Maddy seems to be confused and thinks that bath time is part of her poopoo time. And since I’m usually on her ‘bottom’ side and daddy is in charge of her ‘head’ and ‘face’, I always get stuck with the yucky things.
The good thing about her eating solids is that her poopoo is also solid now. Unlike our earlier bath surprise where everything was just everywhere, her little poopoo stays like a stinky ball.
It’s actually quite gross and disgusting if Maddy was not my child, but somehow, making your palm like a toilet bowl becomes natural and normal. Joe and I would go “Push, Maddy, push” and we rejoice after she dumps the surprises on my hands. I don’t know why I’m blogging about it… things you do as parents, I guess. How a stupid thing tickles us!
After a couple weeks of teething (I don’t know why it took that long), Maddy has finally gotten back to her old routine and slept through the night this entire week!! YEA!!!
6:45am.. This is when she gets up now. Always on the dot.. doesn’t matter if we put down at 9:30pm or 10:00pm, she gets up at 6:45am. I think she’s going to be like me. I never had to use an alarm clock in my life, because somehow, I know the time in my sleep and just get up at the time when I said I would get up. I think Maddy’s is going to be like that. Good for her.
Maddy has always been a good eater, but her biggest meal (for some reasons) is lunch, at which time she drinks 6oz of milk then eats 4oz of solid food. Sometimes I think it’s because she sees other kids eating around the same time, so she has more appetite.
I watch homebase 8 during their lunchtime. All the toddlers have to sit down in their seats before the teachers give them their lunch. There is something about 7 kids watching and waiting for you to sit down, the 8th kid usually comes to the table rather quickly. The great thing is.. they’re all under two, and they all feed themselves. Their independence tickles me, and I can’t wait for Maddy to learn from the bigger babies to do all the ‘grown up’ things.
Kendall is the first in Maddy’s home base to crawl. One week after that, Patricia and Curtis started to crawl as well. For that, I’m sure it was because of Kendall. Both Patricia and Curtis had been doing the “I-know-how-to-shake-my-body-but-what-do-I-do-with-my-arms-and-legs” for a while. The caretakers said that the two babies really “watched” Kendall when she started to crawl.
Sometimes friends’ words/actions are far more powerful than parents’… My parents had always made sure to be good friends with the parents of my good friends (hmm.. now, I’m not sure if they befriended with people they liked, and just sort of stuck us together).. anyway, I have to make sure to check out all of Maddy’s friends and befriend with their parents too.
Three of my favorite toddlers from homebase 8 are moving to “2’s and Transitions” next week:
Kyle (whom we call Ky-ky): He went to all the parents during our Xmas party and gave each of us a big hug. And for some reasons, he gave me many hugs.. ever since then, I love him to death.
Benjamin (Ben-ben): He blinks at you when talking; loves to play with the babies in homeroom 7.
Michelle: The fiesty troublemaker of the classroom. Every day I hear “Michelle, don’t …” “Michelle, it’s not ok to …”, etc.. but somehow, all the teachers and the parents adore her. Unlike other kids whose misbehaving/crying can get really really annoying at times, Michelle always knows when to stop. She pushes her limits for sure, but that girl has great instincts on adult emotions.
Although they’re in Maddy’s adjusent homebase and I don’t really interact with them that much, their departure make me sad. I’m going to miss them quite a bit.
Good luck kiddos! Go and shine in your Two’s class!
I tried to make chicken stock for Maddy. First it was the de-skin business. It was so yucky. I think the last time I got any chicken with skin on was in college. Then it was the three hours of slow cooking with chicken and everything else the “First Meals” called for.
At first, I thought how great the taste was…can’t believe all that natural flavors come out of just the raw materials, but then my tummy didn’t feel so good.
At 2:00am, I had to get up and puke. And I never puked. Ever since then, my whole body is sore and I feel cold and horrible.
Joe said it might not be the chicken soup because he ate a whole bunch as well and is ok. I did have strawberries, celery sticks and cheetos on top on the soup, so I can’t really be sure that the soup is bad either.
Needless to say, I won’t give Maddy any of it.. that goes my attempt of making the stock from scratch. I think Maddy will be a vegetarian for a while.
I’ve noticed that there are many dads doing the drop-off or pick-ups at Maddy’s daycare. Sometimes I get to chitchat with them if we happen to pick our children up at the same time.
