Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Aiden and the poinsettia (which turns out is NOT poisonous for people or animals)
CUTE Christmas gift from Rachel
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
We have mostly been relying on cold teething rings and cold, wet washcloths for him to chew on. Although the washcloth seems to gross him out a little. A texture thing maybe? Last night I heard this weird squeaking noise on the baby monitor right after we had put him down for the night. I went in to see what he was doing and found him CHEWING on his pacifier. The squeaking noise was his wet gums rubbing on the rubber pacifier (Rachel - it was reminiscent of you putting on nitrile gloves).
I can't wait for him to turn 6 months. I'm gonna get my hands on some of this! You can see the tongue-chewing thing here:
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Travis and I officially have all the Christmas decorations up at our home! Wahoo! I LOVE Christmas. It really is my favorite time of year. Actually, there's a chance, if we have time, that we may put up more Christmas lights. We have three extra strings of lights, so I may line our fence in the backyard. But that's only if I find the time.
I'm trying to do a few crafts this year, all of which need to get done this week if I'm going to get them to the work buddies on time. AHH! I told Travis he gets to clean the house this week. I know he's really excited. My mom and brother are getting into town Thursday night. That means the clock is ticking on house cleaning. I got some organizational stuff done this weekend, but spent most of my time either shopping or spending time with friends and family. Busy, busy, busy!!
And he did it so well!
Christmas is in the air, people! Be merry! And not crappy, please. I don't know what it is about this time of year that seems to bring out the grouchiest people on the road. Travis and I waited for 5 minutes in line at a Whataburger drive-thru window AFTER we had gotten our food. The server forgot to give me a fork for my salad. Normally I don't wait to fix problems with to-go orders, but a fork is fairly important to the salad-eating-process.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
We sipped on complimentary hot chocolate and took in the scenery on the hayride... pumpkin patch cemetery...
When it came time to chop down our chosen tree, however, Aiden was ready for a nap. We only brought the umbrella stroller as we thought that would be easier to maneuver on the hayride and through the trees. I believe we were right in thinking this. The problem came when Aiden needed a nap, but the stroller didn't recline for him.
We just got a short tree. The taller ones were SO expensive. Plus, we only have 8-foot ceilings anyway. I think next year we might try a short needle fir for the first time.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
This kid LOVES jumping. It's pretty much his most favorite thing in the whole world, aside from me of course.
I was making dinner one night while he was in the door jumper and I realized Aiden was being super still. I look over at him and he is just staring very intently at the toy mounted on his jumper. I walk over to see what he is looking at: his own reflection in the toy mirror. SO CUTE!! You can see my example of this in the last photo.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
- The Repulsators - this is Chris' band; he won't be playing, but I've heard his brother Darren is taking his place for the night.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
When the clock strikes midnight on December 31st and the year becomes the futuristic-sounding 2010, are you going to read the date as "January first, two thousand ten" or "January first, twenty ten"?
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
- How to "razz" (AKA, fart sounds with his mouth).
- How to sit up unassisted for up to three minutes!
Holy cow. I know. It's amazing.
#1 is funny because I was complaining to Scott and Rachel on Thanksgiving about how the one thing Aiden has shown no sign of yet is blowing a razz. What to Expect in the First Year says that he might be able to do that by 5 months old. Believe me. I know 100% that you are not supposed to compare your child to other children developmentally and the book only says that he might, not that he should be able to. But it is SO HARD not to be slightly concerned about such things. I promise I wasn't losing any sleep over the situation, but it still sat in the back of my mind.
Point is, Scott spent the whole day making farting noises at Aiden. And guess what? He picked up on it! Saturday night when Travis was getting him ready for bed, Aiden just razzed away! I'm so proud of his farting noises.
Also awesome? His balance. I guess all we have to do is have a few people over to play with Aiden and he'll learn all sorts of new things! Chris R. spent a good15-20 minutes helping Aiden to sit unassisted on the floor on Thanksgiving. And sure enough, Aiden mastered the trick. See for yourself:
PS - I have to mention here that Travis calls Aiden Gregorio from time to time. His middle name is Gregory, sooooooooooo...
Monday, November 30, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
For dinner I shook things up with a few of the dishes:
- Herb-injected turkey
- Garlic mashed potatoes and gravy
- Chipotle scalloped sweet potatoes
- Green bean casserole (made with fresh green beans, not mushy canned)
- Mac and cheese (just noticed this recipe is by Paula Deen = eesh)
- Butt rolls
- Stuffin Muffins
- Cranberry-orange relish (not a big fan of canned cranberry sauce)
- Spinach, cranberry and walnut salad
Ariel, Rachel and Toby watching the game
Aiden was pleading with his eyes for someone to stop Daddy from feeding him more sweet potatoes (homemade!)
After dinner we played the game Apples to Apples. We also downed a pot of coffee to counteract the effects of tryptophan. For dessert, Ariel and Robert brought homemade pumpkin and pecan pies and Rachel brought spice cakes. Ugh I was SO full!
Friday, November 27, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
My dad studied abroad for a year in London. He used this bike to drive around Europe and somewhere along the way met this young lady. This is all before he met my mother.
It's so weird to think that my parents had lives before us. Hell, before they even met each other. But then again, I think about Aiden and how much life we lived before he came into the picture. I guess the circle of life goes on.
My dad is contemplating buying a bike again. It makes me laugh a little, but I think it would be good for him. You only get to do this life thing once!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Aiden has not slept through the night for a week now. This cold stuffs up his nose to the point that it wakes him up. I am exhausted. Actually, I think I am going back to sleep until Aiden gets up again. When he got up for the 7th time at about 5:15 this morning I checked his temp to find he still has his fever. I'm going to stay home with him today. If he is still sick tomorrow then Travis or Auntie Ariel will take care of him.
Try to stay virus free!
Monday, November 23, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
As entertaining as it would be to see all the kiddos in character costumes, I have opted to wait until next weekend to go. I know I could never get to the theater early enough to get a decent seat. Every movie I've seen opening weekend, I spent sitting in the front row staring up the nostril of each actor.
The bummer about not seeing New Moon today is that I will probably see some of the trailers that divulge more of the movie than I am ready to see. I just may have to avoid the TV today...
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Ariel wore this outfit, wig and all, to work one night. She's a bartender, so I'm sure it helped her get a few extra tips. ;)
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I woke up at 2:30am and checked Aiden's temperature before immediately offering him Tylenol. His temp had dropped to 97.9F. Woot! I was glad to have all day Wednesday off for Veteran's Day so I could keep an eye on him all day.
Taking the teething ring out for a test drive.