Saturday, December 30, 2006

"Crazy Christmas, Pineapple, Granny Ziegler's Stuffing, Jarred Food Poops, Standing, the Bell"

Well, we had Christmas and you had a great time. You ripped a bit of paper. You played with boxes. You had some Christmas dinner. You got LOTS of toys.

Here's some things you received...
A ride on plane, the Fisher Price Learning Home, a Peek a Blocks farm and turtle, shape sorters, the Fisher Price Bouncing Zebra, stuffed toys and puppets, a top, a bead chaser, a vibrating elephant, and much more.

I made you a special stocking that has pockets on the outside and it was almost filled up to the top!

You had jarred food over the holiday and you went from pooping twice a day to about five times a day! Yuck! Back to homemade food for sure now!

You loved Grannie Ziegler's stuffing. You could've eaten it all day. You crazy kiddo!

You tried pineapple over the holiday in the form of fruit salad.

You've been pulling up to furniture non-stop. You aren't quite 'cruising' yet, but you are definitely taking some steps toward other directions.

You've been trying to copy words that we say like 'cookie', 'cat', and 'duck'.

Your favourite toy lately has been the little wedding bell from Daddy and I's wedding. You love to walk around with it or Monkey in your mouth, or should I say crawl around?

You are sure growing fast. The jarred food got you up to 19.5 lbs!

The next time I update this, it will be 2007!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

"Crawling Crawling, Getting Chased, Pulling Up, Cat Food, Pineapple, Grandma, Cookie, Duck"

You are crawling everywhere and I have yet to remember to replace the tape in the video camera so I can record it. You've been crawling now for about 4.5 weeks, maybe 5. As suspected, you never commando crawled. You just went straight to proper crawl. You are crawling everywhere.

You like gettting chased when you're crawling.

You can pull up on furniture. I think I already wrote that you did it for the first time, geesh, almost 4 weeks ago! Now it's just natural instinct. The motivation is, of course, the laptop. You love the keyboard, the screen, and especially the mouse. You click it and do all sorts of crazy things to my screen.

Yesterday, in the kitchen, while exploring, you popped some cat food into your moouth before I could do anything about it. Grrrrrrrrrr. You, unfortunately, didn't seem to mind it.

Speaking of food introduction, you'll be trying pineapple on our trip to the Island because you'll be having jarred food, and Daddy bought you fruit salad.

I had my first three days of work and Grandma and Auntie Kim watched you. You had your horrible cold, so there was some 'cuddling to sleep'. Poor little guy. You had fun with Grandma and Kim.

You are copying what we say lots. You were trying to say, "Cookie" at the lunch table. You said, "Caca". When Grandpa stopped by so we could give him his birthday gift, you were copying him saying, "Duck". You said, "Duu".

Friday, December 15, 2006

"Baba for Real, Potty Crawl, Dada, Farzzle's World, Stand Up Legs, Almost Lost Monkey, Oranges, The Worst Cold Ever"

I walked into your bedroom yesterday morning, and clear as day you said, "Baba". This is the word we use for 'bottle'. You didn't say, "bababababab", you said, "Baba". Like you were saying to me, "Mommy, it's time for my bottle. I only had half as much as normal last night."

Three times now, you've crawled to the potty, and after taking off your diaper in the off chance that you may be trying to tell me that you have to pee, you peed! Coincidence?

You've really been saying Dada. I think you mean Daddy. It seems like you know what you're talking about.

Correction. This morning, while playing your leaning over peek-a-boo game with Daddy, you looked right at him about three times, and said, "Dada". Yup, I'm going to say that Baba and Dada are your first words.

You love Farzzle's World. It's this cartoon with an animated baby that only babbles, occasionally saying the odd word like 'ball'. You are mesmerised by him. He has a big imagination. Anyhow, the day before yesterday, Farzzle had some cups that he was knocking over with a ball. You saw this, and crawled over to your cups, and grabbed one to play with whilst watching Farzzle.

Many times now, while you are crawling, you all of a sudden take your knees off the ground so you are up on your hands and feet. It looks like you're getting ready to stand, but you don't.

While we were Christmas shopping this week, we lost Monkey in Army and Navy. Luckily, one of the clerks found him for us. Phew. I think I was definitely more worried than you.

You tried oranges the other day. Just in time for you to get your WORST COLD EVER! Your nose is running like a tap. You were so pouty and moany today. You poor little guy. You hardly napped. You were miserable. Luckily, you were good for Daddy when I went out with Auntie Jen. After this cold, I'm washing Monkey for sure. He is so stinky and covered in so much snot, it's just gross.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

"Grannie Ziegler and Eggs"

Grannie Ziegler came to see you and stay with us this weekend. This was her first time getting to see you since you were 6 weeks old! She was very excited to see you and you were very excited to see her. You played together, she fed you, and she gave you lots of love and hugs. We can't wait to see her again at Christmas, and you'll get to see Papa Bud too!

You tried egg yolk for the first time yesterday. You loved it cooked up with cheese. Today, you weren't as hungry. It seems that your growth spurt has ended and you're back to normal. You'll be trying oranges today!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

"Standing, Eating Cake, Talking, Being Chased, Sleeping, Pottying, Daycare"

On Saturday, December 2nd, you pulled yourself up to standing (or so says Uncle Paul). I'll have to believe him because you've done it more since then. You like to pull up to kneeling lots to play with your activity table.

You keep crawling under things and then bonking your head when you sit up, like under the end tables or your piano.

Jack's first birthday was this past weekend, and you got to go to the farm and see animals. You also at cake and enjoyed it!

Even though you say mamamamam dadadadada all the time, I really think you know that Daddy is dada and I am mumum. You seem to be saying it to us or in reference to us. It also sounded like you said "Hello" into your phone the other day.

