Saturday, August 29, 2009

As promised

Saturday, August 29, 2009
Luke and I were visiting Nana's house when Emily came home from school. He said 'hi' to her.

And then immediately melted from shyness and embarrassment into a little ball, which is about as cute as it gets.


While I'm taking things off my mom's camera, I may as well get these too. We went to Ikea Wednesday and Luke loved it. He needs that kind of excitement in his life on a more regular basis. I wanted to buy all the toys, but my mom assured me that he would appreciate them more when he's older, so I didn't. Mom and I split some ribs for lunch. My experience with Ikea food is all over the map- sometimes I like it, other times not so much, so I wasn't sure how the ribs would be. They were gooood. We gave Luke the bones to keep busy (he had some carrots too).






He'd rather read than play with toys anyway half of the time. If I need a few minutes to myself to get some chores done, it is much more reliable to set him down with some books than some toys.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Hi...Bye

Thursday, August 27, 2009
Luke is waving. Sort of. It looks more like this and I'll post a picture of him doing it later. I think it's hilarious and I think of this every time. Is that minimizing the importance of this historical moment?

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Folsom Zoo

Saturday, August 22, 2009
There was a Family Wellness and Health Expo in Folsom today. If you attended you could also get free admission to the zoo. We headed on down to the expo and got yummy bread and snacks from a local bread company and Trader Joe's. We skipped the Scientology booth (and all the other booths for that matter) to get to the Zoo booth for our hand stamp that would get us into the zoo. I knew we would have to make it a quick trip because of the heat and upcoming naps, but it was still a lot of fun. Luke saw lots of birds, a coyote, a wolf, a pony, peacocks, monkeys, and other things I can't remember. He seemed to be into it, but I'm sure he'll appreciate it more when he's older.

The deer


The cutest animal ever.


Checking out the birds? monkeys? I can't tell.


He liked watching the little monkeys swing around jump.


We had to kind of race through everything because it was so hot and we wanted to get out of the heat. He did great going on the potty while we were out and about. He went once when we first got there and then again before we had to get in the car and leave. I'm glad he's big enough to sit on a big potty (I help stabilize him).

So Manly...

Inspired by a friend (Alexis) who was inspired by another friend (Martha) I really wanted to make this cardboard-oven craft. I knew I wouldn't be able to do it in pink, so I was glad we already had a masculine paint lying around in my parents' paint stash. We already had most of the supplies in various places, but my mom helped me gather everything up. It took 2 naps to make - one for spray-painting and the other to hot-glue everything else together. My regrets are few- my spray-painting skills are lacking, the knobs should be spaced different, the handle is off, and I lost the feeling in my right index finger because the spray-paint can was hard to work with. Seriously, I did it a few days ago and I still don't have feeling back. Oh, well. It turned out pretty darn cute and it hardly cost a thing. I asked Mac if it was manly enough for Luke to play with and he assured me that it was, and that there are plenty of male chefs to admire (Alton Brown for one).


In other craft-related updates, my sewing machine went in for repairs earlier this month. They called me Friday to come pick it up at the Sunrise Mall. I went in and they told me that it would be more expensive for them to repair it than to just give me a new one (I love warranties). So I got a new sewing machine! I promise I'll be more gentle with this one...

Photos of the Week

My camera was sadly left at the cabin at Tahoe (I'm pretty sure that's where it is. I hope...) so I'm relying on Mac's camera and phone to document stuff. Here's what we've been up to this week.

Lots of nakie-time and stories to go with.

For this one we were at my parents without a change of clothes and I knew he needed to go to the bathroom so I took him. Apparently I was not quick enough getting him undressed because he couldn't hold it and got his shirt all peed on. Fantastic. That's why some EC-ers buy special clothes that are easier to EC in. That is the first time that's happened to me, thankfully. He loves to be at Nana's house and all things related to the dogs are high on his to-explore list.


Here's the story for this one. Sometimes we go diaper-free around the house because he's pretty reliable about not having "misses" and taking the same clean diaper on and off all day so he can go on the potty is tedious. So he was eating dinner with just an unbuttoned onesie and a bib. He started pulling off the bib. He's a pretty clean eater, so I said whatever. Then he wanted to take his shirt off too. OK, fine, but that left us naked. With his recent growth spurts he looks skinny to me sometimes. He's not- still very chunky in fact.



