Monday, April 28, 2008

solid foods!

We gave Sebastian his first taste of solid food on Sunday morning. Rice cereal, mixed with mama's milk. He chowed down like a champ. Well, maybe that's an exaggeration - he got it all over his face and his bib and the table. Who knows how much actually made it down his throat? But he was enthusiastic, and kept coming back for more. It was great fun for everyone.

Boy Eats Rice from Brianna Avery on Vimeo.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

he's a roller!

Sebastian is becoming much more mobile and curious. He's learned to roll from back to front very easily (almost too easily, as he's always flipping over in search of things). He sometimes manages to get from front to back, but his arms tend to get in the way and he finds it hard to roll over them. But when he's on his belly he kicks his legs like mad, occasionally hitching up his bum and planting a knee. Most of the time his arms are straight back, like Superman flying, but sometimes he uses them to prop himself up and look around. All in all, he really wants to move, and we fear/hope that crawling is not far off.

He's been learning other new things too. He has started sticking his tongue out, tasting the air. He has a new frog face - he eats his lower lip and then lowers his chin into his neck - very funny looking. He has been exploring new surfaces by patting them with his hands multiple times. He'll do it in his crib or on his playmat. He no longer lies flat while we are changing him, but arches and twists to look behind himself and grab for things. He is giggling more and more - both more loudly and more often, usually in response to Steve's antics. And he has been eating his toes very enthusiastically. In fact, he's even tried to eat the toes and socks of his baby friends (from my moms group).

In the less happy realm, he is becoming more willful about his feeding. He's been refusing the bottle the last week or two. He squirms and cries and twists around and generally tries to avoid it. I try for awhile, until one of us gets too tired of the business, and then return to nursing. At that point, he gets the most blissed-out expression on his face, and for good measure uses his hand to pat my chest. But we're working on it.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

happy birthday GreatGrandma!

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Sebastian and I drove up to Massachusetts to see Great Grandma Avery for her birthday. Seb also got to meet Dennis and Karen, Peg and John, and Tessa and Elliot. It was grand. More photos are in the April 2008 folder on picasaweb (click the gallery button on the right).

Monday, April 7, 2008

playground pics!




More new ones are in the gallery.

Sunday, April 6, 2008


It's becoming warmer, which means more walks with Sebastian and more time in the park! We took him to one of the local playgrounds and swung on the swings and went down the slide. He wasn't very impressed, but Steve and I were very excited at the possibilities. Yesterday I put Sebastian on his back in the park and he looked up at the tree branches and blue sky and kicked his legs a lot. So I assume that meant he approved.

He has become much better at sleeping, usually only waking 1-2 times a night. He often wakes up early in the night - around 11 - and just needs a bit of help getting back to sleep, and then wakes up around 2:30 and is hungry. But that has made a huge difference in how I feel and how our days go.

He is becoming increasingly aware and interested in the world and things, particularly anything that I am holding. He keeps lunging toward things and trying to grab them. The funny thing is that he simultaneously reaches with his hands and his wide-open mouth. He's our little lion. :)

He's also starting to figure out both sitting and crawling. He can sit up very briefly, with his hands in front propping him up, before toppling over to the side or forward onto his face. (Which he seems to find extremely amusing.) As for crawling, he's got the various elements which he needs to start doing simultaneously. He just yesterday started hitching up his right knee and planting his foot, and separately pushing up on his arms.

We've got more pictures and videos that I'll post in the next day or two.