Friday, December 30, 2011

The Crawler

So LWK has been crawling for a while now, but he has gotten REALLY good at it the last week or so.  I love how he uses his forearms to propel himself forward instead of his hands!

The Fear of Allergies

We have slowly been introducing solid foods to LWK since he turned 6 months old.  Sometimes I am excited for him to try new things and other times I am scared to death.  Although I don't have any food allergies that I am aware of, J is allergic to many foods and most scary of all is nuts.  From the research I have done, there is only a 25% chance that LWK will inherit the allergies that his dad has, but it still scares me to death that something might happen to him based on what I feed him.

Honestly, things have gone pretty well over the last 3 months of solids.  We have gone pretty slowly and since he has had such horrible colds and bronchitis in the last month, I haven't pushed too many new things on his little system.  So far he has successfully been eating bananas, applesauce, sweet potatoes, pears, plums, carrots, blueberries, peaches, squash, broccoli, rice cereal, oat cereal, turkey and most recently Cheerios (he loves shaking the little Gladware cup around with the Cheerios in it, I am sure he will grow up to be a drummer).  We had our first less successful venture over the last week with green beans.  Green beans are NOT an allergy that J has, but they are legumes and related to nuts.  

The first day I gave him green beans, I steamed them and did the Baby Led Weaning idea of giving him a bean that would fit into his little hand and let him chew on it.  He choked a little since he wasn't used to having getting to feed himself.  It made me a bit nervous since I usually give him purees and I am in control of how much he eats.  He seemed pretty happy to feed himself and I was chalking the experience up as a success.  

However, on Christmas Eve, I steamed green beans to serve everyone and pulled out a few for LWK and used a food grinder so as not to completely freak out the grandmothers by handing him an entire green bean.  He ate them and turkey and sweet potatoes and then choked and spit EVERYTHING back up  He didn't have a fever.  He didn't seem upset. It wasn't projectile.  We all just thought it was due to his super runny nose and all the mucus he had been swallowing with his most recent cold.  

On Boxing Day (as our friends and family to the North call it) he woke up with THE WORST diaper rash he has had in months.  Crying and screaming when I changed him kind of diaper rash.  We pulled out the big meds from this summer and it is almost all cleared up, 3 days later.  He also hasn't had green beans in the last 3 days.  In fact, I have been scared to give him anything more exciting than applesauce, oat cereal, bananas and sweet potato since Christmas.

So here is my dilemma:  do I try the Gerber over-cooked, super-watery, not-even-identifiable-as-green-beans-aside-from-their-green-color green beans or do I bag the green bean idea for a month?  Next on the list to try are peas (an allergy that J DOES have, the legume thing again).  Our daycare mom has bought foods to give LWK and is sensitive to my worry about allergies, so she specifically requested we try green beans and peas over the holiday break.  I hate being scared and I want LWK to have a good variety of foods in his diet as he closes in on his first birthday.  However, more than anything, I don't want him to be uncomfortable or, even worse, have a full blown reaction that requires a trip to the ER!  From what I can tell, his diaper rash (if related to the green beans) would be classified as a "food sensitivity" rather than an allergy since he didn't break out in hives or seem to have other reactions.  Oy, I think I need to sleep on this one.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Daddy's Gift

I forgot to add that J got a fun gift from LWK:

LWK has been a bit of a bear to get to bed lately, so this was a perfect gift for our inside joke.  If you don't know the story, here is Samuel L Jackson narrating it on Letterman (warning, is isn't really kid friendly):

Christmas Day

LWK's first Christmas morning was a success, but really, how could it not be?  We got up and opened stockings, but LWK was far more interested in his old toys:

We had to do a rewash of his cute Christmas jammies, but they were worth the wait for the photo op.

He got lots of presents from mom and dad, Uncle J and soon-to-be Aunt S and of course Grammie and Grampie!

Grandma and Grandpa came for dinner, so mommy had to put on another cute holiday outfit - isn't the hat the best???

By the end of the night, he was happy to go under his Go-Pod and play by himself (with his old toys of course).

