Being Micah

June 30, 2008

Piano time

Filed under: baby writes — micahchan @ 11:06 pm

Baby writes:

Mummy and I like to play on the piano just before my bedtime. Here’s a picture of me making some “music”…

Me on the piano

If I get tired of playing, mummy let’s me sit and watch her give a mini recital. She’s pretty good at it too!

mini concert

June 29, 2008

Mirror Image

Filed under: dad writes — micahchan @ 1:15 am

Dad writes:

We recently got one of those mirrors that you install on the back seat of your car so that you can see your baby while driving. It’s a cool little device that’s really simple but works well. It’ll be really helpful for Christina when she needs to drive Micah around without anyone else in the car.

Up till now, whenever we go out to do anything, Christina will usually sit at the back with Micah while I’m up front driving. This means I don’t get to see Micah’s face very much throughout the whole trip, since he is in a rear facing infant car. So I find myself constantly asking Christina lots of questions…

Is he asleep?
Is he okay?
Is he crying?
What’s he doing now?
Is it too hot back there?

Anyway, this new mirror makes it a whole lot easier to know what’s going on. the picture here isn’t that great since I only had my cellphone camera on me. I’ll try to get a picture with a proper camera soon…

mirror

June 26, 2008

Sitting happy

Filed under: dad writes — micahchan @ 12:38 am

Dad writes:

Micah’s been pretty good when left on his own these days. Today he sat happily on his own in his little high chair while we got dinner ready. You can see mum cooking in the background… 

Micah sits on his own

Micah has a bib on to keep his clothes from getting soaked with drool. He’s not actually eating solids yet, although he looks big enough to try. He’ll soon be having dinner with us, but for now, he seems content to watch while we eat.

June 25, 2008

Thank you Mum and Dad

Filed under: dad writes — micahchan @ 1:35 am

Dad writes:

It’s been a few weeks now since my parents left. They were here for about a month to see their newborn grandson and to help us out around the house. My mum did a lot of cooking and cleaning, while my dad was always happy to hold Micah while his weary, sleep-deprived parents got some well deserved sleep.

When the weather was good, Micah got to go out for walks with his grandparents which was fun for everyone. Apparently, one afternoon, Mum and Dad brought him over to one of the many playgrounds near where we live. Micah’s actually too small to really fit into any of the slides or swings, although that didn’t stop my parents from trying.

On a swing with Grandad

On a swing with Grandma

Mum and dad got to do some sight seeing and traveling as well when they were here, so it wasn’t all work. They did say that the big reason for them coming over was to see Micah, and everything else they got to do was sort of a bonus.

We were sad to see them leave, but happy that they enjoyed their short stay with us. Thanks for visiting us and we hope to have you over again very soon!

June 24, 2008

Micah talks

Filed under: baby writes — micahchan @ 12:00 pm

Baby writes:

I can be real talkative somedays…

June 23, 2008

Our Weekend

Filed under: dad writes — micahchan @ 1:58 am

Dad writes:

It’s the end of a very busy week for me, so I was looking forward to a relaxing weekend with Christina and Micah. It’s probably just as much work taking care of a baby as it is designing web sites (sort of what I do at work). Still, it’s nice to have a change of pace. I tried to keep Micah occupied most of Saturday so that Christina could have most of the day “off”. I think she appreciated that, although I was pretty tired by the end of the day. It’s humbling to think that she does this all day, all week.

We went grocery shopping in the evening and Micah seemed to really enjoy the while trip. He usually gets really tired and upset on the way home, but this time he was quiet and content all the way. Bringing up the groceries to our second floor apartment unit, with a baby in a car seat is sort of tricky, so we ended up going two rounds up and down the stairs.

On Sunday we walked over to the Custer street fair which is just a few blocks away from where we are. The weather was really nice when we were out. Nica and sunny but not too hot. The Custer street fair is one of several art fairs that go on during the summer in Evanston. They also have lots of food and music, as well as plenty of very interesting arts and craft for sale. Micah slept in his stroller most of the time (despite the loud crowds and music) but I think he liked being outside, even though he didn’t see very much.  

As soon as we got home, it started to rain which strangely enough, turned into hail for a little bit. Not the kind of weather you’d expect in the summer, although around here, the weather always does crazy things. We could hear the little bits of ice bouncing off the window outside. We were pretty glad to be home before the weather turned bad. 

 

Hail

All in all, a pretty nice weekend.

June 22, 2008

A bag of tricks

Filed under: dad writes — micahchan @ 9:00 am

Dad writes:

Sleep training has been going pretty well so far. Micah sleeps pretty well at night but is still kind of hard to handle in the day. Typically what happens is that he’ll nurse in mummy’s arms, or I’ll rock him to sleep in my arms. Either way, he falls asleep while being held. As soon as we try to put him down in his crib, he’ll wake up, cry, and we’ll have to pick him back up again to get him to sleep.

Recently we’ve been so tired in the day (especially Christina, since she gets so much less sleep than I do), that we’ve resorted to figuring out ways to trick Micah into thinking that he’s asleep in our arms. Christina actually figured out that with the right arrangements of pillows and blankets, Micah doesn’t know any better. 

sleepyhead

He still sleeps pretty well on his back at night. I figure as long as someone is around to keep an eye on him during the day, he can nap whatever way he wants. Like any good parent, I’m guessing we’ll probably accumulate a bunch of tricks like this that we’ll be able to pull out the bag whenever we need to. I recall a conversation I recently had with another married couple that we’re good friends with. They had this idea that instead of trying to force their kids to eat their greens, they were just going to pretend that vegetables were a rare treat, like ice cream or candy or something. I wonder if that will really work…

June 21, 2008

Some interesting pictures of me

Filed under: baby writes — micahchan @ 1:03 am

Baby writes:

Thought I’d share some fun pictures with everyone. Here’s a couple of me sitting in a chair (that’s way too big for me) with Spencer bear, who comes all the way from the UK, a gift from our friends Graham and Kris.

Me in a chair

Me looking at Spencer

 

Here’s another with me having some tummy time. I’m getting pretty good at holding my head up all by myself. Yay…

Me holding my head up

 

June 10, 2008

Sleep Training

Filed under: dad writes — micahchan @ 12:48 am

Dad writes:

We recently started sleep training, which has been quite an experience. Our pediatrician’s instructions were pretty brief but clear. Put Micah down in his crib, on his back, un-swaddled, drowsy but not yet asleep. We determined the best time to do this is around 9 or 10pm, after his last feeding. We’re suppose to leave him in his crib and to let him cry it out for 15 minutes, at which point we can pick him up, calm him, and then quickly put him down again. We’re then suppose to let him cry for 10 minutes before going back in to calm Micah down again, followed by 5 minute intervals of crying until he goes to sleep.

The very first night was sort of strange. Micah went to sleep without any fuss whatsoever. Unfortunately the second and third nights were much more difficult. We couldn’t really figure out why, but Micah cried his lungs out, eventually falling asleep only after about 45 minutes. It was really upsetting to have to see him so sad. He has little baby tears streaming down his chubby cheeks and his voice was horse from all that yelling. The only other time he’s ever cried that hard was when he got his immunization shots. Sigh…

Yesterday and today we saw huge improvements. Micah went to sleep all on his own, whining only a little at the beginning. It’s nice to be able to have him sleep while we take care of stuff. Looks like he’ll eventually learn to put himself to bed without any help from us, which is a small but reassuring indication that he’s growing up. 

I wonder if I’ll miss rocking him to bed though. He’s does look all cute and cuddly when he’s sound asleep in your arms.

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