Sorry I haven’t been writing much recently. I have been busy trying to gather all the documentation necessary to register Baby C as a US citizen…surely sometime soon the burden of proving that I have lived in the US for five years by tracking down tax forms from 2001 will shift and the onus will lie with the government…can’t they just type my name in a computer and see what I have been up to in terms of paying taxes and traveling? And the thing that really gets me is that if I have another child while living abroad I will have to go through the same process all over again! I won’t be able to just say hey government, remember me, I had another kid. And Australia isn’t much better. Why you have submit the government issued birth certificate back to the government is beyond me. Anyway, hopefully now Baby C’s citizenship is all sorted. And of course I was busy preparing for our Halloween party! I think we really wowed our guests with our “brain” dip, our banana “ghosts” and of course our “eyeballs” of skinned grapes! And Baby C had two costumes…first a bear and then an American tourist!
Anyway, back to blogging!
I can’t believe that we are coming up to the end of five months. I know I am going to sound like a broken record every month saying I can’t believe that another month has passed…but time has just been going by so quickly!
So what has the fifth month held?
First Baby C now loves to be out and about. I think in the past mothers and babies stayed at home for the first three months or so. But in this day and age you feel the pressure and the desire to be out and about really from day one! The pressure comes in the form of things like mothers groups and Kindyroo and swimming lessons and Rhyme Time…so many baby activities and in order to have a well rounded baby who grows up into a well adjusted toddler and then a well educated teen surely you need to do them all! And then our generation isn’t good at being told not to do things or to wait to do things so if you are wanting to meet a friend for coffee…off you go…baby in tow! However I think we could learn a thing or two from our elders because sometimes when you have a little baby you just need to stay home. Baby C and I started off by packing our weeks full of activities. I would put him in my carrier and we would head off to the city, we met with our mothers group, we went to Kindyroo…plus on top of the social activities and the ones to foster Baby C’s development there were of course all the mundane activities like GP appointments and trips to Medicare. Anyway, it all got to be too much and so I started limiting our outings to two mornings a week. The other three days we would stay home and work on getting Baby C onto some sort of routine. And the weekends didn’t count. Our two day a week rule worked wonderfully. We got to fit in plenty of action for Baby C and plenty of coffee dates for me! But now that Baby C is on a more structured feeding and eating schedule I find that it is great from him…and me…to be out just about every morning. We do swimming lessons on Wednesdays, rhyme time on Thursdays, use one of the other mornings for coffee catch ups, another morning for administrative errands…and still get one day at home just the two of us! And Baby C loves being out and about. He takes everything in and interacts with everyone. And he comes home hungry and tired… ready to have lunch and take nap!
Speaking of lunch, Baby C has also gotten much better at eating. Mostly I mean the physical process of eating. But he has also increased the amount that he eats and the variety that he eats. Baby C used to get food everywhere. He would grab the spoon and try to jam it into his mouth and in doing so would end up with puree up his nose, in his hair, his ears, his eyes, all over his high chair. And he would talk…or baby gurgle…with his mouth full. And his elbows were always on the table! He didn’t equate purees with filling up his stomach…when he was hungry he wanted boobs. But now when he is hungry he is happy to chow down on purees…and he can put down a lot of puree! In addition to the rice cereal and purees we have been experimenting with porridge, applesauce and cottage cheese.
At almost six months, Baby C is just a delight. At the moment he is sitting, playing with his feet, discovering Puppy S, trying to figure out how to crawl and just about anything and everything makes him smile!