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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

a GOOD night

Do you remember this post with pictures of the cool new nursery?  Well, in the 4 1/2 months since the birth, the nursery has primarily been used as a diaper changing room, and sometimes laundry folding room (AKA piling clean laundry in there until we all run out of stuff to wear, which finally forces me to sort/fold/put away the piles that bury the baby's room). 

Not exactly how I planned to use the nursery.

Bobblehead has been sleeping in a pack-n-play next to my bed - or some nights IN my bed, if I fell asleep nursing him.  A couple weeks ago I decided to try having him sleep IN HIS CRIB, in his own room.  What a concept, right?  Well that lasted all of about an hour, as he woke up too cold.  Turns out I had forgotten to open the heating vent in that room, and while we don't have any of the crazy snow/ice that much of the nation is frozen under these days, temps have been as low as 30 degrees at night here. Which means his room was as cold as, maybe 55 or 60 degrees - instead of the 68 to 70 degrees my own room stays at all night.


I decided to wait for warmer weather - and opened that heating vent in the nursery, just in case.

So, it's warmer now, and here I am, 2 weeks later, enjoying some SERIOUS peace and quiet while Bobblehead snores away in his (warm) crib.  It's only one night so far, but it's going so well that I am really optimistic about this.

Finally get to use the baby's room the way it was intended!

Thursday, February 3, 2011


WOW.  I can't believe my sweet little Bobblehead is already four months old.

At his four month checkup, he weighed 14 lbs, 2 oz and was 25 inches tall.  His head still measures bigger than average (but within acceptable range) but his height and weight put him at EXACTLY the 50th percentile.  That's right, he's PERFECT.

But I already knew that!

I feel really bad that I have not blogged here in so long - and wish I could write a LOOOOOONG post about how amazing this sweet baby is.  Instead, I will have to settle for some recent pictures, and these highlights of his development:

He finally likes tummy time, and rolls easily from tummy-to-back.  Rolling from back-to-tummy proves more difficult, but he's done it a few times.

He loves to sit on Daddy's lap and watch TV - especially The Simpsons. (great.  just what every baby needs, right?)

He somehow holds his poop in for a couple days at a time, so he only poops once every 2 or 3 days.  While the break in between poopy diapers is nice, this method simply guarantees diaper explosions - poop up the back almost every time, even in our favorite Huggies Little Snugglers diapers (they have a poop pocket in the back waistband that catches NORMAL amounts of poop before it can travel up the back)

He is VERY interested in solid foods, watches us eat with interest and tries to grab my food if I am eating while holding him - which I almost always have to do these days.  But we won't be starting him on solids until he can sit up by himself, probably still a few weeks away at best.

He is getting VERY 'grabby'.  He can finally coordinate a little bit between his hands and his eyes, so he is successful more than 50% of the time at grabbing what he is going for.  The rest of the time he grabs whatever random thing is closest - like a handful of Mommy's hair.

He sleeps through the night pretty consistently now - 7 or 8 hours every night, and usually sleeps 2 to 4 more hours after his early AM feeding.

He's incredibly social, preferring face time with real people over any toy or gadget (though Mommy's iPad is his second favorite form of entertainment!) He laughs all the time, and his laugh is infectious.

He is an all-around AWESOME baby, joyful and loving and snuggly - I just wish he could stay this way FOREVER.  :)

Hanging with his favorite cousin

watching Baby Einstein clips on YouTube
so Mommy can cook

fav. cousin again
(my sister and I can only HOPE that they
really will grow up to be BEST FRIENDS!)

Trying desperately to get Curious George's hand
into his mouth, but only succeeding in
tasting his OWN hand repeatedly.

The 'Daddy nap'.....personal favorite for all of us.
Note the dropcloth/blanket in between
Bobblehead and Daddy