From here forward this past month will be regarded as "the month of TEETH" I wasn't wrong when I said that three were coming in, while they didn't pop at the same time they did pop out in rapid succession. Colin has been more miserable than I have ever seen him, Sean and I have even joked that he is developing 'colic' at 14months old. Nothing seems to help him for very long, we even went to the doctor to make sure it wasn't something else, but all we learned was that he might have a bit of a sore throat too (rapid strep test was negative, full strep culture results expected tomorrow but we expect that to be negative too since he no longer has a fever. Update: no strep, his sore throat was likely just from crying.) I honestly thought molars were as bad as it got, I was wrong. This first canine has been much worse. After this we only have four more teeth left to cut (Thank God for that!) This is also the first month where the pictures for this post weren't taken on the 17th. It just didn't happen that day, so I'm posting pictures from 'around the 17th'.
So what is new this month?
Sleeping: Yeah I don't even want to discuss it. We had been making good progress getting Colin to put himself to sleep on his own in the crib (we actually had three days in a row of him laying down in his crib and falling asleep at both nap time and bedtime), then we started this teething marathon and we went away for a week so everything is all messed up again. (I will proudly say that today he was successful again at going to sleep without being held, but today is technically for NEXT months post). It is hard to sum up the month because it really started very well, we had a few nights of only one maybe two wake ups but now he is pretty much up every hour after midnight or so, and is in a lot of pain, even Motrin doesn't seem to help right now. Sean and I are doing what we can to survive this bump in the road. Thankfully, reinforcements (in the form of my mom) are coming later this week before we head to Miami (to visit Chris and Oana) for a long weekend (and we thought life would slow down after we had a baby.)
- "go-go-go"ing. Colin can sign and say "go-go-go" very well now and does it often. His favorite thing in the world is when the front door opens and he gets to go out. Even upon returning from a walk he gets out of the stroller and immediately says "go go go". He can't get enough, this doesn't bode well for the coming months as it becomes harder to go outside. I think we are going to have to become members at a nearby indoor pool.
- Swimming. Still a favorite, he now loves the water.
- Bathing. This is a new favorite, he has been pretty wishy washy (no pun intended) about baths, but lately he really is enjoying them. We can thank cousin Lukas for helping him get over his fear of running water. Lukas loves to have the water running play in it. Now Colin enjoys it too. We now have trouble getting Colin OUT of the tub.
- TV. Sean and I aren't thrilled about this but we have been allowing more TV this month (particularly in the last week or two) to help him zone out when he is at his crankiest due to teeth. It does seem to take his mind off the pain. He will basically just sit on one of our laps and snuggle while he watches a tv show or video. His favorite is baby signing time, but he also enjoys our new preschool prep Meet the Shapes video and a couple shows on Noggin. We have been changing the channel to a boring station after his show now and to let him loose interest in the TV rather than turn it off. Otherwise he can spiral out of control again.
- Books. Thankfully he does love his books as well! This are also great tools to help distract him from his pain. He loves to have the same book read over and over and over and over and over.. it can get kinda dull for us but if he is happy we are happy right now.
- Playgrounds in general, slides in particular. See below. This is still a double team activity (meaning two adults to one Colin) since he doesn't quite grasp the concept that walking off a 'cliff' will result in injury.
- Sand sand sand. This is just comical. It might as well be hot lava. If his toe so much as touches a grain of sand he starts to get upset and begs to be picked up. Here is Sean carrying him around because he wouldn't stand on his own.
- When someone leaves without him. This month Colin has started really getting upset when Sean leaves the house in the mornings, but I honestly think it has more to do with the fact that he isn't 'go-go-go-ing' because I get the same reaction when I take the garbage out and then come back and close the door behind me.
- Teething. I'm probably don't have to mention this one but it is a big one.
- This month Colin has really been working on locomotion. He is now climbing, jumping and dancing with wild abandon. He has almost no regard for gravity so we really have to watch him to prevent major falls. Today he climbed into his stroller and was standing by the time I turned around. That would be a pretty significant fall, so we have to fold that up now. His walker is now is favorite thing to climb on. Luckily it if super stable to there is no chance it will fall over, and it isn't so high off the ground that he would break something if he falls off. I am trying to give him the room to grow and develop this skill by allowing him to climb on safe things, but still being within catching distance if he decides to take a tumble. Here are some climbing pictures. I will hopefully get a dancing video up in the next few days.
- Colin can now identify his nose, mouth, eyes, ears head and belly with about 75-80% accuracy (not counting the times he flat out ignores the question, which is probably about 30-40% of the time)
- We have been working on color signs and Colin can sign and identify red, but unfortunately the other color signs are very similar and he doesn't really have the hand dexterity to differentiate them yet. Even Lukas had trouble re-creating the signs so I might not push this one for awhile.
- He has added animal sounds for cats, ducks and the occasional goat.
- Oddly he has started snorting intentionally this month, (this is unrelated to animal sounds) I think he did it accidentally at some point and thought it was hysterical so he does it now intentionally, although not very often.
- He also makes a dog panting noise in relation to the DOG book. I had no idea what Colin was doing but I guess Sean started panting when he read the part about the wet dog shake shake shake, so now Colin pants every time we read that part.
- Teeth: Tooth #10 was his upper right molar, #11 was his lower left molar (I think it is nearly through the gum now)and #12 is his lower right canine, which only has its tip through the gum. If he doesn't get a break after this I'm going to have words with whomever is in charge!!