Being Micah

August 31, 2008

Some random pictures of Micah

Filed under: dad writes — micahchan @ 7:30 am

Dad writes:

Just thought I’d post some pictures of Micah doing everyday stuff. Here he’s watching his soft toy blocks. I like to stack them up in a pile and let him knock it over.

Micah’s also getting good at focusing on objects, so anything that is loud and colorful will hold his attention for quite a while. One of the first things we noticed when he was first born was that he really likes to look at lights. Every time we walk past a table lamp or a window Micah will stretch his head in the direction of the light. I guess that’s how his his neck muscles got so strong. Nowadays, Micah can move his head in any direction he wants, just like in these next few photos.

Looking right

Looking right

Looking left

Looking left

...and straight ahead

...and straight ahead

August 30, 2008

All by himself

Filed under: dad writes — micahchan @ 1:56 am

Dad writes:

We’ve been consistently giving Micah the bottle at least once a day, usually in the evening when I’m home from work. The first few weeks, Micah was very reluctant to take the bottle and despite our best efforts, he would either push it away, spit out the milk or just refuse to open his mouth.

Recently however, Micah started to be a lot more cooperative about eating from the bottle. One night he gulped down 2 ounces in under 5 minutes… On most nights, he’ll usually finish the whole bottle unless he’s really tired and grumpy.

Although he hasn’t quite mastered it yet, Micah will sometimes take the initiative to hold the bottle all by himself. His hands are still a little wobbly and he can’t really hold on to the bottle for more than a few seconds. However, he does seem to take great pleasure in being able to feed himself though. I managed to catch a somewhat blurry picture of Micah as he was doing just that.

Micah feeds himself

Micah feeds himself

August 25, 2008

Look at my fingers

Filed under: dad writes — micahchan @ 12:47 am

Dad writes:

As mum mentioned in her last post, Micah has been spending a lot of time checking out his hands and fingers. He seems absolutely fascinated by them and will often spend a good 5 or 10 minutes just starring at them. It’s nice that he’s able to entertain himself, even for just a short while. If anything, it definitely gives his parents a little bit of breathing space.

Micah looks at his Fingers

Micah looks at his Fingers

August 21, 2008

5 Months Old

Filed under: mum writes — micahchan @ 1:00 am

Mum writes:

It is hard to believe that our baby is 5 months old! With Micah keeping us occupied all the time, weeks and months seem to whisked by at the blink of an eye.

Since Micah grew out of his infancy and became more responsive, taking care of him has been a much more rewarding experience. We have been constantly amazed by the growing knowledge of what a delightful baby God has blessed us with. Awake, Micah is either calm and peaceful but alert, or bubbly, giggly and all curious. He smiles and coos to mommy a lot, but often roll with laughter when playing with daddy. At the end of a long day, the house may look like we’ve just been visited by an earthquake and dinner may be late; Micah’s cute laughter and cheery demeanor brighten our day and make everything else seems insignificant.

We haven’t quite gotten round to charting every milestones, except making mental notes of Micah’s new discoveries daily. His birthday at 5 months may be a good opportunity to present the list in writing:

1. Discovered his voice and learned how to shriek and yell in excitement

It is fun to find Micah exploring his voice, particularly when he is all cheerful and excited. From time to time, though, we have to tell him in a whisper, “that’s a bit loud, Micah. No need to be too excited, OK”. One Sunday morning after the church service, Micah decided that greeting everyone with his bright smiles and his cute little “dance” in the stroller as usual just weren’t quite enough. To give his excitement its full expression, he needs to be vocal too. Thankfully our friends at church enjoyed his enthusiastic response and found it adorable. Micah definitely felt very well entertained by the positive reactions. Oh well, I guess it is OK for him to be loud in a busy and noisy environment. At some point, we may have to be firm about teaching him to exercise some restraint!

2. Discovered not only his hands, but his fingers too.

Over this past month, whenever we leave Micah alone in bed, in the bouncy seat or on the high chair, he would lift his hand or hands up high so he could inspect those cute little fingers, 5 fingers at a time, or sometimes all 10 at once. Micah has also been experimenting with what he can do with them besides using them to grab mommy’s hair or his toys. One morning, we were woken up by the sound of him scratching the fabric walls of his crib/play yard with his fingernails. This past week, Micah has also found out that by stretching his arm just a little higher, his hand would reach just above the forehead for him to scratch his head! So cute!

