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Books, books, books

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A few weeks ago we rearranged one of our shelves in our living room to house all of Mason’s books. Since then he has loved to crawl over to the bookshelf and grab his books. Sometimes he will sit quietly with each one- sometimes chewing them and sometimes flipping the pages. But most often he will select a book and hold it above his head and make a “ugh?” noise. We’ve learned that this is his polite request coo and he wants a book read to him. Most of the time we catch the hint and when we sit with him on the floor his eyes light up and he smiles from ear to ear.

Does he sit through the whole book? Nope. Does he close it midway through and hand us another book? Yes. It is fun? Of course

Although Mason has an entire shelf of books, he commonly only requests to be read a few. They are, in no particular order:

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See
Happy Baby: Puppy & Friends
Children of Wonder Series
In My Nest
& a Photo book that has our photos in it

Even though the books can be a little repetitive, it’s been fun to introduce them into Mason’s life. We both could probably read Brown Bear in our sleep…in fact Elaine and I were quizzing each about the order of the animals and both scored 100%. ¬† As he grows, I know that I’m excited to go to used book stores, pick out fun books and read more with him.

I’ve tried to capture the book request process in the following photos. Enjoy!


No Matter Where We Are

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Some things remain the same.


A Two Month Post (quick, before he turns three months!)

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Because almost all spare time this month has been spent Christmassing… we forgot to put up a Two Month post!

We took our little man to his two month appointment on December 12th and he is officially

  • 2 feet tall (24 inches)! ūüôā
  • 13 pounds, 6.5 ounces
  • 41 centimeters head circ.

And they told us where he landed percentage-wise amongst other babies his age. ¬†He’s in the 78th percentile for height and weight and 66th percentile for the size of his head. ¬†He’s a little bean sprout is shooting up so fast!

waiting for vaccinationsHe had his first vaccinations at that appointment too. ¬†Doesn’t he look like he’s worriedly awaiting them? ¬†One squirt of sour oral vaccination (he puckered his tiny lips after tasting), and a shot in each of his poor little legs, upon which he let out an immediate cry of pain. ¬†Break my heart! ¬†They recommended feeding him after his shots to distract and soothe him, and they checked on him ¬†ten minutes later to make sure there was no reaction from the shots. ¬†He was totally fine, except for being a bit more fussy, and spent most of the rest of the day looking like this:after vaccinations

Dr. Hamdani gave us a ton of food for thought for the coming months. ¬†Lots of handouts on vaccinations, development language stimulation and introducing solid foods to his diet, which we won’t be starting till about 4 months (I think Mark flinched when she reviewed the sheet and got to the part about introducing him to meat… a topic which has not yet come to completion in the discussion process). ¬†I think it sent both of our heads into a whirlwind, realizing that while he may not be at the point where he’s eating real food or speaking actual words yet… those days are close enough that we should be preparing for them! ¬†Blows my mind everyday.

Here are some photos of him at two months (and a couple days). ¬†Look back at this post if you want to compare him to previous months ūüôā

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I think that this is the month that I’ve noticed the most pointed changes in awareness and interaction. ¬†It seemed like the day he hit two months, all of a sudden he discovered new abilities, and is more interested in what’s going on around him. ¬†At two months, Mason…

