Tuesday, December 23, 2008

44 weeks: Christmas Eve Eve

"Dude!"


"You didn't tell me there'd be paper and boxes at Christmas!!! I'm so there! "

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Can't wait to see all of you in the next few days! And for those of you who we won't see for awhile, we miss you lots, wish you a very Merry Christmas, and hope to see you soon!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Week 43: How much do I love my son?

Obviously, I love him more than anything. But it's not just anyone I'll give a ball of yarn to and say "Have at it!". (Though I drew the line at the2500 yds of laceweight.)
It bought me about 45 minutes, time enough to finish his splat mat (polka dotted thing in the background) and mostly finish his Christmas stocking. And he was happy as a clam.

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In other news, we got ourselves some new carpet tile for Christmas. Here's the kitchen:
That little pile of carpet samples? That's Zack's. More on that later.

And here's the new room:
You can see the Christmas tree in the corner. Zack is sort of interested in it and goes over and bats branches every now and then.
"What?! I didn't do anything!"
But he got bored and turned to the pile of carpet samples, which, apparently, are infinitely more interesting.
He's teething up a storm. There are two bottom teeth just below the gum and he's been chewing on everything lately. And crawls around with stuff in his mouth. Like this:
We've told him that's the wrong end of the binky on a rope but he won't listen.

Some gratuitous nudity.
This one reminds me of that old Greek statue of the discus thrower.
And some pictures of the boy who won't sleep in his crib, but will sleep here...
...and here.

We hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season and we're looking forward to seeing you soon!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Week 42: Time is relative

Zack has been post-natal as long as he was pre-natal.

Which proves Einstein's theory of relativity because I know that I was pregnant forever, and that Zack was only born a few weeks ago.

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We have an Exersaucer in the kitchen, one of our containers for Zack when we need to do something and can't watch his every move. Normally, he sits in it. Yesterday I caught him crawling through it.
I suspect there's going to be a day we'll find him hanging from our track lighting.

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The other night I went upstairs and found this.
Zack has discovered how to flip the pages of books and is really quite pleased with the achievement.

"See? Like this, Dad."
"Isn't that the coolest?"
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He's working on teeth. We can feel and see them right below the gum. Any day now....

He's also started blowing--it's really pretty cute. Not on anything or for any reason other than he thinks it's neat.

This weekend we'll be getting our Christmas tree. We'll see how that goes. But all those ornaments of my Grandma's that she gave me last year? Yeah, those are staying in their boxes this year.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

41 weeks

The clips are a little dark, but you can get an idea of what he's up to these days. Sometimes he works on his squatting.
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Sometimes he does a little dance.

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His crawling continues to improve. He's started exploring the house by himself, just heading down the hall or around the couch to see what's going on. We keep an eye on him, of course, but he's not afraid to check things out on his own.

Because of that, this was our latest purchase.
Lovely, huh? But at least we know where he is.

He's started doing this thing where he stands in front of me while I hold his hands and he leans in with an open mouth, like he's giving me kisses. It's the sweetest thing. I guess he can't help but copy what he experiences so often.

And the chatter! No full words yet--though he says "mmmmm" and "ymmmmm" when he eats--but it's not for lack of trying!~

He's got teeth right under the gum. We can feel them, and on the rare occasion that he lets us look, we can see them, too. Drooling has resumed in force. He doesn't seem too bothered by it, though he rubs his tongue over them a lot. Hopefully they'll pop out soon.

And he continues to help out in the kitchen.

"Mom! I told you--not so much oregano"
Actually, he was just being whiny and clingy, and this allowed me to make dinner.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Week 40: Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope that

everyone


enjoyed their meal



as much as I did!



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We had a low key Thanksgiving. My brother came over, we went for our traditional walk on the trail near our house (though sadly without Abi this year), and then ate a wonderful meal that Rob prepared. He brined the turkey this year--all I can say is YUMMMM!

And a certain individual (not naming any names here)...


...fell asleep before dinner.



We hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Week 39: 9 months

Work is interfering with my blogging. VERY annoying.

Zack turned 9 months old this week.

And he didn't slow down to enjoy it. This boy is cruising. We had a wake-up call last Monday when he crawled off the bed in about 2.2 seconds (he was fine, he did a nice tuck-and-roll). Then the next night he got into a potted plant and started choking on a piece of paper he got who-knows-where, all in the span of about 10 minutes.

