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Sunday, August 30, 2009

What a Great Weekend!

What a great weekend! I saw grandma and grandpa yesterday. They babysat me while mom and dad when mini-golfing for their anniversary. (Dad whooped mom's butt by the way)...mom was all talk when she said she could beat dad at golf...oh well, maybe next time mom!
We had our friends over last night and had some good laughs :) They're always so fun to hang out with. They get a kick out of watching me jump in my horse.
I woke up this morning in a great mood and mom and dad took me for a walk. It was so nice outside. Finally not too hot! We all went to church and then mom went to get a pedicure with her friends and dad and I hung out for a few hours. We took a nap for an hour! Which I know dad really appreciated because he was pretty hungover this morning! Poor dad! He's out mowing the lawn right now - trying to get all of his stuff done around the house before his big fantasy football draft tonight. It starts at 630 and mom and I know...we have to find something to do. Thank GOD this thing only happens one season a year. Ugh!
Not much planned for tomorrow. I think mom and dad might drive me to Springfield so I can see some of mom's former coworkers. Other than that - just hanging out around the house! Maybe do some scrapbooking in my babybooks. Later!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Standing?

I am officially standing now! And I can stand all by myself. Mom let go of me today and I held myself up by putting my hands on the ottoman. I'm also starting to practice waving. I haven't officially waved...but when mom waves to me, I kind of move my fingers around...
I'm still only eating solids at dinner. What gives? Mom tried to give me breakfast and lunch and I didn't want either. Maybe I'm just a milk baby? Lord knows I'm eating enough because I'm well over 20 pounds! Hmmm, mom and dad will have to ask the doctor about this one at my next check up. Which by the way is like = next month! I just turned 8 months not too long ago and now my 9 month checkup is just around the corner. Where does the time go?
Update on my sleeping: I'm still in bed with mom and dad. Of course, I love it but they on the other hand, would like to have their bed back :( We just don't believe in the cry-it-out method. I wish there was another way...it's just hard because there's so many different opinions about this. I think if mom and dad could bare to listen to me cry = they might try it out = but they're sissies when it comes me crying. Some articles that mom has read, say that I'm being manipulative - but how could that be? I'm only 8 months old? I don't even know what that word means? Agh, I just don't know anymore. Other days, mom seems to be okay with it all, and just kisses my head at night while I'm snuggled up to her tummy, tucked under her chin and curled above her knees. I won't be little for long, but it would be nice to be able to put myself to sleep some times...if anyone out there has had experience with this...send me a note!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Up Again Last Night - Sorry Dad

I was up again last night - once at midnight and again at 430...what's going on? At least I'm in a good mood when I wake up, right? I keep telling mom and dad I just wanna talk...but they insist that I go back to bed. I finally went back to sleep (with daddy's help) about an hour later. I woke up at 745 this morning. I usually don't get up until 830/845! Don't tell me I'm going to make this a habit :(
I haven't been eating a lot of solid foods lately. I wonder if that's a teething thing? I'm still nursing a lot but I didn't eat breakfast today and I only had a few bites of my lunch. Maybe I'm saving room for carrots at dinner...

I've been working on standing up. I'm doing a really good job at it. Mom and dad can't believe I can do it. They think I'm going to skip the whole crawling thing and just go straight into walking. We shall see...right now I'm having too much fun keeping them guessing.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

No to Sleep!

Well, today has been kind of a stressful day. I woke up last night around 230am and didn't/wouldn't go back to sleep for over an hour. Mom and dad took turns with me but all I wanted to do was babble :) Dad read somewhere that this happens when babies are going thru a growth spurt; it's part of our makeup...all I know is that I wanted to talk and mom and dad weren't having it. So, I finally went back down around 330/4ish and didn't wake up again until 845 this morning.
It's now 1pm and I haven't napped once. Mom says this is a recipe for disaster. I'd have to agree since I'm screaming at the top of my lungs right now. We played this morning and then went for a beautiful, 30 minute walk - to try and 'tire' me out...but that didn't work. So, we went to get coffee and I fell asleep in the car (yay!) but then when mom opened the door to get out - I woke up (no!) and well, here I am.
Dad came home for lunch a little while ago and we had a nice lunch. I had a banana/oatmeal/peach blend and it was yummy. Now I'm playing in my exersaucer and mom is watching me. She can't decide if she should try and get me to fall asleep here at home or if she should put me in the car and drive me around for a bit. Agh...it's been a long day already and it's only the afternoon. Cross you fingers that I get a nap in.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Random Stuff

I got a new toy yesterday! And man...they aren't cheap?! $50...for a Fisher-Price toy...geeze...good thing mom and dad are still covering my expenses. But boy do I love that thing. I'll post a pic later.

