Friday, July 9, 2010


Ahhhhh... So much nicer today, temperature-wise! Only mid-nineties, but right now it is nice and breezy and much, much cooler. Alex only slept six hours last night, I think because it was so hot!

This morning he sat in his highchair and I showed him how to make coffee. He was very interested, and it's never too early to show the kids how to make coffee for Mommy...

While I drank my coffee (iced because it was pretty warm outside) we made a grocery list.

Today he practiced touching and grabbing. He held his toy, but then decided that he'd rather just suck on his fist:

After he was done with that, he decided that it was a good time to practice his push ups:
He can lift his head all the way up, but I didn't get the camera out in time before he started getting mad and crying.

Also, he did really well with his 15 minute bath! I was very impressed that he only cried for about half of it, then he seemed to realize that it wasn't so bad after all and calmed down. I don't think he actually liked it, but we will see how if it improves tomorrow!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Doctor's Visit Today!

Today was a scorcher!! Almost 100 degrees out today, which for Portland is a BIG deal! Last summer we had 10 days in a row of 100 degree weather, or something like that, and that was the worst. Alex wasn't born yet, so we spent a lot of time at the movies and Jacob even bought us a window air conditioning unit for our apartment. We can't really take a baby to the movies and our air conditioner won't work with the type of windows we have in our new house (ARRRRGH!) Now, being from Sacramento where there are many, many days of hot weather, you would think that I wouldn't be fazed by a small heatwave like this. I mean, it didn't even officially crack 100 degrees today (only 97!). But, I will tell you that no one has air conditioners in the Northwest. It must be some sort of law or something, because we have never had an air conditioner in the four different rentals we have had since we've been up here. That makes the hot weather truly, seriously unbearable.

Alex is doing pretty good in this heatwave. I think the heat makes him sleepy. I have him in just a diaper, which looks funny because it's been so cold up until a couple of weeks ago that he was still in long sleeves and pants! (see picture at right, taken only 1 week ago!) I showed him how fun it can be to sing into a fan because it makes your voice sound choppy. He liked that! He looked surprised at first, and then he had a very serious expression like he was trying to figure out how it worked. Jacob has the same look when he is concentrating on an engineering thing or when he is reading one of his books about the stock market or quants or statistics. I have to get a picture of that look sometime soon.
Alex had a doctor's appointment today, because he has a little infected pimple thing on his bottom from a diaper rash. So he has to take some antibiotics, which he promptly spit out as soon as I put it in his mouth! What a kid. I hope the medicine works quickly because I also have to soak his bottom in a bath for fifteen minutes everyday, and as his grandma can attest, ALEX HATES TAKING A BATH! He screams like a banshee everytime he is in the tub. I swear the water is neither hot nor cold, but he screams like he is either being boiled alive or placed in a tub of ice water. I thought boys weren't supposed to hate bathing until they were twelve. I guess I was wrong! So that will be fun bathing him every night for that long. Usually, he's in and out in five minutes because he hates it so much. Well, maybe this way he'll learn to like it.
To be continued...

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Happy Three Month Birthday, Lex!


This is my very first blog!! Boy oh boy, it is hard to find the time to write a post! I've had this blog set up for two days now and this is the first time I've had to sit down and write. Alex, my three month old baby boy, keeps me very busy.

It's his three month birthday today, and he was especially cranky (maybe he was expecting presents and a cake). Everytime I put him down he started screaming. And when I say screaming, I am not exaggerating. He screams really, really loud! But, when he looks up at me, and smiles his special "I love you, Mommy" smile just for me, it makes it all worth it...

Alex definitely knows what he likes. If you ask me, that's pretty advanced for a three month old. For instance, he likes being held, all the time. He does not like being left in his swing for more than 2 minutes unless he is sleeping. He likes going for rides in his stroller, but only if you push him around and around the living room in a circle until you get so dizzy that you are going to pass out, but you keep going because you know that if you stop he will start screaming again, which is the reason that you started the crazy stroller loop in the first place. He loves being held while I bounce on an exercise ball. He likes dancing around the living room while I chant "Yummy yummy yummy" over and over again. I don't recall how I came to the realization that he likes this, it just happened one day and he liked it, so I keep doing it. He also likes me to swing him in my arms while I sing songs to him. With all of this dancing, walking, bouncing, swaying, and swinging, you would think that I would lose all of that extra baby weight! But that battle of the bulge has yet to be won and is a different story entirely.

So now that you know all about Alex, I will expect you to be on call for babysitting.

Just kidding.