Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Meanwhile, it's true, kids do read Perez as much as adults.
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Monday, May 29, 2006
1) Milk gets gross fast. After like four or five hours post meal, it starts to coagulate and get clumpy. That's right - ew.
2) Milk left in a sippy cup in the car gets bad faster than normal. Studies show this may cause the sippy to be tossed into the trash whole or abandoned at a gas station.
3) Milk poured out of a sippy cup onto the patio as a drawing device leaves a stain. Who knew milk would leave a mark? And after one washing, it still looks kind of shiny.
4) Milk can easily clog the rubber spout of a sippy and turn black even after washing. It's not pretty.
5) Milk can make the pain of a skinned knee go away. It's a fact.
Tonight he and I played the greatest game and I think I'm in love all over again. He likes to clap fine, but more than that, he likes to clap my hands for me. It's hysterical to watch and play as it really cracks us both up. For a different spin on things tonight, he would clap my hands and then clap them on his head sending us both to tears we were giggling so much. It may have been the cutest thing ever. Seriously.
Saturday, May 27, 2006
Friday, May 26, 2006
Thursday, May 25, 2006
In other news, damn Taylor Hicks. I like him fine (if I don't listen to his screaming soul patrol, because frankly, that's kinda gay), but now I have to listen to that infectious "Do I Make You Proud" dreck that's on the radio. The bonus is it has knocked out Nick Lachey's irritating single out of my head, but it's hardly an improvement. It's enough to make me listen to WTOP all the time. If only they didn't have commercials every 2.5 minutes.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
After his bath tonight, we practiced stomping his feet. It was just precious to him to stomp on command and be so happy about it. I was stomping along with him. If I did it regularly enough, I might get a bit of a workout as I was tired after a bit. I tried practicing "clap your hands, stomp your feet" but he only felt like stomping even on the clapping command. Maybe tomorrow...
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
A couple of firsts today. One thing fun is he knows how to stomp his feet on command, which may be one of the cutest things I've seen. He also knows how to hike his leg to climb over something as I witnessed him get into the bath on his own. Yes, the kid who refused to take a bath two months ago now can't wait a second longer to get in. With his new found ability to scale, I thought it prudent to take out the bumpers in his crib that have been out and in a lot since he was born (first in, then out due to SIDS fears, then back in once he started catching limbs in the rails, then out again for some reason then back in because the darkness helped him sleep). If I left them in, I'm afraid he'd be able to step on them and make a break for it. My cousin kindly gave me the bumper and they've just been great and so nice that I didn't have to buy them myself.
Meanwhile, I heard today from our first choice (well, only choice) preschool/daycare that the room he'd be in for the fall is full, but we're second on the list should something open up. Sigh.
Meanwhile, Bjorn always calls after drop-off to give me the update.
Bjorn: The package has been delivered.
Me: So how'd it go?
Me: What? Why?
Bjorn: He was mad and screamed at me most of the way until we turned into her driveway.
Me: What's up? Do you think he's getting sick? Is he teething?
Bjorn: Well, I spilled water on him as we pulled out of our neighborhood. I don't think he liked that. It was probably cold.
Me: Oh. That would explain things. Did you need to turn around and get him a new shirt?
Bjorn: Did I need to? Obviously not. Would that have been a better choice? Probably.
Monday, May 22, 2006
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Turns out it's so big is takes up more sand than the three bags Bjorn bought so right now it's only half full. But did that stop the fascination? No! Turns out he loves it, half full and all. The only downside is the sand is wetter (for lack of a better word) than I would have liked and makes a bit of a mess more so than the dried sand I was imagining. We're getting more sand this afternoon so hopefully it's a different vintage and when mixed with what we got, will yield the proper consistensy.
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Meanwhile, a good friend e-mailed yesterday to say Andy looks more like his father in the the spagetti-covered picture below that the third one, like I posted. That's the funny thing about kids, they always look a little differently to others so it's fun to hear who he looks like in the family, especially since it changes just about every day.
Friday, May 19, 2006
Funny, with a digital camera and instant images, I still find it takes me a while to get them off the camera and into a useable format. Here are some pictures from the last week or so. He's again a little ornery this morning. I'm starting to suspect his eye teeth are close to coming in. In the second pictures, I think he looks like Bjorn. At least he has his mouth. Funny that it's so small considering they both have a lot to say. He's also taken to carrying his bedtime dog around the house.
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Of course, no sooner did I think that, but I came across some pictures of Andy as a tiny, tiny baby. It's so hard to believe sometimes how far we've come together. What's amazing is he kinda looks like himself. It's hard to say looking at him at the time what he'd look like now, but looking back I do see some features he still has today. Meanwhile, the ball he's "holding" is one of those small maybe 2 1/2 inches in diameter ones. For nostalgia, I saved one of those newborn swaddlers that he's wearing there. It's so tiny, I think it would be too small to diaper my foot and yet at the time it was big enough for a person.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
The kid is simply a joy right now. I need to say that because I'm sure in a month he'll be getting more teeth or stop sleeping or whatever so I need to remember when he's being perfect like right now. He's just fun and engaging at the moment. Plus, he still likes to play with me, but he also manages to play alone for little bits here and there. I'm not sure if it's due to the later summer hours or simply age, but he's able to stay awake in the evenings a little later, which gives us more time to play. It's great! I'm sure tomorrow he'll find a way to flush my cell phone down the toilet, but for today, I'm simply smitten.
