Charlie and Eric working on the robot costume (Eric was even more into this than Charlie was, boys will be boys!)
Thank-you Chris & Denys for inviting us. Happy Birthday Adam!
As we were leaving, Charlie said proudly "Boy, those ducks were SOOO hungry, it is a good thing we came to feed them today, or I don't know what they would have done!"
Happy Birthday Grandpa Rodger. You are truly the best. We love you so much!!
Anyway, have you seen the "bumbo"? They did not have the bumbo chair (at least that I know of) when Charlie was a baby. When I saw it for the first time I thought it was the coolest thing. When we found out we had another little one on the way, I knew that I had to get one. I really wanted the lime green one, but nobody in this area seems to carry it. Arrgg. Cannon is just starting to get some good head control so I plopped him in it to see how he did. Not too bad.
Today, both Cannon's occupational therapist and physical therapist came to see him. The bumbo chair was sitting on the fireplace and they quickly asked me who the chair was for (like it would be Charlie's!). I told them it was for Cannon but that he had not spent more than five minutes in it because I knew he was not ready. They told me that the only time he will really be ready for this chair would be when he can sit up on his own. What would really be the point of the chair then? Exactly their point - he should not be in it. He could develop some neck and back issues if he is(especially since he is already susceptible to these issues). Now, let me be honest about this right now. I secretly knew that they would probably not approve of this when I bought it. Like I mentioned in an earlier post, Pat was Charlie's therapist also, and when he was a baby he was not allowed any types of toys like exersaucers or jumparoos. We saved a lot of money from not buying them, but there were plenty of times when I needed to fold laundry or make dinner where I wished I would have had an excersaucer to keep him busy for a few minutes. The thought is that babies should not be propped up in the sitting position when they are not ready. This can cause them to slouch and change the whole makeup of the muscles/structure in their torsos and back. It makes sense to me and I believe and trust in what Pat and Amy do. So, I felt like a bad mom when they left because I had boughten the chair when I knew I shouldn't have. Looks like it may be going back to the store. This will make Eric especially happy since I dragged him to a dozen stores to find the green one and now I might be returning it! The main reason I got it is for photo opportunities. It is so hard to get good pictures of babies when they are just lying flat on the ground. I cannot tell you how many pictures I have of Charlie with that obnoxious blue "underwater" fabric from his swing and bouncy chair as the background. (Which by the way, are okay since they aren't in a total sit-up position and offer support to the neck and back) Ugh. I was hoping to change things up a little bit this time around. Would it hurt to have him sitting up in the bumbo for just a few minutes at a time for pictures? Maybe I am just trying to justify it, but I think I will ask Pat next week and see what she says....(fingers crossed.)
- He is sleeping anywhere from 5-9 hours at night. He goes to bed early and wakes up (way too) early.
- We are having a hard time getting settled into a schedule, but I think it will be easier once he is sleeping more consistently at night.
- He loves looking at familiar faces. It takes him a while to warm up to new faces. He is definitely partial to his momma's face :)
- He is about 12.5 pounds and is wearing 3-6 months clothing and size 2 diapers.
- He still loves to be swaddled when he sleeps.
- He is being monitored weekly by a physical therapist (the same lady that Charlie had, we love her!). The left side of his neck and mouth is very tight. We are doing daily exercises to work on getting him loosened up. If we can get his tongue muscles loosened, we believe that it will help with his gas problems as he hopefully won't swallow as much air when he drinks.
- He is doing great with head control. He loves to hold his head on his own and is always trying to pull his head up when he is lying down - Mr. Independent already.
- He is still not sleeping much during the day. We are continually rotating through being held, being fed, hanging out in the bouncy chair and swing, doing tummy time and chilling in the sling.
I knew I had some pictures of Charlie in this same shirt, so I dug them out to compare. It looks like Cannon is about the same size at 5 months as Charlie was at 8 months. We have noticed that Cannon seems to be growing much faster than Charlie did. I love to see these photos side by side, so many similarities and differences between these two cute boys. (I wish the photo of Cannon was better. I had bad lighting today and it is a little blurry. Oh well!)
He loved having some time with Daddy all by himself. They are definitely best buds. It has been hard on him with Eric working so much and having to share attention with Cannon. He has been so good and deserved a special trip with Daddy.
Finally, I was able to get a pretty cute one :)
I can't believe he is now over twice the size as he was in the first picture. I just thought this one was funny:
And another cute one:
Look at all that chub! He is really into faces right now. You are almost guaranteed a smile anytime he makes eye contact with you. Even in the middle of the night, he is smiling away as I change his diaper before he eats. So cute!
Last week we finally had a nice day so I decided to take Charlie to the park. He has been dying to get out. He has also been talking a lot lately about how he wishes he had some friends to play with. We don't know many people that have kids the same age as Charlie and let's face it, we have not been doing much socializing these past few months. I didn't realize how much it was affecting him. When we first got to the park, he kept asking me to play with him. I encouraged him to explore a little on his own and try to talk to some of the other kids. Due to Charlie's size and motor planning issues, I have been concerned that he will be left in the dust when school starts (socially). He is a social little guy, but tends to gravitate towards older children. Anyway, it wasn't long and I saw him running around with another little boy named Isaac. Isaac was about 6-8 inches taller than him so I figured they were probably about the same age. They ran around for almost 2 hours. I was getting pretty cold, but I did not have the heart to take him away from his new friend. As they began to play on the tire swing I could see that Charlie was having a hard time getting on it. Isaac got right off the swing and helped Charlie get up. It was the cutest thing. A little later, Charlie was not paying attention and he walked right in front of a little girl swinging. She hit him pretty good with her feet and he fell to the ground. He acted fine at first and then I could see he was upset. As I went to check on him, I saw Isaac walk over and give him a hug. I was so touched to see this sweet boy taking care of my little guy. I have thought a lot about Isaac since we left the park. How I hope Charlie will be as caring and compassionate when he sees others struggling. My worry for Charlie has gone away as I know that the Lord will continue to put more "Isaac's" in Charlie's path. To help him along and teach him what is right. Who knew a trip to the park could be so emotional?