Archive for November, 2007

Must be frustrating

November 26, 2007 8:54 pm

It must be frustrating to be almost 5 months old. You are suddenly much more aware of the world around you but you are severely limited in what you can do. If you think about it, it really can’t be all that much fun playing with toys while lying on your back or on your stomach. Hard to really play with them. Your other options are to be strapped into a seat of some form and watching everyone else do things or, if you are really lucky, you get placed in an excersaucer where you can play with the same toys over and over again while everyone ignores you.

Jace decided to declare his frustration this weekend at my parents by being a very high maintance piglet who squealed at the top of his lungs every five minutes. Luckily there were 4 people who could take turns distracting him for another few minutes until he got bored of that activity and wanted to move on.

However, all this frustration must have driving Jace to the point where he decided the only way things were going to get better was if he did something about it himself. So he did.

On Sunday he could only sit for a couple of seconds before toppling over but this evening he sat for almost a minute before reaching for a toy and falling over as a result!

How I sleep

November 19, 2007 9:24 pm
How I sleep

This picture says it all. Jace can now easily roll from his back to his front so no matter how you put him down in his, he ends up like this. All the literature says to have kids sleep on their backs these days due to increased risk of SIDS but even his doctor said its not like there is any way we are going to stop him from rolling.

The first couple of nights he slept like this, he slept fabulously. Then last week we went through a not so good phase. It started with him waking up twice instead of once to eat. He was pretty hungry so I don’t begrudge the kid his food. The problems began when he wouldn’t go back to sleep. He was certainly tired enough but even if he fell asleep in your arms, he woke up and screamed as soon as you put him down in his crib. We had no clue what was wrong or what to do. One guess was that he was teething, another guess was gas issues, and the last one was it was just a phase and he would grow out of it. I did a little research and asked other mom’s on some online groups and pretty much narrowed it down to the last option. He is so much more aware of his surroundings these days an apparently this can be rather scary at times. I was afraid of how long the phase might last since I was getting desperate for sleep but by this weekend he seemed to have gone back to normal.

I also bought him a little blue rabbit blankie to hug. It is super soft and has ears to play with. I had a bunny I carried everywhere by its ears when I was little so I though he might like one too.

1 down. 8 to go?

12:29 pm

Well, I did it. I took my first architectural registration exam this morning. The question mark at the end of the title says it all. I have no clue if I passed or not. There was a lot of information on the test and, while I felt like I was familiar with most of it (only about 4 or 5 of the 105 questions did I have NO clue), there were lots of questions where i could narrow it down to 2 answers and then got kinda stuck. I now have to wait for the result. I will let you know.

A big thanks goes out to my little piglet. Jace must have realized that I had a big test this morning. He let me get a good night sleep in preparation by sleeping through the night (he has only done this a handful of times in his life!)

Jace’s research day at the MIT Media Lab

November 11, 2007 5:21 pm

Today, Jace and I (Steve) left Heather at home to study architecture things, while we went on an adventure to the MIT Media Lab. Luckily those Media Lab folks spend most of their time playing around with things that Jace is easily able to understand, and he shared some of his expertise…

Here we are at the entrance to the Lego Learning Laboratory, where Jace devised some groundbreaking new experiments:

Lego Lab

Jace doesn’t like the sort of toys that are small enough to choke on. Instead he does research into construction on a somewhat more macroscopic scale. Here he shows off his favorite size building block:

Big Lego

To further advance his investigations of the properties of Blue Monkey, he set up this equipment to do a 3D scan of said Monkey:

blue monkey scan

Then he intends to take the digitized representation of Blue Monkey and do a little rapid prototyping, making a copy of Blue Monkey with the 3D printer:

Printing a monkey

My first business trip

November 4, 2007 3:24 pm

Tomorrow morning I leave for my first business trip since having Jace. I knew this time would come since the project I have been working on for almost 2 years is FINALLY under construction down in Orlando. I have a 9:15 flight down Monday and I get back around 4:30 on Tuesday after having meetings Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning. Not too bad.

I am sure I will miss Jace terribly but I have to say, I am looking forward to an evening of uninterrupted sleep! We shall have to see how Steve and Jace do without me for an evening. Could be interesting!

4 months old

3:19 pm

After our unplanned trip to the doctor on Monday, Jace had to go back to the doctor on Thursday for his 4 month checkup. He is now 17lbs 6 oz and 26 3/4″ long.  On Monday he was 17lbs 12 oz so I am not sure where those 6oz went but it isn’t like this kid is in desperate need of them. He is meeting all his development milestones such as head control and tracking people and generally is a happy healthy child.

Sticky Pink Piglet

3:15 pm

Last Sunday at 3:30 am, Jace woke up screaming his little head off. Since he wasn’t hungry having just at an hour or so before, Steve got up and tried to console him. And tried, and tried and tried. Nothing would make our little piglet go back to sleep. Finally at about 6am I nursed him in bed and he passed out from extreme exhaustion. We we got up at 8:30 he clearly had a fever so we gave him some tylenol and hoped he would feel better. He seemed to improve a little but was very clingy all day then cried again all evening, causing me to call our friend Kate in a panic. Kate has a PhD in nursing and 2 boys of her own so she is definitely the person you call when you don’t know what else to do Unfortunately she had no great tricks up her sleeve but she did make me feel a little better even if Jace didn’t.

That night he absolutely refused to be put down in his crib and kept crying until I brought him into bed with us and nursed him on and off all night so he could get some sleep. The next morning the poor little kid still had a fever so we made an appointment with the doctor. Turns out Kate was right, Jace has an ear infection as a result of the cold he has been nursing for the last couple of weeks. We got a prescription for Amoxycillin.

Apparently you are supposed to give 1 tsp of Amoxycillin, 3 times a day. They give you a handy dandy syringe to squirt this stuff into his mouth. Sounds easy enough. Well, you try giving a squirming little boy a syringe full of stick pink liquid. 1 tsp may not sound like much but getting him to swallow it all is a challenge. You end up with a very sticky pink piglet at the end of it all.

Jace is clearly feeling much better but we still have several more sticky pink days to go.

(C) Steve and Heather Leibman, 2007.