Monday, January 30, 2012

Project Move Out

By the six month mark I was getting desperate. It had been well over a year since I slept for more than 5 hours in a row due to pregnancy bathroom wake-ups and our baby that didn't really want to sleep. When we were all sleeping together in a family bed for the first four months, things were pretty good. Baby Boy was on a twin bed between our bed and the wall, he had his own space and no one had to get up for middle of the night feedings. Once we transitioned him to a Pack 'n Play in our room though, things got tough: I had to get up out of bed and Baby Boy wasn't sleeping any better.

We identified two main problems:
1- The bed: the Pack 'n Play did not seem comfortable at all, even once I added a mattress pad to it. Being that it's sort of winter here, Baby Boy was also very close to the floor and I'm pretty sure being slightly too cold was waking him up.

2- The location: being in our room, specifically my room, made us too accessible. Why not have a little night snack when we're so close- I mean he could easily see me, not to mention hear and smell when we came into the room at night.

The last couple of weeks, were a nightmare with Baby Boy ending up in our bed every.single.night. Because after getting up so many times, I rather just have him next to me and be able to pat him to sleep. So on the advice of many friends, and our own intuition that it was time to end this co-sleeping era, Project Move Out was on.

The first order of business was finally fixing up the crib we had bought used. Since it was an old drop-side crib, we had a carpenter take it and replace the shaky plastic pieces with wood. It's not the prettiest solution, but it's a whole lot sturdier and (I feel) much safer. We also had him replace the spring base with a thick piece of plywood, so that there is no sinkhole in the mattress. One day I might prettify it, but for now it works.

The second order of business was saying good-bye to M's full time office, and turning it into an office/nursery. One of the desks came out (and lives in our bedroom, so that M has a place to study in the evenings after Baby Boy goes to bed). The aforementioned crib, along with baby- stuff bookcase/wardrobe, and diaper pail moved in.

So far? Big success!* In a 12-hour night, Baby Boy usually gets up Once to nurse for a few minutes and that's it! It has been so great, that I don't mind that I need to walk down the hall to get him. Everyone has been sleeping so much better, and it's kind of nice to have our bedroom back.



*Hopefully I'm not jinxing us.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Seven Months

You started the month sitting up like you've been doing it your whole life. Suddenly the world around you changed as you could see things from above, so to speak. You now love sitting more than anything and get pretty annoyed when you have to lie down, for a diaper change or otherwise. And you love trying to stand. As a matter of fact, you don't want to let us sit you down, and instead you constantly stretch your legs out to reach the ground.



You've become a master grabber. You make it pretty clear that you want something by just reaching out, and you won't give up even if it means leaning all the way over. It's a dangerous habit you have, but you're determined to get what you want! (Wonder who you get that from...)

This month you increased the arsenal of foods you've tried: salmon, mozzarella, kiwi, orange wedges, potato, pancakes, pineapple, pear, cauliflower, oatmeal, cucumber, mum-mum rice crackers, and puffs all made the cut. You love solids and are not willing to be left out of any meal if we're eating in front of you.



Overnight, it seems, you became a big kid. You're vocal about what you want- with loud eh's and ah's if you're not getting proper attention, whines if you need something, reaching out to get us to move you over, and big smiles when you get what you want.



You're the happiest baby we know. You flirt with any stranger that will give you the time of day, and get so so excited at hanging objects- all four of your limbs shake with delight. Let's not forget the welcome you give us when we come to get you from a nap- that smile could make the hardest heart melt a thousand times over.

Speaking of sleep, you're still not a fan of the nap, but you seem to love your new bedroom. You're the best-est, smiley-est, funnest baby we know and we hope you stay like that forever!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Houston, we have a (Baby) Problem

The driver of this baby only knows how to go backwards. Within one minute of squirming and pushing off with his arms Baby Boy finds himself far far away from his toys.



Don't worry! Mama to the rescue.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Best Birthday Yet

I always have mixed feelings about my birthday, stemming from it being in the middle of winter and right after the holidays. Often times the important people in my life have missed it for one these two reasons (read: massive snowstorms and other plans). So I always expect a disappointing day, and am surprised if something works out. Well this year was amazing. In fact, it was probably the best birthday I have had since I was a very young child.

