This page continues the chronicles of our boy Stefan. We will post new pictures and stories on a regular basis. Please check back often for new updates.
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One day before he turned 2 weeks old, Stefan came "home" to our hotel room. Since his umbilical cord had already fallen off, we were able to give him his first bath in the tub. At the end of that week, Shannon and KC visited and we went out to Roy's restaurant in Newport Beach to enjoy a quiet dinner (Stefan had a serving of breastmilk) and great company.
At three weeks old, Stefan (and his parents) finally moved into the new house in Rancho Cucamonga. With the moving stress and hectic, Stefan did not make it into too many pictures.
Shortly after moving, Omi and Opi (German for Grandma and Grandpa) visited from Germany. They were a great help to us. Omi cooked a lot of great food and watched over Stefan, and Opi worked in the house and bonded with Stefan.
At four weeks old, Stefan got a big surprise. We had his room painted in an underwater scenery. Robin Mitchell, a fantastic artist, painted the entire room with fishes and other underwater creatures. Too bad that Stefan slept through most of it.
After turning 5 weeks, Stefan visited Jana's old work place, where we met Gail who had flown in from Chicago. The next day, we packed Stefan up for his first stroll around the neighborhood. He is really starting to show his expressive side.
Stefan is now ready for "tummy time". After being placed on his activity gym mat, he started lifting and turning his head. But since this was so exhausting, Stefan needed to take a nap with Daddy and then fall asleep again in Omi's arms.
At 7 weeks old, Stefan must be one of the youngest travelers around. Marc had some business in Utah, and Jana and Stefan took the opportunity to visit Shannon and KC, who had recently moved there. It was his first airplane ride and he loved it...the noise and vibrations made him sleep deeply in Mommy's arms.
The morning after we arrived, we woke up to snow. Utah got its last snowfall for the year. Wow, what a trip. Not only was Stefan on an airplane, but he also got to experience his first snow on his cheeks.
By the end of the week, we were back in Southern California and spent the afternoon in the park with Troy, Eliza and Sara.
At 8 weeks old, Stefan has changed a lot from the skinny little person he was 6 weeks ago. He is developing his personality, and we are witness to many different expressions.
Our friend Shannon came to visit for 10 days. She helped us out a lot and got to experience first hand what it means to take care of a baby.
In a quest to figure out what sleeping position works best, Stefan is subjected to various places and situations where he sleeps: the floor with a soft, snuggly blanket, the bouncer and swing with colorful toys and music, his pack-n-play, in the carrier on daddy's chest, etc. The verdict is: Stefan sleeps anywhere, as long as he is fed and happy.
Shannon has to leave early this week and Daddy is on a business trip, too. Mommy and Stefan are using the time to get to know each other even better.
This week Mommy and Stefan receive a visit by our friend Nicky, while Daddy is on another business trip - this time it is longer and further away - to Germany. Nicky is helping out a lot by taking care of Stefan during the evening/night shifts that Daddy usually mans. Later in the week, Eliza drops by to help out as well. We are very thankful for all the help that our friends and family have given us so far.
Stefan is now 12 weeks old. He is starting to be very reactive to things going on around him. He loves to stare at the fishes in his swing, and he is making cooing and grunting noises when he is happy. And he continues to cry when he is not fed within 0.01 seconds of him being hungry. It is really exciting to see him develop.