Thursday, September 30, 2004

How can an infant be busy?

If you have ever asked this question, or have even considered it as a legitimate question, then you don't know one thing about infants. OK, maybe you know some things!
The truth is that infants have the busiest lives of all people. This is because even the simplest thing is a big project for us. Small tasks like grasping our mom's hand or saying a single word take forever. But we are optimitic and persevering creatures by design.
Oh, did I tell you that I have finally succeeded in thumb-sucking. No longer any funny fist-sucking! This happened about two weeks ago. And did I tell you that I don't like pacifiers at all? My parents offered it to me, and keep doing so, probably as a good-will gesture, but I prefer my own thumb.

The outdoors season

The month of September has been a great month for me. I had a lot of great experiences. We went on a couple of outdoor adventures with my parents, including a few soccer matches where they both played and I watched and tried to cheer. We also went to the park at the south end of the Cayuga lake. This is one of the many beautiful lakes in the Fingerlakes region. Oh, check out my hat! I have to protect my skin against the nasty UV rays!

The stages of growing up

Adults are funny creatures. They are so fixed on these things they call milestones. When they see an infant, the second question they ask is something like this: Does he hold his head up yet? Does he smile yet? Does he do this? Does he do that?
Someone should tell them that this puts a lot of pressure on the little infants to catch up with these expectations. But I have to add that we infants don't care that much about this. I know infants who have mixed up the whole milestone business by doing things in reverse order, like sitting before rolling over. In fact I am going to do the same thing.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

The excitement of thumb-sucking

It might not be that evident to most of the grown-ups, but for us infants, one of the joys of life is being able to suck our thumbs. Early on, we try hard to put our fist into our mouths, and obviously they don't fit in. This is one of the many "problems on infancy". I have encountered quite a few of these problems myself, and will talk more about them later. But when the moment comes that you are able to put that cute little thumb into your mouth, you know that another hurdle is overcome in the road of infancy.

Monday, September 13, 2004

The problem of cheek-heaviness

Infants are cute, but sometimes their cuteness causes funny problems for them. One of these problems occurs when the chubby cheeks become a little too heavy for one's face and start sagging to one side when one goes to sleep. Well, it is not a big deal, and it makes non-infants smile, but how would you feel if half your face was filled with chubby cheeks?

Sunday, September 12, 2004

Ilia goes to New York city

I have been really busy in the past few days. I went on my first road trip last weekend. For the first time in my life, I left New York state and travelled through Pennsylvania and New Jersey to get to New York city. We were going to a wedding ceremony. My parents' friends, basically old folks! No one from my age bracket, but it was fun anyway.
A couple of other things have happened recently. I have added another baby fat crease to my thigh. Now I have three of them, one folding on top of the other. I can pay attention to TV now, and can turn my head toward it. Oh, I also attended a house concert by Chris Rosser this weekend in Ithaca. He is a very talented musician and is also a cool guy. I was really well-behaved, and didn't try to do my sing-along with him. And lastly, my smiles are no longer mute, I guess you can call them laughs!
Some one said I look like Indiana Jones with this outfit. Do you think so?