Saturday, August 25, 2012

on the move

Baby on the move! He can't get far, but he can move from where you last placed him. No more leaving him on the changing table while I grab his socks, I suppose. 
Not long until he'll be crawling! He rolls over from stomach to back (as you saw on last week's video) and back to stomach, which he does more often.
Too much exercising tires him out. He takes after his mama. When a pacifier is not around, he sucks on a finger or two, or sometimes his whole fist.
Despite all the things he can do on his own now, I hope cuddling with his mama is always his favorite pastime. Wishful thinking, I know.  

Sunday, August 19, 2012

roll over

One of the saddest parts of enrolling Brandon in daycare was the thought of his milestones occurring there, without me to witness them. I begged him to save all the firsts for evenings and weekends when I was there to see him. I tried to force him to roll over at two and a half months, but he just wasn't ready. But yesterday, he was. First, in the bathtub, he flipped over in my hand. "Does that count?" I yelled to Steve, excitedly. "No," he replied. Then, he rolled off of a pillow onto the floor. "Does THAT count?" I asked, even more giddy. "No," he replied again. Then, this magic happened:

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

adoption documentary

There is a new documentary on Oxygen called "I'm having their baby."
If you're adopted, a birth mom, an adoptive parent, or someone who is interested in the process, watch it. It is heart-wrenching.

The opening segment says there are 6 million pregnancies in the U.S. every year. 3 million are unplanned. And 14,000 births result in adoption. That means less than a half of a percent of unplanned pregnancies result in adoption. That's astounding. I didn't realize it was such a small figure. I know other birth moms, I know adoptive parents, and I know adopted children. How did we all find each other?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

black and bumbo is back

Brandon is his recalled Bumbo chair. 

And skull and crossbones sleep n' play because he's a bad ass. 

Have I ever bitched about how they don't have any baby clothes in black? They don't. I've found all of four black baby-size clothes over the last year. And I've bought them all. Black is my favorite color. But no, all baby stuff has to be in pastels and animal prints. Brandon is a man in a baby's body. Someone needs to phone Carter's and notify them there's a need for less babyish baby clothes.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Dr. Carter

This is what Brandon wore to the doctor's office. 

He is in the 99.62% on height at an astounding 28."
He is in the 94.71% for weight at 18 lbs, 2 oz. 

We're growing a giant over here!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

crib cries

Brandon has become pretty attached to us. Sometimes at night, he cries in his crib because he knows we'll come and get him and let him sleep in our bed. I know it's not recommended, but it's nice having our whole family in the bed together. I love waking up next to his sweaty little body, his lips curled into a smile, his hands behind his head. There's no one I'd rather wake up next to. Yes, that's right. No one. Not even Reggie Bush.
Yesterday at Brandon's 4-month check up, the pediatrician told me not to come to Brandon every time he cries, but to let him soothe himself in his crib. I don't know if I can do it. I can't listen to his little cry and just lie in bed, pretending to ignore it. I want my baby to always be happy. And if that makes him a mama's boy, oh well. I have no problem with mama's boys, now that I'm a mama.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Brandon's exercise

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The Summer Olympics are going on, and Brandon is training for the 2028 games.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

4 months

Today Brandon is four months old. When did my baby get so big? See for yourself:

 Lately he has been either really happy or really pissed off. I blame it on the teething.
 I can't get enough of his adorable little face. I could stare at it all day.