When Lewis has bath time I start off by laying a towel on the bathroom floor. I get him undressed on the changing table, then set him on the towel for some naked fresh-air time while I get everything else ready. I gather his washcloth, bath toys, clothes + diaper for afterwards and anything else we might need. The last thing I do is bring his whale tub into the bathroom and fill it with water.
Today at bath time he was playing on his towel, crawling around the bathroom floor and I had most of his other things ready. I went into the other room to get the whale tub, and when I came back to the bathroom I found him splashing his hands in a puddle of pee on the tile floor. Good thing there were towels handy for clean-up!
I guess this is one of those situations where you just have to laugh about it. I’m sure we’ll have plenty more “fun” pee incidents in the future!
Lewis is extremely curious. Any object he lays his eyes on he wants to hold, touch, taste, bang on other things, carry around the apartment, etc. In many cases I let him play with whatever has grabbed his interest, as long as there is no safety concern or risk of a big mess. (He is not allowed to grab hot pans, scissors, potted plants, candles, etc.) He likes to steel measuring cups, metal mixing bowls, crochet hooks, closed lotion bottles, etc. etc. He also likes to go after the more decorative objects that we have around on shelves, and unfortunately he has now broken two giraffes from Chris’ collection.
The first was a wooden giraffe that Chris’ mother made. Luckily the “break” was just two pieces coming apart where they had been glued together and we can easily glue them back together and it will be good as new. (Although it has been sitting on a shelf broken for a week or two now since it’s one of those things you don’t think to do except when you are looking at it and usually that happens when there is a baby in your arms and no way you can use glue.) That one we had allowed him to play with thinking “it’s a big wooden thing, no dangers with that!” and then he banged it against the floor several times resulting in the hind legs popping off.
The second incident was today when this poor little giraffe lost an ear. He has reached for this giraffe before and of course not been allowed to grab it. This time he was actually reaching for a plastic cat that was nearby on the shelf and happened to bump the giraffe with his hand causing it to fall to the floor. It looks like we should be able to glue the ear back on, although of course there will be a visible crack line.
He keeps getting stronger, smarter, and more mobile, which means he is showing interest in getting into new things every day, and becoming more able to get himself to the things that interest him. Obviously Chris and I need to get our butts in gear and finish our half-done baby proofing!
This weekend has been one of those “busy” weekends that seems to fly by, even though we didn’t really go anywhere and were mostly just hanging out as a family.
Yesterday Chris made a batch of his home-brew beer in the morning. It’s a pretty long process but there are a lot of parts where things are just boiling or coming up to temperature or whatever. I was on Lewie-duty for the busy parts, and Chris hung out and played with us at the points in the process when he could. There are a few parts in the beer-making that I usually help out with. The first part is straining the water through the grains, which lined up perfectly with Lewis’ nap. I also help out with balancing things when it is time to pour it from the pot into the jug. (Obviously not the technical terms for everything. I just do what Chris tells me.) Lewis was awake at this point. He loves to open our lower cabinets in the kitchen and peek inside, and the one where we keep frying pans and sauce pans happened to be mostly empty, so I sat him inside to see how he’d react.
He thought it was the funniest thing and played in there for several minutes with one of the little pots that was still in there.
He came out of there and sat playing with the pot on the floor while Chris and I took care of the beer. He was getting a little antsy towards the end and tried climbing up me which made things interesting, but we managed to finish.
Since he got a nice early start on the beer we still had plenty of time in the afternoon to enjoy the warm weather. We went for a long walk and explored some new streets we hadn’t walked down before. Lewis fell asleep in his stroller, which he almost always does on long walks, and we decided to swing by TCBY for some yummy frozen yogurt on the way home. After Lewis woke up he and Chris went outside to play in the yard around the apartment buildings, and I took the opportunity to do some sewing (although I never seem to get as much done as I want.) Chris made us a yummy spicy curry dinner which Lewis didn’t like, and we relaxed and played for the rest of the evening.
Today we made delicious sourdough waffles for breakfast. (I love breakfast food!) Then we had more outside-time with a walk to CVS (got some baby sunscreen finally) and then wandered around a bit, then to the co-op for groceries. Lewis was kind of off schedule today and didn’t want to give in to napping. I ended up sending him off for a second walk with Chris while I worked on getting some soup started for dinner, and he managed to fall asleep finally in his stroller. After he woke up I took him outside for a quick play time in the grass since it was so perfect out today.
I love weekends like this when we can just spend time as a family doing cooking projects, playing outside, and enjoying each other’s company. It seems to be the perfect mix of relaxing and doing things we like, but still being busy.
Chris bought a bunch of Lemons last weekend and finally remembered to make lemonade with them today. Lewis was looking awfully interested in what Daddy was doing with all those pretty yellow things! I gave him a whole one to explore and he seemed to enjoy sucking on the peel, and then I remembered how you always see photos/videos of babies having their first taste of lemon and making awful faces, so we stole a slice from Daddy to make our own video!
As you can probably tell from my blog title and banner, I love trees. Chris enjoys nature too, though not with the same tree-affiliation as me. (We first met and got to know each other based on our mutual enjoyment of hiking.) I guess it should be no surprise that Lewis loves the outdoors too and seems especially interested in trees!
On our recent trips outside Lewis wants to go from tree to tree, feeling the bark and branches of each.
He first seemed to notice and focus on trees from his stroller a few months ago, looking up at the branches as we walked underneath. Now that he has gotten to see them up close and actually touch (and taste!) them, he is even more excited by them when seen from his stroller. When we are walking outside and he sees a tree he likes he will often do an excited little shout.
He found a dandelion while we were sitting by a tree. Not sure what was going through his little mind, but he repeatedly tried to give it to the tree or stick it onto the tree. He would put it on the tree and let go, then pick it up and try again when it fell to the ground.
The nature and tree love does not seem to extend to enjoying grass. He doesn’t mind sitting in the grass, and will feel it with his hands and sometimes try to pick it, but he does not want to crawl or walk on it!
“Why are you making me crawl to get to you on this horrible grass?! Pick me up!”
Last Sunday when my parents were visiting I noticed that Lewis’ gum was looking a bit swollen and my mother agreed that it looked like he would soon be getting a tooth. Tuesday I started to feel the sharp little point of it, Wednesday I could just barely begin to see the white edge of it poking through, and Thursday I realized it felt like two teeth coming in at once. I’ve been impressed with how calm and un-bothered Lewis seems by this. He’s been acting pretty much his usual self during the day and has no interest in teethers or frozen things to chew on. There have been a couple of night times and nap times where it seems like the teeth are making it harder for him to relax and fall asleep, and he has been waking a bit more than usual the past two nights, but it doesn’t seem like the painful horror I had imagined.
I’m very excited about his tiny little teeth, and when I first realized they were coming in I was constantly trying to feel them and get a look at them. He hated this and would push my finger out of his mouth with his tongue whenever I tried to feel them. I also have been trying very hard to get a good photo of them. He is so sqiuggly-wiggly and doesn’t want to hold still for a zoomed in photo of his mouth, plus he wants to grab the camera if I get close to him, so this has been a very tricky endeavor. I recruited Chris to try to help me but the camera batteries died after only a few shots.
We got some real gems of photos:
He was trying to eat the lens cap.
What a mean mommy prying his mouth open!
This one is surprisingly in focus compared to most of the others, but still no visible teeth:
Beautiful blue eyes.
And finally, a couple where you can actually see the little white buds of the teeth. (Click the photos to enlarge.)
Love my happy boy. ❤
Grabbing for the camera.
Chris says that when the teeth come in a bit more he will be an upside-down beaver.