Someone recently made a comment to me about the fact that Otis was six months now, and as I thought about it for a minute, I realized that he was actually only a few days from seven months! This past month has been so fun with Otis. I feel like I remember around this time with Eleanor and how her personality really came alive. We are experiencing that with Otis right now, and I sort of feel like this is when the fun really gets started!
When I took his seven month photos the other day, he was laughing in half of them, and most of those laughs were in response to his goofy big sister. I love their little relationship, and I hope it continues to be so sweet.
Highlights & Milestones
One milestone for Otis is that he is not just doing one little roll from back to belly or belly to back anymore. I will put him down in one spot, and then five minutes later, he will be in a totally different spot, ten feet away. He rolls and rolls and rolls. He has also started the infamous “planking” that Eleanor did, and you can see the wheels spinning, trying to figure out how to really move. I’m sure he’ll be chasing Eleanor around in no time, and we will have to really think through any areas that need to be childproofed.
He started eating solids regularly this past month, and I’ll normally give him some for lunch and dinner. He LOVES pretty much any fruit I’ve given him, and his favorite things seems to be when I mix apples, pears and plums with a bit of rice cereal. He’s not so sure about peas and definitely doesn’t like avocado. The faces he makes when he doesn’t like a food are priceless. Other food things – he started attempting to drink out of a little sippy cup, and he also has tried some of those teething crackers. He didn’t like them at first, but now that he’s getting used to the texture, he likes them a lot.
Another highlight this month was a visit from Grandma and Grandpa Willingham! They drove up Easter weekend and stayed with us through the next week. It was so good to have them here, hanging out, and it was particularly special because they were here when Robbie got his job! Otis had lots of smiles for Grandma and Grandpa and enjoyed having them here for the week.
Otis wore his first bowtie for Easter weekend, and he was so cute! I may be biased, but I mean, come on, a little boy in a bowtie is pretty stinking cute! His laugh continued to get louder and all-encompassing, and he also started yelling loudly as a way of communicating. He gets so excited when people make loud noises back with him.
As the weather F-I-N-A-L-L-Y started improving, we were able to go on walks this month, and Otis really loves walking around outside. One of the days, we went to the Zoo for the first time, and he enjoyed all the different things to look at, even though he’s not really aware of the animals yet.
- Food – his favorites are definitely fruits (minus bananas), but he’s also started really liking the crackers as well.
- His jumparoo chair
- Rolling around the floor with toys
- Fans (still going strong)
- People – he LOVES people so much!
- Being raised up in the air/flying
- Sleeping on his tummy
- Sofie, rattles and his o-ball are his favorite toys right now
- Yelling :)
- Walks outside
- Being tickled
- Chewing on his finger (or anything basically)
- When you take anything away from him that he’s chewing on (ie a spoon)
- Avocado, zucchini and baby puffs
- Food that’s too cold
How Am I Doing?
I just went back to read what I wrote on my last post for Otis as a reference point. A lot can change in a month! The biggest change for me personally this month has been that Robbie got a job and started on April 9. The job thing was a big part of the transition piece for us. Everything was sort of waiting on this piece – routine, budgeting, planning, etc. His job came at the perfect time, and it is an AMAZING job. When I sit and think about it, I am reminded yet again of God’s faithfulness and with-ness. Over the past year or more, many of the things that we were thinking, planning and hoping for this next season have happened as far as this job goes. It’s a great company, it has a great culture, there are amazing opportunities for him to grow and learn but to still use all his experience and wisdom as well, it has great benefits for us as a family. I could go on, but I am so happy for him.
With him getting a job, I was anticipating the adjustment on my end as well. As normal as it is for most of the world, it’s not normal for me to not see Robbie all day, every day. We’ve always worked together. Even when I was primarily at home with kids, I was still on our leadership team and attending meetings throughout the day. Plus the fact that we lived next door to our work made a big difference – he could come home throughout the day if he needed, and I could go next door. I was excited for us to get into a routine and to feel out this new normal, but if I am being honest, I was nervous, too. It has gone pretty well so far, though, and I am learning our rhythms here. There are still a few areas I want to sort out better, and thankfully, the weather is allowing us to get out a little more, which I find really helps for all of us.
Overall, I am doing… ok. I have hesitated admitting that online so far, but I am learning that I need to be honest and open. I am grateful for so many things, I have learned a lot and I am excited for all God’s done in this season. However, there are hard aspects of this transition, and I am learning to be ok with admitting that. A few things have changed in my day-to-day, so I am planning to write a bit more about my transition. I needed a bit more schedule/routine/time and a LOT more courage to do this, but I know it’s worth it and something I feel God speaking to me about. Be on the lookout for that :)