I've realised that if I get down on my hands and knees and say, "I'm going to get you!", you'll crawl away as fast as possible. You seem to love getting chased.

PU/PD is going well. You are usually falling asleep with 5-20 minutes and usually with no crying at all. Congratulations on learning to fall asleep without your paci! It's hard to put you down for naps when you're overtired and overstimultated like when we return from Starbucks.

You're still peeing on the potty, when I remember to take you! That's the toughest part. You are comfortable on your potty and you like the books that we read when you're on your potty. You've pooped in the potty about three times! Our best day yet, is 6/12 pees in the potty. Really, it's Mommy being potty-trained, not you.

On Monday, we did a trial run for daycare. We got you ready on time and arrived on time even though we got stuck in traffic. You didn't cry for the first hour. I think that is when Separation Anxiety set in and you started to freak out a little. You held and sucked monkey like crazy. Tonight you'll go to daycare at dinnertime so you can 'bond' with Dia and her son.

You will be 9 months old tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

"Growth Spurt Growth Spurt, Very Hungryyyy, Clap Clap Clap, Poop and Pee"

Last night, you were h-u-n-g-r-y! You are not a hungry guy normally. I think you're going through a growth spurt. You were definitely letting me know that I was late with your dinner. I had already thawed an extra veggie because I've noticed these past couple days that you've been more eager to eat. So, I gave you some pieces of rice cake while I got the rest of your dinner ready. You ate 3 large veggie cubes (cauliflower, peas, squash), 1 fruit cube (guava and pear) mixed with 2 tablespoons of rice cereal, and an arrowroot for dessert. You still kept opening your mouth when I'd sign and say 'more?'. I didn't have anything else thawed, so I cracked open a jar of carrots/peas. YOU ATE THE WHOLE THING! You followed this with wanting an extra 2 ounces of formula! Crazy!
Now, about the formula and thus, the evening.
When we went to the grocery store this past weekend, they were out of your formula (Enfamil A+ DHA/ARA for 6+months). Rather than just wait or get the regular Enfamil A+ DHA/ARA, we decided to give the 6+months version of your old formula a try (President's Choice, like a knock off of Enfamil). It is $10.00 cheaper for the same amount, so it was worth a try.
Now the reason we stopped using it before, is we realised it had much to do with why you were spitting up, and possibly night waking long ago. We thought we'd still try this anyhow, since you're older, and it's the 6+ month one, so it's slightly different.
I didn't want to switch cold turkey, so I mixed half and half (old and new). Well, all three of those first bottles resulted in a bit of spit up. It wasn't too bad, but nonetheless. I thought, well, I'll just finish up the jug, and then I'll stop using it.
Remember how I said, you ate all that food and had the extra 2 ounces?
Well, I put you to bed, and you were only fussing a bit. You started to cry and sounded a bit muffled. I headed in to to pu/pd and flip you onto your back. Well, when I turned you over, you were covered in puke!!! Ewwwww! It was on your head, your face, your sleeves. Oh you poor guy! Daddy and I have decided that no matter how cheap it is, we're not buying it anymore!
I cleaned you up, and you went to sleep pretty quickly.

Well, you've been going down pretty well without your paci for your morning nap and bedtime, but that afternoon nap was killer yesterday. It took an hour! You've only been napping for 30 minutes in the morning (even with W2S) and only an hour in the afternoon! You usually sleep a total of 3 hrs. I'm chalking this up to 'change', and hope you'll go back to normal soon.
Today, you went down well for your morning nap and stayed down for 1.5 hours! Yay, I have my boy back! But then the afternoon nap was a rough time because we stayed out late at Starbucks with Auntie Jen. Sorry! However, you slept for another 1.5 hours! That's my boy!





Tuesday, November 28, 2006

"Last Tooth, Tuna, Pull My Hair, Pick Up / Put Down, No Daycare, The Vacuum and The Hand Blender"

Your fourth top tooth came in yesterday! You didn't put up much of a fuss this time.

You tried tuna yesterday! You love it!

You've really started to take an interest in my hair. You like to pull my hair. You have a knack for pulling those back ones really hard! Ouch! My istinctual reaction is to attack or throw...... but I restrain myself of course! You little bum! It's weird what pain does. I've got to remember you're in my arms, and you're a baby wanting to play, not a vicious monster out to cause pain!

So we've been trying to wean the paci by doing the Baby Whisperer technique called pu/pd. It's been a lot of crying and rough times for these past 3 days, but it's gotten better and better. Last night you went to sleep with almost no fuss, and for this morning's nap, you went down within 15 minutes with only one intervention from me! Amazing. I think we're almost done! I am so proud of you! You are so strong!

Well, we couldn't make it for our second attempt at a daycare-trial-run! We woke up on time (Mommy at 5:30am, Daddy at 6:15am). We were ready on time at 7:00am. We headed out to the car only 5 minutes late, and.....

I couldn't open the back doors to get you in the car. Daddy tried to warm up the car to no avail. Then we heard the traffic reports and decided it wasn't worth the risk.

The vacuum - You are mesmerised by the vacuum. If you can't see me when I'm vacuuming, you cry.

The Hand Blender - What really upsets you is the hand blender for my shakes. You just scream in shear terror!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

"Let it Snow, Soo-Soo Go"

Well, you are encountering your first snowfall. It began yesterday. It's BIG! There's about 9 inches on the parked cars. We bundled you in your snow gear, and took you to Mill Lake Park for some pictures on the swings.

