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Friday, January 30, 2009


Mike taught Adam to make a "hoo" noise, which Adam likes. And sometimes, when the wind is right, if you "hoo" at him, he'll "hoo" back.

He doesn't like raspberries much, though.


Monday, January 26, 2009

Another Body Part Discovered

Adam has found his tongue, and appears to find it intriguing. It spends about 25% of its time outside his mouth now--which, if you think about it, is a LOT of time. I have a photo around here somewhere...

Also, I wanted to tell you the funny story from his doctor's appointment last week. He made such a mess! When he was on the scale, as soon as I took his diaper off, he peed all over the place--the scale, the cart, and the computer desk (thank heavens, not the computer). I put the diaper back on him and moved him over to the exam table, where his damp body wet the paper they spread out there.

While the nurse was taking the scale out and I was furiously mopping up pee till I couldn't tell what was wet from him and what was wet from the wipes I was using, he proceeded to spit up the entirety of his last meal on the table, cheerfully burbling all the time. I've never seen so much spit up come out of this kid--the puddle was eight inches wide and on his blanket, too.

He rounded that out with a more sympathetic mess--when he got his shots, he bled a little on the exam table. That part was not as messy and very sad, but only contributed to a very messy doctor's appointment.

After the shots, he was okay for the afternoon, cranky in the evening, and MISERABLE all weekend, crying and crying. I was sorry for him and worried about him, but today he was back to his cheerful, sleepy self. And his tongue? Out exploring the world.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Hand Practice

Adam's main project for the last week is to figure out how to get his hands into his mouth when he wants to. As you can see from the video below, he is making quick progress.


Fashion and Milestones

This kid has the greatest sweater collection. My very talented friend Kris knitted this sweater, which is amazing and cable-knit and has gotten some crazy compliments, I can tell you. She was worried he'd be born too big for it, but it fits him perfectly right now--with the sleeves rolled up a little. And this in spite of the fact that, at his appointment on Thursday, he weighed in at 12.75 pounds (75th percentile) and measured at 24.5 inches (93rd-ish percentile). He remains a large boy. His head, however, remains right on target at 50th percentile. He does NOT have a big head.

As you can see, our dapper little boy is quite the clotheshorse. He was trying to crawl right out of my arms into the laundry basked--he was unswayable, so I had no choice.

In addition to the Baby Escape Plan (where he squirms to get out of your arms, in spite of the fact that if you let him go he's going to fall on the floor and not get anywhere else. What are babies thinking?), he's developed a few more talents. His neck strength is getting great! The doctor said that, at his four month appointment, he'll be able to hold it up himself when you pick him up. For now, though, he's just Tummy Time Champion of the World.

He's also started occasionally opening up his fists. When they tell you to wash his crevices and folds of skin, I never realized I'd need to clean the lint out of his fists. But he occasionally opens his hands now!

And he's ALMOST able to get his finger and thumb in his mouth to suck on. Mike's been coaching him, and we're both rooting for the built in pacifier to kick in. He's getting there, though!

The kid is healthy as a horse and making excellent progress. We're very proud of his great skills.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

The King of Sleep and His Friends

In honor of Adam's first 11 hour night (yes, you read that right, 8:30pm till 7:15am), here are some photos of the Child King of Medford holding court in his bed like the famed Louis XIV (or was it XVI? I can't remember.)

He takes the burden of his office very seriously.

We welcomed Katie and Joe's son Dominic into our little circle last night. He's so tiny, I can't believe that Adam was ever that small, never mind less than two months ago! It's strange to think that in three years that month and a half difference will make them "almost exactly the same age." Now, they're a million miles apart.

Katie, looking into her near future.

Tracy, an experienced aunt and lover babies.

And introducing....(drumroll.....)


And the dynamic duo, gazing thoughtfully into the distance, pondering the future...

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Happy Birthday Mike!

I was going to make a card, but the printer is on the fritz. So, here are our best wishes for the world to see!


Happy birthday, daddy-o.

love, Sharon and Adam
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Monday, January 19, 2009

Smiles and Coos and Things

Adam has developed a nice cheerful period in the morning just after he gets up. He likes to giggle and coo and play. Today Mike even got him to imitate sticking his tongue out! I didn't get a big smile, but we caught some little ones.

And here's him in his charming new cardigan. He looks like he needs a pipe and maybe some slippers. We call it his old man sweater, but it's so adorable.

And he's been noisy! Here's his tummy time.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Adam at eight weeks

Here's the latest in our series of Adam comparison pictures, hot off the digital camera.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Happy Nana Day!

Sadly, the lighting in the Smith house is such that we do not have as many good pictures of my mom as I would like for her birthday post. So we'll start with this one, which is at least a pose that my mom was doing with Adam today. I was doing it yesterday.

