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Friday, June 24, 2005
11 months, 27 days Hand movements are the name of the game these days. Griffin can clap, point, reach to be picked up, and lately has taken to waving. He still doesn't seem to have figured out the basic signs ("eat", "milk", "more", etc.), but hopefully they're just around the corner.

Griff practiced his waving today at the ENT during a hearing test. When he turned to the speaker that made a noise, it would light up to reveal a stuffed animal and he'd wave. Very cute. Unfortunately, the tests revealed the persistent fluid in his ears is interfering a little with his hearing, and he will probably need tubes in his ears. Mom and Dad are sitting on the idea for a day or two, and then will call to make an appointment for the surgery.

Thursday, June 16, 2005
11 months, 19 days Griffin, Mom and Dad are back from a week at the Cape. Poor Griffin was sick the whole time, but he's been a delight lately nonetheless. He is growing up so fast! He's transitioning to a toddler classroom at daycare at the end of the summer, and his first birthday (url) is less than two weeks away.

Thursday, May 19, 2005
10 months, 22 days Griffin's bypassed walking, and is already on to running. Look out, Pandora!

Monday, May 9, 2005
10 months, 12 days Lots has happened in the month and a half since the last update. Griffin has returned to Seattle and San Francisco, and added Portland, Oregon to his list of places visited. He's also had many more ear infections, which makes him uncomfortable, but that the Ear, Nose and Throat specialist insists won't cause any long term damage. He's changed rooms at daycare due to a reorganization of the center. Having to move made Mom unhappy, but Griffin seems to be surviving just fine.

Griffin has seven teeth now, with an eighth on its way. He eats lots of finger foods, and often insists on partaking in Mom and Dad's meals. Surprisingly, his favorite foods are very flavorful, such as guacamole and spicy Thai food. Tofu, on the other hand, which is pretty bland, gets a big thumbs down. Because Griffin seems pretty happy with cheese and yogurt, Mom's finally added dairy back fully into her diet. Hooray!

Stay tuned for an imminent announcement that Griffin walks. He currently stands on his own regularly, and can take up to five steps before toppling over.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005
8 months, 22 days The weather is warming up a little, so Griffin got to take his first trip to the park this weekend. He thought the swings were ok, but he loved the slides. Whee! He also enjoyed a visit to the pet store. He's figured out that you can point at something without actually touching it, and had fun pointing to the ferret, and the mice, and the fishies...

Daycare continues to go well, but Griffin has stopped drinking any milk during the day. He now only takes solids at daycare, and only nurses at home. Mom can't decide if the night wakings to nurse are worth the benefit of not having to pump during the day. Griffin sleeps in bed with Mom and Dad, so waking to nurse hasn't been too onerous thus far. Lately, however, nursing hasn't put him back to sleep, and he's been waking more and more at night, so Mom and Baby are trying to figure out how to sleep a little longer.

Griffin recently got a sippy cup of his own, a coveted possession of the older kids in his class. Now he just needs to figure out how it works. Griffin's also started eating Cheerios. It's a treat to have dinner with him now that he can feed himself part of his meal.

Oh! And Griffin definitely says a word: Mama. Not quite as heartbreaking cute as Mama had hoped, since it's almost always said when whining.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005
8 months, 17 days Weight: 20 lbs, 3 oz.

Wednesday, March 9, 2005
8 months, 10 days Griffin's transition to the new daycare center went well, and both he and Mom and Dad are happy with the move. One nice thing they do is assign each child a primary care giver, so Griffin has one teacher for whom he's a special responsibility.

Friday, February 5, 2005
7 months, 9 days Today Mom and Dad made the very hard decision to move Griffin from his current daycare center to the daycare center in Mom's office building. Griffin loves his current teachers, and Mom loves being room mother for his classroom, but having Mom and Baby in the same building during the day was just too hard to pass up. Hopefully Griffin's parents made the right decision.

Griffin had his first fever yesterday, poor guy. It was discovered to be an ear infection very quickly, and antibiotics are already helping him to feel better.

Tuesday, February 2, 2005
7 months, 6 days Griffin and Mom are back from Seattle, where Mom attended a workshop and Griffin played with Mamou. Griffin's already traveled over 30,000 miles since being born, and has plans for upcoming trips to SF, Portland, Madison, Seattle, Singapore and Brazil. Fortunately, he's really well behaved on the plane.

