It's a little tricky to get Max to sit still....but we came close....
Even Curious was mystified as to how big Max has gotten!
It was a little easier to sit still when Daddy helped out....
Turn your head sideways to see how much fun they were having....
In the last month, Max has discovered that standing, moving, crawling, bouncing, and anything else that requires speed and energy, is SO much more fun than sitting still!
I am in awe every day at how fast Max is growing....not just physically, but developmentally and emotionally! His personality, curiousity, and affection mean that we have new adventures together all the time. He is a social, loving, spunky, smiley little boy, and I am so blessed to be his mom!
Friday, January 29, 2010
It's a little tricky to get Max to sit still....but we came close....
Thursday, January 28, 2010
So on Tuesday I decided that I should start crawling the REAL way. Yep, no more "army crawling" for me! I was up on all fours, and then thought "Geesh....I can move around like this?!" And so I did. And I did. And I did. And I'm still going. What Mom? You thought you'd be able to sit down at some point in the next 10 years? Yeah, right!
And then just for good measure, I grew two little teeth for everyone to see! Well, actually, as of yesterday, only my Mom and Dad can see them, because they're still trying to peek out. But one has started popping through enough that you can feel the sharp part of it if you stick your finger in my mouth. Maybe in a week or so they'll be sprouted up enough that I can pose for a picture and show you!
So I figured now that I've accomplished these pretty important tasks, I'll lay back and take a rest, and watch my 8 month birthday roll around! HAH!!!! TRY TO CATCH ME!!!! This crawling thing makes me pretty damn FAST!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I think I'll take this giraffe right here....
Don't I look like such a big boy, playing in this box? Although I must admit, it's good that my Mommy is still really close, so that I can't tip the whole box over on myself.
Mommy and Daddy had to put this toy away, because I tried to pull myself up to stand by using the top of it. And it almost fell over on me. Again, thanks Daddy for holding on to me so that I didn't end up with these damn toys imprinted on my head. Before I let them take it away, I tried to give it a "goodbye lick"....
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Caleb (and his Mommy and Daddy, of course!) came to visit us, and we had so much fun! Caleb is such a kind, gentle friend....he's going to be a WONDERFUL big brother! We had a great time playing together, and then we hugged it out....
Caleb's baby sister is going to sleep in my old bed! As you can see, I'm too big for it now.....
Just for old times sake, I took a little rest in here to say goodbye to my bed....
My favorite pose is a little "squished" now, don't you think??? If you look at the top right of the picture above, you'll see my baby swing. I took SO many naps in there! Caleb's little sister will surely like it too....and since I'm so big it won't even SWING anymore, we wanted to pass it on to her. Take a look back at how tiny I once was in that swing!
Look closely, and you'll see my buddy Caleb in the bottom right hand corner! He was making sure that the bed was going to be cozy enough for his little sis.....and that he could get a good view of her when she sleeps in there!
Let me just do one last stretch before we give this away....
Ok little bed, I just wanted to say goodbye. You were a great place to rest for the first few months of my life, when I got to sleep right next to Mommy and Daddy's bed. I'm too big for you now, so go take great care of Kerry and Mike's baby, just like you took great care of me.....
Friday, January 22, 2010
As you grow up and learn about this great big world that we live in, there will be many things that affect how your journey unfolds. My job as your mom, is to help you navigate through every twist and turn.
Every year on this day, the 22nd of January, Mommy takes a few minutes to remember a day that changed the course of her life 17 years ago.
That was the day that Mommy lost a friend, and learned a tough lesson about the world. When you are much much older, I will tell you about that day. I will tell you about why it's important to make safe choices, and how to find a grown-up that you can trust at school. We will talk about fighting, and why using your words (and not your fists) is so important.
But for today, for this day, I will say a special prayer for my friend Mike, and take a minute to tell you about what a bright, funny, gentle boy he was. On this day, I will remember how blessed I was to have so many grown-ups take care of me when I was growing up. I will be thankful for the lessons that came to me after Mike died, and for what he taught me when he was here. And especially, for the twists and turns that brought me two very important people (yes you "Bogart", and my friend Amy). Had it not been for the chain of events after Mike's death, I may never have met them, and the journey of my life would have been very different.
Today I will take the time to remember the lessons that unfolded on that day. I will remember to be patient. I will remember to say "I love you". I will remember to try harder to give back to the children in our community who are scared and alone. For Mike, for you, for all of us.
