What to do when it’s time for baby to sleep but he wants to stay up a little later while you eat dinner? You stick him next to the table in his laundry basket bassinet, of course! The previously inconsolable boy magically turns into a happy burrito baby. Ta da!
We braved a huge rain storm to take Nicky to his first Stanford basketball game this week. Even though the game is way too far away for him to see and the team is no good, he was impressed. He did seem to have a bit more fun flirting with the people around us than watching the game but we’ll turn him into a die hard fan soon enough.
Uncle Andrew was back in town this weekend for a dental class. We took advantage of him being here to test out the theory that Nicky has officially outgrown his grunting. I spent the last 3 weeks not eating any dairy, chocolate, caffeine, nuts or spicy foods to see if he had any food intolerances. After slowly adding back one thing at a time with no problems, it was time to test out whether spicy foods bothered the little guy. Instead of trying out some slightly spicy food, we went whole hog and went out to Indian food. If that doesn’t cause grunting/gas problems, I don’t know what will. Nicky had a great time at the restaurant and was drooling in anticipation of getting his share of the feast, and we got to have the most flavorful and tasty dinner I’ve had in weeks! Woo hoo! Luckily, it looks like our little buddy has outgrown his gas issues so mommy can officially eat whatever she wants again!
Later on we played the dangerous game of posing the baby on a sleeping Uncle Andrew…luckily Andrew didn’t startle awake because he’s been known to wake up swinging punches on occasion.
Whenever the Nickster is on his tummy he’s desperate to start crawling. He recently discovered that he can army crawl by pushing off on our hands during tummy time. Unfortuantely it’s not as fun as he thinks it should be since his neck isn’t strong enough to push his head off the ground, so he ends up squashing his face and getting a bit upset. It’s fun to watch though…soon enough he’ll be crawling for real!
Nick met his first set of great grandparents, his great aunt and great uncle, as well as his great god mother last week. They all confirmed that the little noodle is adorable…and since they are totally unbiased, it must be true!
Arlene Hartley Camm, my mother, passed away on December 29, 2009, at the age of 58. We will miss her so very much. She was a mother, a student, a teacher, and a friend, a devoted wife, a doting grandmother, and a serviceable soccer coach. She loved deeply and gave freely. She was instinctively political, and could not resist the opportunity to debate- whether the counter-party wanted to or not! She was a lioness who protected her children fiercely, and taught them how to thrive. She believed in angels and dragons, and Menedelian independent assortment of genetic traits. She had a voracious appetite for books that didn’t stop once the bookshelves were full. She possessed deep faith and lived as true and honest a life as I can imagine.
Mom was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of the lung in August of 2009 following a protracted respiratory illness. In light of the fact that she did not smoke, the doctors had been looking for a bacterial or fungal disease as the root the persistent cough that she had developed. Initial tests for cancer came back negative. Unfortunately, this appears to have been a consequence of poor sensitivity of the test. When the cancer was eventually confirmed, it had already metastasized and progressed to stage IV. Mom endured 5 rounds of chemotherapy which initially improved her symptoms, but eventually gave way to the disease. She was as brave as anyone I can imagine under the circumstances, and never once showed a blink of fear. I attribute this to her deep faith.
Lung cancer in never-smokers accounts for ~10% of all lung cancers. It occurs more often in women than men for unknown reasons. My second-hand experience with this disease exposed me the the shockingly crude therapies and diagnostics currently available. In a sense, this means there is room for vast improvement and hope for people in the future.
Mom would rather not be remembered for the disease that ultimately claimed her, but instead for the values that she held dear: integrity, diligence, community engagement, education, and social responsibility. Mom had a true love for life. She was a real treasure to me.
More information about Arlene Hartley Camm’s life and accomplishments can be found at http://sites.google.com/site/arlenehartleycamm.
The last week has been very hard, but little Nicky has helped to brighten our days. This past week he’s started smiling and cooing, which is just adorable. It’s hard not to smile back when you see his gummy grin.