Archive for September, 2009

Baby Safari

September 29, 2009

Two Month Check-Up…

September 25, 2009

…a mere three weeks late.  Aiden now weighs in at 11 pounds 13 ounces and is a whopping 2 feet (24 inches) tall.  He’s still in the 90th percentile for height but has jumped up to the 50th percentile for weight.  He got a couple shots today, and he took them like a champ.  I have a feeling that daddy is going to be the one that gives him shot anxiety as he gets older.  Dan definitely gets uneasy when the needles appear.

In other news Aiden finally managed to get a hold of Mr. Octopus all by himself.  He’s been staring and batting at it for weeks and finally just reached up and grabbed it.  I was so proud. 

I got it!

The activity mat that you see him lying on has been the best investment.  He loves it.

Peek-a-Boo Bedtime

September 22, 2009

8:00 pm.  That’s when Dan and I head upstairs every night with Aiden to tuck him in.  This is following his bath and last feeding – the start of his bedtime routine.  Sometimes he’s already pretty asleep on the way to the nursery, but sometimes he’s wide awake.  Either way, we wrap him up in a blanket and Dan rocks him while I read him a story.  More often than not, he’s asleep by the end of the story, but sometimes he’s just faking it.  Regardless we’ll place him in the crib and stand back to make sure he settles.  If he happens to still be awake, his eyes will often shoot open and his arms will start flailing which we used to enjoy watching safely out of his eyesight at the back of the crib.  Lately, however, he has proven to us that he knows we’re there by wiggling and tilting his head in an effort to find us and look at us.  The first time he did it, both Dan and I hit the deck trying to avoid eye contact.  We then proceeded to peek over the edge of his crib to see if was still looking.  He was.  Both of us were trying really hard not to laugh.  I wish I had it on video. 

Sometimes we just stand there and look at him once we get him to sleep.



September 22, 2009


Labor Day Weekend

September 12, 2009

It’s very easy to do a whole lot of nothing when you have an infant, but we tried to stay fairly busy this past weekend.  While it’s not as quick and easy as it used to be, we still had a relaxing weekend with some fun stuff thrown in.  The weekend started off with baby’s first trip to Eastside Pizza, our favorite local pizza joint that we’ve frequented regularly since moving into our home.  Since having Aiden, we’ve ordered it in every Friday night and had a quiet little celebration at home for making it another week, but since Nama and Paw Paw were over dining with us this Friday, we were adventurous and stepped out.  It went pretty well, but he got fussy soon after arriving.  That’s what grandparents are for.

 Aiden and Paw Paw Aiden and Nama

We also got a good family shot.  We don’t have many of these yet.

Our Family

Saturday Dan had to drive up to North Georgia to look into buying a trailer (more on this in a later post) so we decided to stop at the North Georgia Outlets on the way back.  The highlight of the trip was eating Five Guys, but we walked around for at least a couple hours and Aiden did great.  There was nothing picture worthy from the trip, so here is a miscellaneous picture from the weekend of my boys watching TV.

Watching TV

Sunday we attended the Art on the Creek art festival just down the road from our house.  It was nice to be outside as the weather was lovely but the following picture pretty much sums up our feelings on the event. 

Snoozing at the Art Festival

I did manage to win a cut and color (valued at $150) at a nearby salon for only $60 in a silent auction.  As you can see from the picture above, I’m in desperate need, so I was really excited about that.  We also won this hand-painted chair for $35.  It was an impulse buy, but it really is a cute chair that we have added to the nursery.

New Chair

And finally Monday we took Zeus and Callea to the dog park.  I haven’t said much about the dogs, but they’ve been great with all the change despite being more neglected than usual.  The dog park is a small part of a bigger park so after they got tired of playing off lease, we took a nice little two mile stroll around the park and let Zeus chase a couple of squirrels.  In doing so we discovered that the park also has Frisbee Golf.  So Dad, if you’re reading this, game on!  Again no pictures, but here is a shot of the dogs on Dog Beach in Huntington Beach, CA. 

Dog Fight

This off-leash dog park is one of the many reasons that we’re thinking of moving back to Cali.  We went there weekly with the dogs.  This is the view from the beach.  Dan took the picture because of the helicopters.  What is it with boys and helicopters?

Dog Beach

When we got home from the park, we had a fussy baby, so I agreed to wear him around, but only under the condition that he wear his hood.

Hanging Out

Becoming Parents – 2 Month Update

September 6, 2009

 beth - pregnantIt’s hard to believe that this was just over 2 months ago.  It seems like  a distant memory. At the time pregnancy and delivery seemed like the challenge to overcome, but boy was I in for a surprise.  It turns out that motherhood was the challenge that I should have been anticipating.  In all honesty, I did very little to prepare for what has turned out to be one of the most life altering events that I trust I will ever endure.  I really didn’t give much thought to how things would be different, and I actually uttered the following sentences “It will be so great to have some time off work when the baby comes.  I will get so much done.”  I mean I pretty much sealed my own fate.

The truth of the matter is that free time is a luxury these days.  I’ve got quite a demanding little man, and nearly all of my time and attention is spent meeting his unrelenting needs.  This adjustment has been quite a challenge for someone who likes to keep busy with her own stuff.  I’ve since had to slow down and realize…wait for it…it’s not just about me anymore.  I’m sure most mother’s realize this before the baby comes, but in thinking over some of the advice I got when I was pregnant, maybe not… 

Before Aiden was born, I had two different, unrelated people tell me that the best advice that they ever got before they had kids was that you don’t have to feel bad if you don’t immediately fall in love with your baby.  Being completely oblivious to the change that was about to occur, I really didn’t understand  what they meant by this advice.   I’ve since given it quite a bit of thought and come up with my own interpretation.  This advice goes out to my friends that haven’t yet had children.

I think what they meant is that it’s okay if it takes time to love your new role as mommy (and daddy for that matter).  It’s true that some people were just born to be parents, but it’s also true that some people have to grow into it.  From the first evening that the baby screamed for hours, it was apparent that both Dan and I fell into the latter category.  It takes time and endless patience (which we’re still learning) to figure out what a baby needs and wants and until you do, you really start to think that you’ve permanently ruined your life.  I actually think you have to love your baby from the beginning…otherwise you’d never get through what I like to call the selfish phase.   We were shocked that no one ever talks about how hard it’s going to be in the beginning and maybe it’s because they feel bad or maybe because they truly forget or maybe because they’re dealing with a whole new set of problems, but I think my friends’ advice was the closest thing we got to a clue. 

The good news?  It gets better.  Now, nearly two months in, I can honestly say that I really love my new life and all the crazy challenges and amazing possibilities it brings.  I look forward to waking up everyday to the enigma that is Aiden.  I mean how could I not being around a face like this everyday?


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Our Little Two Month Old

September 2, 2009

We are amazed daily by how much he’s grown and by how freaking cute he is.