Monday, April 30, 2007
Anyway, that's a little update. He's still not walking on his own yet all that much. Every once in a while when he sees something he really wants he'll let go of the couch or chair and walk over to it. Other than that he prefers to crawl. He's so cute, when he sees something that might hurt his knees to crawl on, he stands up on all fours and kind of walks over it on his hands and feet with his butt in the air. SO CUTE!!
We took him for his 9mo check-up and he is doing great. The only thing of concern is that apparently he's very VERY small. He's not even in the 10th% for height and weight. And he had dropped two growth curves since the last visit. The doctor wasn't sure if he just switched to this new growth curve or if something more serious is going on. I tried to tell the Doctor that Tyler and I are very small people (not "little people") and that we didn't expect much from our kids. He didn't really seem to pay attention to that though. I'm not worried. He eats fine, plays fine, acts fine -- I think that means he's fine.
OH, and he points now! When he sees something that he likes or wants or is just excited about he points at it. It's so cute to see his chubby little finger point out his favorite toy or a birdie outside in a tree.
And the other day Tyler called to say hi and he wanted to say hi to Max so I put the phone by his ear and he got this HUGE smile on his face and looked up at me and said "Dada?" Now, he probably was just babbling, but still, it totally seemed like he was telling me or asking me if it was dada. It was adorable!
We love our little monkey A LOT. We wish you could all see him as much as we do! Sometimes he does these cute little things and I want to capture it all on film so that I can share it with everyone and then I think, hey, I'm the mom, I put up with all of everything, I'm allowed to have secret moments only I know about with my baby. Right? I think so.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Three things I'm afraid of:
4. Really nasty odors (i have the strongest sniffer in the world)
Three People Who Make Me Laugh:
1. my baby boy max is hilarious
2. my roommate for life, alice
3. bill cosby has always made me laugh
Three Things I Love:
1. holding max close and rocking him after he falls asleep
2. the smell of rain on pavement
4. italians, italian cooking and being italian
Three Things I Hate:
1. when people don’t leave comments on my blog!! :) (yessiree!)
2. when tyler makes me do the money with him
3. cleavage (it's just gross)
Three Things I Don’t Understand:
1. people with accents (any and all accents -- seriously -- SPEAK ENGLISH!)
2. how to record TV using the VCR
3. why God made spiders (shiver)
Three Things On My Desk:
1. uh, since my desk is the kitchen table, a vase of flowers
2. pictures of max i have to send out
3. planner with a half eaten bagel on it
Three Things I’m Doing Right Now:
2. sitting on a heating pad for my sciatica
3. and just this second i was trying to swat a moth that got into our house that was flying in my face -- GROSS
Three Things I Want To Do Before I Die:
1. go on a food tour of the world
2. watch my babies grow up
3. hike to half dome
Three Things I Can Do:
1. cook -- i have to say i am pretty good at it, too
3. sit on the couch and watch TV all day (no lie)
Three Things I Can’t Do:
1. climb ladders (i'm scared and practically wet my pants when i have to)
2. physics (the really hard kind)
3. take out the trash
Three Things I Think You Should Listen To:
1. regina specktor
2. that kelly clarkson song from Idol
3. past the mission -- tori amos
Three Things You Should Never Listen To:
1. liberals (here, here!)
2. drunken homeless men on the streets of berkeley no matter how tempting it may be to take off all your clothes and dance like barney
3. il divo (try il puke-o)
Three Things I’d Like To Learn:
1. how to crochet
2. photography (tawni, we have a lot in common)
3. how to style my hair
Three Favorite Foods:
1. chinese food
2. apple pie
3. sausage and pepper sangweech
Three Shows I Watched As A Kid:
1. The Chipmunks
2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (we even had a club at school and we all had fake compacts like April made from paper and tissues)
3. and when i was really little Zoobileezoo
Three Things I Regret:
1. being a crazy teenager
2. August 22, 2000
3. my Auntie Rose not being around to watch my babies grow up
Four People I'm Tagging:
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
He's only 8 months old (almost 8 1/2 months) and I was walking at 9 months so it's not inconceivable that he could be walking for real by the end of the month. We'll just have to wait and see. He has yet to venture out on his own (turning and walking to something). Although, when he does see something on the ground and he is in a standing position he kind of turns and puts both hands out in front of him and falls on the floor. So I guess he's moving in the right direction... sort of.
