Luke has received some new things during the month of March.
The first thing is somewhat exciting for him. We got rid of the infant tub (long overdue on that one). I was wanting a bath seat or something that would be a little bit more stable for him in the tub since he's only recently become very good at sitting up on his own. So, after a search on the internet, I found and purchased this....
It looks a little like a boat for the bathtub. It does float if there's enough water in the tub. Otherwise, it's just something for which he is able to sit in a stable manner. It is not inflateable. It is filled with little beads. It is supposed to be mold and mildew resistant (we'll see on that one). And, it hangs up on the shower curtain rod to dry -- fairly simple :) He seems to enjoy it.
Here's the serious look in the tub :)
The second thing I think he could actually care less about, at least at this point. He now has the opportunity (without choice) to sleep lower in his crib. After reading about little Julia Ekeland (link to the "The Ekelands" on the side of this blog) falling out of her crib, we decided to go on ahead and lower Luke's mattress even though he's not pulling himself up yet (Julia and Luke are only 9 days apart).
So, here's a photo of Marc lowering Luke's crib mattress.
In the book, "Bringing Up Boys," author James Dobson talks about how infant boys tend to cling to their mothers until about 18 months. Then, at 18 months, little boys will begin to observe and copy their fathers. While Luke does definitely have some "Hypermommyitis," (Mama's Boy), we definitely already see signs of him really watching his Daddy. It's extremely interesting for us to watch. So, here's a photo of Luke intently watching Marc lower his crib mattress (he could've cared less that I was in the room or that there were toys in front of him).
Lastly, before Luke was born, when we were figuring out all of the "stuff" we needed for him, I opted out of registering for or purchasing myself for Luke a bumper for his crib. "What, no bumper," you might say? Nope, no bumper for us. I read numerous articles about recommendations of taking out bumpers to avoid risk of SIDS. I didn't feel that we or anybody else needed to spend the money (they are expensive for what they are). And third, other parents had warned me against them as it's more difficult to change the sheets. So, I do know that MOST of you reading this blog would think that I'm possibly nuts or just against sheer cuteness for not having a bumper (as I know they're popular), but we didn't have one.
It's all been fine up until somewhat recently. Luke's been getting his little feet caught in the crib slats. So, I found a "breathable" netting to work as a bumper (sort of). We finally received it today, and Marc installed it tonight.
Luke didn't even notice. So, here's a photo of his crib now -- complete with a crib sheet with cars on it that my mom made.
This was MUCH cheaper than a normal bumper, but it's not that I'm extremely frugal or anything.
That's all I have for now. I hope all of you locals spent some time outside today. It was nice. Luke and I walked to Kindermusik this evening, and we both enjoyed it.
Until next time....
When Your Best-Laid Plans Fail
9 hours ago