Let's start withe the weather- it was a beautiful sunny, perfect blue sky Guadalajara "winter" day. One of my friends here, took me out to my favorite breakfast place, and Baby Boy was so well behaved, letting us chat and munching on a cantaloupe.


Mid-day M brought home flowers, and ice cream cake (that I could eat because it doesn't have eggs), and balloons, which Baby Boy loved!

In the evening, we went out to an early dinner, that turned out to be free (because it was my birthday- we had no idea), complete with air clapping and singing with Baby Boy in my arms sleeping, as a shot of something was poured down my throat. It was funny and fun and such a great day!

Friday, January 20, 2012

New Game

Step one: Go to dollar store, buy pack of balloons.

Step two: Blow up balloon.

Step three: Toss in the air and enjoy baby's amusement.



Step four: You've just invented a way to keep baby occupied for quite some time. Pat yourself on the back for a job well done*.

Double bonus points: helium balloons + ribbon for baby to hold. Prepare to laugh.

*All credit for this one goes to hubby M.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Low-key New Year's Love

The world is mostly divided into two types: those that love New Year's Eve and those that do not. I have generally fallen into the latter category, not purposefully, but it has worked out that I never have plans that work out. I go out and it's a bust, I don't go out- also a bust.

So this year I had zero - none- zilch expectations. It was fabulous! We put Baby Boy down as usual, and then M and I proceeded to make appetizers for dinner as we sipped on a much-better-than-expected cava. When everything was set, we vegged out on the couch and put in a Gossip Girl* marathon. Five minutes before midnight, we switched to CNN, watched the ball drop in Times Square and promptly fell asleep.

yummy appetizers & cava in margarita glasses

On New Year's Day, we headed to the park, and spent some quality family time together. I can not think of how it could have been better.







*Gossip Girl is our "thing" since we started watching it when we were living over-seas and there was only one channel in English and we just watched whatever was "on".

Monday, January 16, 2012

Staycation

I totally get it now.

Up until this winter break, M and I had always bolted town as soon as exams were over, and we stayed away until the very last day of vacation. This time, however, we did something different. I didn't want a long flight with Baby Boy, and we knew that M needed to be studying for the boards, so we decided to stay home. Well, almost. We went on a short getaway to the beach and then celebrated Hannukah in Houston. The rest of the time, however, we were home. And it was great! I didn't get many tasks done and M didn't get as much studying as he wanted, but we had a lot of great family time, outside, in the warm, Mexican sun.






Friday, January 13, 2012

Baby Junk Love and the "Entertainment Committee"

I fondly call myself (and M) Baby Boy's entertainment committee. I realize it part of being a mom, but many times I find this to be the most taxing part of the day. Taking care of Baby Boy's physical necessities are pretty straight forward: I have a task- feed/change/bathe/clothe etc- I begin it and when it's one it's done. In between, though, is that time where I need to teach, interact, and for lack of better word, entertain Mr. Baby Boy. I believe this is the aspect that makes many stay at home moms go stir crazy.



While it is most definitely rewarding to "be there" both physically and mentally, as your child grows up, and I wouldn't change it for the world, some days I struggle to come up with activities for us. And this is where baby junk appretiation comes in. Before I had baby boy I was adament that I didn't want too much baby stuff around and taking over the house*. Now, however, I couldn't be more appreciative of the fifteen minute increments of free movement I get when Baby Boy is entertaining himself in the safety of a toy he can't wriggle out of. Put him in, and it's ready...set...dishes/laundry/tidy/lunch/blogging Go!

*Full disclosure: The baby stuff take-over does bother me, and I am consequently working on a play area to compartmentalize the mess. Post to follow.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Date Night

Way back, I wrote that one of my goals was a date night with my handsome hubby. Our latest trip to the States provided us with not one, but two nights out without Baby Boy (and the peace of mind to know he was being taken care of by loving grandparents). The first was a double date with my SIL and boyfriend: fabulous Portuguese tapas. The second was a just-us date night, and we went all out.* It was a wonderful evening, and we both agreed that we need to find a Mexican babysitter ASAP, so that we can do this more often.


