Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Fantastic Fourth: Month 9

 Felix is 9 months old! Already and Only all at the same time!

Felix has officially sprouted his first two teeth between last month (when they were juuuuuust poking through). I think there might be some top tooth action, but we don't have anything other than a swollen, bulging gum.  Felix is quite a good eater, though, and does NOT have the patience to be fed by anyone other than himself.  Sometimes, he's not even patient enough for that!  He really likes the vegetable/fruit squeezies that we let the older kids have before bed, and when he sees them (and doesn't get one) he gets very upset.

Felix has been surfing the furniture and walking around with push-toys this month. I haven't seen him try to stand without holding on to anything yet, but I've heard he does it.  If he starts walking this month, he'll be following the pattern of each consecutive child walking 2 months before the previous.  This must be a sibling survival feature! 

Felix doesn't like to be left out. He is very vocal, and insists on being heard if anyone else is talking. He doesn't feel the need to talk when it's actually quiet, though. He waits until someone starts talking and then interjects his grunts and squeals. He especially likes joining in during Mass--mostly when it's only Father talking, and not during the times when everyone joins in.

Felix really enjoys his siblings, and they really love him. Astrid seeks him out for comfort if she's upset. Sometimes all it takes is a hug to help her calm down.  Gretchen gets to spend every day with him at daycare, and she seems to enjoy referring to him as her "baby." She updates me on how often he doesn't have dry pants over the course of the day.  Holt likes reading to Felix (and I don't even mean pretend reading--the kid can actually read now!). 

Felix is very funny, likes to sleep, and keeps us all entertained.

Happy 9 months!

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Fantastic Fourth: Month 8

Our funny Felix is 8 months old!
Felix is such a fun and happy boy!  He has recently started talking (nonstop) and, of course, says about every syllable sound except for "ma ma ma!" Joseph is four for four on kids saying "da da da da" as their first babble-word!  It's okay, though--I don't blame them!  He is pretty great!
Felix, right now, is the easiest of the four kids.  He's happy the most.  He sleeps the best.  He keeps himself occupied....if he could just feed himself, we'd let him babysit the other three!
Felix is up and surfing along furniture, crawling on all fours, and almost riding on his little push-along toys on his own.  He likes to bounce, and doesn't sit still very well or for very long. 
Felix started clapping and jabbering (appropriately, at his very first OKC Energy soccer game!), and has broken his first tooth on the bottom.  He likes baths, and also being in the pool; except he likes to lick everything, so we have to watch him really closely of he'll stick his face into the water.
Felix seems to be the fan favorite, and his sisters and brother love him very much.
Happy 8 months, Felix!  You're 2/3 of the way through year one!

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Fantastic Fourth: Month 7

July snuck up on us, and Felix is 7 months old!
Since it seems like June flew by, it's hard to even remember how Felix has changed in this past month.  He is sitting up fully unsupported.  He is crawling around very well (imagine the butterfly stroke, only out of the water).  He is chowing down the level 2 baby foods (although I think he does a better job with these for anyone who isn't me). 
Felix is still sleeping like a champ, standing up (but not quite surfing), blowing raspberries like his job, and laughing at his siblings.  He has had his hair trimmed around his ears, his wardrobe consists almost entirely of onsies, I can count on one hand the number of times we've put shoes on him, and he likes to chew on anything fabric.
Felix is beginning the phase of noticing when you leave him, and his little cry is so sad!  The good news is that his siblings are all very good at cheering him up.  The bad news is they've all discovered they can pick him up (sort of) and like to show me.  He's clocking in right at 20 lbs, though, so they don't make it far!
Felix is a watcher, and he's learning quickly.  Hopefully he's learning the good habits in addition to the less describable ones!  Felix is officially out of his carrier and into a big boy car seat, and he seems to enjoy having his siblings as his audience while riding in the car.
Happy 7 Months, big guy!

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Fantastic Fourth: One Half!

