Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Walking with a little help

EC hasn't mastered walking yet, but he's recently shown an interest in at least trying. With a little help that is.

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All is well in our household, I have no more blog worthy news to report this week. We're a boring family who gets a kick out of simple things, like walking with a walker.

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Mommy Facts

No new photos to share, I've been slacking in the picture taking department. Instead, I found some interesting little facts about Mom's and how hard they actually work!


Diaper Changes: 7,300 by baby's 2nd birthday

Diaper Changing Speed: Moms take 2 minutes, 5 seconds (adds up to 3 40-hour work weeks each year!) , vs. 1 minute, 36 seconds for dads

Giving Attention: Preschooler requires mom's attention once every 4 minutes or 210 times / day

Chores: Women average 2.2 hrs / day, vs. 1.3 hrs / day for men

Laundry: 88% is done by moms, totaling 330 loads of laundry & 5,300 articles of clothing each year

Least Favorite Chore: Vacuuming the stairs

Heaviest Newborn: Signora Carmelina Fedele gave birth to a 22 lb 8 oz boy in Italy in 1955

Most popular birth month: July

Most popular birth day: Tuesday

Most popular birthday: October 5

30 Pounds: Average weight gain during pregnancy

Having kids may make you smarter*

Baby Gender Gap: 105 boys born for every 100 girls

First Year Baby Costs: $7,000 of baby items before 1st birthday

Cost of Raising a Child: Middle-income families spend $242,070 to raise a kid to 18 (not incl. college!)

Most Popular Names of 21st Century
Baby Girls: Emily, Madison, Hannah
Baby Boys: Jacob, Michael, Joshua

Research suggests that moms who give birth later in life, live longer


*My personal favorite.



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Monday, July 20, 2009

Picture Perfect

Here's a preview of EC's 1 year photo shoot, he's pretty photogenic I think! Below is the link to all the pictures if you want to check them out. If you are looking for a place to have your pictures taken, we highly recommend Gingeroot Studios. By the way, the family shots didn't turn out so we'll try those again in the fall (when Nick's eye isn't swollen from allergies and after I take tips from EC on being a bit more photogenic!).

Click here for link.



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Friday, July 17, 2009

"I'll take 'My Dad' for 500, Alex"

I knew this day would come. I've been preparing myself emotionally so that the blow wouldn't knock the wind out of my heart sails. I've been telling myself that it's completely normal and a part of EC's independence blossoming right on schedule.

However, all that pep-talk and preparation didn't make it any easier on my mommy-heart when my very own son (who was being held by his dad) rejected me for the first time! He aggressively shook his head "no" and then proceeded to give me "the hand" when I nicely asked him to come to me--I know, disrespectful little stinker, right?

I repeated my request again (3 times, actually) thinking it was just a fluke, but he continued to shake his head then eventually snuggled right into the crook of his dad's neck bearing a tiny grin on his little face. He was 110% content with his dad, which isn't out of the ordinary, but he's never blatantly refused my request for snuggle time. Never.

Well, it goes without saying, but Nick was over the moon about all this. He couldn't wipe the smile off his face if he tried. So, being the nice person that I am, I decided to let them have their moment knowing full well my time would come again. And it did---about 2 minutes later. Thank goodness!

Now I realize this is just the beginning of him showing a preference for one parent over the other. And I'm aware that soon enough he'll think his dad is by far the coolest, smartest, funniest person on the planet, and that he'll want to spend every minute of the day with him doing manly things. I'm totally okay with that, and honestly, I look forward to it!

But it just feels good to be wanted sometimes, doesn't it?

Pictures below: Enjoying a simple, yet fun game of peek-a-boo under the dining room table with Dad. And yes, we (Grandma too) do crawl under the table with him, except we keep our pants on.








He loves to type on our laptops so Nick found a dead laptop in the basement and let him have at it. Problem is, it's dead. No beeps, pictures, or music. The novelty wore off much too soon, I didn't even get to empty out the entire dishwasher.


We're taking short trip to Kansas City this weekend. It was one of those spur of the moment ideas Nick came up with, but we're excited to get out of the house and hopefully the little man will be just as thrilled to see some new sites, sounds, people and places. Besides, it's only a 2 1/2 hour drive so how bad could it really be?

Have I mentioned EC has mastered squealing? Loudly?

Wish us luck.
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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Stair Step Basketball Video

WARNING: BEFORE WATCHING THIS VIDEO (OR ANY OTHERS) PLEASE REMEMBER THAT I AM A FIRST TIME MOM. I THINK EVERYTHING MY SON DOES IS SPECIAL,CUTE,ADORABLE,PHOTO/VIDEO AND CONVERSATION WORTHY. I WOULD VIDEOTAPE HIM SLEEPING IF I DIDN'T THINK HE'D WAKE UP (Ok, I'll just pretend I haven't done that yet) AND NOT THINK IT WAS ABNORMAL.  YOU, ON THE OTHER HAND, MAY JUST THINK I'M A LITTLE OFF MY ROCKER AND THAT'S OK WITH ME. 

This "game" is something I naturally thought was video worthy, I'd say he's a pretty good catcher.
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I would've posted another exciting video of some recent developments had EC cooperated with the video camera.  Instead, he just tried grabbing the camera the entire time so I gave up for now.  What I wanted to tape was me asking him to follow a few commands and him happily completing my requests.  

He will eagerly wave, clap, lay back, "talk" on the phone, give high fives and shake his head "no" when he's asked to do so. Sometimes I feel like I should pat him on the head and toss him a treat but he's good with hugs and kisses.

