Sunday, August 30, 2009
Check out her blog for a sneak peek of the pictures (and contact info if you are local and in need of beautiful pictures). I am in love with them!
Friday, August 28, 2009
In this vein, I introduce "5 on Friday" - a weekly post about 5 special reasons I am loving my boy each week.
5. He had a skin infection all week but he was as cheerful and sweet as ever.
4. He loved the hummus Grandma and I made for him this week (best eater ever!!)
3. He started patting his chest anytime someone says "me" this week
2. Yesterday morning we went upstairs to say goodbye to Evan in the morning and he said "DaddyO"which is what I jokingly call my dad
1. Today I said "come to mama" and he walked half way across the room to me!!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Today, Marino is 12 months adjusted (8/26 was my original due date). Auntie Chelle and Auntie Rianne came over after work and hung with the boy. Auntie Chelle brought over super cool new sneaks for Marino that she brought back from Dr. Jay's in NYC. Is Marino a lucky guy or what?
In honor of Marino's adjusted birthday, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on all the cool things he can do now:
* take up to 7 steps at a time (it would be accurate to call them stumbles, but we have to start somewhere, right?)
* can stand for close to a minute (until he thinks about it, then he falls over)
* "brush" his hair and his teeth
* plays peekaboo
* he does the penguin dance
* eat with a fork and cut with a knife with some assistance
* eats table food almost exclusively (I just puree fruit for yogurt)
* pats his belly if I say "big belly"
* pats his chest if we say "where's/who's Marino?" (this just started today)
* knows other people/animal's ears, eyes, mouth and nose
* knows what "gentle" means
* can clap, wave and blow kisses
* says "yay" if there is clapping or cheering
* drinks from a sippy (when he feels like it)
* drinks a bottle with one hand
* can say a handful of words: mama, dada, hi, bye, ball, dog, up, banana, whoa, uh oh, occassionally says "this"
* makes a chewing motion if he wants food or signs "milk" if he wants milk
* knows/does "in"
* rides his Lightning McQueen ride-on car (but only backwards)
* can throw and kick a ball
* plays chase and plays "fetch"
* is an avid climber:)
It's pretty amazing how much have changed in the past few months. He's really made some amazing strides.
Happy adjusted birthday, Marino!!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Um, do you see this hug around the neck? Too much cuteness!!
Did you notice I am wearing the same shirt one week apart? I swear, I am such a creature of habit. I probably put that shirt on every Saturday without even realizing it.
My mom and Ray came fron NY this weekend to visit us (ok, let's get serious, they came to visit Marino). On Sunday, Evan and I spent the whole day tubing in West Virginia with friends, so Marino hung with Grandma and Grandpa Ray all day.
And here is a tiny video of some zombie steps.
He took many more coordinated steps today, but none of them while I was holding the camera. He even took 5 steps over to Max, grabbed his tail, and then took 2 more steps holding his tail! It was pretty awesome!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
After the Fair on Saturday, Evan, Marino and I went to a family picnic at Great Seneca Park. My grandfather and his wife, Joanne, were visiting from Florida and it was great to be able to see them.
Marino's favorite cousin Pacey was there. She decided she wanted to sit in Marino's stroller with him:)
Marino got a chance to visit with some of his other cousins, too. Doesn't he look a lot like Erica (on the right)? They have a very similar complexion and hair color/texture. She is the sweetest girl in the world, so hopefully he will take after her in that regard as well.
L to R: my Aunt Kerry, Evan, Marino, Pacey, Miranda and Sigrid.
Marino and his great grand Pap.
On Sunday, Evan, Marino and I went to visit with The Western's (all of them). It was great to see everyone and meet the newest additions: dogs Coco and Ruby. Marino really enjoyed swimming with everyone (including the dogs!).
Here's Marino playing with Aaron (can you believe he is 7 months older than Aaron? they are almost the same size!).
Ruby decided she wanted to lay like the babies!
Mama and Marino swim!!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Here's Marino and Simon getting reaquainted. They got a long famously!
He even tried to conspire with Brendan to climb it!
Katie calls Brendan "The Dictator" and, judging by this picture, Brendan must have passed on his dictator tricks to Marino!
Here's a picture of all the babies. From L to R: Cameron, Evan, Marino, Brendan and Simon.
Here are some alpacas that were there. They had cool haircuts.
This is how you know your child is ready to leave the Fair!
Can't wait to see everyone next month!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Disclaimer: tomorrow I will likely wake up complaining about being fat again...
Thursday, August 13, 2009
What's better than an aunt visiting? 2 aunts visiting! Here's a picture of Marino visiting with both of his aunts (Richelle and Rianne) last night. Marino is a lucky boy.
Marino has been standing for longer and longer periods of time independently. Both last night and tonight, he stood on his own for 10 seconds! Unfortunately, the toe standing/cruising continues. One day we will laugh about it, I'm sure. In the meantime, can the whole world (not all you wonderful people reading this blog, of course) stop asking me "Is he walking yet?" and then pull the sad face when I say no?!! Seriously, I get asked that a MINIMUM of half a dozen times a day. And I really don't want to hear about how your kid was walking at 7 months or whatever, ok? The average age for walking is 10-18 months so until January, get off my back. Marino's non-walking certainly isn't due to a lack of effort on either of our parts. I don't need further doubt put in my head about Marino's development; I already spend a significant part of my day with a furrowed brow over that very topic. If you all could pass that message on to the rest of the world, I would appreciate it!!
Monday, August 10, 2009
When we got to New Jersey, Marino and Cat had some good play time. Cat was sooo excited to see Marino; it was really adorable. Here's a picture from the playground we went to on Friday. It had little pieces of rubber which is a great idea...but not for babies who still pop everything in their mouths! Marino put a piece in his mouth and while I was trying to pull it out, it got further back in his mouth! Luckily, Sonia is an expert at this, and she just pushed him forward, popped him on the back, and out it came. He was upset and we were all a little scared. I definately will not miss the "chew everything" phase when it comes to an end! Here's Sonia with Marino and Cat (Sonia is now 28 weeks pregnant...Baby Siena is coming in October!).
Other people's toys are so exciting!!
Both Cat and Marino kept trying to drink out of the bubble bottle.
Sleep training update:
I am very happy to say that sleep training is still going really well. He is now sleeping through the night half the time and the other half the time he wakes up once in the middle of the night but falls back asleep within a few minutes. He even slept through the night one of the nights we were at Sonia's house! Last night was a little more difficult than most (20 minutes of crying at bedtime) but we had a very busy weekend with lots of changes, not to mention the heat index was over 100, so I think he may have just been overstimulated. I used to dread putting him to bed at night, since I never knew when he would wake up and scream for me to hold him, but things are much more calm and predictable now and I think we are all a lot happier.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
So, until I have something new to tell you, I'll leave you with a few pictures Evan took of Marino eating his favorite food: Mama's homemade mac, cheese & broccolli.