Maxon the Brave

Can you find the band aids covering up where my shots were?

Maxon had his 4-month appointment on Monday and all looks good! He is going for the long and lean look, weighing in at 12 pounds, 5 ounces stretched out over 25 inches long. He also got his second round of shots, which he did not like, but managed to pull himself together (or just forgot about) after about 90 seconds. Wile E. Coyote band-aids this time around!

I don’t exactly know what’s going on this week but he seems to be connecting the dots a little more. Movements are more deliberate and things are being quietly checked out for a little longer. Awake times are also longer yet naps are more resisted. Yay.

Soon enough, Daddy. Soon enough...

Nonconformist

Rings are for sissies

Maxon the Destroyer

Our gladiator. Rawr.

 Maxon is getting pretty good at going for a toy and gripping it with all his might but it’s starting get violent. The owl on his bouncy chair, although merely attached by velcro, regularly gets ripped down but the remaining raccoon and hedgehog are obviously next on the hit list. The links on his playmat? Child’s play. You’ve seen what he’s capable of with his swaddling blanket. And it’s not just the physical violence either. All acts of gripping, ripping, and gumming are accompanied by his new battle cries–high-pitched shrieking and grunting that we’re having trouble differentiating between “I’m done with this” and “here, check this one out”. For what it’s worth, he doesn’t seem to know his own strength yet. In the interest of trying to check out new areas of his crib a few nights ago, he managed to roll over onto his tummy, still swaddled. Twice.

Rolling Over, Part Deux-Deux

He did it again this morning! Back to belly, one arm awkwardly oustretched behind him. And, of course, I missed it again. I had my phone, still and video camera next to me all day, trying to catch the epic event but it has not yet occurred again. Not for lack of trying though! I have plenty of video of Maxon trying to get himself over, not quite making it, and being absolutely irritated by it. And not only is Maxon trying to roll in whatever direction he is not in, he also seems to be experimenting with some new noises. Lots of grunting, some yelling, and during the trip to Virginia, a little laughing.

As for the real deux-deux of it all, Maxon seemingly wants to stretch out his time between poops. Probably just to freak us out. He went 7 days without a single movement and really didn’t seem to mind the entire time. Of course, those of us on the outside minded when he let off a little “steam” now and then. Whew. Those were some grown-up fumes.

Visiting Virginia

Lolas, Lolas everywhere!

We went into this trip knowing there were going to be a lot of firsts. I usually get pretty wound up when I know we have to travel anyways but putting a baby into the mix adds a whole new dimension. Putting the packing aspect aside, how was Maxon going to hold up in such a confined space? Or, for that matter, how were we even going to get him and all our stuff from the car to the gate? The minute after we booked our flight, my mind raced on how we were going to get this done. What we ended up doing really worked well for us. Instead of renting a carseat with the car, we decided to bring ours with us. I found out that carseats can be checked for free so armed with that little tidbit and a great padded carseat bag, we were in business. In order to streamline the security checkpoint area, we decided to organize our carryons with the next immediate destination in mind instead of just what’s-mine-is-mine. For example, my carryon largely held Maxon-comfort items like toys, diapers, and a burp cloth. Mike was in charge of our laptops, which for the security checkpoint destination, ended up in the bottom of Maxon’s stroller until we put it all through the X-ray machine. We also made a point to get into the furthest x-ray line behind a family with two young kids with an inordinate amount of stuff. When in doubt, just put yourself next to someone in a touger state and all of sudden what you have is pretty manageable. There was a tiny moment of panic when it seemed like our stroller wouldn’t fit through the x-ray machine but it turned out we just needed to hone our Tetris skills.

Off to a good start

The flight started off really well. I fed Maxon as we took off and he didn’t seem to notice anything was amiss. He stayed asleep for about half the flight and even got to stretch out on the empty seat in our row. Things took a turn for the worse when he woke up a little earlier from his nap than expected and was restless. Mike took him to the back of the plane where he was soon confiscated by a couple of flight attendants who had some advice for Mike on how to hold Maxon properly (yet was on the receiving end of some well-timed spit-up). Mike finally got him back as we started the descent and that’s when things got a little uglier. Apparently a fleece sleeper was much too warm for the flight, which made him even more restless and uncomfortable, which made him cry even harder and get even more overheated. By the time we landed, I had stripped him down to his diaper, which finally calmed him down. I didn’t even know he could sweat! Happily, by the time we got off the plane, he was in a great mood and ready to people-watch all the way to baggage claim. And even more happily for us, he fell asleep as soon as we got him back in his carseat which arrived without a scratch.

Napping with Lola

The rest of the trip was non-stop. We arrived at my mom’s house where the whole family was gathering. Maxon held up great, offering smiles for all the Lolas, Lolos, Titos, and Titas. At least, I think that was the case, as we hardly saw him once we got to the house. Even being on Mountain time, we couldn’t keep up with the rest of the family and were first to crash for the night. We had big plans for the next couple of days seeing friends we had neglected to see on our previous whirlwind trips to the area. Maxon continued to be a trooper, being dragged from one gathering to the next. We also lucked out on warm weather during our stay so Maxon got to go out on sunny walks with Lola and Tita Stephanie and didn’t have to be bundled up from head to toe. In fact, Maxon got to hang out in just a onesie around the house and slept swaddled in just a diaper. It was fun to see so much of his skin!

Meeting the Dehousts

At the Huffman House

The return flight went even more smoothly. Again we had the row to ourselves and timed feedings during the ascent and descent. He did get restless somewhere during the middle of the flight but luckily it didn’t escalate to any real crying fits and he was able to calm down. The flight attendants on this flight seemed pretty indifferent to having a baby on board so there wouldn’t have been much sympathy there. I’m usually the one that needs to close my eyes and pretend I’m somewhere else during the ascent and descent but I think being in charge of someone else’s comfort made me forget my own. Win-win!

Return flight

Rolling Over (part deux)

We still need to recap our trip back East but before too much time elapses, we just had to share that Maxon rolled over from his back to his tummy this morning! He has been threatening to do for a couple weeks now but I didn’t think he had enough oomph to haul his head over. There he was on his beloved activity mat doing his normal grab-everything/scoot-everywhere mode one minute and then in the next, he was completely on his tummy and not all that happy about it. He has yet to repeat it but you can bet we will be on high alert from now on!