You are having a rough time at getting to sleep yesterday and today, and probably tomorrow. I am trying desperately to wean your paci. It is definitely a 'prop' as opposed to a comfort. You can't fall asleep without it (unless you're in the car), and if you wake during a nap, you find it hard to settle. So, I've started "Pick Up / Put Down" from the Baby Whisperer to wean it. It's been horrible for a whole day, but it got better this evening.

You went to sleep without your pacifier for your afternoon nap, and your bedtime.

Good Job my little special-bum-cheeky-monkey! You poor thing! It will all be over soon!

Saturday, November 25, 2006

"Raisin Recount, Go Go Guava, Blissful Brussels Sprouts, and Fantastic Figs, Crazy Carnivor, Crawling"

Okay, so the other day I said you tried raisins. I actually don't know if you grabbed the raisins off of Jack's tray or not. I'll give you raisins soon.

Today you tried guava, steak, and figs. Oops, that's a lot at once! You loved all of it. The guava was a beautiful combo with pears. The steak... you just kept eating it and eating it and eating it and eating it. You are definitely your daddy's son! The figs, I but in half and turned inside out for you to eat. You looked like you were eating candy!

About 3 or 4 days ago, I forgot to write that you tried brussels sprouts. You loved those too. I just cut up the whole head and you gobbled it up! You've been really into your meals lately!

Here's the BIG NEWS!


When Mommy and Daddy came home you showed us too. You just moved your knees a few times, but it was a proper crawl.

What a big boy! You've peed on the potty 3 times now! One time was at Auntie Erica's on the fold up potty!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

"Climb to Kneel, Big Boy Bath, Pee Pee Potty, Rabble Rabble Babble Babble, Raisins, Mommy's Birthday"

It was Mommy's birthday yesterday and you've been out non-stop with Mommy (me) for two whole days. You played with your toys this evening as though you had never seen them before and they were a brand new gift! For Mommy's birthday, you went for a breakfast at Jill's on the 21st. You were a very good boy and had fun playing with the girls. You didn't want to go down for your nap, but eventually you did. You poor thing, you were sooooo tired. On the 22nd, you went to lunch with Grampa and Mommy at Milestone's. You were excellently behaved. They pretty much sectioned off a little carpetted play area for you! It was great! You also went for lunch with Auntie Erica and Mommy. You were well behaved there too. You tried a couple of Jack's raisins!

A couple of days ago, you were at your play table, and you used it to pull yourself up to kneeling so you could play!

When Daddy had to work late yesterday, you had a big boy bath in the big tub only. You had a blast!

Mommy bought your potty, and your travel potty today so she could start this "Elimination Communication/Early Start Potty Training" thing with you. You pee peed on the potty the very first time tonight! It was very exciting!

For the past couple of days, your new favourite words have been "Rabble Rabble Babble Babble" like the Hamburgler.

Well, I think that's everything to catch up on. Thanks for giving Mommy a great birthday!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

"Cucumber, Cottage Cheese, Guava?, Celery, More Teeth, Teeth Grinding, Funny Naptime, Fuzzy Books, No Kiwi!"

In the past 6 days, you've been busy.

You tried cucumber and you thought it was okay.

You tried cottage cheese and LOVED it. You love it as a finger food and stirred with fruit!

You were supposed to try guava, but there wasn't any in the store.

Today you'll try celery.

On the 15th, you got your other top tooth.

Your right lateral incisor (top right off centre) is just about through. I'll be glad when all of them are through and you can go back to regular sleeping.

When your two top teeth were through you were grinding your teeth at the bedtime bottle. Ewwwww!

As you are on the verge of your crawling milestone, your naps went haywire yesterday and a bit of the day before. Instead of going right to sleep at naptimes and quick to sleep at bedtime, you roll over onto all fours and decide that's a good time to practice crawling. When I come in the room, you start laughing hysterically. YOU GOOF!

You are loving your feely books right now. You go right for the bumpy, fuzzy, rough parts and scratch your fingers on it just like I showed you! So clever! So aware of texture...LOL!

Well, evidently I shouldn't have snuck kiwi into the food introduction. It's highly allergenic and you got a big rash. We'll save that for 1 year old with strawberries! Did you know that 1/3 of the population is allergic to kiwi? News to me!


Monday, November 13, 2006

"Tooth Cuttin, Feet Clappin, Crawl to Sittin', Light Switchin, Hand Movin, Hand Clappin Fun"

Okay, so lots has been going on.

It appears that finally after all this pain and some night wakings because of 4 top teeth trying to push their way through, that you have finally cut one of them! Top, middle, left! Yay! One tooth, three more to go, for now!

You like to take my hands and clap them together. You love the sound of clapping.

You love the sound of clapping so much that you love to clap your feet together to make a clapping noise while you're sitting up.

You are sooooo close to crawling. You can commando crawl backwards and have for quite a while, but it was nothing to report because it frustrates you to not be going the direction you'd like to go. For quite a while now, you've liked to lunge forward from sitting so that it looks like you're about to crawl. You eventually would get into a crawl position after kicking out the last leg, and then, nothing. You started doing this more and more, just eventually putting your face down and pushing your legs out, so you're laying on your tummy. For the past few days, you've been doing this lunge non-stop and hang out in the crawl position for a while. Now, you've started moving your hands forward, but can't seem to figure out to bring your legs forward too.

Last night, you finally went from crawl position to sitting!

For the past week, I've been pushing your hand against our light switch to show you how to turn it on and off for your naps to start and end. It's part of our "goodnight radio, goodnight lamp, goodnight aquarium, goodnight mobile, goodnight big light"......... WELL TODAY YOU TURNED OFF THE LIGHT YOURSELF!!! YAY!

Friday, November 10, 2006

"Talking?, On Your Hands and Knees, On and Off, Up Every Hour"

Well, yesterday, after one of your naps, I came in to get you and you were up on your hands and knees with one foot stuck out the crib slats. Does this mean your going to crawl soon? We'll see!

