Two Teeth and Other Developments

A brief update on the boy - he has two teeth now which he loves to use to gnaw on anything and everything. All his stuffed toys go straight into his mouth and get a rich drenching of slobber on a regular basis.

He is also sitting up quite well now which makes it challenging to put him down to sleep. We rock him, sing to him, and then lay him down in his crib but then he whines rolls over, and sits bolt upright and cries. I am no sleep expert, but unless you are a cow, it is awful hard to sleep sitting upright in the middle of a bed. Cows can sleep standing up but to my knowledge, Joshua has no bovine heritage. I have yet to convince him that sitting up is not condusive to sleep.

First Meal, First Time Sitting Up, Almost First Tooth

This has been a big week of firsts for Joshua.  For the past month and half, he has been doing some serious teething and for the first time the top of one tooth is just barely starting to poke through.  You can hardly see it, but when you put your finger on his bottom gum, it is jagged and hard.
 
Also, Joshua has progressively been able to sit up by himself and finally he can stay somewhat steady on his own without us holding him in place.  Granted, it is not all that steady and is likely to flop over after a minute or so of sitting up but at least he can do it for a minute!  With his newly acquired sitting up powers, we stuck him in a high chair and gave him his first taste of food today.  He has been on a strick mommy milk diet up until now but has been hanking for some of what mommy and daddy are having for a while now.  We boiled some rice until it was really really mushy and gave little bits on a spoon.  He took to it like a duck to water.  The spoon was barely to his mouth before he lunged forward and clamped his mouth around the spoon and sucked on it.  Maybe he just wanted to suck on the spoon, but we'd like to believe that he wanted the food.   So, we kept feeding him the rest that was in the bowl and he ate it all.  More rice for the boy tomorrow.

Sitting Up In The Stroller

Joshua can't quite sit up on his own yet however we were glad to discover that he is big enough and strong enough to stay put in the harness of a regular stroller without slouching excessively. As you can see from his smile, Joshua much prefers it this way because he can more easily see the world than he could from lying on his back in the baby carrier.

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Here at OMF Intl HQ in Singapore, we are right across the street from the beautiful Singapore Botanic Gardens. It is a huge park and gardens that is lush, green, full of beautiful flowers, and wonderful for going for a walk with baby. Although lectures and other business take a lot of our time, we've managed to go a few times and take oodles of photos. Here are a few.

Joshua and Connor

Here are a few pics of Joshua visiting with his friend baby Connor at Grace PCA's Reformation Day Picnic shortly before we left the States. Connor is the son of our friends Matt & Kathy.



The Ferber Method

Joshua is sleeping quite well in his new tropical environment. We were so busy in the weeks before we left the States that it was difficult to get him into a regular sleep routine but now that we have a more regular schedule (and more free time), we have found much success with the Ferber method. The first night, he screamed for more than an hour but since then he will go down to sleep in about 10-20 minutes, or sometimes 30 minutes. This is awesome because rocking him to sleep for an hour multiple times a day gets old really quickly. We praise God that he is sleeping well. Other than a bit of heat rash, Joshua is adjusting quite well. Thank God for a happy baby.

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