Harrison is on Day 3 of solids. I wanted to quit after day one because I am confident that 100% of the rice cereal ended up on his face, the bib, and all over me. I was motivated to try Day 2 because I didn't want Harrison to be the kid in kindergarden eating blended food out of a bottle because his mom was too frusturated to try to feed him out of a spoon again. And I figured since someone taught me how, I only owe the same to my son. So, I made a second attempt and now a third! Woohoo! And it is getting easier! Our parents were right...practice does make perfect. Well, in this case, not perfect, but better. I will have to say that it is a learning process for mom and baby. I had no idea that it could be this hard to get food into a child's mouth. It is rather difficult for you who have no idea. I wasn't even sure how to position the spoon. I have tried to put it straight on his tongue and I have tried to rest it between his lips. As you can see on the video, I am already having to find ways to stop him from shoving the spoon in his mouth himself. It really is too funny. He is used to taking a bottle so fast, that he gets relatively agitated when I don't spoon the food into his mouth quickly. Today, he started to grunt and kick his legs wildly in between each mouthful because he is so excited for the next spoonful. I hope you enjoy the videos. Remember: we are both learning how this feeding process works.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Harrison has started to do a lot of new things recently. He found his feet sometime last week. We hear this means that he is on the verge of rolling over. I do know that when I change his diaper, he grabs and holds on to his feet. And now when he plays, his feet are generally up in the air. I hope this means that he will roll over soon, but it still may be a while. He is a big boy and he has a lot of weight to roll over when he does learn. He has also started to laugh, which is really fun. His laugh makes me laugh out loud (and my heart melt). He has also started to scream a little bit. I guess he doesn't scream, but he sounds like a very high-pitched bird. I am sure everyone else in this world would think it is annoying, but we just love to hear him stretch his vocal cords. I am sure in the future, it won't be socially acceptable for him to make these noises in public, but for now, we welcome it. One thing that hasn't changed is that he is such a happy baby. I know the pictures always show him with a serious face, but he gets mesmerized by the camera the moment it comes out. This video is of him this morning when I woke him up. Waking him up is one my favorite times of the day. He gets so excited...as you will see.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Harrison is four months old today and as usual, we cannot believe it. Our big day started with dropping Grandpa Gus and Grandma Linda off at the airport (after a really fun stay). Then Harrison and I went off to the pool for an hour (where he pooed in the kiddie pool). And after a lot of playing at home, the entire Brantley clan went to eat Mexican food with some friends. On the way home, we saw an awesome sunset over the mountains. I tried to capture a picture of Harrison and Adam with it, but the picture doesn't even come close to doing it justice. Above are some pictures of him throughout the day. Unfortunately, there are no pictures of the pool because I was by myself with him.
Even though I am four months into being a mom, there is still a lot I have to learn. I have a feeling that I will be learning how to be a mom the rest of my life. Here are some thoughts, questions, and ponderings that I have had in the past four months:
- If I have to trim his fingernails every week or more to keep his nails at a length where they won't scratch his eyeballs out, why have I never had to trim his toe nails? Do they not grow?
- I think that my favorite thing about being a mom so far, is the feeling I get when Harrison is a little fussy and when he gets in my arms, he just calms down...I know it is selfish, but it feels so good, that all he wants is his mommy. I know one day he will grow out of this, but I sure do love that feeling!!
- I learned today that swim diapers do not hold newborn poopies when in the pool.
- When Harrison gets excited, he kicks his legs fiercely...they are like a motor that helps him to express his little heart's desire. You can see this in the video.
- Right now, he like to put anything in his mouth. If any object gets within 5 inches of his face, he sticks his tongue out. This is true for his clothes, toys, fingers, etc. Thankfully, Marley is still to quick for him to get his tongue on her. But rest assured, Marley has gotten her tongue on Harrison numerous times.