3. Picking up his feet with his hands and stuffing a foot in the mouth one at a time.

By far, the most charming tricks of all babies at Micah’s age is “eating the feet”. Micah has quite a strong sense of hand-eye-coordination by now. Leaving him on his back, he would readily pick up his legs, grab them by his hands and send them promptly into his mouth. The best thing is, he can grab his feet, munch on his toes and keep himself entertained for a good 15 to 20 minutes, which leaves mum and dad some time to put away dirty diapers and run a round of laundry.

Micah grabs his feet

Micah grabs his feet

Micah grabs his toes

Micah grabs his toes

Micah pops his feet into his mouth

Micah pops his feet into his mouth

4. “Standing” tall and “sitting” up.

Micah has been able to bear some weight on his legs before he was two months old. His leg muscles have grown much stronger now that he kicks them about all the time. Some say we have a soccer player in the making. We’ll wait and see!

We have been propping Micah up on the high chair way before he had the desire to sit up. Chun Liang and I decided that to be the only way we could have a sit down dinner together, with the baby in full view while we eat. Micah used to just sit back on the high chair looking all relaxed and comfortable. Well, over this past month, he has been wanting to lean forward while seated, as if getting himself ready to sit tall. One day, while I sat in lotus position on the couch chatting with a friend, I had propped Micah up in between my legs and facing my friend. Eager to greet our friend with his sweet smiles and expressive eyes, Micah sat up and looked on amicably for quite a while before tumbling forward. That was quite impressive for his age! Looking out enthusiastically for other children in the playground has also been a great motivation for Micah to straighten his back muscles and sit up by himself. For his excited parents, that’s reaching another new milestone for our baby!

We are so thankful for Micah, for (as someone once put it), making “love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankrolls smaller, homes happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten and the future worth living for”. It has been an extraordinary 153 days of challenges and exhilarating joy for us. As a family, we have also come to experience the Graciousness and Faithfulness of our great and mighty GOD in a brand new way. Happy 5 months old birthday Micah!

August 19, 2008

Back of Micah’s head

Filed under: dad writes — micahchan @ 11:22 pm

Dad writes:

It’s been a busy week back at work for me after taking the whole of last week off, so I haven’t really had time to write much. I have been doing my best to be at home to be with with Micah, regardless of how much work I have to get done. 

I’ve noticed that most of the time that I spend with Micah involves me carrying him, face forward around the house. Sometimes he’ll sit on the counter top or the coffee table with his back to me (like in this picture). All this adds up to me getting to see the back of Micah’s head a lot more than these days, which I think is an interesting perspective to have of your child. He may not know that I’m there, but whenever he starts to wobble or tilt too far off balance, I can quickly reach out a hand to steady him.

Micah looks at an orange, grapefruit and a blue bottle

August 18, 2008

Showered!

Filed under: mum writes — micahchan @ 1:14 am

Mum writes:

We have been on the receiving end of grace and generosity in the form of prayers, personal visits, letters, emails and gifts since before Micah was born. We feel surrounded by our family and friends, even though we live hundreds and thousands of miles away from most of those closest to our hearts. Another parcel came in the mail last week from California. Here’s Micah exploring the new toy auntie Christine Tan got for him.

 

Thanks Aunty Christine!

Thanks Aunty Christine!

Hmm... how does this work?

Hmm... how does this work?

 

August 6, 2008

Lincoln Park Zoo

Filed under: dad writes — micahchan @ 10:29 pm

Dad writes:

We took Micah out to the Lincoln Park Zoo today which is only about a half hour drive away. We weren’t sure if he’d enjoy the zoo or if he’d understand the concept at all, but we thought we might as well try. It was a warm summer afternoon and the zoo was pretty crowded. We counted at least three groups of summer campers enjoying the sights and sounds.

Micah seemed pretty interested in some of the more animated zoo inhabitants, like the monkeys and the seagulls. All the other animals were either napping in the shade or just not moving much. We’ll probably go back when Micah is a little older. For now, it was fun just to be outside enjoying the warm summer days.

Micah looking at a zebra

Micah looking at a zebra

Sleeping Cheetah

Sleeping Cheetah

Micah and Mum

August 2, 2008

Acrobatics

Filed under: baby writes — micahchan @ 9:22 am

Watch, as I attempt to put my foot in my mouth

Left foot

More left foot

Switch over to the right foot

Even lower now

Pretty good huh?

Pretty good huh?

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