Getting Ready for Vacation

26 06 2011

So we’re getting ready for our trip to Ocean City – we’re really looking forward to it.  Last year we had so much fun – going out to dinner, to the beach, the boardwalk and the water park!!  Aunt Dawn can’t wait to see you.  It’s been a while since she saw you last.  She’s gonna be so surprised by how you’ve grown and how much you are talking.  I told her to make sure she put away anything that was breakable since you’re the original Dr. Destructo 🙂  She said she’s ready for you – but we’ll see about that!!  We’ve been showing you pictures of her and Uncle Jeff – want to see if you’ll surprise them with saying their names when you see them.

You’re getting really good with repeating things we ask you to say.  Today we practiced saying Auntie for Aunt Dawn.  Daddy kept trying to get you to say Uncle but you’re having a hard time with that one – so I had you practicing Jeff.  It’s fun to hear how you say things.  Like today Nan was asking you to say the names of people from school – and when she said Angelica, you said A-ca-ca.  The way you say good bye is the best, your voice gets high pitched and you wave while you say “bye bye”.

Daddy taught you how to sign “please” so you’ve been doing that a lot.  We’re starting to teach you “thank you” now.  You’ve started telling us when you have a poo poo or pee pee diaper.  You’re an absolute carb junkie.  You love bread, cereal, cookies and crackers.

Here are some pictures since my last post:

Rocking the cool jacket Auntie Dawn got you – it finally fits

I don’t think you have enough toys to play with

such a happy little boy 🙂

at Auntie Gen’s  HS graduation

I just love this picture  – you look too funny

hanging at Nonna Candy’s house – you were going to be staying the next night with Grandpa Richie while we went away for a spa day….my first night without you – it was bittersweet

you were mad cause daddy was changing your diaper but you wanted to come to me – mommy doesn’t want you til you have a clean diaper on your bum you silly monkey!

goofing around with Emmy & Patrick

hanging with Emmy, Erin & Samantha

Choo Choo

26 05 2011

So it’s been almost a month since my last post – I’ll really try not to wait so long between them!  It’s just incredibly hard sometimes to get my act together – you keep me pretty busy little man :).   Of course it’s not all you, a full-time job, housework and a photography hobby mixed in mean sometimes I don’t know which way is up!

Anyway  – back to your update! This has been going on for awhile but probably has heated up in the last month  – and by “this” I mean your love of Thomas the Train, choo choo!!  It’s pretty hilarious how you wake up in the morning and your first words are “choo choo.”  Seriously, I’m not joking.  Your eyes will be closed, just on the verge of waking up and then you go “choo choo.”  You’ll finally open your eyes and say “ma ma” in the cutest voice followed closely by “choo choo” again!  Then you’re sliding off the bed so you can run in to the living room, point to the tv while doing a little dance and say “choo choo” yet again!  This has been repeated nearly every morning for the last two weeks!

But you’ve been hooked on Thomas for quite a while now.  I’m guessing your obsession started with seeing Cousin Gerry’s trains when we go to Marion’s house.  Gerry has a giant train set in their basement and you LOVE going down there to see them.  Then I started dvr’ing Thomas episodes so you could see trains whenever you wanted.  Needless to say that is all the time.

Then we got really lucky because my friend Tara’s son Johnny is just out growing his Thomas obsession.  He is going to give you his entire Thomas collection – including a train table!  I just have to find somewhere to put it.  Johnny gave you a couple of trains to start you off and you play with them all the time.  One of these days I’d love to take you to go on a real steam train!   There are ones not too far away so maybe we will get to do that.

Word update – you’ve added a few more to your vocabulary.  The Baby Einstein First Words book is awesome.  It’s so much fun to go through the book with you.  You can say almost every word on the first two pages and you point to every item when I ask you where X is.  My favorite is when I ask you where the bread or carrots are.  You point to the pictures and say “bed” and “cat” 🙂  You’re starting to put words together too.  You’ve been saying “oh no” for a while, but now you’ve added “bye ma.”  I’m sure you’ve paired some others but I’m too tired to remember.  Will have to add them to the next post, which will NOT take a month to do, I promise 🙂  Love you monkey.

Oh yeah, that reminds me that the only book you let me read to you at bedtime is a Curious George book.  Any time I try to read you anything else, you fuss and fidget until I get the Curios George book out.

Here are some pics of you from the last month –

this picture makes me laugh.  we were at Anita’s house for the twin’s first bday party.  we went down to their play room to hang out with them and they followed you around like zombies.  everywhere you went, the two of them followed you.  you didn’t like it at all!  i thought it was hilarious

I have no idea how you wiggled your arm out of your shirt!

you’re so cute in your petite bateau outfit – oo la la

You’re first time on the school bus with nan – she swears you stopped crying by the  time you hit the corner

Day 2, still crying 😦

Day 3 no crying – Daddy helped get you on the bus.  You haven’t cried anymore – now you practically run to the bus every morning!  Grandma has you all singing songs and playing games.  Speaking of games, daddy bought you a lacrosse stick.