We will walk your journey together little Lovie, and I will do everything I can to pave your way.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I'm sorry that I misjudged you. I was having a rough week last week, and when I got to music class early and stumbled on your little "mommy clique" camped out in the classroom hosting your own playgroup, I thought you were a little rude when you all got up to leave right when I sat down. Yes, I know that you all have kids much older than Max. And yes, I know that you didn't even KNOW me when you started your secret little group. Yes, I know that I have my very own set of friends there, who I always sit by and always talk to. And yes, it was the tail end of your get together, the babies were crying, and it was time to leave. You weren't even there for music class at all. But I was having a bad week. And being a mom can be really lonely. And when all of you left, and I was sitting there by myself with Max, I felt like I had to apologize to him because his mom was such a LOSER. I know. Sad, huh? Making new mommy friends is kinda hard sometimes.
Then you happened to sit next to me at music class today. And I said hello to you just to be nice. And then halfway through class, Max started crying because he was hungry. He's been on a hunger strike, so I knew that if he was finally ready to eat, I needed to hurry and make his bottle. Max was in front of me, crying. I grabbed the formula powder in one hand, and the bottle of water in the other. As I started dumping the powder in the bottle, I saw Max start to slip from his crawling position. First instinct was to grab him. And drop the bottle. And the formula powder. All over my lap. To the tune of "Old McDonald" in the middle of music class.
Blonde Mom, you immediately reached over to soothe Max for me while I jumped up to clean up and make him another bottle. "Don't worry, I've got him" you said. And gently held him and sang to him, and gave him some bells to hold. The mom next to me grabbed some paper towels, and another mom brushed the powder off of my jeans. You saved the day for me.
So thank you Blonde Mom. You made me feel comfortable, and a little less shy. Spilling an entire bottle on one's lap can help break the ice I suppose. I misjudged you, and I'm glad that I was wrong.
Our mighty Max is simply not a fan of eating pureed mush on a spoon. It could be pears, it could be carrots. It could be oatmeal, it could be apples. It could be mixed together, or plain, cold or warm, before a bottle or after, in the morning or in the afternoon. Before a nap or after a nap. We've tried removing all the distractions. Tried feeding him in my lap. Tried letting him hold the spoon, or another spoon. He could care less. On a VERY good day, he will eat 1/2 of a small jar of food mixed with 1 tbsp of oatmeal or rice cereal. If I sing. And do a little dance. But most days, he just takes a few bites and then shuts his mouth or starts to cry.
Here's what I've learned from our pediatrician, and from Doctor Internet:
1. He won't let himself starve to death.
2. He should be working up to eating 2-3 meals of solids each day. A "serving size" is the size of his fist.
3. Formula is still the main source of nutrition for the first year.
4. Teething can affect eating habits
5. VERY ACTIVE BABIES (ummmm.....Max) OFTEN GET FRUSTRATED BY HAVING SOMEONE FEED THEM, AND WANT TO FEED THEMSELVES. TRY GIVING THEM SMALL PIECES OF VERY MUSHY FOOD THAT THEY CAN FEED THEMSELVES.
Ok......like WHAT????? I am terrified of putting a small semi-solid piece of ANYTHING in this child's mouth!
And remember....he is 7 1/2 months old, and has NO TEETH!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
Now watch me closely, ok? I'm gonna get down on the floor in a minute so that I can show you how fast I can move around!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Yeah, I think you'll be a great role model too. Those little babies will be VERY lucky to have you teach them everything they need to know! How 'bout this....let's pretend that I'm one of your baby cousins.....and you can start by telling me all of the secrets of sleeping through the WHOLE night! Ready? Go!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
THIS IS WHO I WILL BE.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Do you see this look??? It's one of my Mommy's favorite pictures of me, because it really sums it all up, don't you think?!
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
It's amazing to watch you blossom into a big boy. A big boy who shows his own free will, and is communicating with us in so many new ways.
Today at music class, you were sitting in front of me, watching the other babies. You turned around to face me, and held your arms up because you wanted me to pick you up. Just in case I didn't know what you meant, you decided to try to crawl up into my lap and show me. I love that you were telling me that you wanted a hug....that you wanted to be close to me.
I love every new minute of watching you become you.