Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Europe, Daily Walk, and August

Hello blogger friends! I should totally be ironing the big stack of clothes on my dryer right now, but instead I am choosing to procrastinate and blog!

So, my parents are vacationing in Europe right now for TWENTY ONE DAYS!!! How jealous is everyone after reading that? They are touring Brussels, Amsterdam, France, Austria and Switzerland. A few highlights of their trip will be touring the location of Sound of Music and a riverboat cruise down the Rhine River! Doesn't that sound nice? Retirement is working out well for them!

Back at the ranch, William and I have been doing the same ol, same ol: zoo, pool, playgroup and playroom. A new highlight of my day is walking with William after I have my morning cup of coffee. Before I thought he would fall asleep in the stroller since it's right before his morning nap, but it really hasn't been a problem. The birds chirping, dumptrucks going by and the landmower sounds keep him awake and interested! Plus, I get a little exercise too!

This weekend we will be attending little miss Rylee Banta's one year birthday party! She is just the sweetest little thing in the world and I cannot wait to celebrate her first year of life with the Bantas.

Preparations have begun for the month of August at our house. August is big for us- Andrew's 28th birthday is on the 10th and our four year anniversary falls on the 19th. I am planning on making Andrew a two layer vanilla cake with chocolate icing- his favorite! Don't worry, I can totally write this on here because he never reads it, ha!!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Fourth of July Recap

Well, there's been lots going on around here lately. We packed up and drove to Reliance, TN to visit Andrew's family over the Fourth of July holiday. His aunt and uncle just renovated a mountain cabin on the Hiwassee River.


We thoroughly enjoyed it! I think it was beneficial for William to get to be around his older cousins.


I think they enjoyed it too.


One afternoon, Andrew, myself and Gracie paired up with his cousin Matt and his wife Casey and decided to go rafting down the Hiwasee River! Picture the Ocoee, but at half strength. The rapids were a bit mild, but it was fun to get away from responsibility and enjoy the outdoors.

Gracie, Andrew's 9 year old neice, came back home to Birmingham with us and stayed a week. We were busy when she was here! We went to the zoo, the pool, the playground, and everywhere in between!


William is just growing and growing. He's 10.5 months now and closing in fast on the one year mark! He is crawling, crawling, crawling and in to everything! We've had to buy cabinet locks, electrical socket plugs and gates! What a change from the baby stage, my how I wish sometimes he would just be still and lie down for a second. Ha! Yeah right.

Hope everyone has a great Monday! I'll be back soon with more pictures of our summer.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Kindermusik



William attended his first summer camp last week- Kindermusik!



Kindermusik is a program that provides an environment of singing, playing and dancing for children. It encourages learning through music and play. Our instructor, Jill, was fabulous! She is so wonderful with kids and she taught me lots of things that I can use that will (hopefully) help promote William's development.

Things like really making an effort to describe my actions to William, like "I am putting the toys away" and "roll the ball." Also, implementing some "quiet time" in the house to relax and play in silence. Apparently babies need silence once in a while to process everything that has been happening. We also got to take home a CD and we've been listening to it non-stop!



I loved seeing all the interaction between babies!



William was such a trooper- he actually got sick mid-week but was better a day later.

He really enjoyed playing with all the new shakers, bells, balls, drums, bubbles, ribbons, scarves and many many other toys Ms. Jill brought with her!



I also enjoyed it- any excuse to get out of the house is a good one!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Catch Up

Dear patient blog readers,

I need to play catch up. I'm such a bad blogger and I'm sorry!
As usual updating the ol' blog has taken a backseat to other necessary tasks of the day such as feeding William, cooking dinner and maintaining a clean house. Since I've last written, we've been to the beach, seen both sets of grandparents, traveled to Nashville, and played in the lake!

Shew!

Now to get down to the important business at hand...William is such a happy boy! He loves to play with his toys. And then throw them. And then crawl to get them. And then put them in his mouth and drool all over them.


Side note: in case you didn't recognize, the lady above is me. I got my hair CHOPPED. Way short. It was a new hair lady and now I know I've got to tell her to cut two inches, all the while knowing she'll cut four.

William is now crawling like crazy. He is everywhere! And in to everything.



Naturally, I have moved the Tupperware down to a cabinet that he can reach : )

So far this summer we've been doing some of this:



And this:



This summer has been going really, really well! We are just enjoying being outside and playing with neighborhood friends!

I'll be back soon with pics from Kindermusik!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Warm Weather

Good morning blogger friends!