And I can't pass up him of the photo of him with a tiger by the tail:

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Eve

LWK had his first Christmas Eve at Grandma and Grandpa's home with Grammie and Grampie from Canada and Aunt J, Uncle C and Cousin J.  There was yummy food (but LWK slept through dinner) and lots of presents to open.  He was a little confused because he wanted to play with his new presents before opening any new ones!  He even stayed up late - until 9:30!

Grammie and LWK match in their Scandinavian sweaters!

Look at how cute the boys are holding hands!

Cousin J's favorite books!

LWK's first Laptop!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Not to get overly religious, but I have been doing lots of thinking about the holy family during this Christmas season.  I guess I just have a better understanding this year of the hopes and dreams a new parent has for his or her child.  I wonder if Mary knew how her precious baby boy would change the world and the sacrifice that would be made for all believers would be her sweet son...

Merry Christmas from our little family to yours!

Amazing photo of LWK by Chapters Photography

Thursday, December 22, 2011


LWK is changing so fast, I have to write it down or I will forget all these sweet moments!

LWK has been playing peek-a-boo for a few weeks now, hiding his face and then laughing.  Today he did something new.  He help his burp cloth up to cover MY face and started laughing when he dropped it.  I am loving his little sense of humor!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Guncle Visit

The Guncles came to visit LWK (and mom and dad too) this evening.  The time, like always, was too short.  LWK got some loves and was able to show off his sweet "Little Dutch Boy" shirt they brought him in June when I was SURE he would NEVER fit into it!

LWK loved having new people to show off for and is loving the sweet little car rattle they brought him from Amsterdam.  And the wrapping paper, of course it was a hit!  It was like getting two gifts in one!

The Champagne

In the hustle and bustle of getting ready for guests and family to come for the holidays, I probably wasn't watching LWK as closely as I should today.  I keep forgetting that he is so much more mobile and curious about everything.  He was also refusing to be in the same room that I am in (as long as he is the one that crawls away and it isn't Mom who leaves him).  Things got a little too quiet and this is what I found when I checked on him in the dining room :

I didn't realize that I needed to hide the booze from my 8 month old.  You can just call me Mother of the Year.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Playing Hookey

LWK and I played a bit of hookey from school and daycare yesterday.  After 3 concerts and yearbook photos within 24 hours, mommy needed a break.  I decided that I needed some mommy support, so we crashed Parent/Baby class in Kirkland and had coffee with B and AGM before the beginning of class.  So fun to catch up with them!

We hadn't been to Parent/Baby class since LWK was just about to turn 6 months old and in 2 1/2 months the babies (including LWK) are REALLY moving.  It was fun to see him play with the other babies (and their toys).   He seems to be pretty laid back.  If another kid took the toy he was playing with, he would just move on.  Love it! It makes me even more of a believer in daycare - he knows what to do with other kids.  Even with my friends who have babies, I don't think he would interact as well if those were the only kids he saw in his life!

I also had one of my first Mommy/LWK separation moments.  He was happily crawling and playing, but kept looking back to make sure I was there.  Such a bitter-sweet moment for me.  He is getting to be a little person who wants to go out and explore the world, but needs to make sure I am there to back him up.  It just tugs at my heartstrings to know that he doesn't need me as much physically, but still does emotionally.

As a music teacher I am always shocked by how many parents just drop their kids off for a performance and pick them up afterwards.  I just don't know how a parent can miss those moments when their child wants to make sure that they are just there for them.  I know I envision band concerts and baseball games where he looks up in the stands to see if we are there, and one of us always will be.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Clapper

Clap On (clap, clap)  Clap Off (clap, clap)......

LWK started clapping tonight!  He seemed surprised by the sound that it made.  I will have to teach him the proper band director way to clap REALLY loud when the time comes!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The ER Visit

So poor little LWK has been fighting a cold since October.  Since then, he has been teething and starting solid foods, so i just figured he kept getting colds and not quite shaking it.  I took him to the doctor just to get him checked out and our doctor sent us to the ER!  She was worried that he had RSV, or pneumonia or bronchitis.    Nothing like an, "I think you need to take your 8 month old to the ER" to get mommy to freak out.

