Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Standing on the couch WITH NO PANTS ON - aren't his little legs so cute!
I couldn't believe it - Travis took these photos of me with Aiden without me even having to ask him!! These are full fledged candid pictures - no posing with the tripod. =)
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
That's what I am living with - the Teething Monster. One second I have my sweet baby boy, the next I am dealing with tantrum city. A regular Jekyll and Hyde scenario. I am so glad that he has finally taken to the teething feeder. So far he has only accepted it with frozen pineapple inside. The next thing we're trying is frozen peaches.
Aiden definitely prefers salty over sweet. He LOVES veggies, but struggles with fruits. We tried giving him apple cinnamon cereal puffs and he would have nothing to do with them. Hoping it might be the flavor and not the puff itself that deterred him, I bought cheesy carrot flavored puffs. Turns out he loves them! He is definitely like his father in this regard. Travis will choose Ramen noodles over cake any day.
I am proud to report that I feel (almost) back to normal! After a year and two months of loaning my body to Aiden, I am finally my own person again. Throughout the pregnancy, I was careful about what I did and did not eat and drink. I took vitamins, ate my veggies, drank lots of water and avoided caffeine and alcohol. After I had Aiden, but while I was breastfeeding, I had to continue with the regimine with a few exceptions.
But now? Now I can have coffee whenever I want. Tired at 3pm? It's okay! Drink some coffee!! Tired at 5pm? It's okay! Drink some more coffee!! Also, I can have a beer or glass of wine with dinner now. Which is pure awesomeness. Aiden's feeds always seemed to fall right at dinner time, which meant water with dinner for Mommy. Nowadays, I'm all over that booze. ...JK... But seriously, it's nice to have my body back to myself. At least for now! ;)
Monday, February 22, 2010
I remember being little and feeling bad for my parents because they didn't get to hang out with their friends every day like I did. Little did I know, that work was a large part of my parents social life. Don't get me wrong, they had friends and we went to their houses occasionally on the weekends for dinner and cookouts. But they didn't get the daily climbing-trees-with-your-friends like Ariel and I did. Now I understand why.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
It is so strange to me that a 7-month old baby can hear a song that makes him want to dance. I had no idea that started so early! He LOVES the tune that his shape sorter plays (thanks for the Christmas present Chris and Alexa!)
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
In the end, I think the landlord took their neighbor's side because she is a middle-aged woman who lives with her husband and daughter, while Ariel and Robert are the early-twenties couple who both have night jobs (Ariel is a bartender/manager, Robert is a server at a local restaurant). It is a shame that it ended so stressfully, but I think they will feel much better in their new house without sharing the home with anyone else.
They have an entire house all to themselves now: 2 story, 3 bedroom, 1.5 baths, large fenced-in yard and a DISHWASHER! The house was marked down $300/month because no one would rent it at the asking price. The house was tore up a little by Hurricane Ike. After all the repairs, the place looks great and has brand new central AC units (yes, plural). The problem is there are not very many people currently living on the island. There have been too many layoffs and the economy is obviously not on the booming end of the scale. Robert and Ariel are definitely reaping the benefits here.
We helped them move this past Tuesday. We didn't get home and in bed until 11pm. Then I went back the following evening to help move one more load in my car. After the third load going upstairs, I was done. I told Robert, "Sorry, but I'm going to have to put the rest of this stuff in the dining room. I don't think I can physically make it back up those stairs with anything in my hands." I'm pretty sure he believed me because he had to push me up the stairs on that last trip while he was carrying boxes of his own!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
- Clapping (not on command, but when he is playing);
- Standing while leaning against the back of the couch and bouncing;
- Bopping his head to music;
- Feeds himself a cracker (we're working on the pincer grasp with the little cracker pieces that fall onto his high chair tray);
- Pushes himself backwards on the floor and can spin 360 degrees on his belly; and
- He can almost sit up completely unassisted. He usually catches himself with his hand if tips anywhere but backward. That's the direction of fall that have to watch out for the most. Causes the most damage.
Here are a few I caught on camera:
Monday, February 8, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
- Hot showers
- Eating anything
Every time I get out of a hot shower, I have itchy patches of red skin on my thighs and knees. And actually, now that I think about it, that skin does get a little welt-like Why? No idea.
Every time I drink alcohol, doesn't matter if it is beer or wine (I have not had liquor since having Aiden, so I am not sure what that would do), both give me hives. That makes me rule out things like hops or tanins, or some other ingredient particular to that beverage.
I absolutely CAN NOT wear heavy earrings anymore. An hour of that and they are in my pocket. If I wear post earrings, they have to come out by the end of the day. Otherwise I wake up the following morning with painful ear lobes.
Eating. This one is tricky. It seems like almost every day at lunch I get a red, itchy head (scalp, face ears) and itchy arms. And here's the kicker: it only seems to happen when I am eating with someone else. We are generally having an upbeat conversation that makes me laugh continually, or at least get animated with the topic. When I am eating a sandwich at home on the weekend with Aiden this never happens.
However, I do not get hives when I am having an animated conversation while not eating - as is evident by my frequent conversations with Rachel throughout the work day. I'm hoping this means I am not allergic to lively conversation.
What is up with this body?! Has anyone ever heard of this before? My ears are burning and I'm fed up.