When we go into your room, I get you to turn on the light. Either you coincidentally push it, or you put your hand there and I push. I say, "ON!". When we leave your room, I get you to turn off the light, and the same thing goes on, but with me saying, "OFF!" Well, today, we turned the light OFF and I said, "Yaaaaaaaayyyyy!", and right away you said, "Yaaaaaaaa". It was pretty cool!

Last night and the night before you were up lots. Last night it was almost every hour. I'm very lucky that I can just pop in the pacifier and you go right back to sleep, but...

I can't figure out if you are waking because of teething pain or to look for your paci which I haven't been removing lately. I weaned it long ago, but it seemed to be comforting you during teething pain. Hmmmmm. I've pulled out yor paci for this morning's nap and I'll try to be diligent for the rest of the day! I think I should've just swaddled you last night. You probably would've stayed asleep.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

"Butter, Bitter, Teething, Fever, 8 Months Old"

Well, I thought you were getting 'fangs', but it appears as though you are obtaining all four top teeth. Crikies!

I wish they would just come in already. You've been so moody. Back on Tuesday night you had a fever, just a small one, and you threw up you entire dinner, and maybe lunch and breakfast too. Yuck!

We skipped swimming and went grocery shopping instead to 'cool you down'.

You were up lots last night. I was thinking you've had some weird sleeps because you were waking to look for your paci with which I accidentally let you sleep a couple of times. But alas no, I think it's just the teething. I think you're waking in pain.

You put yourself back to sleep or you go right back to sleep once I pop in your paci, but I sure don't like you sleeping with it. However, if it helps ease the pain, then whatever you need.

My poor little cheeky monkey.

Today you received your birthday invitation for Jack's first birthday. I'm very excited to take you to see the animals.

Yesterday we visited Shannon and you got to play with her little son, Brady.

You did something new that I was going to write about last night, but I forgot, so, hmmmm, hopefully I'll remember soon.

You tried butter on November 6th, and you tried kiwi yesterday, November 8th. You didn't seem to notice the butter, and you're trying the kiwi, but you seem to find it bitter.

YOU ARE 8 MONTHS OLD NOW! I can't believe it. I go back to work in about 5 or so weeks, and I'm leaving you at daycare twice a week! I can't believe it. I can't believe that 8 months have gone by, and for that matter, that Jack is turning 1 ! This is just unbelievable. Unbelievable.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

"Are You Trying to Talk to Us?"

Well I'm really beginning to think that you are saying 'Dada' for real, and maybe even 'Mama' too. In the morning, you'll yell 'dada' and Daddy will come to see you. When he leaves again, you right away yell, "Dada". Yesterday you kept looking at me and saying, "Mama". Could you know what you're saying? I don't know. I just don't know.

Right now I'm watching you try to climb into the bottom area of your exersaucer. You're squirming around and commando crawling a bit, but backwards.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

"Cantaloupe, Grampa, and Butter"

You tried cantaloupe on Friday, and tomorrow you try butter! Mmmmmmm!

Today you got to visit Grampa-Dan at The Keg on Granville Island! You had a good visit! Grampa fed you your bottle and you gave him lots of smiles!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

"Bang Bang Bang, Clang Clang Clang"

Well, for quite some time now (probably over the past three to four weeks), you've enjoyed making a racket. You've been enjoying banging your hands down on tables to make noise, on my hands to make a clapping noise, and on your high chair tray to make even more noise (and an incredible mess).

I've been noticing, recently, how much you enjoying banging things together which I think is pretty impressive. You love to bang your blocks together. At music, you were banging the shaker eggs together.

Today was VERY impressive. Today you took your two drumsticks and managed to hit them together for a quite a sound a few times! Good Job Cheeky Monkey!

By the way, at music, last class, you loved playing with this vibrating ball with rubber knobbies on it. It was hilarious to watch. I think I'm going to get you one (from PetSmart, hee hee).

I've been starting to make your Christmas list. I'm going nuts trying to decide what I'd like to get you. I'd really like to get you the Fisher Price Learning Home, Playskool's Dapper Dan, and a V-Smile baby video game system the most, but my list goes on and on! I'm so excited. I'd better start shopping now!

Yesterday we went to Grandma, Grandpa, Auntie Kim and Uncle Paul's house for dinner. You had lots of fun playing with everyone and showing off your 'butt scoot'.

Today I read this "Are You Ready to Have Children?" quiz...

MESS TEST: Smear peanut butter on the sofa and curtains. Place a fish stick behind the couch and leave it there all summer.

TOY TEST: Obtain a 55-gallon box of LEGO (or you may substitute roofing tacks). Have a friend spread them all over the house. Put on a blindfold. Try to walk to the bathroom or kitchen. Do not scream because this would wake a child at night.

GROCERY STORE TEST: Borrow one or two small animals (goats are best) and take them with you as you shop. Always keep them in sight and pay for anything they eat or damage.

DRESSING TEST: Obtain one large, unhappy, live octopus. Stuff into a small net bag making sure that all the arms stay inside.

FEEDING TEST: Obtain a large plastic milk jug. Fill halfway with water. Suspend from the ceiling with a cord. Start the jug swinging. Try to insert spoonfuls of soggy cereal into the mouth of the jug, while pretending to be an airplane. Now dump the contents of the jug on the floor.

NIGHT TEST: Prepare by obtaining a small cloth bag and fill it with 8-12 pounds of sand. Soak it thoroughly in water. At 3:00 pm, begin to waltz and hum with the bag until 9:00 pm. Lay down your bag and set your alarm for 10:00 pm. Get up, pick up your bag, and sing every song you have ever heard. Make up about a dozen more and sing these too until 4:00 am. Set alarm for 5:00 am. Get up and make breakfast. Keep this up for 5 years. Look cheerful.

