Sunday, November 16, 2008

Along for the ride

Robbie is now 24 weeks old. Can you believe he's been outside as long as he was inside? Yes, I was 26w pregnant, but you know, that counts the 2 weeks before he was actually CONCEIVED, so really, he grew for 24 weeks in my belly (well, since we're being precise- in my uterus) and has now grown for 24 weeks outside as well.

The weeks and days continue to amaze me. Tonight I discovered his belly is ticklish. He smiles and scrunches up his nose when you lightly tickle him. The most fascinating thing in the world remains to be the ceiling fan. If I'm really desperate to distract him, airplane up near the fan usually does the trick.

He's becoming more and more independent. Now when he's cranky, one of the first thing to try is to lay him on a bed and let him kick his legs. The playmat works, too, but more often than not, he's happier just laying in our bed or the twin bed in his room.

He loves to sit up. One of favorite games is to sit with his butt pressed against my leg for leverage, let him grab my hands and then he does a sit-up. I try to let him lean back and he struggles to stay upright.

Of course, he still hates his bebe pod seat. As much as he likes to sit up, he should love it, but really, he seems intrigued for a minute- maybe 90 seconds. Then he lets loose a nearly painful screech of displeasure. GET ME OUT!

His new bouncy seat rules, though. It has an adjustable back so he can be sat most of the way up. It also rocks, vibrates and plays both white noise and some rather soothing music. It's also raised. Great for us not-so-young parents.

His favorite toys are the toy that came with the bebe pod and the purple elephant on his playmat. He's also fond of the giraffe and parrot, but the elephant seems to particularly enthrall him. He's starting flailing in a more meaningful way- making contact with things and then widening his eyes in surprised elation that HE made it MOVE.

He's getting better at getting his hands in his mouth on purpose. Usually a whole fist when he's hungry, but occasionally just a thumb which seems to please him immensely. I often know he's found it from across the room because he smacks so loudly on it.

Learning all his ins and outs just amazes me. He's this little........person. Seeing things through his eyes fills me with amazement. The things we take for granted!

And his smiles! Bon Jovi wrote he was Livin' on a Prayer. I feel like I'm livin' on a smile. The boost just a flash of a grin can give me is amazing. Suddenly I'm energized- To try to make it happen again!

No amount of self-mockery or non-sense spewing is over the line if it has a chance of eliciting the holy grail of parenthood- a laugh. He isn't quite laughing out loud just yet. It's more of a head-thrown back strong "HEH!" but it's completely recognizable as laughter. A mom could live for a week on just one of those gems.

I feel so incredibly blessed to be able to accompany through all of his milestones and achievements. My life is no longer mine- I'm simply a guest at the dinner theatre of his life.


Hmm. A new seat. Let me ponder...

Nope. No likey. NOT ONE BIT.

Daddy and Grandpa are full on ribs and enjoying Sunday football with me!

November 3, 2008, 4am.
Journal entry
This woman called "Mommy" says good babies should be sleeping in their beds now. I seem to have found a more comfortable place and think a bed is a poor substitute.
The furry striped thing has taken up arms on my side.
Attempts to persuade her continue to be met with resistance.

Daddy has TV. I have the ceiling fan. Life is good.


Lift those legs, lift those legs, work the core!

My new favorite toy

Hey internets!

My fancy new seat

This week my friend Jen came to visit me and mommy!


Alice said...

Trish - you have me laughing out loud ... especially with Robbie's journal entry.

I'm glad you, er, he has a few items that he loves.

And I agree - nothing is better than the smile, except the laughter. Even now, at 2.5 years of age, when Bubba Joe laughs, all my worries just melt away.

Thanks for reminding me how beautiful it is to be a mom.

Anonymous said...

Man, I love giddy-mommy posts. And pictures! :)

- HH/Julie

Elizabeth said...

Robbie Pics! He is too darned cute you know.

Hooray for smiles, laughs, and Mommy love and brightening the world by sharing with all of us.

Jess said...

Ok, this is post is like a great movie, I laughed, I cried. I love how much you are in love with Robbie. He's amazing, thanks for letting us all love him as much as you. :)

AngelsAmid said...

He's soooo cute :) I can't wait until I can make Emma smile or laugh. Right now I just can't wait to MEET her... kiss her and hold her.

I just love watching him grow bigger! :)

chipz95 said...

Those pictures are so great! I love to hear about his new adventures. So sweet!

Heather said...

Love the pics!!!! He's such a cutie. Thanks for the update. Hard to believe he's 24 weeks old! Time flies so fast.

Me said...

Pictures = awesome
Captions = uber awesome

Anonymous said...

So sweet! Love all the pictures of Robbie, he seems so incredibly alert! And how wonderful about the laughing, can't wait to hear that sound myself one day soon!

nestie emdaly

milestones & achievements said...

Very nice pics.

**Sissy** said...

Carter has the same bouncy seat and he loves it too. It can usually get me time for a shower when Daddy isn't home.