The naughty boy being cute as a button
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The Booger only minutes old! He had more hair then than he does now!
I know I said all this a month ago, but it's amazing how much changes in such a short time. Just since last month, he has (almost) 2 teeth, is sooo close to crawling, is starting to pull himself up, and is climbing all over us. He picks up on everything and is so wonderfully interactive and playful. He is obsessed with grabbing and pulling and tapping everything. He will imitate things we do, and loves to laugh at us making funny faces. For some reason he get great pleasure out of someone yawning or sneezing! He plays well on his own but loves to be tickled and play games with us too. And our favorite- he lifts up his arms to be picked up and loved, especially when he wakes up.
We are very lucky to have such a good, healthy, happy baby. I am thankful everyday, especially as I read the blogs of moms and families dealing with health issues, or when I go to work with the children and adults that I work with. We have not had to fear that we'd lose him any minute, or grieve about extra problems or difficulties we know he would have to overcome. My heart and support goes to all families who live with the worry and the wonder that comes with raising children with special needs, health or otherwise.
It's also fun to have the connection with other people that comes with being a parent. Other parents just get the crazy, all encompassing love that we have for our son, and bear with us while we gush adoringly. It takes your own parenthood to make you stop and think about everything that the other person with two kids in tow has gone through to make out of the house, or to make it out the door to work or school. You know that they've probably spent many mornings or evenings cuddling with their little ones, and countless nights up changing diapers and feeding their kids in a dark, sleepy fog. You know they've called five people just to get ahold of someone to celebrate that the baby just smiled at them, or they've argued with themselves whether or not to call the doctor about something at 4:30 on a Friday because they don't want to go the whole weekend wondering. When you think about what you've done to get through the last day or week or month with your family- you really appreciate the grumpy person you just came across, because they were probably doing the same thing with theirs!
Now that I've gushed- take a few minutes to visit Twinfatuation and enjoy some more thought-provoking moments in the form of pictures!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
We looked into stuff and knew we couldn't stray too far or get too wild and crazy, so we chose John Ball Zoo. Only an hour away, and lots of fun things, even an aquariam and a Treasues of the Tropics building with lots of cool animals up close. This was definitely the Booger's favorite, next to the Spider Monkeys. He has little monkey feet that grip things quite amazingly. He was happy to his friends, and was trying to figure out how to set up some ropes at home so he could swing around like they were.
We enjoyed ourselves and were home in time to nap and eat before anyone was to grouchy. Check out the fun we had
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So many buttons... so little time...
I could get the hang of this
C'mon, get out of the way, baby behind the wheel!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
With my *one* kid, I get a little creative to play along...
Meet the Booger's favorite singing caterpillar. This was one of the first toys he ever 'asked' for. He was playing with other things and got fussy, so I gave him something else, and he still fussed, and reached out to the caterpillar in the bin next to him and tapped it, then looked at me thinking "Duh, mom- I want that!". He loves the little bug on top, it sings the alphabet and hits it over and over and over....
Be sure to check out Deanna's blog to play along and see other great pics.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
This is one of the first smiles I got on camera- how funny!
Smiling big at Grandpa K
This is one my favorite pictures ever!
Be sure to check out Who Says 8 is enough? to see who's playing and join the fun for yourself.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Excuse me for a moment, my son is trying to type with his toes- I think a relocation is in order...
Back to the story- Congrats are in order. After years (sorry, I don't know specifics, I was still kinda young when he started) working for the Township Fire Department, he is officially being promoted to Lieutenant. He has worked very hard, taken many classes, and been involved with a wide variety of crises and emergencies. And he loves it all. He and his wife are both EMS and firefighters, and we are proud of both of them. Way to go Big Brother!
The other exciting news you were looking forward too...
I am lucky enough to have been offered a teaching job that I will step into as soon as I graduate this December. I worked for KRESA for two years prior to my first internship, and loved the people and the kids I worked with. Many of my friends teach there and I've kept in touch, so I was able to hear about job openings, and keep in touch with one of the prinicpals. I submitted my application there and to Van Buren Intermediate School District a few weeks ago. I've also talked to the Special Education Director in Plainwell this summer. The trouble is that I do not graduate until mid year and everyone is looking for teachers for the fall. Everyone seemed happy with my experience and such, but just couldn't wait until spring. Good for boosts of confidence, not so helpful on the job front...
Recently a job opened in one of the local schools, and since the principal knows me well, she offered me an interview. I left if last week hoping to hear from her this week, as she had to decide if she should go with a new person who was able to start the year, or find a sub and wait for me. It has been a looooong week waiting! She called yesterday and offered it to me, and we'll be going through paperwork and getting things set up over the next few weeks, and I should be able to try and keep my hands in things throughout the fall a bit and be ready to step in after holiday break!
This is such a relief- I have been lucky enough to have had a lot of experience and knew I shouldn't have too much trouble finding a job, but for it to be one that I want and am excited about, and for it to be waiting for me when I graduate is just perfect. We've been doing happy dances since yesterday- and I'm not sure there's an end in sight!
Friday, August 15, 2008
Not to say I would be near tears terrified if it really were my kid, but OMG it's funny!
The other thing I see in his future- an office job. Due to a glitch in childcare today, he went to work with Daddy. He spent his day running things from the boss's office. The girls my husband works with (and a few of the guys) love the Booger and were thrilled to play...or ...work with him all day. He hammed it up and only took a few breaks from his dedicated work ethic to eat and nap (in the boss's office- he's a manager all right!). They said he was right at home. They also confirmed our suspicions that he's the cutest baby ever.
We have more exciting news-- any guesses? Check us out tomorrow and we'll dish.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
This how you're supposed to eat duck, I'm quite sophisticated, I know.
Look, Mom, it's a kazoo!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Using the royal gardening tools his own way....
Checking out the wall o' fun
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I shared a few zoo pics yesterday, but this one seemed good for today too. It's pretty rare a 6 month old poses perfectly, exactly when you want them to!
Thanks Deanna for hosting such fun times!
Monday, August 11, 2008
He did help feed the giraffe- after he tried to taste test the merchandise
The giraffe really wanted some more
We were posing with the giraffe...
Stay tuned for more weekend fun!
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Now for the lesser known milestone # 3. Scooting around in circles! Every night, he seems to end up at the opposite end of his crib, on the opposite side of his body from where he started. When I check on him during naps, I can usually count at least 3 different positions. We were playing today, and I got it on tape.
This video is great- it 'features' a ton of super cute stuff he's doing now. He is starting to rock on his knees (mental note- double check baby proofing!), squealing and gurgling, and he spends a good minute or two flirtin it up with the camera. You'd think he was a model- he combines his come hither look with a purr, then throws in some great smiles. Enjoy!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Two baby hands or (almost) two sets of hands...
The Booger was 'helping' me feed himself dinner- what you see here is a delicious mix of cereal, squash, and prunes covering me, the booger, his bib, his highchair...you get the idea... Watch the whole experience here.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Then, we had to disassemble it and send in parts of it before we could get the voucher for a new one. Which we did two weeks ago. He's been sleeping in his pack n play since then, so we did a happy dance yesterday when the voucher finally arrived.
Daddy picked up the new one we picked out on the way home from work today, and as soon as we put it together, the Booger tried it out. He seems to approve.
This one seems sturdy, maybe it won't get recalled...
I see you! Through my crib!
I'm soooo excited!
Getting ready to nap
Friday, August 1, 2008
Notice- I gave him his own spoon, and he had food on his tray to play in- but he felt the need to take a more active role in his dinner! Apparently squash is that delicious.