for six months hahah.

I think it was around this time where everyone said we'd settle into our new routine as parents and get used to our new normal. They were right--it's few and far between now where I feel completely panicked and overwhelmed like I did in those early newborn days. I know my son, and he isn't just this babbling, foreign creature anymore. I can tell what cries mean what, I'm able to decipher his moods better and pick up on all of his fun, ever-developing personality traits--I think that's my favorite part, so far. He is SO expressive, it cracks me up.

We've reached quite a few new milestones this month, including two(!) bottom teeth that came in quick succession, plus him being able to pretty much sit up on his own (although he still does have a few timberrrrr moments that catch him by surprise). We also started him on solids and he absolutely loves food, with the exception of split peas and spinach. He LOVES sweet potatoes. He still has not mastered the art of picking up food and putting it in his mouth aka baby led weaning. I've put a few puffs and bits of food on his high chair tray and he'll either smash it around with his hands or stare at it and then at me like, "soooo are you going to put this stuff in my mouth or?" I'm going to start weaning him off the breast completely, which is lightweight devastating because I know I will miss that special time with him. I bawled my eyes out after Joel and I talked about it, but honestly, I know it will be better for our family this way, in the long run. I'm really nervous about how its all going to play out because of his sudden and firm aversion to taking a bottle (STILL) but as so many others and our pediatrician alike have said, if he is hungry he WILL eat. I just feel pretty alone in this dilemma because I've yet to hear from anyone who has gone through this--if you're out there, let me know! I'd love to hear any tips or tricks you might have to get this guy to drink a bottle. I've tried every single kind of bottle brand, different nipple sizes/formulas, a sippy cup...the list goes on. He hates it all. Ugh.

Another thing he is still refusing is rolling over. He's only ever done it twice and absolutely despises tummy time. We still force him to do it every day of course, and I've heard about babies who skip rolling and go right to crawling so maybe that will be us? I know every baby is different but it's still pretty nerve-wracking as a FTM to feel like your kid isn't doing the same things as *everyone* else.

On a more positive note, he's still sleeping pretty good and has even started sleeping through the night! We've still got him in the sleepsuit because why ruin a good thing, amirite? If he's still not rolling over by next month (which is when you're supposed to stop using the suit) I'll just take it away anyway and put him in PJ's/a sleep sack.

I signed us up to try a Stroller Strides class in our area and I'm really excited to see how we like it. I like the fact that I can get a workout in, meet other moms and socialize Walker with other babes, all at once. I'm scheduled to attend next week so I'll keep you all posted on how it goes. Any other Fit4Mom members out there?

Walker / 5 Months

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It's crazy how much can change in just one month's time. I was reading over last month's post and I talked a lot about the struggles we were having with Walker's sleep schedule. I can't even believe I'm typing this but as of a couple weeks, he is officially sleep trained (stay tuned for more on that process on Friday's post)!

I think the biggest lesson I've learned as a mom this month is that babies truly are such smart little creatures of habit and sometimes it's my own apprehensions that get in the way of progress. For example, I was SO worried Walker would have a hard time learning how to go to sleep in unswaddled and in his own crib and kept putting off sleep training, but honestly after just two rough nights of protest (him) and tears (me), he just got the hang of it and now he pretty much falls asleep as soon as he's put down in there. I realize this is subject to change without notice so we're getting all the welcome extra winks we can over here!

He is still refusing to roll over but I'm pretty persistent with tummy time so I know it's coming. I keep telling myself it's taking a while because he's such a chunk -- 17lbs was his last weigh-in at his 4 months wellness check; the doctor said he is the size of a 7mo old! Whoaaa. No wonder my lower back feels like it's constantly on fire. He is 79th percentile for weight and NINETY EIGHTH for height -- he's already 2 and a half feet long and his projected to be at least 6' as an adult (crazy how they can measure that now). I honestly don't know how we made such a solid child.

I'm excited to introduce solids to him in a couple of weeks! I'm partnering with a really great organic baby food company which I'll share more about next month, but I'm really looking forward to getting him started on some actual foods! I can't believe we're already at this stage. Also, not looking forward to what food is going to do to his poops hahaha.