William and I are just loving this balmy weather outside! Every time I'm holding William and get near the back door he gets all excited and starts kicking his legs. Yesterday we went out back and played. He had a blast. I think I will start doing it more often! Especially before it gets blazing hot. I guess we will then move to the backyard with a baby pool :)







Monday, April 5, 2010

Lovely Little Easter


Mommy and William


Sweet boy...


Daddy and William



We had a lovely little Easter! Church was great, William received a good report from the nursery, and we ate a big, fancy lunch when we got home! It was a wonderful day!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Six Month Checkup, Baby!!

Well we made it! We all made it to William's six month birthday! William is alive, Andrew and I are tired and Sadie is neglected.

To commemorate, I'd like to record a few things at this halfway mark:

Stats: He weighs 16 lbs. (30th percentile) and is 26.25" long (50th percentile).

Naps: He takes two naps a day- once in the morning and the other in the afternoon. He sleeps for about 2.5 - 3.5 hours total each day. He goes down pretty easily for naps (thank you Jesus!).

Foods: We're still nursing 4x a day, with solids offered 3x a day. He is still not too keen on eating solids, but he will put away some rice cereal and oatmeal.

Favorite Activities: Putting everything in his mouth, playing with anything that makes noise, watching Sadie, pulling hair, reading books, going for walks, "testing" his voice, getting tickled by his daddy, and splashing in the bathtub

Hated Activities: Getting out of the bathtub, trying new baby foods (you'd think we're torturing him by the sounds he makes), changing clothes, dealing with sore gums, and shopping

I think that's about all for now! I can't believe it's been six months! Where has the time gone?!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sick

Hello friends,

I've been sick the past few days- NOT FUN!!! Maybe it was food poising, stomach bug, who knows?! I just hope William doesn't get it!

I'll be back when I'm feeling 100% again!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Three Things

Good morning yall!

I really have nothing specific to write about, so I'll unload everything that's tucked away in the random corners of my brain.

1. Spring. Spring is coming! I get really, really excited thinking about it. Last year, I was pregnant and wearing maternity clothes. Bleh. This year I am really excited about wearing cute, form fitting (in a modest way) clothes. I'll take this to pair with my plain white tee!



2. Cleaning. I'm thinking about taking the plunge and buying the Swiffer SweeperVac. Apparently it is supposed to replace my traditional broom and dustpan (this could be the best thing in the world!). I cannot even imagine that. Does it work? How much does it cost? I don't know, I just saw a coupon ($10 off!) in today's paper and thought I'd give it a try.

3. Toys. I take them with me everywhere. They are in my car. They are in my bathroom. They are in my kitchen. William has to have toys in hand to be happy! When we pull him out of the bathtub, we immediately hand him a toy. It's the only thing that will keep him happy when we're drying him off, or changing his diaper, or changing his clothes. I hope that's not bad. Like I'm supposed to be teaching him to be content with what's going on, even if it's boring.

We have a busy rest of the week: playgroup today, six month pictures tomorrow, and six month checkup on Friday! Hopefully the weather will cooperate!

Toodles!

Making Progress

William is now sitting up!



Yep, the little guy is sitting up all by himself. Such a cutie.

He's also eating applesauce, which is a small victory. He has so far rejected squash, carrots and bananas in our endeavour to introduce him to solid foods. I think "flavor" is new to him and he doesn't know what to do with it. But finally, he has agreed to accept applesauce. And when I say accept I mean, he lets me mix a tad of it into his oatmeal and then after he swallows it, gives me a painful look. You remember the look:



Ah, oh well. He'll come around.

Last night Andrew and I went on a date! A real date- complete with a babysitter and all. This was William's first "non-family" babysitting experience and it went decent. He refused his bottle before bed (poor babysitter) and cried for a little bit before he fell asleep. He woke up really, really early this morning (and once in the middle of the night), so needless to say I am one sleepy mama.

Better go, gotta enjoy this beautiful weekend while I can!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Delay

Sorry for the delay in weekend pictures. I am still trying to figure out how to process all these photographs! I've been clearing my memory card and it has been taking forever! I think I need more RAM on my computer because it keeps freezing up.

ANYWHO, we had a wonderful weekend last weekend at the Pattersons in Nashville. We got to visit my grandmother, watch Gracie (Andrew's neice) play her last indoor soccer game,



and enjoyed celebrating birthdays!