*We went to Phillipe in downtown Houston, for French fusion cuisine that I would most definitely recommend.

Monday, January 9, 2012

All About the Boy

I'm going to wrap up WEverb11 all in one go.

Our money this year went to this guy (and school tuition):



When Baby Boy arrived we had meals dropped off by friends. Some of whom are pregnant and we will definitely be returning the favor.

Hopefully, this summer I will finally be able to meet with some of my very best friends: two of which have already had baby girls that I have yet to meet, and one more with a baby boy on the way. I would love nothing more than brunch with the babies.

2011 was a year of ups and downs, but mostly ups. And thanks to Baby Boy the highs were higher than I've ever experienced. If this is the joy of parenthood, then I want more. (Now to figure out a way to have more kids without having to be pregnant...hmm...).

2013 seems like a long way off, but if the past two years are any indication, I know that 2012 will fly by. I'm in such a happy, comfortable place now, that I can only wish for myself to feel the same way one year from now, whatever the circumstances might be.

#WEverb11 no.27, no.28, no.29, no.30, no.31.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Six Months

I seriously can't believe that I am writing this post! Where did the time fly?

You, Baby N, are so fun and smiley. You love being outside, hanging out with people, and getting your flirt on. As long as you've got someone's attention you are such a happy baby. Consequently, whenever you are sick of the house (whining) we just need to take you out, and you're instantly a new person.



This past month, you became angry at us for not letting you eat our food, and so we started letting you have some of your own food to explore. We are astounded at your amazing coordination in picking up food and gnawing on it. Occasionally, you even eat some of it! You've already tried: sweet potato, zucchini, carrot, honeydew melon, avocado, banana, hearts of palm, broccoli and apricots! Now you love sitting at the table with us again.



You love playing with rattles and things that make noise, shaking them, switching from hand to hand, and most recently, grabbing two toys with two hands. And you're sitting almost perfectly, which means that you can play on your own a little.

You've become a funny little boy, making faces and blowing raspberries; you definitely have a sense of humor. You have also started eating your feet and that is endearingly amusing every single time.



Even though, you're not sleeping through the night, you are on a schedule more or less, which makes Mommy's life a lot easier, and a lot more fun during our quality time together. Daddy is still your best tickle buddy, and we both are so excited to see you keep growing, learning, and expressing yourself!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Moment

The moment that changed our lives forever.



I love him so much my heart hurts and can not imagine life without him. What a miracle. What a year!



#WEverb11 no.26- Share a favorite photo from the past year. What was happening behind the scenes? What were you thinking or feeling? What could you smell, taste, see, hear at that moment?

Monday, January 2, 2012

Hannukah 2011

Baby Boy celebrated his first Hannukah, during our Stateside visit. We diligently lit the candles every night. Even the day that I almost forgot and we had already gotten him undressed for bath time. Even the day that guest were coming late and we had to do two rounds of lighting. Even the night we flew back home to Mexico*. Except for the last night, when we ran out of candles. Mommy fail. BUT, it was fun. Baby Boy was totally enthralled by the fire and most definitely enjoyed the family visit and being showered with attention. I also had a nice break from being entertainment committee. It was a success.





*Aside: weird that I call Mexico home, but that feels like the most home place we have right now.


#WEverb11 no. 25- What did you celebrate in 2011? Are you looking forward to any celebrations in 2012?

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Border Control

And we were off again. Baby Boy, M and I flew to back to the States to celebrate Hannukah with family. The flight was good and uneventful. Baby Boy nursed during take-off, and then we passed him back and forth until we had arrived. I can already see how he's going to be a handful on coming flights. The kid just wanted to eat our not-tasty meal, and play around the whole time. Anyway, at the airport we ironically were given a little Santa hat. I put it on him; can't hurt to have a little holiday spirit while going through border patrol and customs. Baby Boy got his flirt on with anyone that gave him the time of day. And that was that. Out of our control but totally manageable.




#WEverb11 no.24- What did you finally let go of in 2011? What will you let go of in 2012