Thursday, December 31, 2009

Welcome 2010!!

So this is it. The last post to the 2009 edition of The Farnsworth Chronicles. Time to start making the book! I can't wait. 2009 has been an amazing year. I started out the first several months in school and pregnant... then I received my bachelor's degree in May, welcomed Aaron Micheal into the world in June, celebrated Chelsee and Jay's wedding in July, went back to work in August and promptly gave my notice, celebrated John and I's 7th anniversary in September, settled into being a stay at home mommy in October and November, and celebrated our first Christmas as a family in December. Wow. What a year!

Though the year has been eventful, New Year's Eve itself was not so much. John had to work so I stayed up watching movies on Netflix until midnight. As I watched the ball drop, I counted down with the TV, walked into Aaron's room, kissed him on the forehead, and counted my blessings. It was sad not having John home with us but it's only another day of the year after all. I called him and wished him happy New Year and then fell asleep watching a Lost episode.

2010 is sure to be another adventurous year as John will be graduating and getting a new job!!! We may be looking to move and hopefully expecting a sibling for Aaron...

Like a TV series that's just ended it's first season we anxiously wait for what happens next, and watch as a story - our story - unfolds before us. Welcome 2010.

Baking Fool

Since coming back home after Christmas I have baked:

Made-from-scratch yellow cake cupcakes with homemade chocolate icing
A batch of chocolate chip and chopped cashew cookies
2 loaves of Toasted Sesame Cheddar Bread (Amazing!)
1 loaf of Cheesy Italian bread (didn't rise right and turned out gross)
Made-from-scratch waffles
Homemade tortillas (need some work but edible)

I really needed to go to WW this week. I wish they wouldn't have canceled it! I bought some baggies to give things away as I bake them because I don't want them in my house! Although I am learning substitutions and can make my cheddar bread for 1 pt per slice. I gave away the cupcakes and the cookies, threw away the bad loaf of bread, froze several leftover waffles for later, and unfortunately devoured the 2 loaves of Sesame Cheddar bread... I'm thinking of making my sourdough starter today. Maybe I'll give Ciabatta a try too.

Did I speak too soon?

We didn't have a very good eating day yesterday. OK, let me rephrase that. Aaron didn't have a very good eating day yesterday. I ate just fine! In the morning he had real bananas pureed with some rice cereal and B-milk. He ate a few bites but quickly gave up. For lunch I decided to try the jarred baby food version of bananas just by themselves. Nope. Not having it. Then for dinner I pureed some peaches with rice cereal and B-milk. Again, not really interested. (That is the same way I prepared the pears.) Then this morning I tried both the bananas and the peaches again and maybe got a total of 5 bites down. So does he not want to eat? Or does he just prefer pears? We'll see at lunch. I'm going to whip up a batch of pears again.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Progress of eating solids

I'm so glad I don't have to try to drive to work in this! It just keeps snowing. Monday and Tuesday were fine but we got some more last night. I don't mind, it's really very pretty to look at and I'm nice and warm here. I wonder what our total accumulation in the last week is?

Last night we added green beans to our dinner menu for Aaron. He like them it seemed. I think he was starving though because we couldn't seem to feed him fast enough and then he just got frustrated. I think I'll start nursing him 1/2 way before he eats, then feed him solids, then top him off after wards. So he's now eating rice cereal, bananas, pears, and green beans. Oh and I did try peaches once but that was before he was really eating. The pediatrician suggested only introducing new foods one at a time with a couple days in between. I'd like to have him try meat soon so he can get some protein. Maybe we'll do some chicken on Saturday...

Monday, December 28, 2009

The trick to eating solids

I'm a posting fool today! I just fed Aaron half of a pear pureed! He hasn't hardly gotten 2 spoonfuls of anything down since we started trying solids. The trick? Letting him hold the spoon! I figured since whatever is in his hands ends up in his mouth anyway that I would give it a shot. Sure enough, mouth opens wide, spoon goes in and comes out empty! After a few bites he started leaning forward like he wanted more. Yay!!! Can't wait to try other foods...