Babyproofing has begun in earnest. Because when I sit him down to play with his toys, then start working on the computer at the dining room table, about a minute later, this is what I see:
(I have no idea why this picture downloaded in this direction).

He's crawling much more efficiently now, exploring the house on his own. He crawled back down the hall one night, so I closed the doors to the spare rooms and the bathroom. Which perplexed the little guy.

"What's with the doors, Mom?"
He likes to stand up, just about anywhere.
And exploration requires full body involvement.
He still loves the bongos.

And he likes to "help". Shortly after I took the picture, he managed to crawl up onto the door. I suspect dishwasher manufacturers don't realize how fascinating their products are to the under-1-year-old crowd.

"What's with the containment, Mom?"
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He had his 9 month pediatrician appointment this week. He's 29 1/2 inches tall (80%, and 18 lbs 14 oz (20%), so tall and skinny, like we thought (Hmmmm....are these Uncle Geoff's and Grandpa's genes at work?) . But they're not worried, they figure it's because he's so active now. He's getting 3 solid meals a day now and lots of milk, so he's not starving. He continues to like everything--broccoli, carrots, corn, yogurt.

We've been trying to get him to sleep by himself in his crib this week. This is just PAINFUL. He's not interested in going to sleep much at all, and he's definitely not interested in going to sleep in his crib. Rob has been sleeping on a mattress next to the crib in the hopes that it will get Zack over his dislike of sleeping in another room. This is not working quite as well as one might want. I (am trying to) sleep in our bedroom, but it's hard to hear him cry. Hopefully he'll get it soon. I'm not made for this type of thing.

Edited to note that his weight is the 25th percentile, not 20th.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Week 37 and 38

Did you?

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Just a little anecdote about that. Last Wednesday morning I was listening to NPR while I was nursing him. Every time they played a clip of Obama's acceptance speech, Zack would stop nursing and listen. When they went back to the reporters, he'd start nursing again, only to stop the next time a clip was played.
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Last week was quite busy and I wasn't feeling so good over the weekend, so you'll get 2 weeks rolled into one.

In addition to doing this on Halloween...
...he also started doing this.
And then he proceeded to pull up to standing, but he got too distracted by the camera to do it while I was taking pictures. He's turning into such a guy--already drawn to shiny electronic things. See?

"Whatcha got there, Dad?"
And he pretty much hasn't stopped pulling up since.
Of course, along with this new ability comes a harsh lesson about gravity. He hasn't realized that if he lets go, he goes down. And he hasn't learned to sit to get down, he just kind of tilts over, which means there have been a few tears of indignation directed towards the floor lately.

He ate pizza (crusts) at Mia's Pizza with us the other weekend. He's also eating pieces of banana by himself. He's not thrilled with chicken--though I'm not sure I can blame him because I don't find it particularly appealing in it's mushed up state, either.
As you can see, he's still growing. (But look, Patti--his sweater still fits!)
I'll leave you with a laugh.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

36 weeks: Happy Halloween!

There's a local babysitting co-op that we'd like to become members of, so we went to their Halloween party last Sunday afternoon to check it out. I whipped up a batch of cupcakes (chocolate chocolate chip with ginger cream cheese frosting....mmmmmmmm)...
...and off we went.
We met a lot of very nice people and had a nice afternoon, but I seem to have only taken pictures of our little dragon.
ROOOOAAAARR!!!!!
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He's been doing an awful lot of this lately, combined with rocking back and forth.
Including last night when we were supposed to be going to bed. I finally had to restrain him in my arms so that he'd stop climbing around and go to sleep. I'm sure I'll regret saying this, but I hope he learns to crawl soon so that he can sleep better at night!

He's been looking pretty dapper.
He's been jumping (and Mom still hsn't learned how to hold the camera to take these videos).
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He broke his sippy cup (it landed on the floor about 15 too many times), and we haven't had a chance to get another one yet, so last night I gave him a little water in a cup. I helped him hold it, then got the pleasant surprise of finding out that he could do it all by himself!
While he hasn't quite perfected it yet...
...he did handle the cup better than the sippy cup, so I guess we won't bother getting another one.

Aaaaaah!