That leads me to his large-motor skills update. This kid is getting more and more mobile. I'll put him in the middle of the room and he army-crawls to the ottomans, cruises around for a while, and if I stand a couple of feet away from something he'll walk over to me now. He's up to 6 or so steps. He also has started doing "arms up" and "arms down". He just randomly started putting his arms in the air one day so I made a game out of and he thinks he's so adorable. All of this excitement has really affected sleep. He doesn't want to. Period. One doctor said of the excitement at this stage: "Imagine moving from Nebraska to New York. Would you want to sleep?" That means he's crabby and I'm crabby. I'm reading all of my books for solutions (besides cry-it-out, which I don't think I could do). Every night I say to Mac "that's it. He's crying it out tomorrow". Of course when tomorrow comes I can handle it one more day. I just have to say to myself over and over "It gets better, it gets better, it gets better". It does, right?

Here he is going between the ottoman and the couch trying to get around the obstacle/daddy's legs.


Saturday, August 15, 2009

It was a good day.

Saturday, August 15, 2009
I look forward all week to Friday.
I even call Thursday "Friday Eve" sometimes.
Why?
Because Friday is followed by Saturday.
And Saturday is a special day.

We didn't have big plans. We just took the day as it came. Organizing our storage, recycling, bike parts, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Once Upon a Child, the library, the park, and the cheap grocery store were all visited. My favorite purchase was 'walking wings' (like that project from the craft blog, only I didn't have to make it).

I just love that on Saturday I have the best company in the world while Luke naps (namely, my husband).

Later, we were just sitting around the living room and Mac and I were reading magazines while Luke cruised around the furniture. I was just struck with how much I enjoy my family. Luke is so fun to watch as he figures things out. I can just see the wheels turn in his head as he looks at something he wants and devises a strategy for getting there. And I'm really glad that he's realized that he doesn't always need my help to get everywhere. I love watching Mac be a dad, and I love watching them have fun together.

Luke getting into my diaper bag...


I made a bunch of baby food this afternoon - apples, pears, peas, and carrots and froze them. Luke tried peas for the first time for dinner. I love how he looks at me and laughs at my attempts to get him to open his mouth.


He seemed to like the taste ok, but the texture weirded him out. I can only ever get him to eat 5-6 bites before he becomes bored with something.


Weekends go by way too fast!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Horsies & Puppies

Friday, August 14, 2009
Today Luke and I got invited to go with my Mom and Emily to see some horses. Emily is working on a horse riding badge for Girl Scouts and I thought it would be fun to see Luke's reaction to the horses. Well, there really was no reaction. I mean he patted its nose, but I think it was just to humor me. After that he just wanted to get down and see things. All of this helping-Luke-walk is killing my back, so I was glad to see this project on one of my favorite craft blogs this week. As soon as my sewing machine is back from the shop and I finish the project that got my sewing machine broken in the first place, I'm getting started on it. I figure, who knows how long it will be before he's really walking?... Anyway, back to some pictures of our trip to the 'farm'

Emily was a natural...


And oh-so-tough


Luke had fun exploring. See the puppy in the background? After he couldn't convince any of the adults to throw the ball for him, he started dropping it in front of Luke. Luke passed on that.


He loved the water fountain- this kid is quite the water-lover. We've been swimming 3 of the past 4 days and he is my little tadpole. He has the cutest little doggie-paddle going on.


Emily's friends sure love Luke. He doesn't mind the attention one bit.


The place where they had the horses was beautiful. It was out in Granite Bay off of Cavitt Stallman and is pretty much my dream property (minus the horses-- I could never handle that responsibility).

Friday, August 07, 2009

Equal

Friday, August 07, 2009
As Luke is 9 months old today, he has been in the world for as long as he spent in the womb. I have to say, though, it feels about half as long as pregnancy did. Here is what 9 months looks like for us...

