Monthly Archives: May 2010

Look, Ma, no hands!

Here is Baby J’s monthly photo (yes, a day late, sorry):

He is really getting BIG!  and strong!  Of course he is growing, but I can really tell just how much with these monthly shots.

On our last day of Little Gym, I took some video footage of Baby J doing some of the things we’ve been working on there.  He’s quite talented – and maybe even more important, he isn’t scared!  No crying from JJ, unlike some of the other babies.  Click here to check it out!

Happy Half Birtday!

Dearest JJ –

You are now 6 months old!!!  I can’t believe it – the time seems to be just flying by!  It makes me a little sad that things are going by so fast, but that is life and it is just a good reminder for me to enjoy the present.  So much has happened this month…

You continue to be a good sleeper.  Besides a few hiccups, you sleep through the night pretty reliably.  Even after giving up your soothie (paci)!  So much so that I have started with the neighborhood bootcamp!  But you are an early riser  – around 6am – usually we can keep you in your crib until at least 630am.  At that point either Dad or I changes your diaper and brings you into bed with us.

And you are taking after me with your appetite!  I know you often empty out your hollow leg, how else could we explain where all the food goes?!  You have solids 3x a day with a bottle, and your final feeding is just a bottle.  So you are eating only 4 times a day – I have mom friends who’s kids are nearly a year old and still eating every 2 – 3 hours.

Carrots have become your favorite veggie.  Other veggies in your repertoire include sweet potatoes and avocados.  You love fruits – bananas and prunes, but I have to limit your intake, as they seem to pass through you quickly.  Pears don’t agree with you.  I like to mix all of your food with baby rice cereal, to make a more complete meal.  Your most favorite part of eating solids is drinking water from a cup (like the books recommend)!

And you have 2 little teeth that have come in!  You did get a little feverish and grumpy when that was all going on (and on a night when Dad was out on business!  You puked like a billy goat all over your sheets and bumber cover!  That night was hard, as I just wanted to hold you, but had to get the sheets off and bumper cover off, but didn’t really have a good place to put you… anyway…), but who can blame you?  I am sure it didn’t feel good.

Now you have a funny and adorable grumpy face that you make when you are overtired or over hungry.  You kind of squish you face up and then yell!  Yesterday we went to the zoo, and had to skip your 3rd nap – never again will I make that mistake.  You cried more than you ever have in your life!  Too tired and it was sooo hot.  All of the other mom’s were in amazement – all, I’ve never heard J cry before!  Well, you certainly did cry.  But really, to have gone 6 months without such a meltdown is quite remarkable.

You love to giggle when I pretend to eat your fingers and hands, “YUMMY!”   You love our game so much that you actually bring your fingers to my mouth.  I was so impressed, as I didn’t think you had much of a memory, but clearly you do.

You’ve started going to the Little Gym for class – the forward roll is a tough move to master!  We’re working on it.  You do a really good job of holding onto the bar and also doing the wheelbarrow.  We’ve added many moves to our baby yoga series – I’ve been a bit slack recently (we’ve just been so busy), but I will get back on it.

And music class is fun, too.  You love to see the other babies and those bubbles are so strong – you are able to hold them before they pop!

Pool time with your buddies or just me and dad is a favorite of yours.  Sometimes the cool water takes a bit getting used to, but in the end you don’t mind hanging out in your little float.  It tires your out, which is always good.

I’ve been trying to work on the baby sign language with you.  We’ve watched some videos and I really am trying to remember to sign when you are having your milk, or eating.  I do think you recognize the sign for milk, as well for eat.  Sometimes, when I am signing, I can see you looking at my hands, so I think  you are taking it in.  I think one day you’ll just surprise me and make a sign when I ask you what you want.

And you’ve Skyp’ed a few times with PoPo and your great PoPo over in Taiwan.  The internet really is amazing.  You’ll get to meet all your great-aunts and uncles and second cousins this July when Gomby gets married!  That will be exciting.

I’ve grown up a little this month too – gave you your first bath solo (!) and it worked out fabulously!  And I hardly cried when you got your 6 month shots.  Thanks for being such a brave little guy.

I love in the morning when you are fussing and I go in to get you – you always have a smile for me!  You are a happy baby, and that really is the most important thing.  You are so loved by so many people, and I think you can feel all that love.

Everyday I am so thankful you are here.  I love you so much.  and I love being your mummy!  Thanks for making it a challenging, yet so rewarding, job.  I couldn’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing, than hanging out with you!

XOXO,

Mummy

Vitals

We went in for Bubby’s 6 month checkup (he’ll turn 6 months on the 27) today – he got 3 shots, poor guy!  But he is a toughie, and I am getting better – this time I didn’t cry longer than Bubs did, unlike last time.  Our pediatrician commented on what a good baby he is, and I was all, Yeah – sometimes he is so good I feel guilty around my mom friends.  And she was all, Well, it has a lot to do with you and your disposition.  I have found that fussy kids have fussy moms.  So that made me feel good – clearly I am doing something right!

