Wednesday, August 15, 2007

In constant motion.

A few days ago, Moses began testing his balance. He'll pull up and when he's steady, he'll let go for a few seconds.

Moses loves taking G-I-A-N-T steps, little baby lunges if you will, when walking. It's almost as if he's playing a silent game of "Mother May I" and some invisible playmate has commanded he take giant steps.


Saturday, August 11, 2007

No! Sleep! For Moses!

For nearly two weeks now, Moses has shunned his long-standing bedtime of 7:30 for one that's 3-5 hours later. Dave and I can't figure out why he's changed his bedtime since we've kept his routine the same, but we think the change might have something to do with Moses' growing mobility.

In the past month, he's quickly progressed from crawling to pulling up to cruising with assistance. Our typical day now consists solely of walking (with me holding his hands for support) : walk to the sofa; walk to the chair; walk to toy basket; walk to the chair again.

This newfangled mobility opened the door to exploring new things, and we're pretty certain the excitement of such novelties has contributed to his new night-owl behavior, and leaving him in his crib, a.k.a The Track, only affords him more time to practice walking, not sleeping. Sure Mos, that's why we put you in your crib each night, to walk.

It's a riot to watch his brain's wheels turn and see him learn such toddler-ish things, but soon, I'll need to walk to the chiropractor; I'm tempted to just resign myself to the hunchback lifestyle and take up residence in the church bell tower across the street.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

The wind in his hair, er, hat.

Today Moses and I went to Wagner Park for some fresh air and playtime. He swung (such an odd word) for the first time and really enjoyed it, even at the snail's pace I pushed.

We also hung out in the shade and munched on puffed rice, but with the temperature in the mid-80s, we didn't last too long. Moses used his best non-verbal skills to tell me IT. WAS. TOO. HOT!


Monday, August 6, 2007

Some Good News

Today Dave, Moses, Granpop (my Dad), and I went to Moses' appointment with the neurosurgeon. Dr. Telfeian said that Moses' case is cosmetic and if Moses were his child, he wouldn't do anything about it. We're relieved to know that he doesn't have any (or potentially have) brain damage or vision problems. However, Dr. Telfeian referred us to a specialist in Dallas for a more thorough exam (he does that for all his cranio cases) and, if necessary, to learn our options for the cosmetic surgery if we feel it's necessary. Thankfully, it really seems like Moses' ridge is less noticeable these days, and we hope that with time it won't even be visible.

On a lighter note...

This afternoon I heard Moses cooing in his room after his nap and caught him doing this.


Sunday, August 5, 2007

Weekend Guests

This weekend, my Mom (Gram) and sisters (Raychel and Paige) came for a visit. They got in late Saturday night, but we spent most of today together. We spent the morning watching and adoring Moses, then walked to Home Cafe for brunch (which I highly recommend).

We also made our usual trip to Barnes & Noble for some magazine reading and book browsing. B & N isn't the safe haven it used to be now that Moses is vocal and mobile, but the children's area allowed him to roam a bit without receiving disapproving looks. I also picked up a waterproof book, "What Floats" for him since he thinks books are best absorbed through the mouth. I already have the five rhyming pages memorized.


Friday, August 3, 2007

Monkey Business

I had a Eureka! moment tonight. Since Mobility Moses has been bumping his head on anything and everything (read: hardwoods, bookshelves, and tables), I decided to dig into the cache of winter clothes we picked up for future-Moses during last year's end-of-season sales and get out one of the cold-weather hats (read: cranium cushions).

This hat also came with matching slippers.


Thursday, August 2, 2007

A Story in Pictures: Mobility


Walker, Texas Danger

Here's a very short video of him using his Bumbo as a walker. He would've kept going if it weren't for the chair in his way. We're in for trouble very soon.


A Week O' Fun Pictures

We've had a wonderful week here. Moses is moving about, eating well, finding his funny bone, and becoming quite the book lover.


Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Onward and Upward

Moses has gotten really good at his army crawl so he hasn't shown any interest in traditional crawling: I think the army crawl is gentler on his knees .

Last week, Moses started pulling up on his toys and using them as quasi-walkers. He progressed to this step faster than we expected, and we're still trying to figure out to react. It's fun to watch him, but at the same time, he's always bumping his head and that's not fun for anyone. We really should break down and buy a rug; however, I can't find any I like at a reasonable price. I suppose his head is more important than our living room's aesthetics.

And, we aren't quite sure what he's attempting here.