Archive for December, 2010

Family Tradition

Posted on December 30, 2010. Filed under: crafts, E, holiday |

How many times in a row does something have to be done to make it a tradition?  I think it only takes doing something two times in a row with an intention to do it again to make it a tradition.  It seems that with Ethan a new family tradition has been officially started.  To really explain what I’m talking about, I have to go back (imagine a time warp) to when I was a baby.  My grandmother knitted, or more accurately, croqueted a socking for me.  It is the only stocking I’ve ever known or used.  Without that stocking it just isn’t Christmas.  Stockings are important in my family.  Not just a place to receive an orange, gum or a toothbrush, but often the place were you would receive your best gift.  In our family we know that good things come in small packages, so the stocking is often the most eagerly anticipated part of Christmas.

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Thanksgiving 2009, I was just 12 weeks pregnant and was in California for the holiday, my mom handed me a book of knitted stockings and asked me to to pick out a stocking for our baby to be.  At that moment it became a tradition, my grandma knitted me my stocking and then E was to have his stocking knitted by his grandma.  Then the realization set in, I’m going to have to get my knitting skills up so that someday I can knit a stocking for my grandchild.  The good news is that I have time, based on my best estimates I have at least 20-30 years.  As I hold my 7 month old that is a pretty wild thing to think about.

Here is E’s stocking


Lastly, here are some shots of us on Christmas morning opening E’s stocking and then stuffing him inside of it.  I figured this is the one and only time in his life that he will fit inside of his stocking.

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7 Months

Posted on December 29, 2010. Filed under: birthday, E |

Happy 7/12 Birthday to E!!!  He is 7 months old today.  According to me…we celebrate fractional birthdays in this house.  I recently asked J what he had gotten me for my 8/12 birthday.  J told me we don’t celebrate fractional birthdays, and I to quote him he said “I’m putting my foot down, we do not celebrate fractional birthdays”.  The next night when J got home from work I asked if he had a surprise for me.  (Just so you know, I ask that question regularly, usually the answer it “no”, but it doesn’t keep me from asking at least once a week).  Back to the story….He said “actually I do”.  He then went back out to his car and grabbed a bag, which contained a bottle of vitamins that he had picked up at the store and a card, which he had doctored to say “Happy 8/12 Birthday”.  Boy I’m a very lucky girl to have such a wonderful husband that is willing to humor me. 

Enough about me and J, I know you are just reading this for the goods on E.  E’s hair is still growing like a weed, when the air is wet his curls are tight and now too bothersome, but other the last couple days it has been so dry that his hair is out of control (see picture).  It is straight and curly all at once and sticks in every direction.  Maybe we will start our own line of baby friendly hair styling products.  He isn’t crawling yet, but he is beginning to scoot.  I think in the next month he will be scooting so much it will be hard to contain him.  His biggest physical accomplishment this month has been learning to pull up.  The height of the object has to be very low for him to be successful be has has pulled himself to a standing/crouching position in his bed, at school by the toy box, using an open suitcase and in the tub.  His loud vocals continue and he seems to be adding in a few new sounds like “ma”.  Bath time is his favorite time of day.  In the evening when he is fussy before bedtime all we have to do is walk him into the bathroom and show him the tub or sink and instantly he is laughing.  Also, I’m pleased to say that E is a mama’s boy.  I’m sure that won’t last, as soon as he is more active he will like playing with daddy more, so for now I’m relishing in the fact for now I’m number one in his book for two import reasons….which are located between my neck and beltline.



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Christmas Competition

Posted on December 27, 2010. Filed under: crafts, family, holiday |

It is going to take few days to blog about all of our Christmas vacation activities, but I’m going to take the liberty of being the editor and chief and start with the end.  On Christmas night we had a Gingerbread House decorating competition between R (O’s sister), S (O’s sister), K (S’s Husband), O & J.  It was a fierce competition.  We was really impressed with everyone’s creativity and execution.  It was J and my first year to participate and I think everyone was very surprised that we were so competitive despite not participating last year.  Prior to arriving we asked my mom for preprinted rules on allowable materials and time limits.  Since they were unable to provide us with a rule book, we took it upon ourselves to push the limits of the competition and purchase our own outside materials.  This decision was not appreciated by the other participants, but we think they will be stepping up their game next year and bringing their own supplies also.