INGENUITY TEST: Take an egg carton. Using a pair of scissors and pot of paint, turn it into an alligator. Now take a toilet paper tube and turn it into an attractive Christmas candle. Use only scotch tape and a piece of foil. Last, take a milk carton, a Ping-Pong ball, and an empty box of Cocoa Puffs. Make an exact replica of the Eiffel Tower.

PHYSICAL TEST (Women): Obtain a large bean bag chair and attach it to the front of your clothes. Leave it there for 9 months. Now remove 10 of the beans.

PHYSICAL TEST (Men): Go to the nearest drug store. Set your wallet on the counter. Ask t he clerk to help himself. Now proceed to the nearest food store. Go to the head office and arrange for your paycheck to be directly deposited to the store. Purchase a newspaper. Go home and read it quietly for the last time.

FINAL ASSIGNMENT: Find a couple who already have a small child. Lecture them on how they can improve their discipline, patience, tolerance, toilet training and child's table manners. Suggest many ways they can improve. Emphasize to them that they should never allow their children to run wild. Enjoy this experience. It will be the last time you will have all the answers.

via Memorable Moments from Masterworks and Daneille Grimes


Wednesday, November 01, 2006

"Trick or Treat, I Won't Eat Meat"

So, there's a few things to mention.

I forgot to mention a while back that you have been mouthing songs. What I mean by that is that when there is a song on with which you and I are familiar, you try to mouth the words while I'm singing. It's really cute. I think I started realising that you were doing that around two or three weeks ago and kept forgetting to write it down.

On the 31st, you went out trick or treating with Tarrie, Christine, Adam, Matt, Jen, Erin, Lauren, Daddy, and I. You fell asleep at 7:00pm in your stroller. The Joniecs gave you a cute little Beanie Baby ghost holding a pumpkin.

You've been imitating lots of sounds for the past while. If I say dada, you'll say dada. If I say Jack, you say ja (sometimes). If I say ma ma ma, you say ma ma ma. This of course isn't EVERY time, but often, especially if you start it.

You seem to be refusing to eat chicken in its pureed form. I had to give you some tofu quickly today at lunch because you refused to eat your chicken and veggies. ARGGG!

On the 1st of November, you started your Sign and Sing class. You had a blast! You loved the jiggly ball from PetSmart and all the songs! Tomorrow we have Zoom Buggy.

At Sign and Sing, you were scooting. It seems to be your mode of transportation. You sit down, move your feet forward, then scoot up your bum to meet your feet. It looks like you are bouncing around. It's pretty hilarious.

You tried squash today. You're trying herbs too, but I don't know what to try. We've tried dill, parsley, and basil. Are those good? I don't know!

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

"My Little Crawler...Almost"

Yesterday, when you were with me, and you were in the crawling position, you moved one of your arms forward. Later, with Daddy, you hopped your legs forward! Good job!

Today is Hallowe'en. I think we'll have some fun today! We have a party at 2:30ish, and trick or treating later tonight!

Monday, October 30, 2006

"Straws, Tomatoes, Cabbage, and Fall"

You tried Cabbage about 5 days ago, and you tried tomatoes 2 days ago. You enjoyed both.

You tried a regular straw a while ago (like a month ago?) and sucked out of it well, but too well. When I bought you some sippy cups, I bought a couple with controlled flow straws. You didn't seem to be catching onto them too well. I tried again today, this time bringing some water up to the mouth of the straw. You used it! Yay! You can sip your water from a straw! Congratulations!

Today we went for a walk with Auntie Jen and Makenna and did some fall pictures in the leaves!

Saturday, October 28, 2006

"Trying to Get On the Move"

You're really trying to get places more. Over the past few days, you've taken to trying to crawl away from a sitting position. What it ends up looking like is you sitting, then leaning and reaching until you have your face and tummy out on the floor and scootch your legs and bum out. Eventually I figure you'll put two and two together, and bring your knees up under you after that. It looks pretty funny.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Catching Up Part #9

October so far...
"My Big Boy"

This month you are just starting to be a little boy!

You are loving your music class.

You still love when I do Eensy Weensy Spider while you are eating.

You are doing much better with your sippy cup.

You are really enjoying your peek-a-blocks. You like to take the bin of them and dump them out. Come to think of it, you really like dumping things out and knocking things over. For quite a while now, you've been enjoying making a 'racket'. You love to bang things together. You love to yell at your toys if they aren't doing what you'd like.

You are getting your legs up underneath of you again. You are rocking back and forth in the crawling position, but you are not crawling quite yet. You can move backwards.

You have been trying to clap.

You love jumping in your jolly jumper or while being held.

You are saying lots of mamamamamama, dadadadadada, and papapapa.

Much to Daddy's dismay, you are still loving tofu. I think some people are worried that I'm turning you into a bleeding-heart-placard-holding-left wing-tree-hugger by giving you tofu. But really, is there anyting wrong with that?

October 1st, 2006 - You tried tofu for the first time.

October 2nd, 2006 - You tilted your bottle up today to get more out.

October 3rd, 2006 - Today you met Max, Susan's son.

October 4th, 2006 - You are High Fiving and trying to clap now. You like to slap my arms to make a clapping noise.

October 6th, 2006 - You went camping for the Thanksgiving long weekend with Grandma, Grandpa, Auntie Kim, Uncle Paul, Great Auntie Brenda, Great Uncle Al, Great Uncle Len, Mike, Danielle, Mommy, and Daddy. You were perfect. You took all your naps right on schedule, you ate perfectly, you slept through, only waking for me to pop in the paci, which you wouldn't normally have at home, but I wanted to keep you cozy. You slept in your moses basket in many layers. You had your nighttime bath in Grandma and Grandpa's camper.