Christmas 2009

Aaron's first Christmas - and what a Christmas to remember!!!! I was wishing for a white Christmas and God just kept on giving it! Starting Christmas Eve all the way through Saturday night (the day after Christmas) it snowed off and on and we must have gotten a foot of snow. In some places the drifts are 3 and 4 feet tall!

We had a great time at Great Grandma and Grandpa's house with the whole Farnsworth clan. Then we headed over to Grandma and Grandad's to stay the night. We all got our jammies and hung out by the fire. In the morning we had biscuits and gravy and opened our gifts. We are sooooo blessed! They really spoiled us this year! Among other things, John got an air compressor for working on the Jeep, Aaron got a Radio Flyer wagon with all-terrain wheels, and I got a Kitchen Aid mixer for baking lots of goodies!

The snow had come down so much that the only vehicle that could leave was the truck and even it had some difficulty. So by noon we were finally able to pack up and take the truck over to Nanny and Papa's. We had fun opening our stockings and all of our gifts from everyone. John and I couldn't wait to get home and use all of our new tools and bake ware and Aaron was delighted to have so many new noise makers and books! He loves his popper and the balancing monkey toy that helps him learn to crawl. (I've been a baking fool since we got home and have used almost every piece of bake ware/utensils I got - and that was a lot!)

We had planned to see a movie but the snow just kept coming down. Dad and John cleared their drive way with the snow blower than grabbed Chelsee and headed to her house to clear theirs. By the time they were done it was already 6:15 and we still had to get the truck back to his parents. So we borrowed the snow blower and headed over to his parents to see if we could get their drive cleared enough to get our car home and do our own driveway. Turns out the truck got stuck coming up the drive and we ended up staying the night again. John, Matt, and Ron spent almost all day (from 9:00 - 4:00 clearing their drive and ours and we were finally able to get home. What a weekend!

My favorite time of this whole Christmas season was a little moment in our car. The drive home from Great Grandma and Grandpa's on Christmas Eve was one I will never forget. The snow was falling, John was driving, and I was completely and utterly content with the world. I told John I would remember that moment, driving in the car, for a long time. There were hardly any cars on the road, Aaron was singing to us in the back seat, the radio was playing Let it Snow... John didn't have to worry about school for a little bit, I didn't have to worry about work - no stress of trying to get time off... There was an actual blizzard going on outside but we were nice and warm and it was beautiful. In that moment I felt so much love that I didn't even know it was possible - like my heart could literally burst... It was our first Christmas as a family. How truly, truly blessed I am.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Your Baby Can Read

So I got sucked into an infomercial... This program is so cool. It's called Your Baby Can Read and it starts teaching your kid from a very early age to read and understand written words. There was a video of a 9 month old who couldn't yet talk but could understand flash cards of just words. They would say "Arms Up" and she would raise her arms or "clap" and she would start clapping.

The science behind it is pretty neat. They say babies brains develop so much and so quickly from newborn to 5 years that it is naturally easier to learn new things in this window. They recommend starting as early as 3 months old. I am a little skeptical but I can't wait to see if it works. Aaron loves to watch the TV so the DVD's are fun for him. We're supposed to watch the DVD once or twice a day, read the book at least once and do flash cards whenever we can. The results take several months to notice so I have no idea if it works. There are 4 volumes so it's not always the same DVD and simply memorizing. They say that after your child can read the first 50 words that they begin to see patterns and can then pick up words really fast and even read words they've never seen. Interesting... We'll see how it works.

Movie night

So this is more for pure history-recording sake... Tonight we saw Avatar. It was a seriously amazing movie. I give it a 10++++!!!! The graphics and effects were so far beyond any other thing I have ever seen! We got to see it in 3D and it was so real you could almost touch the ashes floating around my head in a particular scene. Someday we are going to look back at this and laugh at how amazed we were like we do now as our parents marvel over the first Star Wars movie. Though the story was a little predictable, the cinematography was absolutely AMAZING. I can't wait to see it again - and for maybe the first time ever, I want to sit close to the screen!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Aaron is 6 Months Old!

How time flies!!! I can't believe he's already half a year old. We went to see Dr. Filardi on Monday and he is perfectly healthy. He weighed 18 pounds, 1 oz which puts him in the 55th percentile now for weight. His height was 27 inches which dropped him to the 75th percentile. No worries though - Dr. Filardi says this is normal for breast fed babies. Something about how our bodies magically know to start making milk with more protein and less fat... Those weren't her exact words but it is truly fascinating how the body works!

