24 May 2008

Bright Beginnings

Last week I accepted a full-time teaching position at Bright Beginnings Preschool (about 10 minutes from here), and gave my 2 weeks notice at the Montessori in Tampa. I am sad to have to leave -- even though I've only been working there since November, I really love the teachers and families of students to whom I've grown so close during the past few months. On the bright side, though, this means that I will no longer be commuting an hour each way and paying $22 in tolls every week. Plus Bright Beginnings has an opening for Nathan in their infant room so he can come with me to work, leaving Jarred free to find a summer job.

Our family pediatrician has been somewhat concerned about Nathan's tiny size (9 months old and still only 14 lbs -- just double his birth weight), so he gave us the go-ahead to "fatten him up." Don't worry, we won't start giving him donuts and french fries! Nathan eats fresh, homemade foods, of course, so we will simply be enriching his vegetables with olive oil and his fruits and cereals with coconut milk and maple syrup. We have also introduced YoBaby yogurt made from whole cow's milk (all other yogurts are low fat) and scrambled eggs. Blood tests have ruled out the possibility of congenital hypothyroidism, so it's most likely just a genetic thing and he'll catch up eventually. Besides, the pediatrician said many babies who were heart patients have some difficulty growing. I'm taking a relatively laid-back attitude towards the whole situation -- it's easy to freak out over little things, especially as a new parent, but honestly, after what we went through during Nathan's first month of life, nothing is too scary.

04 May 2008

Weekend Update

For the past few days Nathan has had a mild fever on and off, a runny nose, and has been drooling A LOT. Those were the same symptoms he exhibited just before his first two teeth (lower) came in about a month ago, so it seems very likely that his top two teeth will be making their debut very soon.

Yesterday was our good friend Ben's birthday, so we're spending the weekend in Orlando to hang out with him and his family. Jarred and Ben have been watching the Godfather films (and eating cannoli) since yesterday, and today they are playing golf. Meanwhile, Nathan and I have been having fun with Ben's wife Cynthia and daughter Chloe, who will turn 1 year old later this month. The 4 of us went shopping yesterday, first at the Florida Mall, then at the Premium Outlets in Lake Buena Vista. Nathan got an adorable new pair of shoes from Oshkosh with shoelaces and everything. Now he looks like a real boy!

Jarred and I have been looking for summer work in Spring Hill lately because my daily commute to Tampa is both exhausting and expensive. Even though I work 4 10-hour shifts to cut down on the number of driving days, it means Tue-Fri I spend 13 hours each day away from Jarred and Nathan, and that's just too much for me.

I'm also starting to plan Nathan's birthday pary for early August. It's a lot of fun to think about. We're going to go with an airplane theme...and I already saw the most adorable sweater-vest at Gymboree that had a propellor plane on the front. On second thought, it will probably be too hot for that, so I'll keep on looking.