October 8th, 2006 - You turned 7 months old today.

October 10th, 2006 - You tried melon and pumpkin for the first time. I think you roared at the lion on Baby Einstein today!?

October 11th, 2006 - You seem to be afraid of the Lizard on Baby Einstein.

October 13th, 2006 - You tried spinach and lamb for the first time.

October 14th, 2006 - You are getting more and more verbal every day.

October 16th, 2006 - You tried mixed beans and pasta for the first time. Today, Grandma came over to play with you while I got some cleaning done. Grandma plays hard!!! She's so much fun! She had you standing and holding onto the Ball Blaster and pushing balls down all by yourself! You are such a big boy. You had LOTS of fun with Grandma.

October 17th, 2006 - Your swimming lessons started again today. Jack is in your swimming class too!

October 19th, 2006 - You tried plums and turkey for the first time.

October 21st, 2006 - You wore your monkey costume today for the Kidswap Hallowe'en party. You loved watching all the kids in their costumes. You met a pumpkin, a superman, and a bumble bee all about your age.
- Today was also Thanksgiving dinner. Because you have tried so many foods now, you were able to eat what we all ate!

October 22nd, 2006 - You tried olive oil and papaya for the first time.

October 23rd, 2006 - Today we were at Starbucks with Auntie Jen and Makenna. We go about once a week. I think you may have signed 'water' to me today! I'm not sure.

October 24th, 2006 - Today we did Hallowe'en pics in the backyard with Jack and Makenna.

October 25th, 2006 - Today you went to the mall with Auntie Erica, Jack, Dione, and little baby Owen. We had fun. We bought some new camo pants, some new Robeez, and some jeans for you. After that, we had a late lunch with Nomi and Murray. You enjoyed your day even though you've been teething like crazy.
- It appears as though you have 'fangs' coming in. Your top middle teether are not your next teeth to come in. Instead the ones beside those are coming in.

We are all caught up now! I just need to write in this every few days!

Catching Up Part #8

I was really bad, and wasn't keeping up your baby book at this time, so I can only write what I had on the calendar.

"You Are Growing Up Too Fast!!"

This month I started teaching you to use a sippy cup at dinner when you have your water. YOU LOVE WATER!! You are very melodramatic and choke on your water all the time. I have to teach you to take 'little sips'.

You love avocados, mangoes, yoghurt, peaches, and peppers (some of the many foods we tried this month). You DO NOT like fish!

You are starting to say lots of ma ma ma and da da da. Mostly da da da.

You love playing pat-a-cake. When I go to clap your hands, you bring your hands up in the air very excitedly hoping that, by chance, my hands may actually hit yours.

You love your Banana toy, and of course, you still love your Monkey.

At night time, you sleep with Monkey, Blue Bear, and Blankie.

You aren't really rolling much anymore. You'll roll in bed back to front, but rarely ever in the living room. You never roll front to back anymore. I think you are happy to just sit and reach for things. Hmmmmm.

I've been getting you slowly ready for Daylight Savings Time ending. Considering that you actually wake about 30-40 minutes before 'the day starts', and I sure don't want you waking at 5:20 or 5:30am, I thought I'd get your routine moved up a half hour this month and a half hour next month. That way, when the clocks go back, you'll be back at 7-7 again.

Up to the beginning of September, you've tried, rice cereal, pears, carrots, apples, sweet potatoes, green beans, zucchini, turnips, oats, peaches, and parsnips.

Since you don't have a history of deathly allergies in your family, I've stepped up food introduction this month to 2 foods every 3 days. You seem just fine. With peppers, I introduced them alone because I react to them.

Your naps this month are usually 9:30am for 2 hours tops, another nap 2.5 hours from when you last woke until 3:00pm. Your bedtime is 7:30pm.

Your feeding times are usually, 7:30am (bottle and breakfast), 11:30am (lunch/ no more bottle once protein was introduced), 3:00pm (bottle), 5:30pm (dinner and water), 7:00pm (bottle).

This month, I finally found you back-up Monkeys in case yours gets lost or destroyed one day.

Here's your day
E - 7:30am
A - after the feed
S - 9:30am (for no more than 2 hours)

E - 11:30am
A - after the feed
S - 2 hours from when you last woke

E - 3:00pm
A - after the feed
S - nope, you phased out you catnap at 3.5 months

E - 5:30pm
A - after the feed, bath, naked tummy time, bottle at 7:00pm, stories, cuddle
S - 7:30pm

Here's the quick run-down of September...

September 3rd, 2006 - We went to the PNE with Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle Paul, Brocky, Auntie Kim, Ryan, Daddy, and I. You were wonderful, of course. You loved all the excitement! You stayed up LATE!!

September 4th, 2006 - You tried avocado and barley for the first time.

September 7th, 2006 - You tried mangoes and peas for the first time.

September 8th, 2006 - You turned 6 months old! You big boy!

September 9th, 2006 - Auntie Kim (and the rest of the family) babysat you all day while mommy and daddy were at Auntie Jen's wedding.

September 10th, 2006 - You tried cauliflower and chicken for the first time.

September 13th, 2006 - You had your 6 month check-up, and you tried broccoli and yoghurt for the first time.

September 14th, 2006 - You are learning how to pick up cheerios.

September 15th, 2006 - Today you had your 6 month shots. You are 17 lbs, 8 oz. Daddy went in for your shots with you. Mommy just can't take watching you cry like that.

