That's what I tend to call Noah when he's all crying cuz he thinks he's starving. Sometimes there's even crying between bites! We're also considering calling him the tick - cuz he's gonna be fat as one soon!
He's drinking six 5 oz bottles a day - he's been doing that for months now. I think in the last few days he's started eating between 12 and 16 oz of solids. He's eating at least 3 oz four times a day. He's eating yogurt/banana, carrots/applesauce, peas/applesauce, sweet potato, squash and sometimes avocado. We're thinking of adding pears next.
Best we can figure, purees are pure energy foods. He's evidently burning it all off rolling around the floor and bouncing in his bouncy chair. Thankfully, while he's still getting taller, he's not getting rounder!
Now, it's not a straight mommy group by design, more by default. There's one other lesbian couple, but they both work, so we weren't not usually at the same get togethers. Also, there is a gay parents' group, but it's just a little too far, and they don't get together nearly as often. The straight moms are really nice and active. One of the leaders of the group is a friend of mine and Nerdstar's. And there have been a few events that both of us could attend, so there's a sub-group of the group that has met us both.
But, there are things I wonder about.
Not having a rainbow tattooed on my forehead, there's no way for them to know I'm a lesbian mom when they first meet me. Well, there's my profile on the website, but who reads those? So there will always be some sort of "coming out" involved. And that's ok with me - that's how gay life goes. But I'm sure it's not something they're necessarily expecting to come across in a moms' group.
So, one thing - is it fair that since we're both moms, we can both go to the events? Yes, this group has events where spouses/partners are welcome. But it kinda feels like cheating. (Like in high school when I had my first g/f and before everyone knew what we were up to and we could spend the night together - whereas no one gets to spend the night with their boyfriend.)
Another thing is when they talk - good and bad - about their husbands. It's not that I can't or don't talk about Nerdstar, but well, husbands are different. And while she can be an awfully lot like a man sometimes, I don't have a lot of the same issues they do. She's still a mom - not a dad.
Then there are the pregnancy/childbirth stories. No, I wasn't the one pregnant or giving birth - but I was very affected by the pregnancy and involved in the birth. I just wonder how they view it. (I'm not close enough to any of them to ask.)
Anyway. I'm really enjoying getting to know these moms. I'm just aware of being "one of these things is not like the others" sometimes.
To my Nerdstar Snuggle Bunny, and my Noah Maxx. You two have made my heart grow in the past six months, really, sixteen. And I know it will only grow more.
Our boy is six and a half months old. We're hoping he doesn't outgrow all his warm clothes before warmer weather is here to stay! This week he's rolling around the floor some. He sounds like a caveman when he's hungry. He still doesn't let us eat without him.
Yesterday afternoon we went out to eat and then shopping. As long as he can sit up enough in his car seat to see everything in the restaurant, he's a happy kid. He'll just sit and watch everything, everyone while we eat. He's pretty much the same when shopping. The other day I strapped him into the cart without his car seat for the first time. He leaned some, but you could tell he was so happy to look around better.
I told Nerdstar I'm getting closer to taking credit for how good he is. All of our time at home just chillin in his different chairs is good practice for going out in the world.
But, I know he'll be that much happier when he can finally run around and play.
This is a picture that I had taken with my cell phone of Noah trying to eat ramen while it's still in the bag. We had gone to the one Chinese grocery store in the area and while shopping, we propped his carseat up in the shopping cart so he can see everyone and everything. Needless to say, we thought that he had a really great trip! For a boy who likes to eat so much, it was a treat to have seen all the veggies, fruits, meats, the prepackaged snacks and frozen foods!
I think it's gotta be weird to be a baby. Not that they know any different. As Noah becomes more aware of the world around him, I wonder all the time what in the world he's thinking. And, how is he thinking it if he doesn't have words yet. Yes, he finds ways to make his basic need(s) - being fed - known. He smiles and laughs and cries and groans and moans and hollers. But still...
Then there's the being man-handled and carried everywhere. We've long thought that he can't wait to be mobile. So does he think it's fun or annoying to have to be carried or moved to every new place? And the diaper changes and clothes changes - there's just no autonomy. Add to that the cold hands and wipes this long winter. Poor boy.
It's a long time yet before we know what's going on in his head to any degree. I'm just so curious what's going on in there now.