|I couldn't have done better if I'd done it on purpose - the exact same picture 3 months apart!|
I really have no idea when babies are supposed to start being mobile, but I feel like Colin is working on it a little early. And it has seriously all started in just the last week. He was rocking, then started scooting here and there, but he is on to full fledged combat crawling. He can make it from one side of the living room to the opposite side of the dining room in no time flat (hmm... maybe I should time it). I walked in to get him up from a nap last week and he was sitting up in his bed, a first for doing it without help from me (the next day he finally demonstrated his skills so I could see how he did it). He proceeded to use the rails of the crib to start pulling himself up. Luckily he didn't actually make it standing but I don't think it's long; he was doing pretty well. One perk to the combat crawl - his belly does a great job of getting the dirt off the floors!
Sleep continues to be hit or miss. I feel very thankful that Colin started putting himself to sleep in the crib from about 5 weeks old (that's not to say I always put him down when he was awake but he was capable of it at that point). We fought with night time sleeping for quite a while and now we are fighting with naps. Somewhere around 6 months and a week or so, after letting him fuss through his "habit times" of waking up, he started sleeping 10-12 hours at night. He can only stay awake for 1.5-2 hours at a time during the day with maybe a little longer if we are out of the house. I have gotten very good at his cues and put him down as soon as he seems sleepy and he will usually go right to sleep but it's the staying asleep that's a problem. One a rare good day, he will nap 2-2.5 hours but many days it's anywhere from 45 minutes to just over an hour.
And in case you wondered - the best way to show love of something is to attempt to bite it with your toothless gums (or maybe he just can't go 5 seconds without shoving something in his mouth... even during a photo session).