Well there are more "firsts" to report this week. Hayden sat up on his own for the first time, and he also held a sippy cup with water in it! I can't believe how he is picking up all these new skills so rapidly. This is really a time of change and growth for him, and it is so exciting. He also moved on from cereal to sweet potatoes. I'm not convinced that he really likes solid foods yet....some days he scarfs it down with a huge grin and some giggles, and other days he just wants nothing to do with it. So my plan now is to keep offering it to him, and if he takes it great, and if he doesn't, that's fine too. He is still breastfeeding and getting all of his essentials from that, so cereal and baby food are really just extras at this point.
Unfortunately, he also has experienced his first cold :( It breaks my heart to hear him all congested and coughing, but it honestly doesn't seem to be bothering him too badly. He had one day where he was very fussy, but otherwise he has been his usual sweet and content self. We have been slathering him with baby vicks before he goes to bed, and giving him warm, steamy baths every day in hopes of clearing up his chest, and so far it's helped him sleep really well, but he just can't seem to completely kick the cold! I've been told that it is normal for them to be sick a week to 10 days, so I'm not panicking yet :) I just hope he's well when we travel to Wisconsin on Thursday for Lindsey's wedding!
We are very much looking forward to Hayden's first Christmas, and to celebrating and creating some new traditions with our new little family. On Christmas Eve we are planning a cocktail party at our home for some of our local friends, and then on Christmas Day, we are going to cook a big feast for the 3 of us (Hayden might get to move on to peas or carrots by then!), and open our gifts and sit by the fire with a glass of wine. We are sad that we couldn't be with our families this year, but we are determined to enjoy the holiday and make the best of it!
Merry Christmas to all of you!