Monday, July 30, 2012
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Monday, July 16, 2012
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Monday, July 9, 2012
This month you took your first steps! Your very first motivation for letting go, was your desire for a lemon. You're not confidently walking yet, but you will take some steps on your own between furniture and we finally got you some shoes so that you can practice when we're outside as well. You're very strong, crouching and standing up and down with no problem.
Your bag of tricks continues to increase; this month you learned how to high five! We also showed you how to talk on the phone, and listen to music through earbuds. So now every time there's a phone you put it up to your ears and start talking to us, and when there's a little walkman around you put the headphone to your ears so you can listen! We are just amazed by how fast you pick everything up.
Overnight you learned how to stack rings, and soon after you mastered screwing on caps on bottles. Then out of nowhere, you stole a spoon and began feeding yourself. You are asserting your independence more and more and now want us to teach you how to do everything yourself. You try to imitate everything, and especially cleaning with a a rag or squeegee!
Speaking of music, that is the thing you request most: you point to an iHome or radio and go "hmm, hmmm". Then you begin to dance as soon as it starts. Pointing is your favorite method of communication right now. Everything from which food you want from the table, turning on lights or fans, opening the window curtains so you can see outside, finding dogs or just taking you somewhere you can't reach yourself, gets a point.
You love wind and blowing: everything from our little hand air pump to fans gets you really excited. You've always loved ceiling fans, but now that you know about standing fans you always request that we put one on for you. You know that on hot food you need to blow air as well, and always help out with a "fhooo", whether it is on your food or even Mommy and Daddy's coffee.
Last month you made your first animal sound- the buzz of the bee, sounding more like "bvvvvv", and inspiring your bee themed birthday party. This past month you added the woof of the dog- "hoooof". Speaking of dogs: you are obsessed! Anytime you hear a bark you start looking for the doggie. You love love love your stuffed dogs and you have two of them- a daytime dog, and a night time dog that you sleep with. It's gone so far, that one of your favorite activities is to find the neighborhood dogs or go to the dog park.
Your current vocabulary consist of a consistent and intelligible "ba-bye", a "mmmma" call for your mommy, and some combination of agua and mayim for water. It sounds like "awa" or "bam" or "awam". We also get the occasional "ba" for your daddy and "grrrrr" which means goal (the one you hit the soccer ball into). Funnily enough, the intonation perfectly mimic the announcers' goooooooooooooooooooooool. This is not surprising, since you LOVE kicking the ball and can do it over and over again with your funny sitting crawl!
You are absolutely the most huggable, snuggable baby ever. You snuggle up with stuffed animals and give big strong hugs to your parents. We love cuddling, and we love You very very much! We most certainly won the baby lottery with you and your wonderful, friendly, easy-going and lovable personality. We can't wait for all of the adventures to come!
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Mommy and Baby yoga class always ends up being during Baby Boy's normal nap time, but the excitement and stimulation keeps him going and excited and flirting the whole time. Then we get in the car for the short drive home and the kid zonks out. We're home within 15 minutes, so I do a quick transfer into the crib and then I have a peaceful hour.
I'm tired and hungry. My aching muscles don't have the will to clean the house or do anything else productive. So I sit. I sit with tired legs, sometimes with a sandwich in hand, and I rest, and think, and waste time on the internet. It is a moment of bliss.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Transitioning into the role of a mother is huge for anyone and everyone. Becoming a Stay at Home Mom, though, requires a new level of adjustment. People, in the most general sense of the word, think that you are home all day having fun or lazing around watching t.v. or just not having to go to work. Therefore, you're expected to not only be the cook and the cleaning lady, but also daycare for your child. The reality is much, much different. Here are my prime coping strategies:
Don't expect to get anything done:
All mothers know that it is difficult to get stuff done around the house while taking care of a child; this is only exacerbated if you are home every day. Think of the twelve hours that your child is awake as daycare. You are the teacher. Just like you wouldn't expect your child's teacher to cook a three course meal while watching, stimulating and educating your child, you can't expect the same thing of yourself. If you get an extra long nap and do get something done around the house, think of it as a bonus- yay! Otherwise know that you are doing your best at your most important job- raising your child.
When you were working, you probably had a schedule with meetings, lunches and other planned times of the day. In between you did your routine job. I plan for one special activity per day, one neighborhood walk, and the rest is "routine".
Routine includes: playing with toys, reading books, listening to music/dancing, baby pool time, or just letting Baby Boy hang out on his own for a little while.
Weekly Activities look something like this:
Tuesday- Mommy Group
Wednesday- Grocery Store
Thursady- Play date
Friday- Baby Yoga
Doing your thing:
There are days, when you just need to do your own thing at some point during that 12 hour day. For this I have a few strategies:
1) Keep a few toys in different areas of the house- I keep a few (special ones) in my bedroom so that I can give them to Baby Boy if I'm getting dressed. There are also a few in his own bedroom that are hidden in the bottom drawer of the dresser. He knows that he can get them out on his own, but when we leave the room I always put them back so that he can re-discover them next time.
2) Singing in the shower- I've found that it's not a problem to shower with Baby Boy playing on the bathroom floor. I give him a couple "new" items to play with, such as empty shampoo bottles, and if he starts to whine there's always singing or just talking to him.
3) Meals in the kitchen- I try not to do this too often, because I prefer to sit with Baby Boy at the dining table, but if I really need to cook or be in the kitchen, I will put Baby Boy in his high chair in the kitchen and give him his meal there.
4) Laundry as a game- It's easy to name the different pieces as I fold, or relinquish a few sheets to turn into tents or wind makers, the only catch is that you need to have a place to put your folded laundry that is out of reach of the little tornado.
Remember how lucky you are!
In general, we choose to stay at home with our little ones; I know that I certainly do. Being at home to witness every milestone, seeing the daily and even hourly development in understanding, observing the kiddo learn a new skill, that's what it's all about. It's a privilege to stay at home, so when I'm having a rough day I remind myself how lucky I am!