On the heels of starting to crawl this weekend, milestone #2 of the weekend is much less significant, and he's only repeated it once since, but Jacob has also started pulling up. He's done it twice in his crib, and that's it. He rolled over in his crib long before he ever did it elsewhere, so I guess we'll see how soon he figures out the angles for pulling up in the real world (a.k.a. the living room). He'd been working hard at that for a while now, rattling the drop side rail of the crib like a prisoner, getting up to his knees, and slobbering up the rail as best he could from wherever he could get to. But at one point this weekend when I had him playing in his crib for a couple minutes (I may have been getting his medicine ready or something...much easier with two hands), I walked back into the room and there he was, standing up smiling at me! He did it again yesterday evening as well, I think.
All of the fun and excitement of visitors and milestones almost would have had this as an A+ weekend, but Jacob slept terribly the last two nights. Both nights I/we have given up and had him sleep with us for a little while. When you desperately need sleep and that's the only way it will happen, that's how it goes. I've said it before...it's a bad habit to get into, but it just seems like there isn't any other way. When he gets in this sort of mood, Jacob just won't go back to sleep (let alone stop whining/crying) unless he's right near us. The second you stop rubbing his back and step out of the room or set him back down after extended rocking, he starts crying again. And we've tried to wait out the crying a couple times, but he's persistent. I think the new crawling developments have made it that much worse, because last night he was even sitting up and moving all over the crib when he was awake. He still only seems half awake a lot of the time, too, which I think probably makes him that much more irrational (as if a 9-1/2 month old is ever rational, but...). I've read that babies who hit big developmental milestones tend to wake up more, in essence to practice their newfound skills, but this same sort of thing has been happening on and off for weeks so I'm not sure what's up. Gas? Constipation? Teething? Growth spurt? Nothing is emerging as the big winner, so I am perplexed. But when he's awake Jacob's been pretty great lately...still has his moments but 90% of the time he's happy or at least content.
In other news, I am officially liking the reworked living setup. It looks a lot bigger, and I don't have to contend with sitting on our beaten down ottoman anymore. I still have no idea what happened to it, but the cushioning in one area was completely decimated and it was awkward to try to sit on it. So now it's a modified coffee table, merely there to hold the newspaper, be a footrest, or for Jacob to try to pull up on. Adding the chaise to the chair (instead of the couch)makes getting into and out of the chair much easier, and the whole flow of the room is better. It's been a nice change, surprisingly.
We'll see how quickly he gets good at this crawling thing, and in the meantime we need to start thinking about babyproofing. Ugh.