Saturday, August 30, 2008

HO HO HO Green Giant!

A Sweet Pea covered in Sweet Peas!

Friday, August 29, 2008

One Grumpy Baby....

He may not look grumpy here but he is. We are officially teething now. There are two little white bumps on his bottom gum and he is very irritable. I feel bad for him. He is also very sleepy, which I am not sure if that is connected to the teething or not. He actually took a 2 hour nap today! He is almost 6 months and I can't believe it! We are madly in love with him, and I am still mourning that he weaned himself. I really thought I would be one of those people who nursed until people started making comments on the way to Preschool!

McCain picks a woman....Not surprised at all.

McCain picked Gov Palin of Alaska. Sounds good. Though I haven't finished my exhaustive investigation, I found that she seems like a good opponent. Qualifications so far: Governor for 2 years of AK, first woman governor, bachelors in journalism, short stint as a reporter. Married to a part Eskimo oil field worker, lifetime member of NRA, Catholic, Pro-life, won second place in Miss Alaska. She has 5 kids, one with Downs Syndrome, which she found out about during her pregnancy. I can't tell you how many points she earns in my mind for making that decision. I really respect her for keeping him. The DNC was great last night. Al Gore ROCKED!!! Obama's speech was very inspiring and eloquent. Jon Stewart was hilarious last night, he showed Obama being lifted up as a lion cub in the "Circle of Life" sequence from the Lion King. So Funny!
Now that McCain has his buddy the campaign can really get going! I love politics, my adrenaline gets going around now. I need to order my campaign support pack soon and start passing stuff out.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Happy Birthday Connor!!!

Connor in the hospital... 4 years ago!

Tomorrow is Connor's 4th Birthday! We feel very blessed to have such a wonderful little Nephew. He is so sweet, and smart, and cute too! He can be a fierce pirate one moment and a kitten the next! Such an imagination.... We love him so much and we're sad to be so far away. Happy, Happy Birthday Little Pirate! And Thanks to Bridget and Patrick for giving us such a great nephew!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Fun with Grandpa!

Grandpa came to visit us on Saturday night and he has been having lots of fun with Will. Solon came over last night so we went out for a nice dinner and Will got lots of attention.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Who is that in there?

For about 6 dollars you too can give your baby hours of facinating playtime with the elusive "Baby in the Mirror"! I bought a cheap door mirror and stuck it horizontally on the wall. Will spends quite a lot of time looking at this facinating child!

My Mama's for Obama....and Biden?

For many years I have enjoyed Joe Biden for his gutsy political stance, constant humor( on Rudy Giuliani - "He has 3 parts to every sentence, a verb, a noun and 9/11") and the sheer gumption it takes to keep speaking his mind on controversial issues. He is a 6 term senator and certainly has the experience to be VP. BUT, all these attributes could end up being liabilities as well. He is very outspoken and the McCain party will drag out every poorly worded sentence they can to hurt this campaign. As much as I love him, I am afraid this may have been the wrong move for Obama. Joe Biden has run for President himself a few times now and never made it past the primaries....that is a troubling fact for me. But now, it is time for me to pull out my gumption, get some buttons and stickers and get going on this campaign! I may get Will a t-shirt soon, he would look so cute!
A P.S. to all you single issue voters out there (You know who you are) : Please remember to look at the whole picture, we must take care of the children we have here on earth. Voting for a candidate based on one issue only is a disservice to the children who are suffering today. There are 42% of single mothers living under the poverty line with their children as I type! 8.1 million children don't have health insurance in America! This is unacceptable. And John McCain doesn't know how many houses he owns?

My dream team:

Friday, August 22, 2008

Too Much of a Good Thing?

Wall of pillows...
Will has toys. A lot of toys. These are almost all leftovers from my daycare days that I held on to just in case we ever had a baby. We have a coffee table that I moved over next to the bookcases because it gave us more floor space and it is notorious for injuring children. It has really sharp corners. William is determined every day to injure himself on the table at least once. He makes a bee line for it as soon as I put him down, so I put up a wall of pillows blocking it. He now plays on the pillows. Occasionally he plays with toys but much of his time is spent playing with the table, pillows or trying to get his leg stuck under the bookcase. I could have saved a lot of money!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Pick of the crop!

Aunt Julie made Will two veggie hats, a pumpkin and a ear of corn. He isn't tolerating the ear of corn quite as well, but he looks very funny in both of these. She is going to remake the pumpkin one since it is a little small and definetly won't fit this winter. Thanks Aunt Julie!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Busy Weekend

I worked this weekend so I was pretty much out of the loop. Jason and Will had a good time though. Solon came over yesterday with the girls and they had a great time. They went to the park and much to my surprise Jason let Will go down the slide with Alessandra! Eeek! If I had been there it wouldn't have happened, but Dads know what's fun. Will also moved up to the new carseat. He was at the weight limit for the infant seat, so now we have to carry him around. We went out for dinner Saturday night to California Pizza Kitchen. Will stayed out past his bedtime, and slept on the way home. When we got home he was wide awake and all excited and didn't go to sleep till after 11! We learned our lesson on that one. Today I am trying to get a new routine going, Will has been waking up at 5:30 am to eat so I need to get him to eat more during the day so we can skip that feeding. We have nothing big planned for this week, just working on crawling and sitting. Jason is working hard, but getting some good papers ready to publish. Solon was on TV 3 times this past week and was featured in US News and World Report so that was really cool! It's great to know a celebrity!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Hard at Work....

