Thursday, August 28, 2008

Bed time tug-of-war...

...Johnathan - 1, Mommy - 0! Whoever taught Johnny to play, sure taught him well!

Baby J. got really sleepy around 8:3o this evening, so I picked him up off his play mat, and started our night-time ritual. Diaper change, dress for bed, read story, nurse, pray, rock, sleep. Or at least that is how it's supposed to go. Well, it's almost 10:30 now, and after crying off and on for an hour and a half, Johnathan is fully awake, and now Mommy is tired! I finally quit playing our little game of "tug-of-war" and got him out of bed, only to rock him some more and put him into his swing, hoping it would lull him to sleep. He's swinging in the middle of the living room in the semi dark while I sit here typing. Hoping that he's started to fall asleep I look over at him, and what do I see? Two big bright brown eyes gazing at me, and a HUGE smile behind that ever present pacifier! I think that he knows that he "won", and he's basking in the glory.

(He's still smiling at me, a very mischievous kind of smile!)

Bein' Neighborly

Last week I got a note in my mailbox from our neighbor next door saying that she'd like to come by for a visit...she didn't want to come by unannounced because of our "guard dog", BoBo, who seems to think that all visitors are threats to our safety. So, this afternoon after agreeing on what time for her to come over, I had a nice visit with Mrs. Carol Arnold. Johnathan was up and about, and was the topic of much of our conversation. She has a great-grandson who is about a week younger than Baby J. , so we were able to talk about him too and "brag" about both boys.

It was nice to get to know Carol a little better. I found out that she enjoys painting, and I have promised to go visit her sometime soon at her home to see her work. She also used to make jewelry and sell it at a local craft fair in years past, but has had to give it up because of her eyesight not being what it used to be. All in all we found out a lot about what we fill up our days with, and what we enjoy doing.

In Aaron news, he is on his last day of call (working 30 hours straight) for his current inpatient pediatrics rotation. It's been a long month for him, but as of tomorrow at noon, he'll be done! 2 rotations down, lots more to go, but we're getting the hang of this whole residency thing. Love y'all!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Future Olympian?

With the 2008 Summer Olympics just behind us, it seems as if all the love of sports and love of country has inspired Baby J. to become a wrestler! Most of you who know Aaron, know that wrestling is one of his "passions", so it's little wonder that he is encouraging our little one at such an early age.;) Here's a video of Aaron and Johnathan's "first match" together. I think that Baby J. wins...look at that pin!

Tummy Time Revisited

Now that Johnathan can hold up his head a lot better, tummy time isn't so bad. Here are some cute pictures that we took last night, if I do say so myself...and I do say so!;)

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Stranger Danger

It seems as if our little boy has developed an anxiety of strangers! For the past couple of weeks, whenever Johnathan sees someone new (in close proximity) , he cries hysterically and takes awhile to be consoled, poor thing! Just this past Friday we were at a wedding shower for one of the residents, and as soon as we walked in the door and people started looking at "the cute baby" he started to wail his head off. I took him outside to try to calm him down, but whenever we came in it started all over again. It took feeding him, putting him down for a nap, and then slowly introducing him to the new people for his little fears to subside, but they didn't completely go away all night. He likes little kids though, and doesn't seem to be bothered by them. There were a couple of children at the party, and he loved being around them, but as soon as a big person came up to look at him the water works started. I guess I need to get him out more often. Too much time with just mommy!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Longest Lashes Winner!

I am part of an online playgroup, the April '08 Apple Bottoms, and each week there's a fun contest for the babies who were born in April 2008. This week there was a "longest eye lashes" contest, and the moms were asked to enter a picture of their baby, and then all the moms vote on who they think fits the category the best. Well, since almost everyone who meets Johnathan for the first time mistakes him for a girl because of his long eye lashes, I knew that he'd be a good candidate for the contest. Well, I entered him, and he won! It's not like he won a prize or anything, but it was fun nonetheless to have him beat out the competition! Hehe! Here's the picture that I entered. I think that it's somewhere else here on the blog too. Isn't he beautiful?!!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Milestone, check!

Johnathan has hit another milestone. He's now officially rolling over. So far he's just rolling front to back, but I have a feeling that the back to front rolling isn't too far in the future. The other day we were at my aunt's house, and Johnathan had a little tummy time while laying on her bed. He rolled over a few times, but I thought it was just a fluke. We were sitting around him, and the bed wasn't exactly an even surface with us on it. So, I thought that gravity was sort of helping him roll. Later on that night when we were at home, I thought I'd let him have some more tummy time to see if he really could roll. What do you know, as soon as I put him on his stomach he rolled over to his back, and he kept doing it! Yay! It's fun to watch him perform his newest trick! ;)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Growing Up

Last Wednesday Johnathan had his 4 month appointment with his doctor. Baby J. is doing great! He weighed 13 pounds 6.5 ounces and was 24.5 inches long. He no longer has to take his reflux medication which is wonderful, and he is hitting all his milestones. I feel very blessed to have this healthy little baby boy.

Since my little monkey boy is getting so big, we had to go ahead and get him a "big boy" bed. We found a great crib on Craigslist a couple weeks ago, and even though I had it all set up with the bedding and everything, I was sort of delaying putting him to sleep in it. I guess you could say I was a little reluctant move him over, but this past Saturday, I finally let him transition from his bassinet to his crib. There were tears, lots of them...mine! I cried and cried because for the first time in a year I didn't have my little baby right beside me while sleeping at night. Granted, he was just a few feet away since Aaron and I are "temporarily" sleeping in Johnathan's room, but it isn't the same as having him right next to me where I can just roll over and feel him sleeping in his bassinet beside me. After our first night apart, I guess things went okay. Baby J. slept pretty well, and since Aaron and I "moved" into his room, we slept okay too. Sooner or later I'll have to allow Johnathan to have his own room by himself, but for now I'm enjoying being close by.

Here are some pictures from the last couple of weeks. My cousin Tirzah was in town for the latter part of last week, and Johnathan and I had a great time getting to hang out with her. Aaron unfortunately was at work most of the time, but did get a chance to steal away for a bit and go to the beach with us. (*We love you Aaron, thanks for all your hard work!*)