Archive | July, 2013

Dear TigerOne: You are 8 Months Old

19 Jul

Dear TigerOne,

I am behind in this process. You are in actuality 8.5 months old at this point, and it feels like we have lived a year of adventures and milestones in the past two weeks. We covered an awful lot of ground in your 7th month though! Here are the highlights.

We had a visit with a group called The Blind Babies Foundation. While you definitely aren’t blind, you do have nystagmus. So, Blind Babies taught us some exercises that we can do to help you strengthen your eye muscles, and they gave us some fun toys and this amazing quilt! Can we talk about this quilt? It has about every texture possible sewn into it on one side, a total sensory wonderland. On the other side it is all black so that we can put objects on it to help you focus on them. So brilliant. Big thanks to whomever made this and donated to Project Linus, so that Blind Babies could give it to us.

Coltrane received the most amazing multi-sensory quilt today from the Blind Babies Foundation (he's not blind, but does have a nystagmus). It's soft, shiny, corduroy, flannel, linen, quilted, crinkly, silky, netted, furry, lacy, multi-layered, ruffled, ro

Your sister, Olive, feels very strongly that the changing pad belongs to her. There has been some sibling rivalry in the house. The struggle continues. Cc: @cinemaone #siblingrivalry #territoryrights

You ate a twizzler in occupational therapy. Well, you mouthed a twizzler. The choices here were a twizzler or a slim jim so I think I made the right choice. You are making such strides with eating purees that we are prepping you to eat harder foods by practicing your bilateral tongue movements. You nailed it. Sugar can be a great motivational tool. We continue to work on liquids, slow going on that front. One day!

Practicing lateral tongue movements in #occupationaltherapy. The options were a twizzler or Slim Jim. I think we chose well.

Laundry hijinks. Pretty sure you were thinking “Are you forreal, Mom?” To which I replied, “Yes monkey footed boy, I am in fact forreal.”

"Mom, are you for real?" #laundrytime #thiskidmakesthebestfaces

Some Moms and I read an article about a Book Club for babies and we decided that we needed to start one of our very own. We read “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” and were pretty impressed by the number of variations that folks turned up with. Not pictured: “Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?”

So many bear books. Not pictured: Panda Bear, What Do You See? #ericcarle #babybookclub #babygram

It was our family’s FIRST FATHER’S DAY! What a milestone. You have a truly wonderful Papa. He works hard to provide for us, and has really taken the challenges that have come with taking care of you in stride. We are lucky that he is here to be such a smart, tough and loving role model for you.

Wishing a happy first Father's Day to this amazing man. I couldn't have asked for a better person to be sharing this adventure with. ❤

We celebrated Father’s Day by taking you on your first swim at the YMCA. Oh my goodness, you LOVED it! You were born to be a fish.

Took #tigerone swimming for the first time. So much fun! The kid is a natural. #familyfun #swimmingbaby

We went on a road trip to Mount Shasta for a wedding. We got to put on fancy clothes. Look how handsome you are in your first tuxedo! Feeling formal.

When we got home from our road trip I noticed that your first teeth were soon to come. Those tooth buds were looking so tender and ready to pop!

Happy to be home and showing off the #toothbuds he sprouted while we were away. #babyteeth #epiclashes #tigerone #putabirdonit

Something pretty historic happened this month. The supreme court ruled part of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, allowing a lower court ruling to stand that struck down California’s Proposition 8 ballot initiative, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman. This is progress, son. It does my heart good to know that you are growing up in a place that will honor your right to love whomever you choose.

The ruling occurred the Friday before SF’s gay pride weekend, and the city was a pulsing with more excitement, joy, and pride than usual. We got to march in the parade with the Kaiser contingent and had a pretty wonderful time. We put noise canceling ear muff on you to drown out all the ruckus and all of the rainbows, flags, balloons and floats were right up your ally. I love that our little family got to be a part of such a historic time!

Pretty much an excellent day. #sfpride #sfprideparade

Parade route #selfie with my    little. #sfpride #sfprideparade #babysfirstpride #babybanz

That’s all of the 7th month. Summer is in full swing though, and the fun won’t stop! I am so loving having adventures with you.




Home Sweet Home

15 Jul


Since last I posted:

We attended a wedding in Mount Shasta, California
We road tripped 10 hours each way to Eugene, Oregon
We flew to Minneapolis, Minnesota for the JSRDF conference

Somewhere in all that, TigerOne had the stomach flu, sprouted his first 4 teeth, and developed a fascination with giving the thumbs up.

It’s been a wild, wonderful few weeks. I have so much to share.

But first? I need a nap.