Friday, October 29, 2010

Beck 8 months





















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He can say Momma!!!!! Things are getting exciting! During the 7th month he got his first tooth , he got up on his knees, he went trick or treating, he saw a rhino, he became an athlete, he opened cabinet doors, and he discovered himself in a mirror. Exciting stuff.

He started the month by getting up on his knees one morning while he was playing. He did it for a couple days, and decided it wasn't for him. So he is back to scooting backwards again.

Then he became the first Druelinger athlete. We like to call it an oxymoron. He can roll/throw the ball back. Very talented.

Beck took his first bite! More like a slurp, but whatever. We started with cereal and that went really well, so I was hopeful. Then we tried avocado. The first few times went very well. He seemed to love it. Then he decided he didn't like it anymore. He got a tiny chunk of avocado in one of the bites and he gagged. For about the next 2 weeks he wanted nothing to do with food. I would put the food in his mouth, he would sit taste it, realize it was baby guac and sit there with his mouth wide open, refusing to swallow, green drool running out of his mouth, and whine. So I eventually had to stick a rag in his mouth to soak it up because he wouldn't swallow it. I stuck with it though and tried every day. Finally I decided to puree the "baby guac", as we nicknamed his avocado, and that did the trick! So after about a week of eating pureed baby guac, we tried green beans, and he loved it too! Yay! Then we tried butternut squash, another success! Then I thought I wasn't going to give him sweet fruit, particularly bananas, until he was one, for fear he'd only eat that and not the less exciting things, like green beans. But one day the bananas were sitting on the counter, starring me down. I had a weak moment and thought "it would be fun to just try a bite". And we have this fun banana feeder net contraption that he sucks on and the banana seeps through the net. I was dying to try it out. So with no one around to call me out on my renig, I slipped him the banana. Of course he thought he was in heaven. So now he gets a banana when Momma needs him to stay quiet and occupied, such as at Panera on Girl's Night or at Small Group dinners. The second he sees the net contraption, he goes crazy! So fun!

He and his bestie Mason, had some fun together that month. They went trick or treating together at Trunk or Treat. They were caught making calls to some lady friends on their cell phones. Then they checked out the cool rhino at the zoo on a freakishly hot day in November.

About half way through the month we discovered his first toofer. He always has his bottom lip tucked in now- feeling the tooth we assume. We now think this was why he was SO incredibly clingy and whiney for the past few weeks. Poor fella. While many are excited about the upcoming tooth, I'm a little leery- only lookin' out for myself!

While he had seen himself in a mirror many times before, one day it came to life when he could stand on his own up against the mirror. He was delighted in himself and gave many kisses!

Now that he is getting too big for the Bumbo on top of the counter, he likes to hang out on the rug in the kitchen while Momma does her thang. He LOVES opening the doors and taking all the tupperware out. He likes to do this in his room too. He sits at the bookshelf and takes everything off the shelves and dumps all the toys out of the baskets. Fun times.

And best of all, he can say Momma! No other word has ever sounded so sweet! Too bad he doesn't know he is saying it- haha! That's ok, in my mind, he means every bit of it.
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Friday, October 22, 2010

Beck 7 months






























We've turned a corner. Beck is now closer to being ONE than to being a newborn. NOOOOO!!!

This month he tried all sorts of new stuff. He rode in a cart all by himself like a big boy! He had his first overnight with MimiHe got his first "spanking" (not so fun). He pulled up for the first time! He went on the potty for the first time (yep, you read that right!). He got his first haircut by Momma (4th haircut)! And he went the FALL FESTIVAL for the first time!!!

Beck's first week atFall Festival was a hit! We went every day for lunch with friends or Daddy. Beck slept through his pic with besties, Mason and Reed. One night we stopped in again for some after-dinner-dessert with the whole fam. Beck tried sneaking in a bite of Brooklyn's fried Oreos! On Friday, we worked in the Bethel booth, so Beck went to the Fall Festival with Mimi, Uncle Josh, Aunt Car, and Lainey Bug.

