Thursday, February 25, 2010

Maternal Instinct Bares it's Teeth

Yesterday John and I went to the gym as we normally do to log some bike miles as we train for Bike Across Kansas. I thought it might be time to see how Aaron does in a nursery with other babies for just a little bit while we work out. Both Grandma and Nanny were working so it seemed like a good idea.

I had no idea how the process worked. Only that I have seen the nursery right outside the door to the exercise classes. We were not there for a class though so I wouldn't be able to see how he was doing as easily. I know I'm a nervous first time mom but it's crazy how feelings of insecurity grow so quickly when you have no idea who will be watching your child or if your baby will freak out when you leave them with a total stranger. So we checked in the front desk and the girl there helped me get Aaron a card of his own - picture and all! Easy enough. Then she sent me back to the nursery area. John had his second meeting with a personal trainer (3 free sessions!) so I went back there on my own and found the place dark. I caught an employee and asked if it was the right place. She informed me that it was, but it didn't open until 4:30 and we could hang out and play with the toys if we wanted while we waited.

So I sat there for 30 minutes with Aaron as we played with various cool toys, which to my relief had just been sanitized and were sitting out to dry when we walked in. I'm trying not to be a germaphob... At 4:30 I got scolded by some 20 year old that I cannot be in there until the nursery is opened. I explained what happened and she simply repeated the hours and told me to wait outside next time. So far I'm not feeling confident... Then about three other kids show up with their moms and they all get checked in like they know what their doing while this girl completely ignores Aaron and I. So I asked her what I need to do and how it works as this was my first time there. She gave me a clothes pin with a number on it and showed me where to check in. She then informed me that she would come look for me if he cried for more than 15 or 20 minutes!

I left him sitting there by a little noise maker toy that he was content to play with. I gave him a hug and kiss and then walked away to go work out... I have never had such an unfocused short workout. I kept thinking about what was going to happen when he looked up and noticed I was gone. About 10 minutes into it, I went to peek over the half wall to see how was doing. He was playing with the same little toy only now he was banging a little rattle against it. : ) I turned away and ran into John who was finished with his appointment and coming to check on him too. When we looked back in, there was a little girl squatting next to him with the same rattle now in her hand and Aaron reaching for it. John said "he looks like he wants the rattle from that girl." Immediately I responded with, "HE HAD IT FIRST!" It's weird how that defensiveness sneaks up on you - It was just a rattle! I got crap from John for the rest of the evening. He said I looked like I was going to jump over the wall, push the girl away and take the rattle back. Don't mess with momma's boy! When we came back at the end of our workout there were 3 or 4 kids in 2 adults laps listening to a story and then there was Aaron, stuck in an exersaucer all by himself, half whining.

I am so grateful that Grandma and Nanny like to watch him while I go work out. I think we'll only be using the nursery in extreme circumstances. Maybe as he gets older and can play on his own (crawl/walk) it will be good to have him socialize more.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Tummy Sleeping

Tuesday morning I found Aaron asleep on his tummy. Since then he's done it a few more times but none as cute as tonight. John went in to check on him like he always does at night. A few minutes later he beckoned me to come and see what our funny little boy had done. It appeared he needed a pillow of sorts because he had taken his little stuffed/rattle giraffe that Aunt Marilyn gave him and positioned it just so under his head. If you look close, he is laying on it's belly right between it's long (and uncomfortable) neck and it's back legs. John told me to go get the camera - even if he woke up, he'd fall back asleep. The picture didn't wake him up, nor did the rearranging we did afterward. He was out!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Getting Bigger

Our little boy is getting so big! I know I'm just going to keep saying that phrase until he's well past 18 but hey, what are moms for? Recently I have been working on a video project for a client and need to spend a fair amount of time in the office. It gets hard to try to keep Aaron occupied while mommy is working so I got a little creative. Daddy's chair + the Bumbo + Your Baby Can Read DVD = success!!! He looks like he's working too!

In other news, this morning I found Aaron on his tummy when he woke up. He was fussing which is a little abnormal because he's usually happy and "talkative" in the mornings. So when I went in there I realized he had gotten himself stuck on his belly and was unhappy about it. Yesterday I set him in his crib for a few minutes to play while I put away his clothes and he managed to roll over and over again going from tummy to back and back to tummy. He must have been restricted this morning by the blanket. When I set him down for his morning nap he did the same thing almost immediately. He rolled over and then couldn't get back so he started crying. We might have to try a lighter blanket and see what happens. Soon enough he'll be pulling himself up! I guess we're going to have to lower the mattress soon.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Day

We made some homemade Valentines together this year. I was itching to make a hand print of his tiny little fingers so I broke out the paint and construction paper and with the help of Katie, (and a plastic Price Chopper sack), we managed to not get it all over the place!

