Saturday, October 30, 2010

"Mama"

That's right ... Little Man has officially said his first word! Unexpectedly, he's been working on "Mama" and nearly completely ignoring "Dada". For the last few days, he's been babbling "mamamamamamama", but he's now moved on to using "Mama" - and he knows what he's saying. When he's crying in someone else's arms, it's "Mama", looking around for and reaching for me. When he's playing with someone else and I walk by, it's "Mama" with a big smile. This baby boy finds new ways to melt my heart every time I turn around!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Boo Bowl

Time for the annual Allen High School Boo Bowl [at the football game nearest Halloween, the Escadrille dress in costume (providing it's a home game)]. Since Auntie B & Auntie K were all dressed up, Little Man couldn't resist joining in on the fun.
Auntie K as the TinGirl,
Little Man as the cutest Cow around,
and Auntie B as Modern Cinderella
Little Man wasn't too keen on Auntie kisses
Auntie K, Momma, Little Man, Auntie B, & Auntie A
Grandma, Daddy, Momma, Little Man & Grandpa
We didn't think Little Man would tolerate a high school football game [especially well after bed time], so we just came up for the halftime show to celebrate with the Aunties and watch them perform. They did a great job, and it was fun to see 800+ kids in their remarkable array of costumes. Check here & here for more photos of the festivities.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

High Chair

Since Little Man is now eating 'real' food, he needed a 'real' seat. We had been using his Bumbo chair, with an attaching  tray, but he's starting to figure out how to wiggle around and nearly get himself out of it. Time for a high chair, with a buckle.

We searched high and low for a chair to fit our needs - I had a few requirements I wasn't willing to compromise on:

I wanted a chair that was affordable, easy to clean (either all plastic or with a removable seat cover that could be machine washed), and portable (folding small or disassemble-able). We found affordable chairs, but their seats were fabric and non-removable. We found chairs with removable seats, but they either didn't fold down or were too pricey (or both!). Finaly, I remembered seeing a post on another blog featuring a chair that might fit our needs. Sure enough, IKEA came to our rescue with an all-plastic chair (with plush, machine-washable insert) who's legs pop off for easy transport. Hurray!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Check-up

Having recently turned the corner into the second half of his first year, Little Man was due for his six-month appointment today. Unfortunately for him, this was another visit which included immunizations. Fortunately for him, however, his Mama & Daddy were right there to hold his hands and make it all better.

Weighing in at 14 pounds, and measuring 25 inches, he's back on the charts! Although he's only at the 5th percentile so far, he's making progress and will be catching up with the other babies in no time.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Six Months

Six months ago today, we were graced with the gift of this lovely little boy. Our family grew from 'just the two of us' to a wholesome 'three's company'.

In the past months, our baby boy has grown into a babbling, drooling, fruit-&-veggie eating machine. He thinks he's ready to run off to play, but his still-developing legs say otherwise. Poor guy gets so frustrated when he can't move on his own - but we know it's only a matter to time until we're chasing him around the house! 

This first half of your first year, my son, has been filled with smiles - we pray that the next half may be equally as joyful. We're excited for you to grow up - just don't do it too quickly.

Happy Six-Month's Birthday, Little Man!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Extravaganza

Following in her older sister's footsteps, my littlest sister performs in Allen High School's top choir - Chorale. The choir department puts on multiple concerts each year, and we do our best to make it to as many as we can. Little Man and his bedtime prevented us for seeing her portion of the last concert, but we were able to make it to tonight's 'Extravaganza', where the High School choirs perform alongside the Middle School choirs, and the whole group joins together for a piece at the end.

We were so proud to show our support of Auntie K!
Little Man enjoyed the music so much that it put him right to sleep.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Apples

After the dismal fail of Bananas [Little Man will only eat them if they're disguised in lots of Oatmeal, and even then, it's a fight], we're moved on to Apples. 

And, may I say, we have been equally as successful with Apples as we were unsuccessful with Bananas! 

This baby boy gobbles those apples right up, complaining if they don't come fast enough! Hopefully the rest of the fruits go down more like Apples than Bananas ...

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Play Time

Playing in his walker is one of Little Man's favorite pastimes. He's not quite tall enough to reach the ground yet, so we've been putting Grandpa's atlas on the floor underneath. With the little extra height, he's able to push up to practice his standing - though he hasn't figured out how to move around just yet. For now, the walker is more of a 'stand-and-play-er' [similar to an ExerSaucer], and he's lovin' it!
Yes, that's Doctor Who in the background.
And yes, that's the cutest baby on the planet.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Sugar Cookies

For Christmas last year, my sister gave me a bucket of 100+ cookie cutters. Her hope was that I would use them to make cookies with my then-still-in-utero child, and subsequent children. Said child has kept me busy enough that today was my first opportunity to break out my colorful shapes and make some delicious art work. In honor of the coming 'holiday' [I'm not terribly fond of the scariness of Halloween], we made a cat, a ghost, a bat, and a moon - the last of which I didn't originally associate with this late-October event, but it was labeled to match the others, so we went with it.
Included with the others were all 26 letters and 8 numbers [the 6 & 9 are one in the same, the O usable as a 0] to enable creation of nearly any sentiment. Spelling out our names took up most of the dough, and I was left with just enough to make three 'gingerbread' people [can you call them gingerbread if they're made of sugar cookies?] to represent our little family.
Many other shapes remain yet to be used, and I look forward to all the unique shapes and possible creations for Easter, Independence Day, Christmas and many other occasions. 

