Monday, October 29, 2012

Eli 9 months Old and Family Photos

We had one of our challenging mornings today so I didn't get a picture of Eli before we went out the door.  Eli is trying to develop a little cold or allergies or something so he was not a happy camper this morning.  It took us 5 minutes just to get him in his car seat.  He never enjoys the car seat, but when he doesn't feel good, watch out!  There was back arching, screaming, and tears followed by exhaustion and snoring in the 15 minutes it took us to get in the car and arrive at day care to drop him off this morning.  On mornings like this grabbing the camera and getting pictures is the last thing on my mind.

Fortunately, my good friend Christi is as efficient as she is talented.  Yesterday, Christi met us at the pumpkin patch in hopes of doing some family photos and getting Eli's 9 month pictures.  It was cold (50 degrees), very windy, and Eli was getting sick.  But we tried it anyway and I'm so glad that we did.  Before bedtime last night Christi had 4 beautiful pictures posted on Facebook and at least a couple more this morning. 

Christi and I have known each other forever and she is the sweetest lady you'd ever hope to meet.  I'm not sure how recently she's begun doing some light photography work on the side, but she definately has an eye for it.  What I'm most impressed by, though, is how she managed to get some pictures edited so quickly.  She has a 3 year old little boy and a 4 month old little girl of her own and still she managed to get us a preview of our pictures within a few hours.  I think I'm doing good if I can get Eli's weekly shot off the camera within 2-3 days so I'm super impressed. 

So until I can get photos and do a proper post for Eli's 41 week pictures, I'll share these.  See you soon!

You can't see how cold it is, but can you tell how windy it is?

This one was taken when we ducked back into the corn maze.  It provided a nice little haven from the wind. 

Another shot in the corn maze.  This is my favorite so far.  I was afraid that it would be way to dark in our little hole to get good shots, but apparently it was just terrific.

What a beautiful little face!
Eli almost refused to smile all afternoon and I was constantly wiping snot from his nose.  I'm not sure how we got so lucky as to get these fresh faced pictures. 

Our happy little family of 3.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Eli's 9 month Checkup

On Tuesday, Brian took Eli to the doctor for his 9 month checkup including 1 shot.  I felt terrible that I wasn't taking him myself but I just didn't have the vacation hours to do it.  Brian had some from all the traveling he's been doing so it worked out that he took Eli. 

According to Brian, Eli seemed happy enough but was making the worst sad face you've ever seen until they called them back and put them in a room.  It was so bad apparently, that the nurses even asked if Eli was sick.  I don't know if it was just that he's discovered how to make a new face or if something really was wrong, but he was still doing it when they got home that afternoon. 

At 9 months old, Eli weighed in a 23.5 lbs (90th Percentile) and measured 29.5 inches long (75th Percentile).  So Eli is obviously a big boy or as one random person in an elevator put it, "a bruiser". 

Eli had fun playing with the paper on the exam table until the doctor came in.  At one point when I called I could here him jabbering and talking and playing in the background.  Brian said that he wasn't a fan of the doctor looking in his ears or throat but I can't say that surprises me.  He doesn't really like it when we wipe his face after supper and practically refuses to open his mouth to let us check for new teeth. 

Eli only had to get 1 shot this time, Hepetitis B, and Brian said he sat in his lab and didn't even cry.  What a big man he was for Daddy!  Unfortunately, we found out that we have to go to the hospital for some routine lab work.  I called and the hospital told me that we could bring him by anytime.  Apparently they have someone there to do that 24/7.  So it looks like first thing Satruday morning we'll be trying to get that out of the way.  I don't expect the lab work to be pulled off without tears.  They'll have to prick his heel and I would expect that would be painful.  The last time we went for lab work, he screamed his head off.  I'm definately not looking forward to that. 