Now there are many people who have said to us, "Enjoy this age when they aren't walking", "Ugh, when they start walking it gets horribly hard", "Babies should never learn to walk because it ruins their parents' lives" (okay, so no one has said that , but they might as well have). Yet, this is what I say -- "please, PLEASE walk for goodness sakes, and do it soon, because my back is breaking from holding you up so you can pretend walk around them room; mommy is tired and achy and it won't be so bad when you can walk over and get your own diapers."
That being said... ENJOY THE VIDEO!!!
P.S. No babies were hurt in the filming of this video.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Oh, and I apologize for the extremely annoying little boy in the video who keeps sitting in front of Max. He's very cute, but does not speak any English and neither does his mother so therefore I can not yell at either of them to get out of the way. It's a pity because I think it could have been really interesting blog-fodder.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Here are some pictures of Max and Mattie in our neighbor's little blow-up pool. Mattie hated it until we took all her clothes and her diaper off. I think she thought it was a bath and couldn't figure out why we kept throwing her in there with her diaper on. (She's smarter than you think). Max of course loved it! And our neighbors' little girl, Marcelle, loved dunking her head in. It was really cute!!
Monday, April 9, 2007
We made the kids put on bunny ears to take pictures and then ended up at the park in the afternoon. It was a nice Sunday with the family.
Oh, and Maddox had mashed potatoes for the first time... and I think he likes them!!!
Sunday, April 8, 2007
Saturday, April 7, 2007
Max now crawls normal. And fast. And everywhere!! He gets his little chubbiness all over our apartment and my mom's house and outside and the park and probably the grocery store and Target if I let him!
He also pulls up on everything he can get his fat little sausage hands on. It's so cute. He cruises on the couch and all the furniture and loves to pull stuff off any surface onto the floor (that is by far my favorite new trick -- my favorite part being cleaning up the broken stuff -- yeah, fun!).
The biggest revelation in a while has been that this kid has one of the biggest sweet tooth's I have ever seen. As a treat the other day I let him suck on a dried piece of mango. I wish I got this on video, because the look on his face was hilariously adorable!! He squished up his little eyes and had this big smile on his face and rocked back and forth and did his little squealy thing. He loved it SOOOO much!! Mostly because it is covered in sugar. He loves KIX cereal! Any kind of sweet fruit thing. I'm scared. I try not to give him any of that stuff, but sometimes I can't help myself. No, that's not true. Sometimes he's whining so horribly and acting so cranky that I just give in and give him a snack. Am I setting up my son to establish poor eating habits? Emotional eating? Unhealthy eating? Well -- so be it. Sometimes a person can only handle so much high-pitched ear-splitting whining. We'll fix the eating thing later.
Anyway, he's also had goldfish crackers (the baby sized ones) and he loves those too. I bought this little snack cup that has a rubber top where he can stick his hand in to get out a snack but it won't spill all over the place. But, of course, Max being the tricky clever little boy that he is, had his snack dumped all over the place in minutes with the super-special no-spill lid still intact on top of the cup. Go figure. It works for the most part, though.
He also takes his naps in his crib now! That was a huge thing and something I had been dreading. When Tyler was on spring break we took the swings to the used baby store and got $40 for them. I figured if they weren't in the house I would have to use his crib. The first day he only slept for half an hour. But the next day he was back to normal. He doesn't sleep as long as consistently, but it's much better than being on the back of his head for hours. He sleeps on his tummy which helps with the plagio a lot.
We had our first session of CST (I'll explain that in another post). I think it's working and I was actually skeptical. Well, not so much skeptical as I was unsure of what would happen. I definitely wasn't expecting to see such a change so quickly. I don't think his head will ever be perfect, but I think it will be okay enough that no one will really notice.
He's getting big and chubby and fun and cute and much easier to deal with during the day. I think his new found mobility kind of perked him up to loving life, instead of just making sure he ate and slept and whined enough to let me know it.
Enjoy the videos!!
Friday, April 6, 2007
Max LOVES to kick around balls. He kicks this little soccer ball all over the house, it's really cute. He is actually the one kicking it, too, and then he chases after it. This week I think we'll try headers and one-touch shots before moving on to dribbling skills and bicycle kicks. We'll have a super star in no time!!