Thursday, September 27, 2007

Tongues

TongueGavin enjoys tongues. At least, he seems to. Particularly, he enjoys having tongues stuck out at him. Or maybe my tongue is just preternaturally comical. Whatever it is, he has been staring at me and reacting when I stick my tongue out at him, including raised eyebrows (it's hard to get a picture of him without his eyebrows raised), occasional smiling, and sometimes (i hope i'm not deceiving myself about this one) sticking out his tongue back at me. And by 'sticking out his tongue' i mean his mouth might open and the tongue barely protrudes. Once in a while it is more pronounced, and i've done it enough to think it isn't just my own imagination - i think there is some correlation between his mouth movements and my tongue protrusion.

See My TongueRegardless of my own delusions about my son's mouth control, he has definitely been much more aware of his surroundings. When he's awake, he is looking at everything and 'talking'. He definitely prefers to be held so that he can see what's going on - either over the shoulder or facing outward from my/Michelle's/whomever's body. Yesterday evening for me consisted of: coming home, making and eating dinner (while Gavin slept), playing with Gavin, taking pictures of Gavin, going to bed (with some changing of diapers and a couple other smaller items). It's a good thing i have perpetual three-day weekends, or i might never get anything done at all! At least with a long weekend I can come up with a couple of hours of non-Gavin related activity. i'm not sure i'll even find time for that, though, once he is actually interacting with us.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

A mom-post!

Seeing as I am home all day long every day, I suppose I have very little excuse not to have posted something here yet. Well, nothing except for the 9.5-pound bundle currently sleeping on my chest in his Moby Wrap, around whom every day currently is completely centered (as it should be). So, where to begin...

I think Gavin is smiling a little more now, but it's still really hard to illicit one from him, and I certainly haven't been able to catch one on camera yet. I tried today with my cell phone (it was immediately reachable) after he was done eating, but he was much more interested in staring at it than repeating his smile for me. Most of his smiles so far have been on the changing table - for some reason he seems to love being diaper-less. I think it also has something to do with the fact that he's relatively close to our faces (and therefore can better see our antics) and generally has a full stomach when he's there.

Gavin is also making more talking-like noises more often. They're generally only one or two "syllables" (which don't really sound anything like pieces of words yet) and are probably better described as sounds-that-aren't-grunting-or-crying-or-some-variation-thereof. Somewhere I read these noises described as "cooing," but I don't know that that fits, either.

I think Gavin would generally be a happy boy if it weren't for his tummy hurting. He spends a good deal of his awake time fussing or crying because he's got air stuck somewhere inside his digestive tract. (I don't blame him - I would be unhappy, too, if my tummy hurt every time I ate.) I'm going off of dairy product for a week to see if it helps.

Gavin doesn't seem to like being alone. He prefers sleeping right next to me in our bed over sleeping in his co-sleeper, which is attached to the bed on my side. Often he won't stay asleep unless he's on someone's chest or in someone's arms. Oh, or in his carseat, which is sometimes a lifesaver. A couple days ago he fell asleep, so I put him in his carseat and set it in the bathroom so I could take a shower (showers are a commodity these days). Right before I got in, he woke up but was happy, so I went ahead and took a shower. He started crying after a minute or two and didn't stop even as I talked to him. But as soon as I got out and he could see me, he was quiet again. Today I tried it again, but this time put his carseat so that he could still see me the whole time. Voila, happy baby and clean mama.

I think that's it for the moment. Maybe it won't be a month and a half until I post again... here's hoping!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Ahoy!

Ahoy, matey! Yesterday when i posted, i forgot one of my favorite little baby things that Gavin has started doing - the open-mouth kiss (not mine, his). It isn't nearly as gross as it sounds. What happens is that i give Gavin a kiss on the lips. At this point, i'm not sure what is going on through his head, but it is probably something along the lines of "Avast! Something just touched my lips, so maybe i should open my mouth." Whatever he actually thinks, he opens his mouth a little like he's surprised. At that point i kiss him again, and the hollow sound/feeling gives me great joy, for reasons i don't intellectually understand.

