He's starting to sit up well, but he lacks balance and falls over easily. This was best demonstrated when he started looking at his Christmas gifts--like the tool bench and the alphabet abacus that require him to be sitting in order to play with them best.
He doesn't spit up as often or as much as he used to. Suddenly, we find that we don't need the burp cloth all the time. I'd say he spits up about 70% less than he used to.
He's not such a fan of my family's gatherings. We're noisy and there are a lot of people who want to hold him. He puts up with it for a little bit then pouts and looks for me. Even if I'm the one holding him, he gets easily over stimulated and needs to nurse, sleep, or be removed from the noise to be refreshed and ready to join the public again. After having him at my parents house for a day and a half we've come to the conclusion that he's a bit of a homebody--probably just because things and routines here are familiar.
He has more syllables when he's crying and sad. Sometimes, he babbles with more syllables when he's happy too.
He's really into grabbing and chewing anything. He loved opening presents, but it wasn't even about the wrapping paper--which he loved--it was about being given something that he could put in his mouth. He'd get so frustrated when he'd chew on the paper and then it would be taken from him almost immediately. I think overall, present opening was mostly a frustrating experience for him because of this.
He loves to touch my guitar--especially the tuners.
He pushes himself up on his hands more.
He says "Adah adah adah" now. He also says something along the lines of an "r" and an "l" and I'm pretty sure he's sad "ma" and "ba" before.
He's super fidgety when nursing and if I hold my phone or knitting or a book and he sees it in his peripheral vision while nursing, he frantically reaches for it and usually grabs it quite accurately.
He's grabbing things with accuracy and a good grip.
He bangs his head against Daddy's when Daddy is putting him to sleep over his shoulder.
He's starting to cognitively understand sequences and cause and effect. He has expectations of certain situations such. I walked into his darkened room with him and he cried louder--either because he thought he was about to get changed or because he thought I was going to put him in his crib.
He used to love getting changed all the time. Now, it's 50/50.
His diaper is always leaking. Still. This was never a problem with his big sister. I don't even care to try to problem solve at this point, though it's probably a fit issue due to a growth spurt and I just haven't admitted it to myself, yet, that he's gotten bigger.
His spitting is now for amusement and it involves his little tongue between pursed lips but doesn't sound like a typical raspberry sound. He also blows making a "pff" sound through pursed lips and often makes this sound just about immediately upon waking up. It's how I know whether he's awake for real or not sometimes.
We still struggle getting him to stay up til 7:30 at night and sleep in until 7am. He always wants to go to sleep between 5 and 6:30 at night and wants to awaken at 5am. We'd like him to go to bed at 7/7:30pm and sleep until 7am.
He yells a lot--not crying, just yelling. It turns to shrieking if he's really frustrated. It's cute, but also annoying--the first annoying thing he's ever done, I think (If you don't count the reflux that he struggled with in his first few months)