Sunday, December 30, 2007
Here is me (out of view) chasing Justin around the coffee table. He usually plays this game with Dad and he loves it. The table and the couch provide support so he doesn't have to walk on his own.
Round and Round! Justin likes the Busy Ball Popper (or whatever it is called) and also the Busy Ball Popper Train. He really likes the balls. When they go astray he will point to them and expect Mom or Dad to bring them back for him.
I wanted to get a clip of him walking, but he was having a hard time focusing on what he was holding, me, the camera, stuff on the floor, and walking at the same time.
Justin was walking all over the place so I pulled out the camera. That's when he stopped walking and started playing. I did get some walking on camera eventually. He just doesn't cooperate!
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Figuring out the busy ball popper.
Rocking on the Rock, Roll, and Ride Bike (which I highly recommend, very cool).
Even though it is Justin's second Christmas, it seems like his first. Being born just a few days before Christmas meant that he (and I!) were out of it. This year he can do a lot more than he could last year. A bit overwhelming for him so I am glad we went small! Some of our things haven't arrived yet and I think that is for the best. It will make Christmas last longer. Justin can only handle so many new things at a time. After 2 1/2 hours of opening presents and playing he was begging for a nap. He even pointed to his crib and was out like a light! Forty minutes later he was up and good to go though. That didn't even give me time to upload pics and videos and do the blog. Currently he is entertained with new toys again. :)
I hope to soon be able to edit video from the video camera and put some of those things up, but for the meantime, there is plenty of poor footage taken with our camera. Enjoy (or not!) Of course there are also some photos for your viewing pleasure. This entry is getting kind of busy, so I think I will post the pics separately.
Playing with unwrapped presents was a lot of fun. Unwrapping was also fun. Wrapping paper and boxes can be as much fun as the actual gift. Why or why does Mommy clean them up and throw them away? After lots of practice ripping paper, gift bags can pose a new challenge. Sometimes my baby is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Either that or he has me trained well. Why put forth effort if someone else will do it for you?
It doesn't seem to matter who the present is for either. I suppose that since he rules the house everything is pretty much his. If he can reach it, it's fair game as far as he's concerned. One of his favorite games is to put things in a container and then take them back out again. He can do this over and over and over again. He likes to add variety sometimes by transporting the items somewhere, preferably under something. What could be better than taking things out of a box, moving them a couple at a time and putting them under the couch, bringing them back again and placing them back in the box. The excitement! Sometimes things get pushed back too far and it becomes a #1 priority to scream until Mommy or Daddy can rescue the object and place it once again within reach. I don't know that pushing things back too far is a tragedy. Probably just another variation of the game and a way to make sure we remember that he is the one in charge.
It took awhile for him to figure out the busy ball popper. He liked the balls and he liked the music that the popper made, but he wasn't so sure about the rest of it. Now he seems to find it amusing to play with it as intended. That doesn't stop him from seeing how many of the balls he can fit in his hand at a time or what sounds the balls make as he bangs them against various surfaces. After all, he is a baby.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
walk a few steps and has on several occasions. He does it when he forgets to get down and crawl. When we try to get him to walk he will go limp noodle and laugh. Oh well. I suppose he will walk when he walks and I should be glad that he can't get into quite as much while he is still a crawler and a cruiser.
Justin's bday pictures turned out kind of like my second bday pictures. Rob took some video footage on the video camera that hopefully I will edit before too long and put up on youtube. In the meantime, here are some pictures.
Do you think I should see if the swiffer people want to use him in a commercial? He loves it! He loves cupcakes too. Not only can you crumble them, but you can eat them. Swiffer seems to be a pretty natural way to follow up his eating. :)
Thursday, December 20, 2007
I am trying to get some Christmas baking done. Mind you we don't even have all of our stuff put away yet from our move, but that's okay. I have the baby gates up on the stairs and one blocking off the kitchen, so as long as I don't mind hearing Justin scream, I am able to safely cook.
I don't like him to be upset too long, so I thought I found a great recipe from Rachel Ray (http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes/kids-recipes/kids---fabulous-five-minute-fudge-wreath/article.html) that claimed to be easy enough that it was classified as a kid's recipe. It was easy, but I agree with what Rob said when he tasted it. It just isn't fudge.