He's ready for solids now and we got a list of recommendations from his doctor. So far, he really does not like eating from a spoon. I'm not going to force it but I do need to get better at offering it multiple times a day. She gave us some suggestions on masking the rice cereal in other foods because he might think it too bland. At first he just didn't know what to do with the spoon but now he is literally forcing his mouth closed and turning his head away! Little stinker!

He's almost able to sit on his own now. In fact the day after Christmas he sat on a blanket for a little while all by himself! He still doesn't quite have the rolling thing down but I'm working with him.

He is so much fun! He'll be crawling soon enough and then I won't be able to get anything done because I'll be chasing him everywhere! I welcome it...

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Say What?

Mommy's writing Christmas cards, daddy's taking a nap, and Aaron is on the floor begging daddy to come play with him! John woke up and came in the office to find Aaron squealing with delight! He loves his daddy so much! I think he must have carried on for at least 20 min.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas has begun...

Last night we celebrated Christmas with Grandma Great at Nanny and Papa's house.  We had a wonderful soup dinner and then sat around and opened gifts.  We are so blessed!  John got all sorts of neat tools and a creeper to work on his Jeep.  I got some awesome cookie sheets and silicone liners to go with it.  I also got what I call a butter brush but I'm not really sure what it's actually called.  It's used to brush sauces on foods.  I can't wait to use my stuff.  Aaron got some fun books and DVDs of which we've already watched one and read the books.  He loves them!!! 

Today we went to see Grandma Great perform in a choir concert at the Atrium.  She did great and had fun showing Aaron off in his cute santa hat to all of her friends afterwards!

On a slightly different note, I tried again to feed Aaron some rice cereal tonight.  It's been over a week since we've last tried.  He still wanted nothing to do with it.  He doesn't get the spoon thing and when he's done, he simply won't open his mouth.  I even tried to thicken it a little more to see if that would help.  When it didn't I went to sugar free applesauce.  It was the only other thing I had on hand since I don't have any fruit to puree right now.  He made a hysterical face when he first tasted it.  He maybe got one whole spoonful down and then gave up.  Maybe he's just not ready yet.  We'll see what Dr. Filardi says on Monday for his 6 month checkup!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Da Da

I almost forgot to post this but Aaron is now saying dada...well sort of!  The morning after we got back from OK, I woke up with John laying next to me just smiling.  He said he had been listening to Aaron say dada all morning.  He babbles a lot in the mornings, talking to his little mobile friends.  Recently he's started experimenting with different tongue positions to make noises and some how figured out the sound "da."  It is the cutest thing!  He may not know he's saying dada but we don't care!  Now if he can say mama when he's happy instead of only when he's upset...

Clothes, Clothes, and more Clothes!

Well we aren't going to need clothes for a while!!!  Just after we got home from our lake trip we turned around and headed south.  We got to stay with Grammy in Wichita and visit with her and Dee Dee and Jerry.  Aaron was in such good spirits even though his nose was running like a faucet!  It was a lot of fun and I'm glad we got to have dinner together.  We forgot the pack and play so the three of us slept together in the bed!  It was kind of cute to wake up and see my little man inches away from my face just snoozing away.  He was really the only one who got much sleep though!  John and I were trying not to crush him and steering clear of his flailing arms!

The next day Grammy got to go into work late and play with Aaron some - we had some good tummy time with the new toy that Dee Dee and Jerry got Aaron for Christmas.  It's a little playschool thing that you can hit buttons and hear animals sing to you.  We headed further south to Edmond (outside Oklahoma City) to Aunt Sandy and Uncle Macky's house.  It was nice to catch up and enjoy dinner together.  They helped us load the boxes into the truck.  We had to empty two of them and shove the clothes in the cab of the truck because we didn't have room for them!  I bet they were glad to get those out of their garage!  It took two days to sort through and size them all.  They are now packed neatly back in their boxes and labeled.  There are some really cute things in there!  All and all it was a good trip and sort felt like Christmas as we unpacked and picked out what to keep for Aaron.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Weekend at the Lake

Had a fun time at the lake this weekend. We mostly just hung around and played Rock Band/watched movies. We were supposed to go to Silver Dollar City but the weather was not cooperating with us. It was wet and rainy and very cold. Aunt Katie took some great pictures of us though. I'm really going to try to get Christmas cards out this year! (I'm embarrassed to say that I still have people to thank for gifts given after Aaron was born so I'll be putting special notes in some of my cards.) These are some of our favorite pics:


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

"Honey Help!"

