Friday, December 31, 2010
On Wednesday Mommy, Daddy, and Liam went to the Cincinnati Zoo's Festival of Lights with Grandma and Grandpa DeWell and Aunt Lauren and Uncle Nick. It is a three hour car ride either way, but since we all rode together in a rented van it went quickly and was a nice time to visit.
Aunt Lauren and Uncle Nick picked out a restaurant on the river - the Montgomery Inn. It was pretty delicious! They are known for their barbeque (and it was indeed yummy), but Mommy and Liam shared some macaroni and cheese and the second best salmon she'd ever had. Liam even ate bread! There are few things Liam doesn't get excited about eating, but bread is one of them.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Ha! Ha haaa!
There is a fourth tooth poking through.
So when can the kid eat cheeseburgers? Because Mommy could go for a cheeseburger!
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Liam took his first steps at the Dallas airport on Thanksgiving day. We weren't sure it was a step, or just a stumble between the seat and Mommy's shoulder. But it is now just a month later (and two days shy of his 9-month birthday) and he is up to 6 careful steps at a time.
It will be nice not to have to carry Liam everywhere, but Mommy could have used a few more months of limited mobility!
We are also up to 3 teeth: the top front left tooth joins the bottom front two and they are now a happy little toothy family.
Daddy just weighed Liam. He is 20.5 pounds, which is odd - he was the same weight 3 months ago. Of course, he is much leaner now - he is 28 inches... 29 inches?... 26? No, that surely can't be right. Kid, stop squirming!
While in El Paso, Liam met his first kitty cats. Now when he sees kitties on youtube or hears us meow first, our baby meows back. Actually it kind of sounds like, "ehhh," in a squeaky kitty cat voice.
He waves with his hand instead of his whole arm.
He drops his toys on the floor and says, "uhh" ("uh-oh").
He is boycotting naps.
He stands by himself and dances to music.
He eats breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and doesn't need Mommy milk every three hours.
He is about to experience his first Christmas.... but he is the best present of all.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
This is MUCH less stressful for Mommy. Up until now, the bedtime routine included trying to nurse him to sleep, creeping into the nursery and laying him down, only to have him immediately wake up crying.
Lather, rinse, repeat... for the next three hours.
By the end of the night, Mommy would find herself wishing the liquor cabinet were better stocked.
But as wonderful as this new crying routine is, it probably would not have been awesome last week, when we spent 5 nights at a hotel.
Liam's first airplane ride took us to El Paso, TX, for a wedding. Mommy's friend got married and was sweet enough to let her be in the wedding. (Mommy wore make-up! And got a manicure! And looked like a lady!)
It was a nerve-wracking, busy, hectic weekend... and it was so much fun. See?...
Liam, the jet-setter.
Meeting new friends.
Playing with Caroline (and watching the Packers!).
Helping with the toilet paper.
Who's this handsome baby in the mirror?
Liam, Mommy, and Cathy
Liam, Mommy, and Daddy
Watching the Father-Daughter dance... Good thing he can't climb stairs yet!
Saturday, December 4, 2010
We screwed up somewhere along the way. Some how we taught the baby that he is in charge of bedtime and no, he doesn't have to fall asleep by himself in his bed. How do you tell a baby it is time to lay down and go to sleep?
This separation anxiety is driving me batty. The only way he stops crying is if I'm holding him. Daddy won't do. If Daddy holds him, he cries and reaches for me until we give in. Still, he won't fall asleep for me... and it is still after midnight.
The Cry-It-Out method seems so cruel to me. It makes my skin crawl to hear him screaming like this. But is selling him to the circus more cruel? Because it is going to come down to one of those two choices.
Anyone know how to get in touch with the circus?
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Liam's FIRST TOOTH made it's first appearance at dinner on Wednesday of last week. We could just feel it and just see it under the skin. It broke through the next day and is well on its way to being a Real Grown-Up Tooth! (Until it falls out, of course.)
Could someone fill us in on teething and the accompanying fussiness? There have only been two evenings when Liam was fussy for no apparent reason and we chalked it up to teething. At what point in the tooth-cutting process does the fussiness peak? When the tooth is breaking through the skin, or all through the tooth-growing process? Because if this is as bad as teething is for Liam, then we will count ourselves lucky.
