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January 25, 2011

12 weeks! And a Sleeping Baby

I can't believe it, but here we are. SchondyTot is 12 weeks old. He's discovered his hands and sucks on them noisily - especially when he's hungry. He loves crinkly toys and walking the dog.

He thinks it's his personal mission every bathtime to make sure I get drenched, too, and then protests loudly and with much gusto when we pull him out of the bath to put on his pajamas.

On Friday, he rolled over from his front to his back - we're convinced it's because he just hates tummy time that much. Today he spent 10 minutes pondering the receiving blanket I had in the car. And when we sing to him, he will occasionally "agoo" along with us between smiles.

I didn't win last week's photo challenge, but the winning photo was truly awesome so I don't feel so bad. This week's photo challenge was for a sleeping baby. Here's my entry:

January 18, 2011

Photo of the Week - B&W Baby

I know I've mentioned in the past that there's an online community similar to Facebook for knitters and crocheters called Ravelryand that it's a site I visit... way too much, probably. One of the great things about Ravelry is that users can join groups pertaining to specific interests - dachshund lovers or Harry Potter fans or people who really like knitting with purplr alpaca yarn. Understandably, the membership is primarily female, so it stands to reason that there would be groups for mothers - especially new mothers. There is a group for mothers of babies born in October 2010, of which I am, of course, a member.

The group started back in March of last year, about the time most of us found out we were expecting, and is still going strong. After almost a year of chatting with these women from all over the world, I feel like some of them - the core group that has been consistently active - are my online friends, and I've even had coffee with one of them who lives nearby.

All of this is just backstory/explanation for what I hope to be able to do for at least a little while here. A number of us have access to nice cameras and are interested in improving our skills, and now we have the perfect subjects - always cute, always changing, and always in great demand. Some of the women have challenged themselves to take and post a picture of something - often their children - every day. I'm not so crazy as to think that I could commit to something like that. But from that idea came the weekly photo challenge, where each week anyone who wants to can submit a photo matching a theme chosen by the previous week's winner. We all vote for the one that's the cutest or "best" or whatever.

So last week my submission was for the theme "Baby Knits" and you've already seen it:

This week, the theme is black & white photos of our babies and this is my submission, documenting the second nap I've managed to secure in the Pack & Play in a couple weeks. He slept almost an hour and a half, much to my satisfaction and surprise.

I don't know if it will win and I really don't care. I'm just enjoying the "assignments" and wanted to share them with you. I hope to post them as long as I'm able to do them. We'll see how long it lasts. I do, after all, have an infant. :)

January 13, 2011

All's Quiet

Life continues apace around here. I'm still on maternity leave, SchondyTot's growing like a weed, Adam's working too much. Lulu's feeling neglected and the cats don't care. We've reached a new equilibrium, I think, unexpected in this time that we were warned would be so chaotic. I think we were prepared for the worst and have discovered that life can, at times, simply adjust to accommodate one more being when the time is right. He sleeps through the night, but makes up for it by eating all day long. They tell me infants don't really eat more than 30 oz. a day, but I feel like it's 1000.

Napping in the Moby Wrap

I don't feel like I'm accomplishing a lot during the day, though I know that I'm doing my single most important task and, I hope, doing so with some small amount of competency. He's growing like a weed (14 lb. 4 oz. and 23.5 inches at his last checkup), he smiles, giggles and "hoots" when really excited. He loves "The Rainbow Connection" and to have raspberries blown on his belly.

He's not fond of being made to wait for his dinner, but who can blame him, really. He hasn't discovered his hands in the traditional sense, but he regularly gets them caught in the toys hanging from his play mat and he manages to poke at me with a fair amount of accuracy and seeming dexterity. Whether or not any of it is intentional is anyone's guess.

In two weeks, we travel to Kentucky to introduce him to the members of his family who have not met him yet. A week after our return, I resume working and he will begin spending three days a week in day care. This will, I think, be the hardest thing we've attempted yet. Seems so wrong to put someone so young in the hands of a stranger, but under the current circumstances, there is no other choice. He may or may not know the difference, but I'm already dreading the separation - even if only for half a mile.

It's 12:30am, I've been up far too many hours and the late hour has made me melancholy.

10 weeks, 3 days old