Monday, November 20, 2006

Baby Language

Six weeks have gone by since Micah was born and things are starting to get a little more under control.... finally! I just have to have the mindset that nothing can get done around the house with a newborn. Micah was having trouble gaining weight in the beginning, so we were going to the doctor every week to check his weight. I have been nursing him, but we are also supplementing with formula because I wasn't producing enough. Thankfully he takes both, so it's the best of both worlds. The doctor had wanted me to feed him every two hours, supplement after every feeding as well as pump so that I would produce more milk. I have learned to take what the doctor says and modify it a little so that I can stay sane. That every 2 hour thing was tough because I would just get done with all of it and have to start over right away again. So, we're doing better now, he's getting fed and I'm staying sane... which is important!

Micah is now doing pretty well at holding his head up on his own and he seems to smile sometimes when we talk to him. At this point, though, it's still hard to tell if he's just doing something in his pants or smiling because we're talking to him. :)

I am getting a little couped up since most days are raining and cold now and Micah sometimes seems to need to be fed every hour or so... But there are days when I get out to go for a walk with him in the stroller, or we get to the store, or out to his doctor appointments. Most of the day I'm reading a good book or watching TV. Micah likes to be held a lot. Even if he's sleeping in my arms after a feeding and I try to put him down in his crib or bouncy seat, he seems to cry. I'm learning what his cries mean. I've been learning the secret language of babies... something I learned from Oprah, who's quickly becoming my best friend during these monotonous days of breastfeeding and changing poopies.

A few days ago Oprah had a lady on her show who has studied the language babies use. It was incredible! There are 5 distinct cries a baby will make when they are trying to communicate with us. These cries are only made by babies who are 0-3 months old. Take a look!

Oprah Show about Baby Language

  • Neh="I'm hungry"
  • Owh="I'm sleepy"
  • Heh="I'm experiencing discomfort"
  • Eair="I have lower gas"
  • Eh="I need to burp"
This was timely news for me! Micah really doesn't cry very much, but I can definitely distinguish the "neh" cry when he's hungry. Some of the other ones are a little more difficult to distinguish.

Anyway, we're doing really well so I thought I should finally add some meat to this blog for all you friends who check it out! Thanks for reading and posting a comment.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

More photos

A sweet father-son moment.

Micah's big cousins Jack and Joe along with Aunt Danielle and Uncle Mike came to visit Micah. Both Jack and Joe took turns holding Micah!

Friday, November 03, 2006

Our Little Pumpkin!

Micah and Friends at the Harvest Party!

"I'm all ready to go Mom and Dad!"

Family Portrait at our Church Harvest Party. Good job smiling little man!

Micah's 6 week older friend Drew Atkinson, the Bumblebee

Micah's 3 day younger friend Braden Smee, the cow

Micah's 6 months older friend, Gavin Teodoro, the pouty face dinosaur

Micah having a moment with Cindi Pleau

Time to go home to bed!