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My first tooth!

December 1, 2007 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.

4 months old

November 4, 2007 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.

3 Months Old

October 2, 2007 8:41 pm

For those of you who are keeping track, Jace turned three months old this weekend. Usually babies don’t have to go visit their doctors at this milestone but Jace was an exception. When he was born, his head was 75 percentile in size (Thank goodness) even though his height and weight were in the 90-95 percentiles for his age. He kept on this curve at one month but when he went in for his two month checkup, his head had grown from 75% to 95%. Since that is a twenty percent jump, our doctor wanted him to come back at month three to make sure there wasn’t a problem.

Jace’s latest stats: Head circumference 90% for age (I forget the dimension but he passed his checkup with flying colors), weight 15 lb 15 1/2 oz (that is 90%) and height 26″ which is above 97%! We have one tall kiddo here. One happy, tall, healthy kiddo.

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!)

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.

1 month checkup

August 2, 2007 9:58 am

Jace had his one month checkup on Tuesday.  He started to cry as soon as I mentioned that we were going to the doctor’s office. Funny since he wasn’t getting any shots or anything like that! He is now 11 lb 4 oz and 23 1/2″ long. That is 2 lbs bigger and 2″ longer than when he was born. I think his screams are also 2 decibels louder, his muscles twice as strong etc etc. Not bad for one month of life.

Next time there are shots involved so Steve is coming with us to the doctor’s appointment because we all know I hate shots!

Our first week alone

July 24, 2007 6:27 pm

Jace and I were alone last week. Steve went back to work, my mum went back to New Hampshire and I stayed home. This was incredibly intimidating for me because Jace and I are still trying to find our rhythm and getting to know each other. There are times he cries for no apparent reason and can be very hard to console.

I decided on Monday that we would go out on an adventure because sitting at home all day seemed like it would last forever. We left the house right after Jace ate lunch (about noon) and ventured off towards Everett to visit our favorite shopping plaza (Like many of our friends who live around here, that shopping plaza gets most of our disposable income since it has Costco, Target, Home Depot, BabiesRUs, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Old Navy. Talk about dangerous!). As soon as we left the house, I realized I had forgotten one thing. To eat. Jace was fed but I wasn’t so we stopped at Qdoba on the way. Once inside the store, Jace wasn’t too happy but I decided to eat outside and he settled right down, soothed by the noise of the trucks and cars flying by! The rest of the trip to BB&B and BabiesRUs was a success as Jace slept through most of it, waking for snack at BabiesRUs. They have a nursing room and I think we will visit it again if we have to run more errands in that shopping center, even if we don’t really need anything at BabiesRUs.

Tuesday we decided to stay home. Not so good. Lots of Jace crying, me crying and general frustration. The tendinitis in my wrist (which was originally caused by mousing) has flared up so carrying Jace around is a little uncomfortable. And, of course, Jace will only stop crying when carried, bounced and cuddled. Steve came home around 4pm and boy, was I happy to see him.

Wednesday morning Jace had a visitor. My freshman and sophomore year college roommate, Kiri, stopped by with her daughter Danielle and lots of lasagna. We like friends who bring food! We played and visited for an hour or so then Jace took a nap. Steve actually worked from home that day but he really wasn’t needed too much as Jace and I took a walk and he was generally much happier.

Thursday I decided we needed another adventure since Tuesday at home at been so rough. So we headed out to more stores, this time Carters and a different Target. Not so good. It took us a while to leave so by the time we got there Jace was starving. I fed him on a bench in the mall (it is a very empty mall so it was a good introduction to feeding in public) then we went to the stores. Jace apparently does not like the Watertown Target because he screamed his head off most of the time. Try carrying a screaming child and pushing a stroller and shopping at the same time. Not easy. We forgot several things that we went for. Next time I need a list.

Finally, Friday morning, we went to a New Mom group that I had heard about. I figured it didn’t matter if Jace cried there so we headed over for an hour. It was nice to sit around and talk to other moms and got some tips and ideas from them. I think we will try to go again this week. That afternoon and evening, Jace decided that he was starving and fed every hour and a half to two hours for 45 minutes at a time. I hope that was him 3 week growth spurt because it sucked all my energy out (literally as well as figuratively!) When we finally got him to sleep at around 1 am, I was so happy that the week was over.

It was full of ups and downs but we survived. I’m sure that it will only get easier as we get to know each other better and figure out what works and doesn’t.

2 Weeks Old

July 14, 2007 12:55 pm

chill Jace

Well Jace is now 2 weeks old and weighs 9lbs 10 oz. How has he changed in the last 2 weeks? Well, he has mastered the eating thing. He no longer falls asleep while eating. In fact, he doesn’t like sleeping after eating either. Once we eventually get him settled down, he will sleep for a while but it is a challenge to get him to go to sleep. From his point of view, the world is far too exciting to waste time sleeping. The one thing that works for sure is putting him in the sling and going for a walk. I’m so glad it isn’t the middle of winter right now!

He loves to squirm and wiggle despite the suggestion in the picture which shows a very chill Jace. He loves sucking on things. Nipples, our little fingers, his hands; doesn’t matter to him so long as it can be sucked on. He is trying to suck his thumb but he hasn’t quite figured out how to get it in his mouth with any regularity yet. He keeps trying though.

How are we doing? We are adjusting. Slightly sleep deprived and rather overwhelmed at times as we try to figure out this parenting thing. But he is darn cute and snuggling with Jace makes up for all the trying times when he decides to scream his head off for unknown reasons.

My mum was down last week since Steve had to go back to school and work. She was a great help holding Jace when I wanted to take a nap, shower or check my email. She also went grocery shopping, cleaned and other mundane but important tasks. Next week I have to figure out how to do it all on my own. But I am setting expectations low. So long as I can eat every once in a while and keep Jace fed, clean, and relatively happy, I will be satisfied. Good thing he likes to nap with me so we will get some sleep for sure.

(C) Steve and Heather Leibman, 2007.