Mar 162012
 
Thomas Cries at One of His Toys

Since Thomas has been able to situp on his own he has been spending hours each day playing with his toys. This has been wonderful as we have been able to engage motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Thomas loves all of his toys, except for one… This police car toy has a siren that goes off when you squeeze the “hood”. When Thomas hears this siren he will cry. He could have been playing with this car for twenty minutes and if he hits the siren (or I do by mistake)… he cries. There are dozens of other toys that [...]

Mar 082012
 
We Feel Pretty Alone in the World...

I usually post about Thomas and our day-to-day dealings, but this will be more about being a parent/adult, at least from my perspective… I have no friends… OK I have friends that I grew up with, went to school with and were even in my wedding. These are my best friends and they are truly my friends at any time I need them, but they don’t live around me. Throughout the years as life has happened, we have slowly moved away from where we grew up for one reason or another… job opportunities mainly, that have meant that we no [...]

Mar 062012
 

As I wrote yesterday, we went to the Oakland Zoo on Sunday as a family. This was our first family outing to a place jam-packed full of children and families. We had a wonderful time but kept having poor experiences from many other parents. Disrespectful Adults? What do I mean by this exactly? Well I don’t mean that we were yelled at or got into verbal or physical fights with anyone, but everywhere we went (we explored the entire park as this was our first visit) we saw poor behavior on behalf of the parents. This behavior mainly had to [...]

Mar 052012
 
We Went to the Zoo!

Yesterday we went to the Oakland Zoo, located off Golf Links road in Oakland, CA. This was our first type of outing like this as a family, by this I don’t mean that we hadn’t gone out or anything, but this was the first time that we had gone to a place full of families and kids. What a Shock! I was not prepared for the zoo. All of the families, all of the children, all of the people! So far most of our activities have been reserved to the park, hikes, or places that were not so populated or [...]

Mar 012012
 
My Wife is the Reason Our Relationship is Successful and Our Son Happy

Today is the 4th anniversary of my wedding day with my wonderful wife. We got married on a gorgeous day in Colorado at a beautiful place, surrounded by friends and family that love us; truly one of the best days of my life. The reason for our success is a variety of things, probably many more things than I will mention here but my wife is the number one reason in my book. Of course we balance each other well, I’m a bit impulsive and she balances me there… I won’t list any more for fear of inserting my foot [...]

Feb 292012
 
In Between Bottles and Solids... Are We Feeding Him Enough?

The In-Between Food Stage… So Thomas is at this stage where he is still supposed to be getting most of his nutrition from expressed milk but also increasing his food slowly so he is eating what we eat (by around 9 or 10 months of age). So we give Thomas a few tablespoons of a stage 2 fruit in the morning then about 4 oz of expressed milk. About three hours later he has anywhere from three to five TBSP of rice cereal/oatmeal and maybe a TBSP of a vegetable. Another three hours will pass and I give Thomas approximately [...]

Feb 282012
 
What is the Fascination with Tags..on Toys, on Clothing, on Everything?!

Tags… Why do kids like them so much? This morning I put Thomas’ bib on backwards and it had an exposed tag on it… I began giving him his breakfast food, which was banana peach raspberry puree, a stage 2 food. He was eating fine until the dogs and kitty started playing and distracted him. Then he looked down at his bib and I couldn’t get him to eat another bite for five minutes… He was mesmerized by the tag, he kept trying to grab it with his fingers, but his dexterity isn’t that great yet to always grab such [...]

Feb 102012
 
Gramma and Pa's House, an Outting

As I mentioned on another post, yesterday we went to Gramma and Pa’s house for the day. This was Thomas’ first outting away from home in a while and it was my first long day-trip with him alone. My wife and I discussed briefly when I should leave to make sure Thomas is the most comfortable. The day started around 7:45am for Thomas and I quickly got dressed and ready to wake him up. Have I mentioned how happy he is in the morning? I’ll have to take a picture or video for everyone.. these interactions in the morning when [...]

Feb 082012
 
19 Interview Questions You should Ask Any Nanny/Caregiver Before Hiring Her/Him

19 Interview Questions You Should Ask Any Nanny/Caregiver Before Hiring Her/Him.. While not all of these questions are applicable to EVERY childcare situation (such as a daycare facility, for example), these questions and any others that are important to you should be asked of any person that you intend to leave your child with on a recurring basis. This article should help prepare you for hiring a caregiver and make you calm. First off, I did not write these questions, but a member of my family, who is a full-time Nanny and has been for several years, wrote these questions [...]

Feb 062012
 

How to Choose Childcare Your situation is going to be unique to you, but if you are a working parent, at some point you will have to go back to work and let someone else watch your little one. There are several options available to working parents but they all have their advantages and disadvantages. Answer these questions and then go through the chart below, recommendations based on your answers are at the bottom of this article. How important is the amount of individual attention your child receives? How much can you afford to pay per month on childcare? Do [...]

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