Sunday, September 6, 2009

I'm back! (For real this time)

We've had a long hiatus here. Santi is now seven and a half months old, weighing it at 18 lbs 12 oz., and is 28 inches long. During that time he has crossed the Atlantic Ocean (twice), revisted his homeland (Mexico), directed an archaeological excavation (or at least helped mom), and returned to France sitting, crawling, pulling up to standing, and now getting his very first tooth!!! So, lots of changes.

He is eating solids now and loves them. He gets lunch and a "snack" that for now is actually like a second lunch. We gave him a couple of jars of babyfood, but what he likes best and what is easiest for us to just mash up a non-salted portion of what we're eating. He's developing a sophisticated palate already and loves garlic and olive oil with his meats and veggies. So far, the only thing he doesn't like is artichoke. Ham and sauteed green beans are a big favorite.

His lower right incisor is coming in, but it doesn't seem to bother him too much. It's cute to hear it "clunk" against his cup when he drinks and you can feel it catch on the spoon when he's eating. He doesn't seem to like actual teething toys and doesn't seem to have much need to soothe his gums. When he does want to gnaw on something, he prefers to a dry washcloth or one of his socks (he crawls around with it hanging out of his mouth). Actually, his favorite "teether" is a nice hard crust of a good old French baguette. He'll gum it until it "melts".






Sunday, May 31, 2009

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Para Susa y Angela...

Estoy muy atrasada con el subido de las fotos, pero aqui estan unas cuantas mas para abrirles el apetito.





Thursday, May 14, 2009

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Rolling, rolling, rolling...

Santi has been working out hard in his baby gym and is getting ready to roll over soon!


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Catching up!!!

I have been so busy that I haven't had time to update. Santi has been doing a trial "adaptation" the last few days with a potential home daycare provider, but she seems nuts and I think we'll have to find something else. He doesn't take a bottle very easily and she keeps demanding I starve him before I bring him to her to force him to eat with her. He's only 3 months old. No thanks!

Otherwise he's very happy. He smiles and laughs all the time. He loves to look at you and babble back when you talk to him. He can hold his head up very well now and is trying to crawl when you put him on his tummy. He has mastered rolling from tummy to back pretty well a few times (although sometimes he gets stuck half-way and panics), and is now working on back to tummy. He can definitely get on his side and even turn his face to the ground, but getting his butt flipped all the way over is still a little beyond his abilities just yet.

He also met his two cousins. They were excited to see him and when he gets older I think they'll be great friends.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

French Daycare

We went to an informational meeting for our municipality to find out about daycare for Santi. It was two hours long. The first hour was information on the differences of home daycare versus daycare centers. The second hour turned into a gripefest among the parents about how it's impossible to get someone to care for your child in Paris unless you're rich and can hire a private nanny.

I won't overwhelm you with the details, but basically each neighborhood provides a certain number of subsidized daycare centers and in home daycare providers. There are also private daycares, temporary day cares, parent co-op daycares, and different kinds of private in-home daycares and nannies. The subsidized centers and in-home providers are nice and cheap, but there are nowhere near enough to meet demand. And for now, EVERYTHING public and private is booked up till September. We may be able to get Santi into a private home daycare part-time (which is all we want), but there are only a couple of options available.

Otherwise, things are fine with Santi. Here are some pictures of his latest outing at a park:



This is a close-up of his new hat:



Here is a close-up of Santi trying to take off his new hat:


His first pair of boots (courtesy of his friend Erika in Mexico):


Meeting his new friend Stephane (who brought him a very cute set of dishes):

And, of course, bath time again:

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Getting settled

Santi is so far adjusting to his new home. He is sleeping pretty well, although he gets to be a bit later than in Mexico. He usually falls asleep around 9 or 9:30 pm and then wakes up to eat again around 10 pm. Then he's down till 4:30 am. Usually we can get him back to sleep till 6 or 7.

He's also starting to really want to sit on his own. When you put him down on his back he now tries to pull himself back up to a sitting position. It makes it harder to burp him on your lap because he won't stay doubled over anymore. He wants to straighten his back and sit up all the way. He also is taking a lot of notice of us eating at the table now. He follows the food going to our mouths with is eyes very intently and smacks his little lips while we chew. He's still too little for solids, but, as with everything else, he's already ready to try.

Here's some pictures of him with his Grandma Evelyne and his new bathtime setup:

Thursday, April 2, 2009

On est arrivé

Santiago just arrived in Paris and is getting settled. As you can see, he's already pretty comfy in his new rocking bed (courtesy of his Aunt Vanessa).


He's also modeling lots of new clothes (here seen in an outfit from his "great uncle" Bill).

We'll have more updates coming soon!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009