Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving at Oma's

We travelled to Michigan this year for what turned out to be a wonderful Thanksgiving. We spent the week with Oma, Erika, Mark and their two boys Nick and Ian. A great time was had by all! I think everyone was surprised to see how much little Joe had grown since the last time they saw him at his Christening! Here are a few pictures from that week. We were really happy too with what great travellers Chris and Joe were. We bought a portable DVD player for the car, and armed ourselves with lots of Chris' favorite DVD's for the long ride. Best $99 we've ever spent!!
Here's a great shot of Joseph's Godmother Erika holding him while he sleeps:
Here is Oma holding both boys- great picture!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Time for Plan B

I have a candy bowl filled with Skittles that I use as a secret weapon to get Chris to do things. Like help clean up, use the potty, say please, etc. Yes, I bribe my kids. So what! I like to think of it as the reward system rather than a bribe.
Well, this morning he figured out that if he stands on that chair in the dining room , he can reach the Skittles and have as many as he wants!
Now I need to find a new place to keep them!


You'd think where Joe is my second child that I wouldn't be so fascinated over the idea of him sitting up and playing all by himself, but this has really struck me for some reason.
Maybe because at five and a half months, he still seems so little to me. He looks like a tiny little baby sitting on the floor playing with all the "big boy"toys.

But Joe is growing by leaps and bounds and has been enjoying his new found independence. No longer does he need to sit and be held by someone in order to play with toys. He can sit all by himself and explore his little world around him.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Let's Play!!

Now that Joe has mastered the "unsupported sitting" move, he can get right in on the action on the floor in the play room. Gone are the days where he would look on with envy as Chris played with one of his toys or trucks from his vast collection. Now we can plop Joey right down on the floor next to Chris, and they can play together! And just look at that cute outfit from Aunt Sue that little Joe is wearing!!! Adorable!!!!!!

Sitting up all by himself!!!

I've known for a couple of weeks now that it wouldn't be long before baby Joe was sitting up without any support. This morning we were playing with some trucks, and Joe was sitting in front of me. I noticed that he seemed pretty steady, so I decided to pull myself away to see if he could sit by himself. Well, here's the evidence that yes he can!!! How exciting! Just over five and a half months old and already sitting up!

PS, thanks Aunt Veronica for the adorable monkey pajamas! So fitting for this little monkey!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Joey is on the move!!!!!!!!!!!

Not yet at a full crawl, but really really close!!! Joey is scooting all over the place! Put him down on the floor on his back, and within seconds he has flipped himself over on to his tummy. He has been rotating around on his tummy now for awhile, but just recently we are seeing him scoot around. We think that he may be crawling for real once we get to Oma's next week! Stay tuned!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Winter has officially arrived, irrespective of what the calendar says. We have snow on the ground! It really is a beautiful sight to see. This year, I decided that since I really have no place to be other than at home with my two kids, I am going to enjoy the snow! It's nice to just be able to sit and watch it fall without worrying about having to drive in it or any of the other challenges snow can bring.
The kids just love it! Chris thinks it's great and couldn't wait to get outside and play. He needs a new pair of boots, though!

Monday, November 17, 2008

A Great Day for Baking!

The first snow of the season is falling today and we are staying inside the house trying to keep warm. Brrrrr! It's only 35 degrees outside! One of my favorite things to do is to get Chris in the kitchen with me to bake something. Our recipes are never very sophisticated. Box mixes with very few added ingredients seem to work best. Today we decided to bake a cake during Joey's nap. It's fun to do, and it's something quiet that we can do together without waking Joe up.

Here's Chris (wearing his Skeleton sweatshirt from Halloween!!!) helping with the mixing stage. He added all of the ingredients himself and is now watching to see them all get incorporated:

And here he is embellishing the frosted cake:

Lastly, the finished product! Ok, so it's a bit early for the Christmas decorations, but the only other sprinkes we had in the house were Halloween themed and we are tired of orange and black!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Because Sometimes One Just isn't Enough.