The other day I was so proud of Amelia’s dad. Her mommy went on a business trip, and he took care of her all by himself. I was specially impressed that he put in a lot of thoughts into the details: Not only Amelia came in dressed appropriately with regards to the weather, she ‘matched’ from head to toe.
Then there is the dad of the ‘twins’ who has to carry so much stuff on top of the babies yet can’t stop smiling and showing off the widely known as the “twins” at the daycare to every parent passing by as if he is twice as happy because he has two babies instead of one.
Every day I go to the daycare, I say to myself.. how lucky these kids are, whose daddies have made the conscious decision to be actively involved in their kids daily lives; how lucky these daddies are, who went against the traditional father’s role of ‘making money’ and took stands in enjoying simple joys from their children… and how lucky these moms are (and mostly importantly how lucky I am), to be able to trust the caretakers of my child; to know that my child is exposed to many little wonders such as the trips to the big ‘fish tank’, the sand box, the bubbles, and many other things that I wouldn’t have thought of doing myself; to still have my ‘life’ in the work industry.
We’re so blessed!
Maddy tried the baby yogurt today. She wasn’t that impressed.. only ate one oz.
I started buying baby carrot food from the store since I read about the possible high level nitrate in carrots from groccery stores.
I marvel at the countless varieties of baby foods we can buy. Besides the cost factor, I can hardly see any differences between homemade food and commercial foods (I would even argue that the organic baby foods might be better than the regular homemade food I make).
The sad thing is, Maddy is stuck with the one or two homemade food I make each week (where I make a batch and freeze them). If I buy baby foods, she can probably have different taste in every meal. I wonder what she prefers if given the choices? Have to ask her when she grows up.
I kept saying that I’m going to stop nursing/pumping because the cons has outweigh the pros now. But when the time comes, I can’t help get everything ready and start pumping… maybe just one more day… maybe until she’s 7 month old…I tell myself.
In all reality, she doesn’t need my milk any more. Her immune system is well developed; she likes her formula; she LOVES the solids. Why can’t I stop?
Then I realize, so much of that is my own emotional needs. My own need to feel that I’m giving a part of me to her; my need to have her so very physically close to me; my need to hold on to the ‘baby-ness’ of her.
It’s almost sad to part this routine I grew so accustomed to these past six months.
Maddy’s growth report:
8/18/03 6 pounds 1/2 oz; 19 inches
9/03/03 6 pounds 14 oz; 19 3/4 inches
10/15/03 10 pounds 9 oz; 22 1/2 inches
12/17/03 14 pounds 7 oz; 23 3/4 inches
2/18/04 16 pounds 11 oz; 25 1/2 inches; head 17
Height is right at 50%; head and weight is a little above the 50% mark, but Dr. Rossin said it’s perfectly fine. I mentioned my concern about the lacking of my milk supplies and if that would affect Maddy. He pretty much said that Maddy’s immune system should kick in on her own now and there isn’t that much difference after babies are six months. I’m glad to hear that. Maybe I’ll quit soon so I can concentrate on starting to jog.
Dr. Rossin also perscribed floride for Maddy (apparently San Jose and Milpitas do not have floride in their water systems) We talked about kid’s eating habits. He told me that the worst thing the parents can do to their kids’ teeth is to give them a bottle right before they go to sleep. I didn’t realize that. We’ll start brushing Maddy’s gum and the little white tooth before she goes to sleep from now on.
Maddy likes all sweet stuff… She finally finished all the frozen baby food I made, so we moved on to this new taste. I like it because it doesn’t stain as bad as all the veggies.
I always wonder about how kids ‘pick’ their friends and role models and how much of it is by the parents’ influence or they just naturally bond with people they are similar to.
It’s so cute to see the totally opposite personalities each baby has in Maddy’s homebase: some can play by themselves for a long time without being fussy; some are simply high maintainence.
For the five short months I’ve known Maddy, she is so much like her daddy. Besides the facts that she’s stubborn and a trooper (when it comes to discomfort) and sometimes requires ‘quietness’ like me, she is totally a daddy’s mirror image: social, outgoing, sweet, and plain silly.
I had a conversation with Ireli (one of Maddy’s caretakers) and she told me that Maddy’s is the happiest when they put her next to Kendall and Patricia. How does a five month old baby pick out her ‘best friends’? Does she look up to them and try to model after them? In so many ways, they three are so alike.. always seeking attention, always social, always act like drama queens.
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