Thursday, December 31, 2009

Twenty-five Weeks Old

We had a great week with Santa and gifts and food this week! He is soooo close to crawling. Once I edit a video of his crawling attempts I'll post it. Highlights from this week: he has figured out how to stick his tongue out to taste things, he has discovered his feet and likes to play with them incessantly, and he is taking all naps in his own bed (not Mommy and Daddy's) and always starts off the night in his bed (he doesn't always end up there, however...we're working on that).

Applesauce

When we were feeding him applesauce, he would open his mouth, take a bite, make the most horrendous face, and then open it wide for another bite. Unfortunately by the time I grabbed the camera, he was a little over it! =)

What a Big Boy We Have

Why? You Ask!

  1. Connor officially had to have the cradle part of his pack-n-play in our room removed (he was pulling himself up in it during naptime and we were worried about him toppling over). He is now in a big boy crib only!! **See the picture above of him in his pack-n-play in our room...and yes, he's a tummy sleeper...and no, I never put him to sleep on his tummy...and no, I'm not going to wake him up everytime he goes to sleep on his belly and turn him over!** =)
  2. He slept the entire night through (don't get too excited...keep reading) in his crib!!! We've been working really hard (let's be honest, I've been working really hard) to get him out of our bed and into his crib and he had a whole night's worth of success!! After we have a few more night's of success and maybe at least ONE night of continuous sleep (yep, he hasn't slept a whole night through since his weight scare), we'll begin moving him into his nursery.
  3. He weighs so much that I can barely carry his carseat (with him in it, of course) anymore. I have to muster the strength just taking him in and out of the house and when we're out of the house, Mr. Howard has to carry him!
  4. He can sit up for about 30 seconds to a minute all by himself!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Pregnant

Don't worry, I'm not making any announcements here.



I just thought this was hillarious!! =)

Monday, December 28, 2009

Connor's First Christmas

A Tiny Glimpse into our Christmas!
What Santa left for Connor
Uncle Colin and Connor after opening presents
All the stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there,
Aunt Katie and Her Nephew Taking a Nap!
Aunt Katie, Nana, and Connor playing with Gifts
Let the Games Continue...
Like Father, Like Son...
Christmas Cookies, Turkeys Stuffed,
Festive Holly Berry,
Little faces bright with joy,
Loved ones being merry.
Relatives waiting with open arms,
To smile and hug and kiss us,
These are some of the special joys,
That come along with Christmas.
Nana and Connor in one of his new outfits!


What a wonderful first Christmas!!! Thanks Santa!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas Eve - A Video

Some New Diapers

For Christmas my mom got us a bunch of these adorable Blueberry Coveralls and so far I love them!!

Firstly, they are cow print - really, how much cuter can you get than that?

Secondly, they aren't sized like my thirsties covers. Instead they have 3 snap rise adjustments (which is what I have always LOVED about the BumGenius).

Finally, they don't have any velcro, which makes doing laundry and caring for them - SOOOO much easier.

She also got us a new AIO, which I'll write about after I try it out!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Gro Baby

On Black Friday, Mr. Howard and I picked out these new Gro Baby diapers. We got two of the ones like the picture (with Velcro) and one vanilla snaps one.

Positives: I love the color and style!! I really adore the sleekness (not a super bulky diaper). I love that they are adjustable and the fact that you can buy one size and keep it forever, is very attractive to me.

Negatives: I'm not a fan of the snap in diaper liners. I didn't really feel like when I bought them I truly understood how these liners worked and both Mr. Howard and I feel like there isn't a lot of versatility with them.

Overall, I think, if I maybe had about 10 more snap-in liners I might feel a little better about them. They certainly don't rank higher than the bumGenius ones we love!

Christmas Eve

Dear Santa,

I have been such a good boy this year! I have made both Mommy and Daddy proud and continue to amaze them every day. I smile with my whole being and love tremendously. I sleep and eat well and shower everyone with kisses, cuddles, and a loving tug of whatever hair or strings they might have attached to them. Mommy and Daddy definitely think that I deserve whatever wonderful gifts you'd like to graciously leave for us Christmas morning.

