Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Apparently I Like Chocolate

It's been busy around here.  This past weekend, Ted was out of town skiing with his friends.  Chase and I had a big agenda and managed to accomplish most things.  On Saturday, we went to the Philadelphia Orchestra's kids program.  It was Christmas themed, with lots of great music.  Little Man was a dancing fool.  He sat on my lap and swayed a lot.  He bounced.  He loved it! I'm so glad we went; we might need to make it a holiday tradition. 
I also did a good bit of cookie baking for the holidays.  My friend Katie came over Saturday night and we made peanut butter blossoms and Russian tea cakes.  Both turned out delicious!  The tea cakes were a new recipe for us and a nice addition.  Today (yay for nap time!) I made chocolate sprinkle cookies. They are so fresh out of the oven, I haven't even tried them yet! Now, to ensure there are still some left for Chritmas..... how do I do that? 

We shared some of our cookies with our neighbors.  I had found the perfect gift for them that doubled as a container for the cookies.  It was a beer pitcher for the dedication of our local firehouse, where the husband serves as a fireman. 

Chase has also been practicing his standing.  Lots of pulling up then sitting back down.  He's gotten pretty good!  We've covered crawling, clapping, and standing in very little time. He has been in his 8 month sleep regression, waking up between 1-3 am for a bottle. Last night was the first night in probably 3 weeks that I didn't get up to feed him.  Mind you, he woke up a lot but always quieted down before he needed me.  I looked at the monitor at one point, thinking I might be needed, and he was sitting up in the corner of the crib playing.  I made a bottle and walked into his room to find him sprawled out, asleep.  He's taking an extra long nap this morning to make up for it I guess! 

He turned nine (9!!!) months old this Sunday.  I can hardly believe 9 months has passed already.  He's wearing 12 month clothes still but just about ready to go to 18 months.  He's active, not wanting to sit on me or be still for long. He's also very inquisitive. That said, at our little gym, he's tentative, not wanted to stray too far from me still.

He's eating everything! Anything we offer, he'll try. And most likely like! We've tried turkey, eggs, potatoes, pizza crust, and pasta this month.  I'm guessing lots of other things I'm forgetting too as he typically eats what I eat. We just started the sippy cup today at breakfast.
Oh, how I'm looking forward to Christmas.  We still need to get our tree up but I feel like things are coming together.  I can't wait for Chase to stare at our tree.  We were at my in-laws yesterday and he was fascinated by theirs so I know he won't leave ours alone.  Although it will require a lot of chasing after him, I'm looking forward to the holiday through his eyes. 
one of the 9 month old photos


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Clap Your Hands

Today, Chase learned how to clap.  And he was oh so pleased!  We clapped all afternoon.  Then it was nap time.  Because clapping is exhausting you know.  I love watching him discover something new.  It seems like each day, there is something.  But clapping might be one of my favorites. 
This photo is from the gym the other day.  I've taken him the last 3 days as it's a good safe place to burn off some energy and interact with other little people.  The people we typically hang out with all have older kids, who he loves seeing.  But I believe socialization with kiddos the same relative age is important.  He's tentative and stays close to me.  But I'm guessing with more experience at the gym, that will change. 

I have been organizing some of my craft stuff lately.  We've been cleaning out the room we affectionately call the "scary room" to prepare for my mom to come from Christmas.  In the process, Ted has made space for all of my craft stuff.  It's fun to go through it all again but boy do I have yarn.  I should get knitting!  We're hoping to put my desk in there so there will be a dedicated place to sew.  Oh, how I long for that! 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Infinity and Beyond

 I've managed to sneak in a bit more sewing. I bought some plaid flannel for infinity scarves.  I needed (needed.... hmm, not really) to make one for myself because the boy is less likely to strangle me with an infinity scarf.  And then I loved it so much I decided to make one for a friend for Christmas.  While shopping for flannel, I opted for another for me.  And then I made a spare (above).  I'm giving this one away on Instagram right now (though tomorrow at noon). 
 
