Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Twitter Blocked and Protests

So here it is the first time I feel I am the recipient of censorship. Twitter is blocked in Egypt due to public protests. While I don't tweet that often, I have recently been playing around on Twitter again. I go to sign in today and sure enough no access.

Then yesterday alot of protests in Cairo and Alexandria. We didn't even know until we had CNN on. Where we live is far from dowtown and we also don't watch much local tv.

Super S was actually on his way to Alexandria this morning for business and decided he should delay trip until we know if roads are clear/open or not due to protests.

I have not heard from my Mother yet but know she is worried. Even though all this does not directly affect us, she will worry nonetheless. I'm sure I'll get an email today LOL.

You know our mornings are amazing. Superbaby always wakes up smiling and laughing, what else do we need? Not a thing man, not a thing.

Lets hope this crazy world gone mad improves someday soon.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

13 weeks, 2 days- Flamenco and baldness

When Superbaby is really fussy, we've found THE perfect solution to soothe him... FLAMENCO music! This is of course after I determine he is not fussy for a reason, like wanting to eat or be changed.

We carry him and dance with him in front of the ipod docked in our Bose speakers and its pure magic. He loves it! He quiets down, even falls asleep many times. He smiles and laughs and I know he loves it. He is going to be just like his Daddy loving Flamenco guitar. Super S even plays guitar for him while he lays on the bed, he just watches his fingers moving and is really engaged. Its so cute man!

Superbaby is almost bald. He wasn't born with a head full of hair to begin with, but now it is all going away and where to I couldn't tell you. I read this is completely normal, I think its kinda cute actually. Cute now that is, so it will grow back in right? When?

His eyelashes are so long and very light in color, I think he is going to have blondish or at least light brown hair. He is so beautiful and I am so thankful each and every day for this little miracle of mine.

Around 6 months (April for us) is when you should start introducing pureed "real food" right? Can you tell me the best way to start this. I will do some reading of course and know the basics I guess, but I always like to ask my experts. My Mom said when he shows interest its okay to start. What about giving him water? Breastmilk is all he needs now, right? But when do you give him water and how much, how often?

Other than that life is good. So good. Its still so surreal, not a day passes where we don't say to each other "look at our son", we really are THE happiest parents in the world.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

11 weeks, 5 days

* In case you saw the post title as originally 10 weeks, 5 days yesterday- I edited today as Superbaby is 11 weeks not 10 weeks oops!

This is a LONG update, have fun....

We still haven't got Superbaby's one last immunization he needs. As you read in my last post, we went to Pediatrician to get it, but it was too long of a wait. Why not make an appointment you ask, welll they don't take appointments for just a shot.

To be fair though, we have not chosen his permanent Pediatrician yet, we just tried to walk-in to three different ones here where we live and they were all so busy.  Then someone recommmended a government office where they immunize babies, I was skeptical but called a friend of mine and she assured me the office I told her we were going to visit was very clean, a new building and she had heard good things about it. So Super S called them, they told him they work from 8am to 5pm. Off we went...

Got there and they told us they only do immunizations two days a week and for a few hours int the morning, LOL. Oh well.

I started wrtiting this post a few days ago and since then we went here where we live again and Superbaby finally got his BCG vaccine. The doctor said in 3-5 weeks a scar will appear. He was really fussy afterwards so we came home, I fed and changed him and he went right to sleep poor little guy. But I am relieved he got it.

It is still so surreal to have Superbaby- just beyond words that he is here. I look at him in amazement every day and so thankful that he came. I know the rest of our lives Super S and I will look at him this way. A true blessing in every single way.

So some fun stuff...

Superbaby is using his hands, alot. He is grabbing my hands and holding onto my fingers. He touches his own hands and crosses them together over his chest, its so cute. I am waiting for him to see his hands and play with them, I bet this will happen soon.

He is talking alot. Ok, not really talking but making alot of sounds when we talk to him. We have been talking to him daily since he was born. There is never a quiet moment, when he is in his carseat, stroller or bouncer I always talk to him about everything. How he got here, what I'm making for dinner, when we shop I ask his opinion. I know he doesn't understand me, but I think the talking is good for him.

He has been smiling and laughing since he was 7 weeks. Even more frequent now and it is THE cutest thing ever. When he wakes up, he wakes up so happy and smiles and makes faces at us, he sure seems to be a happy boy. He is super active, always kicking his legs and moving his arms, kind of like he is running. He gets very excited when we talk to him and I always ask him what marathon he is going to run in.

Last Friday on his 10 week birthday I started making videos. Every Friday we take a 5 minute video of him on the bed while we talk to him. We will continue this until he gets older. It will be fun to look back at how he grew and also so cool to share with him when he's older.

I never in a million years thought I'd try these, but I got Yo.ur Bab.y DVDs. I plan to start letting Superbaby watch them soon. I know its early at just about 3 months but he seems to love the movement and sound from the TV so why not? Anyone ever tried these? I still kinda laugh at myself for getting them, but hey Superbaby will be a genius so I thought why not help him along lol! We'll see you never know... The DVD's  kind of remind me of what my Dad said about reading...

My Dad recently retired from teaching. He had a little girl in Kindergarten who was reading on an unbelievable 8th grade level. He talked to her Mother and asked what she had done at home, a surprising nothing she told him. But she did mention that she let her daughter watch televeision with closed captioning on. Bingo my Dad said. He is firm believer in sight and hearing to learn to read and these DVD's use this method. I'll let you know later down the road how they work out.

Healthwise Superbaby is great. He has some tough nights sometimes though and I think it is a combination of colic or gas and maybe some reflux? No doctor has diagnosed this yet, but due to some online reading and his crying and hearing him swallow, he may have a touch of reflux, I think. It does not happen everyday, but when it does he cries, his face gets red and I think he is in pain. He eats fine though, no throwing up so I am just not sure. We plan to take him to a doctor soon just to be sure. He does pass alot of gas though and cries sometimes like it hurts him, normal? I think so. I do give him Gripe Water and occasionally Mylicon Drops and they seem to help alittle bit. I also keep him upright after breastfeeding for 30 minutes and that has seemed to help too. So alittle relief, but poor guy I feel so bad because I just hate to see him uncomfortable.

He is sleeping at night awesome now. Waking up once about 4am or so and thats it. We do sleep late, like midnight, but he naps so much during the day so I know he is getting the sleep he needs. He is cosleeping with us in our bed, he seems to sleep so well and we love it. I know alot of people are against this, but it works for us and we make it safe, using a cosleeper bed for him. I plan to transition him to the bassinet in the Pack N Play in our room in a few months and then to his crib in his room later.

We pick Superbaby up all the time. I mean he cries, we are right there man. We realize what we are in for and are ok with this. You may think we're nuts but 12 years we waited for him, we are so not letting him cry it out.

So thats it for now. Again I will try not to lapse so much in between posts. If you made it all the way down here thanks and hope it was good for you. Anyway hope all is good where you are and I plan to start blog reading again, just so busy right now.