|Miles Benjamin Black, a.k.a. "Milo"|
|Date of Birth:||7/31/2004,7:43 AM|
| ||At Birth: ||As of 02/01/05:|
|Weight:||6 lb, 14.1 oz||15 lbs 10 oz (10-25th percentile)|
|Length:||21 inches ||26 inches (25-50th percentile)|
|Head Circumference:||35.7 cm.||44 cm. (50 to 75th percentile)
News and Updates
- Sunday, 2/6/2005
- I told you updates were going to become more sporadic and widely spaced.
Anyway, sorry it's been so long. But that means there's lots to tell!
Since our last update, we've been to Albuquerque for Christmas, endured
another baby cold, watched in amazement as Milo has learned to sit up,
roll around on the floor, babble, and has made other astounding jumps in his
mental and physical abilities.
Christmas trip: We flew down to ABQ on December 22nd, Milo's first plane ride!
On the whole, he did great. He was pretty interested in all the goings-on at
the airport, and managed to nurse more or less when we needed him to during
the ascent and descent. He fussed a bit while we were coming in to ABQ, but
really not much. Not like those terror flights where there's an inconsolate
infant for the whole ride. On the whole we had a great time visiting with
Terina's family; Milo thoroughly enjoyed having so many people around to play
with him. On the down side, we went through the baby sleep "perfect storm",
wherein the new environment, the new people, a nasty cold, and some
developmental jumps all conspired to keep Milo from sleeping more than an hour
or two at a stretch. So for two weeks it was like having a newborn again. We
were so tired. But other than that, it was a dandy trip. Still, I think
we're going to make people come visit us for Christmas for a while.
Sleeping: thankfully, Milo got over his cold before we came home, and returned
to his good sleep habits within a couple of days after we got home. We've
been working to establish a much stricter routine for bedtimes and naptimes,
with good results. At night he regularly sleeps from 7:30 or so till around
6:00 the next morning, although about half the time he'll wake up for a half
hour or so, at some random point in the night, to yell at us. We ignore it,
and he goes back to sleep on his own. Naps are another story. Sometimes
he'll go straight to sleep without much fuss, other times he'll scream for a
long time before falling asleep (he just went about 40 minutes, as I type
this, before giving it up), and he has been known to yell long enough to
outlast our patience.
Sitting up: Milo has become quite the expert sitter now. He still can't get
to a sitting position by himself, but when placed in one he can stay there for
quite a long time. Any more he seems to only flop over when he's trying to
reach something that's far away, so it's unclear whether his flopping over is
accidental or intentional.
Rolling: In just the past couple of weeks, Milo has not only figured out how
to roll from his back to his belly, but how to put that new trick together
with the belly-to-back roll in order to move around. It seems almost a
foregone conclusion that he'll be crawling for real within another week or
two. We are both proud and terrified, and scrambling to baby-proof the
house. We put a gate across the stairs yesterday, and have replaced the
dangerous glass in our entertainment center with plexiglass, but there's still
so much left to do.
Babbling: He has also become much more vocal this past month. About three
weeks ago, now, he all of a sudden started babbling in a different, much more
intentional way. He'll practice saying "ba-ba-ba-ba", "wa-wa-wa-wa" and other
similar (although sometimes less easy to classify) sounds. We encourage him
in this, and babble back at him like the parenting books suggest, and have
also started making much more use of baby signs so
he'll have those in his mind for when he's ready for them too.
Teething: Despite the doctor's indications at his four month checkup, Milo has
still not cut his first tooth yet. So I guess he won't be an early teether
after all, which really is just fine. They'll come out when they're
Six months old! Milo turned six months old on January 31st (by the calendar),
January 30th (by number days since 7/31/04), or January 25th (by lunar
months). Take your pick. Although he didn't get to have any, we made him
half a cake to celebrate. Along with turning 6 months old, Milo got to go to
the doctor for a checkup. The doctor gave him a clean bill of health, and we
spent a long time talking with her about feeding. For the past six weeks or
so, Milo has been quite keen on watching us eat. We noticed this while were
were in Albuquerque for Christmas, and ever since then one of his favorite
things to do is to watch us eat dinner. He's just fascinated by the way the
fork or spoon goes up full, and comes back down empty. You can see the "hey,
where's mine!" gears turning in his little head. So, after talking about it
with the doctor, we started feeding him on February 1st. He got the usual
first baby food, rice cereal flakes mixed with breastmilk. We nearly made a
disaster out of the experience by using milk that had been in the fridge a
little too long, but fortunately we tasted it first before giving any. It was
so bad we needed to have brownies to get the taste out of our mouths. So we
ended up pumping some fresh milk and starting over. Milo just loved it. He
ate it right up and seemed to have a great time doing so. We've been doing
that ever since, once a day near to our dinnertime. He has done remarkably
well with it. He must have been really really ready for food, as it took him
almost no time at all to figure out that he's supposed to eat the cereal (as
opposed to spitting it out, rubbing all over his face, etc.) Which is not to
say that he doesn't lose quite a bit of it down his chin, but on the whole he
actually eats a lot more of it than I would have expected.
Our little reader: We read to Milo as much as we can. We read to him before
bed, and most times, before naps too. When he's not too tired, he will even
turn the pages! We get to the end of the page, and ask "Can you turn the page
for me?" and most times, he'll reach out for the page and flip it over.
Sometimes it's a bit of a challenge getting him to let go of the page, and
sometimes he wants to turn the pages backwards through the book, but hey, he's
only six months!
And finally, although this is not about Milo specifically, it bears
mentioning: babies are just coming out of the woodwork these days! Terina's
best friend Deborah is pregnant, and get this, her due date is August 6th!
Just one year minus one day from Milo's due date. And as of January 30th,
Milo has a cousin! Jason's sister Lydia had her baby, one Maia Jane Stark, who
is just adorable. We can't wait to introduce them!
As updates to this page become more sporadic and widely spaced, it may
become less convenient for you to check regularly for updates. If you would
prefer to be notified by e-mail when updates are posted, just send Jason an
e-mail about it and he'll put you on the mailing list.
Since there are so many pictures now, I'm arranging them in groups by
- Just hanging out, with a
little bit of crying at the end.
- Sucking his pacifier.
- Dreaming. You can't really
see it in the video, but in person we could see him having rapid eye
movement and everything. I wonder what babies dream about?
- Sitting Up. A short movie of Milo
sitting up by himself on the couch with only a little help from Daddy.
- Rolling Over. Belly-to-back.