How’s that Cute Baby?!

 How’s that cute baby?

That is the number one question I am asked these days.  Nobody really cares how I am or how my husband is (although we are both doing well).  But, everyone wants to know how Maximus is doing.  And the answer is: he is a baby, a bundle of boy!

Can you believe that Maximus is already 8 months old?! You all were correct when you said that they grow up really fast.  It’s been about two weeks since our first two teeth appeared.  After drooling like a teenage boy on the beach, those suckers finally surfaced.  At first I was so excited to see them – that is until it was time to breastfeed.  Biting + breastfeeding are not a good combination.  (YES, I’m still breastfeeding after 8 months!)

Maximus can roll over in both direction and sit up on his own for an extended period of time.  However, he has little to no interest in crawling.  If you lay him on his stomach in a crawling position, he will quickly roll over on his back. If you roll him back on his stomach and get on all fours to demonstrate how to crawl, he’ll just look at you like you’re crazy and still roll back over on his back.

However, he loves to stand up! He can pull himself up to a standing position.  We have a walker that looks like a baby sized plastic lawn mower and he can push it in a room and walk with it. He is very observant and upon walking into new surroundings he will stare and take everything in before feeling comfortable.

He loves to talk, blow raspberries and mumble – especially in church.  We haven’t said mama or dada yet, but it often sounds like he says “I love you”.  His face lights up at the opening words to The Mickey Mouse Club (“Hey everybody, it’s me. Mickey Mouse…) His face also lights up whenever my husband walks in the room after a day at work or talks with him on Facetime through the Iphone (thank you Steve Jobs).

Maximus went on a bottle strike for at least a month and a half and recently went to a daycare that he hated.  Plus, he had the flu. Even with the flu shot. It’s hard to be a parent of a sick kid, especially one that is too young to know what’s going on.  I still don’t fully know what it means to sleep through the night and did not get the sleep model baby that takes extensive naps during the day.

He’s a mama’s boy that always knows where I am in a room.  His favorite spot is in my arms and his big brown eyes will melt anyone’s heart!  Maximus can care less about battery operated stuffed animals that sing and move, instead he likes objects that he can bang and throw around the room. In my husband’s words – he is our miracle baby and we are so blessed to be called his parents!

Hair Update

“Hair Update”

For those of you new to OnyxLouisville, I cut my hair in May of last year.  Pretty much all of my life my hair was long.  My goal was to have “bra strap” hair (hair that touched my bra strap), but once it became close to that length, I realized how difficult it can be.  Working out was hard because I hated the feel my hair on my neck.  I was constantly pulling the hair out of the back of my shirt.  Of course it had its privileges like being able to pull it back into a ponytail on a bad hair day.  There were also a lot more options when it came to styles.

April 2008

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But I took the hair plunge and chop, chop, chopped it off. Some said “why!”  Others said “wow!”  Some just said “hmmmm”.  But I liked it.  I cut it because 1) it’s just hair and 2) I had a hair theory.  My theory is that everyone’s hair is supposed to be a certain length.  Some people will always have short hair.  You know short to the extent that if they tried to pull it back in a ponytail it looks like a little sprout.  Others are meant to have long hair.  They are the ones that will cut their hair 8 inches on a Wednesday afternoon and by Thursday morning it’s already grown back.  I thought I was somewhere in the middle.

June 2008

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So, it’s been half a year and my hair has started to grow back.  It’s about halfway (I think) from where I started.  I want to try to continue to grow it out for a full year.  When my birthday comes on May 26, I’ll decide if I prefer the long or short look.

This is what we need to realize: if you’re thinking about making change in your life – go for it!  Don’t let others talk you out of it because you know yourself better than anybody.  If you want to decorate your room a different way – do it!  If it’s time to start looking for a new job – make it work (just don’t quit your day job in advance).  If you want to get a tattoo that says “OnyxLouisville” across your back – represent…  yeah, no… don’t do that one! Challenge yourself to step out of the box.  Make new friends. But honestly, leave the hate in 08 and shine in 09.  You can’t succeed if you don’t try and you never know the outcome that could happen!

M.Y.  January 2009