Love,
Connor James
My grandpa and I love to cook together (above)
I'm such a good stander with my Mommy (above)
I love my Aunt Katie and Uncle Colin from here to the moon (above)
My Mommy and Daddy love me so much they let me sleep and helped me put out the eggnog, cookies, and carrots for Santa and the Reindeer (above)
My Mom and Dad adore me and My Auntie Katie does too because she snapped this photo while I was sleeping, waiting for Santa to come (above).
What a lucky boy I am!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!
Joyeux Noel!
Frohliche Weihnachten!
Boze Narodzenie!
Feliz Navidad!
Happy Haukkah!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Few New Traditions

I didn't have very many Christmas traditions growing up. In fact, the only one I can think of is that we would open a present on Christmas Eve (a tradition that has continued as we've added family members into our Christmas). But Christmas was always and continues to be a HUGE deal in my family (hence why we will, for as long as we can, spend Christmas with my parents).

A few years ago, when Mr. Howard and I got married, we decided to come up with something fun we could do every year. We decided we would collect penguins. So each year we get one another a penguin, write the year on it, and put it up as a decoration the following year. We have several penguins collected now (from the first year we were married until now).

This year, with the addition of a new family member, we came up with some traditions we wanted to start with our Little Man. The first is that we decided to bake cookies from scratch every year on Christmas Eve for Santa. Of course we started this morning! We also made a plate for Santa's Cookies (which we decorated with Connor's footprints, year, and name), but it's being fired in a kiln and we'll have it for next year. The second tradition we are going to start tonight is that we are going to leave carrots for Santa's Reindeer (I mean, really, all Santa does is sit in a sleigh...his reindeer are doing all the work).

Connor worked really hard to stir the batter:

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Our Little Reindeer

You know how when your friend passes out drunk, everyone gathers around to take pictures with the passed out drunk person?!? Well, I guess this is the equivalent of that for a baby. He just looked sooooo content! Who wouldn't want a picture with the passed out reindeer?!?



Twenty-Four Weeks Old

He is at this age now where you can't put the paper near him or he grabs it and attempts to eat it. In the 23 week photo I had to put it out quickly and snap the photo before he realized it was there. Unfortunately, I wasn't as lucky this time. I had to put it behind him. Because it's difficult to read, I have replicated it:

"Look Miss Melanie! I am 24 weeks old today! only three more days until Christmas. This week I had my first gift exchange at daycare. Presents have already started arriving for me, but I haven't opened any yet. I can't wait for Christmas! I've been good Santa!"

B.C.

Mr. Howard and I have a running joke about our life Before Connor (B.C.). So, I thought we could play a little game where I compare my B.C. beliefs to my A.C. beliefs:

  • Belief 1 BC: No one would be allowed in the delivery room except my husband! Who cares?!? I couldn't have cared less if President Obama and former President Bush came in that room when I was delivering the Little Man. My sister and mom were both in the delivery room when we had Connor.
  • Belief 2 BC: No male doctor O.B.G.Y.N. allowed in the delivery room!!! I did not have a male OB in the room when I delivered, but I couldn't have cared less when the time came.
  • Belief 3 BC: I would never allow Connor to sleep in my bed (not because I didn't think I'd love him as much as I do, but just because I felt strongly that my bed should be with my husband). No babies allowed. That one didn't work out quite like I planned. See a later post where I describe how this is going.
  • Belief 4 BC: Life would be the same, but just with a Little Man. Everyone wanted to say to us before he was born, "Oh you're life is going to NEVER be the same! Everything is going to change." Part of this is true. Of course my life is never going to be the same. I'm a mommy. Mr. Howard and I are bonded for eternity and no divorce will ever truly separate us as we are always going to be Mommy and Daddy to Connor. But, in actuality very little has truly CHANGED. We still do everything we would always do (visit Southern California, go out to restaurants, etc.), we just have an additional person with us when we do it.
  • Belief 5 BC: Mr. Howard would still come first. First God, then husband, then baby. Now, maybe this one will change. So I'm willing to see. Everyone always says, "You never know how much you can love until you have a child." I have not had this experience. I love Connor more than life, as I do Mr. Howard. For me, there has been no new kind of love - just an amazing little person to hold and stand in awe of. We'll see though. Some people say they didn't experience this new kind of love until later.
  • Belief 6 BC: No one can imagine what having a baby is like until you have one. This one I go back and forth about. There were definitely things I couldn't have known. It certainly has given me an infinite amount of respect for Mommas and Daddies that I didn't have before. But, mostly, having a baby is what I thought it would be like. I kinda feel like I was prepared for all of it. I certainly do not think (contrary to my father's beliefs) that my age somehow was a hindrance in my preparation. I can't imagine being more prepared at say 30, or 35, or 40 (maybe some older moms and dads will disagree), but I think "you can't know what you don't know." No matter what age you have a baby, there are things you're going to have to learn.
  • Belief 7 BC: It would not change my relationship with my husband at all. Whoa! This one was the most ridiculous belief I had. It has changed my relationship 100%. Some for the better: seeing a man you love with a baby (a baby you both helped to create) is genuinely the most wonderful, special thing in the whole world. Having my husband be the one to tell me what we were having (boy or girl) when Connor came into our world on July 7th has forever changed the way I look at Mr. Howard. It has strengthened our bond and marriage an infinite amount. But there are negatives too. It is hard. Incredibly hard. Being a parent is draining and emotionally overwhelming at times. Remember, sleep deprivation is a form of torture, which basically means you're being tortured every night. If you thought you had an okay relationship on a full night's sleep, try communicating and working together on NO sleep. I have to know my husband to a depth I didn't know existed - know and trust when to hand Connor over because I'm exhausted and not being a good mommy, know when to take Connor out for a walk when Daddy is exhausted and not being a good daddy, know how to communicate without raising my voice (when I'm exhausted and overwhelmed), know when to choose my battles and when to decide it isn't important. To think a child won't strengthen and weaken your marriage, is the most ludicrous, foolish belief of them all.
  • Moms - what were your BC (before child) beliefs and do you still agree with them? Are there any on my list you disagree with?

