Ohio! We flew there on the 14th and came home late on the 20th. It was a lot of fun to see everyone, but it was certainly exhausting! With the time change to East coast time, we put Hunter to bed at 9pm instead of 7pm, and that worked pretty good. However, he was still waking up between 7-8am, so he was losing about 1-2 hours of sleep every night. He did pretty good with naps and we tried to get him to take two/day as long as we were home. On Saturday, he ended up taking a 2 hour and 45 minute nap, and I had to wake him up because we had to get to the family reunion. That was crazy. The first couple of nights we were there, he would wake up and cry a little bit because he wasn't sure where we were, but I would just pat his back, and he would go back to sleep.
Hunter had so much fun playing with his cousin, James. He's 10 months older, and Hunter definitely got a lot better at walking trying to keep up with him. It was so fun to see them play. They would read books together, play with toys, climb around, and just walk around "talking." It was a lot of fun. Hunter is pretty chill, and James is really great, too. There were no fights or fits or anything. Something tells me that won't be the same when they get older.
I brought the baby monitor with me so I could see if Hunter was sleeping, awake, etc. during naps and when we put him to bed but before we went to bed. One night I had it on the floor, and James saw Hunter in it. He got so concerned and worried because Hunter was in the box. It was hilarious and I felt so bad because he was scared that I put Hunter to sleep in a little box. He was looking around on the back side of the monitor completely confused. Ha.
Hunter was pretty mommy-centric the whole trip, especially around "new" people. He was great with Nana and Papa and Tara, but when we would go visit the grandparents, he would pretty much stay glued to me. He definitely was in a stranger danger phase. When we were at the family reunion, he finally was better at being around the "stangers," but it took a couple of hours before that happened. All Shamus' grandparents wanted was to hold him, and he wasn't too excited about that. In fact, he cried a lot.
Shamus' cousin has a barn with a bunch of farm animals, so of course we had to take Hunter over. At first he was a little freaked out, but then he kept pointing and wanted to see them. They have a horse, cows, goats, donkeys, chickens, and ducks. We put him on the horse, and he was a little perplexed. The cow licked him, and he didn't like it at first, but then he was laughing. That was his first up close and personal experience with farm animals. They also have barn cats and kittens, and he loved them! Kathleen has cats at daycare, so Hunter loves them!
On Tuesday, we flew out of Columbus so we spent the day at Tara and Clayton's house. James has a little slide, so Hunter immediately went to that and climbed up the slide part. Not sure where he got that, but that's pretty much all he wanted to do with it.
We were pretty much on the go the whole trip, and our flight home wasn't until 7:30pm. So we got in around 8:30 Denver time, and by the time we made it to the car, it was about 10pm. Hunter did not sleep at all on the flight home, so he was exhausted. We put him in jammies in the airport so that it would be an easy transfer to his crib at home. He fell asleep in the car, and then went right to sleep at home. He slept until 7:30 or so and then took a three hour nap that day and the next. He was super cranky and was sleeping 12-13 hours at night for a couple nights. Finally on Friday he seemed to be better. We are very thankful that he's normally a happy baby!
We started off the month with a bang and now have a walker! And now by the end of the month, he's pretty good! He still falls, but he's much steadier. The day he started walking at then end of May, he stood up by himself in the morning, and then that afternoon, we were at my parent's house and he just stood up and took steps. It's funny how it happens when you least expect it. I kind of thought he would let go of furniture and go, but he just stood up and did it. So ever since then, he's all over the place!
He was still crawling quite a bit until we went to Ohio, and he had to keep up with his cousin. He got in so much practice walking there, and now it's pretty rare that he crawls. We also never had shoes on him until he was about 13.5 months old. I'm pretty sure my most favorite video ever is the one of him having shoes on the first time. He was so confused about what was on his feet! He kept grabbing them, wouldn't let go, etc. It was hilarious.
We dealt with another issue with his guts this month, too. Poor kid. He poops so much...it's ridiculous. So if his tummy isn't feeling good, then he gets this really acidic poops, and his butt has such a bad rash. Like it's open and bleeding. Ugh. It's the total worst. I felt so bad for him. So we tried to lay off the fruit for awhile to help with the acidity, and we were stocked up in water wipes, diaper rash cream, and Vaseline. For whatever reason, he seems to poop more when he is at Kathleen's...like five or six times while he's there plus another 2-3 for us in the morning/evening. It's crazy. I ended up taking him to the doctor since we were getting on a plane, and she basically said that he probably caught some little bug and it could take 10-14 days to get through him. It certainly got through him! Thankfully he was on the mend and only pooped a tiny little poop on the airplane. I was nervous about that!
Hunter still isn't talking real words yet, but he does make a lot of noises. He loves to point at things and make this crazy noise. It's almost like a drawn out yeeep or heeeep. When he does it, I sing "Help me Rhonda" because I think it sounds like the help. It's pretty cute. I definitely think he's storing the words in his brain, and then he's going to talk like crazy when it hits. He still really doesn't say mama or dada, but if he's mad then he'll babble mama or mom. Like when I'm changing his diaper. He hates it and gets so mad.
He has just started this week with the overwhelming emotions and laying down with his forehead on the floor. It's like he just doesn't know what to do with himself. This mainly comes when I tell him no or don't pick him up. He is all over me lately. All he's wanted is mommy, and while I love that, it's hard to get anything done. He's fine if I'm not around, but if I'm there, he wants me. Unless I'm picking him up from daycare. Then he wants nothing to do with me. He wants Kathleen and wants to keep playing!
We are starting to get really good at following directions, too. If I tell him to sit down or sit on his bottom, he knows what I'm saying and can do it. And usually he will remember for next time. He also knows to put the lid on his cup. If I'm holding him while I'm refilling it, he wants to hold the lid and then will place it on top of the cup. Then I have to screw it on, but it was cool to me that he knew where that went. It's kind of funny that I'm proud of these little things, but it's not like he's 12 learning this. So I let myself be super proud.
I'm starting to do some exercising, so one night I was doing squats, and Hunter started doing them with me. It's so funny. He just started squatting down and standing back up, too. I told Shamus he was doing it, and he didn't believe me. So I started doing them and Hunter copied. It's so crazy what kids pick up. I also did some sit ups and he started doing them, too. Ha!
This kiddo is into everything now. He loves opening up drawers, so we have to be careful about what's in them...because I really don't want to lock everything up. He has four teeth: the two up top finally came in. He also got his second haircut this month. He's a crazy kiddo!
Me and Him
We have been trying to conceive (TTC) since July 2012, and it's been a long road. After 4 unsuccessful IUIs (artificial inseminations) and countless heartache, we have decided to move forward with in vitro fertilization (IVF). Even though it's insanely expensive, it has the highest chance for success (75%) and it's our best hope. One of the most frustrating things about our infertility is that there is absolutely nothing wrong with either of us (that they can test). Oftentimes IVF also is diagnostic, so along with hoping for a happy, healthy baby, we are hoping for some answers. This is our journey, and we appreciate any prayers along they way.