Saturday, October 15, 2011

... of explaining myself

I got a little talking to from my father the other day who was very sad that I had not been updating my blog more. By talking to I mean: "So you haven't been updating the blog much lately..." I am as sorry now as I was those few days ago, Dad, but here I am, trying to redeem myself. After hearing my explanation, I hope you will all forgive me as well.

For about 6 weeks now I haven't been feeling very good... :)

A smiley face after a statement about constant nausea can only mean one thing, my friends...

(I sat here trying to think of another reason why constant nausea would lead to a smiley face just so I could do a sneaky joke maneuver right here, but I really couldn't think of one).

That's right, we are having another baby!

We wanted to wait until the 12 week sonogram to make sure everything was going ok before telling everyone. So here we are, post sonogram, telling everyone. Quinn and I are both really excited. It's different to have a pregnancy that we were actually hoping for rather than being startled into parenthood submission by God (which worked out very well, in hindsight).

Anyway, I am up to my ears in chores and hoping to get a lot done today, now that I'm starting to feel better and my very lovely first born has just woken up from his nap. And by lovely I mean: he has learned to say please in sign language and it's adorable. Watch this:



But he is a little hard to handle sometimes. He's always been pretty active and now I think the only time he sits still in one place is when he is sleeping. When I saw the new baby (who we are calling "Habibi" - "baby" in Arabic) in the sonogram, he/she was totally still for the first 10 minutes or so. I guess they were sleeping. When they finally woke up, they did a few cute little movements, but seemed relatively calm. Here. See for yourself:



That cute little movement compared to Abram's 12 week sonogram that looked like 20 minutes of this:



Makes me hope that it's an indication that I will have a calm (maybe even snuggly!!) second child. We shall see!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

... of communicating

My child has now proven that he understands at least some of the things that I say. Here is the physical evidence.



There are great implications to this. For one, I am sure that he understands the words "no" and "don't". There is evidence for this as well in that most of the time I say it, he obeys. We've gotten him to pretty much completely stay away from his former favorite inappropriate toy: our shoes. So now, when I tell him no and he looks at me and does it anyway... 4 or 5 times, I feel that discipline is completely justified. Right now, discipline looks like putting him in his pack n play with no toys for about 5 minutes. I'm not sure how effective this really is, but there is not much else he would respond to at this time in his young little life.

Our biggest struggle right now is staying on his bottom in his high chair and in shopping carts. He almost always gets me to take him out of the shopping cart and carry him because he refuses to sit down and imbeds the seat belt so far into his stomach that I feel there is no safe option other than to take him out. So we're working on that.

Anyway. I am constantly amazed at how much he has changed and how interactive and smart babies get in their first year of life. I mean, the difference between a 3 month old and an 11 month old is like night and day. It's really very cool how God made us to develop so rapidly.

Sorry again for the long hiatus. There's been a lot going on from sickness to getting ready for visitors to getting ready for a vacation. October has basically been checked out of my life already as far as productivity is concerned.

With that being said, I better try and get some stuff done while I can.