Beck and bestie, Mason, hung out on Scary Movie Night while we roasted hot dogs and s'mores with friends. Mimi got him a skeleton outfit for Halloween.

He is just getting so big! He is too heavy to carry in his car seat now, so he gets to ride in the cart at the store. He loves to look around and it keeps him occupied, as long as Momma doesn't stop too long to look!

He loves to help out with the laundry. It was in his laundry basket that I first discovered he could pull up. Yikes!

Beck's favorite place is on the kitchen counter in his Bumbo. He has his own bowl of utensils, toys, and random kitchen things, that he gets to play with while Momma works in the kitchen, which amazingly is 75% of the day.

Our pastor has decided to begin planting churches around the tri-state where they're needed. The first place was in Henderson, KY. They were in need of volunteers to help get the building ready in time for the opening on 10.10.10. One night our small group worked for several hours until late at night, so Beck stayed overnight with Mimi. She fed him his last feeding and I was there in the morning when he woke up to feed him his first feeding. He slept through the night without a peep! And Mimi was at his crib in the morning to take pics of him waking up for the first sleepover!

Well I didn't think the issue of discipline would come up until he was at least one, but here we are. We've suspected for a while that Beck has a temper, but now he has decided that if Momma isn't holding him or in the same room as him, he's gonna throw a fit. So after getting advice from friends and several books ("To Train Up a Child", "Shepherding a Child's Heart", "No Greater Joy", and "Baby Wise II") we came up with a plan to help the little guy. Here's the plan: When he starts to cry because I won't hold him or leave the room, flick him on the hand, tell him "no", and don't pick him up until he stops crying. The crying usually lasts for 20-30 minutes, so every few minutes I remind him by flicking and telling him "no". Once he has calmed down, I pick him up, tell him "good boy", give him lots of hugs for a few minutes, then put him back down. Usually he whines a little at first, but he has figured out the point, and become very tired by this point, so he is compliant. In general, I try to pick him up and tell him "good boy" throughout the day when he isn't crying so he knows that is the good behavior, instead of only picking him up when he starts to cry, like I used to do. I've learned I created the problem, so it is just as much training for me as it is for him. I've also learned it's a lot easier to train than retrain, so in other areas I'm trying to start off right, like not letting him play with things that aren't age appropriate, such as the remote, my cell phone, or magazines.
I've learned a lot from the books; stuff I didn't think would apply to a child so young, but if you train them to do the right thing, when they're old enough to know right from wrong, they've already been trained to do right when they get old enough to make the decision. Genius, I thought. These books are also where I learned you can train a child to be potty trained by 3 months. Insane. Basically we train kids to potty in their diaper for about 2 years. Then one day we ask them to sit on a cold, hard, uncomfortable surface to potty. Hmmm which would you choose? Warm, comfy diaper or cold, hard toilet? So this lady, Debi Pearl, suggests that if you train them to go on the potty at 3 months, by the time they're ready to walk, they'll take themselves to the potty. Well I'm not ready for that commitment, because of laziness and selfishness for my time... but I did find one time when it made sense to try it, just for fun! Beck always goes pee once I put him in the bath and start the water, so now I set him on the potty, run water down his belly and turn the water on. He goes pee pee in the potty before bath now! Daddy was so proud he bought Beck his own big boy potty and surprised him with it after work one day.

Coming Soon: We will start feeding him cereal this month! Another bittersweet milestone, but it should be fun to watch! We have also decided he should be Elvis for Halloween since so many people say he looks like Elvis (it must be the hair!). I wanted to make his first costume special by making it. Can't wait to see it all come together!

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Beck 6 months

































































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Half a year! Half a year! That's how much time has gone by! Half a year! I just can't believe it. It is so bittersweet. He is doing so much new, fun stuff every day, but I'll never have my tiny baby back. Just the other day I put in his Third Day lullaby CD that I hadn't listened to since he was teeny tiny. It made me cry.