This is the phrase I heard at about 7:20 this evening as we were headed out the door for Bible class. I rushed into Aaron's stinky room to find John with two poopy hands and a giggling baby. Aaron's little body has not digested the rice cereal very well and he's been quite constipated. I was getting worried about it but today he jumped a lot at Grandma's and must have loosened it all up. That little diaper was not going to do the trick. He had poop all the way up to his hair!!!! I wish it was on video because I'm sure it was hilarious to see mommy trying to strip him down while daddy is using wipe after wipe to get the poop off of his hands and Aaron's bottom. Mommy ended up getting it on her hands too in the process of taking off his long sleeve shirt and the onsie below it. Once he was stripped down to nothing John raised him up while I gave him a wipe bath all over. We couldn't put him back down on the changing table so John set him down in the crib and put a diaper on him while I went to rinse out his clothes, strip down the changing table and attempt to Lysol everything to kill the stench. Solid food poo smells disgusting!! I'm not sure how many wipes we went through but I had to use a grocery bag to dispose of the diaper and wipes. There was no wrapping it up nice and neat in a little ball to put in the diaper pail. To top it all off, Aaron thought the whole thing was quite humorous. He would go from huge smiles to all out laughs while mommy and daddy scrambled around his room trying to clean him, and everything around him up. What an adventurous evening....

What's going on?

Aaron is still waking up 2-3 times per night. I thought he was hungry so I've been doing all I can to make sure he's full. Last night he was out around 7:30 and woke at midnight. Since he wanted nothing to do with eating from a spoon earlier (something he doesn't quite get or care to get at this point), I mixed about 4 ounces of milk and 1 tbsp of cereal and fed it to him in a bottle. Then I nursed him after that. I was positive he had to be full. 3:30 rolls around and he's up again. I changed him and nursed him and put back to bed, then rolled back in bed myself around 4:30. This morning when he woke he seemed to not be hungry at all. He's perfectly content just playing around. So is he really waking at night out of hunger or something else? Why has he reverted? I was prepared for no sleep in the begining and then I got used to my 6-8 hour nights. I hope he gets over this soon.

There's always two sides to every story. While I hate getting up and how it messes with my sleep schedule...I LOVE the way he looks at me when he's sleepy and happy after nursing. I got teary eyed last night as we shared what seemed like 2 solid minutes just staring into eachother's eyes. He looked up at me and smiled and held his gaze. It was like he was talking to me through his eyes telling me that he appreciated me getting up and he was happy to be right there in my arms at that moment. Then his lids started to get heavier and heavier until he fell back asleep, still half smiling. I love him so much! It's so amazing how you can't even being to describe the love you have for your child. Whatever I have to do, it's always worth it.

Monday, December 7, 2009

I wish I had that on tape...

I walked into Aaron's room to check on him because he was supposed to be napping and he had been crying for about 10 min. I knew he was tired - I saw the signs. So I peeked in over the crib railing and he is sprawled in his usual manner, clutching his blanket to his mouth with his eyes closed. You know the sleepy eyes you get when your tired and trying not to fall asleep? That was what his eye lids looked like only they were closed. Meanwhile hes still kicking his feet and crying. It was as if his body had already gone to sleep but his mind wasn't going to allow it yet. Crazy kid! Mommy ALWAYS knows best. : )

Aaron's First Solids


We finally tried some solid food! It wasn't a planned thing but we decided it was time to try some rice cereal. He'll be 6 months in two weeks. (I can't believe that!) I had been keeping a sleep journal for the month of November to look for some nap and bedtime patterns and I noticed over the last two weeks he has been waking up one to two times to nurse. Not to mention I could feel it because I am progresively getting more irritable and cranky - much like I felt in the first weeks after we brought Aaron home from the hospital. We thought maybe he was not satisfied at night anymore so I sent John to Walmart last night and we gave it a whirl.

