Splish-Splash

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!

Casualties

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.

IMG_5591The 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!

 

What We Are Up To

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 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.

IMG_5569Today 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.

First Taste Of Lemon

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!

Photo Friday

My little Cave-Baby does not like to get dressed. His least favorite part is putting his arms into a shirt for some reason.

My little Cave-Baby does not like to get dressed. His least favorite part is putting his arms into a shirt for some reason.

Investigating some  pretty forsythia outside.

Investigating some pretty forsythia outside.

"Ooh this dandelion looks different when I hold it up into the bright sun."

“Ooh this dandelion looks different when I hold it up into the bright sun.”

Baby Obstacle Course: crawling across Mommy and Daddy's shoes.

Baby Obstacle Course: crawling across Mommy and Daddy’s shoes.

Lewis gave a shout-out to all his Aunties on facebook today.

Lewis gave a shout-out to all his Aunties on facebook yesterday.

Lewis has adopted the bright pink belt that came with Mommy's new shorts.

Lewis has adopted the bright pink belt that came with Mommy’s new shorts.

My Tree-Loving Baby

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.

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.

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!"

“Why are you making me crawl to get to you on this horrible grass?! Pick me up!”

 

 

Adventures In Teeth Photography

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:

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He was trying to eat the lens cap.

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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:

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Beautiful blue eyes.

And finally, a couple where you can actually see the little white buds of the teeth. (Click the photos to enlarge.)

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Love my happy boy. ❤

Grabbing for the camera.

Grabbing for the camera.

Chris says that when the teeth come in a bit more he will be an upside-down beaver.

Baby’s Day Out

For Christmas my in-laws (still feels strange to say/type that) gave Chris and I a couple of gift cards to Red Lobster. I love seafood and Chris loves their cheddar biscuits, so, yum! The only down side is that I don’t take Lewis out a lot and I’m always a little nervous about how he will do in new situations. The only ‘restaurants’ he has been to have been the Chinese restaurant at Christmas time, and I think Taco Bell and Chipotle since then. The Red Lobster always seems super busy when we have gone, since we usually are there on a weekend and in the middle of the day. There have been times when we had to drive around in a circle to find a parking space, and there is often a wait for a table. I was feeling pretty anxious at the idea of bringing him there with it so busy, since he is so bad at sitting still for any period of time at home, and also nervous of anyone who is not Mommy and Daddy. Chris keeps bringing up the gift cards and I keep delaying going because I was worried about how it would play out.

This weekend we were going to the mall for a few things, which happens to be in the area of Red Lobster. We first thought about just getting take-out from them or possibly waiting to go another time even though it made so much sense to go today. Finally we came up with the plan to go soon after when they open, hoping it wouldn’t be to busy yet. Lewis had a nap right before we headed out, and was in a great mood for the 20 minute car ride. We got to the restaurant about 15 minutes after they opened and the parking lot was nearly empty. It was nice and quiet and empty inside, exactly as I was hoping for.

They got us a high chair and brought us to a table off to one side where the tables were all empty. Everyone else coming in was seated on the other side of the restaurant. It was obvious that they were kind of segregating us due to the baby, but not in any kind of negative way and I think it did make it easier for us and probably for them. Our waitress was very friendly with Lewis and one of the other waitresses came over and commented on how cute he was. Lewis was great and stayed happy the whole time. He spent a while hanging out with Daddy and then sat with me for a bit while we ate our salads. (He swiped a crouton from my bowl and nommed the whole thing.) When our food came he sat in the big-boy high chair and had some broccoli from Chris’ plate and some Cheerios we had brought. Most of it ended up on the floor but he stayed happy and busy long enough for us to enjoy our lunch and not feel rushed at all.

Didn't bring the camera along today but I snapped a blurry cell phone picture of him at Red Lobster.

Didn’t bring the camera along today but I snapped a blurry cell phone picture of him at Red Lobster.

