Thursday, October 15, 2009

We're back!! Brief highlights of weeks 9 and 10

The poop situation: he didn't go yesterday morning as expected, but he did go this morning, five days after the last poop. So we've gone four days, eight days, four days, three days, four days and five days.

I've been eating like a horse. I just can't seem to get full in the afternoon, so I end up having lunch, then snacking right through to dinner. But heck, I'm burning 600 calories a day sitting down (making milk, that is), and Barb said she thought I looked thinner in the face when we got home.

Light sleep smiles. Sometime in the last two weeks Cayden started smiling in his light sleep cycles, and it's adorable.

First real laugh. At 10 weeks, three days, Cayden chuckled. Not just giggled, but actually chuckled when dad made gorilla noises at him. We haven't heard it since, but it was beyond cute.

Grabbing stuff. He's starting to grab at and shake the toys on his play mat, and yesterday (11 weeks, 1 day) he grabbed hold of his foot while Grandude held him.

Hair loss. Both mine and his, although mine is more dramatic. All the hair I hadn't been shedding during pregnancy is now coming out like crazy. Normal, but surprising in the amount of hair I'm losing in the shower and each time I run my hands through my hair. And Cayden's hair had been thinning for some time, but now he has a little bald spot on the back of his head, from laying on his back so much.

And the biggest development of all: The first sleep cycle of five to six-plus hours seems to be a pattern that is staying!!!! First six-hour stretch was at 10 weeks, 4 days; he slept 6.5 hours two days later, and last night he did 5.75 hours in the first stretch.

I threw the two-dozen pics from our trip up on Cayden's Corner, but here are a few of the best ones.

Riding with Spike. The trip took just a little longer than it normally does. We didn't have to stop any additional times, we just stopped for a little longer, so Cayden could look around, get a new dipey, stretch out and get a little activity.

Ready to walk to the rented shore with Mama, wearing the hat Grammy and Grandude got for him in Yellowstone.

Awaiting turkey dinner, which he got second-hand, a few hours after mom had it.

And with Aunt Kathy and Uncle Jeff.

All-in-all it was a great trip despite the bad couple of days and despite less-than-favorable weather. We truly enjoyed seeing all the Canadian kiddos and visiting with friends we don't get to see nearly often enough.

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