In advance O’s mom baked and assembled the houses.

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The finished products.

O’s House – “Red Roof Inn” – Best Use of Round Materials


R’s House – Best Use of Snow


S’s House – Best Landscaping


J’s House – Best Use of a Variety of Materials


K’s House – “Under Construction” – Best Theme


On the Judging Table


Godzilla coming to smash the houses!!!


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Going to The North Pole…

Posted on December 15, 2010. Filed under: E, holiday, milestones |

Okay, E didn’t actually go to the North Pole to see Santa Claus, but we did take him to Lenox Mall.  We went on Tuesday afternoon when there was a very short line, which was smart because our little E is a wiggle worm.  I don’t think he would have been patient enough to wait in a long line.  He wasn’t scared at all to sit Santa’s lap.  While J and I stood behind the cameraman and mad funny faces he just stared at us and then the guy behind the camera said “smile for Santa” and E gave us the biggest grin.  I’m not sure what we were expecting.  Maybe a crying, screaming child, but we certainly weren’t expecting a perfectly happy baby with a huge grin.  What can I say, E continues to keep us on our toes and surprise us.  We are certain that since E was such a good boy Santa is going to bring him exactly what he wants. 


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Posted on December 13, 2010. Filed under: E, life & times |

This Sunday E got to experience his first “snow”.  I’m putting snow in quotes because it was such a light, almost invisible dusting.  That being said, we still took him outside for a few pictures to document his first snow. 

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The rest of the day was spent avoiding cold weather by hanging out in the house and trying to keep E and ourselves entertained.  One observation that we made while taking pictures of E on Sunday is that smiles when the red light flashes on our camera.  It is funny that he recognizes the camera, I guess that goes to show that we have been taking a bunch of pictures.

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E seemed to really enjoying my faux Uggs.

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Happy Computing

Posted on December 10, 2010. Filed under: life & times |

My new computer arrived today!!!  Yeah, I’m so excited to be able to easily blog, work, adjust my fantasy football team rosters, shop and surf.  Everything is faster, clearer and ‘mo better now that I have a sleek new shiny computer.  Christmas came early this year, and boy I must have been a very good girl!!!

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6 Months

Posted on December 6, 2010. Filed under: birthday, E, milestones |

As of last Monday Big E is 6 months old.  We can’t believe a 1/2 of a year has already whizzed by us.  It is unbelievable how much he has grown and changed in such a short period of time.  Based on our best guess E weighs about 18 lbs, we will have exact numbers after his 6 month appointment on December 10th.  What really amazes me is just how much he has changed in the last month.  All of his drooling finally paid off and he cut two teeth.  J and are were sad to see his gummy smile go but we are enjoying his smile with his two itty bitty teeth.  He has worked on his sitting and now sits up so straight and tall and rarely topples over.  His hair is still growing, but the recent rain seems to have made his curls a little tighter.  In fact I’ve had a couple people ask me if we’ve gotten his hair cut.  We were putting off feeding him solids, but over the last month he has showed so much interest in our food an his classmates food at school that we finally gave in.  Here is the list of foods he has tried this month:  sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, peas, apples, bananas, pears, star fruit, avocado and zucchini.  He isn’t scooting yet, but is able to let you know what he wants so that you will bring it to him.  I think it is some sort of Jedi-mind trick.  E continues to discover his voice and has added a whole variety of noises to his repertoire this month.  The most prevalent is what we call the “teredactle” it is a high pitch screech.  He has a knack for breaking it out at the lease opportune time.  For example when most of his classmates are sleeping or while J and I were at the High Museum viewing the Dali exhibit.  He has also started making raspberry noises.  My very favorite noise is his giggle.  E is definitely starting to develop a since of humor and regularly laughs, not just smiles, when J and I make funny faces and noises. 


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