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 132012
 
(Updated with video) How We Didn't Lose As Much Sleep When Thomas Was Younger... (AKA Peace of Mind/SIDS)

(Note, I am not being paid for this endorsement, that would be amazing though haha!) So SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome is something that all parents probably freak out about until their kids are at least six months old. Even after that age you may be stuck in a routine of checking your monitor or going into your child’s room (if they are in their own room) to constantly make sure that they are still breathing. As expecting parents we did a lot of research and reading on what to expect, books like What to Expect When You’re Expecting [...]

Mar 102012
 
My Son Doesn't Hug Me Anymore

There was a two week time period where every morning when we would wake up Thomas and take him out of his crib, he would put his arms around or necks (as best he could) and hug us. This was a pretty special time for both my wife and I. Thomas isn’t at the age where he can reciprocate affection in ways that we expect so when we got hugs each morning for a few weeks these were extra special! These mornings were so special that they were the bright spots of our day. Then one day they just stopped. [...]

Mar 092012
 
Things I Asked Before Our Son Was Born. On Bibs, Teething & Drool.

I remember some of the questions that I asked friends and family during the pregnancy about what it was like having kids… Some were logistical, some were moral… Stuff! So Much Stuff! For some reason I was pretty occupied with the quantity of how many things we needed to buy during the pregnancy. We received many gifts from family and friends and I was amazed at how many of a single item we received. Surely we didn’t need 20+ bibs? 40+ 0-6 month onesies? Or the amount of socks we got… sooooo many socks! I would go into work and [...]

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 072012
 
I'm Really Glad We Had a Boy...

Like most parents… before we knew the gender during pregnancy, we both said we would be happy with either a boy or a girl. As most fathers-to-be feared, I figured that we were going to have a girl as payback for the years that I was dating etc (trust me this is the fear of most dads-to be). My fear wasn’t that rational really as I didn’t know how to take care of a child at all, but you pick it up very quickly once you bring that baby home and you have no choice but to care for him/her. [...]

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 [...]

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