Saturday, February 27, 2010

Spring has sprung, the grass is ris

Spring is upon us here in California.  That means the trees are in bloom, the sky is gray, and the Knights are in the park! We were planning to go to Golden Gate Park today to see the tulips blooming, but there was a tsunami warning, and the tulips are in the west side of the park (yards from the ocean).  Instead we went to San Mateo's Central park, where Jared swung in a swing for the first time.  We aren't sure if he noticed.  He was too busy checking out the kids on the other swings.
He also enjoyed making faces at Daddy.
Oh, well.  We'll make a swinging baby out of him yet.  We had better luck with the slide.  Jared went down five times without getting mad once.  He's so nice to humor us.
Mom and Dad were having so much fun that nap time was upon us before we knew it.
Maybe next week we can see the tulips, if it isn't raining.  Happy blustery San Francisco March!

Friday, February 19, 2010

No hair? No problem!

A couple of weeks ago, Jared and I were walking down the hall at church when a three year old walking with her mom behind us said, "Mom! Mom! That baby has NO HAIR!" Three year olds are very good at pointing out the obvious.  Her mom acted embarrassed and shushed her, but I'm not sensitive about it.  It's true.  Jared is now six months old and counting and he still has no hair and no teeth.  Okay, he has a little bit of hair, but it's a very little bit, and it's the same color as his scalp. 

Here's a problem I bet you moms with hairy babies have never encountered: When Jared falls asleep in my arms, he sometimes wakes up when I put him down because his head is stuck to my arm.  

In all seriousness, I think that Jared's baldness is incredibly endearing.  Sometimes I jokingly tell him that it's time to start growing some hair, or point out other babies with lots of hair as an example for him, but there are lots of advantages to hairlessness.  My favorite is the fact that his head is so low maintenance.  I just wash it with a washcloth in the bath along with the rest of him.  No hair means no brushing, no cutting, no special baby shampoos, and no hat hair.  

Jared is very rarely mistaken for a girl (I can see how this could be a disadvantage for bald girl babies).  
When my Uncle Fred came to visit a few weeks ago, he rubbed Jared's head.  He said it felt exactly like a ripe peach.  Could anything be more cuddly and adorable than a baby resembling a ripe peach?
At story time last week, I saw a little boy wearing a t-shirt that said, "No hair? No problem!"  That is exactly how we feel.  Don't worry about offending us, folks.  Who needs hair when you look this good without it?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Has it only been six months?

Jared will be six months old in a few days, so we went to the doctor's office yesterday to get his six month checkup and shots.  This was probably his best doctor visit yet.  He talked up a storm for Dr. Lin, tried mightily to eat the paper on the examination table, and hardly cried at all when he got shots.  On the way home he fell asleep and slept for two hours, which is an uncharacteristically long nap for him.  Jared woke up in a silly mood.
 
 For all of Jared's devoted fans, here is the six month update: he weighs 18 lbs. 8 oz. and is 25.75 inches long.  He is still in the 75th percentile for weight and the 30th percentile for height. 
I can't believe that Jared has only been in our family for six months.  It's getting hard to remember a time when we didn't wake up to him babbling every morning. 

Monday, February 15, 2010

Happy Holiday Weekend!

This weekend, we decided to celebrate Valentine's day, President's day, and our tax return by buying a new toy: a backpack carrier for our growing boy.  Jared is too big to ride comfortably in his front carrier anymore, so it was time for us to upgrade. We decided on the Phil and Ted's Escape, which weighs less than 4.5 lbs when it is empty. So far we really like it. We took it first on a jaunt around the neighborhood.  Jared's eyes were the size of saucers the whole time.
Today we took it on a longer hike on the Purisima Creek Trail. Apparently Jared's new ride is very comfortable. He spent almost two hours of our three hours on the trail like this. . .
. . . and this. . .
. . . and this.
It was a beautiful day to be in the wilderness.  We hiked on this trail in November, but it was much warmer this time.   We are in much better shape.  I think we hiked twice as far this time, and I didn't even get winded until I tried to keep up with Todd's speed hiking.  Everything was green and damp and lovely.
After our hike we had a picnic.  Jared was really happy to get out of the carrier by then, even if he isn't showing it.  
We love days when Todd gets to stay home and play with us.  Happy holidays!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Jared's First Bite

We put it off as long as we could, but we couldn't delay Jared growing up any longer. We had to start feeding him semi-solid food. Since everyone who loves this baby couldn't be here to celebrate this milestone with us, we filmed the big event. Here he is last Thursday (February 4) eating his first bite of rice cereal.
video
I don't blame him for the funny faces. Have you tasted this stuff? Gross! He gets pretty frustrated when he is hungry and we feed him cereal because he can't get food off the spoon as fast as he gets it from the bottle. I can't wait to see how he reacts to more foody foods.
Can you believe that he is growing so fast?