I'll open by saying I can't believe it's been more than a month since our last entry. We've been really busy since then! I'll try to recap the highs of the last month and then cover Braeden's first Christmas in the next post.
Braeden recovered pretty quickly from his bad cold, but kept the cough and wheezey breathing for a couple of weeks. He had a second chest x-ray which looked much better, so we felt like we dodged a bullet there.
Later in November we noticed that Braeden could stand by himself. After pulling up on something, he'd often let go and just hold onto a toy. He'd only do it for a couple of seconds and it seemed like when he realized he was standing alone, he'd quick grab onto something again. But he started doing it more and more frequently and for longer periods of time as he gained confidence in his legs.
Then we figured out it was time for him to start walking (assisted, that is). G-Ma and P-Pa had given him a hippo he could either ride or use as a walker. We stood him in front of it and he started to push it and walk behind it. The first few times he mostly just fell down. The hippo would move too fast and his feet wouldn't move at all. So he'd lean forward with his arms outstretched until he couldn't reach anymore, then he'd fall forward. But after a little while of this, he started to get the hang of it! He now walks the entire length of our house from the front door to the morning room windows. We have to steer because he hasn't figured that part out yet, but boy, is he fast!
He's nursing less which means he's eating more solid foods. We've started to expand his diet because he was definitely getting tired of plain pasta and green beans. Braeden's been eating cold, homemade mac and cheese, chicken breast, cheese, animal crackers, goldfish, and lima beans. He LOVES lima beans! And drinking juice from his sippy cup which he holds by both handles. Too cute!