Here's an actual picture of Adam plus the proud birthday girl.

And, to round out the post, let me illustrate the diapers. When Adam came home, he was in size N (for newborn), left. He has now, 7 1/2 weeks later, outgrown size 1 and is entering size 2. Look at these diapers! Can you believe he fit into those on the left? Can you believe he's wearing those on the right? He's so big! It's enough to freak you out.

Also, we brought home Mike's birthday gift, Rock Band 2 for the Wii, today (thanks to Dylan). Adam is clearly a budding singer.

Either that or he's eating the microphone. Not 100% sure.

I also have a truly AWFUL photo of Marsha, but I'm saving it for blackmail.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Grand Occasion

No photos today, alas, because we had a huge milestone: Adam's first trip to the library!

It was the Arlington Public Library, which I believe is the Robbins Library. I had two books to pick up, on different floors and one of which was hard to pin down. He dozed in the Baby Bjorn in a most charming manner while I trotted all over the building. As I was checking out, I pointed out to the librarian that it was his first trip and he slept right through it, and we agreed that this was probably the best way it could have gone.

He was a great little guy during a couple of hours at a coffee shop with a new friend and her baby--sleepy and quiet. And this evening, I had him smiling at some finger plays--though I can't for the life of me remember how Little Bunny FooFoo ends. I also turned the poem Men of the High North by Robert Service into a finger play (some of that took some creativity, let me tell you) and he loved that, too.

Oh, and another incidental milestone that was kind of exciting today--he was fussing because he was hungry, so I put him in the bassinet and mixed up a bottle. While I was shaking it, I held it up to show him, and he stopped fussing! For the most part, he usually doesn't recognize the bottle till it touches his lips, or sometimes when it's right in front of his face. This time it was at least six feet away, and I was waving it at him. How's that for visual acuity?

He didn't get his sharp eyes from me, that's for sure.


Monday, January 12, 2009

Multimedia Extravaganza!

First, a little video.

I am pleased to announce that, as seen in the video above, Adam has developed some new expressions. Previously, he had two: Insurance Agent Listening to Your Vital Statistics and About to Deny Your Claim, and Person Being Poked With Sharp Stick. But now, in addition to occasional actual smiles, we have a new expression, that I like to call Positive Neutral. Behold.

I suppose you could say it's a little more Skeptical/Amused, but I like to think he's feeling cheerful, but laid back enough that he doesn't need a big grin.

And now, a series from a recent photo shoot:

Adam's also been sick for a couple of days. Mostly his breathing sounds like snoring, and he slept a lot. He's been such a trooper, though--he's such a good baby. And did I mention his cuteness?

But he can also be threatening. Here's one of him as a mobster. I can't seem to keep his nails short enough, so I'm going to embrace his face scratches as part of his charm.

I can't resist the boy.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009


The Tomasmitho Christmas took place on the twelfth day of Christmas this year (well, I guess this year is next year since the first day of Christmas was last year? Or something), also known as the Feast of the Epiphany. And so, for your perusal, some glorious and revelatory moments.

1) Dylan is great with the baby.

2) Adam already knows enough to cling to his stocking for dear life.

3) Papa is no longer afraid to hold him.

4) Marsha's just cute.

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Monday, January 5, 2009

Ladies and Gentlemen....

May I present, for the first time on film, the one, the only, SMILE FROM ADAM!

Yes, for the first time ever, this under-the-weather young man graces us with a confirmed smile directed at Mommy's crazy antics. The faces I had to make were especially silly, but it was worth it to capture this historic moment.

Truly, I wish I'd caught it a second later, because it got bigger and cuter! What a pleasure--I hope you enjoy it.
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Sunday, January 4, 2009

Well Now You're Just Being Cute

I finally got a picture of one of Adam's favorite faces to make! Behold, the circle mouth:

Hmm...I think I know the answer to that one...let me ponder....

And finally, is he dreaming of flying, or of conducting a symphony? You be the judge.

Today we went for a lovely walk--walking with him in the carrier is so much fun. I'm not sure why--probably the novelty and I'm sure it will wear off. But I used the Bjorn today, so he was sitting upright on my chest. He still fell asleep right away, but I get to watch it close up. I'm glad the weather was good!
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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Friends and the New Year

New Year's was so much fun! We stayed out till 11pm, and Adam was a very good guy. He didn't sleep as much as he did at our last social outing, but he wasn't too fussy. He didn't get any sausage, sadly, but we did and it was delicious. And we finally got a picture of him with his big fan, Liala!

Sadly, a lot of my other photos didn't come out so well. So I'll fill in with a photo of Adam imitating Brenda, from several weeks ago.

What can I say, he's a popular kid?
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