Quick, Mommy! Knock on wood!
And stop counting those chickens!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Sunday night Liam kept waking up wanting to nurse. About 1am Mommy and Liam were dozing in the living room, when Liam sat up and upchucked all over Mommy. Then he barfed again, and again. Mommy was covered in sour milk, and peas, carrots, corn... and a green bean.
The rest of the morning was more of the same, especially after nursing. (He is just too efficient at drinking, and it all came right back up.)
We visited the doctor at noon, who confirmed he had gastroenteritis. "A stomach bug," she said. "It's going around, and it's a nasty one."
Well, the puking ended Monday afternoon. In related news, there is now a really clean spot on the living room carpet. Yay for having a steam vacuum!
Let's see, what day is today? Thursday? The diarrhea seems to be finally tapering off. Liam has been subsisting on mama-milk and a few Cheerios since Monday, so we are back to those wonderful, barely-stinky, machine-washable breastmilk poops. (Remind me why we can't ONLY nurse until he's potty-trained??)
As horrible as these past few days have been, we did learn a few things:
1. Mommy is surprisingly OK with getting puked on. Grandma J was right - "It's different when it's your baby," she always says.
2. Don't bother about buying Pedialyte. Breastmilk is just as good... as long as the baby doesn't eat too much too fast. Besides, the baby still doesn't take a bottle or drink from a cup, and using a medicine dropper elicited screams of terror.
3. Best of all, Liam slept in bed with Mommy Monday night and Tuesday night. There are few things nicer than waking up in the night next to a sleeping baby.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Ok, seriously - who has that kind of time? Raise your hand! Bueller?
Daddy has promised to write a post to you dear People of the Internetz about Halloween. He hasn't yet, if you hadn't noticed. But Mommy will give you a little taste. After all, Mommy's a giver.
What else has been happening, you ask? Well this baby has been practicing his pulling up on the furniture to standing. He is an ACE at standing. If standing were an Olympic sport, he would get the gold.
But this week... THIS WEEK... Mommy has had several heart attacks. Now once he is standing Liam lets go of the furniture. He freezes, looks shocked / surprised / proud, and in sloooow motion sits down hard. It's almost like he is trying to grow up! And walk! Like a big boy!
Anyone know how to freeze time? Because there it goes, getting away from us again.
And now, a parting video, from 1977. Why can't Sesame Street have more of this and less of Elmo's World or Abby's Flying Fairy School? (Have you seen Abby's Flying Fairy School? It is ridiculous. Where is the life lesson in using the Spice of Life to bring to life a macaroni-saurus? Idiots.) But THIS we love:
Monday, November 8, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Is it just me, or does he look like he got caught doing something and is trying to act innocent?
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
The past couple days have been exceptionally challenging. Take today, for instance...
Liam took off his diaper all by himself:
Each morning Liam and Mommy share a bowl of oatmeal. Today Liam took the spoon, wiped the oatmeal on his chair back, and squashed his head in the oatmeal. Did you know it is difficult to clean oatmeal out of ears?
And Daddy has been teaching Liam a thing or two also... like chewing on the woodwork.
And Liam's new favorite, getting into the TV cabinet. This is our life, every day, all day. Daddy nees to find a better place for the stuff in there, before the Wii-motes are ruined, the instruction books are soggy, and the little odds and ends are swallowed. Does anyone out there in Internetz Land have suggestions for baby-appropriate things we can hide in the cabinet? Liam is currently more interested in non-toys than his toys.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Grandma and Grandpa J came from Wisconsin for a few days of adventure with me. On Sunday they went to church with us and then took me to my first gun show. For lunch we went to a BBQ restaurant and Mom gave me bits of turkey for the first time.
On Monday Daddy drove us all down to Bedford to see all of its sights. We stopped at a couple boat landings on Lake Monroe so Grandpa J could see what the lake is like. At one of the stops we got out of the car and I climbed a tree for a few minutes. Grandma J says I get some of my tree climbing ability from Mommy.
