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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!

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.

Talent Revisited

August 2, 2007 10:33 am

So when Jace was first born, you may remember that he had a talent for sleeping. Problem was that back then he liked to fall asleep while eating. Well, he grew out of that pretty quickly when he realized how yummy milk was and that he really should get as much as he could while the bar tap was open for business.

In the past week or so he has rediscovered the joy of sleeping. But at a much more opportune time (or at least from my point of view) Our son slept for 7 1/2 hours last night! And this isn’t the first time he has gone for long stretches. There have been some 5 and 6 hr nights interspersed in the last 2 weeks. Now some will say that, since I have spoken this aloud (or typed it aloud anyways),  I have angered the sleep gods and cursed us so he won’t do it again. Perhaps that is true and, if so, I will be sad but I wanted to celebrate with you.

Of course, all this good sleep comes at a price. He was a very fussybutt yesterday afternoon and evening. He ate every hour or so and, when he wasn’t eating, he had to be on your shoulder being bounced or walked otherwise he screamed. And forget about naps in his crib or swing. This kid will only sleep at night or if he is attached to you in the sling or baby bjorn. We have to put him in, go for a walk and then, maybe, he will fall asleep for a little while. And you can’t put him down once he is asleep. Oh no. He immediately notices that he is no longer attached to mommy (or daddy) and wakes up. Now I can get some stuff done with him attached. Like right now I am typing (albeit with lots of typos). However, it is really hot in Boston right now. Even with the air conditioning on, it gets really hot with a monkey snuggled up to your chest.

But as I said, he slept for 7 1/2 hrs last night so who am I to complain.

Vacuum cleaner vs Sleeping

July 3, 2007 1:43 pm

So Dyson might want to study my kid. I swear, the suction power that he has would make a very efficient vacuum cleaner! He is a champ at latching on. In fact, he figured it out before he even left labor and delivery to go to the nursery to be cleaned up and all that stuff.

He has subsequently discovered another talent, called sleep. Which is great, most of the time. Except when it is time to eat. Apparently sleep is more fun that vacuuming so he gets distracted partway through and falls asleep. Guess it all goes back to the happy as a clam concept. Oh well, I’m sure we will figure it out eventually.

(C) Steve and Heather Leibman, 2007.