Milo 'playing' with Lego his sister got for her birthday. He wasnt left unsupervised and was only allowed to play with it for the duration of this video so don't panic about swallowing small parts, he's fine!
This is Milo's favourite seat in the house.. on the hearth next to the coal so that as soon as your back it turned he can grab some. He's done this for months and the fascination with the coal doesn't seem to be subsiding.. it's dirty and black and he can make a big mess very quickly. If you look closely you can see little black marks on his right hand.. he is so sneaky.. I didn't think he'd touched it at this point. He's a baby master of misdirection.. Mummy look what I'm doing with this hand while I do something naughty with the other.. I didn't know such small children could be so cunning but this is a word of warning to those who think their little angles could never drag a bit black line through their house.. they can if they want to!
I am getting so slack with these updates.. he turned 9 months almost a week ago and as I type this I'm still yet to film the video part of this.. God knows how I'll manage to keep to the schedule when I go back to work in 2 weeks *sob*
Just after his last update he started to stand on his own which I think is this months biggest development. He's attempted a step once or twice but nothing successful as yet. I've only managed to capture this standing on film once so far but I'll post that picture separately - I like to be able to search for his individual milestones on here. He's still eating like a little piggy and crying when it's all gone, we've started weaning him on to lumpier food with bits of pasta etc which he's just about coming around to but at first.. he NO LIKEY! His chatter seems to have developed and it often sounds like words, though I imagine that's a coincidence. When I last updated I spoke about his incessant head shaking.. he doesn't do that so much now but he does dance! When music comes on the TV he has several moves he may decide to bust out (my personal favourites are swaying and bouncing) and having run through my iTunes library his favourite song of the moment is 'Your Belong To Me' by Taylor Swift - I will try to film him dancing to this this week. He also likes reggae. Eclectic!
He is the baby of a million faces but most of them I only manage to capture on my phone and subsequently post to instagram so I think I'll do an collage post of those soon 'cause some really do make me giggle! This month he started pushing everything he could get his hands on around the living room like a car.. bit odd but it seems to be what he wants to do. He made his first attempt to get up the stairs last week, couldn't manage even the bottom step but it's yet another thing to be vigilant of from now on. Strangely since it was decided that he would go to a childminders 4 days a week when I return to work he's become more clingy.. he's not a cuddly baby but he suddenly wants holding 24/7. He's more of a Daddy's boy these days though so it's nice for Lee to have that bonding with him as I will be working later so they will have lots of time on their own which they don't so much now. I always miss things off these updates but I think that's pretty much it for the 8th month. Now he's 9 months I'd very much like him to take his first official steps in the next fortnight so I don't miss it but I know these things can't be pushed.. oh and.. still no teeth!
A couple of days ago it was agreed that I was going back to work. Up until then I wasn't sure if or when I would.. could have been months away, could have been not at all but I now know I'm back in the office in just over 3 weeks time (3rd Sept) and quite frankly I'm not at all looking forward to it. I had been vlogging that day and decided to film something for my baby blog on the subject. I will chronicle my return and everything leading up to it for those of you in a similar situation wanting to see how it went for someone else. I am going back to where I worked before but I was only a temp and lots has changed since then so it's still really daunting. I've been off for about 10 months and haven't been in to see them once (because I was a temp) so that's pretty scary! They've asked me to go in as often as I can for an hour here or there to get back in to it in the meantime which on the one hand I think is a good idea but on the other.. I'm not ready. Here's my video, I'll be back with more updates and childcare talk soon!