Helping Mommy Fold

These are just cute pictures that I took just because. Yes, I keep the camera close at all times.

First Tooth

So much to blog about today... I guess I'll make them separate posts. First of all I finally got Aaron's first tooth on camera! He's been working on it if for several months now. He's a drooling, finger sucking machine! It's only the first of many more to come!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

"Helping" mommy bake snickerdoodles

Who needs toys when there are bowls and spatulas to chew on?

Friday, February 5, 2010

Aaron and Ellie wait for dinner

We just got home and both Aaron and Ellie were ready for dinner. (We convienently ate on the way home.) So as usual we let Ellie out to go potty while we filled up her dish and set Aaron in his high chair. When Ellie was ready to come in she started jumping at the door like she always does and Aaron just cracked up. It was so cute. I was afraid I wouldn't have time to video but he carried on for 5 minutes or so. After a while we decided that Ellie needed to come in - after all it is cold out there. This was too cute not to post.

Little Aaron Michael

This was waayyy more funny when it actually happened.  At least for me - I think John was questioning my sanity last night.  It's no secret that Aaron loves to jump.  He's gotten better about jumping straight up and down instead of side to side so we thought it would be ok to set the jumper back up in the door frame of the office.  It was previously down in the basement where he had full range to jump where ever he pleased. 

Unfortunately when he gets tired, his control seems to dwindle and last night the poor thing kept running into the wall.  He never cried, just bonked his head and kept jumping.  I look over at him and he was jumping away - looked like he was going to charge the hallway.  There was enough slack that he could get about 2 or 3 feet away - almost to my bedroom door!  He was just bouncing down the hallway and then back to the office about 2 or 3 feet the other way.  It was cracking me up!  I felt awful though because occasionally he would slip to the side and bonk his little head.  So....we got creative and figured out a way to pad the door frame.  By the time we got something cooked up though he was about finished.  I didn't really get the good stuff on tape.

Monday, February 1, 2010

The Daily Grind

I often get people who ask me, "so what do you do all day?" This question mostly comes from people who don't have kids. I can relate because I often wondered that myself about stay at home moms before Aaron came along - not in a negative way or anything, just curious. Now I'm sure that it changes when more kids are added to the equation or when we become bored of doing the same thing over and over, but right now this is what a typical week day looks like:

  • Aaron wakes up sometime in the 8 o'clock hour. I nurse him and change his diaper. We both usually stay in our pj's until noonish though!
  • Then it's time to work on our words - we watch "Your Baby Can Read" together and act out the words on the screen.
  • After that it's play time. I usually set him up down in the living room with some toys and clean up the kitchen/make myself some breakfast while he plays. I eat my breakfast down in the living room and then play with him on our tummies. (Sometimes I feed him solids up in his highchair but lately he won't eat lunch if I do that.) We also play with our flashcards.
  • In the 10 o'clock hour I lay him down for his nap which can last anywhere from 1 to 2 hours. During that time I try to get stuff done around the house such as cleaning up/laundry/pay bills/.
  • When he wakes up we do the same nurse then play routine only this time I also put him in the highchair and feed him solids. When he's done eating we might read a book, play, or chill in the office with him in the play pin while I piddle on the computer.
  • Then it's off to my good friend Esther's house to hang out and help as we can, sometime in the 1 o'clock hour. (Esther is very close to her due date now!) Aaron jumps in their jumper, plays with the kids, or takes a nap in his carrier. His afternoon nap varies but is usually spent in his carrier unless he naps at Nanny/Grandmas.
  • Around 3:30 it's time for the gym. We go to either Nanny's or Grandma's so they can have an Aaron fix and I can go sweat. (I usually have to nurse around then too.) I go to a 4:30 class and by the time I get Aaron picked back up and get home, it's around 6:00.
  • I keep Aaron occupied in the Exersaucer or downstairs while I cook dinner. Then we eat, hopefully with John if he's home from clinicals/school/work.
  • After dinner either John or I give Aaron a bath and get him ready for bed. Sometimes we read a book. (I'd like to do that more often.)
  • I nurse him one more time before bed. We like to start our bedtime routine around 7:00 so he's asleep before 8.
  • After he's asleep I clean the kitchen or do a load of laundry or just play on the computer until bed.

I recently blogged about my addiction to Netflix. I was in the habit of watching TV during Aaron's morning naps and wasn't getting anything done! This week I vowed not to watch TV at all except for Heroes in bed with John before we go to sleep. I'm hoping I can be more productive!

That's our life in a nutshell right now. John has long clinical hours but on the day's he doesn't have clinicals he gets home at a decent time - 4:30 or so. Sometimes I meet him at the gym.

Kind of looks boring I guess but I love it!