Yours Truly,
A Typical First Time Mom

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Summer Swimming in his Skivvies

Who knew how much fun a baby pool could be!? Water from the hose was pretty cool but that didn't stop EC from splish splashing around. Check out the video below, he spent most of his time playing with the sprinkler and getting mouthfuls of water.

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This picture was taken on a different day from the ones above it.  It was nearly bedtime so we saw no point in putting him in swim trunks.  Yep, we're one of those families with a naked baby in a pool, in the front yard, so close to bedtime.  But as you can see, he clearly enjoyed his "freedom".  And you can enjoy this picture thanks to my cleverly placed censor sign that he'll someday thank me for.



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Monday, July 6, 2009

1st Birthday Photos

Here are photos from EC's Birthday Bash and post-bash. We invited friends and family to a local park to celebrate and had a great time!! Thank you to everyone who wished EC a Happy Birthday. Nana came over Saturday night to watch him while Nick and I enjoyed a firework show, we can't wait until he is old enough to stay up and watch them too.



Robot cake


Enjoying a picnic lunch




A little hesitant at first, but once he got a taste of it he dug in!



"Num, num, num, I loooove cake!"



Birthday gift from Grandpa Andy and Annette



Birthday balloons provided hours of entertainment!


This balloon looked big enough to take EC up, up, up, and away!


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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Swimming Lessons

We attended our first lesson in beginner swimming at the YMCA this week, and our instructor told us we could skip toddler lessons and move EC right up to the experienced pro-swimmer class! Ok...I kid, I kid. But, he did show up the 2 other infant/toddlers in the class by demonstrating how to properly float on your back. We had a lot of fun and will return next week when Nick will get in the water and I'll be behind the camera, as usual.



No, that's not the instructor holding EC, it's ME!



Demonstrating the beginner back float technique



Playing in the splash pool



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Saturday, July 4, 2009

HAPPY 1st BIRTHDAY EC!!

UPDATE:
This post was supposed to automatically post Saturday morning and I just realized it hadn't, so it's a day late!  


ORIGINAL POST:

EC turns one year old today, July 4, so that means exactly one year ago (at 6:48pm to be precise) he made his grand entrance into this world, fireworks and all! I thought I'd share some photos of him throughout the year and a very long story quick little recap of how his grand entrance played out. Story first though (I won't be offended if you want to skip ahead), then the fun photos.

Initially I wrote out my entire labor and delivery story then decided to hit the delete button and sum it up to save my reader(s) from her (their) own pain and suffering. So here are the cliff notes, albeit still kinda long:

EC was born 3 weeks early, via emergency C-section exactly one hour after I checked into the hospital. Absolutely nothing happened as I had imagined it would, and all those hours spent at our Childbirth Preparation classes were a waste of time. I might as well have spent those precious hours having another bowl of ice cream or something.

The pain of contractions at 7cm dilated without any medication was excruciating and I bow down to all those moms who go drug-free (I bet your mom did it). You are woman and I hear you roar. Ok, not really, but I bet the lady down the hall did! Nonetheless, being asked to hold perfectly still while a gigantic needle was inserted into my spine area while having intense pain every 60 seconds was no easy feat either, but I managed thankyouverymuch. I should also mention I had Nick right by my side during ALL of this, he probably has fingernail marks on his arm if you need proof.

In no time at all, the doctor held our baby up and over the screen that prevented us from seeing the gaping hole in my tummy.  It was a surreal moment, seeing this little human being that had grown inside me for the past 8 months and 1 week.  I will never forget that moment. He was perfect.

EC was immediately whisked away to the NICU where he'd spend 3 days for treatment of fluid on his lungs and a few other health concerns. I didn't get to see him for two very long hours after he was born, as I was ordered to rest and let the meds kick in...or was it to wear off? I have no idea. 

Thankfully Nick was able to follow him into the NICU and brought back the updates and some pictures on our digital camera. Those 3 days were scary, we hadn't given a second thought to having a baby that wasn't perfectly healthy. I will never take his health for granted. 

In the end, our little babe pulled through just fine and is now a strong, happy, healthy 1 year old. See for yourself:


Very first photo of EC-5lbs 6oz



One month old




Relaxing with his teddy at 3 months old



4 months old



6 months and sitting up




Easter Day-8 months old



9 months old and chillin' in his pj's


A couple weeks shy of 12 months old!

Happy 4th of July to you and HAPPY 1st BIRTHDAY to our sweet son.


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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Fire Trucks, Monkey Cups and The King of Pop

Have I mentioned EC and I belong to a Mom and Tot Parenting group?  Well, we do and it's so much fun!  We joined about 4 months ago and if it wasn't for that group, we'd be missing out on a lot of fun things here in Wichita.  The interaction with other moms and their kids is great for us too. 

We went on a tour of a Fire Station with our Mom and Tot group this week, it was a lot of fun to watch the little kiddos play in the water.  We learned a little fire safety, checked out the station, trucks and had a chance to run in the world's largest sprinkler.

EC got to go waaaaay up top with one of the firemen and help direct the "sprinkler".



EC's monkey cup has gorgeous blue eyes too.  Oh, and do you see those little white things all over his hands? That would be couscous, a pasta, kinda like rice but not a grain.  Anyway, I picked it up off the floor and picked it off of him for days after this picture .  That stuff is hard to clean up!



Michael Jackson, Wacko Jacko, The King of Pop, whatever you know him as....died last week. Shocking, huh? Well, EC didn't act too sad as he bopped his head to PYT (that's 'Pretty Young Thing' for those of you who aren't familiar, and shame on you if you aren't) on the Thriller album.  This is how we make long car rides bearable.  Ok, not really but maybe 12 years from now it will be.



The next time I put a new post up, I will be the parent of a ONE YEAR OLD!  Ohmygoodness!
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