Thursday, 6 December 2007

baby-centric


leo1Okay, Mitey Mite asked about Leo - and because I love the idea of Leo having 'blogparents' on the other side of the world (she spontaneously crocheted him the beautiful blanket we took to the hospital to wrap him in), she gets first dibs.

He is smiling and laughing and yesterday he went his door bouncer for the first time. Today he has got so excited at being able to bounce himself up and down that he has just vomited copiously all over the floor. He is talking to his teddy and to the cuddly kangaroo that B's Australian relatives sent him and is starting to play with the little rattling toys on the arch over the pram and on the 'gym' thing that we bought him.

25112007He enjoys the car - which is just as well, as he seems to spend a lot of time in it, either travelling up and down to Merseyside or to Somerset. Yesterday he came to a Production Debrief in Manchester and on Monday he came to a rig in Stratford-Upon-Avon. He and I fell asleep in the corner eventually, whilst B finished his focus. He's had his nappy changed on a flight-case and likes the way his daddy's adjustable spanner rattles on it's belt-ring.

He seems to have quite steady reflux - at least, a lot of what you put in comes back out the same way - but he is also gaining weight steadily - he was 12lb (that's British pounds, I don't know if US ones are different) the last time he was weighed a couple of weeks ago. He has been in three to six month clothes for the last three or so weeks - the cloth nappies give them such big bottoms :).

03112007(001)He is trying to crawl and can 'caterpillar' himself along. You put him down at one end of the Moses basket and in the morning he's right at the top with his head touching the edge. In another couple of weeks, he'll be too big for it and will have to go in to the cot in the nursery. He's already snoozing in there in the day time and has his mobile 'the carnival of mutant animals' set up above it to look at (a red cow, a purple sheep, a bright pink pig and a yellow horse-thing - they all have multicoloured feet and circle round and round to the tune of 'twinkle twinkle little star').

He likes the rocking chair. It has a brown-and-black throw over the back of it, that sister-Natalie brought me back from South Africa. He likes one particular picture of some figures hunting a pig. He stares at it as you have him on your shoulder to wind him and when you stop rocking he chatters at you until you start again.

Last week, B was away for five nights. Leo and I went to collect him and when we walked in to the room, he recognised B immediately and was all smiles and laughs for him. I think B was surprised at how demonstrative he was. He misses B when he goes away. He likes you to talk to him and tell him stories and he loves his bath. Usually, he comes in with one of us and he really can swim - at first I thought he was drowning, thrashing his arms and legs about all over the place. But further gentle research shows that he is actually having a good time and 'swimming'. He doesn't mind getting his face wet or water in his eyes and ears.
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He is growing out of the first-size 'Ella's House' hemp nappies. The 'Mother-Ease' one-size ones fit him much better now (they were too big to begin with) and are much more absorbent - but not so pretty! He likes going in the sling and looking out under the straps. He doesn't like wearing a hat and quite often pulls it down over his eyes. When he's very upset he pulls the tops of his ears down, which looks very funny and makes me laugh in an 'oh my goodness what's he upset about now' kind of way.

He is hungry ALL THE TIME. And he is constipated. The doctor has recommended dilute fruit juice to cure the latter, which seems to work. The former - well, he's on 'Hungry Baby' baby food. He seems to eat a lot during the day - every three or four hours - and then he sleeps for seven hours after you first put him down at night. Then he wakes up for another feed and after that sleeps for five hours. So it's all in the timing - but we are both starting to feel a bit better in ourselves.

Today, he has done swimming, some door-bouncing, some time in his gym and some time helping us sort out the chickens in the garden in the rain. He didn't see much of the garden, as he was zipped up inside B's waterproof with only the bobble on his hat showing - but he seemed quite content.

Enough already. I keep saying I don't want this to become a baby-centric blog! Tomorrow - something not baby-centric :).

