Month: July 2011

Making dad jealous

This is going to sound like a yo moma joke, but it’s not meant that way.  Baby boy (BB) now has some fat on him and it’s given him the appearance of having some muscular shoulders and I’m jealous!  Yeah he looks like he’s got a couple of cannon balls sitting on his shoulders!  I know it’s vain, but not once have I had a semblance of look like that.

Which I suppose is why I’m trying to get to the gym more often.  We now a have a membership to the local YMCA which is nice.  However yesterday I felt like I shouldn’t be lifting weights because I didn’t have any tattoos.  I really just try and go about my routine and get out (I’m actually looking for some sort of routine right now) of the tattoo boys ways!

I think I said it in a previous post, that one of the reason’s I wanted to work out was so that when BB is old enough that I can play on the field with him. Be that “cool” dad who can be out on the soccer field or whatever.  I’ll admit it’s a struggle at times to get to the gym. In the end I hope it’s going to pay off in my health but also so that I can give BB a good example to follow.


Been to long

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted anything here.  Not excuses really.  Just life getting in the way and letting other things be more important or seem more important.

Baby boy (BB) is doing quite well.  He’s quickly approaching 11 lbs at three months.  Doesn’t sound like much, but from where he was when he was born it’s incredible.  He’s also a lot more interactive.  He will smile at as now when we smile at him and will coo and giggle (not sure if that’s the correct term) when we are playing.  It seems like each day he takes a step forward.  We may not realize it, but he does.

There are a few things that concern us a bit, but we’ve talked to the doctors and they’ve said this is normal.  At night time, if he’s spit up, he spends a bunch of time clearing his throat and grunting.  Luckily this usually happens in early morning (3:30 or 4:30) and one of us, mostly the wonderful wife, will come upstairs and let him sleep on our chest.  He really loves that and it stops him from clearing his throat.

We did go out for a little hike this weekend, which was BB’s first.  He slept while we were hiking!  Nothing to bad, but enough to get out and stretch the legs and see how he did.  Afterwards we had a little picnic and he was awake and looking all around.

We also did take him to Outback for lunch.  I was a bit nervous about it, but he once again slept.  I’ve been in those restaurants where the parents have their child and they are just screaming their head off and the parents are just ignorning it while the whole restaurant is looking at them.  I don’t want to be those parents, but am slowly coming to realize that we’ve got to live our lives too and BB is now a part of that so he needs to be included.

I’m hoping to be a bit more consistent on writing here (this is the third time I’ve said this here by the way!).  It feels good to write!

Babies don’t come with owners manuals!

This is pretty obvious, however you don’t realize it until you have a crying baby on your hands and you just can’t figure out why he’s crying.  You start going down the list.

Has he eaten?  Yeah he only ate 1.5 hours ago.

Does he have a messy diaper. Sort of, so change the diaper.  That calms him for a few minutes and then he’s back to screaming.

Okay now to see if we can soothe him by walking around and doing the baby bounce.  Nope that’s not working either.

Maybe he does need to eat.  Lets see. We stick a pinkie in his mouth and he takes after it like a Piranha.

Okay he’s hungry but the milks in the fridge and needs to be heated up.

Finally we are able to get him the bottle and he drinks it down like he’s never been fed and afterwards he calms down.

I wouldn’t trade it for the world because I know I’ll look back on this and know it was all for good, however I wish he would have came out with an owners manual titled “What to do for me when I’m crabby dad!”.

A webcam for your baby?

I know the title sounds bad but here me out first.  But let me back track a bit.  For someone who works in the technology field I find myself a bit behind at times. For instance I don’t have an iPad or any other tablet/ebook reader. Would I like to have one?  Yes I would.  But do I have the money to just run out and get one on a whim?  Nope (wouldn’t it be nice if we all could?).  And until recently I’ve avoided the webcam stuff.

Now I am webcam enabled…or should I say BB is?  It was lightly “suggested” by my dad, BB’s grandfather, as a way for them to see him when they can’t make it down (basically 9 months of the year). So I relented and got myself a Skype account and ordered a web cam.  After a few blue screens of death (Logitech webcams and Western Digital Smartwise don’t like to play) I got it installed.  And I made my first call to none other than my dad and mom…with BB in hand.  I got to say…it’s awesome!  Clarity is pretty good.  We got an issue or two to work out with audio, but overall it works pretty good.  Really good as a matter of fact.  I can get 720p resolution which is just about as good as it can get without being right there.

Well BB has awoken from his slumber and needs a bit of attention!

2 Month checkup

So baby boy, believe it or not, is 2 months old.  Last Friday M took BB into have his 2 month check up.  Prior to the check up we had a gazillion page document (not really that long, but fairly long) to fill out.  It three things that we had to check in reference to some of their questions.  These were developmental questions.  For instance: Does he smile when you smile at him. BB doesn’t do this now, but I think it’s only a matter of time before he does.  Speaking of smiling.  Last week while I was at work I got this call from M and she was just ecstatic.  She had been out to the mall with BB and while she was putting him back into the car he gave her a big smile!!  Not a gas induced smile but an honest to goodness smile!

Any how the appointment went well, but there were a few things that we learned that I thought I’d pass along.  There are certain things in the development of a premie that you base off of their due date and not their actual born on date.  What those are, I couldn’t tell you right now but we were reassured that he’s doing just fine, we just needed to realized that although he’s 8 weeks old he’s still only 3 to 4 weeks past his due date so he’s got some catching up to do.

He’s weighing in at 8lbs and is 20 inches long. This is from a birth weight of 3lbs 13 ounces and 16.75 inches long.  Everytime I pick him up I think he’s put on some more weight.  He does have the double chin going like most babies!

That’s about all I got for now.  Hope everyone had a great 4th of July and was safe.