Then the big people thought we should drive to Nashville to lunch, but for 11 minutes I explained to them why that was a bad idea.
I can't wait until Grandma and Grandpa J come to visit again!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
And midway through the bath you realize there are no towels in the bathroom.
And you hear Snickers clicking around in the nursery, where you remember you left the terrifyingly messy diaper. (Incidentally, if you come to visit, don't let Snickers lick you on the mouth. Just in case.)
And trying to re-diaper the baby is like trying to wrangle a greased pig. Did you know that even if you are holding the baby's pelvis down, he can turn the rest of his body around 360 degrees? It is a fact. And he is strong. We've started doing diaper changes on the floor. Because he can't fall off the floor.
Question of the Day: Finish this sentence. "I know it's a bad day when..."
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Grandma J, would you bring some leeks with you when you come IN A WEEK AND A HALF(!!)?
Peggy and Scott, we're going to watch for Brussels sprouts at the Farmer's Market. Roasted sprouts are sounding pretty good right now!
Daddy, should we make some broccoli and baked salmon and share with the baby?
Grandpa Peeber, we'll have to be sure to take a deer next month, so that Liam can eat lots of venison in the coming year.
We did cook up some lentils and some chicken for Liam a couple days ago. Yesterday he tried the chicken. Even though it was pureed with a little broth, it still seemed a bit dry. Maybe that is just the nature of white meat chicken. Anyway, once it was mixed with peaches, that kid ate it up without breathing between bites! We have not yet tried the lentils.
Liam still likes gumming apple slices. Last night he was gumming one so enthusiastically that he was taking chunks off of it! After Daddy took the baby for his bath, Snickers and Bounder got leftover gummed apple in their dinner bowls. These dogs are going to be so spoiled (more).
In the last couple days Liam has been very hungry (eating every two hours) and very clingy. Does this mean he is having a growth spurt? He is about due for one. He will be 7 months next week - can you believe it? Mommy refuses to believe it.
OH! BIG NEWS! The baby can pull himself up to standing now! He has done so once on the open oven drawer and several times on Mommy's knees, when she lays on the ground with him. It is a good thing Liam wears such soft, padded diapers; he sometimes lets go of his support and lands on his fat bottom. We are trying to get a photo of him standing, but he is tricky and only does it when the camera is not around.
Yay for frost! There are no more bugs outside to bite us, so playing out in the grass has become fun. Too bad the grass is all brown and dead and crunchy. But Liam doesn't care - he can eat it just as easily as he eats green grass. We have been sitting outside in the afternoons to watch the dogs play. Liam likes it when they wrestle and chase each other, even though Snickers sometimes runs him over. One of these days, before all the leaves fall, Mommy would like to take Liam for a hike at McCormick's Creek Park. Perhaps she can convince Daddy to take a day off and join them.
Daddy is trying to come up with Halloween costumes we could wear to an upcoming party. His ideas for him and Liam include:
-Ghostbusters and Slimer
-Pirates and parrot (or monkey)
Do you have any costume ideas?
No pictures today, but there will be more soon. Promise!
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
We need some inspiration. Liam has tried several foods and has liked each one. Our freezer is stocked with purees (see list below), but it is a limited menu. There are some dry lentils languishing in the cupboard which will get cooked up, and some dried apricots as well. But we need YOUR HELP in thinking of new and yummy foods to try.
Now, keep in mind that he is 6 (and a half) months old, and we should probably start introducing a little bit of texture besides "pureed." And meat. He should probably start eating a little meat, right?
We have several baby food books with good ideas, but what are your suggestions? Ten baby hugs and ten baby kisses to the most inspiring commenter... On your mark, get set, comment!
Great Northern Beans
Monday, October 4, 2010
Weight: 19 lbs - 11 oz (75.90%)
Head: 45 cm (75%)
Length: 27 in (50.75%)
This weekend Mommy saw three deer outside, down at the turn in the creek. Two were smaller, maybe this year's fawns? As Mommy watched, the two little ones walked over to Mama-Deer and started nursing. Liam is not the only one who likes Mommy-Milk! That was pretty durn cool.
And some more pictures: