19 Weeks: Getting Handsy

July 27, 2011 at 12:19 PM | Posted in Baby Romaezi, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

This week has been all about hand discovery for Kamran. He learned to suck on his hands weeks ago so that is nothing new. He prefers his hands over the pacifier these days. This weekend he tried to suck his fingers instead of his knuckles and gagged himself. Poor kid. I warned him it would hurt and of course, he cried for a second. Being the good mom I am, I laughed.

You know how I mentioned the bath last week where Kamran learned he could grab the wash cloth and put it in his mouth. Yup, that’s his new favorite thing. Wash cloths, burp cloths, toys, my hands. You get the idea. We’ve entered the early stages of if I can grab it, it goes into my mouth phase of life. Kam usually has a burp cloth in his hands at all times these days. It’s kind of cute. When we get out of the tub he pulls the towel over his face and gets upset when I get him dressed and the towel goes away. Sorry kid.

In addition to grabbing things, hands are for staring at…and singing to. He looks like a mini American Idol contestant. Well, except for the fact that he only sings one note and one vowel. He sings “ooooo” as he lifts his right hand in the air and stares at it. The left hand isn’t cool enough to stare at yet. I wonder if that means he will be right handed. I’m a lefty so it would be fun to actually be able to teach Kamran to write instead of leaving it to Kayvan, the righty.

Perhaps the cutest thing Kamran has started doing is laughing. Real laughing. Not giggles, belly laughs. Every time he laughs his real laugh, Kayvan and I without a doubt laugh and it starts laugh wars between the 3 of us. I didn’t really realize Kam’s first laugh until this week. He did it on the 15th. Kayvan and I took him out to dinner. I had him in his car seat and put it down in the booth and he looked at me and just laughed. Kayvan didn’t really hear it but I asked Kamran what was so funny and he laughed a good 3 more times. It became a frequent occurrance this week and I love it. Kam is working on adding some new sounds as well. Little squeals have popped up here and there but not often. They are on their way!

Kam is getting better at sitting up. We still have to support him but he loves to sit up in our laps or in front of us. I was looking back at my baby photos and found one of me sitting unassisted at 5 months. It will be interesting to see where Kamran compares for a few reasons but mainly because he was born early. It will be like that for all of his developmental milestones I suppose.

Kamran and I took a short trip home this weekend to visit my family for my cousin’s baby shower. I have mentioned that Kam isn’t a fan of the car. We have done this trip 3 weekends in a row now. Last weekend Kayvan was with us but the previous he wasn’t. I have to say, of the 3 this trip was the easiest. Well, other than getting stuck at a stand still on 495 on a Saturday. Kam napped so well in the car and when he woke up was pretty quiet but due to eat so I stopped to feed him since he was due to eat. This child will not take a cold bottle and made it known. He SCREAMED his head off. So I nursed him for a few minutes, got back on the road and he was happy as a clam. Lesson learned. Don’t attempt giving Kamran a bottle that is slightly too cold or he will scream. Kamran was good on the way home too. He cried himself to sleep in the car (which I hate) and was silent until 5 minutes before we got home–then screamed the rest of the way. I think Kamran’s good behavior was his way of telling me that he liked the loaner I had for the weekend while my car was in the shop.

I haven’t stopped raving about this thing. Audi loaned me a Q5 for the weekend. They’re back ordered, you can’t even buy them yet. It was fully loaded and I swear the thing FLOATED. I sped a little too easily in it. I love the way Audis drive and this car handled even better than my A4. Kayvan and I agreed that we need a car you can feel the road in when you hit, say, 80 MPH. I won’t be buying a Q5 anytime soon. It is out of our price range for a vehicle, especially when we aren’t looking. Besides. We have a SUV now, and that is plenty big enough. My little sedan is easier to navigate the traffic laden roads with.

Kamran has his 4 month appointment next week. We can’t wait to see how much he has grown!

18 Weeks: Sleeping in the Crib

July 20, 2011 at 1:43 AM | Posted in Baby Romaezi, Uncategorized | 5 Comments

We have a bonafied big boy on our hands! Not only is Kam sleeping through the night, he is doing it in his crib…in his own room! Thinking back to where we were 3 months ago when Kam came home from the NICU, I like where we are now better. I’m not one to wish life away but it is way more FUN to have a baby that sleeps through the night and interacts with you while awake…laughing, singing and cooing.

We tried transitioning Kam to the crib originally by taking him out of the newborn napper and just putting him on the crib wedge in the pack n play. Kam didn’t sleep well that way and the second night he rolled off the wedge scared the poo out of me so I put him back in the napper in the middle of the night. From there, Kayvan and I decided that rather than transition from the napper to the wedge in our room then move to his room, we throw the wedge away and would transition directly to flat in his crib in his room. All last week I said to Kayvan “we’re putting him in the crib Friday.” I said it a lot, mostly to prepare myself.

Friday night we went to dinner at the local Mexican joint because they are always fast. Well, Friday night they were slow and we didn’t even get to place our order until we had been there 30 minutes. I was pissed, kayvan wasn’t happy and Kamran got fussy. Before we knew it, it was well past Kam’s bedtime. When we got home, routine was pretty much out the window and the crib attempt was a mass fail. We vowed that we would stick to schedule and make the crib happen Saturday night. It worked! Kam slept in his crib and through the night…he even slept in until 8! I was up at 6, of course. We’ve been sailing smoothly since Saturday night.

