Archive for November, 2009

Spoonman

November 23, 2009

As mentioned earlier, Aiden got started on solid food this past week (November 15th).  We started with a little rice cereal mixed with milk between his late afternoon and final feeding, conveniently timed right before his bath.  The first time was pretty hilarious, and anyone that’s ever fed this baby will relate as to why.  You see, Aiden is what I like to call a ravenous eater.  There’s no breaks or burping of any kind once he gets started until he’s finished.  Even now, I can barely switch sides when nursing without him getting a little whiny.  So it was no surprise to us when we had to break out an extra spoon to keep the food coming.

Come the second day, he was much more relaxed, allowing us to use only one spoon.  We continued practicing with the cereal throughout the week but only noticed a slight improvement in his spoon technique day to day.  That is until Saturday.  Saturday, we introduced him to sweet potatoes, and all of a sudden our little boy became a spoon master, not letting a single drop escape his mouth once it past his lips.  He also started opening wide to make sure I knew he was ready for more.  Needless to say, I think he liked sweet potatoes.

After his initial feeding of sweet potatoes, I started mixing them in with the cereal.  That seems to be going pretty well for now.  After the holiday weekend, we’ll start in on a new vegetable.  We’ve got squash, green beans, and carrots on the horizon before we start in on fruits.  Yay!  It’s so awesome seeing him try new foods for the first time. 

   Do I have something on my chin?    Keep it coming lady!!

On a feeding side note, I’ve also recently discovered that the boy is refusing to eat formula (unless mixed in  sweet potato/cereal goulash).  I tried to give him a bottle the other night while we were out to dinner which he refused.  At the time I chalked it up to tiredness, but then today I sent a bottle of formula with him to daycare, and  his teacher said he wouldn’t take it.  I’m not exactly sure what to do about this as I’m out of my milk stash and can’t pump enough at work.  Anyone out there have a similar situation?  Suggestions are welcome and appreciated…

Novel Weekend Novel

November 19, 2009

This past weekend was filled with awesomeness, however, true to form, I have very little photographic evidence to prove it.  We did manage to take some pictures on Sunday, so if you’re not interested in every little detail of my eventful weekend (or doctor rants), please scroll down.

Aiden had his four month well visit to a NEW doctor this past Friday.  I had been contemplating a doctor switch from the beginning since our original doctor liked to talk to us with the same inflection and enthusiasm she used with the children which I hate.  I’m an adult and Aiden is a child.  Adjust your voice accordingly when you’re addressing us.  It’s not hard.  Anyhow, I was finally pushed over the edge when a family emergency caused the doctor to cancel the appointment that I actually had enough foresight to make so that it would fall around his four month birthday.  When I called back to reschedule the following day, they didn’t have anything for a month.  This was unacceptable so we moved to a new doctor literally ten steps away from them.  I’m happy to report that I liked this new doctor much better.  She is delightfully drab and to the point…exactly what I want in a medical professional.  Aiden also flashed her several award winning smiles which I also took as a good sign.

Aiden weighed in at 13 lbs 5ozs (10-25th percentile) and 25 1/4 inches (75th percentile).  Still tall and skinny.  He got three shots and cried a little longer this time than last, but still not too bad.  A good part of the appointment was spent coaching us on how to start introducing solids to Aiden.  I was a very eager student, excited about the prospect of finally being able to appease all those folks that have said to give him rice cereal from the beginning (hi mom! =).  Since I’m running a little behind on posting, I will say that we have since given it a try and it was as awesome as I’d hoped.  Stay tuned.

So doctor’s appointment was good, and because it’s impossible to spend any less than an hour and a half there, no matter how routine the visit,  we missed our Friday mommy/baby class which always disappoints me (and Aiden I’m sure).  Thankfully my friend Alexis (with baby Maya) made up for it by hosting an amazing play date, our first ever.  Now this would be a great place for a picture of the four babies playing together or just co-existing in the same room, but like I said, I suck.  Fortunately this does give me motivation to do it again.  Not that I would need motivation because it was really quite lovely spending the afternoon snacking and getting to know other moms while Aiden got his play on.  Thanks again Alexis and Maya!

Saturday night I got a chance to go out with my teacher friends who I’ve missed dearly.  They are a fun group (the best cohort on earth some would say), and I had a blast hearing all of their teacher stories (even if I didn’t have any new ones to add) and singing karaoke with them.  I personally didn’t take any pictures, but I know several were taken.  Once they are posted on Facebook, I’ll add them here.  For now this is all I got (thanks Adrienne!).

