So Mr. William is now 8 months old, and life looks a lot different than it did with a 6 month old. At 4 months he started started sitting up, but we hadn't had a lot of progress since then, and then bam! he decided to meet a whole whack of milestones within a couple month's time
First (by a few hours) he popped his first tooth, with very little fuss. Evie was always a moderately good teether, but we had no indication with him at all, until he bit my finger and surprised me. Evie also got her first tooth at 5 months, so we were kind of wondering if he would be Toothless (yet another pet name lol) forever! His second tooth followed just days later, however we see no signs of the third and fourth coming any time soon. He has only bitten me a couple times, and not super recently, so I am hoping he has gotten the message that biting Mommy is not a good plan for getting fed! He seems to generally be pretty soft hearted though, so hopefully he will be easily deterred.
Later that same day William finally succeeded in pulling up. It was a toss-up which would come first, but dude wanted to get vertical like the big people, even more than he wanted to learn to crawl.
A couple days later he finally got himself moving forward! He had been trying so hard to crawl for months, but never managed any forward movement in the army crawl pose. He would circle the room going backwards, his frustration constantly growing. Now he is a crawling maniac and into everything!
Just a couple days afterwards he surprised me by grabbing the cover from my sewing machine and heading across the room with it. I was lucky enough to have my phone right by my hand and to be able to capture it real time. I thought it was a one time thing, until he pushed a chair across the room today.
Finally in the last week or so he has proved his real loyalty and is saying "Mama". Its really only fair that he should say Mama first, since Evie said Dada first, and since he is totally a Mommy's Boy!
So now that I am finished bragging up my fantastic boy, I will throw a little real mom in the mix. In some ways it is so much easier to have him mobile, like it is easier to entertain him, it also kind of sucks! I used to be able to plonk him in front of a bucket of toys and he was pretty much stationary. Now I have to worry about all the things he can eat! Evie's toys are a main worry, and I stupidly bought her a tiny Pony tea set like days before he became mobile! Not only that, my floor has to be spotless or he is guaranteed to find every little morsal and fleck and eat it!
Also, we clearly live in the era of the iPhone as I managed to capture video on almost all of his milestones, so far! Yay for evading the second kid slump, he may actually be better documented than his sister.
How do you deal with your newly mobile kid? Any tips and tricks to keep the floor safe now that there are two kids running around the place?