Friday, September 28, 2007

Figuring it all out

Last night Moses started to stand solo, and he even took some steps by himself--several times! He's been practicing all this for awhile by cruising then falling towards furniture that is too far away. It's hard to capture his successful moments, but we got a snippet on camera. Do these count as first steps? He's 10 months old today!


He's crazy pants-head man!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Catching Cooties

Sorry I haven't posted in a few days, but the nasty virus that Moses battled last weekend came knocking down my door on Monday. It was relentless, but I'm at the tail end of it now.
While I was imagining my imminent death from the stomach flu, Dave took care of Moses. He took time off from student teaching in order that I could get some sleep (plus, in my weakened febrile condition, I was not physically able to care for a child). And maybe, just maybe, he thinks Moses is cooler to hang out with that high school kids.

Dave discovered that Mos adores our curtains. Now, he spends tens of minutes a day just cruising through them, laughing hysterically.


Monday, September 24, 2007

A Mom-servation

I know Moses isn't feeling well when it actually becomes easy to change his diaper.


Well, this morning I called Dr. Gray's office to ask about this mysterious illness, and his nurse informed me that there's a terrible stomach bug going around and that it can last up to a week. A week! This is not good news. I hope Moses' dance with the virus is shorter than the norm. The poor kid...


Sunday, September 23, 2007

Sick and tired

This weekend marks Moses' first bona fide sickness, and it just breaks our hearts to see our little man under-the-weather and unable to understand what's happening to him.
He had a runny nose all week, but we attributed it to allergies (Dave and I are suffering now) or a cold he picked up from Parent's Day Out. However, last night it took a turn for the worse and we're not sure what's plaguing him.
I put Moses to bed at 8 o' clock as usual, but three hours later he woke up yelling an angry, "na, na, na." I'd never heard him yell like that before and went to check on him. He was sick to his stomach--man, I never thought so much liquid could inhabit such a tiny body. It was strange too because he would vomit, want to play, and then vomit again 20 minutes later, play, and well, you know. He was in relatively good spirits too even though this continued until 2 a.m. When he was finally able to sleep he just tossed, turned, and whined all night. I was so concerned about him that I didn't sleep well at all but found relief when Dave took over at 6 a.m.
Moses had one more episode this morning, and despite his all day fussiness, we thought he was out of the woods. We were wrong. When I put him to sleep at 8 o' clock this evening, it happened again, and this time he was not in good spirits afterwards. He was so obviously tired and I could hear his poor stomach rumbling. Dave and I took turns walking him around the house, but he just could not get to sleep. After some milk (I know, I questioned this, too), he finally went to sleep and we haven't heard from him since. I hope he has a better night tonight and can get the recuperative rest he needs.
We're not sure what's going on--stomach bug? teething? I'm going to call the doctor in the morning to see what he says. We've given him some Pedialyte, but he's really not interested in drinking anything. I'll be sure to update everyone on the outcome.

Last night, between "episodes"


Friday, September 21, 2007

He's a champ!


Moses finished his first good week of Parent's Day Out today! When I picked him, they told me his day went even better day than Wednesday had. He ate more! He slept more! And, he played more--even getting on the floor with the other kids! By himself! He's transitioning so much better there.

On a side note, here are some pictures of him playing in his new favorite place (and yes, it makes me nervous).

I just love his expression in that first picture. If he had a corncob pipe, I think he'd look a bit like Popeye.


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

A Work in Progress

Today was Moses' second day at his new Parent's Day Out. I decided to drop him off quickly this morning to see if my lingering presence there really made a difference to him. It didn't. When I called to check on him before my class, I was told he only cried for a brief bit. Whew!

When I picked him up, the report was full of good news. He took two (2!) short naps, ate some baby macaroni and cheese, and drank 2 ounces from his bottle. Can you believe this? He napped! He ate! He drank! I'm so thrilled that he's made so much progress in just three days time. I really have to hand it to his caretakers--they are working wonders with my sensitive sweetie.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


Moses has gotten really good at cruising along our furniture and walls, and with help, can walk decently. We've been trying to catch him on video while he does these things, but once the camera is out, he forgets what he's doing and tries to get the camera. But, this morning I caught him briefly...


Monday, September 17, 2007


Today was the 1st day of Parent's Day Out for Moses, again.

And, it went well--thanks in part to him being the only baby present for a better part of the day. When we arrived, I hung around for an hour until he seemed comfortable enough with his new caretakers (who are really sweet and fun). When I left, he didn't fuss too much because they successfully distracted him with a stroller ride.

Moses does love a good stroller ride.

From the rest of their report, he really did well considering we'd hit the reset button on his PDO experience. He didn't drink any milk but was willing to eat some baby food (!) and take a short nap, and another short nap.

I didn't have to pick him up early either which was a relief to me! I was able to get a lot of work done and feel prepared for once. We know it'll still take some time for him to adjust and feel more comfortable , but this is a great start.

