On the Hunter front, night-time has become something of a challenge. Bed time doesn't come very easily now, and it's very rare that Hunter will fall asleep on his own. Hunter has decided that he doesn't want a set bedtime, and really fights us to go to sleep. But, because often he is so tired when it's time to rock him to sleep, he falls asleep within five minutes. Which is not too bad. And some times, if we are lucky, even if we can't rock him to sleep, we can put him into his crib and within 5 minutes he is fast asleep. Lately though, he has been waking up at exactly the same time every morning, 5:00 am. This used to be unusual for Hunter, but when he does wake, he fusses for about 2 minutes, I tend to him, and then he immediately falls back asleep. There must be something waking him up from outside, because it's the same thing every morning! It seems though over all, Hunter is getting very little "night" sleep. He goes down at midnight, wakes at five, goes back to sleep for a few cat naps between 5 and 11:00 am. He now gets very cranky during the day when he is tired, and around 3:00 pm everyday he is very cranky and fussy until he falls asleep for a nap. On his last Osteopath visit with Kay, he started out shy, then warmed up only to get fussy, which moved onto cranky then finally to full blown overtired bawling. This time I had to "rescue" him. There was no further adjusting after that. Kay got about 1/2 hour of work on him done, which is fine - we can't always expect perfect co-operation with babies. I think on the flip side, this kind of helped Kay, as her day was 1/2 hour backed up anyway, so I think we inadvertently put her back on schedule!!
I decided to brush Hunter's hair a tiny bit different to see what he would look like - and oh boy did I ever find out what Hunter's Asian side looks like! Talk about "Chiney" baby! Oh, and for those of you who don't believe that Hunter waves when you say "bye-bye" to him, I have taken a picture of him waving at me when I said "bye-bye!" (With his regular hair style). Oh, and he is now waving with an open hand.
I also thought I should add a few pictures of Hunter playing on the computer with Daddy, which I took a few days back. This is how it starts....
On the 18th of January, Hunter had his five month doctor visit. He was checked over, poked and prodded, and given his Menjugate vaccination. About that, usually when Hunter has any needle, he has a delayed pain reaction and usually cries his heart out for about two minutes. This time he gave us the most unexpected reaction. He scrunched up his eyes, made a face like he was about to cry, and held it in. Talk about brave and tough boy! He didn't make a peep, and when it was done he turned to look at the ECG leads hanging on the wall behind him. We were all shocked to say the least. The final details of his check up were, that he now weighs 14 lbs 8 ozs, is 24 1/2 inches long (although we had measured him at home and he actually measures 25 inches...) and has a head circumference of 16 3/4 cm. On the baby growth chart, Hunter now falls into the regular percentile. Phew, he caught up! I guess Hunter had a pretty fast growth spurt, as he seems to have litterally jumped from his three month clothes into his six months in a couple of weeks.
In the literary department, I finally received my official Copyright certificate for my "Welcome to Our House - An Analogy". It is actually a beautiful certificate. I have to frame it. It is very encouraging to see the fruits of my labour so to speak, in that in all areas, my writing seems to be taking off. I have also contacted two publishers and it would seem that I have acquired two publication reps. I have decided to publish my children's picture book that I wrote four years ago, (which I finally completed as a manuscript on the computer) and my only concern at this point is whether I should 'self publish' or have an established publishing company do it. There are merits and pitfalls to both so, I really have to make a decision on which one I should utilize. A few of those decision makers or breakers have to do with the illustration part of the book. If I 'self publish' I may have to find my own illustrator since letting a self publishing company find an illustrator is extremely expensive. Using an established publisher saves me from having to co-ordinate the illustrator, as they tend to want to provide their own illustrations. I think that I will send out my Manuscript to some publishing companies, and see what happens with that route.
Ellen, my E.I. manager came for a visit on the 19th of January, and we discussed the publication of my analogy within Durham region, (which is now officially underway) and we also discussed the direction I wanted to take with regards to the YMCA Early Years Centres. The OAICD team has been invaluable to me, and will be able to provide all kinds of support to me (and subsequently other families) in directing this program for Special Needs children. I can't wait to finally bring my proposal to the table with the Centre. I will certainly post an update when I finalize that program.