My husband and I spent Mother’s Day weekend with Mercy, Will, and Autumn. Autumn is now seven and a half months old. She started crawling fast on Mother’s Day. What a joyful Mother’s Day gift she gave to her mom. She also learned to clap her hands and feet. Yes, she curls up her legs and claps her feet. She pinches something smaller than a piece of rice with her index finger and thumb. I was impressed with her fine motor dexterity.
We arrived Portland on Wednesday. Mercy took us to different gardens on Thursday and Friday.
For this post, I include several photos of Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. It is a botanical garden located near Reed College in southeastern Portland, Oregon. The garden covers 9.49 acres (3.84 ha), is named for the numerous springs within the garden. Crystal Springs Garden features more than 2,500 rhododendrons, azaleas, and other plants in small lakes, fountain, and small waterfalls.
Many kinds of ducks, birds, and geese are residents in the Garden. My favorite is Wood Duck. This time of the year, Canada Geese have a whole bunch of offspring. It was fun watching the goslings running around eating seeds.
I need the help of all the fingers and toes when I count my blessings.
I’m happy to have my daughter Mercy, her husband Will and now my granddaughter Autumn in my life. They have brought so much joy to me. I’m delighted to see Mercy and Will strive to grow individually as well as together. I was touched to watch them day by day, learn to be loving parents. Autumn is an adorable baby with good temperament. Mercy said, “This little girl melts my heart every day.” I’m privileged to share the same joy with her.
I’m thankful for my husband Lynton. Now he is retired and enjoys cooking every meal for me and doing all the dishes. Even when he is fasting occasionally, he still cooks for me. He enjoys so much working on the home projects one thing after another. I feel good that he takes care of things before they become problems.
I’m grateful to be alive, surrounded by longtime friends, able to serve others in counseling, and can learn new things every day.
Have you ever owned a rock, pet rock, or gem that is not jewelry?
I collected rocks for many years. I am showing a few pieces of amethyst that I got from different trips. They are inexpensive, so they don’t have too much purple color. When we went to Australia, I bought many pieces of black opal. Three of them were set on pendants and a ring. I still have four pieces not set on jewelry.
Are you a hugger or a non-hugger?
I’m a big hugger. I like to hug with my arms around with a little squeeze and a few pats. My family and Lynton’s families are huggers. When we have family gatherings, everyone goes around to hug everyone when arriving and leaving the party. All the children grow up doing the same thing. Of course, we would do it with discretion in social settings.
What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week? Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.
Last week, Autumn had her first coughing and stuffy nose. I happened to call Mercy and we had a nice talk about that. Autumn probably picked up some bugs from the daycare. She didn’t have temperature or infection. The pediatrician said it might take two weeks to go away without medication. I seem to have a strong emotional connection with Mercy. A little bird always tells me to call her in the right timing. I wouldn’t want to miss talking with her about Autumn’s first cough and stuffy nose.
This is the 4th day into the new year of 2018. It’s an open book. What memories do I want to fill into this book?
I do not know about tomorrow. I face each single day with my mind open to learn, my heart open to love and accept, and my hands open to give and receive.
With that mindset, I pray for growth as an individual, as husband and wife, as well as a family. I pray that my husband and I will grow deeper in loving and caring for each other, learn to be considerate and thoughtful parents and grandparents.
As for Mercy and Will, I pray that they grow in their love, respect and admiration to each other. Every day brings new learning and new joy as parents with their precious baby Autumn. Autumn is now 3 months and 1 week old. She found her fingers and loves to put them in her mouth. She is laughing, cooing, and grabbing objects with both hands. She would love to play board games as much as her parents and grandparents.
This new year will be a great growing time for all of us!
Being a grandma is such a joyful experience to me. I was with Autumn the first day of her life on September 28, 2017. It was an incredible feeling to hold her in my arms. I had the privilege to help taking care of her the first six out of the eight weeks. Then Mercy, Will, and Autumn were at my house during the Thanksgiving week. I’m looking forward to spending time with them for Christmas.
I try to understand and observe the infant’s vision development of the few months.
At birth, babies’ vision is abuzz with all kinds of visual stimulation. While they may look intently at a highly contrasted target, their primary focus is on objects 8 to 10 inches from their face or the distance to parent’s face.
During the first months of life, the eyes start working together and vision rapidly improves. Eye-hand coordination begins to develop. By eight weeks, babies begin to more easily focus their eyes on the faces of a parent or other person near them.
Babies begin to follow moving objects with their eyes and reach for things at around three months of age.
My observation of Autumn was that she started to follow objects with her eye movements before eight weeks old. She focused on her parents’ eyes and responded to them with her grins in the following photos. Autumn will be three months old when I see her in Christmas. I love her cheeky grins!
The Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “arm.”
Mercy and Will are very active in sports. They go hiking regularly. They love to do cross country skiing when they hike to the top of the mountain and then skiing down. They like to do kayaking, riding the mountain bikes long distance, and do home gym exercise. All these exercises strengthen all body muscles and the biceps but do not concentrate on the forearms.
After baby Autumn was born, Mercy finds herself using the forearms a lot in holding the baby, feeding her and rocking her to sleep. After Autumn is asleep, she doesn’t want to change the forearm positions. After a while, she finds her forearms very sore. She must rotate her wrists, stretch the arms and rub the forearms.
During the past few weeks when I help to take care of Autumn, I find the same challenge. I exercise my biceps when going to the gym with my husband. When doing the gardening, it may involve using my forearms but not in a concentrating effort or in a lengthy period. When Autumn is falling asleep in my arms, I try to switch my arm positions without waking her up.
Autumn is 9 ½ lbs this week, two pounds over her birth weight. She is getting big and out grows the newborn clothes. She has more awake time. She can sit in the swing for more than 10 minutes when she is clean and fed.
I’m going back to southern California this afternoon. They will come to join us for Thanksgiving dinner. It will be baby Autumn’s first air travel. Until then, I’ll miss holding her in my arms.
My daughter Mercy just called me two hours ago. Her baby is showing signs of readiness to meet the parents and the new world. She went to the doctor today. She started having contractions and is dilated to 4 cm.
Hooray! I’m so happy for her. I’m home for a few days to take care of some business right now, but we are going back to Portland, Oregon tomorrow morning. We’ll meet our grandchild in the next day or two.