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A Potential Career?

September 27, 2007 9:02 pm

Perhaps Jace has a future in modeling. He certainly is cute enough.

We were recently at a baby shower and Sharona received a Bumbo as a gift. Now, most of the girls at this shower don’t have kids yet (and when I say yet, keep in mind this was the first of four baby showers in the next couple of months), so they didn’t know what a bumbo was or why you would want it. To help out, I offered Jace up to model.

I think he did a great job selling the product. He seemed to be enjoying sitting up like all the adults. He even lifted his head to pose for photos. Our good friends Rick and Laura have offered to lend us their daughter Allison’s since she is getting to big for it so Jace will get to sit in one again soon.

New Photo’s

6:22 pm

New photo’s have been added. Take a peek! See how big Jace has grown.

Things I have Learned

September 25, 2007 9:43 pm
Things I have Learned

Jace is very proud of the things he has learned of late. You may have heard that Jace was not a big fan of his swing or his bouncy chair. He generally just hated being put down, much preferring to be held. We were gradually gaining a little freedom as he started to become interested in the play gym where he lies on his back and would accidentally swat the animals hanging down and be amused. Once he got to daycare, April sat him in swing and apparently Jace forgot that he didn’t like it. Same with the bouncy chair! Now he is quite content to sit in them for a period of time (i.e. while we eat dinner) and watch us and the rest of the world.

In addition this, Jace has discovered his hands. Now he can grab onto things (it often takes a few tries) and hold on. He is also figured out that he can put things in his mouth. Sometimes this is whatever he is holding on to, other times it is his hand. Or both his hands. It is quite amusing watching him try to fit two hands in his mouth.

Finally Jace is continuing to find his voice. He used to just squeal from time to time but now he definitely tries to communicate. Usually to try to get our attention and tell us we are ignoring him (like right now as I type this!)

A turtle?

September 21, 2007 6:01 pm

As you all know by now, for some reason we love the animal imagery that Jace brings to mind. We have been calling him piglet since he was born, partially because of his love of food but also due to his high pitched squeals. The latest animal is a turtle. Jace new talent is he has now started to spin around on his back in his sleep. The other day I came into his room in the morning and he had managed to rotate 90 degrees in his crib so his feet were between the vertical bars. All this while swaddled. Somehow I just thought of a turtle stuck on his shell spinning around.

How did it go?

September 12, 2007 5:32 pm

Many of you may be wondering how Jace’s first day at daycare went. Well he did great. Me, I did okay. I didn’t cry when we dropped him off but I definitely got a little teary eyed and sad.  I quickly headed off to work in an attempt to distract myself. That worked for a little while and right about the time I started wondering how he was doing, April sent me an email with a picture of Jace in the swing smiling away. That made me feel better knowing he wasn’t sitting there screaming his head off since he was in an unfamiliar place.

Work was completely disorganized. The team I was supposed to be helping out totally wasn’t ready for me which doesn’t surprise me. The project is a disaster. I futzed around for most of the day doing a little of this and a little of that until I skipped out at 4pm to go rescue my piglet.  He was quite happy to see me and that first snuggle felt wonderful.

April said he generally did great including taking two naps. The only thing he didn’t like was taking his bottle which didn’t surprise me at all. She actually had a similar problem with her son and the avent bottles and had finally found a different type that he liked. So she tried giving Jace his milk in one of the new bottles. Apparently he LOVED it and gulped everything down so we had to make a quick run to Babies R Us last night to get him new bottles. They are the Breastflow ones by The First Years which have these funky double level nipples which apparently are supposed to feel like the breast. Whatever works!

Today was a little easier dropping him off although I still wanted to go over with Steve to make sure he was okay. But tomorrow I plan to just let Steve take him, which is our plan for going forward. I definitely think I got the better end of the day with the pickup since that is happy reuniting time.

Back to Work

September 10, 2007 4:19 pm

As was implied in the last post, it is time for my maternity leave to end and me to head back to work. Jace is only 10 1/2 weeks old but since he was almost 2 weeks late, my 12 weeks of unpaid leave are up. We have daycare all set up at a family daycare around the corner from our house. The daycare provider, April, was closed for the summer as she just gave birth to her third son in May. So Jace will have a playmate his age. In addition April is taking care of her middle son and another boy who are about 2 1/2, a girl who I am guessing is about 3 and another girl who is about 4. Her oldest son has just started kindergarten. So yes, she has a very full house but she has tons of experience working in daycare centers before she started her own several years ago. She seems very capable and organized. Jace and I went over for a visit last week and she runs a tight ship. The kids were running around in the backyard having a great time but she kept a tight watch on them and they certainly listened to her when she told them to do (or not to do) things. I’m sure Jace will be very safe and happy there.

