Gah! I can’t believe that we have a one year old! I have a 12th month update that needs to be uploaded soon, but we’re still recovering from the week of multiple cakes (we opted for multiple small gatherings rather than a big party for Squishy’s first birthday). But I need to share this with everyone because we’re floored by our friend’s love and talent! This emotional Momma almost broke down when she first saw it.
Our friend, Ram, illustrated one of my all time favorite photos of Squish and I. ❤
Squish is so active nowadays, but there are special (albeit short) times during the day where he’s still and we cuddle and talk. I love this photo because Mikey caught that moment when we were on vacation a few weeks back. ❤
Thank you so much, Ram! ❤ We love you (and Darmy!) and we’re so honored! ❤ ❤ ❤
Squishy is going through a spoon refusal stage. It makes me sad because he was such a good eater! Now, it seems that he’s only interested in eating if he can hold the food or if we use our hands to feed it to him. Our floors have never been this sticky. It’s kind of stressing me out because since Squishy turned six months old, he’s officially been on the leaner side of the curve. He’s taller than he is chubby. His doctor told us that his height is in the 90th percentile, while his weight is in the 70th. His pediatricians assure us that Squishy is doing great and he’s healthy, but people often uses chubbiness as a gauge of the baby’s general well-being, so when those people give us their two cents, it makes me second guess myself. But I have to remind myself that science is on our side. And to cheer myself up, I made an album of Squishy posing as food. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Mikey looked at me and said that he can’t believe that I’m a mother. I can’t either. It’s still too big to wrap my head around. Squishy is now 23 weeks old. We have simple plans to celebrate his half birthday soon and maybe I’ll magically have my act together by then. But for now…
…I’m kind of enjoying this strange stage–imperfections and all. I’m the disheveled woman who gets to take care of the squishiest baby on earth!
Oh! And I just accepted my first real paying work-from-home gig. Gah! I hope it works out!
We were too out of it to take out and dress up our bigger tree this Christmas, so all of my Christmas spirit went into dressing up Squishy for the Holidays. 😅 Here are some of Squishy’s Christmas-themed outfits:
Set of three Christmas PJs from Mother Care. The footsies are kind of tight already because we settled for the 3-month sized PJs because they ran out of the 6-month sized ones. 😅 I was excited.
2. Team Rudolph onsie and reindeer shirt and pants from Cotton On Baby.
3. Holiday Bear onesie with matching pants and hat from Gerber. (Thank you Tita Erika and Tito Steve!)
4. Personalised onesies from My Little Monkey Ph. (There’s another one that he has for New Year’s that we don’t have a photo of yet).
5. A Santa onsie (Thank you Tita Camille and Tito Stephen!) and Penguine Onsie (with matching pants not in photo, Thank you Lola!) from Carter’s.
This post is 8 days late because Squishy got his first cold a day before he turned three months old. 😢 I think we were sadder than Squishy. He only seemed less active than usual for a day and then he was back to his normal smiley self (only with a runny nose and cough). The only time he cried was when we would use the nasal aspirator on him. My goodness! The look he would give us when we would suck his boogies out. It was like we were betraying him!
Thankfully, after five days of using a nebulizer (with sodium chloride/salt water), his cold seemed to have run its course and we didn’t need to start antibiotics. Thank goodness. He’s still so little! I was worried about putting him on antibiotics so soon.
Anywhooo, the day before Squishy turned 3 months old, we visited his doctor and found out that he weighed 14.7 lbs!
I think Squishy’s been trying to turn over since he was two months old, and he finally turned over from his back to his tummy on December 7! At first he was really struggling with it. So much so that he would cry when he wasn’t successful. But by December 8, he was doing it so quickly and smoothly! He would grip whatever he could to help pull himself to tummy time position. He can hang out on his tummy for 10-15 minutes now, but after a while, I think his arms get tired and he wails and goes face down on the mattress 😅. That’s when we have to turn him back. I don’t know when he’ll be able to roll over the other way (tummy to back), but the different sites say that it’s usually just a few weeks apart so maybe any day now.
New challenges with the rolling over phase: changing his diaper and dressing him up takes longer now. 😅 Also, he’ll roll over in his sleep and wake himself up sometimes. 😔
His hand-eye coordination is getting better! He can get his hands in his mouth effortlessly. He puts everything he holds in his mouth! 😅 He’s also drooling A LOT. 😳
He sleeps better at night though! We can sometimes get 5-6 hours of sleep! But we learned that he loves sleeping with us in bed. He definitely sleeps longer when he’s next to his Momma and Papa. Maybe it’s time to get a bigger bed. 😅
We love reading to Squishy! And we think he likes it too! I try to read to him at least once a day! There are days when we can go through four board books or one story book. He pays attention when we read! He listens, looks at the pictures, and responds to changes in our tone! We try to make it as interactive as possible—acting out the action words, touching him, asking him questions, giving him time to “respond”, and personalizing the story to include him. We love Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex’s Chu books! We always get big smiles when we act out the sneezes. Another favorite is Bill Martin Jr.’s Chicka Chicka Boom Boom because it’s sing-songy. And we’re enjoying Deborah Diesten’s The Pout Pout Fish because we all get smooches in the end!
Squishy’s neck is also stronger. When we carry him and we’re out, he turns to the left and right looking around. Can’t wait for him to learn how to sit up on his own! ❤
Gah! I can’t believe it’s only 4 days until Christmas! 🎄My Christmas game is so weak this year (we didn’t get to put our tree up and we won’t be able to catch Rogue One 😢). But this season has never been more magical. We’re so in love with our little boy!