I also finished our Christmas stockings.  They are up on the mantle and ready for the holiday!  Ted's has a camping theme, mine has dogs, Rosy's has rabbits (she loves to chase them), and Chase's has Viking ships.  I like that they are fun and different. I hope they become a cherished part of our family Christmas!
On Thanksgiving: he enjoyed turkey, mashed potatoes, and sweet potatoes.
I've been busy with the kiddo too.  He's started crawling and there is no stopping him! He would really like to crawl into the fireplace but mommy is the fun police.  He loves to eat pretty much anything we feed him.  We just joined a local kiddie gym so we'll be going there two to three times a week I'm hoping.  I think it will be good for him both from an interaction with other kids standpoint and to work out some energy.  I'm hoping to meet a few other moms too. 

Next weekend I'm baking our Christmas cookies with a friend.  I'm looking forward to it.  We're definitely making peanut blossoms (those ones with the Hershey kiss) but everything else is up in the air.  Any favorites out there? 

Friday, November 14, 2014

A Wee Bit of Sewing

BAM! I've been sewing a bit! I'm making family Christmas stockings.  Everyone's is different and will represent them in some way.  Rosy's (because the dog needs a stocking!) will have bunnies on it because she likes to chase them.  Ted's has a camping scene.  Mine has dogs.  And Chase's has viking ships.  They are off at a friend's right now getting the names embroidered on them.  I'm so excited about that part. 

And I've been making mini stockings to silverware pouches on Christmas Day.  This one is for my aunt, who I'm seeing next week.  I'm making four for our house.  Two are done, two to go.  Then they all need a serious ironing.  Hopefully then I'll be back with photos. 

Otherwise, life is busy.  The kid is growing like a weed.  He just turned eight months old today.  Eight months!!  He's getting up on all fours and rocking.  Crawling must be forthcoming.  He practiced walking - with LOTS of support - between Ted and me tonight.  He talks up a storm and said "mama" today.  I know he has no idea what it means but he did say it! He's a great little boy and I'm loving watching him develop and learn daily.  It's such a blessing! 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

5 Months!

My dear Little Boy--

Today, you are 5 months old.  Oh how you have grown!!  You are in the upper percentiles for both height and weight.  I love that you are so healthy.  You grab for your bottle with glee and often help hold it.  Now, if only you didn't turn your head to look at everything, resulting in the bottle not remaining in your mouth! 
You have mastered the rolling over.  Back to front and front to back, you are good to go.  You love rolling across the quilt on the living room floor.  You also are pretty good at supporting yourself on your arms.  It's just a matter of time before you are scooting around! 

You've also started to do raspberries sometimes.  It's so funny to listen to you make little noises and awesome to see the happiness it gives you. 

You started eating solid food this month too.  We've tried peaches, apples, bananas (not a fan I think), sweet potatoes, and pears.  You are really starting to get into eating.  Last time, you ate the whole bowl of pears quite fast!  I think I'm going to start making your food rather than relying on Gerber. 
You have been interacting with Rosy more.  You have reached out for her numerous times.  Yesterday, you tried to suck on her ear (I intervened).  She loves to lick you.  I simply adore watching the relationship you two are developing.  My two little loves! 

Speaking of sucking on things, you suck or shew on everything.  You're definitely teething.  I think I felt a tooth starting on the bottom left.  Time will tell if that's where you get the first tooth or not. 

Oh my little love, how you change my life for the better daily.  I love you so much.  Happy 5 months!

Love,
Mom

Friday, July 18, 2014

Loss and Reflection

You know how some people have such amazing strength of character, leadership ability, and love that when she gets a bad health diagnosis, you just think she will beat it?  Because how could someone that strong not overcome?  And then she doesn't.  And you are just a little bit shocked.  How is it possible?  For someone not as strong and fearless and driven maybe but this person?  It's just not quite right.  Yet, she is still gone.  I really thought this amazing woman I knew would overcome, mostly because she was so driven and didn't take no easily.  Unfortunately, the disease was stronger.  Cancer sometimes is. 

A woman I considered a pillar in my field - a mentor, colleague and leader - has been fighting for her life.  Unfortunately, she lost that fight.  But I'm certain she did it with valiance and dignity, because that's how she lived her life.  And although she's gone, her legacy will live on.  She touched literally thousands of lives.  Some might not even know her name but she impacted their destiny.

You will not be forgotten my friend.  Thank you for the life you lived and for the grace you showed all of us.  Rest in peace. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Four Months

To my Little Love--

Today you are four months old!  I can hardly believe it.  This past month you have really mastered the rolling from back to front thing.  You're still struggling with rolling from front to back.  You have some of the motion down but can't quite get there! 