Every time I have anxiety about taking him somewhere or doing something with him it ends up turning out fine and he does great. I guess I just need to have more faith in him that he can handle situations!

After our successful lunch out we headed over to the mall for our shopping. First stop was the maternity store to look for nursing bras. Lewis and Daddy played in the little play area they have there while I tried things on. He had fun playing with the bead roller coaster thingy spinning the beads around, looking at the TV, and the sparkly chandelier hanging in the shop. The store clerks all admired him and commented on how strong he was and how cute. Next up was the shoe store where Lewis started getting very sleepy. We retreated to the “family bathroom” to nurse. It is a surprisingly nice space with a room with four comfy chairs, a changing table, and a small table and chairs and then a separate room with a toilet and sink. The perfect quiet semi-private area to nurse a sleepy baby and get him to sleep in the stroller. Once he was sleeping we returned to our shopping. We visited a few more stores and I was very happy to find some great shorts on sale, since all my pre-pregnancy shorts are still too tight and we’re getting close to shorts weather. After the mall we drove across the street to JoAnn Fabric’s for a few things and Chris sat in the car with a sleeping Lewis while I went in and shopped. Lewis slept two hours and didn’t wake up until we were almost home.

We completed our fun busy day with some play time outside after we got home. The grass was a bit damp again but Lewis and I took Daddy around and showed him where we have been playing during the week and where the rocks and trees and such are that we like to investigate.

Baking With Baby

I’ve been wanting to make cookies for a while, but never quite seem to find the time. There is always something more pressing to do, such as cook dinner or try to catch up with the mountains of dirty dishes that never seem to go away no matter how many we wash. Nap time rolled around yesterday and I realized I actually had a chance to do some baking. We were planning on leftovers for dinner, so no need to worry about that, and while there were still some dirty dishes around there was at least some free counter space to work with.

I pulled up my go-to cookie recipe and set to work. I like this recipe because it is so easy to modify it with whatever I happen to have on hand. The original has oats, walnuts, and cranberries, and I usually just throw in whatever nuts and dried fruit I happen to have on hand. I stuck with the walnuts and cranberries this time and also added in some chocolate chips. We didn’t have any butter so I subbed in coconut oil instead. There was a coconut smell while they baked but I don’t taste it in the finished cookies.

Lewis often only likes to nap for half an hour, and he woke as I was just adding in the last of the ingredients. I decided to try to finish the cookies, so I gave him a handful of oats in a small mixing bowl for him to explore. I’ve been planning to do oats in a sensory bin for him anyway, so this was kind of like a mini test run.

He had to wave "hi" when he saw the camera come out. :)

He had to wave “hi” when he saw the camera come out. 🙂

He enjoyed tasting the oats, picking them up in handfuls and dropping them back in the bowl, and of course eventually dumping them all over the floor. I knew this would be messy when I gave it to him, but since I was already planning to vacuum his play space it wasn’t a big deal.

Once I got down on the floor near him he had to come crawling over to me.

Once I got down on the floor near him he had to come crawling over to me.

The cookies turned out yummy as always! I kept some for us and put some in a package to mail my little sister at college. All college students need cookies to help with studying.

Yum!

Yum!

 

Photo Friday

Grandma and Grandpa came to visit us last weekend. Grandpa helped Chris put up our new extra-long gate to make Lewis' play area.

Grandma and Grandpa came to visit us last weekend. Grandpa helped Chris put up our new extra-long gate to make Lewis’ play area.

Helping me get his shoes on to go outside. (Maybe it feels good for teething?)

Helping me get his shoes on to go outside. (Maybe it feels good for teething?)

Happy baby playing outside.

Happy baby playing outside.

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Kung-fu baby! (If you look closely you can see the cube of tofu by his right elbow. He was carefully dropping it piece by piece off the tray.)

Kung-fu baby! (If you look closely you can see the cube of tofu by his right elbow. He was carefully dropping it piece by piece off the tray.)

Mmm dinner.

Mmm dinner.