One of the joys of being a stay at home dad is watching our son explore his world and whatever we add to it. I recently decided to clean off the Exersaucer that our friends loaned us and have O try it out because he loves to try and stand but doesn’t seem to like sitting up very much. Every time we practice O’s sitting he planks and wants to stand up so we usually go with it and help him up while he tries to steady himself until his legs give out. The few times we have gotten him to sit up it has been with the assistance of a Boppy and sometimes the drawstring from the shorts of a parent seated nearby.
Seemed like it might make more sense to let him try and improve his balance and strengthen his legs in the Exersaucer. He took to it pretty quickly, spinning, chewing, and grabbing his way through the various toys attached to the upper saucer. He was loving it and making all sorts of fun noises when we heard a loud fart, and then another and another. The last one we heard was pretty juicy and we quickly realized that he pooped! This might not be anything worth celebrating for any other 6 month old, but little man has liked to space his poops out quite a bit over the last few months. His record was 15 days! He is exclusively breastfed so this is not outside the realm of possibility. He was also peeing quite often and did not have a hard tummy or any discomfort so we were not overly concerned. So his pooping while in the Exersaucer was amazing because he had just pooped 4 days earlier, and then he pooped while he was in it again the next day! He spends 20-30 minutes 3-4 times a day in it so I am willing to bet that all the extra upright time is helping to move things through. That and the fact that we started him on solid food. More on that next time!