15 comments:

  1. That first picture is so adorable! He looks so grown-up already...

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  2. Go baby-centric all you want. I'm not the parenting type, but for some reason I'm all ears when it comes to the children of my blogfriends. I'm delighted to see how Leo is coming along. I repeated the door-bouncing/vomiting story to the s.o., so he knows how your baby is doing as well. :-)

    And you're going to be so pleased to have this record as Leo grows up!

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  3. Go baby-centric all you want. I'm not the parenting type, but for some reason I'm all ears when it comes to the children of my blogfriends. I'm delighted to see how Leo is coming along. I repeated the door-bouncing/vomiting story to the s.o., so he knows how your baby is doing as well. :-)

    And you're going to be so pleased to have this record as Leo grows up!

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  4. LOL so you don't have much to say about Leo then!

    Like Jamie above says, go all baby-centric as you like. Because this blog is no where near it and it is just great to hear about a new lickle one. Leo is lovely and reminds me of so many times when my kids were little.

    I just read one of your posts linked to this .... so you didn't move house then? Falling through on day of move - urgh.

    Have fun with Leo :-)

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  5. LOL so you don't have much to say about Leo then!

    Like Jamie above says, go all baby-centric as you like. Because this blog is no where near it and it is just great to hear about a new lickle one. Leo is lovely and reminds me of so many times when my kids were little.

    I just read one of your posts linked to this .... so you didn't move house then? Falling through on day of move - urgh.

    Have fun with Leo :-)

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  6. Oh thank you, thank you! I am honored to have first dibs on the questions. Leo is so adorable. I wish I could scoop him up and kiss that ticklish place under his chin, just to hear him laugh. (Yes, I'm a little nuts about babies.) I love the fact that he's talking to his stuffed animals. My experience is that that is a very good indicator of a friendly, outgoing personality. And you and B have obviously taken to parenthood as though you were born to it ... which, come to think of it, you were. I appreciate your doing this post, and it looks like all your other readers do, too. Maybe you can do a monthly baby post so you don't feel like a Mommy Blogger and we still get updates.

    And gosh, for six months my posts have been about nothing but remodeling. Leo is so much more interesting. I really enjoyed seeing his pictures and reading about him.

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  7. Oh thank you, thank you! I am honored to have first dibs on the questions. Leo is so adorable. I wish I could scoop him up and kiss that ticklish place under his chin, just to hear him laugh. (Yes, I'm a little nuts about babies.) I love the fact that he's talking to his stuffed animals. My experience is that that is a very good indicator of a friendly, outgoing personality. And you and B have obviously taken to parenthood as though you were born to it ... which, come to think of it, you were. I appreciate your doing this post, and it looks like all your other readers do, too. Maybe you can do a monthly baby post so you don't feel like a Mommy Blogger and we still get updates.

    And gosh, for six months my posts have been about nothing but remodeling. Leo is so much more interesting. I really enjoyed seeing his pictures and reading about him.

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  8. And that love and happiness comes right out of the screen. Thanks, I loved reading about Leo.

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  9. What a gorgeous boy. and so big! You need to post more photos of him. He is a champion sleeper it seemd. Good for you. There is not much that doesn't look better after a good night's rest.

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  10. What a gorgeous boy. and so big! You need to post more photos of him. He is a champion sleeper it seemd. Good for you. There is not much that doesn't look better after a good night's rest.

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  11. I don't do babies/children but regular updates will not make you baby-centric.
    Leo has a big adoring family in the internet world.

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  12. I don't do babies/children but regular updates will not make you baby-centric.
    Leo has a big adoring family in the internet world.

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  13. What I found lovely about this post (and made me smile all the way through) is that it is not only about the Lovely, lovely Leo, but about how happy you are.
    Thank you and please tell us loads, all the time, and be baby-centric as you want. love, kaz xx

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  14. What I found lovely about this post (and made me smile all the way through) is that it is not only about the Lovely, lovely Leo, but about how happy you are.
    Thank you and please tell us loads, all the time, and be baby-centric as you want. love, kaz xx

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