Today was such a good day!

He's discovered that he can scrunch up his eyes when he laughs (so it's the only way to laugh)

He has a stuffy nose so his mouth is constantly agape.

Here, Moses drums up some laughs.


Saturday, September 15, 2007

9 Month Check-Up

Yesterday, Moses and I went to visit Dr. Gray for his 3/4 year check-up. 9 months! I'm in disbelief. What happened to my helpless infant?


The check-up went well. Moses is 29.5 inches tall (75th percentile), 19.2 pounds (25th percentile), and his head circumference is 46.5 centimeters (73 percentile). I was shocked that his weight put him in the 25th percentile. Even though he's thinned out over the last few months, he still seems chunkier than most other kids. Dr. Gray assured me he was growing well and not to worry.

We discussed his continued lack of teeth and his severe separation anxiety. He said both were completely normal and that in time, we'll see his chompers and the anxiety will improve. In the meantime, there's not much to do but wait.

For next time (gulp...1 year!), we're to wean him from the bottle to the sippy cup. Of course! Now that he finally takes a bottle, we're supposed to say, "no, use this instead." A parent's job is never done... I'm also to strategize a plan for weaning him from breast milk to cow's milk after he turns one. It makes me sad that our special time will soon end, but he's getting to the point where I don't feel like I can offer him enough of what he needs--without him nursing constantly. He also really seems to enjoy feeding himself table food, and I just can't compete with the goodness that is chicken ravioli and carrots. I'm just thankful we'll make it to my goal of nursing for one year!


Like Father Like Son

Two weeks ago, Dave's parents (Martie and Richard) brought us these pictures of Dave as a baby to compare to Moses at the same age. The pictures of Dave were taken in October 1980 so Dave was around 9/10 months old.

You can definitely see some resemblance between father and son.


Friday, September 14, 2007

Fun Footage

These video aren't the best, but they make me happy. Isn't that the sign of something great?

1. Moses' laugh at the end of this one brings me great joy.

2. Here, Moses is trying to pull up on some furniture and hold on to his blue tube**. He'd been doing this for awhile before I taped it so his interest is beginning to wane. But, his frustration is still very obvious.

** A component of my exercise ball pump, he's grown attached to that blue tube so much and plays with it A TON. Why is it that he must enjoy non-toys more than toys?

3. Our camera ran out of memory on this one, but even in its brevity--it's precious.


Vinyl, baby.

Dave teaches Moses all about vinyl records and that mysterious machine they are played on.



Last Sunday, Moses started pronouncing the "d" sound. It was super cute to watch the sound mature in his mouth throughout the day. That morning, it began as an under-the-breath mumble and by early afternoon, it was "da" this and "da" that. Every sound out of his mouth contained the "d" sound.

Of course, he hasn't associated "daddy" with it, but that's got to come soon enough!

Unrelated, but oh-so-cute. Check out him on his little car. He can't scoot himself yet, but it converts into a push walker that he can maneuver well.


Parent's Day Out!

On August 27th, Moses attended his first day of Parent's Day Out at Trinity Church.

On September 12th, Moses attended his last day of Parent's Day Out at Trinity Church.

Originally, Moses was to attend Monday and Wednesday from 8-3:15, but he wasn't too fond of being away from his mama so he would cry hysterically for most of the day, refusing to eat or sleep, so I picked him up when around lunch time after I'd finished class. We kept expecting him to improve, and on Monday, September 10th, we thought we'd crossed that bridge. However, shortly after dropping him on on the 12th, I received a call that they didn't have the staff to attend to Moses' needs and that I needed to pick him up. I understand their decision, but it's frustrating that they gave up after only 4.5 days (roughly 26 hours) and now he has to start over again.

We've found another PDO that seems more laid back and we hope that Moses has an easier transition there. Keep us in your prayers--I need this time in order to get my school work done.


Cruisin' for a bruisin'


Dave and I've been working hard trying fix up our yard. We've planted bushes, flowers, and trees--all of which need a lot of watering right now.
Dave started taking Moses outside each evening while he watered, and boy, that kid loves water. He loves putting various body parts in the path of the spray or splash in the puddles that form on the concrete.
I don't think we'll have to worry about any water-related phobias. If anything, I'll worry that he's too comfortable!

And here's a fun video of him in action!

It's a real crawl.

Out of the blue in mid-August, Moses started to crawl instead the belly scooting he'd perfected. I remember setting him on the floor and watching him get on all fours and crawl like he'd done it a million times. Since then, he's started using it as major form of transportation (aside from me and Dave of course).

Here is crawling around my Gran and Grandpop's (Sally and my Dad) house when we were over to celebrate my sister Maegan's 13th birthday!


Where has the time gone?

I'm sorry I haven't posted about Moses for a month now, but it's been crazy around here. Since he had his 9 month check-up this morning, I figured today was as good a day as any to catch up. Rather than lumping events into one post, I thought I'd provide several posts (as I should have been doing).