Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I think we need to buy a baby swing...

This morning, Peter Ambrose was a little bit fussy, and rocking him in his car seat was the only thing that would calm him down. Ever so often, just to see what he'd do, I'd take him out and rock him in my arms. But nope, he wanted to be rocked in the car seat! I think a baby swing might be a purchase in our near future. Here he is, looking quite content...

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Five New Videos, and more to come soon.

Well, the end of the semester approaches. I am extremely backlogged in Peter Ambrose content (I still take photos and videos at least once every other day). As a result, I've begun to be a bit more discriminating in what I take the time to convert and upload.

But one of my favorite sets of videos were taken on April 16, when we were trying to get Peter Ambrose to smile. He kept hinting that it was about to happen, so I decided to take it upon myself to conduct a few rounds of "smile training." Basically, aural stimulation with occasional cheek and lip nudges. For most of these "sessions," Peter Ambrose would just look at me with an intense look, wanting to participate in our exchange, but unsure how to make the mechanics work. But then, we started getting some small breakthroughs. I just posted four videos of the more successful attempts in the videos section. They're long videos (1.5 to 2 minutes each), but they really capture the range of Peter Ambrose's expressions at that time.

The second video entry was from our outing on April 18. We went for a short family walk near our home and paused for some relaxation in the nearby community park. Austin got a rare chance to stretch his legs without constraint, and Peter Ambrose enjoyed the ride in his stroller.

Toot Toot!

Peter Ambrose is blessed with a Daddy who doesn't find it beneath his dignity to be silly for his entertainment. (: When PA is ready for a feeding, Rick has begun this ritual of bringing him to me via the Toot Toot Express. The look on PA's face cracks me up every time! (Pardon the poor resolution - it was shot in bad light.)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Peter Ambrose is ticklish!

If any of you are wondering why we haven't posted anything for a while, it's because Peter Ambrose has been undergoing rigorous Smile & Laugh Training. Rick and I think he's got fantastic potential. (-:

20 minutes later, he began wailing for an undetermined reason. Perhaps Mommy the Trainer was pushing him too hard? Of course, we still think he's pretty awesome. (:

Monday, April 12, 2010

Peter Ambrose is One Month Old!

Happy One Month Birthday, Peter Ambrose!!!

It’s hard for me to believe that just over a month ago, Rick and I had not yet met our sweet little son, who has quite literally turned our world upside down. On March 12th, 1:32 PM, our lives suddenly revolved around feeding, pooping, sleeping … not sleeping … and of course, extraordinary love. Never a dull moment!

Some of Peter Ambrose’s milestones this month:

  • Turns towards familiar voices (i.e., Mom and Dad)
  • Can track objects with his eyes
  • Lifts his head for short periods of time
  • Recognizes when food is coming
  • Copies some of our facial expressions
  • Able to have alert focus on objects for long period of time

Our sweet little son is truly a treasure. He has a mellow temperament, with a watchful eye – he spends much of his awake time just observing his surroundings, taking the world in. Watching PA’s movements and facial expressions has replaced other forms of entertainment, and nothing is more delicious than holding him at our chest while he sleeps.

In some ways, we’ve had it remarkably easy – Peter Ambrose seldom cries. We have yet to have a crying fit that hasn’t been quickly resolved by food, sleep, or affection. In other ways, this month has been very challenging (see the previous blog entry).

But most of it is par for the new-parent course. A few of our friends who are also parents have remarked how amazing it is that something so little can take up so much time, space, and laundry – and we’ve found it to be quite true! You start your day at 6:00 am, and before you know it, it’s 2:00 pm, you’ve gotten nothing done that didn’t have something to do with Baby. I look around my living room, and I see couch cushions pulled out of place, diapers on the floor, baby blankets and burp cloths dispersed in every corner of the house… Messiness, intermingled with an air of sleep deprivation, the work of deciphering our little guy’s cries and cues, handling diaper blow-outs… these are all evidence of the growing life-force that is our little guy.

But locking eyes with our son, or catching one of those elusive grins flash across his face … those moments are worth every hardship and inconvenience.

We love you Peter Ambrose! And we can’t wait for the next phase of your life, whatever it should look like.

Peter Ambrose Portraits

While Bethany's father, Buddy, was in town, we asked him to take a few photos of Peter Ambrose. I finally got through them (there were about 600) and culled out the best 40:
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