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Bananas

Feeding Little Man prunes worked quite a bit better than we had anticipated, and we've decided to cut back and save those for times when he might need some help 'moving things along'. 

Next on our list of fruits to try is bananas. We tried them plain, and he was not having it. So we mixed them with Oatmeal, and he appears to tolerate them. Bananas may not turn out to be his favorite fruit, but we're more concerned about teaching him to eat what is served than serving him what he likes. So far, so good.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Strolling

In an effort to get ourselves into better shape, Husby and I are trying to take a walk each night. This means that Little Man and his stroller have become fast friends, since he accompanies us on our nightly adventure. This addition to our routine has made the evenings much more enjoyable; indstead of trying to play with a child who is quickly loosing interest, we buckle him in and head our the door. He's incredibly interested in his outdoor surroundings, wanting to sit up so he can see out, even when he's sleepy and really should lay back and close his eyes. Since our walks are usually after dinner, he get's his 'air bath' just before his actual bath, and then it's off to bed for this tired little boy.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Frogs

When Little Man was born, a dear friend of mine sent him a basket of goodies to wear and snuggle, all with a Froggy theme. Unfortunately, the clothes were all six-month size, so he couldn't wear them - until now. Having finally grown into some larger clothes, Little Man was willing to model his Froggies today. Enjoy.
The package included
a hooded towel & washcloth,
a burp cloth, booties & a hat, a bib,
two onesies, and a snuggle blanket.
"Thanks for my Froggies!"

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Prunes

Little Man is officially ready to start adding fruits to his diet!

Since he's been having some trouble 'moving things along', we chose to start with prunes. Mixed with a little Oatmeal, he really seems to enjoy them [Momma & Daddy are surprised!].

After a few servings of fruits today, we're finding an increase in dirty diapers. And while changing them is not our favorite task, we'd much prefer it to a baby who doesn't poop. We're all much happier.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Shades

It being sunny out today, we pulled out Little Man's snazzy shades. He sported them around the backyard while we watched Grandpa doing chores. And then he wore them to play in, because we were just having too much fun.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Peas

We're nearing the end of trying new vegetables - at least for now. Yesterday we started Little Man on peas, the last of the '1st Stage' veggies. Later next week we'll be ready to start trying fruits, and the sky is the limit from there! [Okay, we won't be feeding him peanuts or chocolate or other possibly-allergy-inducing foods just yet, but at least we'll be on to a less-strict diet.] 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Check-Up

Remember this post? Well, it seems I didn't need my worrying after all - we took Little Man in for his weight check today, and he is growing well. In three weeks he has gained a pound and a half, and grown a quarter of an inch. We are now parents of a son who weighs 13 pounds, and measures 24 inches tall. [Insert cheesy grandpa joke about having a 2-foot baby.]

Overall, we're all proud of the improvements he's made - the pediatrician included. He's nearly doubled his daily intake, and is putting all his nutrition to good use. Although still a slender child, he's catching up with the curve. Grow, Little Man! Grow!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

2010 Texas State Fair

Fried foods, loud music, 
crazy people, diving pirates, 
new cars, and lots of walking.
Grandpa, Grandma, Husby, Me, Uncle & Friend
(Little Man taking a snooze in the stroller)
Yes, it's a pool table ...
made out of a '65 Mustang!
Interesting architecture and sculpture at Fair Park.

Oh, the joys and wonders the Texas State Fair brings!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Breakfast

For breakfast this morning, Daddy fed Little Man some Sweet Potatoes and cereal. Little Man had developed a habit of grabbing for the spoon, so his daddy taught him to hold on to his (or my) pinkie instead. Maybe he'll learn to feed himself by practicing with us?


I promise that my child has two arms ... he just chooses to eat with his right arm tucked snuggly to his side.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Homecoming 2010 - Take II

At our high school, the homecoming game and all the in-school festivities are Friday night - the aunties wore their mums to school, and performed in a pep-rally yesterday morning. The homecoming dance, however, is not until Saturday night. Auntie K was the only sister attending this year, so she had all three older sisters to help her get ready.
Two sisters to curl her hair, and one to paint her toenails.
 
Auntie K cleaned up fairly well, and turned into a lovely date. 
Little Man enjoyed having his picture taken with a pretty girl.
 
 
More photos available on Facebook.