Tuesday, July 13, 2010

12 months

one year old!? how did that happen?!
i swear he just looked like this:
and now he looks like this:

dave and i have had a great time over the last couple of days looking at pictures and reminiscing about what was happening 1 year ago ie. "we were just checking into the hospital" or "i was feeling real good right about now because i just got the epidural (i LOVED that thing)" or "i was pushing right now (and would be for 20 more minutes)" or "i was crying right now (happy tears) because he was finally here." i think about how much i loved him one year ago and while at the time i couldn't imagine being able to love him more, it doesn't even compare to the love i feel for him now. being a mother has brought me so much happiness. i have become "that mom" who gets excited about the littlest things he does (and wants to share it with the world because it is just the greatest). logan is quite personable and a little ham (during our 20 week appointment the ultrasound tech said we had a "showboater" and it's proven true). wherever we go he waves and smiles at people.

these days logan loves:
  • pulling things out of the trash can in our office
  • swinging
  • playing with magazines
  • playing peek-a-boo (especially if it involves pulling a blanket off dave's head to "find" him)
  • singing to himself. especially as he lays in bed before falling asleep
  • giving hugs (it melts my heart)
  • playing with tupperware
  • throwing dvd cases
  • mimicking our sounds and actions
  • walking with our help
  • playing in the fridge. the second i open the door he is crawling as fast as he can to get there. and he moves pretty fast these days.
  • chasing dada (both of them crawling around the house)
  • playing with balls
  • playing with the door stop. the springy kind that is attached to the bottom of the door. he loves the "boing" sound it makes.
  • sitting in front of the fan and having the air blow in his face. we just have to watch him carefully to make sure he keeps his hands off.
  • playing with the recycling. i put cardboard boxes and cans on the floor in the kitchen next to the garbage can until i have time to take them out to the recycling bin. he loves to throw around whatever is there.
  • throwing containers of baby food. i keep all his baby food in a bag on the floor of the kitchen (the result of a kitchen with barely any cupboards or storage). it is the perfect bag of toys.
  • swimming, the bathtub, the splash park, the hose...anything to do with water this kid loves.
  • babbling and squealing constantly and loudly. i like that he's vocal (and loud) like me!
  • pulling up (to standing) anywhere he can
  • crawling like crazy. sometimes his arms can't keep up with his legs and he totally face plants on the floor. it's hilarious!
  • basically leaving a trail of toys, books and magazines wherever he goes. our house seems to look a little chaotic these days
  • throwing. did i mention throwing?! throwing anything and everything he can get his hands on. this kid loves to throw. it is so funny to watch.
these days logan does not like:
  • getting dressed. i think he would prefer to go naked, but since that's not universally acceptable i think he would settle for nothing but a diaper. beyond that he kicks his legs when i try to dress him, his newest way to show he is not a fan of something.
  • being told no. he often tests us and try again whatever we just told him not to do (like not pound on the dvd player). when our "no" becomes firmer he does the major pouty face and begins to cry. we're not swayed though. we are masters at picking out his fake cry.
favorite foods:
  • mini nilla wafers (introduced by gammy)
  • veggie straws
  • chicken nuggets
  • chicken (sometimes)
  • edamame
  • any fruit, but especially cherries, mangos and strawberries
  • yogurt
  • applesauce
  • warm pasta
  • fruit baby food
  • dada (by far his favorite word). said in reference to dave and a lot of other things
  • mama
  • duh - duck and wah-wah-wah - his "quacking" sound for what a duck says
  • da - dog
  • ba - ball, bath, book, bottle and actually food in general. he says ba when he is hungry.
  • ba ba - bottle, including his sippy cup
  • moo - although his sound for cow sometimes is more like "boo"
  • this
  • uh-oh - this is his newest word. he says it when he drops something or throws a toy. i love to hear him say this!
this has been a fantastic year (although i will admit it's a little bittersweet that he's one). i can't wait to see what the next year brings. we love you logan!

mug shot

that's what this looks like to me. i can't stop laughing.

it's tiring turning one

moving forward

in the last few days logan has had a couple of milestones as he approached his first birthday. first, he started drinking milk. the good stuff. and the cheap stuff. i was much happier buying a $1.88 gallon of milk rather than a $14.00 container of formula. second, this kid got to see the world in a whole new way. he was psyched to be facing forward!
i love being able to turn while i'm driving (in a totally safe and responsible way) and see my little guy. i think he's liking it too!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

sunday afternoon

here are what my boys are doing (yes, dave is the lump under the blankets)
don't ask me why i didn't join the family nap (even though i am tired from going to bed at 1:00am. it just isn't as easy as it once was). instead i have been sucked into the blogging world (i love reading blogs)! and i am enjoying the quiet house, the wind blowing through the windows, the birds chirping, the smell of rain and some spicy chipotle hummus. not quite as good as a nap, but still pretty darn good!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

first day of school

today (or more specifically tonight) is dave's first day of school and the first day of a four year adventure! as i type, he is sitting in his law in higher education class, the first class in his doctorate in educational leadership program. i am so proud of you baby! i know you're going to do great!
his "first day of school" picture


i check on logan every night before i go to sleep. mainly it's to make sure he is okay, but it's also because i love to watch him sleep. i just think he is the cutest when he sleeps. this past week i couldn't help myself, i had to take a few pictures.


we went camping with dave's family a week and a half ago. it was the perfect weekend of relaxing, eating good food and enjoying the beautiful scenery.
pete pulled quite the load. i followed in the car behind he and dave. we had walkie talkies and it was awesome! i think walkie talkies should be a requirement whenever caravanning.
logan enjoyed chilling in the camper and testing his crawling boundaries. lucky for us he didn't like the feeling of the dirt and bark so he would stay on the tarp for the most part (before he got bored and was ready for a change of location).
like the camp chair
dave managed to keep busy attempting to fish (he wasn't very successful, but i sure think he looks cute)
and chopping at a fallen tree for no reason (unless you count trying to split the log in fewer strokes than sterling a reason).
we hung out a lot
did crossword puzzles
played cards. i was lucky and won both games we played. now sterling won't play skip-bo with me :(
went atv'ing! it was my first time and i loved it, even though it was crazy rocky.
it's never too young to start them atv'ing (don't freak out...the atv didn't move an inch)
and of course a wild game of chubby bunny. i can't remember the last time i played chubby bunny, but it's been a while because i was really rusty. my performance was embarrassing. i think kari was the ultimate champion with 10 marshmallows.
i love when we get to spend uninterrupted time together as a family. my favorite memory of this trip was waking with the 3 of us cozy in our tent (logan woke up in the middle of the night and was cold so we snuggled him up with us. while i am totally opposed to having our kids sleep with us, i loved it for a night). we snuggled for at least 30 minutes (logan's not much of a snuggler so it was a rare moment) before getting up and it was one of those moments where i was totally content. i could have stayed in the moment forever.

thanks for a wonderful weekend pete and kathy!