After being away from home

We had decided not to return to Asia for my grandfather’s funeral.  We had just been there a few months ago, and financially we are just not able to make the trip at this time.  But a few weeks ago we had booked a trip to Tofino.  Since the trip is the same weekend as my grandfather’s funeral, I almost felt like I should cancel the trip and stay home to be sad.  Going to enjoy myself in Tofino just seems wrong when I should be sad.  Is that weird?

At the end we decided to go on our Tofino trip.  I’ll post up pictures in a couple of days, after I get a chance to sort through them.

After being away in Tofino for 4 days, it’s amazing to come home and notice that Joshua has already grown more in the last 4 days.  It’s easier to see the difference in his usual environment at home.

Before the trip, he was able to pull himself up to a standing position.  Now he can do it one-handed.  Before the trip, he was crawling fairly efficiently, and now he’s so much faster.  His knees are becoming rough from all the crawling.  Before the trip, he was eating about 3 tablespoon full of food at each meal, and now he’ll eat about 4.  I’m sure there are other things I just haven’t noticed yet.

It’s also very cool that he hasn’t thrown up his food or milk for about 3 weeks now.  For a while there I was quite worried about all the throwing up.  But we’ve been in the clear for 3 weeks, and I have my fingers crossed that this streak will continue.  Because of this, we’ve started to re-train him to sleep on his own.  Last night he woke up for a bit and started crying, and we let him cry himself to sleep.  It only took a couple of minutes, but we’re so glad that he didn’t throw up, and he slept through the rest of the night.  I’m going to start working on having him nap on his own too.  I am hoping this will make it easier for Cliff to put him down for naps once I go back to work.

I can’t help but be amazed by my son.  He is happy, cheerful, curious, and healthy.  I’ve never done anything in my life as exciting and beautiful as having him.

A piece of cheese, a lot of love

Today is a monumental kind of day in my books.  Why?  Because Joshua fed me a piece of cheese.

Big deal?  Abso-freaking-lutely!

Joshua has been getting better at putting food in his mouth.  Just last week he started using his pincers rather than swiping at the food.  And he is becoming more precise at aiming the food into his mouth rather than his cheeks.  He loves small pieces of cheese I cut up for him and put on his booster seat tray.

For lunch today, I gave him a few pieces of cheese in addition to his regular food.  He picked up a piece of cheese like usual, but his little hand came at my direction.  So I leaned in closer and opened my mouth, and he put the piece of cheese in MY mouth!

I was so thrilled that I started laughing and cheering, and he looked at Cliff and smiled with a very proud look on his face.  He did this a few more times, and also fed Cliff a piece of cheese.

Why is this such a big deal to me?  I suppose it is just another phase of his growth, but it made me feel so loved.  He gave me something he really loved.  He didn’t look at how few pieces he had, he didn’t hesitate, and he was so happy to do it.

It’s like when Joshua gives me his slobbery, open-mouthed kisses, I just absolutely love it.  I always think that the length of time he will be at this stage of his life is just so short.  One day soon enough, he wouldn’t want to kiss his old mama, or toss her a piece of cheese.

Yes, I know, I’m being very sentimental.  But there are few things in life that bring me as much joy as having Joshua in my life.