Wednesday, December 02, 2009
its beginning to feel a lot like christmas
just in case you were wondering.....23 more sleeps until christmas!
i took samuel in for his 6 month checkup today. its funny how, since we found out he was a boy, i've been expecting him to be just like his brother in so many ways. i had read in tristan's baby journal that he was wearing 12 month clothing by 7 months. puzzled by the fact that samuel seemed pretty comfy in his 6 month clothing, i took out a 9 month outfit from his closet today and dressed him in it, wondering why it looked so darn big. and i could never figure out why all the adorable little hats that his big brother's head never fit into would continually slide down over samuel's eyes. so he was weighed and measured and i guess i shouldn't have been so surprised to hear that he is 17lbs 2oz, which is in the 40th percentile for weight. his height is in the 60th percentile and his head circumference is in the 25th. my first thought was "oh no, something is terribly wrong with my little iddy biddy boy!" until i realized that he is absolutely perfectly average. its his brother who was NOT average, always pushing the 95th or 100th percentile in every category. samuel took his shots like a pro and conked out once we got home for a lovely 3 hour nap.
as i wrote in the last post, tristan is feeling so much better, but we found out that day that the ear infection has not completely cleared up. because he's been on something like 4 different antibiotics, he now needs to go see an ear/nose/throat specialist on friday. i'm praying he won't need tubes or anything like that. i've already talked to my chiropractor who told me he'd like to work on him before anything drastic like surgery takes place. i just don't understand how an infection could be so resiliant when he's only had 1 other ear infection in his life! i've had a couple of people mention the need for him to get more probiotics after being on antibiotics for so long. the only food i know of that contains probiotics is yogurt. does anyone else out there know of other ways he can get more of those?
i bought some christmas oranges the other day (known down here as "clementines") and tristan and i have been gobbling them down like its going out of style. after eating his second orange in a row the other day, he told me, "i eat orange wots and wots and wots and it goin' in my tummy, see?" and he proceeded to pull up his shirt so i can see his belly button. i asked him where the orange goes after its been in his tummy. he didn't hesitate for a moment before saying, "my wegs." and where does it go after that? "ummmm....my chin."
yesterday being december 1st and all, i hauled all the christmas decorations from the garage and spent nearly the entire day setting them all out. if i wouldn't have had any kids at home, it probably would have taken me 30 minutes flat. but i had a very curious little boy re-arranging all of my nativites (he likes to have all of the animals circling the manger as if they're eating the hay from right under poor baby Jesus) and a very fussy little baby who would only stop uttering annoying sounds if he was glued to my hip. so it took me all day, but i am quite pleased with the results. and this year a brand new nativity was added to our collection, thanks to grammie & grandad.
as you can see, these animals actually have their very own manger of hay to munch on, which thrills tristan to no end. i LOVE this little set. when you push the angel down, the star lights up and plays a very non-annoying portion of "silent night". its so funny how this will be tristan's 3rd christmas, but its still all new to him because he can't remember anything from the previous years! i'm finally feeling like the season is really starting and i can't wait to start making peanut brittle and wrap up some christmas presents. i've got a continuous lineup of christmas movies on request at the library and i was so sad to have to return "a charlie brown christmas" yesterday. the whole soundtrack to that movie brings back such great christmas memories for me. right now we've got "alabaster's song" and "the crippled lamb" out and tristan and i watched them for the first time tonight. it was so cute to see his face when all of the angels appeared in the sky and sang to the shepherds. then, when baby Jesus was born, his little hand found mine and held it until the end of the movie. gosh, i love that kid.