Speaking of the intellectual aspects of parenting (or lack thereof), one thing that has surprised me is my reactions to some things that are way outside my normal bounds. For example, i get positively giddy if i can get a single, remotely real, smile out of Gavin and will do quite crazy things (including, but not limited to, altering my voice up an octave or two) to get him to do it again. Since i am normally a very even-keeled person, my antics deviate greatly from my normal patterns. Don't get me wrong, i'm glad i do it and that my relationship with Gavin brings it out in me. In fact, i could probably use a little more of that craziness in my everyday life, letting go of my inhibitions that really don't do anything except protect me from my own evaluation of what others think of me. And that is quite a tangle, with no real redeeming qualities.

Well, shiver me timbers! i had nay idee me hearties actually read this here blog, but, according t' comments on t' previous post, thar's at least two o' ye (besides immediate family)! i find that quite intimidatin', but after readin' th' last paragraph, i decided t' pony up an' nay hold anythin' aft. i hope ye lubbers don't mind me foray into t' unconventional!

Arrr!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Way too cute

Sometimes, i wonder if Gavin will stop getting cuter (see the Flickr gizmo to the left). i guess he will, but at the rate he's going now, it will only happen once he's too old to get cuter (at which point he'll be getting more handsome). i suppose his current cute growth spurt is because of the number of faces he's adding to his repertoire daily, along with an increased awareness of his surroundings and responsiveness. He really appears to be listening to people now when they talk to him, and he definitely has preferences. Unfortunately he can only really express negative preferences, expressed mainly in the form of crying/fussing. Last night, for example, he was tired after eating and getting his diaper changed, so i was trying to put him to sleep. i tried multiple different positions that he didn't like, before finally figuring out that he wanted to lay against my chest. Within seconds of being put in that position, he was out and i was able to go back to bed (i didn't dare move him - he sleeps on my chest a lot these days).

His head control continues to improve. i don't worry about his head very much anymore unless i am moving him around. I can also balance him on my hand 'sitting up'. I gave him his first bottle yesterday. We want him to be able to take a bottle on occasion so that Michelle can eventually go back to work for a day. It was a bit of work figuring it all out. He had some to figure out, but i probably needed more pointers on what to do so i didn't drown him in milk. We did finally figure it out and he sucked down all that the bottle held and wanted more.

On another note, today is Michelle's birthday! Happy birthday Michelle! There couldn't be a better mother for Gavin (or wife for me), and she is an amazing mom already. i can only imagine how much better she will become as she gets more experienced. Gavin and i are both so blessed to have her in our family. We love you Michelle!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

One Month Old

Gavin is a month old today! i can hardly believe it. It's pretty amazing the change seven pounds, five ounces can bring to a family. Of course, he's probably more like nine or nine-and-a-half pounds now. Michelle and my lives have changed significantly - to the point where it's impressive if we both get showers before noon on the weekends. It's definitely worth it - he is consuming our lives pretty much completely and we love him to no end. Thankfully, we've had a lot of help, in the form of meals as well as both our families coming over for extended periods of time and cleaning our house. i can't really imagine what it would look like if we hadn't had help, not to mention our sanity level. Thank you so much, everyone who helped us out!

A few days ago, i was wondering if i would have much to report as far as Gavin's development. A few minutes later, he finished feeding, and it was time to change his diaper. I set him down on his changing table and was playing around with him a bit and he smiled at me! It looked like a real smile (not a gas-fueled one), so i played around with him a bit more and he did it again! i was excited, so i called Michelle over, and she got to see it as well. He hasn't smiled since save for once last night, but i will continue to try to elicit more smiles from him. i must say, i love it when i can get an actual response from Gavin. Two-way communication is much better than one-way (especially when i don't understand what he's trying to tell me. "You're hungry? Gassy? Wet?..."). It's hard to imagine that one day we'll have actual conversations, where i can explain to him the wonders of prime numbers!