Monday, October 29, 2007

Happy First Birthday, Chris!

So he's officially ONE YEAR OLD today. Wow. It's pretty amazing. We just got back from the doctor for his 1 yr physical. He had fun. The doctor tried to explain to him that kids aren't supposed to like the doctor's office so much. He ran in circles and squealed. The doctor gave him a clean bill of health. We're still unsure about the egg allergy, but we're just avoiding eggs for now. He can officially face forward in the car, and he can eat honey. Woohoo! The doctor said he was the friendliest one year old she has seen in a long time. Then the nurse came and gave him shots. He screamed for maybe 5 seconds, and then smiled and waved goodbye to her. I love what a sweetie he is.

So, he's one. He can run, clap, wave, kiss, follow simple commands (get a book, get a diaper, where's the dog, feed mommy, give that to me, or to daddy). He can say dog "da", cat "ta", "mama", "dada", bottle "ba" (although he did say "bottle" very clearly ONCE). He said "abby" once. He calls Grandpa Paul "pa" and Grammy Lin "na" and everything else "bird". He can feed himself and eats everything we offer him. He's eaten everything except honey, shellfish, nuts and eggs. He's smiling all the time and just loves to see people, places, animals, new things, etc. Right now he wants us to carry him a lot - mainly so he can get up higher and see what's up there. It's like he decided he has explored the ground level, and now he wants to know what's up higher. He points to whatever he wants, and takes you to it if you let him. He smiles and laughs all the time. He's a charmer, everyone loves him, he's a big flirt. He's really a pleasure as a son. We're definitely lucky. We love you, Chrisaroo!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Happy Birthday Party

What a great birthday party for Chris! He couldn't have enjoyed it more. The kid was on cloud 9 all afternoon. He was surrounded by people who love him and paid attention to him. He got balloons, cake, and toys. He crashed and was asleep by 6:30, but man, he had a great time. I was all stressed out about the people flaking out and how they weren't coming. But it didn't matter at all. We are lucky to be surrounded by so many wonderful people. I'm definitely happy to be back here. Now we have to go clean up the mess...

Friday, October 26, 2007

Cranky Pants

Chris has been whiny all day, and I think it's contagious. I hope he's not getting sick, as we have a Halloween party tonight at John's lab, and his birthday party tomorrow. Last thing we need is a sick birthday boy. I thought everyone we invited to Chris's party was coming (except John's parents). But then Marie and Gary forgot they had plans, so they can't go. Next Roger, Kristen and Oliver called today to say they can't come. Now it sounds like Gabi and Sandip may not make it either because they don't have a car, and without the others from the city they can't get here. Now I'm depressed about it. Chris won't know the difference, but someday he will. I think maybe next year we'll do something small, just with the people who we know will come. I don't really want him to have to deal with people's plans changing at the last minute. I don't even want to deal with it myself. I know it's a fact of being stuck between two worlds. My friends who don't have kids don't think it's that big of a deal, so they don't think much of changing their plans. And that's the way I used to be too. But somehow it feels different with a kid. And now I want people to commit yes or no and stick to it. But it's not reasonable to ask my friends to do that. So maybe it's time to stop straddling both and pick one. Well, I guess I already picked one. But I'm starting to wonder if I'm working to hard to hang onto the other.

Meanwhile, if Chris doesn't give up soon and take a nap I'm going to lose my mind!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Not the Lily!

I was trying to do dishes this morning, and Chris was in the living room complaining. Eventually he stopped, and then he started laughing, so I looked up. There he was, at the baby gate, looking so proud, holding my lily by the plant, hanging it over the gate into the kitchen. I ran over and started whining "no, no, no, no" and he just looked confused. The pot was on the floor, with all the dirt, and he was giving me the plant. How sweet :(

Friday, October 12, 2007

Dancing Baby

Chris has started dancing, and he loves it. I don't know where he got it, certainly not from me, but he loves it. The other day at the Y he climbed the slide, stood on top, and started dancing to the music. We entertained him (and vice versa) for almost an hour after he was exhausted at Gabi and Sandip's house while he danced to Salsa music. Now he's dancing to the Beatles. Very cute. We were walking out of a restaurant yesterday, and he stopped walking and started dancing.

His other new trick is kissing. He's been air kissing for a few weeks, but in the last couple days he started leaning in and kissing. Today he kissed my face. Very sweet.

Now we're off to the second children's museum in 2 days. Lucky baby. They're all free until he turns 1, so we figure now's a good time to go. He's old enough to have fun, but young enough to be free!

Monday, October 8, 2007

Christopher's New Chair




Mimi and Grandaddy visited this weekend and we searched for the best table and chairs for Chris, who is a bit too small for them. He made his vote known early and often, and we finally broke down and bought him the bear rocker instead.

I'm back to the same old - Do I want to take this job - dilemma. This one is perfect for me. Of course I've said that before. But this time, it really is. It's for an educational planner, which I didn't know existed, but is really my ideal future job. Future is the key word here. I'm just not sure if I want to work now or not. The indecision is driving me crazy. I have no idea. I have an interview for it on Wednesday, though, so we'll see how that goes.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Fewer and further between

I'm not sure why these posts are growing fewer and further between. It's not like I'm busy or anything. I mean, Chris is non-stop, but we're home a lot.

I just started my first "job" this week. I'm writing a column for education.com about ways that parents can connect with teachers. So far so good.

Dad and Lin came up and visited Tuesday. We went apple picking, and pie baking. It was really fun to spend the day with them. Christopher totally adores them, and vice versa, so that's always fun. Now the Eppleys are coming tomorrow for the weekend. We haven't seen them in ages, so we're all looking forward to that too.

Christopher is trying to talk, and it's becoming clear that he understands a lot of what we say. Today I asked him to go get me a diaper, and he did. He will follow simple commands like - "Go get the ball/book/Brown Bear/birdhouse/dog/Daddy, etc" And he tries to say words, although he has not yet managed to string together more than one sound for a word. So when he started rubbing his eyes at 11:30 today for his "afternoon" nap, and said "ba" it took me until he ran toward the kitchen to know that he wanted a bottle, and not a bear or bird or book. Actually, bird is more "br" so that's different. But book and bottle are indistiguishable. Sometimes he choses the last syllable instead. Cat is "ta" and Grammy Lin became "na na." Yesterday he chased Marie and Gary's cat all over the house saying "ta ta ta ta ta ta." I can't imagine the cat found it as funny as we did. He's getting really steady on his feet, and even managed the ramp at the playground today. He can walk with shoes or without, and on uneven surfaces (like grass, wood chips, sand, etc). All a big improvement from last month. And now that he's understanding us more, at least we can start to communicate. He can tell us when he's done eating or if he wants more (with both sound "da" vs. "ma" and hand signs).

So much changes so quickly around here.