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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Baby E Meets Santa... 2x!

Will my 8 month old remember his first meeting with Santa? Probably not. At least he can relive it through the pictures that his parents took on that special day at the mall back in December of 2011. :)

Honestly I didn't even think about bringing Baby E to see Santa. It was H's idea, and he wanted to start the tradition right away. I'm glad that we did because it was a great family experience. We went to our local mall on a Monday afternoon to avoid the crowds and get some more one on one time with the big fella.

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We invited my FIL to come join us on our adventure, and he was happy to spend some quality time with his grandson.  

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We only have 4 family pictures of us, and now this makes 5. Baby E had no clue what we were doing or why we were waiting in line. He was in for a nice surprise. I tried to get him excited a few days earlier and made a pit stop to check out Santa's sweet spot at the mall. He looked in the opposite direction.  

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Here is the big jolly guy, and he sure was a nice one. His beard is all real, and I was might impressed. Now here is where we take a break from our family camera and go straight to the not so lovely one taken by the "professional" Santa's helpers. Ours decided to take a break from all the clicking, and sadly the photos did not save to the memory card.

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Hehe. Baby E looks funny in this picture, but that's the only one we could get of him looking directly in the camera. He spent a majority of the time looking up at Santa. He was very well behaved but started to whine towards the end. I was kind of sad that we couldn't capture the typical crying baby on Santa's lap photo.

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Since we didn't get to capture the special moment on our camera, we decided to go back to see Santa for round number 2! Santa provides free hugs, free smiles, and free wishes with no requirement of purchasing photos. I didn't feel so bad bringing Baby E to see the jolly old man again. There was no one behind us in line, and Santa was very friendly. He even looked directly at our camera! Here's the play by play...

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So there you have it! Hoping that next year will be just as successful. We'll add these photos in our album of embarrassing photos to show him in the future.  :)

Friday, December 16, 2011

My LO is Growing Up

Yesterday I slept in a little later than usual. Baby E normally wakes up at 6am, but he wanted to be an early riser at 5. I decided to let him cry it out a bit before coming to the rescue. We both slept in until 8, and this is what I saw when I opened his door...

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How in the... where did he learn that? Most of his developments usually happen over night. Maybe he dreams about the movements necessary to accomplish such a feat.

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Moments later he falls down and hits his chin on the crib. I go into panic mode and swoop him out of the crib and onto the changing pad. Mommy brain decided to save him and change his smelly poo diaper all at the same time. I had some chest pains from going into panic mode, but it went away soon after.

Like all new developments in Baby E's life, he just doesn't stop when he learns something new. As soon as he would go in his crib, he immediately reached for the top to pull himself up. He would fall down and do it all over again. Crazy kid!!

Here's a play by play...

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Of course putting him down for his first nap was nearly impossible. He kept pulling himself up, and I was scared for his life. Sleeping was the last thing he wanted to do. This new found mobility was just too much fun. Oye. Luckily he did get a tad drunk from his bottle of milk and eventually passed out.

This is a true sign that he is growing up way too fast. H had to lower his crib, and it just doesn't feel the same anymore. Our little one is going to be a toddler before we know it. I can't believe that he will be 8 months old in a few days. Crazy!!

Here are more pictures for your viewing pleasure...

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Santa Baby...

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Santa & Baby E - 7.5 months

*more photos to come!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Flashback: Milburn Orchard

I have been very behind on editing photos, and I'm trying to make an effort to edit a few batches every week. Today I bring you back to the nice warm fall weather at the beginning of October. H had off on Columbus Day, and we took the opportunity to bring Baby E to Milburn Orchard for some pumpkin filled fun. He just woke up from a nap, and he looks a tad grumpy in the photos below. I'm hoping that he will be able to enjoy it much more next year.

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on our way to the orchard!
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what a tiny little head.. aww.  doesn't he make a cute little apple?
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big pumpkin, little baby
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how tall this fall?  2 feet!
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yes, my kid likes to be on his tippy toes at all times.. sigh
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hehe.. he's wearing a hat!
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oh look!  another hat!  he is not amused...
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... but he likes to touch the pumpkins!  yay!
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sooooo many pumpkins!
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my little bee!
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baby e's first tractor
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ooooh animal sighting
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eye to eye
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soooo cute
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baby e just one finger away from making a not so nice gesture
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daddy & son are both a tad camera shy
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I want to touch... 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Video Mondays: Bumbo Time

Baby E had a lot of Bumbo time in the early months. He was born with practically no neck strength whatsoever (poor kiddo), but he did make progress with tummy time. Unfortunately his head got a tad too heavy for his small body, and he could no longer hold up his head during tummy time. It was a miracle when he started rolling over. We had no idea he could even hold up his head. It must be all the premature Bumbo time. :) Now at 7 months old, he is not a fan of sitting still. His Bumbo has been demoted as snack holder.  

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Baby E on May 24th - one month old
Elliot the Skeleton
Baby E on June 14th - almost 2 months old


Baby E on July 9th - 2.5 months old

Friday, December 2, 2011

Fun Fact Fridays: The Snotsucker!

Fun Fact Fridays #6
Snotsucker. Hehe. I can't say that in my head without giggling a little. There are so many silly products on the market, and I'm usually good at staying away from them. It changes quite a bit when you become a parent, and anything that can help your child is immediately put into the Amazon shopping cart, regardless of how silly it might seem.

Enter the Snotsucker! It is a nasal aspirator that brings a special connection to you and your child. By special connection I mean that there is a tube that connects my mouth to my little one's nose. Gross! No worries because it is totally worth it. It is all the rave among parents, and I bought it shortly after Baby E was born. At first it was difficult to get the tube into his nose (he has smaller than average nostrils), and his boogies were on the dry side. H was fine using the blue bulb from the hospital, and I left the boogie sucking duties to him.

Then the cold weather arrived, and the blue bulb was no where to be found. The Snotsucker makes a reappearance, and I am the one who is in charge of sucking my son's boogers out. It's one of the perks to being a parent. :) I admit that it is very effective, and I use it almost everyday. Of course my kid likes to give me a hard time and turn his head away every single time I approach his nose with the tube. He did comply for a week. I think he secretly enjoys the feeling of his nose clearing up.

NoseFrida -- The Snotsucker!
Source: NoseFrida

Want to see how it works? Check out below. I would record my own experience with it for entertainment sake, but I'm afraid that I don't have the skill to operate a camera and a baby with the Snotsucker.

The Snotsucker Video Demonstration
Source: NoseFrida

Also note that my baby does not stay still, and I'm pretty sure that most babies will squirm.  

The silly products don't end there! Next we have Boogie Wipe, and it goes very well with the Snotsucker. Hehe. The saline wipes are perfect and gentle for stuffy baby noses. Baby E loves it when I wipe his nose, and he grabs the wipe to eat inspect it after. 

Source: Amazon.com
To solve all of your baby nose needs this winter, be prepared with the Snotsucker and Boogie Wipes. Silly names. Great products. Baby approved!