Thursday, December 25, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
This time last year, I was feeling every bit of nine months pregnant. You were getting big in there! Must be why I've been thinking about my pregnancy so much lately - your impending arrival was becoming a reality as I had baby showers to attend, a nursery to set up, clothes that wouldn't fit, ankles that disappeared... And here we are a year later, and I'm finding it hard to believe that our baby is becoming such a little boy.
I'm learning that while babies have simple, basic needs to be met, boys have opinions and preferences and fears and attitudes. Like in your opinion, you should only eat bananas, Cheerios and Gerber snack foods. But when I make you eat something else, you would prefer to be able to pick it up with your fingers instead of me using a spoon. Your fears of the bath have been drastically reduced by a method your Aunt Jess believes may come back to haunt you - sharing the tub with me! (in a bathing suit, mind you.) While dealing with ear infections so often has masked your true personality a bit, your attitude greatly improves after a couple of days on meds...which we're hoping will be needed less often now that you've gotten tubes.
Aside from cruising around the house by balancing on the walls or with a walker, other pastimes include helping me in the kitchen by reorganizing the tupperware drawer and checking out what's in the pantry. No mishaps so far, but cabinet locks are definitely in our future.
You and Grandma started a funny game at Thanksgiving of tongue-wagging, which I promise to get on video soon! And we've talked to Papa and the cousins once on our new webcam...remind me to tell you again about the wonders of technology that we didn't have when I was your age. ;)
While I'll admit this month has had its challenging moments, it's also been fun to witness you deciding what you think about things and figuring out what makes you happy and what makes you mad. We're just hoping for more happier moments, like this one, in the next month!
But no matter what, Daddy and I are thankful for every moment we have with you - the best Christmas present we could ever have.
I love you!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
We had better luck a couple of other times recently capturing Ben's latest moves. He loves to play hide and seek and actually takes turns seeking and hiding!
Sadly, he doesn't have a walker of his own, so the little fella's learned to make do.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Once Tyler (ahem) found us, I, being a seasoned Santa visitor, backed Ben into Santa's lap very slowly...and ran. Back arching protests began, but then Tyler resourcefully gave him a candy cane.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
While we know this is a low-risk and common, outpatient procedure, we do ask for your prayers that 1. Ben will stay healthy enough through the weekend to have it done and 2. that things will go smoothly so that our Christmas travels to Nashville, then Canada will be medically uneventful. :)
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Now this is more like it; just me and Mom. No Santa in sight!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
We also had the opportunity to see some of our other favorite Chattanoogans (except the Radnoti's - next time guys, next time):
And new mom Arlyn with 10-wk baby Georgia!
"Um, little girl, there's no squawking during photo shoots."
see slideshow below for more of the hoopla...
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Oh, the drama.
And obviously, I know I really don't have problems. This Thanksgiving, surrounded by my family, husband and baby, enjoying a "bountiful bounty", as my dad put it :), I was reminded yet again how fortunate I am and how I never want to take them, my health, my faith, my life for granted.
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! On to Christmas! (as you can tell, I'm excited.)
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Maybe it's since you are so social that you just can't settle yourself down during the day to take good naps at school. Daddy and I worry about you getting all the sleep you need, but Dr. Smith says you're making it easy on us by being more tired at night! Which might be true, since you were in bed a little after 7 tonight...
...say it with me: "Mah-mee"
Friday, November 21, 2008
And this one...
So there you have it: babies, fuzzy coats and puppy dogs. Doesn't get any cuter than that! Ah, I feel better already.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
While he was doing all that "learning", Ben and I spent some quality time with a couple of other important people. First, the doctor. For the third week in a row, Ben's school had me come pick him up due to a high fever. Three dr's copays = $60. Three prescriptions = $30. Ear infection/fever-virus free child = priceless. (Although there is still the teething issue that I would pay good money to have resolved!)
So I spent most of the week working at home so that Ben could get some R&R. However, he did accompany me to the office a couple of times, and even helped hand out brochures at a presentation! I've never felt more like a "working mom" than when I had a baby on my hip while running a powerpoint.
Then on Friday night, Grandma came to visit! I put her right to work with feeding Ben dinner and putting him to bed - tasks she whole-heartedly embraced. I'll let Ben tell you about the rest of his time with Grandma...or YaYa, as I think he was calling her.
We all went out to lunch and took turns doing the eating part...
...and the cuddling part.
I was in very good spirits all day,
and even helped her find some fabric.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Ben's weekend started early with a Fall Festival at his school. They had turned the playground into a little carnival with game-booths and treats and while they couldn't enjoy all the planned events, Ben's class enjoyed the sugar-induced frenzied scene from their wagon.
That evening, we walked down a Homewood street that turns into the Halloween version of Christmas Vacation every year. What I guess to have been hundreds of people meandered through the street and front yards bedazzled in lights, inflatables, movies on projectors, live robots, and plenty of gouls and goblins. Ben stayed warm in his monkey suit, not nearly as impressed as his parents were at this Trick-or-Treating mecca. Next year, Ben, next year...
Saturday was another day, another party. Austin Nix turned two, and so Ben and I spent the morning at the park mingling with the other mommies and kiddies. It was amazing to me to think that Ben and Austin, while only separated by a little more than a year are so developmentally different. A baby and a little boy. Can't imagine Ben hitting baseballs, eating cupcakes and talking up a storm. And I'm sure Meredith and Andy can't imagine Austin being a 20 lb bundle, so dependent and new. (Although they will remember soon with baby #2 on the way!) We had a great time, thanks for inviting us!
Later that day, Tyler planted our mums while I held a photoshoot in the front yard. Then we let Zoe swim at a local trail and ended the day with a homecooked meal and a little recorded TV...loving our new DVR!
What a great weekend...always looking forward to the next!