1 tbsp of ceral and like 5 tbsp of warm breast milk made for a very soupy first try. He wasn't quite sure what to expect! I think he maybe got half of it down but not bad for the first go. We'll see what happens today. Mommy's going to read up on solids. I'm thinking we'll just stick with this rice cereal for a couple of weeks and then add some other foods like nanners and stuff. I don't want to introduce too many things at once! He did sleep better though. He didn't wake until 4:00 so an eight hour stretch. Mommy was very grateful for that! He had been sleeping 12 hour stretches and then recently went to no more than 4 hours at a time. It was wearing me down! Maybe once he gets the hang of it more he'll go back to sleeping longer. He might also be going through a growth spurt. The little bugger grows so fast!

We had invited Grandma and Granddad over for dinner before we had any plans to start solids. They hadn't seen him since Tuesday and needed an Aaron fix! They ended up getting to witness his first cereal and were super excited!

Here's some pics and when I get the video captured I'll add it too.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Jump N Move

Here it is - Aaron's favorite song!!!  He's so adorable.  I love him so much!  Ironically he was wearing his frog jammies.  That was not planned.  Enjoy!  (Sorry about the quality - I wish I could make it better.)

Tired and Cranky

Me or Aaron? Both. It's been almost a week since my last post...this is starting to sound like a confessional! Today is better but yesterday was tiring! Aaron has started whining a lot if he doesn't get a lot of attention. I was working on the budget (anytime a sentence starts off that way you know my day was probably stressful) and he just wanted to play. I kept ignoring him while I hunted for the silly offage in our checkbook - which I found 3 hours later! He was NOT happy with me and for good reason. That/s how my day started and from then on it got a little better but Mr. Fussipants had set his course and nap time was slim. By 6:30 he had his bath and I nursed him. Then he conked after fighting sleep most of the afternoon.

Early bedtime was nice but nursing him at 11:30, 5:00, and up for the morning at 7:30 was not so fun. I miss the days that he slept all night and didn't wake up until 8:00. Most of this week he's been waking up in the middle of the night to nurse. We wonder if he's approaching a growth spurt. They say when he's ready for more to eat than milk he'll start becoming less satisfied. I don't know if waking up at night means he's unsatisfied but I guess time will tell. We're really close to 6 months anyway so we'll probably start solids in the near future. I'd like to wait a little longer though.

I'm going to post a video (once I make it) of Aaron's favorite song. We've discovered that no matter how cranky he is, this song always cheers him up and elicits a smile or giggle! It's so cute!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Eight I'm slacking. The funny thing is - a LOT can happen in eight days with a 5 month old in the house. Let's see, recently we've learned how to squeal with delight and whine instead of cry. The first part has been a blessing - I love listening to him "talk" and squeal at his mobile friends while in his crib. He rarely cries anymore. He's a happy baby when he wakes up. Nap time has been going great and he's learned to talk himself to sleep. It's really cute. He does it in the car too. He'll be singing along and all of the sudden it's quiet in the back seat and I notice his head is bobbing a little.

The other new-found sound is not as fun although still cute in its own way. He has started this whining thing. Instead of full blown tears he's learned that he can just whine instead and mommy will rescue him out of his exersaucer or pick him up off the floor or something. It's ok for a little while but it does tend to wear down the nerves. I had to turn him over to daddy for a while today because he just wanted to whine and whine and I was exhausted from trying to keep him happy while attempting to wrap packages.

He hasn't rolled over again since that one day but I think it's coming soon. He can scootch on his tummy a little by using his head and knees. Pretty talented I'd say. He goes about two inches and then slumps to the floor in defeat. He'd much prefer to be on his feet and jumping. He has pretty powerful ups in a Johnny jumper!

