Thursday, January 7, 2010

i'm blogging again! *gasp*

this the second day in a row that i am blogging. yep, i am trying to make an attempt everyday.

for those you don't i know i am practicing what they call attachment parenting. i had one of those attachment parenting moments which i wanted to share.

we went to a marriage retreat in denver a few weeks back. jake is a seasoned traveler. he has been to japan at 5 months, flew to houston to see great great auntie harriet, and he also survived a 16 hour road trip from los angeles to here in colorado springs. so this one and a half hour drive and two nights in a hotel should not have phased him.

so much to my surprise, when we went into our hotel room in denver, he got scared and nervous in this new environment. i could see this when i put him down to stretch his legs, he kind of looked to me, looked for reassurance. i went to him and cuddled with him. in about 15 minutes he was his normal self again crawling everywhere in the hotel room and exploring like he loves to do. this kind of experience makes me believe that for us to respond with sensitivity and provide loving and consistent care creates a confident child, not a spoiled child.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

my parenting journey at 9.5 months

i really need to get back to blogging, i have a lot to say, i always end up facebooking it or just sticking it in the back of my mind...

so jake has began to explore everything and i am so amazed at what he is doing. every little thing he has to touch it, look at it, taste it, and absorb it all. at the same time i see him learning, learning to crouch down from a standing position instead of just fall over, learn to vocalize and show what he wants (he comes over and pats my chest when he is hungry), and learn to show that he is displeased instead of just crying (ok he could've skipped this one ok? LOL). now the baby whose whole world was just the living room now explores all over the place. while he explores, we keep an eye out from a safe distance... we still do not have baby gates.

yea, we do not have baby gates. we have items placed strategically placed, like the laundry baskets blocking him from the kitchen... but he wanders back and forth, from the living room, to the dining room, to the bedroom (when we forget to shut the door), and the bathroom (again when we forget to shut the door, but we make sure we close the toilet lid). i don't feel like it is necessary to restrict him from places with a gate. i dunno, its just how i feel.