Monday, April 26, 2010

tiny dancer

devin dances now! he'll shake his head kind of like hes saying no and he'll also drop his chest down and bounce a little to the beat of whatever music is playing! its soooooo adorable! he's also started raisng his arms up to me when he wants to be picked up. that is just so nice :) hes getting so big!

he's also so social! if im in a store with him, i usually have him in a wrap (baby carrier) and i'll be looking at something else and hear him giggle and its because hes flirting with whoever is around the corner. he LOVES people and LOVES, LOVES, LOVES kids and other babies! we went over our our friends nate and stefanie's house the other day to celebrate nate's birthday and devin had a great time! they have 2 boys who are 2.5 and 5.5 years old. there was also another friends daughter who is 18 months there. i sat devin on the floor and let the playing begin and he loved the attention. the kids were so gentle with him and he was just so excited, smiling and squealing with glee! that visit was such a reality check in a good way! devin is a NORMAL BABY! he ate his bottle in a room full of loud people and fell asleep and napped in someone elses pack and play! this may sound like no big deal, but to us, it was just so wonderful. hes been so sheltered and i really was worried how he would handle things like this and its honestly like hes been at it forever. he adapts so well and smiles through it all. i have to say, im pretty impressed with myself too. im not nearly as panicky and paranoid as i thought i would be at events like these. i actually love it and barely think about all the germs being shared. i did say barely... i still worry, but for the most part, i just really enjoy having him around people and children. i also did'nt push hand sanitizer on anyone! yay me!!! i have no idea why i did'nt have my camera... sorry there are no pictures of that!

in my last post i mentioned that we brought his pack and play out. this was because he needed somewhere new to play and also because hes threatening scary mobility more and more each day! we have the co-sleeper fabian made for him acting as a changing area right now and i knew it hasnt been safe to leave him in there alone for a while because its pretty shallow so the pack and play has been nice. its right next to it, so i change him and plop him in the pack and play while i make his bottle. well today he was sitting in the changer and i turned around for one second to get something and when i looked back, he had pulled himself up onto his knees!!! i couldnt beleive it! im sure if the rail was a little higher he would have gotten into a full stand! crazy baby!

Friday, April 23, 2010

happy 10 months devin!

i cant believe devin turned 10 months old today! DOUBLE DIGITS???!!! only 2 more months until his first birthday :( here are his 10 months shots i took today at a park today.

 i have'nt posted in so long and he's doing so many new things. we've been very busy and devin is just getting over his first cold :( it finally happened, he got sick. the crazy thing is that after all this time we've been so careful and paranoid about him catching a cold and fabian is the one who gave it to him. he was sick all of the week before this last one and devin was holding up ok until last friday night when i heard him become a little stuffy overnight. all of a sudden he would sniffle a little and wake himself up. he was very restless and i sat awake all night hoping he wasnt actually coming down with something but when he woke up that morning his temp. was 100.5. i called the dr. and they told me not to worry about the fever, just to pay attention to his symptoms and bring him to the e.r. if he had trouble breathing or started wheezing. he was very stuffy and his fever went up to 101.5 that day at its highest but he never had any breathing issues :) he really scared me at one point while fabian was out (of course it happens while im alone). he had eaten great all day but all of a sudden he would get a little snot attack and start gagging on it :( he would gag and throw up, gag and throw up, about 4-5 times in about 15 minutes. i was panicking! i was trying to call fabian in and call the pediatrician at the same time. when fabian got back in (he was outside) and didnt really "get" the severity of what was going on... (yeah, annoying!) we put him in the car and started rushing to the e.r. about 5 minutes later devin was happy as can be and breathing clear so we turned around. i wasnt ready to take him to the e.r. and have 8 different people try to draw blood and run a bunch of tests if it wasnt 100% necessary and im glad we did'nt go because he has gotten better and better very fast since then. his fever was gone by the next day and his feedings started picking back up by the 3rd day. the tail end of day one he started not wanting to eat at all because he was stuffy and not able to breathe from his nose while on the bottle. now hes eating normal and just has a tiny bit of  congestion lingering and he coughs 3 times a day or so but thats it. it was hard but he did so well! for so long we just did'nt know how his little body would handle even the smallest cold and he certainly put my mind at ease. he was a trooper. we got him california baby cold and flu aromatherapy bubble bath and gave him a bath 1-2 times a day for the first few days because he loved it and i really think it helped him feel better. it smells great, like a light version of vicks (i love vicks and just inhale it over and over even when im not sick! :) he has his 2 bottom teeth now, they're almost completley in. he got his second one right after the first. the next day in fact! his first showed up march 30th and his second came out on april 1st. in these pictures you'll notice devin's handsome little necklace, its a baltic amber teething necklace and he wears it everyday now. the amber stones contain succinic acid  and when they sit against skin, the heat lets trace amounts into the bloodstream and it acts as a natural pain reliever. its supposed to be great for teething and growing pains. its safe for babies to wear because there is a double knot in between each bead and its designed to break if its pulled to hard instead of choking the child. it fits snug so he doesnt evne notice it. its not for him to chew on which is what i thought at first, its all about the natural pain relief. im not sure if it works, but i'll try anything safe that will help keep teething pains to a minimum. i'll try to judge if his next teeth that come are accompanied by less fussiness. i ordered myself one too, so we have matching necklaces, which some people think is weird, but i think its awesome and devin loves pulling on mine :) plus, i think it makes him look like the coolest baby on the block.

in other news... he's becoming much more independent and capable of doing things for himself. his new favorite activity is to sit and play with one toy at a time out of his toy basket. he reaches in, takes something out , plays until hes bored with it and goes in for another when he's ready. so cute!

we also had to bring the pack and play out and take the newborn thing out of it that raised up the base so he was up higher. we took it out and use it as a little playpen now for when i have to make a bottle or get some chores done. he sits in there and plays and LOVES it!

and please, please tell me why my "little baby" loves to STAND up holding onto the edge??? when did this happen? he can stand there for any length of time and is just so proud of himself!

we still try new finger foods every once in a while. he really likes baby mum mums. hes getting the pincer grip down and will eat a few puffs, yogurt melts or baby cheetos but hes still not very fond of pureed foods.

once again, i have to mention that im in no way "ok" with the fact that my sweet babe is 10 months now when he would only be 7 months but what can i do? i just have to suck it up and deal! he makes it pretty easy because he's perfect no matter what his age is!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

wordless wednesday/more easter pictures