J met us at the new Swedish in Issaquah.  We got in right away and they were assessing him before we knew it.  The did an RSV nose swab and a chest x-ray.  Thank goodness that they just diagnosed him with bronchitis (really the less scary of the options).  The super nice doctor gave him a breathing treatment and sent us home with an inhaler.  He hates the inhaler, but he is getting better.  Thank goodness for modern medicine!

Monday, December 5, 2011

The First Christmas Tree

We got started on our Christmas decorating this weekend.  The outside is done and we have the tree up with a few ornaments.  LWK wasn't quite sure what to think, but he was warming up to it by the end of the night and very willing to pull on the ribbon!  Maybe it isn't such a good thing that he just became mobile and there are lots of things to touch and pull on in our house for the holidays!

The tree is a bit prickly, Dad.

Look at those twinkly lights!

Okay, it's just too tempting, I have to pull on this!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Practice Present

Grandma and Grandpa brought a gift for LWK on Sunday so he could practice opening a gift.  You know how this is going to go....
The present.

This bow is amazing!

Mom usually tries to stop me from ripping paper.

A book!  I like to turn pages.

About 15 minutes later......

Yes, there were a few "dada's" thrown in there for good measure.  LWK also found that paper is quite tastey and fun to rip.

The First Word

Well, it's official.  LWK's first word is "dada" often followed by a nice raspberry at the end.  When you say "dada" back to him, he smiles.  When you say "mama" to him, he gives you a blank stare!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Hello Santa!

Our trip to visit Santa at the Cougar Mountain Zoo was a success!
It was pretty cold on this December Day.  LWK was all bundled up!

We got to sit in Santa's Sleigh!
LWK was fascinated with the man with the beard!
We promise that LWK has been VERY good this year!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

8 Months Old

Wow, this month has gone fast than any other month so far!  November has been pretty exciting with teeth and crawling, I wonder what December will hold?
    This month LWK:
    • Weighs about 17.5 lbs - he is finally filling out!  Mom and Dr. Gonzalez are relieved that he gained a pound and a half in 6 weeks!
    • Is about 27 inches long, but it is nearly impossible to measure his length since he is so wiggly!
    • Has 1.5 teeth
    • Wears size 6-9 month clothes
    • Wears size 3 diapers and I think we finally figured out why he was reacting to cloth diapers - detergent build-up!   Hopefully we can spend the holidays in cloth diapers!
    • Drinks 35 - 40 ounces of formula each day
    • Eats 2 or 3 small meals a day of Bananas, Applesauce, Blueberries, Oat Cereal, Peaches, Carrots, Plums, Sweet Potatoes, Squash, Pears, Broccoli and Turkey.  His favorites are Carrots, Bananas and Pears.
    • Is sleeping though the night again, thank goodness.  I wish we could teach him the difference between weekday and weekend sleeping!
    • Takes about 2 hour long naps a day and usually snoozes in the car.
    • Sits in a high chair at home, at grandma and grandpa's house and at restaurants!
    • LOVES jumping in the exersaucer that Aunt J loaned us even though mom and dad drug their feet on having a big plastic monstrosity in the living room.
    • Pays attention to mom and dad signing to him.  Hopefully he will sign back soon!
    • Blows lots of raspberries
    • Practices babbling - He says Ahhh-Baaaa a lot and we like to joke that Abba means father in Hebrew and he is already speaking in other languages!  He also does Gaaaa, Gooooo, Baaaa and Booooo
    • Is exploring his world by "licking" everything - tile, carpet, toes, tables......
    • Loves to shake the "egg."  "Shake it like a polaroid!"
    • His favorite toys are his music egg and rhythm stick, Mortimer the Moose, Sophie, spoons and anything that chimes or crinkles.
    • Rolls all over the place
    • Can sit up but prefers to be on the move
    • Gets up on his hands and knees and rocks (and flops himself forward)
    • Army crawls!
    • Was a trooper for family photos
    • Was spoiled by Aunt J, Uncle C and Cousin J while mom and dad went to the car show
    • Is going to be a big cousin to Aunt J and Uncle C's new baby boy in March!