Not a day goes by where one of these kids does something to bring a smile to my face. I happened to be in the kitchen this morning, when Chris called to me and pointed out his use of the double-"beebee" (he dubbed his pacifier a "beebee" when he first began to speak, and that's what we've referred to it as since). I had to get a picture of it, because he thought he was being so funny and knew it would make me laugh!
Incidentally, I would say that Christopher's lack of readiness (or desire, if you will) to beat his addiction to the beebee has been a serious sore spot with the teachers at the preschool we send him too. Chris will be three in January, and his teachers think he should have kicked the habit by now. I explain to them that it comforts him and he only needs it at certain times and as his parent, I am not concerned even if you are! My Mom has even made comments! She told me she was watching the all-knowing Oprah and that there were two experts on her show who said that children should not have a pacifier after age three. Well, gee, if Oprah thinks three year olds should be able to give up the pacifier, then I better get working on it!
Christopher really only needs his beebee to fall asleep, and sometimes while riding in the car. We have spoken to Dr.Cohen, our family doctor and he says there really is no harm in him using it when he needs to. Other kids suck their thumbs for comfort, and do it well past the age of three. I have to admit, I do wish we could find a way to have him not depend on a pacifier. In some ways I do think he should be able to do without it, but I'm not ready to push the issue just yet.
We'll wait to see how he does when I return to work. If he still only needs it for sleeping, then we'll contemplate having the BeeBee Fairy come to the house.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Yes, I am too cute for words

Joe is one lucky little fella. He has very generous family members who love to shower him with adorable gifts!!
Just look at the cute little bib he's wearing, courtesy of his godmother Aunt Erika. It states, "I'm Grrrrrreat!" And, well, he is. How apropos! (PS, sorry for the rice cereal face!)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

5 Months Old!!!

Our darling little Joseph turned 5 months old on November 7!!! So hard to believe!! Time truly does whiz past us at lightening speeds. It seems like it was only yesterday that I was writing up his 4 month post!! Our little sweetie has grown so much in this last month! He is amazingly alert and aware of all his surroundings. Some of the recent things he's been doing include:

1. Teething or pre-teething anyway. He is gnawing on everything he can get his little hands on (including his hands!).

2. Laughing loudly! Joey has quite a hearty laugh which every one of us enjoy eliciting. Joey LOVES to play with "the boys", a.k.a his Papa and big brother Chris. When Greg is chasing Christopher around the house (Chris' favorite game), he holds Joey facing forward so that he can "get" Chris. Joey laughs and laughs during this game. So cute!!

3. "Stranger Danger"! Yes, it's true. Joe gets a bit frightened when he first meets people or even with people he kind of "knows". But then once he gets used to their faces, he's OK.

4. Full roll. At his 4 month post, he was rolling from back to tummy. Now he can get from his tummy to his back again all by himself!

5. Plays with toys for longer spans of time. He is still very much in the explore phase, and he holds on to his toys for much longer. Studying every aspect of them, including the tags of his stuffed toys!

Love you, sweetie!!!!!!!! XOXOXOXOXO

Friday, November 7, 2008

If It Ain't Broke.....

....Don't fix it!!!
Wise words, that perhaps if I had actually followed, I wouldn't find myself in "blog layout hell".

I tried playing around with colors and fonts, and got myself all messed up! I can't seem to get back to the colors I've been using, and I'm very depressed!

For now, I'll just have to stay with "template default" until I decide I'm ready to play around again without getting to the point of pulling all my hair out!!!
Tonight is a first for Greg and I. We have been invited to a friend's house for dinner this evening, and we've decided to hire a sitter for Christopher. He's going to be three in January, and this is our first night out without him!!! The only time we've ever left him was to go to the hospital for Joseph's birth! Most of our friends think we're absolutely pathetic that we've never gone out without the kids. Greg and I are just not that kind of couple, I guess. We don't need distance from our kids or an evening "away". At least not right now. I suppose this could change with time and as the kids get older, we'll become more comfortable with the idea of leaving them with sitters.
Chris will be with our next door neighbor Rachel, who is a very responsible 14 year old. Her Mom will also be home so I feel very comfortable that the evening will go smoothly!
Fingers crossed!!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

How Patriotic!

Here we are on Election Day 2008! Both boys are looking so Patriotic today, decked out in red, white, and blue!

Well, at least I didn't write on the walls!!

Whenever I need to go upstairs to tend to something for Joe, say a diaper change, or getting him dressed, I usually bring Chris up with me. It's not that he gets into much trouble, but, if left unattended, anything can happen.

Well, today was one of those days where I needed to do a quick diaper change for Joe, and Chris seemed very pre-occupied with his breakfast. I figured I'd just be a minute, and nothing bad could happen in that short a time.

As I walked down the stairs, I found that Chris had created an art gallery of sorts with post-it notes and stuck them to the wall in the foyer!

I'm just very thankful that our steady mantra of "write on paper, not on walls" has actually broken through!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Spring Ahead. Fall Behind. Whatever I Want!

Well, my friends (God, I hope after tomorrow we won't be hearing 4 years of that phrase!), baby Joe has decided that he is not going to abide by the time adjustment back to Eastern Standard Time.

He apparently would like to remain on Daylight Savings Time, thank you very much!
He is going to bed too early! He's waking up too early! His naps are all off kilter!
Whoever thought up this whole "changing the clocks twice a year" didn't have kids!!


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