Happy Birthday Jake! You are 10 weeks old today!
During the past six weeks since my last update there have been a lot of noteworthy events in your life. Before you turned six weeks old we gave you your first bottle of expressed milk and have given you a bottle or two every week since. You have had absolutely no trouble switching between breast and bottle, which is a relief since I had been worried about that.
Before your seven week birthday you took your first international flight from Tokyo to Brisbane, Australia. We were a bit worried how things would go but you loved your little baby bassinet on the plane and charmed all of the older Japanese ladies on board. Your dad and I even managed to watch a whole movie without you waking up!! You have now met the Australian side of your family and it has been great having the support and love of our family nearby. I hope you don't mind but we left you in the capable hands of your Aunty Neen for the night so we could go to our friend Martine's birthday party and we even got a little bit drunk - yay!
One of the most exciting developments has been watching you fall into a schedule of sorts. As soon as we landed in Australia you started going to bed around 7pm and sleeping through until 1 or 2am. You still wake up a couple of times in the night but they are usually short and sweet and it's not difficult getting you back to sleep.
Oh and did I mention the smiles. You are a happy baby who is not shy about sharing his smiles. It seriously makes our day. Everyone comments how cute you are and how alert you are for your age. It has really been a pleasure to watch you grow these first ten weeks. We weighed you at the baby store a couple of days ago and you have been consistently gaining about 30 grams a day and you now weigh in at 6290 grams. You are strong, especially your legs and neck. You hold your head up easily. BTW, your saliva glands have kicked in and you slobber everywhere - it's cute. Also now you do all of that cute baby talk that you hear about before you have a baby!! You really do say 'ah-goo'.
You have been a champion when it comes to dealing with the summer heat even though this summer has been much cooler than usual. Last week we celebrated your first Christmas and man did you clean up!! Presents galore. You also had your photo taken with Santa for the first time, but you were fast asleep!!
If you are wondering what contraption you are sitting in....it's nanna and poppy's laundry basket lined with Uncle Chris's sheepskin from when he was a baby. Although I had my doubts, you love it and fall asleep for nanna and poppy every time.
Jake, your dad and I can't wait to watch you grow up, but at the same time we are trying to savour these moments when you are so small and fit snugly in our arms. You are already showing signs that you'll be rolling over before long (scary thought), so if you can slow it down a little because we love our little baby. I think I've covered most of the biggest developments we've seen over the past six weeks and that brings us to the end of 2007. It'll always be a special year for me because it was the year you came into our lives and changed them for the better. Always remember that we love you so much it hurts!