Month: February 2010
Alex wasn’t feeling well today so Wade tried to cheer him up with pinball.
Today was my day off. Wade got up with Alex at 5:45 am (poor little guy isn’t sleeping well) and watched him most of the day. I worked out, ran to the grocery, and got my car washed. Then we took a family trip to Racine to visit Chick-fil-A. I got my favorite milkshake and Alex tasted his first nugget (and loved it). We brought back a platter of nuggets and Wade had the Young Couple Guys over for Mario.
The nuggets were a big hit, as usual, and gone in just a little while:
I played Mario for a while, but eventually went to bed. I’m not even sure how late the boys stayed:
I would love to know what he’s thinking right now.
Alex ate an entire hamburger for lunch at McDonald’s. (Obviously he didn’t inherit my dislike of ground beef.)
Alex visits Papa (his great-grandfather).
We are driving back to Milwaukee tomorrow so I had quite a few last minute errands to do for Mom and myself. We also made time to visit Granny and Papa (Wade’s grandparents). Alex has become quite attached to me in the last few weeks and isn’t always eager to be held by someone else. I was pleasantly surprised when he was content to sit on Papa’s lap:
Poor Alex. He had his first fever today. Thank goodness Tylenol works wonders.
Alex spends a lot of time with this toy. Definitely a Paducah favorite.
Alex entertains Gram.
Alex discovered a bell.
Alex and I spent most of today in the car. We left falling snow in Milwaukee about the time for Alex’s first nap. We drove until he woke up and then stopped for gas and breakfast at McDonald’s. Alex had a pancake:
We got back on the rode and Alex was a model passenger. He amused himself with his toys and laughing at my singing. We arrived in warm Paducah (60 degrees) about 3:30. Aunt Beverly was staying with mom and Dabney and Joyce arrived soon after. Alex put on quite a show for everyone using Gram’s walker (Mom had hip surgery on Tuesday and is doing great. She doesn’t really need the walker but they recommend using it initially to help with her gait.)
Alex put on quite a show for everyone in Paducah (Mom had hip surgery on Tuesday and is doing great. She doesn’t really need the walker but they recommend using it initially to help with her gait.)
Alex is showing his independence already. He loves being able to get his sippy cup and take off on his own:
We got Alex in bed and then headed out with the CUMC Young Couples. First stop was BBQ at Silver Spur in Elm Grove. Wade and I both enjoyed dinner, but I’m not sure we would count it as a “real” BBQ place. Then it was on to games at Nate and Amy’s house. The game of choice was Mexican Train. I’m not sure we even made it half-way through before I was too tired to play.
Last bit of milk before bed.
Two of the things Alex loves the most: the lens cap and a power cord.
Daddy’s a Pro at the bedtime routine.
Alex had his one year check up with the doctor today. He is 30 3/4 inches (80%) and 21 lbs and 14 oz. (35%). He was really excited before we went to the back:
He even did really well with the doctor, but he screamed when the nurse gave him his shots. That lasted about two minutes and then he was back to being happy and kept that up all day:
The facts I found interesting:
1.) It is recommended (not required) children face backwards in their car seats until age 2. My doctor said to try to keep him rear facing until he doesn’t squeeze into that position any longer.
2.) The peanut butter question has no answer. My doctor told me all the studies and his experience and then lets me decide. (We’ll wait till age 3.)
3.) Because we live in an older house Alex needs to be tested for lead.
Happy Birthday Stephanie!
At 12 months – 21 lbs and 14 oz. (35 percentile) and 30 3/4 inches (80 percentile).
Still loving the firetruck.
Alex’s new favorite toy – thanks Hoiums!
First time sledding on the big hill.
Alex is a fish in the water and loves swim class.
Alex’s birthday started with lots of smiles and giggles. Judy played with him in his room while the rest of the house got an extra hour of sleep:
Then we had our traditional birthday muffin and plate present:
Wade came home for lunch and celebrating:
Alex wasn’t too sure of the candle:
But he loved the cupcake and icing!
We spread the presents throughout the day and finished with dinner at Organ Piper Pizza – where they played Happy Birthday to Alex:
Happy First Birthday!
