A Visit with Grandma and Grandpa

This week Grandma and Grandpa Navarro visited. Much fun was had!

First Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Grandma & Grandpa Navarro are here to celebrate Sam’s first Thanksgiving.  We’re all enjoying their visit so much!  We have a couple of videos from our Thanksgiving meal to share.

In this one, you can see Sam feeding himself some sweet potato casserole.  He also had some mashed potatoes today.  Yum!

Sam started bobbing up and down in his high chair today. It’s pretty cute.  You can see it at the end of this video:

Crawling!

Someone told me months ago that once a baby can sit by himself, it will only be a few days until he’s crawling.  Well, Sam learned to sit on his own a couple of months ago.  Learning to crawl was a time-consuming process.  After weeks and weeks of accidentally pushing himself around backwards, Sam figured it out.  He’s thrilled!

You can check out his new skills here.  Please note the perfect move to a sitting position at the end.  It’s the result of our last physical therapy session!

So Much to Tell

We’ve had a few milestones this week.

1.  Sam came down with his first cold.  It was very mild.  He”s still got the sniffles, but he’s doing fine otherwise.

2.  Sam turned 9 months yesterday!  Wow!

3.  This morning another mom at Stroller Strides asked me how old Sam is, and I actually said 9 months!  Even better, she didn’t think anything was amiss about my answer!  I’ve been giving his adjusted age all of this time, but now that Sam is getting bigger and acting like an older baby I think it may be time to start acknowledging that he was, in fact, born in February.

3.  Sam went to a high-risk infant clinic today.  It is routine for very premature infants to go to the clinic to make sure they aren’t “falling through the cracks”.   The neonatologist we met with today is the same poor guy who had to get out of bed around 1 am on the morning of February 16th to attend Sam’s birth.  We also met with one of Sam’s old nurse practitioners.  I really only had 2 questions I wanted answered:  1. Could Sam have Cerebral Palsy?  and 2.  When do we get to treat our baby like a normal kid?  The answers are no, definitely not and after this winter.  The only prematurity-related issue we need to worry about is sickness.  Preemies don’t handle illnesses very well.

4.  We caught up with one of Sam’s old roomies!  As we were leaving the clinic today we ran into baby Tsion and her parents.  Tsion was a precious 24-weeker who shared a room with Sam for about a month in the ISCU.  Now she is HUGE, healthy, strong, and completely beautiful.  I’ve often wondered about this little girl, so it was a really great blessing to see her and hear about how well she’s doing.  These former micropreemies are amazing, aren”t they?

Last night we had a fun evening at some friends’ house.   I think their house may be Sam’s new favorite place in the world because (a) he gets applause for sitting up, laying down, and attempting to crawl (who wouldn’t love that?!) and (b) they have a dog!!

Sam wasn’t sure about the dog at first.  He started crying when the Mosca barked,  but he warmed up pretty quickly.  Mosca was a great sport–he even let Sam pet him and grab his tail (which went right into the mouth, of course).  As you can see, Sam was crazy about him!

Halloween at the Zoo

We spent Halloween in Albuquerque last year.  One of the highlights of the trip was visiting the zoo on Halloween with our nephew and his parents.  The kids all dressed up in costumes and there were pumpkins in all of the exhibits.  We recently became members of the zoo here in Seattle, and they have a similar event for Halloween, so we packed our little tiger up and headed over there.

It was a little disappointing.  Hardly anyone was there and it was too cold for most of the animals to be out.  We were hoping to get a picture of Sam with a real tiger in the background, but no luck.  We DID see a very cool orangutan and we had a good time hanging out with a good friend who came along with us.

Here are some pictures of Sam in his costume!