Anywho, I was supposed to go on the boat yesterday but we were all so dog-gone tired that we decided to hang around the house. Mom and dad cleaned both bathrooms and I hung out with Bailey. (Who thought that'd be more fun than boating????) Not me! Oh well, maybe next time.

We ended up going to the mall to look for new sneakers for mom. She's doing her running thing again and WW is still going strong for both mom and dad...so she needs a good, comfy new pair of shoes. We found some - $100 though! Ouch! So we when we got home, we scoured eBay and found a pair - the same pair - and won the bid for $55! Half the price! Not much on the agenda for today. It's a beautiful day out - so I think we'll take a walk. Mom will go for a run...and I think she wants to get her hair cut. And dad and I will probably watch ESPN. Take a look at my video clip (above). I'm pretty darn cute if I must say so myself :)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Missouri State Fair & Other Cool Things...

I went to the Missouri State Fair today for the first time! It was kind of lame to be honest with you...not much there but a bunch of animals. Don't get me wrong - I love animals, but give me some shopping booths or something!? Here's a pic of me and my dad chillin':
Anywho, I've been rolling over a lot. Well, from my tummy to my back and only to one side; but that still counts, right? Take a look at me in action :)

videoHmmm...what else has been going on in my life. Oh, I got a yoga certificate the other day. I am an official yogi! Woohoo! I'm still workin' on those teeth of mine! Mom thought one may have come thru today because she saw a little bit of blood on my gums...but nope - there's nothing there but gums, gums and more gums. Dad thinks I may have bitten down on one of my toys too hard or something. I got a cut on one of my toes - but no one knows how it got there. I went to the fair in one piece and came back with a cut...go figure.

I'm supposed to go boating tomorrow with my friends, Mike and Jackie - but I am so dog-gone tired from the fair and driving 2 1/2 hours each way to Sedalia...that I just might not go! We'll see how I feel in the morning. Nighty night everyone :)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Up on my Own 2 Feet!

Okay teeth...when are you coming?! I almost didn't go to Anastasia's going away party today because I was so fussy. Anywho - I had a great time with my friends. It was good to see everybody and of course, my girlfriend Grace was there so I was on Cloud 9!
I fell asleep pretty quickly on the way home from Springfield. Mom and I ate lunch when we got back and then played for a long time. It took mom over an hour to eat her lunch because I was so fussy - crying on and off - but she managed to finish it! Then I fell asleep from 330-6! Just in time to see daddy when he came home from work.
Mom went for a run and dad and I played before dinner. I had sweet potatoes and a mum-mum. Man, am I full! I've got a date with my exersaucer and then it's off to bed for me. Tomorrow is grocery shopping with mom and we have a coffee date with our friends Melissa and Owen in the morning.
Happy Anniversary to my grandpa and grandma Longley today! I miss you guys and love you!
Goodnight :)
PS - Pictures to come...from the party today...oh, and I stood up with dad's help on my own 2 feet for the 1st time today! A picture to come of that too!!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Relaxin' At Home

Today was a pretty lax day. I woke up around 6 again (what's going on?!) and dad took me so that mom could sleep for another hour before dad left for work. I tossed and turned a lot last night, so mom didn't get much sleep. I stayed up until 830 and then fell asleep on mom for a half hour or so. Mom got to read her book for a bit - that was good - it was nice for both of us to relax.
We went and grabbed some coffee and just hung out together for a bit. Then it was back home to make lunch for dad. Mom was able to get a quick run in while dad watched me over his lunch break. She even stretched and showered before he left! Woohoo! This was mom's 4th day of running! Good job mom!
Mom and dad are doing their WW thing right now - they're trying to shed some pounds and tighten up their tummies. They're doing a good job! This Saturday will be 1 week...and so far, it's been pretty easy. I'll keep you posted :)
Tomorrow is Anastasia's going away party. I wrapped her gift today and filled out a card for her. Mom and have to make brownies tomorrow morning. I'm so excited to see my friends. It'll be kind of a busy day for us. We'll have to leave the house around 9 to be at Kristin's for 10 and then it's P-A-R-T-Y time!
Oh, and mom did get roses today! They were beautiful. She got 3 long stem roses from dad in this gorgeous bouquet and she also got a huge bouquet from her mom and sister. The florist delivered it to Keen Bean where mom and I were hanging out! Cool huh? It was a great day all around. Happy Anniversary mom and dad. I love you!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Happy Annivesary Mom and Dad!

