Thursday, December 27, 2007


so, the boy awakened early from his nap today and started whining. i wanted him to go back to sleep, so i waited a little bit to see if he would, before i finally went in to get him.

upon opening the door, this is the scene i was witness to:



he's been sticking his legs and arms out the gaps between the slats quite often lately. i didn't know if he'd get stuck or not, because he seemed pretty in control of the situations that i've observed. this, however, was a different case. he was stuck. he wasn't really mad about it. just mildly annoyed. he even let me run and get the camera and snap these pictures.

i just hope that it's not a pattern that he's going to take part in... legs stuck, short naps... crabby boy.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

merry christmas

hope everyone out there has/had a merry christmas.

we went to derek's parents last night and isaac scored this sweet wagon. he and caison (cousin) went for a few trips up and down the hill, before caison had an accident involving putting his hand too close to one of the wheels.

here's some shots of the boys. they aren't that great, due to the lighting. hopefully we'll get a bunch more today. i've started a picasa album for christmas here.





Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Eve Day and 11 Months

Isaac is 11 months old today. I cannot believe that in one month we'll have a baby whose age can go in the years column!

He's so different every single day. Today, for example, he's taken to yelling while he plays. Not for any reason. Just to yell.

He's walking everywhere. Just to walk. With no exact destination in mind. He goes from the kitchen cabinets, to the living room, around the coffee table, to the tv, to the front door and then back to the kitchen. He's even figured out how to stand up on his own.

His current favorite sounds (besides yelling) to make are s's and t's. Occasionally, we get to hear some sweet cuss-sounding words. It's all fun. Here's a slideshow of the month in review. We weren't too great about taking pictures in the last month. He's too busy to take the time to take good pictures.

In other news, it's Christmas Eve Day. In case anyone had lost track. We're going to stay clear of the shopping meccas today. We're having lunch with Doyle and Cora and then I think we'll chill at the house until Christmas Eve Festivities at Derek's parents.

And that's that.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

blog drought

i have not seen a new blog (from any of my friends on google reader) in a very very long time.

i know that a lot of you are busy and on vacations and stuff. but, i mean, seriously... how long does it take to type up a quick update.

i'm hurting.

blog soon!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

I'm walking, yes indeed...

The boy is fully mobile these days. He's all over the house (or at least the rooms we let him)...
Derek took this video last night:

Monday, December 17, 2007

Lucky Number 7

Isaac's seventh tooth has arrived on the scene today.
Actually, it's probably been on the scene for awhile, but we haven't noticed. I was clearing out an unwanted object from the boy's mouth when I noticed tooth were there normally isn't tooth. I checked for the partner tooth on the other side of his mouth and it is lagging behind. But, when it gets here, Isaac will be the proud owner of 4 top and 4 bottom teeth. And he will be much more dangerous!

Sunday, December 16, 2007


The Miami Dolphins won their first game of the season, today. Finally.
Now they are 1-13, and will not go down in history as the only 0-16 team ever. I'm rather elated.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Solitary Confinement

We've childproofed all the cabinets in the kitchen that contain dangerous items. We also filled one cabinet full of fun stuff for Isaac (loud metal bowls, nesting plastic bowls, measuring spoons and cups, baby food lids, plastic ramakins... you get the point). He likes to empty out said cabinet and play inside. Here's some shots.



Friday, December 14, 2007



Photo by the lovely Kristen Boone. More here.

I Guess I'm Looking For a New Dentist

This is my dentist.
He filled a cavity on Monday.

He even asked, during the procedure, "this doesn't hurt too bad, does it? I'm not killing you am I?" (emphasis is mine).

Thursday, December 13, 2007

More Changes

Let me first begin by saying how fortunate I've been to have a baby who is on such a rock solid schedule. He wakes up around 6:30. Naps around 8:30 until 10:00 or so. Naps again at 1:30 or 2:00 and then goes to bed around 7:00. Like clockwork. Without much fuss.

Until the last few days.

Normally, when I put him in bed, he starts sucking his thumb and lies right down and goes to sleep. Lately, he's been taking more than an hour to get to sleep. He plays for awhile, talks to himself, throws everything overboard, and then finally dozes off. But, only for about 45 minutes to an hour.

I don't know if he's trying to abandon a nap (which will make me very sad). Or if he's just fired up about his new walking skills (he's walking full tilt these days).