Monday, December 21, 2009

Everyone Should Do That

I have always maintained that EVERYONE should have to spend a day in a classroom (all day) in order to see the importance of raising good children. I think, sometimes, as parents and humans we get so wrapped up in our own little world and because we're tired and overworked and overstressed, make the easy decisions. In the classroom, by 5th grade, I see the results of making easy decisions (i.e. I'll just let *fill in the blank* get away with that just this once so that I can have some peace and quiet). Well, today I realized that everyone should have to spend a day in a pre-school. What an eye opening experience that was for me! Talk about truly understanding the importance of raising good children. =) While I had a great time helping out and contributing to a great pre-school (I did read aloud and helped out with snack), I am walking away with a lot more than just a great night's sleep tonight. I am walking away with a renewed sense of respect and a desire to raise a respectful, thankful, and appreciate child!

Circle Time with the Parachute:
The Holiday Gift Exchange:

Sunday, December 20, 2009

A Birthday Celebration

Every year Mr. Howard and I do our own birthday celebration for him and then we do a second one with the whole family. This year we debated about taking Little Man to a sitter for the first one (at Lucille's BBQ), but decided he should join us for our family tradition. We also did something a bit different this year - I hosted the family dinner!

I think Connor thought the cake was for him!

Look at Connor's Face I can't take credit for the delicious chocolate rasberry cake, but it was a hit!

I can, however, take credit for the Baked Sausage Penne we ate (all organic)! I know it's one of Mr. Howard's favorites!














Opening Presents - Mr. Howard got Hangover, a tie, 2 shirts, and really nice dress slacks!Denny and Connor Can you see Jake in the background to the right?Let's get this party started! Normally we do not allow anything Christmas related at Mr. Howard's birthday (a pet peeve of his), but while I was dressed (a rarity on vacations), I wanted a picture of Little Man and I near the tree). The Birthday Boy - A Big 27 - With his Mini Me (in a jeep shirt)My sister has more photos, namely the ones with the cake. When she sends them, I can add to this post!

Twenty-three Weeks Old

I can't believe I didn't post these from before! He's getting soooooooooo old! Highlights from this week: he tried bananas, sweet peas, and sweet potatoes (the peas were his favorite); he met Santa and wasn't afraid; he figured out how to yell for fun; he learned how to stick out his tongue to taste things; and he continues to be the little love of our lives!



Thursday, December 17, 2009

Santa - We Survived!

No Crying or Anything!

He actually liked him!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Christmas 2009

Hopefully by now you have all received this year's Christmas card. This, of course, is the debut of the addition of Connor to our card. We wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Kwanzaa to all our friends!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A Christmas Party With Santa

I've decided that a little Santa is the perfect accessory to every outfit! Our little Santa joined us for a REALLY fun Christmas party this Saturday and was definitely the life of the party (that is, until he conked out around 9pm). Mommy and Daddy should receive some sort of prize, however, for staying up WAYYY past their bedtime (we didn't leave until 11:30).
Seriously, look at that little face? Doesn't it compliment Mr. Howard's outfit so well?
Who wouldn't have fun at a party with a jolly St. Nick attached to your hip?!?

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