Monthly Archives: November 2010


My amazing Baby J –

You are ONE!  I can’t believe it!!!!  Where did this year go?!  It has been a wild, incredible journey so far – you have made me such a better person than I thought possible.  Every day is a new adventure with you – and I am just trying my best to keep up and not let you down!

This past month seems to have been the month of birthdays.  You had 2 other friends turn one – here you are (above) at Sven’s park birthday with your friend Ash.  She looks so adorable with her party hat on!

And here we are at Izzy’s bday at the Children’s Museum.  So much fun celebrating with all your buddies!  But I think you liked your bday the best – mainly because you got a whole cake to yourself!

Dad loves this pic of you, as you have a little look on your face, all, I know – I am a pretty big deal.  And your demolished cake is in full view!  Your party was a lot of work (and, by some, claimed to be “extravagant” – but hey, I am not know to do anything halfway.  Of course your first birthday party was going to be the party of the year:-), but well worth it.

You also got to meet your first relatives on GongGong’s side – Uncle Tom (well, my cousin Tom, so your 2nd cousin?), Aunt Suzi and their little girl, Z.  Here are going in for your patented open mouth kiss.  Looks like you might just take a chunk out of her cheek!  It was great having them around, especially little Z – she is about 10 months older than you, so you really improved your walking with her around.

And your first joint bath!  You liked (or at least didn’t mind it) until Little Z started yelling – then you were all, can I get out now?

You got your first pair of big boy shoes!  A blue, velcro number from Stride Rite. Who knew baby shoes are $50+?!  You like them, but are still getting used to them.  You are really smart, though, ’cause any time I have a pair of your shoes and say, where do shoes go?  you grab your feet!

We went up to PoPo and GongGong’s for Thanksgiving.  You did alright on the car ride up (it was your longest to date!) and boy, PoPo and GongGong were so happy to see you!  You amazed them with your mad walking skillz and wow’ed them with your talking abilities!  You loved looking at your picture and saying, bayyyyyyy-beeeeeeeee.  PoPo is convinced you are a baby genius.

You got to see your Aunt Yaya (again, a cousin of mine, so you 2nd cousin? semantics…) and she was bowled over by how adorable you are!

Here we all are before the big feast.  It was pretty cold up in N. Texas, good thing we didn’t go out too too much!  But when we did go out, we were able to walk to a cute little lake front park down the street from PoPo and GongGongs.

I love this picture that Auntie Yarbs took of us at the park – you can’t tell by looking, but Dad is nearly dying from the black lung (aka bad allergies).  He was a trooper that whole trip!  (Many thanks, Yarbs, for taking all the Thanksgiving weekend pics!)

Here you are with your favorite auntie!  Yarbs really does love you so much.  She is always behind the camera, so we don’t have enough pics of you with her!

Your two fingers are still your very favorite, with your blue elephant lovie being a close 2nd.  Whenever Elephant is dirty, you have to settle for Bunny, which is just a poor man’s substitute.

Now you love to give things to us, but usually you want them right back.  You also motion with your whole arm and grunt when there is something you see that you want.  Most of the time we can figure out what it is you want, but sometimes it is a mystery.

Your appetite is still not what I would like it to be.  I think you want to be the Kate Moss of babies!  I really need to stop worrying about it, but I can’t help it – it really does stress me out!  But there is nothing I can do, I can’t force feed you!  Your legs are muscular, but pretty thin.  Dad just says they look thin because the calf area is so large that your thighs are not much bigger than your calves.  I guess you got my side of the family calves (or cows).

We need to transition you off the bottle and onto cow’s milk, but with your waif-ey eating habits, I am nervous to do so.  I think it will be a slow transition.  I think this is just a weird eating stage that most babies go through. I just hope it ends soon!

You are really a good walker – you still kinda look like a baby zombie, as your hands are near your head for balance – but soon enough you won’t need to walk like that.  You haven’t yet mastered standing up from sitting down without pulling up on something, but that is hard!  All in good time…

Thank you, Baby J, for making this past year the most incredible one of my life.  I love you so so much!



