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Solid? Food

December 12, 2007 9:22 pm

Tonight Jace got to try solid food for the first time. Why the question mark in the title? Well, the food wasn’t exactly solid. I followed the directions on the rice cereal box for baby’s first meal and it was basically breastmilk with a little rice texture. Very, very liquidy. So Jace basically slurped milk off a spoon.

Things we learned:

1. Feeding piglets is a messy job (not so surprising!)

2. Next time use a little less milk

3. Plastic bibs might be great with solid food but with liquid the stuff just hangs out there. We ended up adding a cloth bib over the top so it would absorb the spills and keep him dry.

4. Giving your child an extra spoon to hold onto in the hopes of distracting them from grabbing onto the spoon with the food on it is silly. Jace just shoved the extra spoon in his mouth so there was no room for the spoon with the food on it!

5. Jace wasn’t really sure what he thought of the whole thing.

Dinner

9:12 pm

On Sunday night we had an impromptu dinner with Julia, Nicholas, and William. Julia and I met at a new mom’s group when Jace was about 6 weeks old. We quickly discovered that we live close to each other and the boys were due a day apart. Of course Jace was 2 weeks late and William was a week early but still. During our maternity leave we spent a number of nice afternoons together having lunch and “play dates” which, in reality, were really mommy dates since the boys just napped most of the time. We have managed to get together a couple of times since then for a dinner and a playdate but mostly we have chatted on the phone or emailed and compared milestones, joys, frustrations and questions.

Hopefully we will get together more often now as the boys are starting to interact as you can see.

William even gave Jace a kiss on the cheek. To which Nicholas commented that it is Massachusetts after all…Such things are certainly acceptable! :)

Splish Splash

December 11, 2007 8:45 pm

Tonight Jace took his customary bath in his infant tub which rests quite nicely in our kitchen sink. Never had a problem with this setup before but today Jace figured out how to splash with his feet! And was he ever having fun with it. Well, an infant tub doesn’t have much water but when resting in the kitchen sink there is no place for the splashing water to go but all over the counter, the floor and mom! Water, water everywhere!

Guess we need to graduate to a bath in the bathtub or at least putting his infant tub in the bathtub. Of course we have very stylish glass doors on our tub. Nice to look at but impossible to navigate around while trying to clean the tub, let alone cleaning a squirming baby. Guess I will have to hop in the bathtub with Jace until we can figure out if we can remove the doors without destroying the bathtub. Good thing my parents are coming down the weekend before Christmas. Perhaps they can help us figure it out.

Monster Chair!

December 4, 2007 9:43 pm

For this week’s homework assignment in my (Steve’s) “How To Make (Almost) Anything” class, I needed to create something with the large milling machine. So I made a chair. Jace is still a little small for it, but eventually he’ll be able to hang out in his monster chair (see image):

monster chair image

1 passed, 8 to go!

December 1, 2007 8:14 pm

I got the results back from my architectural registration exam (part 1 of 9). I passed! I am now officially an A (A-r-c-h-i-t-e-c-t). Next one is in January. Guess I had better go study.

My first tooth!

8:12 pm

Yes, Jace has his first tooth. We have been waiting for it for a couple of weeks due to the increased crankiness, excessive drool and fingers constantly in his mouth but didn’t know if it really was imminent or not. Tonight we went to friends’ housewarming party and apparently Steve stuck his finger in Jace’s mouth at some point (yes, I have no clue why) and found the tooth. It is the bottom left front tooth. Just broke through the surface and feels very pointy! Karina also found her finger in Jace’s mouth at some point (this time I think Jace put it there) and confirmed it. Ironically, I had just an hour or so before told another friend, Virginie, that Jace had no teeth yet!

Another week, another milestone.

What a difference 2 months makes!

8:05 pm

When Jace was about 3 months old we took him out to dinner with our friend Deb. He was not a happy camper. We had been to plenty of lunch places but dinner was something we had never tried because he tended to cluster feed in the evening and was cranky. And, well, he was cranky at dinner. No, make that more than cranky. He cried through the whole thing, wanting to be walked around or rocked the entire time.

Two months later, it is now Deb’s birthday so we decide to give it another try and go out to dinner to celebrate. What a difference 2 months makes. Jace is now big enough to sit up in his little portable seat that Adam and Ashley got us (thanks!). And he flirted with all his neighbors and the waitstaff throughout dinner. A little chewing on the nose of his whosit and we had a happy piglet and a great dinner to celebrate a good friend’s birthday.

(C) Steve and Heather Leibman, 2007.