Yes, it is that time in the Lewicki House- time to baby proof! Since AJ is EVERYWHERE and discovering new things in our house on an hourly basis, we have decided the time is now. AJ is into cords, banging on the fireplace, opening and shutting drawers, crawling into the shower, and pulling himself up on the coffee table and dragging ANYTHING within reach onto the floor. It's really quite funny to look around our house and realize it doesn't belong to us anymore- it belongs to AJ!
We have to make sure anything on the coffee table is in the middle of the table, put anything that we'd normally just leave on the floor (shoes, etc) up on the couch, close doors and get everything that could be a potential hazard out of his reach.
Yesterday, I went to Target and got 4 gates ($$$) for our house. Since we've got 2 sets of stairs we have to block him from each set and also from our dining/living room area. I also got more outlet covers (we have SO many outlets in this house!) and more locks for our cabinets. Now that AJ found out how to open the Tupperware cabinet, he's figured out he can open ANY of them- smart kid! Jason has a big job ahead of him this weekend getting all of this stuff in place :)
I have come to the realization that our house will not look so pretty for a while, but at least it'll be safe! (I hope!)
Sadly, my triathlon plans have been put on hold because I threw out my back a few days ago. It is a BIG bummer because you never realize how much you use your back for until you hurt it. The strange part is that I wasn't even doing anything crazy when I hurt it! I was on my way out the door to Body Pump and I bent down to get my workout bag and all the sudden it just hurt so badly that I couldn't stand up.
Hurting my back depresses me a lot because in an instant everything changed. Of course I know that it will get better and I'll be back to doing my regular things, but for now I can't work out, can't stand up completely straight, have a VERY hard time picking up AJ and I can't walk for too long.
I did see a Chiropractor two days this week and will go back again next week and thankfully each day it's getting better and better. He said that healing the pain shouldn't be a problem and I should be back to the gym in a week or two, but that I really need to focus on strengthening my back muscles so this doesn't happen again. I will do what I have to to get stronger, because I don't want this to happen again!
It's been a while since I've given an update, so here goes:
As you can see from the recent videos and pictures, AJ is growing up sooo quickly and is just the cutest thing! (I'm the mom, I can say that!) I thought I was busy a few months ago, but now that he's on the go ALL the time, I am VERY busy! He no longer does the army crawl, he goes full force. He pulls himself up on EVERYTHING and will stand there for MANY minutes at a time, a lot of time with only one hand. He isn't quite "cruising" but it's only a matter of time. I would bet that he's walking before he's one. Who knows though?
AJ is talking up a storm too. He says Dadadada, babababba, gagagag, but so far, no mamamma. Part of me would love to hear mama, but the other part knows that I'll be hearing that for years, so I can wait :)
He is also giving High Five's and waving Bye Bye pretty consistently. Like most kids, he will do it more with people he knows and not always on command.
AJ has started learning to eat more "adult" food which has been really fun for me. I love experimenting to see what he likes or dislikes. He's very much about texture. If I give him something new, he will typically take it out of his mouth, look at it, and put it back in (a few times usually) and then finally eat it. I've tried the following new foods in recently: black beans, Mahi Mahi, white rice, tortilla, strawberries, craisins, chicken pieces, pineapple, and egg yolk. The only thing he wasn't too sure of was the egg. We'll keep trying. One thing he LOVES is avocado- a great source of nutrition for him.
We are also working VERY hard at getting AJ to sleep through the night. At 9 months, I have come to realize that it's really time for this. I feel ready. I wasn't emotionally ready this whole time, but now I no longer feel bad or guilty letting him cry it out. We've been working on this for 4 nights and most nights haven't been too bad. He typically goes down around 7pm and will wake up once or twice during the night and cry- usually for 15 minutes or less- and I let him cry it out. I don't even go in his room. Then he'll wake up again around 5am and at that point I figure he's pretty hungry so I do go in and nurse him and he'll go back down until about 7am. I'm pleased with the way it's going so far. We're all getting better sleep, thankfully :)
Lastly, AJ, Jason and I are really enjoying having my Mom & Dave as neighbors! They moved in officially about 3 weeks ago and it's been so nice to be able to stop by for an hour or so, have dinner or spend the day together. I love that my Mom & AJ will have this close bond :)