I took a break from the school day and came home to dress the Booger and bring him to school for the parade. He was Captain Adorable for the festivities. I made a cape, but his mask was a no-go. He loved seeing all the kids during the parade, smiling, laughing, and kicking his feet the whole time. We visited some of the classroom parties, which he enjoyed too. Then he played in our classroom until the day ended. He explored and played with lots of things. His signature move of pulling books off the shelf was of course displayed! Then he decided to make a break for it. Right out the door and down the hall. Maybe he was looking for one of the cute babies he saw during the parade? Or he heard the dismissal bell? We'll never know...
|Make a Smilebox scrapbook|
Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
When we were pregnant, we had looked into a variety of centers and kept eyes and ears out for information and feedback. I also had some insight from having worked in a center for a few years. My work with kids and families around here that use daycare also helped. I knew a few I did not want to send him to, so that was easy! We had narrowed things down, but needed to check into openings, last minute details, etc. It was a busy few days, but after picking up paperwork and visiting, we were all set to start last Tuesday.
He is just starting to have some intense seperation anxiety, so my poor husband has had to leave a screaming baby each day. His first day was described as 'rough' by one of the care-givers, with barely an hour of napping all together. I had to wake him up when I got there to take him home, and he barely even realized that I was lifting him out of his crib. The second day he refused to eat anything but his bottle. Today, he napped for almost a whole hour, plus a few catnaps, and ate most of what they offered. Progress!
But it caught up with him, he was so tired last night he could barely eat dinner. He fell asleep immediately upon entering his car seat. He hardly sat up or kept his eyes open while he ate, and was so tired he stopped eating before his dinner was gone- which is quite a rarity. He was even falling asleep on his changing table. I tried to capture the look of tired desparation, but I don't think this does it justice...
Trying to get comfy on his changing table, who needs a crib?
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
So- last night's bedtime routine included a vast amount of lubrication! First- lotion for the little dry patches on his ankles. Then, Vaseline on his nose because it so raw from being wiped 10 times a day for the past few days. And finally, lotrimin under his neck and chin. Poor baby was shiny from head to toe!
I'll try and snap a picture tomorrow- it's quite a sight.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Holy cow. What do all you moms with 'big' kids do? This is crazy! It all amazes me so much, everything he can do and how much personality comes out of that little boy. It is also wonderful to be able to share it all with my terrific husband. The Booger has grown and changed unbelievably, but so have we. We are doing pretty good, if I do say so myself. We share the good and the bad- including wrestling matches involving snotty baby nose and tissues, as of late. He picks up where I leave off, and it works pretty seamlessly. (If only I could say the same about the laundry!) He takes great care of him and loves him so much (almost as much as me!) It's so fun to watch them. They just exude love and happiness.
As for the Booger's 9 month old abilities-he is becoming a pro at feeding himself and evading diaper changes. He loves pictures, especially of himself. He torments the cat to no avail, and will chase down a water bottle before it knows what hit it. He loves to read and eat books. He is 'talking' tons and moving everywhere without fear. He thinks it is really funny when I sign 'more', but has yet to attempt it on his own. He can, and occasionally chooses to, wave bye-bye. There are sooo many things, I can barely tell you! Especially when I think about what he could do when he was born, which was pretty much limited to: eat, sleep, dirty a diaper or 10, cry, yawn, and stretch.
Happy 9 month birthday baby boy!
Friday, October 24, 2008
After sharing my craziness with his dad, Daddy decided to start his own early intervention with the Booger. They had an elaborate ba/da routine that has been recited one-sidely for the past several weeks. But...last week, the da's came pouring out of the Booger's mouth. What a happy Mommy.
And this week, came the ba's. Craziness ceased.
Plus, I actually got to play with my beautiful boy (who is growing up waayyy to fast) this evening. Most nights it's rush to fill his belly, run up to work for a bit, then rush home to put him to bed, make dinner, clean up the house, and get ready for the next day. But tonight, once I got home, we stayed home. We got to play and I give him a bath, then cuddled up with his little sweet smell before bed.
It just makes it worth it.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
I think just about anyone in Michigan will agree that despite the disgusting snow we deal with in the winter (which seems to be more like half the year than just a 'season'), the fall is wonderful. Lots of beautiful colors, crispy apples, pumpkins, hay rides... cider mills being one of my favorites.
We just got small pumpkins- we know we won't actually sit down and carve them and the Booger is too little to have fun with it yet (unless you consider eating slimy-ness a good time...). But we stopped to take a few cute pictures.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
MOMMM! I WILL NOT SMILE ANYMORE!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
We all talk to ourselves, sometimes even out loud. I admit it, and I've been known to answer myself as well. Although, I don't believe I have ever gotten quite the kick out of it that the Booger does.
*** In case you didn't notice- he's talking and waving to a picture of himself.***
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
My inspirtation: the wonderfully relieving book I happened upon during my last trip to the library... Dirty Little Secrets from Otherwise Perfect Moms by Trisha Ashworth and Amy Nobile Some of it gave me a few chuckles, some made me feel like a little less of a slacker, some parts made me feel pretty darn great compared to what I was reading. The general premise (taken from the book jacket)
"...Every good mom has a few Dirty Little Secrets that help her...get by....the indulgences we rely on in times of need, the shortcuts we take when no one's looking (showers are overrated!), and our real, honest thoughts about motherhood and family... know you're not alone."
My proposal: We all unload a few of our own dirty little secrets.
1) Kitty hair tumbleweeds... every so often, I leave them just to see if someone else will chase them down.
2) I am secretly jealous of mothers of multiples-no matter what I do, they're still working harder than me! Plus they get double (or more!) of all the fun stuff.
3) The Booger seems to be lucky to get 1 or 2 baths a week lately. Poor dirty baby.
4) I eat really healthy, except for the medium size bag of M&M's or Reese's cups that I can't seem to make it out of almost any grocery trip without.
5) I keep waiting for my son to turn into a terribly naughty child because of the kharma from all the naughty kids I've worked with. (I work with children with special needs, many of whom have severe behavior problems. I love them all, but am waiting for it to bite me in the butt.)
Your turn: I am tagging a few of you, but please feel free to join in and unload a few of your own little secrets. Leave a comment if you're playing along, so we can stop on over and all relax a bit. If nothing else, check out the book- you'll feel better. I promise.
Here kitty, kitty, kitty.. Nevermind, I'll come to you!
Monday, October 6, 2008
This weekend was particuarly lazy, but did give me some time to catch up on some much needed laundry and house cleaning... the Booger helped out any way he could. I vote he does the folding from now on, whaddya think?
|Make a Smilebox photobook|
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Since he loves crawling, he decided not to wait long to master the next skill. He is pulling himself to standing on anything and everything that allows him to (and a few things that aren't so willing).
This is his famous move to avoid naps!
Notice he is semi-clothed in every picture? It's getting colder out!
I have yet to capture Party Pictures to play along with Baby Picture Sunday, but don't let that stop you from stopping by Debi's to see the adorable babies who have been partyin' it up. Happy birthday Will and Emma!