Monday, March 31, 2014

Green Eggs and... Milk?

This morning I read Green Eggs and Ham to Quin. He didn't seem very interested but I really enjoyed it. I thought he was hungry after we finished the story, so I tried to get him to eat. He was having a hard time latching on, so I said "Would you, could you, on my lap? Would you, could you, milk on tap?" "Will you eat it on a couch? Will you eat it in a slouch?"
I love being mommy.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Quin is Quite a Baby

This morning when Quin woke up I was still really tired and grumpy. I looked down at him and he smiled up at me! Which made me smile and feel a lot better about being woken up early.
He likes having his face and hair touched. After feeding him early this morning I could tell he was tired but not quite asleep yet. I gently stroked his face and it made him fall asleep.
Quin's favorite letter in the alphabet is W. When I run out of things to say to him I slowly recite the alphabet. He seems to like it. He has such a long attention span! I'm pretty sure it's longer than mine. He is perfectly happy to just stare at your face for hours.
He just started reaching for things and that has been pretty fun. He likes to grab on to the edge of his blanket and hold it.
His favorite music is techno. No, seriously. I think the heavy beat reminds him of my heart beat. When he is upset in the car it can sometimes calm him down and even put him to sleep! I discovered this by accident while listening to a song by the White Stripes.
Yesterday Michael and I took turns holding Quin while we played Uno and Spot it. Every game the person with him on their lap won! He's a good luck charm.

My Mother's Laugh

I have missed my parents a lot more than I thought possible since they moved to the east coast. Luckily there is always Sunday. It's the day I usually talk to my parents and occasionally we video chat so they can see their grandson. Today as I talked to my dad, I heard my mom laugh in the background. I was instantly, unexpectedly filled with warmth inside. I could feel her soft hugs and smell her unique scent. Her laugh is the sound I crave the most. To make my mom laugh would mean I had something really special to do or say. It is the sound of approval. The most beautiful sound in the world. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

My favorite things

I'm mostly writing this post for me so I can look back on my favorite memories of Quin when he's older. 

Quin loves diapers changes. He cries when they are over.
He likes smiling back at us and babbling. Sometimes he searches for our faces and engages us when he finds them.
He loves playing with daddy and snuggling with mommy.
He enjoys being in the swing. He really likes the bird and butterflies that move above him and tracks them with his eyes.
Quin is usually very alert when he is awake and enjoys looking around at stuff.
When he's in bed he always wriggles his arms and sometimes his feet out of the blanket. He likes to be free.

Quin is incredibly mellow. When he does start to cry he has a really funny squack and he's developing a really adorable pouty lip. 

He doesn't like pacifiers but really enjoys sucking on his knuckles and fingers (but not his thumb). He is pretty good at self soothing that way.

He recently discoveres his hands and feet. He will hold his fist up to his face and move it closer and farther as he studdies it. He also really likes to watch as he slowly kicks his foot out and brings it back in. 

His personality switches between each of the seven dwarves and he has recently started acting bashful. Today I held him in front of a mirror and said "look, it's mommy and Quin!" He gave himself a nervous smile and quickly buried his face in my chest. So cute.

More Quinticisms

Quin has discovered he can suck his thumb. What he hasn't figured out it is what to do with the other fingers, so he pokes himself in the eye.

It makes Quin smile and almost laugh when we stick out our tongues or blow raspberries at him. Michael was sticking his tongue out while changing a diaper and Quin reached up and grabbed it! He is just barely learning to reach out and grab things.

Quin stopped babbling for a little bit while he was discovering his hands and learning how to blow bubbles. This made me very nervous and I was determined to hear him babble again. Every time he makes a noise while I am reading a book or looking at something besides him, I try to look at him and imitate his sound. He has started making a lot more sounds. I can hardly keep up sometimes!

I love it when he gets excited. He will start moving his limbs wildly and breathes faster for a few seconds. It happens at random intervals and I love it.

Today while Michael was holding Quin, Michael had a really loud sneeze that scared Quin and made him cry. But he was already being held so Michael was able to calm him down pretty fast.