Monday, May 15, 2006
He's been hitting some milestones of late. He can now get to standing from sitting. He still prefers to get a hand, but he can certainly do it on his own. He also can officially say "light" (his favorite word) and likes to clap along to Jack's Big Music Show (which is great in spite of the really long Laurie Berkner intervals). His babbling is getting much more sophisticated. I keep thinking I hear words (like yesterday I swear he said "outside" when banging on the sliding glass door). He's also stringing them together like sentences. How cool is that?
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Saturday, May 13, 2006
Friday, May 12, 2006
Last year I pureed the vegetables and frozen them in ice cube trays to be served up for baby food. This year he's old enough that he could have it it larger chunks. The only bad part is that means I'm going to have to cook, which even boiling vegetables isn't my strong suit. That said, I did grill out sausage this evening. Our grill starter hasn't ever really worked so it requires a match and some steel will to get it started. Tonight I managed to singe all the hair on my right arm. Classy, with a K.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
We went to see Bjorn's mom last weekend. I actually took some nice pictures of the two of them, but this one cracks me up since it looks like he's about to get spanked. What was really happening is she was telling a story and he was trying to wriggle away, but it doens't look that way in this shot. The funny thing about the digital camera is it sometimes takes a couple seconds to load and get ready so I find I sometimes take a picture of just after what I meant to get. Regular cameras are probably like that, too, but I just don't get to see the results immediately.
Meanwhile, all week Andy has taken a three hour nap in the afternoon and this mornig I had to wake him up for school at 7:45. I wonder if this signals a growth spurt.
He's still working on new words and noises. He's pretty much mastered "light" in the correct context(although not necessarily on command) and he has a few others, like "yay" and "daddy" that aren't necessarily used properly.
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
As you can see, Andy likes his Fridge Phonics. Unfortunately, he gets frustrated easily if he tries to put a letter in and it doesn't work immediately. Rather than tilt it a bit, he usually throws it on the floor. And scene.
In unrelated news, I talked to my sister today and learned my brother-in-law's adorable 10-year-old nephew was killed by a car when riding his bike. I can not even fathom how awful this must be for the family. They were doing everything seemingly right - they lived in a nice suburb on a nice cul-de-sac in a nice part of town. He wasn't going anywhere strange, just riding in the alley behind his house only to have something so tragic happen. It turns out the driver of the car was a neighbor who I'm sure is devastated as well. This after the shooting at the Fairfax County police station yesterday that already had me a bit rattled. I tried to hug Andy extra special tight tonight, but he wouldn't sucumb to my hugs and instead kept pointing to the lights going "ungh?"
Monday, May 08, 2006
Sunday, May 07, 2006
Unfortunately, with all this walking he's also scraping his knees up a good bit as he manages to wipe out pretty regularly, even if I'm holding his hand. Most of the time he shakes it off, but his knees are quickly getting cut up from the cement. You'd think that would make him prefer the grass, but he doesn't like walking on it much. He's also almost figured out how to stand up without holding onto something. Right now, when we play with the basketball hoop that is now in the driveway, he can bend all the way down and stand back up, but he hasn't quite gotten to getting himself into the squat position from sitting down. I think it's soon though. I also think he's coming up with some new words. He babble seems more deliberate as if he's really saying something. Plus, I think I hear words (Bjorn thinks I'm imaginging it), but I hear him point to the light and say "la" and now after I give him something, he says something close to thank you, at least with the syllables and the inflection.
Friday, May 05, 2006
Thursday, May 04, 2006
He's making strides on communicating, I think. I am hearing some new noises that are closer to words. Like last night I thought I heard him say "nigh-nigh." Of course, upon goading, he stopped being interested. He also really likes his new found clapping skill. It's quite amusing to all of us that he'll clap on command. Also interesting, he claps to the word "crap" as well, as Bjorn found out this morning. Meanwhile, the little bugger has figured out how to open the screen door to the back yard. I sometimes think I can contain him like the cats, but it's clear those opposable thumbs and human intellect are going to make him much more of a challenge.
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
With a house full of toys and gadgets, Andy and Megan both loved this booster seat for some reason. They enjoyed knocking it over, pulling off the tray and sitting on it, occasionally when the other was already there. In this photo, Andy couldn't pull the tray off so he's attempting to crawl into it.
Monday, May 01, 2006
I think he's picking up some new words. I swear under his breath he's saying "okay" sometimes. It's kind of funny to hear his breathy words as if he's thinking about something and is putting it together. I also heard him say "yay" yesterday. I'm not sure he really understands the contexts, but it's funny to hear. He also really understands simple commands now so I'll ask him to bring me objects (pointing helps). Last night, he actually crossed the room, picked up his shoes and brought them back to me one by one.