at my last dr appointment- during the echo
Some of Blaise's current favorites include reading books, especially those that have pop-up window things on the inside pages that he call pull up and look under. He loves to play peek a boo! He finds it hilarious and will giggle non stop. He's got a great belly laugh! He loves his Johnny Jumper, and because of this also loves standing all the time now. He's rather stand than sit! We are still working on crawling, but he's got a really good stretch down, and can lift up his rear and creep. Bath's are also lots of fun, as the splashing has hit an all-time high! He is still teething like crazy- I wish those darn things would hurry up and come in! For about the past month, he has done terrible at sleeping. Terrible. It's not unusal to get up about 6 times in the middle of the night to give him his pacifer back. Usually that will do the trick, but he will be up again a short time later. We've tried almost every tip we can think of. This weekend he did really good and slept until 5 one night, and 4:30 the other. Last night he was back to his same game, so hopefully tonight goes better.
Grandma Peg has had a small break from babysitting and Blaise and I spent quite a bit of time the last two-three weeks staying at my parents in Treynor while Grandma Donna babysat. It was quite a bit of fun. We would also like to thank all of our other friends who've helped out with babysitting! The flu has been doing around quite a bit in Oakland, so we are taking all precations. I've even started changing my clothes when I got home from work before picking up Blaise to hopefully keep him healthy.
One Christmas tradition we are hoping to start is taking Blaise to see Santa Clause. We aren't able to take him to see a regular mall Santa, or any other Santa because of there being too many kids and risks for sickness. We think we might see if someone has a Santa costume Grandpa Craig could maybe wear and Blaise could go visit Santa that way. There are so many times where Blaise seems completely normal, and so many times we are reminded how incredibly diffrent our situation is. I daydream and imagine what it would be like to be a normal parent, who takes their baby to the grocery store, or maybe even to run to the mall to do shopping. I honestly don't know what to do with a baby in public. I suppose next spring we will find out in a hurry!
Tonight, Mike, Blaise and I ran to a small western store near Oakland. We were the only people in there, so we brought Blaise in with us. He was soooooooo excited. He was so wound up, screaming and talking and waving his hands. I'm sure he was amazed with all there was to see!!! I feel so bad that he lives such a sheltered life and doesn't know a world beyond our home.
We will continue loving each moment of this Christmas!