Thanksgiving was fun at Aunt Chelsee's house this year. We went a little early to help cook and mommy packed the car up with Aaron stuff... the Bumbo, Pack n' Play, diaper bag full of toys, and even his exersaucer. They all came in handy though and Aaron was happy so it was worth it. He took two naps while we were there and for the most part was a happy kid with no real crankiness. It was very enjoyable. Daddy played video games with Jay while the girls cooked and then cleaned up after dinner.  No complaints from me though - I actually enjoyed the cooking and cleaning.  We later took him to Grandma and Grandpa Farnsworth’s while we went to a movie and then spent the rest of the evening at their house just browsing Black Friday ads.

Shopping was an adventure on Black Friday! I've never been out shopping as I always had to work. John and I scored some great deals and we bought something for everyone. We aren't quite done as a few people on our list are not finished yet but we're way ahead of the game now. John got our lights out on the house and we finished putting out our Christmas decorations today. We're ready to entertain now! Thinking of having a party for the teenagers. Should be fun.

I've got to blog more often or I'm going to end up writing a book every eight days!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Fun cooking

Last night we had the Farnsworth crew over. I got to try out a lot of recipes that I've wanted to make and it turned out to be an early Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey, sausage stuffing, roasted sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and gravy, zucchini chips, corn, and home made bread. It was so much fun! Aaron napped really well all day - I think he was catching up from the last two nights of being up too late. We had a great rhythm going so I was able to cook and clean and top the night off with a relaxing dinner. I'm really loving this cooking thing!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Blog Title

I think this title is more fitting than "Farnsworth Adventures in Parenthood" since I intend to make this into a book.

BTW, Happy Birthday Papa!!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Let it snow!

We are a snow family.  Most people around here protest it but we love it - even if it's a pain to drive in sometimes.  Someday maybe we will be able to fulfill our dream of living in the mountains but for now we take what we can get.  This morning there was a tiny dusting on the ground.  When John left for work he kissed me goodbye (like he does every morning) and told me I should get a picture of Aaron's first snow.  So before it all melted I bundled our kiddo up in unmatching warm clothes with his funny shoes and cute little hat and went outside to document his very first encounter with the cold white stuff. 

He liked it of course - he is a Farnsworth after all!  Sadly all traces of snow were gone by 11:00am but the weatherman says this year we are due for lots of snow this season.  They said that Kansas City has not seen 6 inch dumps of snow since 2005 but to expect more than one occasion of 6+ this winter.  I can't wait!  Too bad Aaron's not quite old enough for snow angels yet.

Monday, November 16, 2009

All Bundled Up

Feels more like November today!  It was in the 30's and snowing just north of us.  I busted out a sweater and his cute little hat that Aunt Amy made him.  He was so cute and he actually wore the sweater all day.  I was afraid it would be too hot but I guess not!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

A weekend at the Lakehouse

There were too many good photos to choose from!  What a great weekend we had - lots of lounging and relaxing. 

Aaron has a new favorite toy - his Pooh bear that the Adrians gave him.  He loves the crinkle noise the butterfly makes and the squeek that Pooh makes when you squeeze him tight.  This is him watching his show on the bed while mommy packs all of our bags. (Yes, there were many.)
We figured out that the exersaucer actually folds up! Well let me rephrase that - John figured it out. : ) We were able to bring it with us so he could play in it at the lake.
Looking outside the kitchen you can see nanny holding Aaron.  It is unusually warm weather for November as Papa blows leaves and waters the grass.
Grandma Great's rings are very facinating.  They could keep him occupied for at least 20 minutes while we finished getting dinner ready.
Nanny flew Aaron around which he loves!  Buster was constantly wanting in on the action.  He went everywhere Aaron was.
This is his latest trick.  When he lays on his back he'll hold his legs and head up, strain every muscle in is body and grimice.  He wants to sit up soooo bad!  It's adorable to watch.
Grandma Great had fun holding Aaron.

We can't forget bath time. Nanny got to witness the happy bath moments. He loves the water.

Friday, November 13, 2009

The stubborn gene

Yes, he has it.  I thought we were done with the bottle strike but my little man is persistant.  It's not that he doesn't know how to take the bottle or that he's not hungry.  He is just plain stubborn.  Yesterday at grandmas house he took the bottle for me before I left to work out but when I gave him to grandma, he wouldn't have it.  I wonder if this means he's going to be a stubborn eater all his life.