Weight: 22 lbs.
Height: 29 in.
Skills he posesses: many
Skills he has done at one point, but won't do again except when trying to avoid sleep: Crawl (like a regular, on-his-knees crawl), roll front to back to front to back until he runs out of bed space, walk (ok, he just won't do it anymore period), and other things I can't think of at the moment.
His favorite pastimes: pulling up and walking around the ottomans, playing with mom's lips & nose & ears, reading (I have several books memorized because he wants them over and over), walking around with help, and making friends with strangers when we're out and about (he is sooo friendly), and babbling (often and very loudly when it's least convenient). Oh, and chasing the dogs at Nana and Grandpa's house.

I hope it doesn't show that I'm slightly annoyed with him right now. OK, well now it does 'cause I came out and said it. He is just a champion sleep-fighter, and we're both exhausted at the moment. Physically, I'm fine, but emotionally it has a way of grating on my very last nerve when he is so tired that he can't hold it together (cries at the drop of a hat), but he has enough energy to fight sleep for a good hour and a half. Arg! I'm noting this annoyance because I know that when I look back this will all seem very trivial. Aaah. It does feel good to just get it off my chest.

How could this sweet, angelic child get on any one of my nerves, let alone my last one?

He's brighter than he looks in this picture.

This is a happy-babbling face. His shirt looks funny and it's a long-ish story.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Communication Breakdown

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Friday Mac got off work early. Mac hardly ever gets to take time off work. He even had to go into work the day Luke was born, so we were very glad they let him leave early so we could escape into the mountains with some Christensens (Joann, CJ, Cami, and Hannah) and cavort around Lake Tahoe for a few days. First I'll address the title of the post, and then I'll move on to our travelogue.

Luke has been starting to do some things that look and sound like communication. He's been able to say "momomomom" for a few days and it's beginning to seem like maybe he's asking for me. Could just be wishful thinking on my part, but who knows. He also has a new hand motion that has me wondering. To him it might just be a hand motion, but it looks just like the baby sign for 'milk' (but I use it to mean 'nurse'). When he does it up higher it looks like he's waving. Maybe it's nothing, but it might be the start of communication. Here's the video of what the 'sign' looks like.


In other milestone news, Luke took two steps Saturday. Usually he just bends over and catches himself with his hands. This time, though, he stuck the landing and everything. He did it a few times, and Joann got it on video. We tried to get it on video this morning, but he forgot how. We'll see if this is a skill or a fluke over the next couple of days.

OK, on to our travelogue:

Friday when Mac got home we hurried and packed. We shopped for about an hour (in vain) for a swimsuit that wasn't falling apart (mine are all getting old). It is so hard to find a bathing suit that suits me. We gave up and headed up the hill. The car threatened to overheat because it's so steep an incline, so for a large part of the trip we couldn't use the A/C. We survived.

When we arrived at the cabin (which was beautiful) we got to leave Luke for a while to go on an impromptu date. We went to a pizza place just down the street. The toppings were great, but the crust left something to be desired. It was really, really nice to go on a date.

Saturday we took Cami, CJ, and Hannah down to the river to float down on tubes. We dropped them off and Luke wanted nothing more or less than to jump right in the river too.

Eventually we had to drag him away...

While the 'kids' went down the river, we found a used book sale and a candy store and did some window shopping. Then Mac went to pick them up at the bottom of the river. He had to say goodbye to CJ and Cami as they were headed home from there. It will be the last time he sees CJ before his mission to Rome, Italy. The next time we see him it will be September 2011. We're saving up so that we can pick him up at the end of his mission.

After that we headed home for lunch and to put Luke down for a nap. When he woke back up we went to the beach for a bit.

Again, he loved the water so much that he didn't mind the chilly temperature. When his lips started turning blue, we decided it was time to go home and warm up in the hot tub. The hot tub was perfect- not too hot. Then Luke went down for a nap again and I made milkshakes (the first time I'd ever made one). They turned out pretty good (seriously though, how do you screw up ice cream, milk and ovaltine?). For dinner we had "ravioli stacks". I got the recipe from BH&G and it's a good, healthy-ish recipe. You cook the ravioli according to package directions and in the last minute drop in sliced zucchini. Drain 'em both. Then layer sliced tomato, olive oil, zucchini, ravioli, cheese (really any italian cheese will work- ricotta, mozzarella, parmesean), and then repeat until you run out of stuff. Then bake it till the cheese melts and it smells divine. Joann did some bruschetta and we finished off dinner with grapes- Yum!

That's all for now- we may hike this morning so we'll have to see how that goes.