Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas Eve, Eve!

JJ, Jim, and I have enjoyed some pretty slow days around the house lately. Jim had off on Thursday and today, which was totally awesome! (Thank you, OtherScreen!) On Wednesday, we drove with Jim's family through the light display up at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It was great! The best part was definitely driving on the actual track that the Nascar drivers speed down (we were going much slower, of course), but I was definitely struggling to stay in my seat, the track is so steeply banked. The lights were pretty fun, and the Van Fleets definitely made a fun trip of it with beer, snacks, and Wendy's drive thru for the passengers.

That night I woke up with hives from head to toe, and a particularly swollen eye. I called the nurse's number from our insurance, and she told me to go to the Emergency room, but because I took some Benadryl, I was too tired to go. Luckily, my throat didn't close while I was sleeping, and I woke up in pretty good shape. I still don't know what caused it, though, and hopefully won't ever encounter it again!

And tonight we went to one of our favorite places, Carlos Cafe in Rock Hill, SC. If you're ever in the area and like Cuban food, this is the place for you!

And now, some cute pictures of JJ around the house. The first set is of us playing around the tree, and some details of our nativity scene (that was my Grandmother's--along with some additions from JJ's farm animal toys). The second is him escaping to his favorite room in the house, his bathroom. Seriously, I think JJ would sleep standing next to the tub, if he could.)

Turtle bottom!

I wish this one wasn't fuzzy, but I just think it's the cutest little pose!

And a cute face!

And a...not so cute face!

And my Grandmother's set contained the ever popular Christmas deer...What? The horse and pig were ours when we were little.

JJ's first Christmas Ornament!

At church we all wrote messages of hope on the back of ornaments, put them in a basket, and chose someone else's. This was the one received, and I love it!

Puppy bottom!

Merry Christmas Eve, Eve, to all!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy 8 Month Birthday, Buddy!

Our little guy is 8 months old, and I just can't believe it! Where did the time go? Every now and then I get a flash of something that he used to do when he was younger (rooting around on everyone's shoulders for food, only a single "goo" sound per day, barely sitting up on his own--I would stash pillows all around him "just in case" because I was also usually standing by, ready to catch him before he'd hit the pillows. How far we have all come!), and it seems like a lifetime ago. Now I feel like we have a little boy. As I write this, I am watching him play with his toys on the ground, and it is amazing to me how easily he gets around, sitting, rolling forward to start crawling, standing up with assistance from the furniture or a big toy. He concentrates on one activity for a while, then moves on when he's bored, or something catches his eye. Exclaiming "uh Di da di da daa daa" through it all.

JJ is still such an agreeable guy. He is eager to share his smile with everyone, which I love!

Here are some general updates:

Weight: approx. 20 lbs
Foods JJ Eats: apples, pears, carrots, sweet potatoes, peas, parsnips, broccoli, butternut squash, bananas, rice cereal
New behaviors: quietly playing in his crib when he wakes up from naps (not crying immediately), running (what is really fast crawling called?) for the cat food bowl--and looking over his shoulder to make sure Mom is chasing him, sitting well at his play table, putting toys in containers and taking them out, standing for 3 seconds at a time, cruising along furniture with dexterity
Working on: Using a sippie cup, standing on his own, ability to hit buttons with better precision

Foods on the list to try soon: spinach, avocado (if Mom will share with him), green beans, white potato, meats!

JJ is really excited about Christmas, and loves all of the paper, tape and RIBBON!! And here are some pictures.

JJ helping me decorate the tree!

And also helping me UNdecorate the tree--the first ornament he removed to gum. 


My friend Tracy from high school was in town, so we went to dinner with some friends of hers. We had so much fun!

JJ sleeps in the corners of his crib. Usually he has removed his blankets by this point, but this was a rare shot of blanketed JJ sleeping.

He fell asleep sitting up in his crib and then just fell forward to actually sleep. THIS is why we must keep bumpers up in his crib (NC suggestions be damned!)

And JJ playing at his new table (an early Christmas gift from GG and PopPop). He is pretty cute at it, and loves "putting together" his puzzles.

Dangling feet are so sweet!

Happy 8 month birthday to our sweet boy! We love you more than you know, and so enjoy watching you grow! You will do so many great things! We can't wait to see what your future brings!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Trip to the Park

In an effort to exercise more, Jim and I took JJ to a nearby park the other day, and I took my new camera along too. Even though it is getting colder, Charlotte is so lovely this time of year. Crisp, cool, sunny, brisk. We've had a few rainy days, but for the most part, I am a fan of winter down south! 

This was a brisk day, so we bundled JJ up and headed down the Greenway (a park that is a walking path through town), to nearby Cordelia Park. This will be where we take JJ to go swimming during the summer. There are basketball courts, large open fields, 2 playgrounds, an overlook with benches, a swimming pool and water park. We are lucky to be so close to such a great place (and it is less than a half mile walk to Amelie's French Bakery, though I suppose this negates our efforts to exercise).  

Here's JJ in his hat that Auntie Ib knitted for him before he was born. So cute! Gah!!

Cutest picture ever? Quite possibly!

Along the Greenway...

Our new neighborhood marquee

A different kind of golden arches

Here comes JJ!

And closer...

And closer...

Too close! (smooshed face)

Mommy loves the slide!

Cool branch with Uptown Charlotte in the background

Love this man!

Upon exploring the "big kids" playground, I stumbled on this guy...

Since JJ was sleeping...

I got on!

And was in love!

Who among us has ridden a dinosaur?

Since JJ was still pretty happy...

Jim decided to test his balance!

Look at that wingspan!

And celebrating his fancy dismount! There was a twist involved...

What a great day we had! Still loving my new camera! I can definitely tell the difference between these pics and the ones from my iPhone. Now JJ will have some "real" pictures of his childhood!