New Word: “Light!!”

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New Word: "Light!!", originally uploaded by tadnkat.

A new skill added to her repertoire today, and a new word as well: “Light!!”

Today Mackenzie learned not only how to turn off the light, but how to turn it on as well! Lots of dexterity required for such a delicate operation, and now turning the lights on & off provides hours of fun! 🙂

And the new addition brings her distinct-use vocabulary up to 5 words which she can use discriminately:

“dat!!!” or “cat” (cat)
“dedackt” (kitty cat)
“dag” (dog)
“dadadadadada” (daddy)
“ba!” (boob, mom or bottle)
“light!” (light – said with exquisite diction)

Eight Months Old

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Yesterday, Mackenzie turned 8 months old.

We did have a major milestone this month, in that Mackenzie all of the sudden finally started crawling. She’s been about double her age in every other metric since birth, except for this crawling business — where she’s been a little – well – lazy. 🙂

But with the explosion of cuteness that crawling brings, I had every intention of shooting a fun 8-months-old photo for my Baby 365 Project. However, I had a long work day, and so did Kat – so all I ended up getting off on Friday was this photo of us walking around the back yard while Kat prepped the diaper bag in the morning.

So today, I aimed to rectify the situation with a bike ride to Kirby Park, with MV in the trailer. All went great – Mackenzie dialed in to maximum cuteness when all of the sudden it started raining. Argh! I literally only got one shot off before we had to pile back into the trailer and go home.

But still – I’m thinking this month should be the biggest game-changer for us, as she’s gone from just-barely-crawling, to crawling-all-over-the-bloody-place-at-high-speed. And she’s standing on her own on occasion for 1-2 seconds at a time, so our guesses are that by this time next month, we’ll have some standing-on-her-own action, with full-on walking by 10 months. Hopefully so!

Day 238 | She’s crawling!!!

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Day 238 | She’s crawling!!!

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Of course as luck would have it, the first time Mackenzie actually puts it all together and crawls across the floor, I happen to be away at work. Argh!

She’s had many different suproducts of this up until this point – being up on all fours, doing funny reverse butt-slides across the floor, doing the lobster push, etc – but now, finally, real-life crawling!

Stress-Free Baby!

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Stress-Free Baby!, originally uploaded by tadnkat.

Now that is a stress-free baby!

Mackenzie was down with Kat on the mall, helping out at the Dianetics table set up down at the Cherry Blossom festival. She’s just about the most stress-free, problem-free baby that anyone’s ever seen, so of course Kat was getting asked if the Baby was getting Dianetics.

Her answer was no – the Baby hasn’t been getting Dianetics – but the parents have! Via applying Dianetics principles to have a stress-free pregnancy, to addressing the delivery itself with Dianetics, we’ve managed to avoid any semblance of post-partum depression or other associated issues, and have also resulted in one of the most stress-free babies you’ll ever see!

Now THAT is an Aware Baby!

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Ever since she was first born, we’ve been getting comments that Mackenzie is the most aware baby they’ve ever seen. That’s an attribute she’s not shed in her first 7 months – she’s only become more aware, more alert, and just as happy.

Reflecting on things we’ve done as parents which could have contributed to that, there are a few factors which come up:

(a) No Drugs: Out of the 25 babies who were in the recovery room at the hospital when Mackenzie was born, Mackenzie was the only one that was born entirely natural, and with no drugs of any sort. We had a great midwife who had just given birth totally naturally to a set of twins, and was all for just working with my wife’s willingness to get that baby out. Even though there’s debate on how much the drugs such as an epidural, etc actually pass to the baby – the empirical evidence is that when momma had drugs, babies were less alert, less communicative, and less “there”. Now, as a Scientologist, I don’t debate that when you’ve medically got to have drugs to make the delivery go, you do whatever is necessary in the interest of the health of the mother and the baby. But in our case, it worked out great.

(b) Happy Household: In Dianetics, L. Ron Hubbard describes the massive effects a happy household can have on the health of a baby – and conversely, the detrimental effects on a baby’s health and happiness when the parents fight. My wife and I use Scientology to solve all of our day-to-day problems with communication, and haven’t had the occasion to fight at all since Mackenzie was born, or during the pregnancy.

I’m sure there are other factors – ones that Mackenzie herself can take the credit for – but the ones above I think are significant.

Day 220 | Yeah! Check out that Tooth!

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Day 220 | Yeah! Check out that Tooth!, originally uploaded by tadnkat.

If you view the larger size, you can see two little bottom teeth coming in to that jaw. Bam!

The upside is that she’s getting her teeth in a relatively painless way – the gums split and then the teeth came in, instead of the gum-cutting, blood-splattering, really-painful style that some baby teeth come in.   The downside is that my days of bragging about 8 hours of continuous sleep every night are at a close.  She now does wake up and need some attention in the middle of the night.

However, once again, the magic ingredient is the Scientology locational assist.   Calms her down within 20-30 seconds usually, and then we’re back to bed.  Bam!