Thursday, October 30, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
So, we packed up the family, took out a birthday cake so all the kids could enjoy a little party and spend the majority of the afternoon just lounging, talking and watching the kids play together. For his birthday, they gave him an impressive set of bath toys including some write on the tub crayon that is water soluble. Can't wait to see that put to use on the dry walls!
The trip gave Kristen time to play with her godson as well as revel in some new baby time!
With a smaller crowd, Gilbert was a bit more comfortable when it came time for Happy Birthday and even let us don him with a birthday hat!
Books, more toys that make noise (thanks Mom, Dad!) and a little cold hard cash rounded out the booty.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
And changed he has! Looking at pictures from the beginning, it is hard for us to even remember how small he was when we came home from the hospital. We all think our babies are the cutest and we were no exception. But when we look at some of the photos and see that wrinkly mass I wonder what other people might have been thinking. Ha!
Luckily some things have not changed. His laugh seems to be the same. And many of his facial expressions we see today were present in the beginning.
But even better is seeing how Gilbert has developed! Each day seems to be more fun than the one prior. And the best part is that we have been able to share it with you...family, friends, friends of friends, co-workers, and even the blog passerby.
We appreciate your devotion (or at least the occasional visit!) to taking the time to stop by and see how the Little Man is doing. It has indeed been an eventful year and I'm sure Year 2 will be even more so...STAY TUNED!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
What has been fun is combining this with commands, per se. We have both been pleasantly surprised how well Gilbert has processed this information. Sometimes it works...
...and sometimes Gilbert loses to the power of distraction or simply forgets his item!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Dada put me seet in the car and then I sat in it to test it out. I do not look back anymore. I see forward and now can see Mama and Dada while are in the car. I like to see Mama and Dada.
Monday, October 20, 2008
But seriously, it is a cool gift. Gilbert was not sure what to with it at first and decided to play with the other gift, the box!
He did warm up to the gift and jumped on for some exploration. A few more inches and he'll be able to push and ride it around the condo. Oh joy!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
You've got to love childrens laughter. The three of us were just lounging together when I started to roughhouse with Gilbert. He loved it. He was attempting to get to the camera that Kristen was holding and as the video shows, I was not making it easy for him. He laughed all the way!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
What? Who is Sandra Boynton? Are you kidding me?
How can you not know who Sandra Boynton is? If you have kids of your own, nephews, nieces, friends with kids, cousins who have kids, a single chick that is pining for a man so you can have kids, or even if you are a dude that is as single as it gets you still can't avoid knowing who Sandra Boynton is!
But if you still don't know - which means your head has been in the sand or perhaps up your a** - I visited her website and have provided the skinny on Sandra so you can be enlightened. For all the golfers that read this site, her success occurred when she signed on with the greeting card company founded by the same two blokes that created Bandon and Pacific Dunes!
As I mentioned, Hippos Go Berserk is Gilbert's favorite book. What is your kid(s) favorite?
Thursday, October 16, 2008
When it comes to his sippy, it has been hit or miss. Well, this morning I was making my breakfast while Gilbert played in the kitchen. I set down the sippy in his vicinity and was shocked as he scooted toward it, picked it up, and drank from it...multiple times!
As Kristen came in I shared this wonderful news. She proceeded to shrug her shoulders and inform me Gilbert has done that before. Well thanks for bursting my bubble, babe!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Not timing the trip home with a nap, he was restless and needed to get out of his car seat!
This photo was great capture. Growing up City, Gilbert was speechless as he was exposed to his first mullet. A mini-van full of family mullets - mom, dad, and kids - emerged for a pumpkin pickup. The dad's mullet was particularly sweet with a nice bald circle, but a full mullet that was definitely past shoulder length.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Anyway...I have Gilbert's monitor in case he stirs so Kristen can sleep. Yep, multitasking! Well, he was making some noise so I turned on the video to see Gilbert sitting up in his crib. But something was amiss. He was slowly, slightly swaying from side-to-side. HE WAS SLEEPING SITTING UP! Crazy kid!
I went in to lay him down and he popped awake. A quick hug and snuggle and he feel asleep on my shoulder. He was so warm, I didn't want to put him back down.
He's going to be awake in an hour and I will have not slept. Thursday promises to bean interesting day as I'll likely have to repeat my all-nighter.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Refusing to believe he had mastered the skill (which meant I'd have to lower his bed!), I brushed it off as a fluke. The reasoning? Gilbert doesn't crawl, he scoots, so even when out of his crib, he's been unable to sit up from a prone position. Granted, I have been working with him to learn how to sit up, but up til yesterday, only limited progress had been logged.
Well, last night I was on Gilbert patrol while Kristen was at the gym. For some reason, he cried when I put him to sleep. Battling the remnants of a cold and new teeth, I thought it was just SOP.
Watching through the monitor as he flayed around I witnessed him sit up from laying down. Too hard to describe the contortions he had to go through to achieve a sitting up position, my thought was, "Crap, I do have to lower the bed!"
The real fun was watching him as he was sitting up realizing it was pitch black in his room and wondering what to do. He located his favorite blanket, curled up in to a ball and feel asleep sitting up hunched over. It hours later when he unrolled and remained asleep on his back. I only wish the monitor had a record function. Truly fun to watch!