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SLEEEEEEP [Jan. 19th, 2007|07:38 pm]
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[Current Location |nursing station]
[mood |relaxedrelaxed]

I don't want to jinx anything, but he has slept 7-8 hours for 3 of the last 4 nights.  Keeping fingers crossed for tonight!! woo hoo. 
I feel like a horrible parent because we moved him to his own room at 6 weeks, but if it caused him to sleep through the night at 7 weeks then I can deal.

He's laughing and smiling a lot now.  Its so incredible to watch him smile.  I'm mesmerized by it. We have happy smile fun time for about 45 minutes in the morning , afternoon and evening.  I've even started singing Raffi songs to him.  ahh, fun. 

Anyhow, we got a camcorder and Josh has some new posts and a video clip up at www.natanson.net

And why have a baby if you aren't going to dress him up in ridiculously cute outfits?


         

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top 10 ridiculous baby items [Jan. 13th, 2007|05:20 pm]
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[mood |happyhappy]
[music |football]


These are hilarious, we actually have the pacifier in #1


Top ten items

and just because:


Naked tummy time!!
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Nap time? [Jan. 9th, 2007|02:22 pm]
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[Current Location |nursing station]
[mood |exhaustedexhausted]

Jacob is taking a nap.  This is something we just introduced to him.  No more 15 minute snoozes here and there.  Not sure why we didn't start this sooner.  So why you ask am I not also napping?  well I thought it would be a good idea to do a load of baby laundry.  Little did I know that one of the cats had pushed a National Geographic magazine into the washing machine.  The entire load of laundry looks like it lost a battle with several multicolored sheep. I have spent the last hour picking bits of paper off of clothing and putting the clothes back into the wash.  That single load has now turned itself into 4.  Its amazing how much paper can stick to baby PJ's.   blah.
      
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Who likes spam? [Jan. 6th, 2007|02:48 pm]
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[mood |awake]

While fighting spam we often ask ourselves why do the spammers keep doing this?  If we all hate it ,and won't buy their viagra, why do they keep doing it?  Apparently they do it to keep my grandfather happy.  On a recent visit to my grandparents house my grandfather comes out of his computer room with a bunch of printouts of his spam.  He's showing me different ones and laughing at them and telling me why each one is funny.  Apparently he loves getting them and reading them.  We've trained him well, he is aware that he shouldn't reply to them or click any links and I guess he thinks reading them for too long or multiple times could be dangerous too, so instead he prints them out immediately and reads them on paper.   I should give him credit for just being on line at his age (thank you AOL).  

 My parents have to go down at least once a month to fix his computer.  He once installed more memory with a mallet instead of waiting for my parents though. 

My grandmother is online as well.  She's a little less savvy than him though.  She called to tell us that she couldn't see any mail from the current day, she couldn't read her messages until they were a day old.  They just wouldn't show up.  Apparently she had accidentally hit the
"-" sign and minimized the "today" pile of mail.  We drove to the cape to show her how to use the "+" sign to maximize it.  My grandfathers reaction was "Oh, if I'd looked I would have been able to figure that out, I just assumed she royally messed something up and didn't even try to fix it"

ahhh, I love my grandparents....
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I am a Marsupial! [Jan. 5th, 2007|11:23 pm]
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[Current Location |upstairs nursing station]
[mood |sleepysleepy]
[music |Josh's video game in the next room]

So I did a lot of reading about the benefits of Babywearing and got myself a wrap. I also have several slings and can make  my own sling.  He's still a bit too small for the slings but once he's big enough daddy is very excited to use them.  For now  he's very snug in this wrap I got.  Its basically like a full body babywearing suit.   I can carry him facing me or facing out  but its not simple to put on like those baby bjorns.  I like it better though because it keeps him so close to my body he can still get the benefits of hearing my heartbeat.    On Tuesday I planned my entire day around going to the grocery store for a major trip (maternity leave rocks).  "They" say it is really bad to put the infant car seat on the top of the grocery cart.  It makes it very top heavy and a little kid running the aisles of the grocery store can easily knock the cart and send the infant seat flying.  So I decided to put him in the wrap.  I filled a whole cart of groceries with him snug on my chest.  Besides one slight bonk to the head I gave him we did fine! I don't think I did any permanent damage, he didn't even wake up!   Anyways, here he is, fast asleep:

I am a marsupial
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Pee Pee Tee Pees [Jan. 3rd, 2007|05:39 pm]
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[Current Location |nursing station]
[mood |hungryhungry]

Ok so I've spent a lot of time talking about my son's ability to pee as soon as his diaper is off.  Many parents have experienced this same problem with their male children (and some female ones) and have come up with some creative ideas to thwart the streams. 

