Thursday, November 25, 2010


Wanted to spend a few moments counting our blessing on this, David's first, Thanksgiving Day.  Here are a few things we are most thankful for.

This lady who eagerly gives up countless days to take care of a certain special someone.  Patt, words cannot express how grateful we are that David is safe, sound, and happy in your care day after day as we both work to provide for him.  The experiences that you give him during your days together have helped mold him into the little treasure that he is.  THANK YOU!

We are also thankful for this lady, who makes a long weekly drive to spend Tuesdays with David.  We appreciate this more than you know, not only the bonding time you have with him, but also the countless loads of dishes you have done and piles of laundry you have folded - eagerly, all so I can have more free time when I get home from work.  What you do to help us raise our son does not go unnoticed. David is so lucky to have both of his Grandma's be such an integral part of his life. THANK YOU!

Thankful as well that this guy is still around.  He's fading, I know, and that pains me.  But his tail still wags each and every day, and proving that you can teach an old dog new ticks, he is tolerating the invasion of David quite well.

We are also thankful for this giant. He couldn't stand to be in the same room with David at first and now he's like a moth to David's flame.  But then again, aren't we all.

Last but not least, we are most thankful for this little creature who has brought new purpose and meaning to our lives, and through who's eyes the big bad world looks pretty darn wonderful.  We rolled the dice and hit the jackpot, didn't we?

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

David waves

We were just relaxing in the living room this morning, me doing some picture editing on my laptop and David cruising about.  It didn't take him long to head toward the door and out of the room.  Sarcastically, I waved at David and told him "bye, bye", since he had obvious intentions of leaving without me.  My facetious tone was trumped as David turned at the doorway and waved to me for the first time. I was overjoyed, and managed to capture his second and third waves on film.

As with most of my short films, please ignore my goofy narration.  Enjoy!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Our weekend in pictures

Started out the weekend with some kisses, David's newest skill (the big, open-mouthed, slobbery kind). As you can see, I am way more into it than he is.

Headed down to Exit 76 Antique Mall for some lazy Saturday browsing.  Hit the jackpot.  Here's the loot:

This one in particular just made me smile.  Just about the sweetest thing ever.  If only it could tell stories....

We left regretting not getting a few things, but then half the fun is in the hunt and you gotta leave something for next time.

Sunday morning, Cory went to Target to do our weekly shopping while David napped and I finished cleaning the house.  Apparently, the toy aisle beckoned irresistably because Daddy came home lookin' like Santa Claus a bit early.  Look how surprised David was:

First, a crawl ball:

Second a talking-singing-mewing-barking-what-have-you electronic book.  Oh, joy!  He loves it.

Spent the rest of the day doing what we do best these days.... crawling around!

Hope everyone else had a great weekend, too!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

He's on the move

After weeks of flopping, rocking, creeping, rolling, and flailing, David is finally crawling.  Sure, it's a combination bona-fide-crawl/army-crawl, but it gets the job done.  He also successfully leans forward from a sitting position to all-fours when something strikes his fancy across the room.  And he gets there, after whatever-it-is, combining all the moves from his repertoire in a satisfactory manner until he reaches his destination.

Of course, whenever I pull out the video camera, he freezes.  But this is the best I could capture:

And, in other milestone news, I was shocked last Tuesday morning to find a sitting (and smiling) David greeting me in his crib. Obviously, he had attained this position on his own. That act went unwitnessed until yesterday, when he went from crawling to sitting right before my very eyes . Once again, no camera in hand. Oh, well.

What strikes me most is that David looks so tiny with his legs tucked up underneath his body when he's trying to crawl. Lately he has seemed so BIG to me, and to see him appear teeny and vulnerable again is pretty sweet.  And the purposeful, careful movements that he must make to stay balanced just simply melt my heart. I know that life as we know it is over now that we have an almost fully mobile child on our hands, but hasn't that been the theme of the past year? Adapting to change has become our specialty, and we will do so once again.  Watching our little one grow and develop makes any and every sacrifice worth it.

Enjoying a quiet, relaxing day at home today, just waiting to see what else the little guy has in store for us...

Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Halloween

I managed to procrastinate David's costume search until the last minute.  So, under duress, the three of us headed out this past Saturday night to find something - anything! - for him to wear for the holiday.  It wasn't until we were standing in a Halloween store gazing at $60 (eek!) baby costumes that we looked at each other and wondered out loud, what exactly are we doing this for?  We're not really costume party-goers, never have been.  And our neighborhood usually only attracts a handful of trick-or-treaters.  Nonetheless, we gladly shelled out 20 bucks for an adorable scarecrow costume.  And all this just to dress him up for a half hour or so, merely for our own amusement. 

Worth.  Every.  Penny.

As David "enjoyed" his costume, I carved a pumpkin.  The old me (the one with boundless energy and lots and lots of free time that still lives inside me somewhere) planned on carving three, but the new me was pretty happy with just the one. 

Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!
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