Aunt Victoria came down to watch you so I could do pictures at Jordan’s Communion.

See, now you’re happy on the bus.  Here you are blowing me a kiss bye bye.

Here you are visiting daddy at work.

Words Words Words

26 04 2011

I’m copying this idea from my good friend Allison – she always updates her daughter Olive’s blog with the new words she can say.  I’ve updated a few – but since you still don’t have too many I’ll list them all and then just let you know the new ones as we go along.

There is mama and dada of course.  Then ba ba, appa (apple), choo choo (train), leh-mon (lemon), cook cook (cookie), go go (car), gool gool (school bus), ah plane (air plane), up, ehmo (elmo), ehnie (Ernie – even though he points to Bert EVERY time!!), orn (corn), manana (banana), woof woof (dog), who who (owl), eh phant (elephant), nan (grandma) and a few more we just don’t quite understand.

You sign for more, milk and all done.  I really need to teach you please and thank you!  Of course I need to remember those signs before I can teach them 🙂

Mid-March Check-In

25 03 2011

So things around here have been busy.  Time just seems to be slipping through the hourglass way too fast.  I seriously think some sand is missing and I’m not getting a full hours worth on my time.  Like I’m really only getting 55 minutes to an hour and those missing five minutes add up…to two hours!!!!  Those are two hours I could use cleaning…putting away the laundry…or cooking…or god forbid, sleeping.  I wonder if there is a repair shop around here for hourglasses so I can have mine re-calibrated.

Anywaaaaaaayyyy…..what is really on my mind these days is how fortunate I am and how it’s really important that I remember that!  I have friend’s whose daughter was born at 28 weeks and she’s in the NICU and will be for some time.  I just read a story about a couple in Brooklyn that were each diagnosed with a terminal cancer within days of each other.  They have an 18mos old daughter.  And I am sure there is someone out there with a story that is even worse then that.  So the fact that I wish my house was nicer or cleaner or that my furniture didn’t all look like it came from a garage sale…that isn’t really something to be wallowing about.  I have my health.  My husband has his.   My ridiculously precious son has his.  That. Is. All. That. Matters.

I was gonna make this post a bitch session about our experience with the Ringling Brothers Circus but I’ve just gotten finished reading the story about that couple in Brooklyn and it kind of put things in perspective.

Instead I’ll talk of happier things – like words!  Christopher’s gibberish is really starting to take on the appearance of real words.  Now dada has always been better at interpreting what the little man is saying, but now he’s saying stuff even I can understand!!  For instance, yesterday morning he was watching Sesame Street like he usually does.  I came in to the room to get him in his coat and he started going “Ernuh Ernuh Ernuh”….it took me a minute but then I saw Ernie on the screen and realized that he was saying his name.  I couldn’t believe it.  I’ve been trying to teach him everyone’s names for months and all he’s ever said was “Ehmo”.  He really loves saying “Appa” and walks around saying that all the time.  There are more words but I can’t remember what they are at the moment.

He’s a great mimicker.  He sees my keys, grabs them and heads right to the door to try and fit them in the lock.  He sees a telephone and puts it right to his ear.  He loves his shovel and pushes it all over the house. When he sees me open the hall closet he comes running to try and grab the swiffer to sweep the floor.

He also loves to brush his teeth.  Once I wrap a towel around him to take him out of the bath, he starts sticking his finger in his mouth and pretends to brush his teeth.

He loves to be surprised.  He gets a kick out of me jumping from behind a corner and go “aarrrrrgggghhh” really loud.    You have to see the way he flinches and starts laughing.  I’ll run towards him and then he runs in between my legs to get away from me.  We can play that game forever.

He’s close to 29lbs now.  I don’t know his height but he’s tall enough to reach over the table and grab anything that’s not in the middle of the table.  Every day his reach seems to get a little bit longer!!  And he’s strong as an ox.  Try wrestling something away from him that he really wants to hold!  And he just got over the croup again and yet another ear infection.  Hopefully that will be it for awhile.  We had him home from school for a week and I don’t want to do that again.

He loves school!!  Especially now.  They moved him from the 2nd baby room in to the toddler room.  Before he was the oldest in the room and now he is the youngest, but he is doing so much better in there.  He doesn’t cry anymore when I drop him off – he practically leaps from my arms so he can go play with his friends.  And he might be younger then these kids, but he’s the same size so you’d never know that.  In this new room he gets to do more activities, like finger painting and coloring and playing with blocks.  They’ve been sending him in there for a few hours at a time, and officially he started in there full time this week – but you can see a difference already.  I’d say this environment has really helped with him finding voice to so many new words!