Finally we get an awesome snow this year. The snow started Monday evening and ended today with a total of about 14 inches. I had big plans to take Alex out in the tube. I think it was a hit before we even left the house:
Judy, Alex, and I bundled up for a trip to the front yard. Alex seemed fairly indifferent to the initial experience:
But he loved being pulled by Judy in the tube.
Wade had built Alex a snow monster last night, but I couldn’t get Alex to look at it. Maybe it was too scary.
My mom is having hip surgery next week so she couldn’t play in the snow, but she watched us out the window and couldn’t wait for a hug when we came back inside (hat hair and all):
The rest of the day passed in giggles and snuggles:
Another snow day!
Gram and Granny were arriving on the train this afternoon. Alex and I spent the morning getting the house ready for visitors. While I finished the laundry and did a little ironing, Alex found that a roll of toilet paper can be great fun:
I decided it was worth the roll if it kept him entertained.
Judy and Mom arrived on the earlier train at 2:30. My mom was all set to experience her first true Milwaukee snow. Judy could have done without the snow but was excited to see Alex.
Wade and I left the grandmothers with a happy Alex and went on a date:
We drove downtown to see the Pistsons beat the Bucks. The tickets were a Christmas present from Wade. I love former GaTech player Will Bynum, a Pistons player.
Alex entertained himself with a full roll of toilet paper.
The bag of Reese’s Peanut Butter cups provided enough entertainment to make it through the entire trip to the grocery – and he never even got a bite.
In other news, Alex has finally mastered tilting up a glass to drink. He can now drink an entire sippy cup of milk in the car which makes for a happy Mom and a happy Alex:
That’s my boy. Go for the chocolate.
Wade has gone to Memphis to visit his parents for the weekend. I spent the day at home with Alex and Madison. We had lots of smiles and giggles:
And some playing too. Alex loves to watch Madison play tug or dart around the room. He just giggles and giggles.
Madison is funny.
Alex has never been a baby who settles into a routine. About the time I think we have one, he changes. We have been consistent on three naps a day, but they all vary in length from 30 minutes to 3 hours. The last couple of weeks, the third nap is becoming iffy. If he does take one, he wakes up crying and cries through dinner and bath until he’s back in bed. If he doesn’t take one then he goes to bed at 6 pm and is waking up anytime between 5 and 6:30 am the next morning. That might work for some people, but I am having serious issues dragging myself out of bed that early! I did really well when he got up at 7:30. I even do okay at 6:30. I refuse to get up at 5 am – especially when I know Alex normally sleeps at least 12 hours at night (and going to bed at 6 pm and waking up at 5 am is not 12 hours).
I have seen ads for this children’s clock (Ok To Wake by Onaroo) on a lot of websites and blogs recently. I think it’s a great idea. The parent can set the clock for a specific time. At that time the clock turns green and the child knows he is allowed to get up. I just wish Alex was old enough to understand the concept.
Amused at Mom and her ever-present camera.
I wrote in a previous post about our interest in international adoption. We found out today that we have been approved for the 2010 adoption list for South Korea! I have no idea if that means South Korea increased their allowed number of adoptions, if someone dropped off the list, etc. Wade and I are both very excited to begin this adventure. The adoption will take an average of 24 months and the child will be between 8 and 12 months of age. We won’t know if it is a girl or a boy until we receive a referral – about 3-6 months before going to pick up the child. I know the process is long and tedious, but we can’t wait to get started. Now we just need to finish this formal application we were invited to fill out.
Alex and his entourage.
Alex isn’t even walking yet and it is all I can do to keep up with him. He has learned to open and shut doors (most of the doors in our house don’t latch closed). Every once in a while he’ll get stuck on the wrong side of a door and realize he is all alone in a room. Then he yells for help:
Alex is walking more and more behind his push toy. The issue now is he walks a straight line and then gets stuck at the fireplace or the chair. I have to turn everything around for him and off he goes:
I looked up a little later to see that he had turned over the toy and was examining the wheels:
Also of great interest are the firestarters -which he is not supposed to play with. I’m sure I’ll be finding them a new home soon:
Alex is babbling all the time and today fell down in a fit of giggles: