...even if we have completely neglected to update the blog with your pictures, stories and updates. Thankfully, you are an easy going, happy little dude, and my hope is that you won't take it personally :)
When Asher turned 4 months and Colin turned 3, we moved into a new rental house in the burbs and dealt with all sorts of transitions for both boys (sleep transitions and regressions, figuring out medication timing, going from 4 naps to 3 to 2 for Asher; new house, room, camp, friends, etc. for Colin). I stopped working, started working again (still very part-time) and started a business, all while making some new local friends in our new hood, trying to find new babysitters, assembling new furniture and sleeping...not so much.
In the meantime, the weeks have slowly but surely chugged by. The days are long, the weeks seem to drag, and yet, here we are, halfway through October, with a happily adjusted 3 year old in preschool three mornings a week, a cheerful baby who has found his two nap groove, and a dad who works close enough to home to pop in at lunchtime every so often and make it home for bedtime most nights (C's at least - Asher is an early to bed kid just like when Colin was a baby).
Since I'm over four months behind on Asher's weekly updates, I thought I would share four fun things about our little Masher Magoo, along with a very large collection of weekly chair photos.
1) Asher is completely obsessed with his older brother. If Colin is in the room, Asher has an eye on what he's up to. If Colin is eating food, Asher wants to eat the same. If Colin is playing, Asher will happily munch on his toys while observing intently. Colin giggles, Asher giggles. It's a-freakin-dorable. I really hope that this bond grows as they are actually old enough to really play. The current game that Colin is willing to "play" with Asher involves a hug tackle move, and requires a lot of adult assistance and supervision.
2) This kid is crushing the charts - at 8.5 months, he is over 28 inches and 22 pounds (triple his birth weight) and has all sorts of rolls. Strangely enough, it took him until 7.5 months to have any real interest in food (beyond his bottles), but now, he absolutely crushes it. He likes purees, he likes crunchy foods, he likes just about any finger food I've offered, from pizza to chicken to veggies. It's so fun watching him explore the contents of his high chair tray, chewing vigorously and working so hard to pick things up with his tiny, clumsy fingers.
3) Asher is motivated but unable to move so far. This kid wants to chase his brother so badly, but doesn't like tummy time enough to persist long enough to master crawling (though in the crib, he is rocking on all fours and rolling and inching around a bit). He can scoot backwards and spin which doesn't help him much, since he doesn't have the logic to aim his toes for where he wants to go. What he loves most of standing and "walking", though he doesn't really have the balance yet to walk on his own.
4) Asher Masher is a mamas boy, through and through. I would be lying if I told you this didn't make me super happy, since Colin was already firmly in the dad-obsessed camp by this age. If I'm around, he wants me. (Sadly, if Colin's around and sees this, he gets jealous and then he wants me. Strange after being the #2 parent for all these years. The struggle is real.) Thankfully, while Asher has the typical separation anxiety that is develepmentally appropriate for his age, it isn't nearly as intense as Colin's was, so we are still able to use a babysitter or gym kid care without never-ending hysterics.
And a bonus #5) His health since the PHACE diagnosis has been totally great - only good news at all his specialist follow up appointments. This kid rocks! Now if only he'd stop catching all his brother's preschool germs...