One thing I have to get used to is how much Kam moves on the crib even swaddled. Walking to his room Monday I saw no baby and began to panic. He had scooted all the way down to the bottom corner of his crib and I couldn’t see past the door. He was indeed there, just hiding from momma.

Kamran turned 4 months old on Friday. I have a 4 month old. That is insane. This week he hasn’t needed the pacifier at bed time at all and sleeps all night without it. During the day he is all about munching on his fists and gets the pacifier at daycare. He is learning about texture and using his mouth to explore. Don’t get the washcloth too close to his face or he will suck on it. Tonight in the bath he was clumsy grabbing the washcloth from his chest and pulling it toward his mouth. Same for the towel. I’m sure it will soon be my bath-time battle.

This weekend we went to my dads and Kamran met a few family members for the first time. He met Aunt Vikki, my cousin Crystal and her son Dez. He also got to see his newlywed Uncle Bubba and Auntie Kelly!

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17 Weeks: Daycare

July 13, 2011 at 2:03 AM | Posted in Baby Romaezi, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

I went back to work two weeks ago and Kayvan has been taking care of Kamran since I went back. I’m so glad my men had time to bond. I don’t know how I didn’t realize that Kayvan didn’t have true, intense bonding time with Kamran. Kayvan had the first two weeks off of work but Kam was in the NICU and Kayvan’s time was spent schlepping me back and forth from the NICU…and dealing with my post-surgery pain and post-baby emotions. While home with Kamran, Kayvan learned that staying home with the baby is no easy task and to enjoy Kamran’s happy time because fussy time is sure to follow. Of course, I reminded Kayvan how much Kam has improved from the “no, you cannot put me down” days. He is a totally different baby since his hernia surgery.

Kayvan went back to work this Monday…yesterday, so that means Kam had to start daycare. I’m glad we were able to ease into the transition. Kamran would have been fine either way. But me, I needed to leave him with someone I trusted 135% before I could send him to daycare with people I don’t really know. I’m proud of us. I have yet to shed a tear. Kayvan is the drop off and pick up parent since daycare is at his work. I went on Monday to help carry things in and be there for this very important first. Kamran was in THE BEST mood Monday morning. He woke up with a smile, nursed at 6, went back to sleep, we woke him at 7:30 (man I hate to wake a sleeping baby) and got him to daycare. He smiled, kicked and laughed during every moment of our trip. Even in the car and he hates the car. Of course, clean diapers are for pooping in and Kam did that on our way to daycare. He got changed pretty much as soon as we got there and even that was full of smiles and laughs. Kayvan and I said our farewells for the day and watched the teacher put Kamran in the boppy for a bit. Again, all smiles. He made it so easy for me.

Today was a tad harder. We got access to the daycare cameras and can now check in on Kam during the day. Check in on him I did. I did not like that every stinking time I logged in Kamran was either eating or in the crib. We have asked that Kamran eat then play then sleep…in that order. A request that is not being fulfilled. We have also asked that he be placed upright for 30 minutes after each meal because of his reflux. Another request that is not being fulfilled. Of course, because Kayvan is the pick up/drop off parent, I have to send him to do my bidding. “Hunny, can you ask how tummy time went today and mention he is in the crib too much?” “Hunny, can you please write EAT/PLAY/SLEEP on the drop off form?” My poor husband. I’ll get used to it. It isn’t a huge deal I suppose but I have worked really hard to keep the bottle disassociated from sleeping and I don’t want them screwing all of that hard work up. I also don’t want Kam in the stinkin crib all day and I would rather he not spit all of his last meal up into his hair while laying on his back right after eating. I don’t typically like telling people how to do their job but this is one instance in which I will most certainly make exceptions. After all, I’m not telling them how to do their job, I’m telling them how to do MY job.

I also have some more fantastic news. Kamran is sleeping through the night!! My brother got married on July 3rd and the wedding took place about 2 hours from home. Kamran decided that Friday, July 1st would be a fantastic time to sleep through the night. Kayvan and I were thrilled. We worried that it wouldn’t last though since we wouldn’t be sleeping at home the next few nights. Nope, not a problem! He slept through the night Saturday and Sunday as well! Given that those were late nights for us, we were oh-so-happy about the timing. Monday night, we resumed the standard not sleeping through the night schedule. Actually, he woke every 3 hours. That was a total bummer since the week before we would only have to wake at 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. It was partially my fault with the grand idea to transition him out of the napper and into the crib wedge in the pack n play. It’s too early for that and baby boy sure made that known. This past Friday, Kamran started sleeping through the night again. We are on night 4 of sleeping prince bliss and man, oh man is it awesome.

We had an impromptu visit to the doctor last week and Kamran is now weighing in at 12 lbs 5 ounces. I swear he has a pound in each cheek! Tomorrow is his post-surgery follow upa and I’m certain he will get the all clear. Something tells me the doctor will be taking his steri strips off. We were told they would fall off. It has been 4 weeks today and they haven’t fallen off yet. They’re getting pretty grimy and I think he can afford to lose them now.

We are still putting photo updates here: http://theromaezis.smugmug.com/Family/Kamran/16237032_y3GA4#1224252134_nGwrQ

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