Best Cohort Ever 

Of course me being gone all night, meant that Dan had babysitting duties.  This was the first time that Dan flew solo on getting Aiden through his nighttime routine.  He also got to handle the 12:30am wakeup call, which is an unusual time for Aiden to be up (I think he must have missed me).  But Dan did great and was a wonderful sport about the whole thing, and I really appreciated the opportunity to go out.  The next morning Dan said the experience reminded him of the first time he watched Callea overnight for me.  I’m happy yet slightly disappointed he didn’t think to do this with the baby ;)

Bad Daddy 

Which brings us to Sunday.  We had a pleasant little visit from the grandparents, took a lovely little walk in the glorious fall weather with Aiden sitting in the stroller like a big boy (no infant carrier), and took some great pictures.  Without further ado.

Yay For Fall  Hi Nama Airplane in the Leaves

Drool Machine Leaves!

Mom and DadMmmm I Will Eat You...   SONY DSC

Happy 4 Months Aiden!

November 4, 2009

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Dear Aiden,

It’s been months since you fit into your newborn clothes and diapers (a surprisingly hard pill to swallow) and according to the internet you were only a newborn for 4 weeks.  Despite these facts it is only now that I am starting to see you more as an infant than my little newborn baby.

You’ve come so far from the early days when you would mostly just eat, sleep, poop, and fuss.  Now we actually witness you learning new things and interacting with your environment.  Your noises are less like “super nova” screams and more like genuine attempts to communicate with us.  You have such a sweet, smiley personality, and everyone that knows you adores you.

You love to eat your hands and fly like an airplane and nobody can make you giggle like daddy can. I can’t get enough of all the sounds you make.  We’ve recently heard actual bursts of laughter which is simply music to my ears.    You talk up a storm, telling me all about your day when I pick you up from daycare.  You are the most vocal on your stomach where you do an excellent job of holding your head up these days.  You’ve rolled over, but you don’t do it often.  You’re a drool machine.   You’re getting excellent control over your hands, and already anything you get a hold of goes straight to your mouth.  You started sitting up in your bumbo chair, and I think you like the new perspective because you are increasingly discontent on your back unless someone is entertaining you or you have something interesting to look at and/or reach for.  I can always elicit a smile from you with my awesome singing.  When you’re mad you stiffen your entire body making it impossible to do anything with you, but you’re rarely mad these days.  You refused to be burped until you’re completely finished eating.  When you’re tired, your favorite place is in my arms where you hang like a monkey making it increasingly harder to put you down to sleep because you’re just so darn cuddly.

I can’t wait to see what the next month brings!

Love you a million,

Mommy

Halloween 2009

November 3, 2009

I’ve always loved Halloween.  There’s just something right about going around and getting free candy as a kid and crazy costume parties as an adult.  Every year Dan and I do something special together to get in the spirit of things.  In California 2007, we all dressed up and started our tradition of cupcake decorating:

   

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Cupcakes 2007 

Last year we carved pumpkins (I was actually pregnant in this picture and didn’t know it) and did more cupcakes:

Skeleton Pumpkin    Ghost Pumpkin

Cupcakes 2008

But this year was different.  Our first Halloween with child.  I really wanted Aiden’s first Halloween to be extra special.  So before really thinking it through I decided to have a little Halloween gathering at our place for our friends and their kids the Saturday before Halloween.  I had this whimsical idea that they’d all come over and decorate cupcakes with us like we’ve done in years past.  Aiden and all his friends would be dressed up and we’d get lots of pictures.  It was all great in theory, but in execution it just ended up being a bit stressful planning to entertain such a large age range of kids (4 months – 10 years).  I think everyone had a good time though and it was really nice to see everyone.  Aiden’s costume ended up being entirely too warm for being indoors so he wasn’t even in costume for most of the party.  Here is the extent of pictures we have from the event (thanks Dan):

 Me & Aiden Kirsten & Leon

Drew & Family  The Chernaults

Tyler and Jathan

Party

Before the party Dan and I made a little pumpkin with Aiden using his hands as leaves at the crafts table we had set up for the older kids.  Honestly, this was probably my favorite part of the day!

Tracing his hand  Gluing on the pieces

Finished product

A week later on Halloween morning, Aiden woke up with a stuffy nose and cough to go along with his pink eye so we made a trip back to the doctor to make sure it was nothing serious.  I refused to let a little case of the sniffles get me down and dressed Aiden in the pumpkin costume his Grandma gave him for the trip.  He was so stinking cute.

Before we left:

Lil Pumpkin 

Waiting at the doctor’s office:

 Tiny Chair     Wha happened?

That evening we stopped by our neighborhood Halloween party.  There were kids everywhere which I must say I’m going to have to get used to.  It’s so different when it’s not your kids – that’s all I’m going to say about that.

Us  Only Scarecrows Here 

Then we dressed him in his oven frog costume (in honor of those crazy frog legs he was born with) and took him trick-or-treating.  We only made it to one house between the bouts of rain.  He got a Kit Kat.  His enthusiasm in these pictures is overwhelming…

Trick or Treat...

give me something good to eat

Can’t wait until next year!