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.)