Daddy Duty

Sleep, Eat, Diaper Change. Repeat.

Keep it quiet son!

YIKES, our little one year old is changing and I’m pretty sure I don’t like it.  He has will power, determination, and knows what he wants. It’s a brutal combination. One of his latest talents is he just learned to scream at the top of his lungs. The days of quiet dinners in restaurants are over it seems for now. In addition, he has 8 teeth now and loves practicing his bite, especially during teeth brushing time.

For him, I know it’s a great time of exploration – testing his new skills, seeing our reactions, and just interacting with the world. When he’s on that beat, he could care less if we were around. He has no sense of danger and climbs, jumps, and rolls as he pleases. At other times, usually when he’s hungry or scared, he reverts to our sweet, smiley boy who just holds and hugs us for comfort. I love the latter and enjoy watching the former, but I truly miss the days he’d sit still on my lap and we’d just chill and enjoy each other’s company.

  • NEW SKILLS: We can’t hide things from him or distract him anymore. His crawling is super fast, but he hasn’t decided to walk yet. He can stand on his own in short 5 second spurts unassisted and he’s cute as can be. He’s done this a while, but he knows when I’m coming home when I put the key in the door. HE then runs to the door to greet me.
  • FAVORITE ACTIVITIES: spinning wheels; drumming; running up to your legs; tugging on your pants and waiting to be picked up; wrestling on the floor; being tickled; and unfortunately hitting people on the face (We’re working on un-learning this behavior)
  • DIAPER SIZE: 4s
  • CLOTHES SIZE: 18 months fit right now and I anticipate we’ll be going 24 months very shortly.  He’s pretty tall for the moment so I hope it continues.
  • WORDS: Whole lot of dada, baba, and mama. He can kind of say yeye (grandpa in Chinese).
  • DROOL: None
  • DANGERS: Electrical sockets in other places.  We cover them in our own house, but he’ll find them at your house, at a restaurant or a store.
  • SICKNESS/RASHES/ETC: None
  • SLEEP: Great. Planned nap at 2 PM – 4 PM and then sleep from 8:30 PM-9 AM.
  • FOOD: Claire is still pumping. JJ still eats everything, but he still prefers meat at the moment. We like to do combo bites where a piece of broccoli is snuck in with some chicken. However, when he’s not hungry, he’s not hungry and won’t eat no matter what.
  • TRAVEL: We’re going to China to see Claire’s parents.  It’s going to be a long flight.  Claire and I are nervous as heck with our new screaming little person. We plan on bringing candy for our neighbors and sunglasses to shield us from the glares.

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The Big ONE

Can you believe it’s already been a year?  JJ turned 1 on the 3rd and it’s amazing how much life has changed from a year ago. Let’s kick it off with a bit of exciting news, teeth #7 has just come in. On his birthday, I was was wiping his mouth and felt a new one to me surprise!  Shortly after that, #8 came in too, bring in to 4 on top and bottom.

Speaking of brushing his teeth, NEW PARENTS, buy the finger brush.  Since JJ’s had teeth, we’ve had dismal success at brushing his teeth with an ultra soft baby brush. He would shut his mouth or squirm when he saw the brush coming. We’d resorted to using a soft cloth to wipe his teeth and gums, however, we recently found a finger brush and it works beautifully. For the non-parents, did you know there’s baby toothpaste?  It doesn’t have Fluoride so it’s safe to swallow.  Completely unrelated, but if you’re ever in Lubbock, Texas, you should try the water.  It’s so thick you’ll feel like you’re choking. They say it’s loaded with Fluoride and the Lubbockites should probably have pretty good teeth.

OK, back to JJ.  We just did his 1 year check up and he passed with flying colors.  No issues to speak of and he’s happy as can be.  He cried for a minute after the shots and didn’t have any side effects that day.  It probably helped that we pumped him full of (Dr. recommended) acetaminophen immediately after the shot. He’s almost 31 inches tall and 22 pounds.  I swore he weighed more as I carried a 15 pounder the other day that felt like a feather compared to JJ. I guess the 7 pounds make a difference Smile!