I had a fun time with mom today. We met a friend for coffee at Keen Bean and then came home and played in my room for a long time. Dad came home for lunch and I fell asleep on mom while she was watching Deal or No Deal. When I woke up, we played some more and then headed to Walmart in Aurora to pick up a few things. She had to get a scrapbook for Anastasia - her going away party is this Thursday at Kristen's house and mom found the perfect book! I'm so sad that Tracy and Anastasia are leaving but I'm also excited for them. I'm looking forward to seeing all of my Itsy Bitsy Yoga friends in 2 days :)
Tomorrow is mom and dad's 3 year wedding anniversary. I can't believe it's been 3 years (it'll be 9 years in April that they've been together)...whoah! They just exchanged cards tonight (dad always likes to do things early) and I think mom is going to get some roses tomorrow. Actually, I know she will because I heard her tell dad "you can get one for each year honey". Oh mom...lol. I think they're going to take me to the fair this weekend to celebrate. I know they'd like to catch a movie and grab some dinner - but that can wait.
I'm not sure what we're doing tomorrow. We have absolutely NO plans. That's a change; we usually have something going on. I do know that mom wants to clean my room; like dust and stuff and go thru my clothes, etc. It's kind of hard to clean with me though = I don't like to sit still for too long. The fridge needs to be cleaned out too but who knows, we may get to it, we might not.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

8 Months Old Today!

I am 8 months old today! Whoah! And to celebrate my 8 month 'oldness' today...mom and dad bought me a chair that attaches to our table! Look! That's me and my dad eating breakfast :) You can tell I really like my new chair - look at my huge smile. I think I'm even attempting to wave in this picture?
I'm a part of the family meals now! Goodbye BUMBO! Ha, ha...just kidding...I'll still use the bumbo from time to time but mom says I've officially graduated to 'big boy chair' world.
I'm still doing the whole 'teething' thing. I was in a great mood yesterday and then all of a sudden - BAM! I was outta control! Mom gave me a bath, then some Tylenol to take the edge off and then nursed me and I fell asleep. When is this tooth gonna pop thru? Oh, and I got 5 new shirts yesterday! I had to buy 12 month old ones because I am growing up to be sooooo big! Mom gets those free $10 coupons in the mail from JCP and she just strolls on in and gets $10 worth of free stuff every time! If you get those in the mail...you should definitely be using them! And then...on top of that...you get a receipt when you make your purchase to take like a 2 second survey on line and at the end = you get a 15% off coupon for your next purchase! Can't beat it folks! And right now, all summer clothes are like 75% off...so like I said...I got 5 new shirts for FREE! Talk about a STEAL!

Friday, August 14, 2009

I'm A Great Napper!

I've had a very busy day already and it's only 1 o'clock! I woke up around 8 and mom and I ate breakfast then left the house around 9. Mom grabbed some coffee and with that, we were off to Joplin. Mom offered to wait at grandma and grandpa's house from 10-12 today since their bedroom furniture was being delivered and they were at work (someone had to be there to sign off). Why is it, that they give you such a huge time frame...no number to contact the movers...and then they show up like 10 minutes before 12??? Frustrating!!! I was tired, cranky and hungry...and I won't EVEN tell you what kind of mood my mom was in.
We were supposed to get groceries but by the time mom got me in the car...I fell asleep and she was way too tired to even attempt Walmart...I think it's been a bad day for mom. She thought I was sleeping but I could hear her crying in the car. Mom, it's okay. Tomorrow is a new day and everything will be okay. I think she gets stressed out sometimes and I know her back/neck has been bothering her lately. I think she just needs some rest and TLC. Huh, when, right?
Anywho, I've had 2 great naps today so I'm super happy and can't wait to see dad when he comes home from work. He is my new best friend :)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Tired, Tired, Tired

