Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Barrett - Eleven months old

Dear Barrett

Well, angel, we are in the home stretch of your first year. Wow! I cannot believe you are going to be a toddler in just one short month. I am seeing so many glimpses of the little boy you're turning into. And it's so exciting to see.

This past month you have grown so much. You are basically out of 9 month clothes now and into the 12 month jammies. They have non-slip feet. For walkers. For big, grown up walkers. Which you are now! Well, not on your own just yet, but you just discovered the joy of walking behind the little rolling walker. You have loved pushing it while crawling on your knees but as soon as you pushed it forward, you would drop down to your knees. Well not anymore! You now walk behind it with such an expression of joy on your face! I can foresee that you are going to be walking before I know it, toddling all over the place, and getting into everything! You are so curious these days - constantly pulling toys off shelves, grabbing everything and dying to explore. But you always know the way back to your momma's arms. I think you would be perfectly happy to spend the entire day being carried around in my arms. I am so torn - I want to make sure you're independent and can play alone, but I know the time that I can hold you and carry you around is so fleeting, so I can't pass up these moments.

You are becoming a better eater. You love your carbs (cheerios, graham crackers, toast) and I think you could make an entire meal of puffs if I let you. You like yogurt, fruits, beans, rice and water but are not quite as fond of veggies, meat or cheese, but we're continuing to work on it.

Teeth #7 and 8 appeared on your 11 month birthday as tiny white slivers under the surface. After those little bottom ones come in, you'll have 4 on top and 4 on the bottom. They make you look so grown up.

You are still a constant babbler. You say "mamama" a lot, which I think means mama and either mine or more, when you are pointing at something. You also repeat bye and sometimes lift your arm in a sort of wave goodbye.

There are two favorite tricks that you do - the first is clapping. It's so cute! You will clap along to patty cake or just clap out of no where. Sometimes I'll change your diaper and you'll give me a round of applause at the end. Thanks for the appreciation, my dear!
Another favorite thing you do is when we show you a picture of yourself and you get the biggest smile on your face. My dear Barrett, you are quite vain! You love the way you look and know when you're looking at a picture of yourself that you're looking at the cutest baby in the world. And you are correct, sir!

Your laughs are contagious. There's nothing more fun to hear in this world than that crazy cackle of yours (although hearing you say "mama" is definitely a close second). Your entire face scrunches up and you just laugh, laugh, laugh. Everyone around you can't help but laugh right along.

Each month I swear is my favorite so far and this has been no exception. You are so active and are such a busy boy. Always having to crawl, to explore, and to play. I cannot believe you are going to be 1 in a month!


And for fun, here are the 11 month rejects. I tried to take these on my own but this should definitely be a two person job. I managed to get the one good one above, which happened to be the first one I took. After that, the little wiggle worm refused to sit still and scared me half to death with his constant attempts to lunge off the chair!

trying to crawl towards Mommy

I gave him some desitin to try to distract him long enough to sit still momentarily

It did not work

nothing like a cute little diapered tush in the face

happy to be on his feet again

Monday, November 8, 2010

New showerhead - lucky me!

Sometimes luck is on my side and sometimes it isn't. Well it must have been one day recently because I was the big winner on Katie, over at Bower Power's, showerhead giveaway! 258 entries and I was the lucky winner, woohoo! It is a pink Grohe showerhead and a portion of the proceeds of the sale of the showerheads go to breast cancer research. And what a good reminder to perform self-exams.
It came in the mail a week or two ago and now we just have to find some spare time in our continuous home improvement projects to install it! (And by we, I mean Tim of course)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Skinny jeans

For the last year or two, I have been loving the skinny-jeans-tucked-into-boots look. However, last year I was in no position a year ago to be wearing skinny jeans. Let's face it, all jeans were skinny on me a year ago at 35 weeks pregnant! Well the baby weight has come off and I got my very first pair at Banana Republic recently, during a discount day, and I have to say that I'm sold! Tucked into my also new brown leather riding boots, I have to say it's a pretty cute look.

Yes, I am wearing two things I once said I'd never wear again - skinny jeans and higher-waisted jeans. I'm not going so far as to be accepting jeggings just yet though but I hear they're comfortable!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Well someone celebrated his first Halloween - and we have about a billion pictures to prove it, as evidenced below! Our brave little lion was pretty darn cute.

We didn't make it out trick-or-treating. We were debating going with some friends of ours, but I decided toting a 10 month old around with an open bag begging for candy that would clearly go to mom and dad might be a little shameless.

As usual, we didn't get as many kids as we'd thought we might so we have a few leftover bags - which are going straight out of this house, if I have anything to do with it. We got a fair amount of use out of the costume - he wore it for the music program and Halloween parade at his daycare and then on Halloween night. When we got it two months ago, it seemed enormous but didn't seem quite so big on him yesterday!

Fall program at the daycare. Each of the classrooms did a little performance. The infants' performance mostly consisted of the teacher singing while the kids managed not to cry - none did, so I'd call that a success!

Pumpkins - does the one on the right bear a striking resemblance to anyone??

Pooped out Pumpkin Payton!

I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween too! It's hard to believe that next up is Thanksgiving!!