Friday, July 16, 2010

Month 3

Wesley continues to be a chill baby -- with a couple exceptions: in the car or in the evening between the hours of 8pm-10pm. Seems like he should be hitting the earlier bedtime by now, but this week he has been a night owl. The timing could be better since I took on my first grant project on this month. Needless to say I've done a lot of one-handed typing while holding cranky baby with the other arm--not ideal (especially since our little chunk weighs in at a whoppin' 17 lbs.!) Daddy-o and Wes have done lots of bonding too and I think Bob definitely had his fill of the solo bedtime routine--but it sure felt great to be writing again!

A good illustration of just how happy Wesley is...whenever I look at him, he tries to smile no matter what. He smiles when he coughs so it makes a funny sound and, I'm assuming is not very efficient! He also tries to smile when spitting up which is quite messy since it comes out from a much wider area--eww, but cute in a grody kind of way.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Here is Charlie, proudly displaying his lunch--made entirely by himself! The lunch contained a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, pretzel stix, and applesauce garnished with one blueberry on top. I was just overcome with pride at his accomplishment until I discovered a piece of bread, peanut butter side down on the floor. Charlie saw me looking at it and said matter-of-factly, "I messed up that one." Work in progress. He can toast his own bagel and spread it with cream cheese too (very helpful for a non-morning-person mom like me) and is constantly making me giggle when he uses words like "actually" and phrases like "that's impressive!" --not to mention that he seems to grow an inch each day!

Speaking of Charlie's helpfulness...
I'm constantly perplexed by the strange phenomenon that not one of our children have enjoyed car rides as an infant. Most parents I talk to say that a trip in the car is a the quickest route to dreamland for their baby, but not ours. Even if deeply asleep when they enter the car seat, the click of the buckle seems to wake them up abruptly and ready us all for a hair-pulling trip to Screamville. We've even wondered if our infant car seat could be the culprit--although we're way too cheap to buy a new one to see if it would bring about a change in said crying. Anyway, all this to say, we are sooo thankful that Charlie is a super wonderful seatmate since the only thing that will soothe our wailing Wesley while in the car is a snack. (Maybe this is how he got to be so chubby?) I know, I know, you're probably thinking, "Ever heard of a pacifier, root word being 'pacify'"--yeah, I forgot to mention that none of our kids have liked the pacifier either! So, anyway...each time we travel, Charlie buckles into his booster next to Wes and then dutifully places the bottle in his seat side cupholder. Then, once the crying inevitably begins, he methodically uncaps the bottle and gives it to his bro while crooning a lullaby or saying sweet things in a soothing voice like--"It's ok honey." If it were not for Charlie's bottle service, I think I may have just resorted to staying home forever--or at least until Wesley graduates out of the infant seat. Big brothers certainly do come in handy.

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