Monday, June 16, 2014

Eric Anthony is Eleven Months (48 Weeks) Old!

May 17 marked the end of Eric's 44th week.  He celebrated his cousin, Zeke's, 6th birthday that weekend.  He had a great time at his first pool party of the year!

Week 45 ended on May 24.  Eric decided to give us a scare on Memorial Day weekend.  On Saturday, the 24th, we took the kids to the park, and then came home for naptime.  When Eric woke up from his nap, he felt a little warm, but I thought it was just from being out in the sun.  He still acted really happy.  Later, Scott picked him up and asked if I thought he felt hot.  He did.  We took his temperature, and it was a little high, but nothing unusual.  We called the doctor, and the doctor said, "no more monkeys jumping on the bed."  Wait, wrong story!  The doctor said, "just give him Advil or Tylenol to keep him comfortable, but don't worry about waking him up to give it to him.  As long as he's sleeping, let him sleep and just give it to him when he wakes up."  That advice did not work for Eric.  On Monday morning, he woke up with a temperature of 103.9!  We called the doctor again, and he advised going to immediate care.  My mom said it should have been the ER.  Anyway, we took him to immediate care, and they couldn't find anything wrong with him.  They said to just keep giving him Advil and Tylenol, but to alternate them so the fever never had a chance to get that high again, and to follow up with his regular doctor on Tuesday.  I decided to also wake up every three hours on Monday night/Tuesday morning, so that Eric continued to get medicine.  I didn't want his fever to ever get that high again!  On Tuesday, his regular doctor diagnosed him with Roseola, which Adriana had.  He never did break out in a rash, but the fever went away, Adriana never got sick, and it appears that he was completely unharmed by the high fever.  Scary though!  Especially given our family history of febrile seizures (Quentin and Zeke).

Look how happy he is.  This was taken right after his nap, when he was already a little feverish.

May 31 marked the beginning of my summer vacation and the end of Eric's 46th week.  He is completely fever-free, and he is looking forward to his first vacation!  (Trivia question:  What is my favorite outfit of Eric's?  I swear these pictures were taken a week after the previous set.)


Eric spent his 47th week in Walt Disney World!  We left on June 3 and returned on June 10, so these pictures were taken a few days late.  I think he'll forgive me.  I was lucky enough to have an assistant for this photo shoot.

And finally, week 48.  Eric is now 11 months old!  This week's photo shoot got a little rough, but I promise no children were harmed in the process.  I can't guarantee that the same can be said for monsters.

Eric has learned to do so much this month!  He says "hi," claps, waves, and shows that he's "SO big!"  We're working on showing that he's one.  He does it sometimes, but not all of the time.  Yesterday, he said bye-bye.  He LOVES to play peek-a-boo.  Sometimes he covers his eyes, sometimes he covers his head, but it is his favorite game.  He could play for hours.  Well...minutes, but that's a long time for Eric.

Here are all of the milestones he's reaches as of right now:
  • says mama and dada (but not all the time)
  • claps his hands
  • waves hi and bye-bye
  • bangs two cubes together
  • puts objects into containers and then takes them out
  • cruises furniture
  • walks with adult help
  • interested in books
  • understands some simple commands
  • shares toys but wants them back
  • pulls off hat and socks
  • identifies self in mirror (he's so funny when he sees himself!)
We love our sweet Eric!

Eric Anthony is 10 Months (43 Weeks) Old

Oops!  I could've sworn I did Eric's 10 month post.  I figured I would do all of the posts leading up to 11 months at once, so I was waiting until he turned 11 months.  When I just sat down to do the 11-month post, I realized there was no 10-month post.  Poor Eric.  Actually, Eric himself is not at all neglected...which is why his blog often is.  I think the kid is literally attached to my hip.  And Adriana just reentered the Mommy-phase, so free time is sparse, even in the summer.

Anyway, Eric turned 10 months old on May 13.  He is the proud owner of 8 teeth now (it came through on May 5), and he is still just the happiest little guy.  He smiles ALL. THE. TIME.  It turns out his cold became a sinus infection, but he's on the mend now. 

At ten months, Eric has met the following milestones:
  • gets upset if a toy is removed (Adriana likes to make sure he is developing appropriately, and tests this one out from time to time)
  • transfers object from hand to hand
  • stands holding onto someone
  • pulls to standing
  • understands "no"
  • has fun opening and closing cabinet doors (and taking everything out of them)
  • extends arm and leg when getting dressed
See you soon!  I'm going to write the 11-month post now.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Eric: Weeks 40, 41, and 42

On April 19, Eric was 40 weeks old.  He got his 7th tooth on April 18.  The poor kid was working on three teeth at the same time.  At least he got them over with all at once.  We enjoyed our first Easter Egg Drop on April 19.  Eric, Adriana, Zeke, Connor, and Quentin had a great time!  Eric's really looking forward to running and finding eggs with the rest of the kids next year.

