Hayden and Layla's Place

Under the Weather September 29, 2008

Filed under: Dad Blogs on Hayden — JDG @ 12:36 am

Poor little Hayden has been a little under the weather since I got back from San Fran.  He’s been ok during the day but after his afternoon nap he gets pretty quiet, also he’s been picky about his food and milk, which never happens! (this boy likes to eat anything he can lay his hands on.)  Last night he running a fever, and today he is very somber.   I think he is fighting something (sure that is the price to pay with day care) but he is trying very hard to let it not affect him too much.

He is still really enjoying his walking though, but is just wanting us to be patient with it.  Also he is giving out lots of cuddles at the moment, which help him feel better, and I don’t think his parents mind giving them out 🙂


Hayden The Traveller

Filed under: Dad Blogs on Hayden — JDG @ 12:28 am

Hayden clocked up his third trip that involved plane trips last weekend and again he did very well.  We went out to San Francisco which is five hours in the air and longer in terms of journey because of having to change flights. Out journey out got messed up with a broken plane so it was even longer but he was a real trooper.  Took a couple of naps on the planes, and didn’t scream down the place too much!! People tended to comment on how well he did!.  He also has this funny habit of doing big poops on planes!! (I say funny because Kara had to change him……)

Nobody told Hayden about the time difference!!  No matter what time we put him to bed, he woke up in the 4am hour (the 7am hour Indy time!!)  That’s going to be a challenge for us when we come to the UK next month!!

I’m not sure he really enjoyed his trip.  It’s a long way to go for a couple of days, and then all he wants is to play with his toys (most of which aren’t there).  We did find a playground though and he really enjoyed going down the slides!!  Also he got to eat some new grown up food like Pizza so maybe things aren’t so bad!!!


Day care September 16, 2008

Filed under: Hayden Blogs — karagoodwin @ 1:25 am

Hayden had to go back to day care last week.  It’s been an adjustment for him, but he is soldiering on.  On top of having to get used to not being home all day, he has gone from the infant room into the toddler room.  It’s a whole other room, and of course there is a new schedule, new teachers, new friends (although a couple of the kids are previous friends from the infant room who moved up before him).  They go outside for 1/2 hour twice a day.  The first time is at 9 so that works out really well because it motivates me to take him there before my daily 9:00 meeting.  When he was still in the infant room I would have him take his first nap at home at 9 while I had my teleconference and would take him in when he woke up.   Another adjustment is that for snacks and lunch they sit at little tables and eat.  He had only eaten in highchairs before.  But apparently he is doing well with that.  I figured he would be constantly getting up, but they said he hasn’t done that.  And the final big change is that they sleep on these little cots (like thin travel beds that are slightly elevated and have no sides).  I thought it would be really hard for him to stay put, but again they are reporting that he stays put pretty well.  He’s not been sleeping a terribly long time, particularly as there is only one nap time and he is not entirely ready for one nap yet.  He has some days where that is all he needs, but at least just as many days where he needs 2.  Now that he is having such big days with typically less than an hour sleep, the days when he is home he is really needing to catch up on sleep and gets a couple of good naps per day.  Last week was such an adjustment, and that compounded with little nap time meant that we had a pretty tired and grumpy baby Mon, Tues, and Wed nights.  So we are trying to make sure he gets to bed even earlier on day care nights, which is a shame because it means less playing time with him, but we have to do what is best for him.



Filed under: Hayden Blogs — karagoodwin @ 1:11 am

Hayden had his first steps a week ago last Saturday!  John was actually the only one who saw him walk for about 5 days, because he took his first steps two to him and then didn’t take any more until Wednesday!  Then he took a couple to me, and he looked very surprised the whole time and then cried for pretty much the rest of the night until he went to bed.  (He went back to day care last week and was very tired, more on that later.)  Tonight in the time between when he came home from day care and had dinner was when he really seemed to be trying the walking thing out on purpose.  He must have taken two steps from the coffee table to me half a dozen times.  He also is starting to realize that it’s a fun and good thing because he started smiling and clapping after he would get to me.  It’s a lot of fun watching him learn.  He’s definitely in the learning stages still, and crawling is his preferred method of travel.


We miss Nanny!

Filed under: Hayden Blogs — JDG @ 12:58 am

Nanny left a couple of weeks ago.  I miss her.  She was so fun and took such good care of me.  She took me on walks every day that it wasn’t raining.  We did lots of fun things while she was here.  We went to the zoo, had my birthday party, went down to Grandpaman and Grandma G’s lake and went boating, went down to the artsy little village of Nashville, IN with Grandma, went to Conner Prairie to see what it was like in pioneer times, went to a couple of baseball games and a football game, went to farmer’s markets, Mommy’s family reunion, and things I can’t even remember right now!  I was hoping that I would have my first steps while she was here, but I saved them for three days after she left (I’m a little devil sometimes).  I love you Nanny, and I’ll see you in a few weeks!!


Moto GP

Filed under: Hayden Blogs — JDG @ 12:43 am

Hayden is one lucky boy.  Just after his first Colts game, now it was time to watch the big fast motorbikes at the Speedway track on Moto GP practice day.  He seemed to enjoy it (much to his mother’s displeasure, I think Hayden with a motorbike is her worse nightmare) although he wasn’t sure about his ear protectors!


Go Colts

Filed under: Dad Blogs on Hayden — JDG @ 12:38 am

Hayden got to go to his first Colts game a couple of weeks ago!  He was definitely the youngest attendee but he was a bit hit in the crowd and made lots of friends (despite trying to knock over everyone’s beer cups).

He did a fair amount of clapping, did some freestyle dancing when they were showing the cheerleaders on the big screen (I kid you not, he just started dancing).  Unfortunately they charge us a full ticket for him so he won’t be coming again for a while.