Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The food theme continues....

OK, so you've seen the start of the whole play food thing. I was at Target and guess what I found in the $1 section. A chef hat!!! Couldn't resist!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

House Progress

******** I interrupt this baby blog for a house update *********

At 7:36pm this evening Mark finished. installing. the hardwood floor. in my sewing room.

This is HUGE.

It still needs a finish applied to it, so it's not completely done, but we're past the loud pounding and nailing that he couldn't do while Caden was around or sleeping. The rest can be done anytime.

What a lovely 5th anniversary present. Love you hon!

Play food!

A while ago, I mentioned being obsessed with play food, like this and this. If you were paying close attention, you may have seen my friend Gaylen say that we could totally make that food. Well, we totally have. We have a start, at least. I bought some felt, and we had a sew date yesterday (following a yummy meal at her house the night before).

I made the egg, Gaylen made the fortune cookies (complete with fortune!). She took home felt to make a pancake, complete with a pat of butter. Veggies are next!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Various updates

We've had a few ups and downs recently, the big down being the nasty stomach virus/flu that Caden picked up in Parent/Baby class. I think there were ~24 moms with their babies in class, and at last count 12 had gotten it. It got Caden, me, Grammy, Papa, and Daddy, in that order. Not very much fun at all.

Caden turned 9 months old on the 12th, so we had his 9 month appointment last Thurday. I was anxious to see his weigh-in, it had seemed to me he was growing, but not that much. He weighed 16lbs, 9oz. He weighed exactly 16lbs at his 6 month appointment. He was now in the 3rd percentile, down from a consistent presence at the 25th percentile. Somewhat worrisome, but I also knew that he'd probably lost some weight from being sick. I went and checked the chart, and to still be in the 25th percentile, he should weigh 19lbs. I don't think he was up to 19lbs before he got sick. We have a weigh-in scheduled in 6 weeks, so we'll see where he is then.
Dr. also said that I need to up his food intake, and not just to gain some weight. The solid food thing has been going much better, but we'd been feeding him maybe 5x a week. Dr. said 4x a day. Yikes! Well, sorry, that's not realistic. So, Mom feeds him solid food once during the day, and we're feeding him in the evening. it's not four, but four is a little much. He's digging it more than he did, and he's much better at actually eating/swallowing the food. Much less messy than it was.
My stretched-out materinty leave is now over, so I'm at work full time, and I'm also searching for childcare for Caden. Mom offered to watch him for about the first year while I was still breastfeeding him, but now that it's up to four days a week, it's even more of a major committment for her. So sometime in October, he'll be transitioning from Grammy's to a yet-to-be-determined childcare situation. There are alot of options out there, but it's tough to try and find something while I'm working full time. The search continues.....

Caden continues to be his happy, charming self and is a delight everyday. We are a very lucky family.
A few random photos:

Saturday, August 2, 2008

The next milestone

Well, not unexpectedly, Caden started crawling this week. Thursday to be exact. He'd been rolling really well, and was doing the lay on the ground and move all four limbs in rhythmic frustration thing. He'd get his torso up, but not his backside. In parent/baby class on Thursday one of the gals had a toy that you pulled the string and it rolls away. Caden got one look at that and went right after it. Here are two cell phone pictures taken about :10 apart, along with a link to a video. I try and keep the videos to 1 minute or less. Yes, I know that not everyone will want to watch hours of video of my little guy, so I try and respect your time.

Here's the video link.