Last night he stayed up way past his bedtime (9:45) and he woke up later (7:45), and then he stayed up later this morning (10:45), and when I put him down, he went to sleep immediately. So, we'll see where the day takes us....

I just hope we can still squeeze in two naps. I need one for getting things done and one for getting my own nap. :)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

New Territory

Up until yesterday, the boy needed an extra boost to navigate the coffee table. If a toy inadvertantly became too close, he was all over it, using it to boost him up to a new elevation.

Then, yesterday, he grabbed onto the corner and pulled (and grunted) with all of his might and managed to get his little body up onto the coffee table. Then, he crawled back and forth over and over, exploring his new discovery. Add another reason to my ever growing list of why I can't peel my eyes off of our adventure boy for a split second....




Monday, December 10, 2007


Is it unpatriotic to hate the New England Patriots?

Saturday, December 8, 2007

The Rest of the Week....

Isaac and I had a pretty uneventful week.

On Tuesday, we went up to Forbush so I could make some sense of last year's calculus notes for this year's calculus teacher. We made a few stops in other classrooms while there, visiting old pals.

On Wednesday, we visited Derek at work and went out to lunch at a pizza buffet. Isaac was very well behaved (which is quite unusual for him in restaurants). I think he liked the pizza.

Thursday, we tried to go to the mall and get some holiday shopping completed. However, at the register of my first attempted purchase, it came to my attention that I had arrived at the mall sans debit card. Isaac had lunch (I didn't even have enough cash to get something for me) and we headed home. Before going into any stores, we did stop to play in the little kids play area. There's a nice, thick, padded rug with various fruit themed play structures scattered about. Isaac had a wonderful time. He spent a long time perched atop a banana slice, squealing in delight at all of the passing toddlers, and showing his exuberance by alternating smacking the banana and throwing his hands up in the air wildly.

Yesterday, we only ventured out of the house for a trip to the grocery store, to purchase a few missing necessities (flavored creamer being one of those much needed items). We mostly just played. He's getting a lot of fun to play with.

He's also walking quite a bit. It's still not his preferred mode of transportation, but if the situation is right, he'll take off. That is, until he becomes somewhat uncomfortable or he turns his head around to see if I'm watching. Then, it's back to the old standby, crawling.

Today, we are headed to Brayden Love's 1st birthday party. I'm excited to see some adult friends from back in the day. And it's crazy to think that Isaac's birthday will be right around the corner. And that's the update.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Raleigh Trip Update

Isaac and I returned from Raleigh this morning.
It was an action packed adventure.

We rolled in on Saturday night, after a relatively uneventful trip. We played and got some food and Isaac went to bed. Then we watched a movie. Correction: Sarah and Jack watched a movie. I fell asleep.

On Sunday, we went to get some food and coffee and Isaac played with all of the things he could get his hands on in the non-baby-compliant environment. Then, Isaac and I headed to my old church to catch up with loads of old Bethesda Baptist folks. We had lunch at Las Palmas with Timmmm and the Dowds.

Isaac and I went back to Sarah's where he took a nap. I also dozed on and off a few times, while watching the football updates scroll across the tv screen. (Miami is 0-12). When he woke up, we went for a walk to get coffee. Isaac and myself, that is. When we got back, Sarah rolled in from work and we headed out to a reception at ye olde church. Sarah came to be an extra set of hands.

At the reception, we caught up with pretty much the same crowd as the morning, only with a bit more time for catching up, this go 'round. Isaac drank some green punch and had a chocolate cookie, but faded fast. We bid farewell and headed home. Isaac went to bed and once again, we watched a movie. Only, I slept.

Isaac woke up at 6:00 am and I packed us up and we headed out. He was very good on this ride as well, and even fell asleep at the end. He is still sleeping, after a very busy weekend.

And that's how it all went down.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Raleigh Bound.... I hope...

In an hour or so, Isaac and I will be heading out for Raleigh, North Carolina. He's taking a nap right now. Or trying to anyways.

It's like this....
It's almost as if he knows that something is going to be happening. On days when I would really really like for him to get good rest and be on his normal routine, he gets all out of whack.
This morning, he woke up an hour early.
Then he cut his morning nap short by a half hour-ish.
Now, he's having a really hard time taking his second nap. He woke up after about 45 minutes and he's been squealing and screaming on and off for a little while now.
Normally, he's a very wonderful sleeper. I don't know what the problem is today.

We're planning on leaving after his second nap and he's got me quite worried that he's going to be one ultra-crabby traveler. It makes me second guess the decision to go....