I guess part of the blame is mine because we haven't been consistant with the bottle - I guess we're going to have to reinstitute the one bottle a day thing.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

You'd think I'd learn my lesson...

Bad mommy!  The little guy woke up at 7 (which is pretty normal) this morning and I was still exausted.  So after I nursed him I brought him in the room with me, propped him next to me on the bed in his boppy and turned on the colors show.  He intently watched while I dozed.  I noticed sometime later that the video had stopped so like a snooze button I hit play and let him watch it AGAIN!  Sometime during the second round he must have fallen asleep because I woke up at 9:00 and he had dozed off.  As soon as I moved he woke up.  I have no idea how long he slept so our little up for 2 hours thing before taking a morning nap thing was totally blown.  I couldn't tell if he was really tired or what so I tried putting him down at 10 for his nap.  It's now 10:42 and finally peaceful.  He cried and cried.  I think he was overtired.  I know that when I try to go back to sleep or doze some more it always seems to turn out bad later on.  Why didn't I just wait until his nap time?  I hate mornings! Ok- let me rephrase that - I hate getting up in the mornings!  If I would only go to bed at a normal time I might actually get some sleep. 

Ok - enough complaining - I don't have to go to work anymore!  Life is good...even if I have to get up early with Aaron.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Same blog - new look

I needed a channge of scenery - maybe I'll change it up for the Fall season.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Aunt Katie The Photographer

Check out some of our pics from the Mildale Farm. They turned out great! Can't wait for our next photo shoot - Katie you rock!!


It's official now - no more leaving Aaron unattended for the slightest of moments.  No propping him up on the bed and running to the kitchen. No more setting him on the changing table and getting something from the closet, or sitting him in his bumbo on the counter while I turn around to cook.  Little Aaronmister has learned to "scooch" himself by arching his back and using his legs.  It looks like the crab walk without the arms.  Forget the army crawl - he'd rather be on his back!  (I think eventually he'll like his tummy when he figures out he can get around better that way.)  This morning I found him in his crib with he head wedged in the corner, perpendicular!  He probably got stuck that way because he moved so much he couldn't go any farther.  This is why they say no pillows in the crib!  Good thing we cleared them out long ago.

I've noticed for the last few days that he has started arching his back when he doesn't want to be somewhere.  Yesterday he arched his back in the bumbo and almost pushed himself up out of it.  He also has discovered how to move down the bed when we are watching Baby Einstein by arching his back.  I just left him long enough to go to the restroom and when I got back he was at the edge of the bed! 

Little scoocher is keeping us on our toes and he's not even crawling yet!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

A Victorious Day!

First off, I finally got the guts to let John pull out my ingrown toenail.  It was huge!  There is no way I would have been able to just soak it out like I read online.  I thought I could wait it out and let the thing grow but it just got more painful as time went by.  Plus this morning it really started to puss up - gross!  My wonderful hubby did a block on my toe with Litacain and numbed it all up.  It was done in just a few minutes.  It's still sore right now but I'm confident all will be well soon.

Then an amazing thing happened this afternoon - Aaron decided to give up the bottle strike!!!  Yay!!!!  He was going through a phase of refusing to take a bottle - something that made it difficult to leave for any extended period of time.  John's mom bought some cool new bottles that are supposed to be great for breastfed babies.  At first he wasn't having it while I was still home.  Then I left to go to a Scentsy party at Chelsee's and he ate like a champ while I was gone!  We tried it again for dinner tonight just to see if it was fluke.  No tears or fussing - he ate the whole bottle just fine.  I'm so excited that John, my parents and John's parents can feed him once again.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Nail woes

I have a bad ingrown toe nail on my right foot (big toe).  It hurts like crazy and when I called the foot doctor they said it would cost me anywhere from $180 to $300 for them to dig it out.  That's just ridiculous!  But what's more riduculous is that I am such a baby about needles that I'd rather sit here in pain then have them poke me with the litacain.  I agreed to let John look at it, numb it up and try to take care of it himself.  He's still mad at me this morning for my childish behaivior last night.  It hurt so bad and I never did let him get the litacain all the way in so he quit and I went to bed still in pain and embarrased that I couldn't handle it.  I don't want to go to the doctor - they'll just do the same thing and it will be even more embarrasing.  Plus they'll charge me when I could have had it done for free.  Maybe my sweet hubby will forgive me and try again today.

