‘Tis the Season

While it’s been a couple of months since I’ve written anything, that’s not to say there isn’t anything to write about. Hannah is 6 months old, I’ve been at my new job a year, we’ve been in the new house a couple of months, it’s going to be 2013 in a few days, the Yankees are treating the offseason like they are the Rays and slashing payroll…there’s definitely no shortage of things happening…however, finding the time and motivation to think and write (or exercise, socialize, organize or any other -ize) is a challenge. Just when we start to get in a groove and feel comfortable doing some things regularly or spontaneously (see the -izes), life throws a curve. Hannah has her second ear infection in 6 weeks along with a cold much worse than the first one (coincidentally, that’s the last time I posted), so just when sleeping and eating patterns get established they then get thrown out of whack. Also, Sam is sick for the second time in as many months as well. She’s not been quarantined this time around, but I feel so bad for her. Meanwhile, me and my immune system are working hard to fight off the nasty stuff going around, but it’s hard to imagine I won’t succumb at some point. Fun stuff that comes with Hannah being sick: Loss of appetite – check. Diarrhea and diaper rash caused by antibiotic – check. Fussier than usual – check. Sleeping more during the day than at night – check. So basically she’s me after a particularly excessive week of drinking in college. At least she has a good excuse.

Let’s focus on the good. There’s plenty of that. She takes a while to warm up to strangers, but her smile is worth the wait. She’s sitting up pretty much on her own, just needs a little help getting there – come to think of it, kind of reminds me of when I had to help Sam sit up when she was pregnant. I think maybe Hannah‘s starting to get a little lazy though. If she leans too far one way she goes down, head first of course since it weighs more than the rest of her body, and she doesn’t even try to catch herself. If we don’t catch her then she lands on her head and we get a look like “dude, thought you had me!” She doesn’t usually complain when she falls, unless she’s in the garage playing with my nail gun or blow torch, then she cries when she face-plants. But I try to catch her there because the floor is hard and greasy and leaves a mark, I don’t want people to think I’m irresponsible or something. Another indication that she’s got her dad’s lazy gene is when she is lying down on the floor playing she doesn’t want to go after anything. She just half-ass waves her arms, stares at the object and grunts. If we don’t help her get to the toy then she whines, cries or channels her focus onto something else. Maybe she’s just working on harnessing the force. If that’s the case it’s not strong with her. She’s actually getting close to crawling. She can get up on her knees, but when she then tries to get up on her hands and straighten her arms, her legs slide back out from under her. Then she scoots her legs back up and her arms fail. Coordination just isn’t quite there. Thinking it will be in another month or two.

A couple of teeth are coming in. That’s a delight. I have to imagine that to her it’s confusing and concerning. All of a sudden there’s these hard, rigid nubs coming out of her lower gums and they hurt like hell. She’s constantly feeling them with her tongue, kind of resembles a toothless old man gumming a pretzel or dog who can’t get the peanut butter off its chin. Really nice descriptions of my precious baby daughter huh? Orajel seems to work wonders, but half the time I get it on her tongue and lips and she drools like crazy. Tried some Hyland’s teething tablets, but I don’t think she’s ready for those yet. They are supposed to dissolve under her tongue. Good luck getting anything to stay under a 6 month old’s numb, slobbery tongue. We’re slowly figuring out the magic combination of solutions, which includes teething toys, cold wet cloth, Tylenol, Orajel, teething tablets and when all else fails, rubbing her gums/teeth with her fingers or ours. It’s all trial and error, and her preferences change daily.

Some other quick things. She’s starting to eat real food. So far it’s mainly just been oatmeal and rice cereal. Tried sweet potatoes for the first time, OK at first, but not a big fan just yet. Once she’s had some real food I’m sure I’ll have something to say about that. No words yet, just lots of babbling and moaning. Working on “da-da” and “ma-ma.” And “dammit you suck A-Rod.” We’ll have that down by mid-summer I think. She’s growing like crazy, over 17 lbs and into 9 month clothing. Hair is starting to come in, pretty thin and light though. Very “Hammer-ish”. And her eyes look like they’re going to be brown like her daddy’s or greenish-brown like mommy’s. I keep hearing she looks like me and my standard response is “poor kid’…I think she looks like Sam too though. Hard to tell just yet, but there’s still hope!

That”s all for now, happy new year everyone!

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December 30, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Observations and musings, Updates.

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