Archive for August, 2006

11 Weeks Old

I’m beginning to transition from siting Daniel’s age in weeks to using months. I haven’t been keeping track of the week markers as closely as I was before.

Just as I did during the pregnancy, I am constantly looking forward to the next milestone. I guess I’m realizing just how impatient of a person I am. Right now I am looking forward to Daniel being able to laugh. He’s just a on the brink of being able to figure out what to do with all the emotion that builds up when he’s excited. He used to just turn red and hold his breath. Now he’ll squeal a little or give one little cough of laughter, but it’s still pretty inconsistent. He should be able to figure it out pretty soon though–probably by the next time I write.

I’m also really looking forward to him being able to eat solid foods. Once he’s able to do that, so many doors will be open to us and there will be a significant shift in our parenting. The two biggest changes will be longer sleep periods (yay sleep!) and longer periods of time between feedings (which translates to: Dan and I can go out on dates again!).

Daniel continues to grow SO FAST. He’s already almost 18 lbs! We predict that he’ll grow up to be bigger than his dad.

Daniel is starting to be interested in toys now. He can bat at things that hang just above him and if I put something in his hand he can aim it towards his mouth and often he hits his target.

We just spent a week in Hawaii which was a lot of fun. It was a great vacation for all of us in different ways. Dan’s parents and siblings went with us. For me, the best part of the vacation was all the extra help I got with Daniel. I was able to read a 600 page book in 3 days (I highly recommend “The Other Boleyn Girl” by Phillipa Gregory).

Thankfully Daniel was really good on the flights, too. Our return flight was interesting in that Denise Richards, her three kids and nanny sat in front of us. Dan and I debated whether or not it was really her for awhile, but then Charlie Sheen came on the T.V. to talk about Three and a Half Men and she pointed to him, saying, “Look! Daddy’s on T.V.!” Daniel handled the flight much better than her youngest.

That’s another thing I find myself doing a lot–comparing Daniel with other kids. When I talk to other moms I always want to know if their kids spit up, or how they sleep at night. Dan’s not so into all the baby talk. He can handle a little bit, but not as much as I want. I’m hoping to join a moms’ group soon so I can have a consistent outlet and find some kids the same age as Daniel that he can grow up playing with.

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9 Weeks Old

It’s getting easier. Allelujah!

It’s becoming standard for Daniel to sleep for 5-6 hours before waking for the first time in the night. It has done wonders for my sanity. We’ve pretty much given up trying to get him to bed before 9pm though. He just doesn’t want to go to bed any earlier. It’s pretty amazing for him to be asleep before 10pm on most nights. Tonight, though, because he napped on a great schedule during the day, was ready for bed at 9. I shouldn’t stay up too long writing this blog so that I can maximize the amount of sleep I get.

Daniel smiles so much now. We haven’t gotten a laugh yet, but I think it’ll happen within the next week or so. He’s almost squealing with delight sometimes.

He’s starting to be entertained by toys. When he’s laid on an activity blanket–you know, the kind with the hangy things suspended over it–he coos and talks to the hangy things. He gets his legs going with excitement, but he hasn’t figured out how to bat at things yet.

He also loves bath time. I took some video of him in the bath kicking and getting excited.

We’re off to Hawaii on Monday for a week. I’m a little nervous about taking Daniel on the plane… luckily he’s not much of a crier and is easily soothed. What’s really concerning is that we have first class tickets (yay Sky Miles!) so the other passengers will be even less tolerant of a crying baby if it comes to that.

We’ve been using a diaper service for the last two months and will continue to use it for the next 3 months. It makes cloth diapering no different from disposable diapering except that you can only put the cloth diapers in your own pail. Having the service is cheaper than buying disposable diapers AND we’re saving tons of space in the landfills. After the service, we’ll be using our own cloth diapers that we’ve already purchased. I’ll have to wash my own, but I don’t anticipate that being much of an issue since we already wash our own diaper covers and cloth wipes.

Before Daniel was born, I considered infant potty training (or as they call it “elimination communication”), but I’m not so sure anymore. I may give it a try within the next couple of weeks and just see how it goes. It’s pretty interesting. You can read about it at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elimination_communication.

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