Aug 31, 2012

Max is 5 Months and Other Happenings

Max is in a big rush to grow up. He is 18.5 pounds, for one thing. He can roll easily in all directions, and can wiggle and squirm his way around pretty well. He tries hard to crawl, but he's not able to yet. He babbles often, making lots of baba, mama, dada type sounds. He makes a real production out of it too, opening his mouth more than necessary and flapping his arms wildly to express his excitement. He loves being held. And he is finally strong enough to not slouch over when he's in the back carry postion! Yay! It's sooo much easier for me to carry him this way than on my front. I can do much more carrying him like this.

In the past month or two he had gotten fussy a lot of the time and was waking up to eat 3 or more times per night regularly. I finally realized I was letting him stay up for much longer periods of time than I should have been for his age. If I work to get him to nap after he's awake 2 hours, I've learned that he's almost always happy. As far as overnight, I'm still working on it, but I'm pretty sure the issue is that he's become a terrible daytime nurser. The reason is he's such a social thing. He will try to spend the whole nursing session arching away, so he can get a good look at me and give me a huge smile. It melts my heart that he picks socializing with his mommy over food. I've found that if I put a blanket over him while he nurses, or nurse in a dark, quiet room, I can often get him to focus and eat good amounts during the day. I hope I can get him to improve more and more, I'm only on day #2 of working hard to get him to eat a lot during the day. He had a good night last night though, and I think that was why. I think if I can just turn it around, and get him going most of the night without nursing, then he will be hungry enough to want to eat better during the day without so much work to get him convinced.

It was smoggy for awhile. It's cleared up right now, but you can see how much gunk there was in the air in this pic.
Max's habit of sticking his legs through his crib bars. He's finally getting good at extracting himself without getting panicked and waking up screaming.
Max and Anabelle. He was eating her hand quite a bit. He thought it was very tasty.
Bears and Kins testing out a playpen part.
Trees in the strip of land behind our back fence. That big thing in the middle lower third of the pic is a turkey. Turkeys and peacocks live back there. At night, they hang out in the lower branches of the trees.
A Percheron horse we pass walking on the path we use often.
The path.
I like that tree straight ahead. I want to plant one like it in our front yard. Does anyone know what kind it is?
I tried to make my own binky animal. Max like it ok when he's not exhausted, but when he really would benefit from a binky it frustrates him. In general it takes a lot of work and time holding a binky in his mouth before his disgust is outweighed by his love of eating things.
Painting on the same easel Tim used when he was little.

Aug 19, 2012

Kins Says

Tim gave her a raspberry. After tasting it she cringed, shook violently with disgust, and spit it out. She looked at it in her hand, and asked, "Is it poop?"

One day I wouldn't give her what she wanted because she wasn't eating like she was supposed to be. She started crying, then abruptly stopped and announced, "I'm sad!"

She had been riding Tim around and he laid down on his belly for a rest. She said, "Mama, we need batteries for Tim!" She knows our names, and sometimes calls us by them. 

My friend April has been visiting. We went to her parents' house, and Kins climbed up onto their couch next to April's dad and immediately tried to give him a smooch. She saw him around the day before, but I don't think they'd even interacted. She's gotten very friendly with strangers lately.

If you're drawing for her, she'll suggest what you might draw next. "How 'bout a tiger?"

She has an obsession with water coloring. If she had it her way, she would sit in her high chair all day long painting. She never wants to stop. Actually, her way would be to run around the house with the brush painting all the furniture and walls. The high chair part is my way. She thinks it's worth it to be in the high chair to paint though. First thing after waking up she usually greets me by saying she wants to paint, sometimes she's very specific and wants to paint things like a purple snail.

She's finally saying, "yeah" to let me know if she wants to do something. It never clicked with her until now that she could really answer questions. She answers other things too, like what she wants to eat. Usually chips.

She likes order. She found some crumpled tape this morning and brought it to me saying, "Ewwwww, this is yucky. We need to throw this away."

Aug 8, 2012


We have been taking walks to see the horses down the lane. This beauty has such striking eyes, and he is very gentle when he takes food too. It's only a .6 mile walk to get to the jogging path that we used to drive to regularly. I'm loving walks on the path and have been trying to carve out a little time as often as I can for walks.
 Ooooh la la! Max isn't bashful at all about flashing a little cleavage.
 After I took that pic of Max, Kins wanted in on the picture taking.
 Happy to be in the stroller. Tim and I find that we are able to have our best conversations on walks, both kids are normally happy and quietly observing surroundings.
One of the last pics at our old home. Moving is bittersweet. The new home is much roomier and nicer in every way. But, many of my happiest moments happened in the old house, it holds so many memories. Pregnancies, marriage, learning my newborn babies' sweet personalities. Part of me is sad to leave. On the other hand, I am excited to make many new memories in our new home.
 Talking to the camera. Red, she calls it.
 Kins is trying out some tummy time. Wondering what the big whoop is.

Aug 2, 2012

Perfect moments

We are moving right now and it's been busy. I love my moments with my boy when he's fussy and I can make him happy by laying belly to belly nursing him in my dim bedroom. He usually either drifts off quickly or looks up at me with sweet gummy smiles, enjoying some one on one with mommy. This pic is of the aftermath. A nice snooze.

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