I am so tired. Yesterday, I drove to Joplin with mom to help grandma line her kitchen cabinets. It took us an hour to get there...much longer than I thought it would - so I'm kind of sick of being in the car. Grandma just had leg surgery so I wanted to help her around the house as much as I could. But now I'm really tired.
I slept on dad's chest again last night; for 2 solid hours. Mom was pretty knocked out - she took some cold medicine because she's still not feeling well. She got a cold somehow and it just won't go away. I think we're all just kind of run-down. Mom is still trying to decide if we're going to go to yoga today. It would be more time in the car...more time out and about...and I'm just not sure if I'm up to it. But it is my routine after all.
Mom still isn't sleeping well. She's up around 2'ish every night. Poor mom. I hope she starts to get some rest. I can tell that she's pretty worn out.
Other than that - not much else going on. I'm getting my 8 month pictures done on Monday...and I think mom and dad are going to pose for 1 or 2 of those pictures since their 3 year anniversary is just around the corner. Looking forward to it!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Vegging Out This Weekend

Let's see...where do I begin...I haven't blogged in a few days but believe me...I'm still teething. I had a busy weekend so I thought I'd catch you all up today. Saturday I went grocery shopping with mom and dad. We stayed home all day and just caught up around the house. Mom cleaned her closet and worked on my baby books...dad went thru his old kid stuff and boxed that up to put in the attic. That was probably my favorite part of the weekend. (Probably because I scored some great books and daddy's old, plastic cash register!)
It was nice to just stay home and veg, ya know? I feel like we've been running all over the place lately. I didn't sleep well the past few nights so I needed to take it easy. Sunday, we ended up staying in a hotel in Joplin so that we could be there for gram and gramps early the next day to help them move in to their new house! Yay! They're finally here! I'm so happy!
Mom and dad took me swimming at the hotel - it was so much fun! I really am a good swimmer. I kicked and splashed and laughed. I wish we had a pool (hint, hint dad). Anywho = I'm going to Grace's house today...that's my girlfriend if you don't remember...mom has a drs appointment so Grace and I are going to play while mommy goes to that. Hopefully, I won't get too upset when mom leaves. She doesn't leave me with other people very often - but this is good practice. And I've known Grace now for more than half of my life - so I'll be fine :)

Friday, August 7, 2009

Teething (Insert Expletive Here) Sucks

Have I mentioned, teething (insert expletive here) sucks. I don't actually know if I'm teething, but that's my guess. One second I'm happy as a clam and the next I'm screaming bloody murder. Mom went out and bought me these cool teething things last night. You can put ice cubes, melon, grapes, etc. in them and I just gnaw on them when my gums are hurting. But the neat thing is, there's a little mesh net on top of the binkie so the skin from the fruit, etc. stays in the little basket. (I've only had ice cubes in it, but mom read up on what you could put in there). Let's just say, I've been making mom's days pretting interesting.
I woke up at 5am today - I just kept rolling around in bed. Mom finally went and woke dad up because she hadn't really slept all that well. She was exhausted. Poor dad, he had to stay up with me for a while...and I didn't even go back to sleep for him. He ended up putting me back in bed with mom and she nursed me to sleep. I slept until 845. I hope tonight goes a little better. I know they're both, well all of us, are really tired.
Okay, enough venting. I went shopping today with my friends; Melissa and Emilee. We had a great time. Emilee got lots of new school clothes and I did a lot of people-watching. I also tried a new jar of baby food - I think it was farmer's market blend or something? Not bad.
We don't have anything planned for this weekend. We have to get groceries at some point. And Monday we are going to gram and gram's to help them move in. But other than that, I think it should be pretty low key.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Getting My Own Personality

