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Discovering Her Sense of Humor

Posted by GFunkified
on Oct. 8, 2014 at 3:34 PM
Discovering Her Sense of Humor
Oh, my sweet girl, so many things used to make you laugh. I can try all day to elicit a giggle or guffaw out of you, but now that you know what you think is funny, you don't give it up so easily. I used to be able to make a silly face or surprise you with a funny noise and you would laugh and laugh and laugh. It was so easy to do! We would laugh together for several minutes, in our own little world together. Strangers had a tougher time, but daddy and grandma and your other favorite people coul ...

Swing To Sleep

Posted by GFunkified
on Oct. 8, 2014 at 3:34 PM
Swing To Sleep
All of my babies were swing babies. That is, they all loved to be in a swing from early on. Of course, I held them as much as I could, especially as newborns and infants, but there came a point where I would have to get up, use the restroom, maybe cook a meal, take care of the older children, and other things like that.The swings we had (we went through two swings for four babies) had mobiles that contained lights and could play music, and a bucket-type seat that the babies could lay in and be ...

Bang the Drum, Baby

Posted by GFunkified
on Oct. 1, 2014 at 11:55 AM
Bang the Drum, Baby
We gather in the kitchen, the two of us, me to cook dinner, her to watch. I gather the tools that I need: a skillet, a spatula, a spoon, some spices and the rest of the ingredients. Then, I gather the tools that she needs: a pot, a pan, and two wooden spoons.We work side by side, making our own music and swaying our shoulders to the beats. I stir the food in the skillet and add extra scrapes on the bottom to join in the musical flourish. She sits on the floor and hits the upside down pan, ...

Happy, Sad, Scared, and Mad

Posted by GFunkified
on Oct. 1, 2014 at 11:55 AM
Happy, Sad, Scared, and Mad
Let's face it....living with a baby is a lot like living with a teenager. They whine when they're tired or hungry, they don't seem to understand or want to listen when you're trying to communicate with them, and the mood swings! Oh, the mood swings.Just like teenagers, babies are emotional creatures. How many times have you had your baby and gotten a visit from someone, like an uncle, or ran into someone on the street, or had a stranger stop you in the grocery store to make a comment about how ...

Bye, Bye!

Posted by GFunkified
on Sep. 24, 2014 at 8:15 AM
Bye, Bye!
I would do it every time I left a place with you, my baby. I would say "bye, bye!" to whomever was staying there, in the house, or in the play room. It was always more directed at you than them, though, in the hopes that you'd catch on and repeat it after me.I would give an exaggerated wave that only a parent with a baby in her arms would find truly socially acceptable, and the person I was waving to would do the same. "Bye, bye, sweet baby! See you next time!" grandma (or a friend, or a ...

The Most Beautiful Sound-A First Laugh

Posted by GFunkified
on Sep. 24, 2014 at 8:15 AM
The Most Beautiful Sound-A First Laugh
I remember it clearly. My daughter was in her bouncy seat, where I had set her right outside of the bathroom door. As a new mom, you always look for the ways to get things done, like take a shower or brush your teeth. I had the bathroom door open, looking at my baby girl sitting in and strapped to her aquarium chair. I would sneak a smile to her every once in a while, because I knew that she was watching what I was doing. And then it happened. While I stood there, cooing at her and talking ...

I Can Crawl

Posted by GFunkified
on Sep. 17, 2014 at 2:45 PM
I Can Crawl
I waited for it for months. I compared my baby to other babies of about the same age, in my head. My baby had been rolling back and forth for weeks, even scooting across the floor to get what he wanted. But he hadn't crawled yet.I had read that some babies don't crawl, that they skip that milestone and go straight to walking. And one of my babies did that. But the others began to crawl like nobody's business. I used to worry about his little knees on the floor, but it never seemed to bother him ...

I Found My Feet!

Posted by GFunkified
on Sep. 17, 2014 at 2:45 PM
I Found My Feet!
When I had each of my babies, it was amazing to me that for the first few months, they were little, swaddled things that demanded time and energy and so much attention. But not the same kind of attention as they would need as they got older, of course: that newborn stage was all about the eating, the sleeping, the rocking, the changing of the diapers. And that was about it.As my babies got a little bit older, they started to show their personalities, but they still weren't mobile. I think that ...

May I Have Your Lovey?

Posted by GFunkified
on Sep. 10, 2014 at 3:49 PM
May I Have Your Lovey?
The nursery was meticulously planned; every detail, accounted for, from the curtains, to the diaper holder, to the fitted sheets and swaddling blankets. Before my baby was even born, I considered every little thing that would go into her room, including a special stuffed animal that would sit in the corner of her crib and (hopefully) become something that she would cherish as she got older, possibly even becoming a Very Important Lovey. Each time I would buckle her into her car seat or her ...

Look At You Sit!

Posted by GFunkified
on Sep. 10, 2014 at 3:49 PM
Look At You Sit!
The first few months of an infant's life are spent lying down. Looking up at the world, or down on the floor during tummy time. So when a baby learns to sit, even assisted at first, she gets an exciting, new perspective.My babies spent some time, before they were able to sit on their own, propped up against pillows or in a special chair or surrounded by cushions. It's one of those tasks that you do as a parent that is a lot of work and not a lot of reward. Your baby won't sit very well, in the ...