• Oblivious to Danger

    When Leon first learned to crawl, Minh arranged the furniture in the living room to section off a baby-safe corner of the house. The new arrangement insulted the house’s feng shui* — but it achieved its purpose of keeping Leon reined in, so I tried not to complain too much. But as time went on he would scream like a banshee when we set him down in his play area because he knew he was stuck there. So before Minh got home on Friday I rearranged the furniture back to its original position, and Leon’s been cheerfully cruising around the house ever since. We’re still getting the hang of having…

  • Having Fun

    Leon’s getting pretty good at copying us lately. He claps, dances, and plays peek-a-boo when we do. He even “dances” towards Six and giggles hysterically when she dances back. He’s at a really fun age.   I’ve started a UX certification course at SMU, which will mean I won’t see Leon on Tuesday nights for the next 12 weeks. I’m looking forward to increasing my skillset career-wise, and I still feel like it’s the right choice for me, but I’m really dreading being away from Leon. I know it’s not like I’ll be gone much, but I’m still bummed about not being there.

  • Leon’s Helmet

    So far just in the past week, Leon’s busted his lip, given himself a black eye, and gotten a half-dozen other bruises on his forehead. His lead teacher said she doesn’t know what to do about him, because he doesn’t understand that there won’t always be someone there to catch him when he pulls himself up and starts jumping. (Side note: The second I walked into daycare the other day, the office manager said: “I was just about to call you!” Cue me sighing and walking into the infant room only to find Leon sniffling with a little goose-egg on his noggin. Apparently his teacher put him in the padded…

  • On the Move

    Leon can’t sit still for anything these days. Changing his diaper is like wrestling a greased pig in the dark because he wants to play with the wipes package, the baby powder, or the lamp. Also he recently discovered that there’s something fun down there to play with, which means I’ve had to dodge poopy hands a few times. And we had to rearrange the furniture in the living room — the couch is now butt up against the sectional, and the ottoman is pushed against the couch to make a huge enclosed area. It looks horrible and it’s really annoying climbing over furniture, but Leon hasn’t yet figured out…

  • Leon is Basically an Adult Now*

    I haven’t written a blog post in a while. Not because nothing has happened — on the contrary, I haven’t had time to actually sit down and write because so much has happened. Here’s everything I can remember from the past couple months: Leon now has two teeth. It was brutal getting to this point, because I swear he’d been teething off and on for about four months. Right before his new pearly whites broke through, he violently gnawed on anything he could jam into his little mouth, including my chin (ow) and the spring doorstop (ew). Although…not even a week after the teeth came in, he was once again…

  • My Half-a-Year Survival Guide

    Leon is six months old today! How has time gone by so fast?! He ​can now sit unassisted for a few minutes at a time, roll back to front, and scoot forward like a worm by using his face as leverage. He gets so many comments on how smiley and muscular he is — I don’t have any comparison material, but I’ll take their word for it that he’s a pretty cool dude. Also, as of today, Leon has been exclusively breastfed for six months. Based on how tough the first few weeks were, I’m honestly surprised we made it this far. I’m proud of my body for pulling through…

  • How Minh Made Leon Cry

    We just celebrated Memorial Day weekend. Minh and I took an extra day off work for vastly different reasons — me, to do everything I can’t finish with Leon in tow; and Minh, to do nothing at all. One of the items on my to-do list was to give Minh a haircut. I usually give him his haircuts, but for whatever reason I just haven’t felt like it lately. So for the past month I’ve been begging him to just buy a Groupon and go somewhere during his lunch hour so he didn’t look so much like a fluffy homeless guy. Minh insisted that I cut it (which I like…

  • Superhero Mom

    ​​When I was a kid, my parents were superheroes. They could do no wrong because they were Mom and Dad. They ​had ​​obviously ​been granted special wisdom that came with birthing a child, and they were 100 times better​ at everything​ than ​any ​other mom​ or dad. ​I was at a particularly late stage of my childhood when I realized that my parents weren’t immortal; they were just normal people. They’re great people, don’t get me wrong…but they’re people with flaws and quirks just like anyone else. How did they know how to be a superhero mom and dad? Leon made it four months and one week without getting sick.…

  • The Dreaded Four-Month Sleep Regression

    ​I’ve stressed myself out about Leon’s sleep since pretty much Day 1, but now that we’re in the midst of the four-month sleep regression I’m finding myself more and more frustrated each night. I’m frustrated that it takes multiple attempts and several crutches to get him to finally calm down. I’m frustrated that after an agonizing transition to the crib, he suddenly can’t even be laid down in it without immediately opening his eyes and screaming (so we’ll have to go through that transition again). I’m frustrated that he’s now waking up every hour after about 2 a.m. I’m frustrated that our go-to soothing techniques take twice or even three…