Another week goes by in the blink of an eye! Let’s see if I can remember all the things that have happened this last week.
On Friday, he had 3 really nasty blisters appear at the top of his thigh (likely from the diaper rubbing). One of them was a nasty dark red, so I took him to the clinic to have them checked. No worries, doc said, just use different diapers for a few days and they should clear up (and they did). She also noticed that he had a cough, so she checked his ears and throat and found that his right ear was slightly red. Happily, antibiotics are not prescribed as often as they used to be, so she said to just watch him to ensure it didn’t get any worse. He hadn’t been showing any signs of discomfort, and still isn’t, so it must have cleared up.
Patrick’s parents came to visit for Thanksgiving (Mum was visiting my sister) and we had a scrumptious ham dinner on Saturday night.
Sunday morning started with a bang! An even bigger one than normal. I woke to a loud thud, followed instantly by a baby’s shocked scream. Leaping out of bed, I found Nicholas on the floor (can’t remember if he was face up or face down). Patrick wasn’t in the bed with us, so Nicholas had squirmed his way over to the edge of the bed (likely in his sleep) and toppled over – about 2.5 feet to the floor. Gotta say I was some upset! This is something I’ve always been afraid of, but Patrick doesn’t like to move him back to the crib because it usually wakes him up. He has come into bed with us in the middle of the night to nurse and stayed with us until we got up. We’ll have to change this pattern now, because this morning he fell off again, but with both of us in the bed this time (he went off the bottom end). Not as much of a scream this time, because he mostly fell on the basket of laundry – thank goodness for disorganization!
On Monday, while Patrick was working, I took Danika and Nicholas to the aquarium with Mathias and his parents. We had a great time watching the kids get excited about the animals. Nicholas scooted around the play room for an hour while Danika had a nap. On the way home, I noticed that Nicholas had fallen asleep and Danika was holding his little hand – it was so sweet!
Two new signs appeared on Monday – “ow” and “apple”. “Ow” happened completely on its own. I know he’s seen me do the sign, but I have been super consistent with it. We were laying in bed, when I knocked my hand on the dresser and said “ow”. He dropped his toy and put his index fingers together to make the “ow” sign. Very cool indeed! He is a little genius! Apple came at dinnertime when I offered apple for dessert (after a fantastic session of “feed me”, “more”, “please” and “thank you”). He was so excited to do the sign, but he can’t get his hand in quite the right place, so sometimes it’s on top of his head or near his ear (should be on his cheek, near the mouth). I can’t remember when “thank you” entered the picture, but it must be sometime this week.
On Tuesday we went to check out a play area in a mall we hadn’t been to before -Brentwood in Burnaby – it was fantastic! He played happily for just under 2 hours. At one point, he climbed the stairs and sat on his bum down the slide all by himself. I managed to get it on video.
He’s been climbing on all the furniture and almost toppling over the back of the couch – no more leaving the room for a few minutes while he’s in there alone.
As much as I love to be the apple of his eye, I have to admit that I’m looking forward to him learning some words other than “mama”. He’s walking around, pointing to everything in sight, calling it mama. Poor Patrick has to work really hard to get the occasional “dada”.