Things he loves this month: babbling/squeaking to anyone who will listen, going for walks in the stroller, playing burrito baby (a game they made up) with dad<3, reaching up and grabbing toys/faces, sitting up and balancing himself to stay upright, facing forward when being held so he can look at ALL THE THINGS, when you blow on him, playing patty cake and laughing after a particularly loud fart.

Walker / 4 Months

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Here I am again, getting to his 4-month write-up halfway to his fifth month haha #momoftheyear I feel like this month has been the craziest (will probably say that every month now). He's learning and GROWING SO much. His next checkup is on Monday and I'm lightweight scared to find out how much more he actually weighs. Any guesses?? I say at least 18lbs, not even kidding. It's not even that he is so much "fat" but he's just so...solid?

He is so close to rolling over from his tummy onto his back and I whip my phone out to record every time I think he's finally about to tip all the way over, but no dice. I mean I can't really blame him with his big ol' noggin' that probably takes up half his body weight. He's grabbing at e v e r y t h i n g including my hair (ouch), face (*melts*) and feet. He LOVES to suck on his toes. Joke's on you, kid -- your toe jam struggle is REAL.

It's so fun to see bits and pieces of his own personality shine through now. He definitely likes to let me know when he's had enough of anything -- milk, tummy time, my singing (hahaha). He stops and makes this face where he furrows his brow and stares at me like, "are you serious, mom?"

Every month there's something new that makes me think, "Well I wish someone would have told me that" and this month it's more of -- you guessed it -- sleep-related stuff. Walker is almost 5 months and still takes sometimes five naps a day and sleeps swaddled. He just officially outgrew the Rock n Play and we're moving his crib into our room ASAP and starting to sleep train soon. I'm sure we're in for a few rough weeks but I'm hoping he transitions smoothly (plz pray 4 us).

More things he loves: playtime with dad (its my favorite watching them), the Hungry Caterpillar book we read every night before bed, taking a shower with mom (SO much easier than a sink bath. I just wear a t-shirt so he doesn't slip around), playing patty-cake and listening to Raffi (still).

I love this sweet boy of mine and I look forward to month 5 which everyone says is one of the best of the first year!

Walker / 3 Months

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Okay, I feel like I JUST wrote his 2 month post *insert crying emoji* but here we are--another month along! This is my favorite monthly photo yet -- just look at that baby mohawk! And expression! And Christmas pajamas! I can't with him sometimes.

Reading over my last post, I talked about how sleep was still a problem area and I'm happy to report we've gotten on a much more consistent (for now) schedule with that. Most days he doesn't even make it to the 90-minute mark of awake time before getting sleepy and wanting to nap again (fine by me!) He also goes down for the night around 8 pm and wakes only once -- sometimes twice which is AWESOME. Although, a lot of the time my boobs get super engorged as a result (TMI) which is uncomfortable. But isn't getting up to pump in the middle of the night defeating the purpose? Will they just start regulating themselves? Mamas out there, your input on this is welcome. I'm just afraid of developing mastitis or a clogged duct again so reaaaaally trying to avoid that at all costs. I had mentioned over on Instagram how I was wanting to move him into his own room/crib now that he's getting a little too big for the Rock N Play (hello, 14lb, 24in child) however, after getting some feedback about that I emailed my pediatrician and it was his recommendation that we keep him in our room for the first six months sooo, we put him back in our room. But hey, he did pretty good at sleeping in his crib those couple of days so that's a good sign for when we are ready to make the switch.

Notable milestones this month include giggling (SO CUTE OMG), discovering new sounds with his voice (squeal-crying: NOT so cute), leaning forward to grab his toes, recognizing his name when we call him, holding his head up pretty well now and continuing to grow, grow, grow. His "put away" clothes bin is now more full than this "clothes to put out" one and it makes me sad.

Christmas is next week and I don't know if its the stress of the season or what but I've been experiencing more anxiety than usual, as of late. I just get easily overwhelmed which I'm sure is all par for the course but I'm definitely keeping aware of my emotional health. I know a lot of fellow moms who suffer from PPD/PPA so I know I've got resources and support when I need them. I'm just focusing on making this a special time for my little family (even though Walker will literally remember nothing of his first Christmas ha).

I'm definitely looking forward to the new year and am excited to see what month four brings. I can't believe January marks the one year anniversary of finding out I was pregnant! Time can just go ahead and slow down now, please.