Will is moving more and more each day. Today he actually got his tummy up off the floor a couple of times! I will leave him in one spot for a few minutes to go do laundry or dishes and when I come back he is in a totally different part of the room! I am still shocked by it. Tonight after his bath he crawled all over me on the bed and actually seemed to want a snuggle, which was very cute. It's really the first time he has shown affection back. Tonight he also showed a new talent in the tub. He wanted to suck on the washcloth so I would squeeze it out and hand it to him. He sucked on it for a second and then would very purposefully dip it in the water and bring it back up to his mouth and suck happily. I wanted to know if he actually knew what he was doing so I made him do it four more times to see if he would repeat it and he did! Amazing. Next thing you know he will be using a spoon! He also ate yogurt for the first time and really seemed to like it. He ate the whole 4 oz container at one sitting! I think I will take the car some time this week. I need a small stroller for the car so I will browse the second hand stores. Not much has been going on with Jason or I, we are boring and spend our evenings happily watching Will chew on things and roll around. ( That sounds like a puppy!)

Saturday, August 9, 2008

New Highchair!

I found the Rainforest Highchair that goes with all our other stuff on clearance at Walmart today for a big discount so I snagged it. It has a attachable toy that keeps Will entertained while you get his food ready. It then has a nice holder in the back for said toy. It also has the extra tray that can go in the dishwasher. It seems like it will be great and Will really liked it so far. We weighed him today and he was 20 pounds even. Amazing. He is so darn big! Tonight he started to creep military style on the floor, which I was dreading would happen soon, so tomorrow will be a baby proofing day.

Friday, August 8, 2008

A relief from the heat!

Finally we have had a couple of days in the low to mid 80's! I feel so much better and I opened up the house last night and slept in cool fresh air. It was lovely. Next week is supposed to be miserable again so I am enjoying it while it lasts. I am working an extra shift tomorrow, but I think we may get together with Solon and Family on Sunday. I haven't seen the kids in about a month! I will post a couple pictures of Will that made us smile.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Constant Struggle

I really need to find the motivation to get up early and work out daily. I know how much better I feel when I do, I know how much better I sleep when I do. I need to do it for William. As soon as he starts walking I want to be able to keep up with him, and play with him. Right now I know that I do not have the stamina. Before I got pregnant I worked out almost every day, for an hour or more. Then I stopped because it caused contractions and I was scared of a miscarriage. I am doing better on eating, getting back to a PCOS friendly diet, but I know it won't make a bit of difference unless I work out consistantly. The only good time to do it is in the early morning. Will wakes up at about 6am to eat, so I should go to the gym right after that. Instead, every morning I fall back asleep until 8:30 when he wakes up for the day. Ugh! I realize that I am extremely unhealthy, I can't find clothes to fit, I hate the way I look, and feel. I want to do it, but I can't get motivated at 6 am..... Any advice?

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Facebook is amazing

It is amazing that you are able to find people that you would never have ever kept in touch with through facebook. Granted, how much could they have really meant if you lost touch with them anyway? It is still a nice way to find out how you rank amongst your peers. We are above average I think. Educated, happily married (and only one time!), and have a baby. We don't own a house, but we aren't settled yet, so that will come in time....

Summer Pics

Though I rarely take him outside when it's really hot, I wanted to get some daylight pics. I think they turned out cute!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Cute Tummy Time Pics

Though the last one is slightly blurry, he is still cute! Check out the cleavage! What a chubber!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Nursing Strike!

Will has decided to stop nursing. All the while I am trying to convince him that he wants to continue nursing. Thankfully in the wonderful book "Touchpoints" by Dr Brazelton, he talks about how many babies seem to be less interested in nursing for a while at this age and if you stick with it, they will start again. So, when he doesn't clean me out, I pump. I took pictures of him looking up at me, just in case these are the final days. I will miss him unlatching and staring up at me with such love.... We are still struggling with naps, in fact he is crying in his room as I type this. Ugh. He sounds so awful, hopefully he will go to sleep soon. I worked this weekend at the clinic. It wasn't bad, and it went fast. Otherwise, we are all fine. Jason is working hard to find America alternative fuel sources, and I am busy raising the little man. He is sitting pretty well for a moment or two and then falls over, he is chewing on everything, and is scooching up to 1 foot to get to a toy. He likes books more and more, but is still more interested in them orally than intellectually. He is sitting now in the tub and has learned to splash, which he finds hilarious, and I find excessively damp. We love him dearly and are having so much fun with him. Tomorrow he turns 5 months!