We love JJ to death.  He’s so enjoyable to be around.  He just explores his new talents and surroundings and it’s so fun to watch him interact with the world.

I still don’t know how single parents do it. This is hard work.

  • NEW SKILLS: HUGE smiling and laughing. He’s just much more aware of what’s going on now.  It’s harder to hide things from him or distract him as his memory and focus have improved. His crawling is faster and he stands more steady, however, he hasn’t shown an interest in actual walking yet.  He push his own stroller around unassisted which was sooo cute.
  • FAVORITE ACTIVITIES: taking things out of drawers, playing with doors, electrical sockets, lights, all noises get his interest now
  • DIAPER SIZE: 4s
  • CLOTHES SIZE: 18 months 
  • WORDS: Whole lot of dada and baba now.
  • DROOL: None
  • DANGERS: Pulling down the tablecloth and other items that may fall on him. Water danger as he likes to turn on the bathtub faucet now.
  • SICKNESS/RASHES/ETC: None
  • SLEEP: Great. Planned nap at 2 PM – 4 PM and then sleep from 8 PM-8 AM.
  • FOOD: Claire is still pumping and will probably continue for the near future. He’s eating everything in bite sized chunks now.  He can eat everything now, but seems to prefer meat.  He’ll eat his veggies, but he’ll usually grab for meat first. We have a silicone bib and place mat with lips on them that are absolute lifesavers when JJ drops food around.
  • TRAVEL: Nothing lately, but we’re planning a trip to see Claire’s parents in January which involves a lot of stops.  Good luck to us!

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Wheels and Doors

So, I wrote the post below about a month ago. I forgot to hit publish, whoops. Enjoy!

My soon to be 11 month old LOVES wheels and doors.  Stroller wheels, cart wheels,luggage wheels etc are all prime targets of his interest.  The only items that can hold his interest as well are doors: closet doors, front doors, etc. Swing forward, swing back, swing forward,swing back.  Needless to say, stuffed animals are of 0 interest at the moment.

AS you can also tell due to the length between posts, we’ve been extremely busy. We were hosting Claire’s friend and her family from England. They toured LA for a week and came to Vegas for another week of fun. The interesting part was seeing JJ interact with the 18month old and 4 year old for extended periods of time.

He’s had play dates with older children before, but it was always fairly short and pretty controlled. Spending extended periods of time with these kids taught him to be more creative…AKA be bad.  Instead of sitting and eating his meal without playing, he learned to start playing as well as how to throw his food.  No fun for us. Kids will be kids!

  • NEW SKILLS: playing with wheels by turning them continuously; using one thing, say a donut ring to hit another thing; paying attention to being read to; opening and closing doors; watching limited TV; feeding himself
  • FAVORITE ACTIVITIES: exploring and crawling still
  • DIAPER SIZE: 3-4s
  • CLOTHES SIZE: mostly 12 months now. He can fit 9 month bottoms, but he has to have 12 month and up tops. 
  • WORDS: Ma ma. Sometimes ba ba, but mostly mama now.
  • DROOL: None
  • DANGERS: Shutting the door on his fingers; getting accidentally stepped on (hasn’t happened yet)
  • SICKNESS/RASHES/ETC: None
  • SLEEP: Great. Planned nap at 1 PM – 3 PM and then sleep from 8 PM-8 AM.
  • FOOD: Claire is still pumping and will probably continue until at least 1 year old. His main meal consists of boiled frozen vegetables blenderized followed with a bottle of milk.  We also share our meals with him in bite sized nuggets to give him a taste of everything. He hasn’t really rejected anything and seems to like most all of it at the moment. He doesn’t seem to like sour/tart things.
  • TRAVEL: We just took our 2nd airplane trip with JJ.We flew to Oakland for a friend’s wedding. The flight there was easy as he was asleep. The flight back was tough as he kept climbing on the passenger next to us and wanted to be played with. The hotel situation was easy as he slept on schedule and slept in a hotel-provided crib.  The tough part about traveling with him is the amount of stuff it takes and his nap gets in the way sometimes. Other than that, he’s pretty travel-ready.
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