Happy Half, Felix!
Felix is bringing up the rear of the Brevetti Family Bunch and instead of the caboose, he's like a 2nd engine.  He's stronger and bigger earlier and sooner than each of his siblings before him--I think he's making up for the fact that instead of a 12-14 month gap in between him and Gretchen, there's a 23 month one.  At the rate he's going, he'll likely close it and spring ahead of her and try to squeeze in between her and Astrid! 
Yes, I realize that makes no actual sense--but I wouldn't put it past him to try!
In the past month, Felix has moved full-time into his crib at night.  His crib is also now upstairs in the boys' new bedroom.  I expected him to have an adjustment period (especially since it still faintly smells of new construction and paint), but he settled into a new routine almost immediately.  Felix sleeps all night long (from about 8pm until 7am) with a little blip of cooing from about 5-5:30am.  It's enough that it wakes me up when I hear him on the monitor, but he usually puts himself back to sleep.  I'd say it's about 50/50 where I'll wake up and go upstairs and change his diaper and lay him back down; or if I'll lay there and think about getting up to change his diaper but realize he's gone back to sleep before I muster up the oomphf to get up and check on him. 
Currently, the hardest part to figure out about him is his evening routine.  He typically needs a bottle around dinner, and then a short (like 10-30 minutes) nap.  Then he usually needs another bottle (sometimes 2) at bedtime.  He's a crier in the evenings.   We're not sure if it's because he's really tired, if he's still hungry, if he just wants a little more love before we lay him down, or if we didn't really teach him how to put himself to sleep when he was younger because we didn't want him to wake up the others.  But him crying at bedtime doesn't seem to bother Holt, or keep him from going to bed, so I'm sure we'll figure it out.
Felix doesn't like being hungry, and he doesn't like having a wet diaper.  Other than that, he's pretty happy.  He LOVES bouncing in his exersaucer, and gets it going really hard.  He is a squealer, and he drools ALL THE TIME.  He is never not dripping from his mouth, chin, hands, etc. 
Felix is very STRONG.  He often does a bridge with his head and feet on his changing table by lifting his tummy up and arching his back when there's not room for him to flip himself over.  And when he's on his tummy, he goes up onto all fours (which the other kids were NOT doing this early).  He's so close to crawling, and he definitely knows how to move towards anything he wants.  He also is very close to sitting up on his own.
We started trying to give Felix baby oatmeal and baby food, but it was just SO messy.  He would muscle the spoon away from me, or spit everything out.  I finally figured out that if I mix the oatmeal with the food and make it thick (almost like mashed potatoes) he eats it much better, and it's way less messy.  I think I've managed to feed him at dinner maybe a little less than once per week.  Here's to hoping he gets to join everyone for a non-bottle dinner this coming month with a little more regularity!
Felix is funny, chubby, strong, and happy.  I'm loving how he seems to bring out the calm best in each of his siblings.  They want to care for him, and sometimes it's an incentive to keep them on their best behavior.  I am excited to see his personality form, and hopeful that he's more calm and thoughtful like Holt than his curious, independent, and rambunctious sisters.  The balance would be nice, but we're stuck with him no matter what! Ha!

Friday, May 1, 2020

Fantastic Fourth: Month 5

Moving right along into month five, and I'm happy to report we're starting to get some consistency!  This is especially helpful during the uncertain and somewhat chaotic time that is the quarantine from the COVID-19 virus (mostly noting for historical reference--not really that our lives were much more disrupted by this than the lives of any family with 4 children four and under would be in any normal living circumstances).

Felix still doesn't really roll over very consistently.  I think we must have missed it, because now he actually enjoys being on his tummy, so he doesn't really purposefully roll from his tummy to his back.  He does, however, roll from his back to his tummy.  How can we tell?  Because when we go to get him in the mornings, he (like all of his siblings) has flipped himself over onto his tummy to sleep.  In addition to this, he has more consistently begun to sleep through the night.  About 2 nights per week he wakes up and I'll change his diaper and feed him a few ounces in a bottle; but the rest of the week, it's safe to say that once he's been put down to bed he sleeps until the morning.

Felix has started chuckling, and he smiles a LOT.  He likes being talked to and looked at, and he doesn't like when you're not engaging directly with him.  He blows raspberries much more than I remember any of the other kids doing, and he drools pretty much nonstop.  He likes to chomp on anything and everything he can get his hands on, and my guess is that we've got another 3 months of wet chomping before we yield to a tooth.

Felix really likes being in his bouncer/saucer play thing, and he also really likes standing up on your lap.  He jumps, head-butts, and if you're not holding him with two hands, it's really easy to almost drop him.  He's VERY heavy.  And pretty sturdy.  He was almost 16 pounds at his 4 month check-up, and I bet he's packed on another pound since then.  He's comically busting out of his 3-6 month onesies like he's trying to show off his muscles.  I need to pull out the 6-9 month clothes!

We tried to feed him some baby food this week, but he hasn't really been very interested.  I think part of me wants to put it off until like 10 months like we did with Gretchen (she kept choking and throwing up every time we tried to feed her earlier), because she is our best eater and eats EVERYTHING!  I'm sure it's not related, but it sure would be nice to have another good eater!

Holt LOVES having a little brother, and both of the girls are enjoying helping out and mothering him.  Holt likes to read to Felix, and Astrid and Gretchen enjoy singing to him, talking to him, and helping out by bringing him things they think he needs.
4 kids was my tipping point for laundry, I think.  This is the first time since having kids that I have felt like I can't keep up (and it doesn't help that Gretchen is potty training and is still struggling with accidents during the day--but oddly enough not much at night).  Everything is becoming a new groove, and I feel like every month that goes by has been going by more and more smoothly.
Happy 5 Months, Felix!