Anyway, here are his stats:

Height: 27″ (75th percentile)

Weight: 16 lbs 12 oz (50th percentile)

Head: 17″ (75th percentile)

Boom guessed that he was going to weigh in at 19lbs!  I was all, your son is not quite the bruiser you think he is!

We’ve been hitting the pool a bit lately, getting him ready for his swimming class that starts in June.  Here are some photos from our latest shenanigans:

Getting ready to head out to the pool – father and son and best friends too – so cute!

He vis a very laid back little dude – enjoys the water but let’s us know when he has had enough.

I can’t believe our baby is almost 6 months old!  Where did the time go?!  I am so glad I get to be with him everyday!

Life

Sometimes it is easy to take my life for granted. Then, like a kick to the face, I am confronted with something (or someone) that makes me want to cry and not take anything for granted.

Today we had music class. It is really cute – a lot of singing and moving around. We had already started when a child and a white haired lady came in – “Trey” looked to be about 1 year old. I saw that something was not right with his face, but not until they sat down did I really see – he had no eyes. I don’t know what would cause such a thing, but there was no sockets, and of course, no eyeballs. “Sue”, his caretaker (I surmise), was very loving and good with him. He loved the music and liked to sway when we were singing.

It made me want to cry – and I nearly did, a couple of times. Just because life is unfair. This little guy didn’t do anything to deserve the hardship that was bestowed on him. And life probably hadn’t been easy so far, and I am assuming it wasn’t going to start being easy now. I also wondered about his parents. Did they hire Sue so they could both work full time? or did Sue have special skills in dealing with special needs kids? How were they dealing with the hand life had dealt them? or had they caused it somehow?

It made me want to hug and squeeze Bubby tight, and really never let go. It made me realize that while I was concerned with what kindergarten he would be going to (in a few years), other people had far more serious things to be worried about. I also hope that Trey’s parents are better than me. That they were not too disappointed when they realized their child was not going to be able to fulfill all of their hopes and dreams they have for him. But mainly it makes my heart ache.

I am realizing that becoming a parent has really changed my outlook. I would do anything for Bubby not to have any serious illness, that I would be willing to take on any hardship if it could help keep him safe.  and when we got home for music class, I just snug snugged with my little guy, for as long as he would let me.

Here’s the cutie:

I am not going to forget to be thankful everyday, for everything that I have.

Super Baby!

I know, I know, every parent thinks their baby is amazing.  And they are.  It’s just that Little Bubs is totally the most amazing and smart and awesome baby ever!  He really is a good, good baby, and more than that, he helps make my job as Mumsie a little bit easier.

Case in point, we’ve been using a paci(fier) to help get him down to sleep for naps and bedtime.  A mommy friend of mine, V,  weaned her daughter off her paci at 6 months, and I was planning to do the same.  So I’ve been thinking about this and have told Bubby that in a few weeks we’d have to start the weaning process.  I reminded him of this just the other day, and then, voila!  He no longer will take his paci!  He weaned himself cold turkey!  And to think I was dreading having to wean him…  lucky for me, Bubs is the best little guy and he really helps me be a good mom – and makes me look good for my mommy friends!

V did comment, when I relayed the story to her, that my next child is likely going to be a little devil, as “nothing is for free”.  I mentioned this to Boom and he was all, yes, the next baby will likely have your disposition rather than mine, like Bubs has.  I was all, Hrump, what does that mean? It isn’t bad to have my disposition.  And Boom was all, No, not bad.  But that baby will be all particular and want what he/she wants.

Little Bubby will also engage himself in “independent play time” in his crib.  Which is amazing.  He sometimes will wake up from naps and just hang out in his crib for nearly an hour!  We’ve put donkey, his best stuffed buddy, in there with him so he can have a friend.  It is awesome when he plays independently in the morning, as I try not to get him out of his crib until 7am.  I guess not all babies do this, so, again, we are so lucky.  Lucky that Bubby is just the most awesome baby ever!

Lazy Weekend

We had a nice weekend just hanging out.  It rained and rained on Saturday, so no adventures for us that day.  On Sunday, the rain stopped and the sun came out (thus making it very humid) so we went to the pool with Baby J.  It was his 2nd time in a pool and he didn’t seem to mind it too much, event though the water was cold!  I forgot to bring the camera to the pool, so this photo is from our relaxing time before the pool:

I love that Bubby and Boom are best friends!  It is just too cute for words!!!

SURPRISE!

Yarbs’ surprise bday party last Saturday went off without a hitch!  It was so great – she was super surprised and a good time was had by all…

She wasn’t even suspicious when I told her to come in through the back door (so random!)…

Isn’t she just too cute?!  Since she thought she was going to a fancy shmancy party, she was all dolled up!

Our whole fam – too bad Bubby was asleep when we took this photo.

More photos and details at Yarbs’ blog, go check it out!