Happy Turkey Day

Today we are heading up on a 3.5 – 4 hour road trip to see my parents for Thanksgiving.  We’ll have turkey and then Baby J will have another 1st bday party
(a.k.a. his official debut party to Mom and Dad’s friends).  I also hope to see some friends, namely My Pal Al and her new baby girl!

Posting will be light, if at all, for the rest of the week.  So I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, surrounded by loved ones and lots of yummy food!

(Don’t you love the art work?!  One of my favorite things about JJ being in school is his coming home with art projects!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE all of them!)

First 1st Birthday Party!

Sorry I have been so MIA – last week everyone was sick and I was furiously getting ready for Baby J’s 1st bday party (and this week we’ve had out of town guests until yesterday)!  Luckily, everyone got healthy for the big day, and everything went off without a hitch!

Here we are with our adorable little boy – I can’t believe it has been nearly a year since he was born!  and what a year it has been!  J – you truly are an amazing baby!

We are so blessed to have so many friends celebrate Baby J’s milestone!  And we’ve only been in H-town for less than 3 years.  There were about 60 adults and kids / babies at the party.

Here is the little guy enjoying his little smash cake.  He is like his dad in his methodical ways – he absolutely pulverized his little cake row by imaginary row to the exact same consistency.  It was pretty amazing to watch.

His proud maternal grandparents!  I didn’t know it, but mom and dad talk about JJ every night!  So adorable!

Many, many thanks to Yarbs for taking all the beautiful pictures!  There are so many details I want to show – but I will save those for a later post.

Next week when we are up at my parents’ house, mom is throwing Baby J a second 1st birthday party, on his actual birthday!  What a lucky boy!

Under the Weather

Everyone in our household has been feeling a bit under the weather lately.  It started with Baby J and his ear infection, which – 3 weeks later is still there – we are now going to attempt to clear up with a series of 3 shots.  Fun times.  And I caught a little something when the weather turned from 90 degree heat to 50 and cold!  Boom has been battling allergies for a few months now – hopefully they will be subsiding soon?

Anyway, sorry for not posting last week – I fell running on Monday morning, and the week just didn’t get any better.  At least Mumsie came down to help out.  It all culminated with Baby J vomiting 3 times last night in the middle of the night within the span of an hour.  It’s always fun to run out to the 24-hour CVS at 1am to pick up some Pedialyte.

Anyway, here is a picture of the cutie – at one of the 2 bday parties we attended this weekend.

He’s all, I’m pretty much a big deal.  I even did a frat tuck with his rugby shirt into his jeans, so he is way too cool for school!

Speaking of, no school for J this week.  He needs to get healthy for his first bday party on Saturday!  And with the shots, it will just be too much.  We are becoming hermits this week, in hopes of getting healthy.

Lobsta, anyone?

Though Houston is not known for its lobstering, I managed to catch a 20-pounder this weekend:

Yes, JJ was an ADORABLE (if not a bit grumpy) lobster for Halloween!  The festivities started with a trip to the pumpkin patch:

JJ had strong opinions on what pumpkin we should pick…

Since we went to the pumpkin patch close to our house, we just walked.  Which was great on the way over.  On the way back, we had a new baby!

Boom carried JJ and I pushed our pumpkin baby in the stroller.

Our first Halloween party was with play group – what fun!  When all the kids were dressed, they were all super grumpy and all the moms were laughing hysterically!

It was way too warm for all the fuzzy costumes.  But the kids were troopers, not that they had any choice.

On Saturday, we went to the Little Gym party – and it really was quite warm, so we used Baby J’s back-up costume: Maverick from Top Gun!

We met up with our friends there – here is a pic of the dads that take the boys to gym class on Saturday mornings:

And here are the moms:

Little L was a ladybug – and there were no less than 5 other ladybugs!  I guess it is an adorable bug to dress up as.  I can’t wait for next Halloween when Brady Gaga is around – I will do some sort of couple costume – like Pooh and Piglet or a pot of honey – and I will do this until they kiddos are old enough to rebel!

Anyway, on actual Halloween night, we dressed Baby J up and just went to a few houses to say hi to neighbors.  He was really excited, can’t you tell?!