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Monday, September 28, 2009

We Have A Water Baby!!

It's hard to believe, but our son Blaze is now 1 month old.  As each day passes, we both get to enjoy our beautiful boy more and more. We made the rounds to Rhonda's work this past week to introduce Blaze as everyone was chomping at the bit to see our newest family addition.  We stopped at Rhonda's current job and then headed over to her previous employer where she was the Director.  Everyone was so surprised and happy to see her...well maybe not her, but certainly Blaze!

Yesterday we met with the lady who will be Blaze's Nanny a couple of days a week when I am on shift.  We REALLY liked her and if things work out as planned she will hopefully be able to make a long term commitment until Blaze starts school in a few years.  We just really love the idea of him being able to stay in the comforts of his own home.

Blaze has his follow-up with the Pediatrician this week and we can't wait to see how much he has grown.  He is eating up to 5oz with each feeding and changing each day.

Last week I had my official swearing in/pinning ceremony with the Fire Dept.  We brought Blaze along and I had SO much fun showing him off to all my co-workers.  He definitely was the life of the party. 

Growing up as a child, I had a great love for the water.  I enjoyed swimming anytime I got the chance, and it continued on into my adult life.  My parents never had a swimming pool, which meant many trips to the public pool or to the lake at my Grandparents house.  Rhonda's family had a pool in their backyard and they enjoyed swimming as a family most every weekend in the summer. 

When Rhonda and I moved to Arizona from Florida and were looking for a house, one essential requirement was that we had to have a pool.  If you have ever been in Arizona in the summer you would definitely understand why.  We are relatively homebodies, and getting to spend the day around our pool cooling off and enjoying ourselves is our type of day.  So I couldn't wait to get Blaze home from India and into the pool to see if he would also enjoy it, and he sure did!! He just loves the water.  Right now he limits himself to floating around in the pool in Mommy or Daddy's arms, and occasionally splashing his feet or arms.  But I am certain that as we continue to expose him to the pool, it won't be long before he begins to take little steps (baby steps, I couldn't resist the pun!) towards learning how to swim, and Daddy will be there right beside him helping all the way.

Now, even though I have a love for the water, I am not a big fan of baths, too much work.  I am a shower guy.  I find it more enjoyable and relaxing having a nice hot shower and it is the best part of my day.  In India, we used an inflatable bath cradle to give Blaze his baths each day.  It was great and came in very handy.  When we got home we had a Primo Infant Bath waiting for our little guy.  We chose this particular one, after once again doing my homework and researching what was available and had good reviews.

A couple of nights ago after having Blaze in the pool, I thought it would be a great time to see if my boy enjoyed the shower as well.  Well, you know what they say "Like Father, Like son." He just loved it.  I held him tightly in my arms and let the water flow on his body and he just looked so relaxed.  I truly think that we have a water baby on our hands.