Sunday, July 27, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Joel, Kelly, Uncle Chuck, Uncle Bob, Lucas, and I drove out to see the Watkapi pueblo ruins on Monday. They are 800 year-old remains of home dwellings of the Watkapi tribe. We learned that the Watkapi are a resourceful people. It is difficult to stop saying 'Watkapi.' I'll stop now. Watkapi. Ok, really, I'm finished.
Over the weekend we gathered in Flagstaff, AZ for the Rush family reunion. There were around 115 people there. I kept thinking that I was seeing my mom out of the corner of my eye but when I would turn to look, it would just be one of her many cousins. How do you like our matching t-shirts?
Kelsy celebrated her birthday in style by throwing a prom. There was fun music and even a picture taking station complete with a cheesy prom background. We had a good time. Thanks for the invite, Kelsy!
As usual, it was fun watching Levi and Addison together. They were born two days apart and started out at roughly the same size. That is no longer the case. Also, he looks even more fair complexioned than usual next to her tan skin. It's like comparing a weight lifter to a gymnast; a Swiss national to a Latina beauty queen; a size Husky to a Petite Miss.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
As first time parents we spend a decent amount of time reading books and articles written about babies, their development, their sleeping habits, their eating habits, helpful tips about baby care, funny stories about babies, advice about parenting from doctors, advice about doctors from parents, listings of 101 variations on ‘peek-a-boo’, recommended books for baby, nutritional information for baby, and on and on. Some of the most interesting reading to us, however, is on expected baby milestones.
Of course every baby is different. They develop at their own pace and at their own individual rate. Even so, there are lists of milestones published by doctors and researches that delineate what babies of a certain age are probably up to. Every once and awhile, we co-conspirators in parenting, eagerly read through these. There is always a convivial moment of celebration when we discover that Levi has tackled another one. We say things like, “Remember when all he could do was stare at the couch cushions, all swaddled up like a baby burrito? Now he can ‘bear some weight on legs when held upright’ as well as ‘sit without support’!”
We were aware of the obvious milestones such as sitting, crawling, eating, walking. It turns out, though, that there are milestones we didn’t even know were milestones. For instance: ‘Rake with fingers an object and pick it up in fist’. Also: ‘Turn in the direction of a voice’ and ‘Work to get a toy that’s out of reach’. Who knew? We’re happy for the education because it means more instances of celebration. An only slightly exaggerated conversation:
Amber: Guess what, Honey, today Levi looked for a dropped object!
Luke: That’s great! Yesterday he objected when I tried to take a toy away and said mama and dada indiscriminately!
Amber: Really? I wonder when he will pick up a tiny object with any part of thumb and finger?
Luke: He’s growing up so fast.
We also celebrate milestones that aren’t found in any parenting book. This weekend we realized that we didn’t have to have multiple bibs or a bucket handy at all times to catch our little boy’s drool. He is definitely slowing down the slobber production. Also, his fuzzy little head is getting more and more hair. There’s almost enough to muss up.
What would really be helpful are parenting milestones. Accomplishments like “Remembering the diaper bag when leaving the house”, “Bathing baby without getting water in his eyes”, “Remembering all the words to “Only a boy named David”, “Always knowing where your camera is”, “Know by memory at least four board books,” and “Navigating a spoon full of peas successfully into babies mouth after dodging waving arms and grabby hands”. It would be nice to check things off the parenting milestone list. It would probably feel like you were getting parenting figured out. Until then, we’ll just get a little reassurance and a lot of enjoyment watching Levi tackle his.
Monday, July 07, 2008
My gums are aching (da duh da duh)
I just gnaw through the pain. (da duh da duh)
Baby Tylenol is what I'm taking. (da duh da duh)
All I can do is sing this sad refrain!
I've got the blues- the baby blues.
I've got the blues- the terrible teething blues.
I get up on my knees. (da duh da duh)
I rock back and forth on all fours. (da duh da duh)
Everyone else moves as they please. (da duh da duh)
But I'm stuck here on the floor!
I've got the blues- the baby blues.
I've got the blues- the can't-quite-crawl-yet blues.
Levi in happier times...