His latest milestones...
- Sitting very solidly all on his own!
- He rolls himself onto his tummy a lot (thus the sleeping position), but during playtime he gets frustrated with not being able to get very far. Through reaching really hard and shifting himself around a little, he can usually grab a toy that's just out of reach, but definitely hasn't figured out the crawling business yet! Though it's hard to see him get so frustrated, I know several parents have told us to enjoy this time where he "stays where we put him" ;)
- He's eating all sorts of baby foods...green beans, squash, carrots, apples, bananas, peaches, pears, oatmeal cereal! We have yet to find something that he seems to have a distaste for - Baylor Kent loves to eat! (And along with that, he loves to make a mess!)
- Bath time is becoming fun! He now sits up on the reclining infant seat we've had for the tub. I guess he could just sit in the bath without it, but Mommy still uses it "just in case". He loves to play with his bath turtles, and seems fascinated when I glide them across the water to him! He also kicks sometimes and pats his hands down on the water, learning to splash!
- He's pretty social with other babies at daycare (and at church he likes to grab for his buddy Cade when he's around!) When he was the littlest one in the infant room, other babies came by and tried to steal his pacifier (but apparently he tried hard to keep it in his mouth!) Now, I've gotten a couple of reports that he's stolen pacifiers from the littler ones (like his buddy Felix, my coworker Aaron's son!) So I guess it comes full circle...
- He's doing pretty well with independent play (especially if he's sitting up - once he gets on his belly he usually starts crying for help pretty quickly). But he also loves to be held and walked around by Mommy and especially Daddy! (Rides on Daddy's shoulders are the best!)
- A little bit of babbling, a lot of just "Ahhhh"s. I have heard him say dadadada or tatatata. And I swear he says something that sounds like "Heey" whenever he sees someone for the first time in a while, but of course, he's just 7 months old ;)
- He sleeps wonderfully through the night (although, we did just have a screaming fit around midnight, but that's going to happen with babies!) Usually 11 or 12 hours at night, so his naps during the day are pretty short.
- His smiles and baby laughs are the best! Mommy and Daddy like to act crazy to get those laughs...he's also becoming ticklish!
- He's putting on some pounds...at his checkups he was always in the single-digit percentiles for his weight, but at his 6-month checkup he was up to 39%! No longer our little "chicken legs" baby :)
- No teeth yet! Plenty of drool, but that's been for awhile. I'm sure that first tooth's arrival will take us completely by surprise!
When he lost his cord!
Getting ready for first family outing - a 4th of July party!
Back when his smiles were probably just toots ;)
He was a bear for Halloween! (of course!)
Loooves to make a mess with his solids :)
First hotel room experience, he got a kick out of the mirror!
Meeting sweet cousin Nora!
Strike a pose
We had Christmas at home this year instead of going to Texas...while we missed everyone very much, it was nice to be staying in one place at Christmas time! Baylor love the wrapping paper the most :)
So much fun to see how he's grown!
My first class
Yesterday I started teaching my first class at work! The team of (three) statisticians offers up classes such as introductory statistics, design of experiments, intro to JMP software, etc. for the engineers and scientists to gain more statistical knowledge. The class I'm teaching is Statistical Methods for Reliability (analyzing time-to-event data). I've taught with Dan before, but this is the first course I'm developing and teaching by myself. The last time they taught Reliability was around 2007, so it's a bit overdue! And it shows...I had a full enrollment, and even had to open up the capacity a few times to get in everyone on the waitlist. Pretty exciting! I was nervous leading up to it yesterday but I think it went pretty well. We did a little in-class experiment where we created our own "time-to-event" data by drawing M&Ms from a bag and recording the amount of time until a yellow was drawn. Kind of a contrived experiment, but I wanted to win them over with food ;) We'll have five more weeks of the class. I'm developing the slides as we go, so I'm feeling the pressure a little bit since I also have plenty of other regular statistical consulting work to do! But it should turn out well.
We're gaining two sisters!
Toward the end of 2014, my brother Dave, and Brad's brother Jared both got engaged! Dave and Addie will be married at the beginning of April, and Jared and Kay-Lee will be married in October. So exciting! And I couldn't ask for better sisters-in-law.
I just booked a ticket for Baylor and me, to get down to Texas for Wedding #1. It will be Baylor's first flight! I ended up not getting him his own seat, we'll see if I regret that decision...the first leg is just an hour long flight to Jersey, then a 4 hour trip to Austin...whew. And it will just be me and Baylor, since we don't know Daddy's availability yet - he may have to come just for the wedding weekend. Because......
Brad got a job!
He'll be working for the Office of the State Comptroller, and he starts on Thursday! So so proud of him, and this is definitely answered prayer. He's been on the job hunt for so long, and this sounds like a great opportunity. It's 75% travel, as he'll be going around to various towns in upstate NY, in an examiner position where he makes sure they're using their resources efficiently. So that will mean some adjustments for our family. He'll be staying overnight sometimes, leaving Mommy and Baylor to do the full nighttime routine! And that means I'll be doing daycare drop-off and pick-up sometimes, so I had to switch back from the 9/80 schedule to the standard work schedule in order to be able to get back to daycare in time (just can't do it with a 9-hour workday!) I'm sad to lose all those Fridays off, but last week I started on this schedule and it is nice to be done after 8 hours! And worth it, for Brad to not have to be fretting over finding a job, and doing something he likes.
It's taken me about a week to get this blog post published (I've been working at it in the early hours while I pump before work!) but I'm finally done, woohoo! Would like to publish more often with lots of great Baylor updates, but we'll see what I actually have time for ;)