Friday, October 28, 2011

Missing Children

As many people may know, there are two children that have gone missing recently.  One is the baby named Lisa whose mother was drinking one night when she went missing.  The second one is an autistic boy named Robert who ran off in the woods on a walk with his father and has been missing since Sunday.

Both of these stories break my heart.  In the case of the baby girl, it's hard for me not to be upset with that mother as she had the full capability to keep her daughter in her sight and didn't.  However, I'm sure she is feeling bad enough about that now.  The little girl is supposed to turn 1 soon, and it must be devastating to have no idea where she is.

As for the autistic boy, his parents are separated and his mother wasn't with him when he went missing, and I can only imagine how she must be feeling right now.  From the articles I've read, I haven't heard about any statements that have been released from his mother.  The articles have just said that he lived with her in Ladysmith, VA and that he was with his father walking through the park when he went missing.  As a mother, that must be extremely hard to handle--knowing that your baby went missing and you couldn't be there to go after him.  I am sure it is equally hard on his father who tried to chase after him but couldn't catch him.  I have been praying for this boy and his family ever since I heard the news of his disappearance on Sunday.  Being day 6 since he went missing, things are beginning to look a little disappointing.  Still, I just hope they find him. I keep thinking about what I would do if I was in that situation, and I don't think I'd even be able to eat or sleep.

Knowing these things, I'm just holding my little one extra close and praying for these families.  I hope their children are found soon!

Baby Lisa's story is pretty wide-spread.  However, if you haven't heard about Robert, here is an article on the most recent news about him.

Good news! Robert was found alive and they believe he will be okay! Now still praying for baby Lisa!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Gordon Lee in Month # 3

Gordon Lee is 3 months now (has been since October 8th), and this month is shaping up to be a pretty good one so far.  Yes, he still has fussiness every now and then.  However, the colic is vanishing being replaced by more smiles and laughs.  
As you can see in the above picture, he is starting to sit a little bit.  He likes to sit up and can last for a few seconds.  He seems to be VERY focused on getting this task under his control.  So, I'll be interested to see when he is officially sitting up independently.  Apparently, they can practice for months before mastering it, so I won't be holding my breath.

He's also into rolling.  He can roll from his back to his side, from his tummy to his back, and he is desperate to get from his back to his tummy.  He just hasn't totally figured out how to get the hand that is under him out of his way so he can complete the roll.  Here's a video of him having some success rolling.  Even though he can do it every now and then, he hasn't quite figured out the exact science of it to have the skill mastered.

He has gotten very much into picking up his head as well.  It used to be that if you placed him on  his tummy, he'd put his face in the mat and start crying (even though he knew how to pick his head up).  Now, he just automatically picks his head up and he grins as if he is so proud he can do that.  And, oddly, it was like he suddenly just figured this one out on his 3 month birthday!

He has taken an interest in toys and will grab or bat at them.  At first, I thought that he wasn't totally sure he could do this all the time.  But I later discovered that he only grabs at things if he feels like it and no coaxing will get him to grab at something he doesn't want to.  I figured this out when he was lying on his playmat and he wouldn't grab at his toys, but as soon as I put my hand above him, he looked right at it and deliberately grabbed my finger. lol 
This video is of one of the first times he discovered he could interact with his toys with his hands.  

He is talking and babbling A LOT! For awhile he seemed to do it only with certain toys. Now it is just with anything or anyone.  My sister said she feels like he is an extrovert, and I agree.  He loves to be with people and he loves to "talk!"

Those are the major milestones so far.  I  can't think of anything else that he is doing.  It's so exciting, though, because it seems as though his development has picked up at an even quicker pace now that he has hit 3 months.

I started writing this blog at the beginning of his third month and wanted to wait until I had a change to finish it! Now, it's hard to believe his third month is almost over.  It just flew by! I suppose that's because he started playing a lot more and crying a lot less and just started doing so many new things so quickly!