  • Only cries during diaper changes now when he’s also either tired or puppy kisseshungry. ¬†Instead he gurgles, coos, smiles, furrows his brow or bats away Ruby kisses (which he hasn’t quite decided whether he likes or not)
  • Will not only look at us from across the room… but will look for us when we call to him, watch us when we leave the room and still be looking towards the door waiting for us when we come back (unless he’s found something else more interesting in the meantime)
  • Has outgrown most of his 0-3 month clothing and is even fitting into some 6 month onesies
  • Is already in medium¬†Masonsized Gdiapers (which opened us up to a variety of¬†new colors!)
  • Has a little bald ring around the back of his head, we’re guessing from turning his head from side to side countless times when he’s trying to (or resisting) falling asleep
  • Is a rockstar at tummy time and will keep his head up for a few minutes at a time and will even roll onto his back on a pretty regular basis
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  • Has about 10 times the control over his head that he’s had in previous weeks. ¬†He has such a strong little neck that he’s¬†this¬†close to not needing any head support from us at all
  • Now looks at himself in the mirror… which he never did before hitting two months. ¬†In fact I just caught him staring up at the mirror above the swing, babbling to himself
  • Mark talked about his various “words” now… definitely so much more talkative!
  • smiling faceSmiles galore, we can usually provoke a string of smiles and encourage them once they start coming. ¬†He wakes up smiling most of the time (kid is definitely a morning person), he even smiles in his sleep on occasion
  • He seems to enjoy being read to! Which is a huge excitement for me, given our very first attempt! But now he looks at the pages more often than not, he’ll talks back to me while I’m reading, and will sometimes even stop fussing if i pull out a book and start to read to him. ¬†So rad.reading time
  • This one makes me a bit sad… but he doesn’t snuggle nearly as much as he used to, and he only falls asleep in our arms now when he’s very, very tired. ¬†(I used to breathe in those newborn moments when he was sleeping on my chest, knowing it wouldn’t happen forever… no one told me it stops so soon!) ¬†He’s far too interested in what’s going on around him now to lay his head down now… that’s actually one of his sleepy cues, we know he’s getting tired when he starts to nuzzle.
  • Has become much more predictable with his napping and waking routine. ¬†Both Mark and I getting more and more in tune with his sleepy signals and he’s often out like a light with the help of his little lamb swing
  • angry faceIf we don’t take advantage of the signals he sends us that he’s tired… he’s a giant pill to get to sleep. ¬†We have to hold his hands down to calm him when he flails and keep sticking the pacifier back in his mouth when he spits it out or plucks it out with his newly found hands
  • And his hands… oh how he loves his hands! His hands are another thing he found as soon as he hit two months. ¬†He looks at them with fascination and loves to suck on his hands with gusto, sometimes plucking out his pacifier to replace it with his fingers. ¬†Sometimes one finger… sometimes three… sometimes both hands into his tiny mouth at once! ¬†Oh the slurping involved ūüôā
mmm hands
I gotta tell you… watching and helping this little dude to grow and learn is pretty much one of the most incredible things I’ve ever experienced.

Win, Win, Fail

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So I forgot to mention in the 6 week update, that we got homework of sorts. ¬†Along with finding out Mason’s new size stats, that he’s a fantastically healthy boy, and talking about upcoming immunizations… our pediatrician told us about a few fun developmental things we could start doing with him.

  1. Tummy time, three times a day, which is supposed to help him develop his neck and leg muscles, and prepare him in pushing up, rolling over, sitting up, and crawling.
  2. Baby Massage, which is supposed to have all the wonderful stimulating and soothing effects that it has on adults.
  3. and Reading to him! ¬†She suggested books with lots of colors and pictures, and said that he probably wouldn’t seem like he’s paying much attention at first… but eventually would start focusing on the pictures, waiting for the page turns, and hopefully develop a love for books.

We’ve been a little spotty about putting these things into practice, but have done at least one each day since his doctor’s appointment.

Mark already posted up a video of our little one working out his neck muscles, but here’s a couple more photos.

Tummy Time

Family Tummy Time

Of course any child of mine would HAVE to enjoy massage, plus, super easy to do anytime.

Baby Massage

and TODAY I brought out the books! ¬†I was so excited… picked out three little board books.¬†¬†Brought Mason to the couch with¬†¬†¬†Started with a really pretty, colorful one called “I My Nest” by Sara Gillingham and Lorena Siminovich.

In My Nest - Sara Gillingham & Lorena Siminovich, Guess How Much I Love You - Sam McBratney, Bee Board Book

However… this is what happened for several minutes when I attempted our story time.

Reading Time

In summary…

Tummy Time: WIN

Baby Massage: WIN

Reading: FAIL

Bum-mer!… hopefully next time he’ll enjoy story time a bit more…