Archive for September, 2011

September 26th, 2011

local treasures


We’ve been trying to enjoy more local treasures, so a couple of weekends ago we spent the day at the Idaho Falls Tautphaus Zoo. We had such a wonderful time!

David really loved looking at and watching the animals.






























I don’t know what’s up with my picture uploading process on my blog … so they’re messed up. It was still a fantastic day at the zoo, though.

September 16th, 2011

Oops, I fell behind

I may have missed David’s ten and eleven-month updates. Not that anyone probably cares at this point, but I’ll do them just because I did all the others.

Ten months:

  • doing the army/caterpillar “crawl” (it’s between crawling and scooting)
  • his FIRST WORD: “uh-oh”! (!!!)
  • lots and lots of other baby babble
  • fine-tuned waving and other expressions (like turning his palms up when saying uh-oh or to show all gone)
  • walking when you hold his hands and timidly along furniture
  • pointing at EVERYTHING
  • clapping when we clap, when we say “yay,” and when he hears cheering on TV
  • standing and turning around in his high chair
  • bonking his head into other heads (this was an accidental trick: we say “bonk” when he bumps his head into stuff, and now he thinks it’s funny so when we say “bonk,” he’ll intentionally lean his head into ours and smile)

Eleven months:

  • FINALLY crawling (now he’s cruising around)
  • standing alone
  • walking along anything he can lean against for balance (walls, furniture, cupboards, my legs, the ladies’ knees at church)
  • his first real owie (banging his head on the floor and biting his lip pretty bad, covering both of us in blood right before church last Sunday)
  • doing the sign for “more”
  • giving big, wet open mouth kisses
  • making kissy sounds
  • sticking out his tongue on command (a Daddy-taught trick)
  • dancing (he started dancing without any help or encouragement from us, it’s darling)
  • folding his arms during prayers (for at least the beginning)
  • carrying his hairbrush everywhere (once he has it in his hands, he won’t put it down all day; it’s really funny)
  • mimicking sounds, really well
  • growling at pretty much everything, but especially his food

Just this morning: blowing kisses!

We’re binky free! Since David wasn’t dependent on it and I didn’t want him to become dependent on it after I was done weaning him, I just took them all away. It hasn’t really been missed (only at nap time, by me).

Weaning him has been easy-peasy, he really does most of the work. I’ve been cutting out one feeding a week and slowly shortening the others (while increasing sippy-cup use and adding more solid foods). Yesterday we did only two feedings, and he did well and slept great. While I will miss our mommy-baby cuddle/bonding time, I’m ready for some FREEDOM. David never took a bottle, so it’s been all me for the last eleven months, and sometimes it’s gotten a bit stressful and exhausting.

He’s also been sleeping like an angel.

[There's a picture that's supposed to go here, but I ran some updates on my blog yesterday and things are not working the way they should. Just imagine David sleeping really cutely.]

September 13th, 2011

picture flush

My computer time is limited these days: when David sees me at the computer, he immediately joins me and pounds his hands on the keyboard. I tell you this because he’s changed my blog settings with his pounding and I don’t know how to change them back; no combination of my pounding seems to do the trick. The text is super tiny, and only on my blog page. I’m squinting right now so I can see what I’m typing.

I don’t know why, but sometimes I get a little lazy about uploading the pictures. I find it a little tedious and time consuming, and like I just mentioned, computer time is now limited to when he naps (almost never) and when he’s in bed for the night. So, here are a bunch of pictures I haven’t been posting but I’ve been meaning to (and whatever else is on my camera that I’m too lazy to weed out).

First, his new tricks and discoveries:

Playing peek-a-boo. He’ll initiate a game of peek-a-bo0 with us by hiding under a blanket, behind something, etc and then pop out and say, “Doo!” It almost kills me it’s so adorable. In this instance, he was peeking around the couch at me and was so proud of himself.

Crawling. David was a really late crawler. He developed quickly socially with waving and other expressions, but didn’t crawl for a long time. Then, finally he started scooting with his arms and toes, and then doing an army/caterpillar crawl, then he would move around walking with his legs but with his hands still on the ground, and then finally traditional crawling.








Walking & standing. David can stand by himself (when he wants too) and easily walks along walls and furniture. This means that he’s made a lot of new discoveries: he can find Mom whenever he wants to, the toilet has water in it, the toilet lid makes a loud noise when you close it, the toilet flushes, the toilet paper unrolls … you get the idea. He’s also figured out which doors lead outside and will sit by the front door and wave bye-bye at me when he wants to leave (or when he’s waiting for us to return), or stand at the back sliding door and pound and holler at the people outside.













He’s also discovered that the dishwasher has dishes and silverware in it.













He likes to stand by the bookcase and “read” his books.


And stand in front of the TV in his jammies and direct the Mormon Tabernacle Choir during Music and the Spoken Word Sunday mornings. Because of his active church attendance, he’s learned that when people sing they need a director/chorister, and when we pray we fold our arms — he holds his hands together during prayers, it’s so sweet, and he does it all on his own with no prompting from us. He doesn’t make it through the whole prayer, but it’s progress.








Okay, I think that’s it for now. My laptop is cooking my legs and I’m sleepy.



September 1st, 2011

31 minutes

That’s how long David cried before he finally gave up and took a nap. I’m trying really hard to be a tough mom, I only have to try when it comes to sleeping. David is such a great baby and I don’t have to really work at anything, but sleeping has been a bumpy road for us. The only method that has worked consistently has been putting him in his crib, turning on his favorite song (“Somewhere Over the Rainbow”), and shutting the door. Knock on wood, it’s worked really well in the evenings (last night he cried for less than 30 seconds before he went to sleep!), but it’s taking a lot longer for nap time.

He just started crying again. With gusto.

We’ve also begun weaning him. With eight growing teeth, it’s been getting uncomfortable. Not to mention he’s less and less interested; it’s become more of a comfort thing/play time.

Yep, still crying. I’m sure our neighbors *love* our baby. And me doing the kickboxing workout (complete with kicks, jumps, and jogging) in the morning. We’re great neighbors.

Sometime soon I’ll post about something more interesting, I promise.