September 16th, 2006 - You tried lentils and asparagus for the first time.

September 19th, 2006 - You tried wheat and cheese for the first time.

September 22nd, 2006 - You tried brown fish and rice for the first time. You DO NOT like fish!
- Today we went to Carter's in the States with Auntie Erica and Jack.
We had fun!

September 25, 2006 - You tried bananas and potatoes for the first time.

September 28th, 2006 - You started your Kindermusik, Zoom Buggy class today. You loved it!

By the end of the month, you are feeding yourself finger foods like rice cake, cheerios, and shredded cheese really well.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Catching Up Part #7

August 1st, 2006

You can sit by yourself. Not for too long, but you are balanced and you like it!

August 3rd, 2006
"More Sitting"

You can sit up for long periods alone but I can't leave you on hard surfaces.

August 4th, 2006
"Fruity Little Guy"

Today you started fruits. You had pears.

August 9th, 2006
"Shaka, Name, Rolling"

On the fourth, I realised I could get you to shake your toy if I shook my hand and said, "Shaka, shaka, shaka!". The next day, Daddy was waving goodbye to you, and did 'shaka'. It was adorable.
You are definitely responding to your name a lot more now.
Well, rolling. You've been rolling tummy to back since around 3 months. At 2 months, you could roll back to side and occasionally side to tummy, but never together. You are 5 months old now and I'm still waiting for back to tummy. You sure seem to want to crawl lately. For a few weeks now you've been bringing your legs up under you to help you move around.

August 10th, 2006

Today you had veggies for the first time. You had carrots.

August 13th, 2006
"Night Market"

On Friday night, Auntie Kim, you, Uncle Paul, Daddy, and I went to the Asian night market in Richmond. You slept through half and were awake for half. You had a big day. We got home at 2:00am.
I'm trying to phase out your dream feed.

August 14th, 2006
"Rolling, Finally"

Today you rolled four times from back to stomach. Congratulations!

August 17th, 2006

Today you got your first tooth and your second tooth. They broke through. I didn't even know you were teething! What a great guy!

August 19th, 2006

Today we went to Redbull Flugtag with Auntie Kim, Uncle Paul, and Daddy. We met Auntie Erica, Kevin, and Jack. It was a hot, fun day!

August 27th, 2006
"Daddy and AJ ALONE!"

Daddy was all by himself with you overnight because I went to an overnight stag for Auntie Jen's wedding! Daddy was so good with you, and you were good for Daddy.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Catching Up Part #6

July 2nd, 2006
"Screamy Squeals"

You've been making screaming squeals of delight.

July 6th, 2006
"Soo-soo in / Soo-soo out"

Well you've figured out how to take out your soother (not new), and how to put it back in (new). For one of your naps yesterday, you pulled out your soother, screamed until I arrived, smiled and popped it back in. You sassy thing.
When I say, "Tickly, tickly, BOO", you start laughing right away before I've even tickled you.
You are still doing those weird night wakings.

July 15th, 2006
"Shots, Bloodshot, and a Nice Cabin"

Yesterday you got your four month shots. I had Daddy go with you this time because I couldn't handle it. You screamed at first, then you were fine.
That night (last night) you woke at 2:00am, 3:00am, 3:20am, 4:00am, 4:20am, 5:30am, and 6:15. It was a rough night for Mommy. You seemed just fine.
You've been conversing with yourself and us a lot. Many sounds, laughs, and smiles.
We headed up to Paradise Lake to stay at a cabin with Grandma, Auntie Kim, and Uncle Paul. We had a great time. You still woke in the night, but only a couple of times, and you went right to sleep after I popped in your paci. You were a good boy, as always.

Catching Up Part #5

June 9th, 2006
"Thumb, Routine, Favourite Toys"

While I was at Auntie Jen's shower and you stayed home with Daddy, you started sucking your thumb with purpose. You'd sucked it before, but this time you really meant to.
We've been doing a combination routine from "The Contented Little Baby" and "The Secrets of The Baby Whisperer". You eat at around 7:00am, 11:00am, 2:30pm, 6:15pm, and 10:00pm. You nap around 9:00-9:45am, 12:15-2:30pm, and 4:30-5:00pm.
You are loving your monkey doll more and more every day. He is your 'lovey' now. It started with you staring at it while you got a bum-change. Now, you hug it and sleep with it. We take it everywhere we go.

June 18th, 2006
"Father's Day and Grade Seven Camp"

For Father's Day, I had matching shirts made for you and Daddy. Daddy's says, "My Boy" with a picture of you. Yours says, "My Daddy" with a picture of Daddy. Everyone loved the shirts.
You had a big day back on the 11th. I took you on a long drive with my friend Tom, and a boat ride. We went to grade seven camp at Anvil Island. Wow, it was a big day. Tom was a big help. You were a good boy, like always.

June 20th, 2006

Today you rolled over from your tummy to your back all by yourself for the first time.

June 27th, 2006
"Night Wakings, Banana, Raspberries"

You've been waking in the middle of the night all of a sudden since June 22nd. I pop in your paci and you go back to sleep.
After taking you to Sports Day, we went to Toys "R" Us and bought you a banana doll. You love it! We also bought you a bath CD. (we used a gift certificate from Nomi)
You've been blowing raspberries for a few days now.

June 30th, 2006

You have found your toes and you are grabbing your feet. You love "This Little Piggy". You love "Round and Round the Garden".

Catching Up Part #4

May 1st, 2006
"Grannie's House and Easter Dinner"

I forgot to mention that on the Easter weekend, we went to Grannie's house in Duncan. Daddy's family got to meet you. There was a nice girls' luncheon/shower.
You were perfect on the ferry, just looking around at everyone. Everything just clicked. Your eating time, your sleeping, everything. You were just under 6 weeks old.
We had you batting at your play arc for the first time.
We had Easter dinner at Grandma's house and you got to see so much of her/my family. You were such a good boy, like always.