Also, while we were up there Andrew and I got to go on a date. A date! It was so fun! We just went to Starbucks early Sunday morning. I didn't care that it was the crack of dawn, freezing cold and not your typical "Saturday night date time," it was just nice to get away and be free from responsibility!


This week has been pretty normal, William has been just trucking along trying new baby foods, "talkin", and exploring everything. And I mean everything!

Oh and I have I mentioned his love for the johnny jump-up?


He loves it! He has so much fun just jumping around and playing with the toys. I can tell it has improved his balance and coordination. And, not to mention, he will stay in it for a long time. It's a win-win!

Be back soon with more pictures!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Greetings

Greetings this morning from the Patterson household!

The sun is coming through the windows right now in the living room and that makes me HAPPY. And you know what else makes me happy? I am all caught up on housework! Yep, the laundry is done, floors are swept and swiffered, dishes are clean and put away and the countertops are freshly wiped! I deserve a reward. I think I'll go eat me a Hershey kisses or two in a minute.

I am about to head to the first of many consignment sales this spring/summer. It's time to rummage through other people's kids clothes and try to snag William some new (used) threads! It's consignment season ladies! If you live in the Birmingham area, check out the mother of all consignment sale lists.

This weekend we are heading to the Pattersons house in Nashville to celebrate Andrew's parents birthdays. I'm not gonna lie, I'm really excited about having extra hands to take care of William. Mommy's arms need a break! The little stinker is gaining some weight, that's for sure. Like a sack of potatotes.

And last I wanted to leave you all with a picture of William's new "hobby":



He loves to pull hair!

Have a great weekend! Be back soon!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Hello Wednesday

Hi friends! I'm lovin' the comments! I figured after my hiatus from blogging that I had lost all of my readers. It's good to know that you all are still reading. Thanks for being patient!



My blog posts will always probably be short and in need of editing and formating, but frankly, I don't have time to do that. And I surely don't have time to think about deep topics to write about, so for now it will be updates on William and other random happenings. In other words, don't come here for spiritual inspiration, thought-provoking topics or quality entertainment. Hope yall don't mind!

William and I are justa
rockin' and a rollin' here at home everyday. He is now developing a little personality- he's "talking" and chuckling and responding when I do things. He especially loves when I play tickle games with him on our bed. It's kindof gratifying to have a two-sided relationship after all the hours of baby care that I've logged in!


And then in "non William" news, it snowed! I would say a good 2 - 3". Crazy! Our neighbor's little boys made this adorable snowman:



I hope everybody is having a good week! This afternoon is playgroup and I am really looking forward to it! Now I better go work on my chicken pot pies so we'll have something to eat tonight!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Sunday Best


I just love my little monkey.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Well it's been a while, I know. It's hard to find time for everything when a baby takes nearly all of your time, energy and attention. Those babies are needy! And speaking of baby....


You know I'm gonna post pics.

Rice cereal is going better than it was! He is starting to want rice cereal and that is definitely a step in the right direction! Pretty soon I will be adding baby food to his daily menu (along with breastfeeding). Suddenly, feeding William just got a lot more complicated than it once was. It was so easy just to whip "it" out and feed him, anytime, anywhere. Now I've got to follow up with all this other stuff.

And speaking of baby food, I am trying to figure out how to make my own. Apparently it is more economical than buying the jars. Our blender has a setting that says baby food, so I've got that part figured out, but what do I store it in? Do they sell empty baby jars? I've got to figure all this out!



William has been busy busy busy rolling over! He rolls and rolls and rolls. He's a busy boy. I told Andrew that I feel like everyday he gets a little bit more energy. It's like everyday that passes he gets less and less "chill" and more and more "active." He just takes it all in everyday, putting things in his mouth, touching everything, grabbing at me and every object that I have in my hands. Dinner is getting more and more tricky to prepare!



In other news, I have been taking a photography class. I have been interested in improving my photography skills so I decided to take a little class and learn how to take a good picture. Life is too short for crappy pictures. With a professional photographer teaching the class, hopefully I'll pick up something : )

That's all for now! Gonna watch the superbowl- scratch that- the commercials. William is sick so it's just me and him tonight while Andrew watching the game down the street.

Be back soon!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Well finally, here I am posting Christmas pictures. I hate that Christmas is over, but on the other hand kinda glad too. I'm ready to settle in and get the little monkey on a stable routine!


Unfortunately, when we arrived at Nana and Grandaddys, the little man looked like he had just come from a war...those little fingernails are brutal. Better stay on top of trimming those little boogers:

But, it didn't bother William one bit: