Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Tooth Number Three

Hello from Bloomington. We are just emerging from being snowed in (more on that later). Here are a few pictures of Cade and what we've been up to. If you hadn't already learned from my Twitterfeed, you'll be pleased to find out that Cade has his third tooth! It's his upper left front tooth. And if you don't use Twitter, you need to get on the bandwagon. :)

I think he's getting tougher and is developing his mom's pain tolerance, because he really hadn't been too fussy for this tooth. But....there might be a reason for that. The night before we noticed his tooth, I was holding him while sitting sideways in one of our kitchen chairs. He's become a very wiggly baby, and I wasn't watching his wiggles closely enough. He kind of jerked his head forward and smacked his upper gum into the back of the chair. Those seconds between impact and pain recognition happen to be longest seconds in all of time. I was just sitting there horrified and waiting........., waiting..........., waiting............, and he finally realized he'd hit his mouth and let out a scream. He had a little drop of blood on his gum. It was the first time we'd seen him bleed besides after a shot at the doctor, and it was no fun for me. I felt so bad; it is not fun seeing your little guy cry, especially when you feel partially responsible. I wished I could've taken the hit for him. But then the next day his gum seemed to be just fine and we noticed his tooth, which was right where he hit his mouth. We hadn't noticed it the night before, and believe me, we were inspecting. So maybe that's the trick to getting them through the gums expediently. Any dentists in the audience want to weigh in on that one? (Don't worry Mom, we're not planning on hitting him in the mouth every time we think he might be close to a new tooth.)

Back in October I posted a picture of Cade in his Rockies hat. Well, he's been growing. As I mentioned in my last post, he went from 20th to 95th percentile in height in just two months! His head has been growing too, and we tried the Rockies hat on him again. It's pretty close to fitting. I took a couple self portraits. Self portraits are tougher than you'd imagine, especially now that everything near Cade is a target for grabbing and inserting into his mouth. This was the best shot I could get.

He's getting more and more accustomed to spending time on his tummy. It's just a matter of time before he motors right on out of the room. The way he moves seems like he's super close to crawling. He just needs to get strong enough to lift his chest and head up. I got Cade a weight rack and we've been doing our baby bench presses, so any day now....... (And yes, this shirt says peanut, and yes, we think it's hilarious and think this outfit is about is as cute as they come. Props to Life is Good; this peanut ISN'T getting recalled.)

He's been eating great, too great in fact. The doctor recommended upping his solid food intake to allow Susie to keep up with the milk production. Doesn't matter. The kid scarfs down any and everything and still drinks Susie out of house and home (lame idiom, I know, but I couldn't think of any kid-friendly ones related to breastfeeding). Susie has been eating more than I have lately, and she's still shrunk to well below her pre-pregnancy weight. It's still hard to keep up with him. Anyways, his solid food repertoire now includes squash, sweet potatoes, green bean, peas, carrots, pears, and applesauce. We got this big jar of applesauce before we came up to B-town this week and he's eaten over half of it in a couple days. Maybe he's in another growth spurt. Someone needs to tell him there are only 5 more percentile points so he eases off. We tried a new food today and I never get tired of the "new food face." This time it was a spinach/carrot mix. He makes this face EVERY time he tries a new food and eventually likes it by the second or third time we feed it to him. Like I said, this face never gets old, and I thought I'd capture it one more time for posterity. The picture's a little blurry because he was making a yakking head thrust, but he still gets his point across.

It has snowed over a foot in Bloomington over the last day or so. IU actually canceled school today. I guess the beauty of working from home is that I never have a snow day (which can be good or bad, depending on how you look at it). I'm not complaining. I love the fact that I can travel with Susie occasionally and still get everything done I need to. It's actually good that I came with Susie because this morning our neighbor in Owensboro called and told me the tree in our backyard fell and ripped the power line out of our house last night. Owensboro got hit with a doozy of an ice storm and there are well over 20,000 people without power there right now. We're glad to be in an apartment in B-town that has power and heat but we're kind of wondering what we'll find when we get home on Friday evening. Apparently we have tree branches down all around the house but no apparent damage to the house, which is great. We're thankful to have great neighbors like the Hedges who keep an eye out on our house while we're gone. Mark went over and shut our water off so we wouldn't have to worry about pipes bursting with the power out. I talked with the utility company today and with so many people without power it could be quite a while before we get it restored at our house. If it's not back up when we get home this weekend we'll have a chance to light up the fireplace for the first time! Adventures never cease! Cleaning up the branches in the yard will keep us warm.

So because the snow looked so inviting today we bundled up Cade and took Chili for a walk down to the park at lunchtime. Cade really seems to like the cold, and who doesn't love to play in the snow?

Chili is an expert at making doggie snow angels. Here he displays perfect form, though he might receive a tenth of a point deduction for not pointing his toes.

Back at the apartment we just HAD to jump in the big snow bank the plows so graciously left us. You might not be able to tell in this small picture, but Chili's front lip is up and his teeth are showing and it looks like he's got a huge grin. Chili cheese dog!

Cade keeps learning new syllables and how to make new sounds. As a self proclaimed sound effect artist (what guy isn't?), I love repeating the sounds back and forth with him. He talks and talks and you can tell he's trying to say stuff to us, it just hasn't come out in English yet.....for the most part. Last weekend I woke up one morning to find that Susie had brought Cade into the bed with us and he was laying in between us awake already. I looked at him and smiled and told him good morning and clear as a bell he looked at me and said, "Hey Dada!" I'm pretty sure it was unintentional because he hasn't repeated it since, but Susie and I both cracked up. It was amazing. His random syllables came together beautifully in that moment. He's also been learning to make a "lalala" sound with his tongue. The other night I was saying "I love you" to him and it sure sounded like a rough "Ah love loo" coming back. We're not sure how much he's comprehending speech, but it's fun to imagine he's saying stuff to us. I can't wait to hear him say "I love you Daddy" for the first time.

The other thing he's just learned to do is to scrunch up his nose and eyebrows and breathe in and out through his nose really fast. It's hilarious. I caught it on video a number of times, and none of them do the real life version justice. Enjoy these two short clips. Thanks for keeping up with us!

1 comment:

pBerry said...

Looks like papa in the video.