It's another hot one today in Missouri. Mom and I don't have anything planned...so I think we'll be staying at home for the day. Hopefully she'll be able to get me down for my naps...I usually don't fall asleep unless I'm in the car. Good luck mom!
I woke up at 830 this morning and watched mom eat her cereal. Then she gave me my medicine and now I'm playing in my exersaucer (oh, and blogging). I think we might read some books and play with my blocks. Mom likes to work on my baby books while I'm playing - and we put music on in the background and jam out.
We might get coffee too. Mom's craving Starbucks but the closest one is in Aurora and I don't really feel like driving all that way just for coffee. Although, if she can't get me to sleep...it might not be a bad idea.
We're going to Springfield tonight when dad gets home from work. Mom's wedding ring has been sent out 3 times (!) already to be resized...we're hoping it's ready today! We were going to looking at a jogging stroller that we saw on Craig's List but mom just found out that it sold overnight...sorry mom.
I guess the biggest thing going on with me right now is my PERSONALITY. Boy do I have one...and it's weird?! I like to scream out loud...and listen to my voice...and I put my hands up to block my face when mom and dad try to kiss me. And I turn my head and purse my lips together when they try to give me my medicine. We went to TJ Maxx the other day and mom put a toy in front of me to see if I'd like it...then she took it away and I didn't like that! MOM! So yeah, now, if you put a toy in front of me...don't do it unless you plan on buying it. Dad learned that the hard way. $8 later...we walked out with a loud, music-playing thing. I love it!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Running Errands

It was way too hot in Missouri today folks. Way too hot for me and way too hot for my mom and dad. This weather, ugh, I could do without. This is when I especially miss the east coast. We tried to stay cool by staying in the house for most of the morning. Dad played with me while mom cleaned the master bathroom. (You have NO idea how disgusting it was...and I'll spare you the details). It took her a whole HOUR! Once daddy saw how clean it was he wanted to buy new rugs - so off to Joplin we went. We grabbed some milkshakes and a shopping we went!
Hmmm...what else...we got home around 430/5'ish and just played in my room with some blocks. Mom worked on my baby book...or should I say...baby books...yes, that's plural. That wasn't a typo. I have not ONE but TWO baby books so far. And I say so far, because I have an inkling that there will be more before the year is over. Oh mom...
I had a new food tonight for dinner: peaches. Yum! It was a blend; peaches, oatmeal and bananas. I ate half the jar it was so good. Mom and dad had sandwiches - it was too hot to turn the stove on so we all went simple.

That's me (up there) in my room playing. That shirt I'm wearing is from Vegas when dad went to March Madness and that adorable green sweater I have on is from San Francisco when mom and dad vacationed there last year. Oh, and that blue thing in my mouth is my BINKIE. I think that's all I have to say. Talk to you tomorrow!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Sunday, Sunday

You'll be happy to know that mommy finally got back to sleep. We all woke up this morning at 845...mom and dad love that I sleep so late! We ate breakfast; mom made cinnamon rolls and dad made coffee. I ate applesauce. Then we got ready for the beach so mom made us a picnic lunch and off we went. It took us an hour to get to Stockton Lake. I slept the whole way there. Mom and dad got to hang out in the front and just enjoy talking. We pulled into what we thought was a beach...but it was actually a small area with rocks! What?! That ain't no beach fools! Ha, ha...okay, take 2...we left that hole and drove to Ruark Beach...still not sand per say...but less rocky and perk; there were other human beings there.
We ate our lunch and went swimming. We drove home - I slept on the way back and then we played when we got home! Daddy tried out his new riding lawnmower and mommy and I took a 2 hour nap! Yay!

What a Fun Saturday!

Mom can't sleep. It's 3am and she's been up since 1. Don't blame me...I'm fast asleep right now...whoops...I mean I'm writing this blog right now...anyways - mom better go to bed or she'll be dragging some serious butt tomorrow.
I had a really fun day with mom and dad. I woke up around 830/845'ish and we headed to swim class. I got my Aquababes Swimming certificate! Then dad took us to the mall and treated mom to a pedicure. Awww dad...you're so good to mom! I slept the whole way home and then dad puttered around outside on his new riding lawnmower. Thank god we got one! He'd tell mom he was going to cut the lawn and she wouldn't see him for days! Okay, maybe not days...but it it felt like it.
Tomorrow = well, actually it's today, technically...we're going to the beach! I can't wait! Dad said he'd take us on a picnic...mom and I are so excited. She's going to pack a lunch; sandwiches...pasta salad...and chocolate chip cookies...mmmm :) I can't wait to show off my swim moves.
I wish dad never had to go to work...and money just grew on trees. I love hanging out with him. He's so much fun and he's the only one who can make me laugh until my belly hurts.
I hear mom...I think she's trying to go to sleep again. Shhh...talk to you later!