Thursday, June 22, 2006

Learning to crawl....Well, Tommy is definitely working on crawling. Last Wednesday he surprised me by getting up on his hands and knees and rocking. He had done this before, but now he is doing it without pushing against the coffee table. Most Moms would be very excited about this but seeing as our place is filled with boxes and we are moving to Colorado next Friday, we are begging Tommy to wait just 2 more weeks. I can just see it now...moving truck has arrived...boxes are being loaded...Tommy escapes from the apartment. Actually we are pretty excited about Tommy's quest to finally move forward (he can go from side-to-side and backwards) it is just crummy timing.

I am attaching another picture of Tommy eating, but I swear this one is totally different. We had been given a mesh feeder and so we decided to try it out...with watermelon. It worked in the sense that Tommy did not choke and it caught the seeds, but I will let you look at the picture and guess how much watermelon made it in his mouth and how much stained his shirt. There would be a second eating picture, but the camera was not with us when I gave Tommy his first pickle. We were at a restaurant and I gave him a quarter slice of a dill pickle. Well, Tommy put the thing in his mouth and started to suck on it. He immediately took it out of his mouth, made the worst face I have ever seen, looked accusingly at the pickle, and put the pickle back in his mouth. He repeated this process about five times. I wish we had the camera with us, but c'est la vie. It did save everyone from yet another eating picture.
Our next post will be from Colorado, so it may be a couple weeks.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

It's Mike's Birthday!

Today is Mike's birthday, and I had hoped to do something special (make a nice dinner or take him out to eat) but I have had to change plans. Apparently I have my first case of mastitis which is a breast infection that you can get when you breastfeed. Basically, you feel like you have the flu, have a fever, and it hurts like the dickens to nurse. I am now taking an antibiotic and should be feeling better soon. So, we went out for a quick dinner (I was supposed to be on bedrest).

I mention that because it pertains to our adventures in sleep. Tommy had been sleeping with us, but lately it has not been the greatest arrangement. Since he is older and moves around he does wonderful little things like pulling our hair (and Mike's armpit hair), pinching, and patting our faces. These things sound really sweet, but not so at 2am. So, we have been trying various types of methods to get him to sleep in his crib. I have read 6 books on sleep with all different opinions on how to do it. They range from just deal with it to let them cry (without checking on them) until they fall asleep. We finally settled on the Ferber method, and it was working (the 10-12 wakings in his crib shortened from 30 minutes to 1-10), but now I have this infection and part of the treatment is to nurse him frequently. So, we have had to take a step backwards and postpone the prospect of sleep for another week or two.

I am including pictures of Tommy eating because those are always fun and also a picture of him in his new bathing suit/swim diaper.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Had some trouble with the pics, but here they are!
A big week...
We had a big week this week. On Wednesday, Tommy enjoyed his first trip to the apartment complex swimming pool. He had gone swimming once before, but it was in an indoor pool. I think he looks pretty cool in his sunglasses. From the pictures you can also see the the adventures in eating continued. Actually, we found two foods that Tommy loves. He loves pears and sweet peas. He also loves his sippy cup, but we cannot give it to him until he has finished eating or he will stop eating and just play with the cup. We have given water to Tommy in the cup every night, but I do not think he has managed to actually drink any yet. Instead, he blows bubbles into the cup, or my personal favorite, he gets water in his mouth and then blows rasberries. Tommy is also now attempting to feed himself. He actually does pretty well with about a 70% success rate at getting the spoon into his mouth. Other times the food ends up in his hair, in his ears, on his chest....I could go on listing body parts but I think you get the picture.

This week we also had visitors. Grandmommy and Grandaddy came to visit. Tommy really enjoyed seeing them. On Thursday, we went shopping. On Friday, we went to the rose gardens in Washington Park in Portland. Tommy was surprisingly content which made the outing very nice. Then on Saturday we went to Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge.

Our adventures in feeding continue. Next time we will visit the wonderful world of sleep (or lack thereof).