Paige still loves being a big sister, which is such a relief. The novelty of having a little one around hasn't worn off yet, and she's still eager to help whenever she can.
I recently decided, out of respect for the teenager that she will be someday, not to share about bathroom habits online.
Some of Paige's favorite things to do recently include playing with the neighbor girls and going to the park. If we can get both at the same time, even better! She's a bit timid at the park - she likes the little kid swing where she sits inside it and can't fall out, but she doesn't like to swing too high. She also doesn't usually like to go down the slide. Every now and then she'll hold our hands and slide down. Baby steps!
Until now, Paige has been a self-inflicted vegetarian. She wants nothing to do with anything meat related. Then today, we were playing with the neighbor girls, when I told her it was time for lunch. She didn't want to leave, so I said that she could stay and eat chicken or go home and eat noodles. So we stayed and ate chicken. Peer pressure and the desire to continue playing with someone else's toys are very strong motivators!
As for Mark, here's how he's doing so far at six weeks:
Mastered Skills (most babies can do)
Lifts head: Yes indeed. We haven't been great about getting him tummy time, but he's still getting strong. When we hold him up on our shoulders he can hold his head up for a good 30 seconds before he needs a little break.
Responds to sound: If being soothed whenever he hears "Your Song" by Elton John counts as responding to sound, then yes. And he sometimes seems to react to our voices a little bit, too.
Stares at faces: Yes he does, and who could resist staring back into those beautiful steel blue eyes? He's a charmer already!
Can see black and white patterns: Um...probably, but how can you tell?
Emerging Skills (half of babies can do)
Follows objects: Maybe a little bit. He would rather stare and Mommy or Daddy.
Oohs and ahs: Not yet, but he sure is working on using his voice!
Advanced Skills (a few babies can do)
Smiles: Only when he's gassy, though I swear she smiled at Paige the other day for real. Big sister can have the first smile - I'm okay with that!
Laughs: Not yet, but with as dorky as his father is, it's only a matter of time.
Holds head at 45-degree angle: Not yet, but again, he needs more tummy time!
This boy is a chunker! He is currently wearing a 6 month sleeper (he's only 6 weeks!) and it's big, but not comically large! I guess the fact that he nurses almost constantly is paying off!
Mark likes to take baths. And by likes, I mean he may be crying and fussy, and when I get him in the tub, he stops crying. He just kind of looks around and kicks his feet and resists my attempts to clean his chins. (There are at least two of them. He's working on a third.) He doesn't even mind getting water dumped over his head. It's pretty remarkable to me.
I think we're past the stage where Mark wakes up every hour or two to eat, so that's helpful! The other night, I think he even let me sleep for a little over four hours! Amazing!
Other than constant tiredness, Nate and I are doing well. Nate's back at school and giving tours for the admissions office while eagerly awaiting the start of basketball season, while I'm at home playing with babies and trying to crochet every now and then. I started running about a week and a half ago, which has dramatically improved my mood!
|Paige discovered a love of black olives. That's mommy's girl!|
|So little! This was Mark on his due date. We are so grateful for an "extra week!"|
|Snuggling with Daddy!|
|Three generations of Van Luongs|
|My aunt included these as a gift for Paige when they sent a baby gift for Mark. She absolutely loves building with her Legos, and she gets so creative!|
|Shortly after this, we stopped swaddling him.|
|Matching diapers! Excuse the blurriness - it's hard enough to get a decent picture of one moving target, much less two!|
|How sweet is this? Paige loves little brother. We think she'll grow on him as soon as he's old enough to defend himself from her well-intentioned attacks.|
|Nothing like a little snuggle time in the morning!|
|Click here, scroll down to the last picture, and read the caption. I'll wait.|
Did I call this, or what? I'm not even kidding.