Guess I will just have to go with a more traditional recipe. Sorry Rachel Ray. Thumbs down is my review.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Friday, December 07, 2007
I owe a lot of people e-mail. I haven't forgotten you! I have been busy trying to get to know the area and looking after Monster Baby.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Here is Justin with one of his favorite books. He "read" it the entire time I was in the shower and still wasn't done with it. He was so cute that I decided to catch a cute clip. Of course by the time I get the camera and everything he was pretty much done. Oh well. He is still pretty cute.
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Recently I decided that Justin "needed" a costume for his first Halloween. I came to that realization in Target when he started staring at a tiger costume. I showed him some other costumes too, but the tiger one seemed to be what caught his eye. It was on sale too, how could I resist? The sad thing is that the previous week I purchased him a winter coat and spent less on it than I did on the tiger costume. I anticipate that he will get more use out of the coat than the costume. (Thus far he has worn the costume more often. He thinks that the tiger baby in the mirror is adorable. I agree!)
In all fairness, his winter coat was under $10. It is a Carter's brand from last year and I got it on clearance at Ross. Somehow I thought it was silly to spend over $30 on a winter coat he will wear one season when I could get one for less. No point in getting a Halloween costume for him after Halloween. Though he wouldn't know the difference... Does it really matter when the pictures of baby's first Halloween are taken as long as he believes they were taken on his first Halloween?
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
October 2, 2007
Okay, I know it has been absolutely forever since I have written. I have a million excuses including that my computer was packed in China and took four weeks to get to Idaho and when it DID arrive I was in Los Angeles. Couldn't I use a different computer you may ask? Well, yes. That is why I have a million excuses. Some are better than others. Rather than get into that though I will post some pictures and tell the tale of Noodles, Rob, and Monster Baby's move.
We left China and arrived in Idaho after many, many hours of travel. Justin is a good traveler, but even so he requires a lot of extra gear to haul around. I didn't get to enjoy business class the way I would like to since I was holding him and trying to keep him happy or asleep for the majority of the time. The only bad time he really had was when we sat on the plane in Beijing waiting to take off. We were on the plane for almost 2 hours before we finally got to get off the ground. Since they kept saying five more minutes or ten more minutes I kept the poor kid strapped into his car seat which he hated.
Spent a little bit of time in Idaho. My brother, Nathan, came with his family. The three small kids were like toys for Justin. What could entertain better than a 6 year old, 4 year old, and a 20 month old? My sister, Meredith, was also here. Full house! Sometimes it was a bit overwhelming for Justin. Sometimes it was overwhelming for me too!
Then it was off to California. Visited some of Rob's friends in the Oakland area over the weekend. It was fun for me to finally meet them and Justin was a hit with their kids. We got to see the Oscar Meyer weinermobile too. What vacation would be complete without that?
From there it was down to the Los Angeles area. We got to see Rob's mom, his dad and stepmother, and his brother. LA area means a lot of time in the car! We also got to see our friend June (we knew her in Shenyang, China) one evening. It was nice to see her and catch up a bit. Justin got to go on his first zoo trip with us and Grandma and Grandpa Weber. He liked flamingos, monkeys, ducks, giraffes, and the other kids.
My sister, Meredith, got down to her new place in Santa Barbara while we were in Southern California. She has made the move from Brooklyn, NY to sunny California to work on her PhD at UCSB. We were able to spend some time with her and get her better settled in. Justin got to see the ocean for the first time. He LOVED it! We had trouble keeping hom out of the water. He loved the sand in all it's many textures and loved crawling towards the waves. World's biggest bathtub!
From California it was back to Idaho. We went for a walk on the famous Coeur d'Alene floating boardwalk and then to the city park. Justin liked the swings.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
Well, guess my baby has a bit to learn about eating. He has the wrong end of the spoon in his mouth. I guess that is the least of our eating problems for now. Food gets everywhere. He seems to take delight in spraying me with whatever it is he is eating. He looks so nice and clean in the before picture. That never lasts long.
Here is another pic of him playing with his toy train. It is the coolest toy. Rob and I enjoy it almost as much as he does.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Justin Cares for Baby Bob
Here is Monster Baby tending to his very own Baby Bob. Baby Bob makes a rattling sound when you shake him. I wonder if my baby would make a rattling noise if I shook him. Baby Bob sets a bad example of shakng babies. Other than that, Baby Bob is a good example for Justin. He doesn't cry or get into things he shouldn't. he doesn't seem to be reaching any milestones though...