To kick off the 6th month, he got haircut #3 for his 6 month pics. This time he went to my hairstylist, Waleed, since auntie Meg was out of town. I took along his Bumbo, so he got to sit all by himself. We discovered he preferred sitting with Momma. After about 2 minutes, he'd had enough. One of Waleed's friends had stopped by the salon and just in time for the haircut. She couldn't get enough of Beck, so she joined us for the haircut. When he started crying I knew exactly what I needed to do, but I did NOT want to do it. Not in front of all those people! But the mother in me said "suck it up, your kid needs you!" So I began to sing. I had exhausted every song we normally sing and Waleed still wasn't done. I was sweating. What now? Then Waleed's friend busted out in song... "Rah rah ah, ah, ah. Roma, roma, ma. Gaga, ooh, la, la..." Beck just starred at her. Hilarious. Finally it was over. Waleed was ecstatic. He didn't get many clients asking for a faux-hawk. Then he swooped Beck up and paraded him all over the salon showing him off to everyone.

He sure is trying to talk! We don't know what he is sayin', but he seems to know! He says it with such gusto! So much that spit usually accompanies his speech. We get a big kick out of watchin' him try!

He tested out the highchair for the first time this month while we were at Scotty's (Momma's favorite burger joint, in Indy) with Josh, Carly, Laine, and Papa Gregor.

He celebrated his 6 month birthday in Indy. Last time Papa Gregor had seen him, he had just turned 4 months and barely rolled over. Boy was he surprised to see all he could do now! He was all over the place and telling Papa Gregor all kinds of stories! Beck loved to sit on his counter in his Bumbo and slobber all over Papa Gregor's utensils.

We also visited the Thompson gang in Indy. The girls couldn't get enough of Beck. Jenna was so interested in taking care of Beck and watching what he could do. Maddie was such a helper. She noticed that he had lots of slobber on his chin, so she would get napkins to wipe it up. She just couldn't understand why he wouldn't stop! Aunt Jamie had brought down some of the girls' old toys and Maddie was confused why he was allowed to put them in his mouth. She got frustrated that he was slobbering and chewing on all her toys! Jenna got a chance to hold baby Beck! Such a big girl! Kate and Ellie gave him lots of hugs and kisses too!

Beck became a bottle-feeding champ this month! While I was subbing one day, Mimi helped him discover that he liked bottles- well, like might be a strong word. He tolerated them. She tricked him into thinking it was a toy, and just like all toys, he put it straight into his mouth. 4 oz later, he had finished lunch! So Daddy was excited to try it next one night while I was at Panera with mah girlzzz. He sent me a video of Beck drinking his bottle all on his own, sittin' in his Bumbo on the counter. Then Grandma Janet got her shot at it while Mom and I went to a concert. Sure enough, it was a success for her too!

It has been a team effort around here to allow me to stay home with Beck AND send Brooklyn to ECS. We receive financial assistance for half tuition, so we're left to pay $260 per month. So I have picked up several part time gigs. I sub every once in a while for ECS. I tutor after school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, art lessons on Tuesdays, and all while Brooklyn watches Beck. On Fridays I clean Mom's house, which is a blessing because Beck can go with me. In addition, Mom has hired me to help her with D'Vine Design. I get to update her website with new houses as she finishes them, come up with furniture layout ideas for current houses she is designing, do filing, etc. Recently I was hired to paint a mural and a monogram on the walls in one of the houses she and Jeff are working on right now. I'd love to have a future in the design business with her, but for now I'm thankful for all the ways God is providing for our family.

Beck's 6 month stats:
weight 18lb 3oz
length 26 3/4in
head circ 44.5cm

Check out Beck's 6 month pics at http://photos.epicphotodesign.com/p693179583
password: BDruelinger1
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