Seven months and 3 stamps in his passport (transit in Hong Kong, and entry to Malaysia).  Not bad.  Here’s Miles during his first ocean experience, in the Straits of Malacca (part of the Andaman Sea, in the Indian Ocean) at the white sands beach of Penang National Park.
And some updates about this month.  So much is changing and developing, I feel I could write one of these every week!
  • Sleep.  (Not to jinx it)  We made the most strides in this area.  As a 6 month old, Miles was acting like an infant and waking up every 2 hours to nurse.  This left one tired momma.  In a state of desperation (or was it diversion?) I checked out every book the Austin Public Library system had on baby sleep, and in the pandemonium of packing a moving actually found something that got us to a livable solution.  I know this is a very controversial topic, and let me tell you, the last thing I wanted to do was put Miles on a schedule or let him cry.  Well, guess what worked?  He now has a 2-nap schedule, bedtime routine and we endured a week of crying, but everyone is sleeping better now.  We even made it through the jetlag.  I hope.
  • Standing.  The little man learned to pull up this month, and does this on whatever upright object in his path, his favorite being my leg.  So I am now that momma barefoot in the kitchen (Malaysians don’t wear shoes inside) with a baby hanging on my skirt.  I love it.  He is also experimenting with letting go, and can expertly fall on his cloth diaper padded bottom, which is a good thing given these marble tiled floors!
  • Mobility.  Miles has the army crawl down.  I am not sure if we will ever see a hands and knees crawl, he’s pretty quick on his belly and it seems to work for him.  He can cruise a little while standing and holding onto furniture, depending on what is motivating him.  Electronics seem to be the best motivators.
  • Eating.  Miles still nurses every 2-4 hours during the day, and it seems to be for longer periods than before.  Solid foods are coming slowly as during the move it’s been a little inconvenient to do, but he still takes something once a day.  Bananas have been key.  We’ve also tried pears, mango, papaya and carrots.  He also gets water several times a day, mostly out of my kleen kanteen or a glass at the table.
  • Play.  This boy is totally into play right now, and will make a toy of almost everything.  When we visit other kid’s houses, he dives into their toy box and is not shy to put all of it in his mouth and leave a little slobber behind.  He is most interested in whatever toy someone else is playing with, too.
  • Interactions.  It’s becoming obvious that Miles has his own personality.  He gets frustrated (grunting), angry (yelling), happy (waving arms, kicking legs), excited (jumping), and tickled (chuckling).  When daddy comes home at the end of the day, Miles puts on his biggest smile and waves his arms and jumps.  It’s really sweet.  i am also trying to be conscience of not just pulling things out of his hands because I can overpower him.  I want him to be polite when he has the means to be so I better start teaching him now!
  • In other news… I am happy to report the hair loss crisis seems to be over.  Miles is growing in a baby seal’s slick of reddish blond and I am no longer clogging shower drains…. We had a month without poopy diapers but have not been able to get on a good toilet schedule yet in Penang, luckily the toilets are equipped with sprayers, since the washing machines here can’t handle solids :-/  We’ll keep trying diaper-free, but its a long road… Still no teeth… Separation anxiety is setting in, and Miles spent an hour crying with another expat mom while Tim and I moved the other day…  We’re loving the weather here and are spending lots of time on walks, in the pool and just sitting in the grass.  Outside time is still Miles’ favorite (so many tropical plants to explore and try to eat!) and I try to get him out for a few hours every day.