So we've been dealing with the oh-so-pleasant effects of Caleb's first cold. It started as a few little boogers to suck out with the bulby thing (officially called a nasal aspirator). It didn't go away so we took a trip to the doctor to find out that, indeed, it was just a cold and there's nothing we can do but let it run it's course. Evidently "run it's course" for a baby means being fussier than usual and not sleeping soundly for more than 3 hours at a time- gotta love it. By the way, Caleb weighed in at an impressive 16 pounds at the doctor's office on Thursday- WHEW! Caleb used to love his changing pad and would laugh and chat his way through a diaper change. Then we started giving him his super-stinky vitamin drops while he was on it. And, since the addition of this cold, now give him nasal saline drops, triaminic cold medicine, and try repeatedly to suck snot out with the aforementioned aspirator. He starts yelling the second you set him down on it now. On the upside, Caleb and I have had some sweet snuggling/sleeping time together when he wakes up congested at 3 a.m. and can go back to sleep more easily when he's upright on my shoulder in the rocker. There have been several times that we've both passed out until Aaron comes in to check on us.
As you can tell from the Week 12 picture at the top of the page, Caleb is really enjoying his stretching these days. It lasts for several minutes, especially if he's been asleep for quite awhile. What makes it really entertaining are the funny faces he makes along with the stretches AND the funny noises that come out the other end. Don't know what it is about stretching that gets him tootin' but, seriously, watch out! Here's a picture of Caleb enjoying some time on his activity gym. Not too interested in playing with all the toys dangling in front of him- just stretching away.
The chair continues to be a big help to us and big fun for Caleb. I wrote last week about Caleb really noticing the dogs for the first time as he sat in the chair on the kitchen floor. Well, now the dogs are definitely noticing that he's on their level. Aaron said I could get in trouble for child abuse for letting the dogs lick him for the sake of a cute picture, but I am sure they will have many more close (and gross) encounters in the future.
This week, my sister turned the big 2-4!! We celebrated last weekend when she was in town but Caleb wanted to give a special birthday shout out to his Aunt Mo! He also says thanks for being such a good babysitter last weekend. Here's a pic of Morgan and Caleb on his first day.
Although we are working on the grasping skills, they aren't quite there yet so I picked up these wrist rattles at a recent trip to Babies R Us. They are supposed to catch his eye and help him practice tracking objects back and forth across his field of vision. I am sure they will serve that purpose at some point but for now, they are acting as great chew toys/slobber catchers.
And finally, this picture just cracks me up. It should have a caption that reads, "Twelve weeks already?!? Yikes!!"
Have a great week!