May 3rd, 2006
"Laughing, Push-Ups, Gripping"

So, over the past few days, you've been laughing (especially when hitting and kicking at your play arc). You've been doing mini-pushups during Tummy-Time, and you've been holding onto toys when I wrap your fingers around them.
For weeks now, you've been cooing, gurgling, and making lots of noises.

May 8th, 2006
"Shots, Yikes!!"

You had your two month shots today. I cried and you screamed and cried. You received four shots! Next time, I'm getting Daddy to take you. That was horrible!

May 10th, 2006
"Signing, for Real This Time, Well, Almost. Rolling and Grasping"

Today, you were imitating me doing the sign for 'dirty' on the change table. I can't wait until you use it to actually tell me to change you!
You've been rolling onto your side, and you've been learning to grasp things as I wrap your hands around them.

May 14th, 2006
"A New Girlfriend for AJ?"

Makenna was born yesterday. Now you have your buddy, Jack to see, and your girl-buddy, Makenna.

May 31st, 2006
"Doing Lots and Lots"

You've been doing so much since your shots. You've been holding your vibrating fish while I pull it for at least a couple of weeks.
On the 14th, at Grandma's, I showed everyone how we do "jump-a-woo". I pull you up by your hands to standing and lift you.
Now you can grab a toy on your own (for about the past week). You can reach for me now, but not consistently.
You've been on EASY for about seven to nine weeks. You laugh about loud when I tickle you.
The books we've been reading are
I Love You Forever
A Child's Goodnight Book
Bunny My Hunny
Goodnight Little Duckling
Goodnight Moon
Dr. Suess's Sleep Book
The Very Hungry Caterpillar (your favourite, hands down)
Your two colour books
Baby MacDonald on the Farm
I Love You My Duckling
So Many Bunnies

We read others too, but not every day.

Catching Up Part #3

April 11th, 2006
"Tummy-Time Triumph and Tasty Treats"

For at least a week now, during "Tummy-Time", you've been able to lift your head and turn it to the other side.
Grandma, Grandpa (Papa), Uncle Paul, and Auntie Kim babysat you on Saturday night when Daddy and I went for Vietnamese food with my sorority sisters.

April 23rd, 2006
"Signing, Talking, Sleeping, Smiling"

A couple of days ago, I swear you signed 'dirty' (dirty diaper) to me whilst on the change table. You are of course, not really signing, but I think you are imitating me. Perhaps it's just coincidence.
When Grandma was over, she said, "Hiiiii!" You made this noise - "Haaaaaa!"
You've adjusted to your new routine from "The Baby Whisperer" and the schedule from "Contented Little Baby".
You are smiling lots when we prompt you, do "peek a boo", and show you 'Monkey'.

Catching Up Part #2

March 14th, 2006
"Slept Through the Night"

Daddy got home at about 12:00am. When you finished feeding, Daddy changed your stinkiest, poopy diaper yet. He bounced you to sleep. You slept from about 1:30am-7:00am! Thank you!

March 16th, 2006
"Tupperware Party for Mommy"

Tonight, I went to a Tupperware Party at Chrissy's and you stayed home with Daddy. Daddy took good care of you and you were a good boy.

March 17th, 2006
"Sleeping Through the Night, Again"

You've slept through the night four nights in a row. On Tuesday you weighed 6lbs 13oz. Today, the midwives weighed you at 7lbs 5 oz.
You slept through your 'operation', and you are healing well.
Today I took you to out to get some newborn clothes since I didn't have many tiny things. I thought you'd be B-I-G.

March 19th, 2006
"First Grocery Trip for Peabody"

Today you went to Superstore AND Costco! You slept, of course.
I've temporarily nicknamed you AJ Peabody because you are peeing all over yourself at almost every change.

March 26th, 2006
"AJ Gets Babysat"

Today, Grandma, Grandpa (Papa), Auntie Kim, and Uncle Paul looked after you while Daddy was at work and Mommy finally got her hair done.

March 31st, 2006
"Grannie and Papa Come Over"

Today, your Grannie and Papa came over from Duncan. You were a good boy. They loved meeting you.

Catching Up Part #1

Baby Book Entry - March 12th, 2006

*Name - Alton James (AJ)
*Date of Birth - March 8th, 2006
*Weight - 7lbs, 8oz
*Hair Colour - Brown
*Eye Colour - Browny Blue
*Weather - Cold. It snowed heavily all the next day.

Baby Book Entry - March 13th, 2006
"Your First Walk"

I am writing today to say what's been going on. You were born on Wednesday night. The surgery went well even though it was scary for me. You started breast feeding right away, but were getting frustrated when my milk hadn't come in yet. We gave you a bit of formula and you slept for a nice four hours or so! After some weird shivers, my milk started to come in, and you were feeding much better. Daddy took care of you and I at the hospital. We got to take you home on Saturday, March 11th, 2006, at 10:00am. You slept in your car seat the whole way home. I cried lots with happiness on the way home.
You've been feeding well. I've been letting you use a soother to help you sleep longer. It's working! You are so adorable and so tiny. We love you very much. I think you look just like your daddy.
You, Auntie Kim, and I went for your first walk in the stroller today! We went to visit Uncle Tarrie, Auntie Christine, Adam, Matt, Jen, Erin, and Lauren.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

September 26th, 2006

So, I'm thinking of starting a blog for AJ, especially since I am bad about keeping up his baby book. First, I'd like to experiment. This is all I'm typing for now. He'll be getting up from his first nap of the day soon.