Griffin's latest amazing accomplishments: He pulls himself up, and has started to cruise (which also means lots of bruises). He points at things, and, if asked, can point out the "Mamma Bunny" in The Runaway Bunny. And he's maybe even said his first word. When he does something good, like pull himself up, he'll say "Gu, Gu, Good," and when Mom says, "Good," he echoes it back. But can a baby's first word really be an adjective, not a noun?

Friday, January 14, 2005
6 months, 18 days So much has happened in the past week, it's unbelievable, and Griffin's become even more fun than ever before. Last week, he decided to sit, so he quickly flew through all of the sitting milestones in the course of a week and now can sit himself up beautifully. He also started daycare on Monday, and has been easing into the routine fairly painlessly. He's still just going for short days (10am-3pm), and Mom's stopping by at lunch, but he's getting comfortable with the place and making friends. Within the first five minutes of arriving at the daycare center for the first time, he started crawling, so the padded, baby-safe room must be to his liking.

Thursday, January 6, 2005
6 months, 10 days Griffin, Mom and Dad are back from ten days in Hawaii. The vacation wasn't nearly as relaxing as expected for Mom and Dad with Baby in tow, but it was fun bringing the little guy to the beach and taking him swimming. Immediately after the red-eye back to Boston, Griffin had his six month doctor's appointment. All continues to look good. Weight: 18 lbs, 9 oz. Height: 28-1/4 inches Between his six month shots and the time zone change, however, he's been pretty fussy lately. His parents are already ready for another vacation.

Monday, December 20, 2004
5 months, 23 days Omi left on Friday, after a month and a half of doing a wonderful job of watching Griffin while Mom and Dad worked. It's nice he got to spend so much time with his grandma. Omi got good at carrying the lucky little guy around while he napped. He'll surely miss her.

Griffin's been having fun lately, although every game he plays, he's had to teach to his parents, not the other way around. Recent games he's made up include "Copy My Parents When They Shake Their Heads" and "Make My Toys Play Music So Mommy Will Dance". He's also a big fan of feeding himself, and has started on three (very small) meals a day. Got to put his one little tooth poking out to good use.

Monday, December 6, 2004
5 months, 9 days The Teevan Hehmeyer family took a trip down to Nashville this weekend to attend a friend's wedding. Nashville was hokey and a lot of fun, and lucky Griffin got to meet Elvis and Santa, but he couldn't have been happier to return home to Boston. Dad's on the road five days a week now, so it was a treat for Mom and Baby to get to spend some time with him with no chores or other outside world concerns pressing.

Sunday, November 28, 2004
5 months, 1 day Griffin is learning new things every day now. He's gotten quite mobile with rolling, and even rolled off the bed the other day (oh dear!). He's started pushing himself up on his hands and knees, and he'll certainly be crawling soon. Mom and Dad want him to work on sitting first. Today Griffin wowed his parents by making up a game all on his own. He covers his face with his blanket, and then pulls it off with a big smile.

The Teevan Hehmeyer family went to visit the Steels in Connecticut for Thanksgiving, along with Omi and Grandpa. Griffin had fun showing off his new duds (a gift from Mamou). Thanksgiving evening at the hotel, when Mom and Dad ran out of books to read the little guy, he listened intently as they read him the Guest Services Directory.

Wednesday, November 3, 2004
4 months, 7 days Griffin's four month check-up went well. Height: 26-3/4 inches. Weight: 16 lbs., 4 oz.

Monday, October 25, 2004
3 months, 29 days Griffin laughed for the first time today. It was too cute! Mom and Dad have been trying for a repeat performance, but must not be funny enough.

Saturday, October 23, 2004
3 months, 27 days Griffin's just returned from a trip with Mommy to San Francisco, where he visited with his grandmas while Mom visited with various Bay Area researchers. Both Mom and Baby had fun, but are glad to see Daddy again.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004
3 months, 17 days Things change so quickly. The minute Mom and Dad think they've got everything all figured out and can keep Griffin from fussing, he starts fussing all the time again. Alas. But Griffin's also shown some real personality this week, which has been fun. At night, he loves to hear Goodnight Moon. When Daddy finishes reading and tries to put the little guy to sleep, Griffin will fuss until he's read it again. And the other day when Dad accidentally dropped a rattle on Griffin's head, Griffin cried for a while and then, when he calmed down, turned and yelled at Dad. You could just tell he was saying, "Be more careful next time!" in baby-talk. (Which Dad surely will be -- you could tell he was hurting as much as his little boy about the accident.)

Saturday, October 9, 2004
3 months, 12 days Griffin's really growing up. Everything goes in his mouth lately, and his parents are getting used to being covered in his drool. He hardly fusses at all any more, except when he gets too tired. Mom and Dad are still trying to figure out how to best help him fall asleep.

