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Smiling, Exploring, and Getting a Lil Sneaky

on August 18, 2012

My smiley 8.5 month old is still as cute as ever. This kid smiles and laughs a lot! My wife and him are my greatest joys when I get home from work. I’d like to think he smiles because (1) he’s happy and well taken care of and (2) he’s surrounded by people genuinely happy to see him that smile to him.

In saying that, there are no shortage of people(some of my (very distant) family included) who then go and stare at him like a science experiment without smiling at him. They then matter of factly report that he’s not smiling. Look idiot, he’s the greatest mood monitor on the planet. If you look grumpy, he’s not going to smile at you. Furthermore, he’s not a circus side show to smile for your amusement. To settle this smiley debate, here’s some proof:

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So, he smiles!  Seeing those 4 teeth and a chuckle just lights up my world! About a week ago, Claire and I had a great shock and surprise. JJ lifted himself up in his crib and was standing while hanging on to the top bar.  We had just put him down for bed and went to turn off the night light and turned around and saw a little head peeking at us. He was so excited!

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He crab walked side to side to see the different views. This was literally one of our happiest moments as it’s a testament to the fact that he’s really growing up fast and that our time together is short.To get sappy on you, it kills Claire and me to think about him growing up. We all know it’s the parents’ pain, but you put everything in to your child(ren) only to have them “leave” and repeat the process. Cue: Circle of Life music.

The memories, faces, laughs, and experiences right now are so precious. Everything is new and fun to him and I just love accompanying him as he explores. I can already see his attention span is getting shorter as he wants to explore more.  When he used to play with a given toy for 10 minutes, it’s now down to 2 as he’s “mastered” it and is ready for something else. If we don’t give him something, he’s content to go find his own activities. DANGER DANGER! This reminds me of when I was little. I used to wonder how my mom always seemed to know what I was up to. If I spilled something or was scheming up plan A or B, she always knew it.  I’d constantly wonder how she could read my mind.

As it turns out, broadcasting passes or plays in sports, you can see what JJ’s thinking. When I get down on the ground, I see the world through his eyes and see what looks interesting. Tearing plants leave, light sockets, and shaggy carpet all look pretty interesting. He’s getting smarter though. He’s learned to be more sly. In the past, if he wanted to try something, say a book, in his mouth, his mouth would be wide open while he tried to figure out how to lift the said book to his mouth. We’d then have ample time to tell him NO and save the book from being gnawed on.

Now, he’ll pick up the book as if he’s going to “read” it and ever so slowly move it closer and closer to his mouth. As soon as he feels you aren’t paying attention, he’ll put it right into his mouth and go to town.

That sensing can be attributed to his new observation skills. He’ watches us do everything and will try to mimic  the motion or action. From typing to eating, to hand washing etc, he’s watching and constantly mimicking.

Hold on, so the word is mimic with no k, but, when you add –ing, it adds a K?  Who knew? Thank you spell check.

OK, back to JJ. Sleeping is going pretty well right now. In case I hadn’t mentioned it, we moved JJ out of our room about a week or so ago. We had tried eons ago with minimal success and he’s doing much better now that he’s older. For the non-parents out there, you’ll here all sorts of different times are right. Some parents are able to separate from the baby right after birth and others are probably still in the same room until 18, but at 8 months it’s finally working for us. Admittedly, it’s later than I would have liked, but that’s one of the main rules of parenting, what you like and plan usually are not how things end up Smile! I can’t help but wonder if part of the reason he’s so happy is because he’s near us so much.

P.S.Since he’s moving faster now, it’s getting harder to take steady cell phone pictures. I might have to carry the big DSLR around to capture his moments in action.

P.P.S. Having grown up in the internet age, I never understood people who would say, “Once I get home, no computers, I get enough at work.” I used to think, how do they live and computers aren’t such a bad thing. Something has changed. I’ve become the no computer outside of work hours guy. Part of it is that I’d rather play with JJ than read a blog or blog.  The other part is that my new job involves some extreme excel, map manipulation, database massaging, and a seemingly never ending stream of Outlook meetings and conference calls. Again, not an excurse as to why the posts are so infrequent here, but I’ve evolved and am no longer as data hungry. When I’m home, I veg out and spend time with my family. Here’s a peak at some geo-marketing I’m working on

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He’s not being tickled. He’s just reacting to the doo dooo dooo sound!
Look at his little hand scratching the wall!!!
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