my little busy bee

8 months

Charlie turned 8 months on December 30th!!! I can’t believe it! I feel like this past month has brought about the most significant changes. He is into EVERYTHING. I can’t carry him across a room without him trying to dive at something.

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He loves his puppy, Carly. And Carly, mostly, loves him. I supervise them together closely and have to be careful when he’s in arm’s reach of her, because he grabs her ears/fur/collar and hangs on tight. I go overboard praising her and give her treats every time she sits quietly next to to us. I know they are going to be best pals, but it’s going to take her some getting used to now that he’s interactive and again when he’s mobile!

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We JUST got down our unassisted sitting! I have to sit him up, he can’t get into position by himself, but he can sit without help now and play for a bit. He still tips over if he gets too excited, so I never leave him unattended, but he’s slowly learning how to lean over and lay himself down from being seated.

Crawling still seems to be a bit down the road yet. That is A-OK with me. I haven’t baby proofed or even thought about a baby gate situation. He’s been rolling, scooting on his back, and spinning on his tummy quite well for about a month now, but he can’t seem to get any sort of forward motion, even army crawling, going. He gets REALLY frustrated, I know he WANTS to do it. He’s been practicing a lot in his crib, flailing his arms and legs about all hours of the night. Why babies feel the need to practice skills at nap time or in the middle of the night is beyond me!

Last night, he was my date to a work event. He was a bit of a handful to have there alone – he’s in stranger danger mode, so he’s fine if I’m holding him, he’ll stare and eventually smile a polite smile at strangers, but I can’t hand him over without him hollering and reaching back for me. This made it really difficult to get anything to eat or to do anything really. People wanted to help and hold him, but it just wasn’t happening. He was hanging on me like a baby opossum and I couldn’t even peel him off to rearrange him. I sort of ended up keeping to myself after I walked around and said hello to everyone. It was one of the first times I really felt like a single mom and alone. Yesterday is just the first of many events I will attend alone with Charlie in tow. But, I was proud of myself for going. I would have never attended an event like that alone before Charlie. Being a mom has definitely given me an extra dose of self confidence.

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In other news, S and I seemed to have found our stride for the time being (until something else arises and mucks up our delicate dynamic). Making the decision to move forward with the divorce right before the holidays was really hard, but after the initial adjustment, things are so much better now. We both know we’re making the right decision and that we’re better off apart – it’s hard for me to let go of grudges and I still will always hate how things transpired, but at the same time, I don’t really have any other choice but to accept the things I cannot change and to move on. (I would not be able to feel so “zen” about this all if it wasn’t for my precious baby.)

Honestly, being a mom has changed me in so many ways I didn’t even expect. I knew Charlie would always be the very best thing that ever happened to me. It’s even more incredible to live it and KNOW he’s the very best thing that has, and will, ever happen to me.

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Happy 8 months, Charlie Cat!

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