Last weekend, Griff added a third state to his travels when he went hiking in Vermont. Next week it's back to SF to visit with his grandparents while Mommy gives some talks. Mom's a little anxious about the trip, since Dad's not coming along. Dad doesn't admit it, but he's probably a little anxious himself about being away from his baby so long.

Thursday, September 23, 2004
2 months, 27 days Griffin is working on becoming a Red Sox fan, and spent last night at a sports bar with Mom and Dad watching the game (until he fell asleep). It was a busy day for him. He also went and got more pictures at Sears. He'll probably sleep well today, digesting all he's seen.

Thursday, September 16, 2004
2 months, 20 days Alex commented the other night when he saw a little baby in a video that he understands babies so much better now, and it's true, there was subtlety to the baby's cry that, pre-Griffin, would have just looked to his parents like a meaningless cry. What a good daddy Alex is!

On another note, day care for the fall has been resolved. Lucky Griffin will get to spend November and December with his Omi. Grandma Carol is renting an apartment at Harvard Square, and will watch the little guy while his parents work. In the meantime, Alex is watching the baby now, and Jaime will once Alex starts work (probably around October 1).

Friday, September 3, 2004
2 months, 7 days Jaime wore her pre-pregnancy jeans today! She got down to her pre-pregnancy weight very quickly, but it took a while for the weight that remained to redistribute itself properly.

Wednesday, September 1, 2004
2 months, 5 days Griffin had his 2 month doctor's appointment, and he continues to look very healthy. Weight: 13 lbs, 5 oz. Height: 24-1/2 inches He got a number of shots, which he took very stoically, although he broke his parents's hearts later in the day when he ran a fever and cried inconsolably for a while. (All better now.)

Griffin smiles and squeals all the time now, and talks Mom and Dad's ears off. "Ah-goo, un-gah, whee!" Dad declares, "He's so adorable!" all the time, and it's hard to believe other parents think their babies are as cute, when Griffin is so clearly the cutest. He particularly loves it when Mommy dances for him. He screams and squeals, and wiggles his body in time to the music.

Both Jaime and Alex are going to begin work in earnest shortly, and they have begun to look into family day care for October 1. It sure will be hard to leave him.

Monday, August 30, 2004
2 months, 3 days The Teevan-Hehmeyer family is back home in Cambridge. Taking care of the baby at home seems easy now that the family's stayed the night at two new houses, changed time zones, and flown thousands of miles. Which is good, because Alex is going to start work soon, and Jaime hopes to keep up the work she's been doing from home, as well as add at least bi-weekly visits to the office.

Most of the kinks of caring for Griffin have been worked out, the last of which was the ability to put him down for a nap. In the past, when Griffin got tired he would just get more and more animated and fussy. The recent purchase of a specially designed swaddling blanket has made nap times much easier, even if it does make Mom and Dad a little sad (and a little amused) to see him wrapped up like a cocoon.

Sunday, August 22, 2004
8 weeks Jaime and Alex left Griffin alone for the first time tonight to attend a friend's wedding. Mamou (Grandma Connie) and his great-grandparents Jim and Jeanne watched over him, and Mom and Dad only felt a little guilty leaving him in such good hands.

Griffin impressed his grandparents the other night by rolling over several times in a row. Mom and Dad had been saying he could roll over for a month now, but no one really believed them until now.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004
7 weeks, 3 days Griffin traveled with Mom and Dad to San Francisco today, and was very good on the long airplane trip. He now has a week of visiting with grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends to look forward to.

Friday, August 13, 2004
6 weeks, 5 days Yesterday, Jaime had her last visit with the midwives, and was given a clean bill of health, excepting a small cut that's still healing. In other news, she tried adding dairy back into her diet yesterday (yum, pizza!), and Griffin seemed to handle it fine. So it looks like Jaime gets to slowly start back on dairy.

Tuesday, August 11, 2004
6 weeks, 2 days Today, Jaime took Griffin shopping for bridesmaid dresses with Christine (the bride) and Tracy. They found lots of beautiful dresses, although six weeks after giving birth is probably not the best time to go trying on clothes. Jaime's almost back to her pre-pregnancy weight, but that weight is still sitting a little differently (e.g., around the belly). And her nursing bra didn't look that hot with the strapless gowns. Christine and Tracy were surprised to learn that she couldn't remove it for fear of leaking all over the dresses. Alex enjoyed the day to himself, and in the evening babysat Griffin while Jaime and the girls went out to dinner.