That said, I will still worry about him. We haven’t spent that much time apart since he was born. The longest period was 5 hrs when I left him home with Steve while I went shopping with Deb at the outlet mall because I desperately needed new shirts that would actually button for work. And those 5 hrs were hard. It probably didn’t help that there were tons of babies at outlets but still…He will need to learn to drink from a bottle without fussing (right now he can drink from a bottle but protests loudly), nap without me bouncing or walking him to sleep, and play with new toys. I get teary eyed just thinking about it. Packing stuff up tonight for him to take with him will probably make me cry. Not to mention when we drop him off tomorrow morning.

As for me at work, I have arranged to work 2o hrs this week and next followed by 30 hrs for the two weeks after that so that I can adjust back to working full time. I thought I was just going to ease back into my Florida project slowly this week, checking drawings, reading emails and catching up, but apparently my boss has other ideas. I get to go work for one of the other partners in the firm, figuring out a complex stair and elevator entry tower for the Patriots Place retail project we are working on. Talk about diving in head first. At least it should keep my mind off worrying about Jace as I worry about not screwing up for the partner who is most intimidating to work for.

I will let you all know how it goes.

Routines

4:00 pm

Jace and I have really gotten our weekday routine down. We get up whenever Jace decides, have some breakfast and play time then typically go on an adventure, whether it be a store, mom’s group, or lunch with friends. The rest of the time spent “talking”, playing with Peyton the elephant (Jace’s cousin Lexie has Eli the elephant…), attempted tummy time, naps, walks and snuggling. Somedays feel longer than others but we generally have a good time without too many tears (Jace tears or mine).

And now the routine must change because I am headed back to work. For a type A personality like me, who thrives on order, this upcoming change is causing much panic above and beyond the simple fact that I will have to leave Jace with somebody else. As if that wasn’t enough to worry about. No, I now have to figure out how to get three people out of the house dressed, fed and supplied for the day on some kind of schedule so I can pick one of those two people up by 5:30 in the afternoon after being at work for 9 hrs. Yes, Steve is one of the three who need to be organized. As you all know, Steve is definitely the laid back one of the two of us. He currently roles out of bed whenever he wakes up, showers, then decides which mode of transportation suits his mood (bike, motorcycle or car) and heads out to work. But now Jace needs to get somewhere and preferably Steve needs to take him there so I can skedaddle to work early enough to leave by 5 pm without feeling guilty. So somehow I need to get up, showered, dressed, eat breakfast, feed Jace, maybe pump depending on how much he eats when, and hand him off to a showered, dressed Steve at an appropriate time. I think I need scheduling software to figure this out except that no software I know will take in to consideration the fact that Jace could wake up at 6 am or 7:30 depending on his whims!

Update: Based on Kiri’s comment I realized that perhaps I have made it sound like I don’t think Steve will be any help at all. That is not what I meant. I am sure he will be involved in the process, it is just that I am the type of person who needs a plan ahead of time to function in the morning (I am NOT a morning person) and get anywhere on time. Steve is much more of a take things as they come person. I’m sure we will figure it out in a couple of days but the anticipation is causing me worry…

Shots for All

September 5, 2007 12:03 pm

Yes this was the big scary one with shots. Now, I think it was definitely more scary for me that Jace. He didn’t know what was coming. Then again, neither did I…

Jace and I go to the same doctor. It is a family care office and I just love Linnea. She is very down to earth, easy to talk to and makes you feel very comfortable. Since I am going back to work soon (more on that later), I decided this would be a good opportunity to get my physical out of the way at the same time we were going in for Jace. I scheduled back to back appointments and had Steve come too so he could watch Jace while I was in with the doctor. Plus it was a good excuse to get Steve to go so I would have moral support when Jace got his shots!

My appointment starts out as all appointments do with blood pressure tests, being weighed etc and seemed to be continuing on as I expected with conversations about allergies and moles. When all of a sudden, Linnea declared that I need a tetanus shot. Wait just one second. Jace was the only one scheduled to have shots today. Not me…

Since Jace was already in a room waiting for his turn, we decided I would get my shot from the Jace’s nurse in front of him. Mommy had to put on a brave face so Jace wouldn’t fear his turn. By the time that Linnea had given Jace his checkup (he weights 14 lbs 2 oz and is 25 1/2″ tall!) and we waited for the nurse to come back with his shots, my darling son was ASLEEP. Clearly I put on a VERY brave face because he wasn’t at all scared. He certainly woke up when the first needle went in and survived the other two and the oral vaccine with a moderate level of screaming.

He seemed to be just fine when we got home but he did get a slight fever later that night. That is when we got to here a new Jace cry in his repertoire of cries. The sick baby cry sucks. It isn’t the loudest by any means, but it is definitely the one that pulls the most at the heart strings because he sounds so miserable. We gave him tylenol and finally got him to sleep that night. He woke up the next day feeling fine but, next time he gets shots, he gets tylenol before the fever starts because I want to avoid that sick cry if possible. Oh, and next time I get a shot, I might give myself pain killers too, cause that tetanus shot hurt afterwards.

(C) Steve and Heather Leibman, 2007.