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Baby's First Playdate

Posted by christina f
on Dec. 3, 2014 at 1:15 PM
Baby's First Playdate
When my son was about four months old, we decided to start going to a mommy and me music class. And let me tell you, it was the best decision we ever made. At this age, he was just starting to show curiosity in new things. He was really getting a sense of his surroundings - sight, touch, smell, and sound. So, a music class was the perfect place to discover a whole new world of stimulation. Each class started with a bit of social interaction. It was great time for me to interact with th ...

Talking with My Baby

Posted by christina f
on Dec. 3, 2014 at 1:15 PM
Talking with My Baby
When my baby started cooing and grunting at around 2 months, it was like music to my ears - some of the sweetest sounds I had ever heard. The more I listened and observed him do it, the more I wanted to engage him and have him do it some more. I couldn't get enough.I remember spending a whole afternoon, just laying next to my baby as he batted about with toys and kicked in delight. I put my face near his and cooed right along with him. It seemed as if we were singing together. The more I made ...

It's All In the Eyes

Posted by christina f
on Dec. 3, 2014 at 1:15 PM
It's All In the Eyes
There's something about having your baby look at you in the eyes. It's a magical moment. And, the older he gets the longer he can hold his gaze. What is he thinking? What is he feeling? All I know is that felt was love - the biggest boldest love one could ever imagine and one you can only feel if you are a mother yourself.  As he looked at me, I looked at him and wondered so much. Was he going to have his father's eyebrows? What did he think about my face? Did he find it calming? Was h ...

What Are These?

Posted by christina f
on Dec. 3, 2014 at 1:15 PM
What Are These?
Remember when your baby first discovered his or her hands and stared on them for minutes on end. This was by far one of the most entertaining newborn milestones. When my son was about 2 months old, his vision was good enough and his dexterity developed enough to bring his hands into his field of vision. Once he could see his hands, he would stare at them. He'd open them out flat and then close them in to a tiny fist over and over again.You could almost see his brain working. Indeed these appe ...

Dancing, Dancing, Dancing!

Posted by christina f
on Dec. 3, 2014 at 1:15 PM
Dancing, Dancing, Dancing!
We are a very musical family. My husband plays the guitar and piano. I (try) to sing. My dad plays the trumpet. My father in law can pick up any instrument and play it. So, it's no surprise that we constantly have all sorts of music in our rotation. One of our favorite things to do with our baby boy was listen to different records and see which ones he responded to best. We even did this when he was in the womb? His music of choice when I was nine months pregnant? Elvis!Now that he was abou ...

My Feet Are Delicious!

Posted by christina f
on Dec. 3, 2014 at 1:15 PM
My Feet Are Delicious!
I wrote earlier about the time when my baby first discovered his hands. Well, it wasn't long after that, that he discovered his feet.I marveled at his flexibility, as he was able to lift his entire foot into his mouth, or sometimes even both feet at one time. He would really go at them. He loved using his own feet as chewies on his pliable little gums.As a new and hyper aware mom, I began to thing that all this foot sucking might be a bit germy, so I started to put socks on his, even though th ...

Feeding Time

Posted by christina f
on Dec. 3, 2014 at 1:15 PM
Feeding Time
Feeding time was always my favorite time with my newborn. I loved the connection that we felt during that time, and the precious moments we spent together - just the two of us. In just his first few weeks of life, he knew who his parents were. He had memorized our faces just as we had memorized every aspect of his.With each bottle fed, we had our own little routine. We'd go into his nursery and if it was daytime, I'd make sure there was nice fresh air flowing through the room and that just the ...

Who's Your Mama?

Posted by christina f
on Dec. 3, 2014 at 1:15 PM
Who's Your Mama?
I had a feeling that my baby would be familiar with my voice from the moment he popped out of the womb. I'm a talker, always have been and always will be. So, the poor thing was subjected to my constant jabbering for nine months straight. At just a few weeks old, his eyes lit up and his body wiggled when he heard me. But I wondered when he would be able to recognize my face? At about three months, I noticed that he knew my face in particular. He could hold his gaze on me, and even track m ...

Following Me from Room to Room

Posted by christina f
on Dec. 3, 2014 at 1:15 PM
Following Me from Room to Room
In his first stages of life, my baby was able to recognize my voice over all things. If he was in his bassinet in the bedroom and I had walked out into the hallway, I would call out to him and actually hear him respond with a coo or aah. Later on, as his sight developed, I saw that he really sought me out if I was away. For instance, if I had him sitting in his baby swing in the kitchen and I was making dinner and washing dishes, he would follow me with his eyes from one end of the kitchen to ...

Catching That First Smile

Posted by christina f
on Nov. 12, 2014 at 1:53 PM
Catching That First Smile
Seeing your baby smile for the first time is like seeing a mini miracle. You might be sleep deprived, un-showered, and grumpy but the sight of a toothless drooly grin is enough to make any new parent jump for joy. This usually happens right around the six-week mark. After all, you're baby has been memorizing your smiling face since the moment he came out. It's no wonder that he's now mastered copying it.The first time I saw my son smile was when I was changing his diaper on a changing table. I ...
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