Sunday, May 31, 2009

Stage 3 Food Failure

Philip does not like chunks in his food. Correction: When discovering tiny squishy pieces of pasta in his pasta primavera dinner tonight, Philip scrunched up his face, stuck out his tongue, and made horrible gagging sounds like we had just tried to feed him the dog's dinner.

I guess the teeth are strictly for show at this point!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Tiny Dare Devil!

And so it begins. At nearly nine months old, Philip is already fearless! This is not good news for mommy as I nearly pass out at the sight of blood. Something tells me I'm going to have to find a way to get over that though, and fast, as this little guy is going to be anything but an indoor child!



And for those with some time to kill, a super long video of Philip scaling the walls of his crib for your viewing pleasure.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

We have a crawler!

The belly is up off of the floor and we officially have a crawling baby!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Car Seat Shopping

So it's Saturday night, Philip's in bed, and Phil is at work. What's a girl to do? Well, research car seats, of course!

And you thought your life was glamorous!

Philip is currently riding in style in his Graco SafeSeat infant seat. Despite the fact that he's decided to become a baby bodybuilder and is pushing 20 pounds of solid baby muscle mass, we're still lugging him around in his infant seat. We've been talking about moving him into a convertible seat, and I had finally settled on the popular, pricey Britax Marathon when I found this:



The Graco My Ride 65 Car Seat. It can rear-face with infants up to 40 pounds! 40 pounds! That's the highest rear-facing weight capacity of any car seat manufactured in the US. It can then be used forward-facing for children up to 65 pounds. And, at $150, it's $130 less than the Marathon I had settled on. Sold!

So, yes, a 40 pound child is hardly an infant anymore, but it's recommended by the AAP to rear-face as long as possible. And, because I'm a safety freak, Philip will be rear-facing well into his toddler years. Not to mention the fact that he'll then be in a booster car seat until he's pretty much in high school. LOL. Yes, I'm that mom!

Here's some helpful info on extended rear-facing for anyone who might be interested in learning more: http://www.car-safety.org/rearface.html

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A Day in the Life of an 8 Month Old

Fun with Peaches

Playing "So Big!"

Swingin'

Since getting his first tooth, he's always sucking on his lower lip


Good tooth shot!

"Cool shades, Daddy!"

Sunday, May 10, 2009

My First Mother's Day

It seems to me that, no matter what the weather may have been doing the day (or weeks) before, Mother's Day is almost always beautiful, and today was no exception! Sunny skies, high 70s, and not a bit of humidity in sight; the weather was perfect. Last year we went to brunch at the Lake of the Woods Clubhouse for Mother's Day and I was honored as a mom-to-be. At the time I was 5 months pregnant. How different things are just 12 months later!

We spent the day visiting with my mom, Stacia, Natalie, and Michael, and later went out to dinner at Red Robin in Massaponnax. Philip was exceptionally sweet and adorable for us today, playing with toys at Grandma's house and taking a nice long nap in the afternoon. Later, he had a ball pounding on the table at Red Robin and generally hamming it up.

Phil got me a beautiful sterling silver heart-shaped locket with the word "Mom" engraved on the front of it to commemorate the special day. How wonderful a gift it is to be a mother! I feel so fortunate to have joined the ranks of this special group of people!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Because his laugh is the funniest thing. Ever.

Some day, when he's a teenager I'm sure, he'll probably think I'm the lamest person alive, but at least I will be able to look back at these days and remember that at one point in time he found me absolutely hilarious.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Eight Months Old!

So many changes in the past month! He's self-propelled as of a couple of weeks ago and on his way to turning the house completely upside down! In fact, he just figured out how to go from his tummy into a sitting position. We're definitely in trouble now!

He loves to play "Patty Cake" and is learning how to clap his hands together. One of his favorite things to do is make funny sounds and have you imitate him in a game of Copy Cat. He loves playing with his blocks and thinks throwing things on the floor from his high chair tray is absolutely hilarious.

It seems every day he learns a new skill or ability. It's a blast watching him learn and grow!

Belly Laughs