I'm not having good luck with nails.  This morning I was trying to cut Aaron's nails with the clippers.  His nails grow faster than the dandelions in our yard in the spring.  Usually I wait until he is really sleepy so he doesn't move too much.  He was calm I thought, but not really sleepy.  I did the dreaded cut too far thing and made his pinky bleed!  I felt sooooo bad!!!  He cried and cried, getting louder as he got over the initial shock.  I'm not sure who cried more, him this morning, or me last night.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Helping mommy

Well we've gone from being afraid of the vacumn to helping mommy clean.  "Here mom, I'll hold that for you."  He keeps the chord out of the way for me!

**Bonus! He got so sleepy from the rythmic noise that he fell asleep! I didn't know he was sleeping until he did the head nod thing.

Play Time

Ellie joins in the fun for tummy time.

We sure love the exersaucer!

Awe and Wonder

How many times have I read about people being filled with awe and wonder? Countless. There's story after story in the Bible of people filled with awe after experiencing the presence of God. I myself have experienced this awe. But what would it be like to live in those awesome moments everyday? I bet Aaron knows. I see his little eyes light up with every new thing he experiences. It is the most amazing thing. I get positively giddy watching him and helping him discover his surroundings and himself. Though he cannot say a word, I can tell he is taking it in. He is so full of life.

Why do we lose that wonder? I wonder if God feels the same way about me as I do when I'm watching Aaron filled with that sense of awe? It's in those moments when we know that God is truly leading our lives and revealing himself to us that we experience that same innocent, awestruck sensation. Does God get giddy too? I would like to think he does!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Rolled over!

Yesterday as we were doing our tummy time, Aaron rolled over on his own!!!  I was helping him roll from his tummy to his back and then back to his tummy and all of the sudden he rolled back over to his back all by himself!  I don't know if it was momentum or if he really figured it out.  Doesn't matter, I'm counting it!

Sunday, November 1, 2009


We had a really eventfull Halloween- so eventfull that little Aaron couldn't keep up and we had to stretch it out over the whole weekend.  Luckily, he didn't know that Sunday wasn't Halloween too so he didn't mind wearing the costume again. : )  On Saturday we went and visited Teresa at work dressed as both a Lion and a nurse!  He was adorable in his little scrubs but they barely fit and were really hot under that Lion suit.

Then it was off to visit Great Grandma Thies at the Atriums. She was thrilled to see him and got some great pics in front of her decorated door. When I get a copy of them I'll post it.

After that it was on to see Great Grandma and Grandpa Farnsworth.  They were plesantly suprised to see little Aaron.  By that time he had just about enough of that costume and wasn't in the mood to wear it anymore.  He was great for them but started to get really sleepy so we decided to head home for a nap.  Too bad he just cried and cried and never napped.  He finally conked out at 6 and slept ALL NIGHT until 5 the next morning!!!  No trick or treating for us.  We didn't even have candy to pass out because we thought we'd be out.

But the next day we got to dress him up again and go visit Nanny and Papa and Aunt Katie.  He was in good spirits as he showed off his Lion cosutme yet again.  Of course everyone thought he was adorable.  When the suit got too hot we took it off and papa told him about the hat collection that he would one day have.  Too cute!

Finally we stopped over at Grandma and Grandad's house to show them our Lion.  He was pretty sleepy by then.  He probably should have gone to bed but we were determined to take him over so they could see him too.  I know they were glad they got see his cute little outfit and he was pretty cuddly since he was tired.  All in all, we had a great Halloween.  Can't wait unitl he can understand what costume he's wearing.  Or better yet, be able to pick one out and I can help make it/put it together for him!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Photo Shoot...sort of...

Sorry mom, my teeth hurt and I'd rather chew on my fingers than smile.

Actually these props are pretty interesting...

Seriously, a hat? You know how I feel about you covering my hair.

Yeah, go ahead, keep snapping as if I'll smile...

I could hang out here with my thumb forever.

But back to these crinkly things...they really are facinating...