Looking Back: Miguel @ Eight Months

I was editing some pictures today from a party Terrence, Miguel and I went to almost a year ago. The daughter of one of our fellow church members was having her debutante party, and they asked Terrence to take some pictures at the event. Looking through those pictures again made me look back at that point of my new mommy-hood. Miguel was only eight months then, and he was just showing the first signs of separation anxiety. He was good about it though, until one of our pastors approached him in his stroller at the party, and he cried like I’ve never seen him cry before! Lol…

Terrence took some photos of Miguel and I before we left the house for the party. He looked so cute in his “little man suit” that I just had to share these! The photos are also some of our most poignant mother-son shots, probably because he didn’t want me put him down at all (either that…or he was just knocked out silly!)

Here they are…

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The Miggie Report: 14 Months

I’ve been terrible at keeping up with Miguel’s milestones. It’s probably because I can’t keep up. At one year and two months, the new things he comes up with just keep piling up on us.

When Miguel was a baby, I kept close tabs on his every little accomplishment, noting them all in his baby book. His first smile. His first belly laugh. His first crawl. I was so meticulous at my record-keeping about Miguel that I think it secretly drove my husband crazy. Somewhere between being a full-time working mom, packing our whole house, and moving to Arizona however, I just lost track. Of everything. Miles and miles of milestones missed. Nothing noted in writing, just archived in photos. Lots and lots of photos. I am happy that I can always look back at Miguel’s pictures whenever I need to see an accomplishment or occasion re-enacted in my head (his first solid food meal, first time at the park, first time at Chuck E. Cheese’s, etc.), but I know it’s not the same if I wrote about it…really capture the moment in pen (or in this case, through the blogosphere).

So I promise to write more about Miguel’s ever-increasing toddler achievements, his ever-budding little personality, and everything in between. It’s my hope that one day read he’ll read about and appreciate the stories of him growing up, ever so fast for me.

Here goes…the 14th-Month Report:

  • Height: Almost 2 1/2 feet
  • Weight: To be confirmed (our weighing scale is temperamental)
  • What He Usually Eats for Breakfast: a piece of white toast, half a banana, sip of orange juice, his milk
  • Favorite Foods at the Moment: strawberry, sautéed string beans (the real stuff, not the pureed kind), dinuguan
  • Still Likes: Gerber Graduates Puffs and Gerber Graduates Lil’ Crunchies
  • Antics:

– He walks FAST, always as if someone is chasing him. He’s still a little wobbly, but he’s got great balance.

– He loves to squeeze into tight little corners. When sleeping, he’ll move his little body as tightly close to you as possible. He’ll do the same if surrounded by pillows.

– He has two Pottery Barn Kids towels he just loves: Mr. Dinosaur and Mr. Bear. He hugs whichever one is being used before his bath.

– He likes the pantry and enjoys picking up whatever he can carry out of it in his two hands (lately, it’s the recyclable milk containers…drives me nuts!)

– He calls his Dad Mama.

– He has a loud voice, and though still unable to speak in sentences, he will let you hear it when he wants something.

– He knows how to ask for milk (de-de!)

– He knows how to climb on the fridge opening to get his milk.

– He pats your back when he gives you a hug.

– He has to kiss in two’s. If he kisses me, he has to kiss his dad (and vice versa).

– He also likes to play in two’s. Two trucks, two cars, two stuffed animals always. One for each hand.

– He likes to clean. He learned to wipe his high chair early on (probably because he sees me do it all the time after he eats), and lately, he’s been fighting for the Swiffer every chance he sees anyone with it.

Miguel has made peace with the Swiffer.

A Whirlwind Week

My son is officially a toddler. I say that because this past week he has transformed from speed-crawling and cruising to full-fledged walking in a matter of a few days. It’s quite entertaining when we watch him take off in his little drunk-man walk. He has spanned from merely half the floor space in his bedroom, to the upstairs hallways, to the full length of the family room/kitchen/dining room combo downstairs.

It’s amazing how it all happened so fast, this transformation of Miguel. He’s developed such an independence that half excites and half scares me. Last week alone, he didn’t mind us scooping him up from the floor after a good cruising session, and today, if I even gestured trying to pick him up off the floor, he refuses, as if to say, “I can do it Mamma. Just let me walk and explore some more.”

I guess such is the life of a parent. It’s a never-ending push and pull of holding on and letting go, a continuous cycle of keeping them close and, thus, safe, and then letting them loose and free to learn about the world. I knew this feeling would come some day. It’s inevitable. I just didn’t realize I’d be facing it so soon.

Miguel’s First Steps

Tonight was absolutely exhilarating! I got to see my son take his first real steps!!! For the past month and a half he’s been taking a couple of steps here and there, and then he’ll proceed right to his usual speed crawl. As we played together in his room though, he just took off. Not two steps, not even five steps. He took like seven steps from one point of the room to another! Ahhhh. Of course I did not have the flip video, or even my iPhone video camera to record it. A normal mom would immediately get up and grab the nearest camera she could find. Of course, I chilled there and just played with him. Of course, he takes off again!!! LOL. After that we took a little trip to our bedroom where the flip video is, and Te even came along to encourage him to walk some more. Finally…I caught a few videos of his FIRST REAL STEPS!!!

It’s true what they say…the BEST things in life are free =)

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