We were given a set of these Pee Pee Tee Pees

While they do work well at absorbing a full stream, the real trouble is keeping them on. When he's kicking his legs, these just fall off and I am left thinking he's covered and then end up covering the wall.  I think at the very least i need to put up some sort of plastic on the wall behind the changing table in the nursery since I'm not sure of the long term affects of urine on latex paint.

another creative parent came up with these "wee blocks"

Though they seem like they would have the same problem of not staying on.  A good friend of ours plans to apply for a patent on his idea for the diaper changing station sneeze guard.  Picture changing your infant in a salad bar type of environment  :)

I'm not sure I like that idea either though because as soon as the stream hits the sneeze guard it will just sprinkle back down on the baby.  

Sure I could just throw a diaper over him, but how am I supposed to clean him that way?

Anyways, Josh put up a new post and some great new pictures at: www.natanson.net

Enjoy!

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He finally did it [Dec. 30th, 2006|08:24 pm]
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[Current Location |nursing station]
[mood |sillysilly]
[music |saturday night football]

You'd think we'd have the diaper changing thing figured out by 5 weeks....  So today I was changing him.  he's got a nasty diaper rash so i've been taking extreme measures to make sure the area is dry before i put the butt cream on him. As I got him nice and dry he pooped a liquid stream and i started to clean it up.  got him dry a second time and put the cream on.  As I was putting the third diaper on him and was just about to tape it up I pulled back the top one last time to straighten it out and got a stream of pee straight to the face.  Of course whats the first thing I do? SCREAM!  Which means I got a warm mouthful. 

I still love this   :)

   
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and in this corner.... [Dec. 28th, 2006|10:14 pm]
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[Current Location |living room]
[mood |contentcontent]
[music |jacob slurping the bottle]

Jacob had his 1 month weight check at the doctors office today.  He weighed in at 9lbs 5 oz. Almost 3 lbs over birthweight!  He officially weighs more than the cats... which explains my horribly sore back.

It just occured to me... I have no plans for New years.  Thats never happened before... Welcome to parenthood I guess...

      
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first month of mommyhood [Dec. 25th, 2006|10:20 pm]
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[mood |awake]


Jacob is getting so big.  He must be a little longer because the smallest onesies are tight to button these days and we're starting to explore a larger wardrobe than the original 6 pack of "just born" onsies.  This is nice because it means I don't have to do a load of baby laundry every day.  He is also growing "out" though.  He's developing some nice fat rolls around his ankles, knees, wrists and elbows.  I know its healthy and necessary but it still is strange to encourage this type of growth in our overweight society. 

He is a really good baby.  We are getting better at reading his moods and reacting appropriatley which has made our lives much more quiet.  He will got for one 4-6 hour stretch at night between feedings which lets me sleep for 3-4 hours straight which rocks.  After a quick sleepy meal he'll then go back down for another 1-3 hours so I get a little more sleep.  Sometimes I even get to squeeze in a nap in the afternoon which rocks.

I've learned some things in the last month.

Jacob has his own schedule and agenda.
My plan to fill him up with milk at 9:30 so I could go to bed only resulted in a full tummy's worth of spitup covering everything I was wearing. He mysteriously got none on himself though which was nice. He did then proceed to pass out so we both won but I needed a shower. :)

Nicknames are fun.
Very few have really stuck but I've been continuously tossing lots at him depending on his general mood at the time. Here are a few:

Buddah belly
chubby head
squishy poo
angry face
agitaty
squirmy puss
pinky
little buddy
cutie pie
sweetie puss
kissy face


Even neck-cheese is cute on a newborn

Yes he's got 3 chins and no visible neck, but he does have neck cheese.  He'll get a real bath tomorrow. I promise.

Check out the most recent pictures at  www.natanson.net
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lazy post [Dec. 17th, 2006|10:25 am]
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[Current Location |living room]
[mood |happyhappy]

well needless to say I've been crazy busy. Rarely do I get time to type with 2 hands! Jacob is doing excellent. He's a bit fussy when not in direct contact with another human but he's getting better. He does allow us to get some sleep at night which is nice. In leiu of posting my own entry today you should instead check out Josh's latest on our site, lots of new pics too!!
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