More and more, you are responding with the greatest of delight to Daddy and me.  When he walked in the house yesterday, you immediately lit up.  It's so awesome to see how much you love him.

You're also talking more.  Babbling takes up so much of our day and I love our "conversations."  

You seem to recognize my phone when I'm taking your picture.  I'm not quite sure if that's a good thing or bad thing but man, it helps get some photos of you looking directly at me!  

You started at daycare two days a week this month and seem to like it.  You are the type of kid that will go to anyone and the teachers seem to think you are a happy, agreeable little baby.  I'm happy for the opportunity for you to interact with other kids and know we'll have to find a Mommy and Me class once I'm not working anymore. 

You just had a bad cold (caught at daycare no doubt!) and oh, it was hard to watch because the cough was so bad.  Luckily, it didn't last long and although still congested, you're doing much better. 

Happy 4 months Little Guy!  You have enriched Daddy's and my lives so much in just this short time and we love you oodles! 

Love,
Your Mom


Friday, July 11, 2014

Crazy Energy

Both kids were a little overexcited last night.  It was to the point where I was wondering if there was a full moon (there wasn't).  I'm not really sure what was up but oh, the crazy energy.  There was kicking and babbling (the kid) and licking and toy shaking (the dog).  I may have had to yell "no" a few times as Rosy's over-enthusiasm started making her get a wee bit too close to stepping on the kid. 
I do have to wonder what will happen when we actually do have a full moon! 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Randomness for Your Thursday

  • The kid has been sick with a cold.  It's nothing too major but I ended up keeping him home from daycare today as he has one of the symptoms they say your kid can't have and be there.  He's still a very happy little guy despite the coughing and congestion.  
  • Rosy finally went to the groomers yesterday.  She's looking all clean and pretty.  
  • I'm in need of a nap.  But I've found that trying to nap when the kid does never works.  Mostly because he'll cry out in his sleep periodically.  
  • Photo from our wedding.  This little finger puppet was on the kid's table of goodies!
  • I really need to sew the curtains for the dining room.  I'm not sure why I'm procrastinating.  I know I'll be quite pleased when they are done.  
  • My family Christmas is upcoming (we celebrate together in the summer, when we can do it outside, as there are too many of us for anyone's home!).  I did a good amount of shopping last night. Thank goodness for Amazon.  
  • My dining room is a disaster.  We have too much stuff and not enough space for it.  I am having a yard sale in August but we'll still have too much stuff.  One of us is more of a pack rat than the other.  
  • I've been posting a lot on Instagram lately.  Check it out for what's really up in my life there. 
  • I've been doing a pose a day yoga thing for my local studio.  It's been good to integrate at least a little yoga in each day.  I can't do today's pose (headstand) but think I might find something else to do today so I've still done a pose.  
  • I need a massage.  I have a gift card to Massage Envy but just need to find time to use it.  Oh, first world problems I know.  
  • I made a good pork BBQ last night from this pinterest recipe.  It's good, although a sweet bit sweet.  
  • I really like meal planning a lot more than I ever would have guessed.  
  • I haven't knit in forever.  I need to find a good, somewhat not complicated pattern to inspire me.  And something that uses yarn I already own in order to save money and clean out stash!  
  • I miss date night with my love.  We haven't really had one since our minimoon post wedding.  I need to make that a priority!
That's all folks..... hope you are having a good Thursday!  

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Their Relationship

People often ask "how's Rosy doing with your son?" There was also much advice and questioning before he was born.  Rosy has always been a gentle soul and very omega so I was pretty sure she'd be good with him.  And she is.  She is his constant companion.  She loves lying under his swing in the living room or hanging out next to him when he's on the floor.  His feet are the best thing to lick.  And she licks more when he's crying, as if she's trying to find a way to comfort him. 
When he's on the floor and kicking, she'll even get kicked while trying to lick him.  Honestly, she's so amazing and I'm just so impressed and happy that she loves him so.  I was worried that getting less attention might make his joining the family less awesome in her eyes.  Overall, it's all good though. 

I'm looking forward to watching their relationship continue to develop.  When he starts getting more active and perhaps pulling her ears or tail, will she be calm?  I believe so but only time will tell for sure.  All I can say is I love these two kids of mine.... and their relationship with each other.