Eric turned 41 weeks old on April 26, Brandon's birthday.  We celebrated Brandon's birthday, and Eric had a great time with his cousins.  He loves being held by Connor and Quentin.

Loving his toes

Trying to escape
May 3rd marked the end of Eric's 42 week.  I get a weekly email about baby's development, and when I saw "Week 42" in the subject line, I was shocked.  Eric is going to be ONE YEAR OLD in just 10 weeks!  That's crazy! 

We're still waiting on his 8th tooth, and he's fighting a pretty bad cold.  It's been a rough week for Eric, but he's still smiley.

Elmo, can I talk to you for a minute?


I gotcha!

Eric Anthony is 9 Months (39 Weeks) Old!

After my last post, I seriously thought I would be writing this post in the next few days.  I thought, it's Spring Break.  I'll definitely get it done.  Then we just got too busy and I never made it back to the computer.

Eric's major developments during his ninth month were learning to pull up to standing, learning to climb the stairs (but he's still a little too short to do it completely by himself), and learning to sign "all done."  Adriana was motivated to sign by having to tell us she wanted more when she was eating.  That didn't quite work for our skinny little guy.  Instead, I taught him to sign "all done" so he could get out of his high chair and get back to wiggling around.  He picked it up really quickly, but doesn't use it all the time.

At nine months old, Eric can do all of the following:
  • Reach for toys
  • Drops objects and then looks for them
  • Drops objects and then looks for them
  • Drops objects and then looks for them
  • Drops objects and then looks for them
  • Drops objects and then looks for them
  • Grabs the spoon during feedings
  • Goes from tummy to sitting by himself
  • Picks up tiny objects
  • Begins to identify self in a mirror's reflection
  • Gets upset if a toy is removed
  • Transfers object from hand to hand
  • Stands holding onto someone
  • Pulls to standing
  • Says "mama" and "dada" discriminately
And he also just keeps getting cuter and cuter.

He's such a happy baby!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Eric Anthony Herman is 8 Months Old (aka Weeks 34 - 38)

Now that's it's Spring Break, I can end my month-long sabbatical.

On March 8, Eric was 34 weeks old. 

On March 15, he was 35 Weeks (8 Months) old.

I remember when Adriana was around 8 months old that I wrote about how I really liked her personality.  Eight months old must be when our babies start to develop their own personalities, because I've noticed lately how likeable Eric is.  He is a sweet, cuddly, funny little boy.  He likes to make faces to get people to laugh.  He likes to watch Adriana and laugh at the different things she does.  Their favorite game is to climb all over me when I'm lying down.  They both laugh hysterically.  Eric loves to get attention, but immediately gets shy about it.  When random people talk to him, he will get a huge smile on his face, and then he will bury his face in my shoulder.

Eric is a definite Mama's boy.  Scott is Adriana's favorite right now.  The minute he walks in the door, I am all but forgotten.  I joke with Scott that it's ok because I am definitely Eric's favorite.  He never wants to leave my side.  He would like to be permanently attached to my hip.  I can't wait to tell him about this when he's a teenager and wants nothing to do with me.  :-)

Here's everything that Eric can do at 8 months old:
  • Reaches for utensils when being fed
  • Turns head away when finished eating
  • Rolls all the way around
  • Sits unsupported (he just doesn't like to)
  • Gets on arms and knees in crawling position (but then flops like a fish to move)
  • Has specific cries for various needs
  • Babbles enthusiastically
  • Tests gravity by dropping objects over edge of high chair (my favorite)
  • Responds to own name
  • Has different reactions for different family members
  • Shows some anxiety when removed from parent (this is an understatement)
  • Reaches for toys
  • Drops objects and then looks for them
  • Goes from tummy to sitting by himself
  • Picks up tiny objects (and immediately tries to eat them)
  • Begins to identify self in a mirror's reflection
  • Gets upset if a toy is removed (Adriana tests his development in this area often...isn't that nice of her?)
  • Transfers object from hand to hand
  • Stands holding onto someone
 Here are the pictures of our 8-month old Eric:

Since I'll be back soon for Eric's 9-month post, I'll mostly focus on pictures now.

Week 36 (March 22):

I love how Eric looks in polos!
Week 37 (March 29):

Eric got his top two teeth on March 27.  The poor kid got them both on the same day!

The other day, I was thinking that I still don't really know who Eric looks like.  With Adriana, I could tell right away that she looked like me, and then certain features developed, and I could definitely see Scott.  But to me, Eric just looks like Eric.  And then, as I scrolled through these pictures, it hit me.  Stay tuned while I find a baby picture.

I might have an update with this picture, too, if I can find the picture I'm thinking of.

Week 38 (April 4):

Eric is now pulling himself up to standing.  Adriana's days of putting things on the coffee table to keep them away from Eric are over.  He's also working on his 5th tooth.  He hates it.


See you soon for 9 Months!