Saturday, October 30, 2010


For some reason I was SO excited for Halloween this year! I think it's because this is the first holiday where The Kid is actually able to celebrate. (It's hard to count the 4th of July. Parades, yes, but nothing that The Kid could really participate in.)

We put a lot of thought (and somehow very little effort...) into the costumes.

The Kid and his Banana

We went to a few parties with our friends: A dinosaur and two peas in a pod! (Believe me when I say this is the best picture I could get of four babies between 8.5 and 11.5 months of age.)

It turned into this: The Dino attacks The Kid, who is entranced by The Pea Pod's costume, and The Pea Pod has a meltdown.

Now isn't this the cutest little dino you ever did see?

Cheeky little Monkey. :)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Another trip to the land of pure happiness

The Kid and I went to the Northwoods again--this time we went because my twin, JB, was coming home from an 18-month, full-time mission for our church. JB missed out on a lot these last 18 months. I wasn't even pregnant when she left, and when she got back, I had an 11-month-old!

The Boy stayed home so he could work and take care of the critters. We missed him. A lot.

Here is documentation of what happened:

The Kid and I met JB in the Minneapolis airport so we could share a layover and take the flight home together. Here we are at home, with one of our BFFs, Beth. As you can see, The Kid was very happy.We had a homecoming party for JB
We had a pumpkin party for the kids. Here is my Kid with two pumpkins! (The cat's name is pumpkin.) He absolutely LOVED that cat. I'm convinced now that he needs one of his own.
He also loved the leaves. And check it out--if we had hallowed that pumpkin out, he could have fit inside of it! And it wasn't even the biggest one in the pumpkin patch!
Us in the pumpkin patch (with my dad in the background). This was after most of the good pumpkins got taken out, too!
The ponies wanted in on the pumpkin party. See the one on the left? The buckskin? I went on a 3-hour trail ride with her. It was heaven.
Auntie JB made these adorable hot dog mummies for the pumpkin party.
The Kid had his first bath in a REAL tub! He shared it with his cousin, The Busy Bee, who is only three months older than him and about ten pounds bigger.
He had lots of Nana cuddle time.
The Kid went on his first mall ride with his cousin, code-named Candace. He LOVED it!
We had a play date with some friends.
Three beautiful miracle babies.

It was a wonderful trip. It wasn't hot like it was in July, and although it was cold, it wasn't too bad yet. The Kid decided, though, to go on a hunger strike. Most days he would only eat about 15 ounces. It became a waste to even try to get him to eat solids, so I would just put baby cereal in his bottles to beef them up a bit. The only thing that he would eat willingly was munchy snacks. I got so worried about it that I took him to a doctor there. I was hoping he had an ear infection, so we could take care of it and be done with it. But no. She said it's got to be a preemie thing, and to keep doing what I'm doing. Nice. Whatever I was doing, it obviously wasn't working. I even tried orajel and gripe water. And I switched him to the most expensive, most sensitive formula they make. So, I guess keep letting him starve? Keep stressing?

Well, The Kid got two more teeth on the bottom on Wednesday and on Thursday (the day we flew home) he ate a lot more. The Boy even got him to eat solids. It was amazing. Let's pray it continues to get better. But, if teething makes him not want to eat, what's going to happen when he gets molars? I don't even want to think about it.

And on top of that...I'm sick. Super, nasty, miserably sick. I'm pretty sure my immune system is weaker than The Kid's. Let it be known: if you come to my house today, I WILL be in my pajamas. Don't judge.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Kid is 11 Months Old!

Only one month away from someone's first birthday....

At 11 months, The Kid:
  • Wears size 2 diapers
  • Has outgrown most 0-3 month clothes and barely fits a few size 3-6 month clothes
  • Army crawls and rolls all over the place
  • Can sit unassisted for an indefinite amount of time (except that now he's good at leaning forward to fall over and crawl, so sitting is no longer a trustworthy way to keep him from getting into things)
  • Has kinda pulled himself up to a stand once
  • Has gotten himself up onto his hands and knees to rock a time or two per day for the last four or five days
  • Still only has four teeth.
  • No longer eats. Ok, ok, he eats enough to get by, but's a very stressful ordeal for both of us. It takes about an hour to get him to eat 5 ounces. If he had it his way, he'd starve to death. I honestly don't know what to do. I fear that a g-tube isn't entirely out of the picture quite yet.




And I thought it was hard to photograph him last month. Sheesh.

Friday, October 8, 2010

His new favorite thing

Fake coughing.

Who ever knew it could be so funny?

Friday, October 1, 2010

Of course this means he's a prodigy.

(it's a little tikes piano)

Whatever he is, he's cute.