So at 9 months we now have 6 teeth (with more on the way I suspect).  Eli says Mama, Dadda, and sometimes I think he says bottle or baby but I can't really figure that one out.  Eli has discovered that cereal puffs are okay but way prefers Ritz crackers.  I've completely lost count of the number of haircuts we've had at this point, but we just had one a couple weeks ago and it already looks like he could use another.  Currently, his favorite toy is anything that makes lots of noise.  A cardboard box in the floor with a couple of wooden spoons makes a great drum.  An old medicine bottle with coins in it is also pretty high on the list of favorites.  Mom or Dad's cell phone is also interesting most of the time.  And, if all else fails, he'll grab a toy bat or one of his spoons and crawl all over the house beating everything to hear the different sounds.  He is a very busy little boy. 

This is a look at a typical afternoon at our house.  The pictures aren't vey good because I took them with my cell phone but you can get the idea.

We get home from work/daycare and it's time for a bottle and a short nap.  On good days, once Eli is napping, he and Daddy sit on the couch while Mom fixes supper.  On bad days, Mom and Dad get to eat leftovers or whatever they can find because Eli is having none of this napping with Daddy stuff.  When Mom is real efficient, she has a casserole ready to pop in the oven or supper is waiting in the crock pot so she can hold Eli through his nap.  Really efficient doesn't happen often.

 After a nap it's time to get in the high chair and eat some real food.  Eli's current favorites are sweet potatoes and butternut squash. But really he just wants whatever Mom and Dad are having.  Soon, little buddy, soon.

After supper, we have a little playtime then usually a bath.  Lately, Eli's been playing outside at daycare and comes home covered in dirt.  They say that they can't keep him on the quilt they sit him on anymore.  I told them that as long as he's safe, a little (or a lot of) dirt won't hurt anything.  Let him be a boy!  (Yellow duckie added to keep this site family friendly.)
After bathtime, we get into our jammies and play for another hour of so.  Usually, by 7:30 Eli is tired and getting cranky so it's time for another bottle and bed.  We eat our bottle on the couch in the living room and then I take him to his room and tell him the Cat in the Hat (I no longer need the book, I just recite from memory) then sing 2 lullibies and he's out like a light.  Eli almost always sleeps thorough the night though sometimes he does a lot of moving and squirming around 4 or 5 am before going back to sleep for another hour. 

 So that's a typical weekday afternoon for us.  The mornings are usually just too busy to take lots of pictures.  (Heck these nighttime pictures were taken over the course of 2-3 weeks.)  But in the mornings I get him up at 6 after I'm dressed and ready.  He usually takes about half a bottle while we watch the news, then we try to get him dressed and out the door before 6:30.  There is typically some playing in there while we get dressed, but all in all there isn't much time to spare in the mornings. 

We hope you've had a great week and have some wonderful weekend plans.  See you next week.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Eli - 40 weeks

I can't believe we are just 12 weeks shy of 1 year old.  I always knew it would go by fast, but I never dreamed that it would go by this fast. 

Eli was a very busy and happy little boy this morning (right up until we had to get in the carseat).  We got up, had a little bit of a bottle, then he was off and moving again.  I managed to get lucky and catch him being still standing up at the coffee table long enough to get his 'jammies off but after that the race was on.  As usual, Eli was crawling away and I was chasing after him (me on all fours as well) trying desperately to get a shirt and pants on him while he's crawling all over the house.  Today, he was jabbering alot too.

Eventually, I managed to wrangle him on our bed long enough to get him dressed.  But he was not going to stand for that much longer and within seconds was back on the floor moving.  We did manage to get a few pictures this morning before we left too. 

Mondays are hard on everybody, I guess.  Eli was not happy when I put him in his carseat or the entire way to daycare.  When we got to daycare, he didn't want to leave me or be put down.  I got him playing with one of his favorite toy drums and thought I'd distracted him.  But the minute I touched the door, he started crying.  I know the lady at the daycare picked him up right away and I think he was fine by the time I got in the car but it makes a tough morning all the way around.  I really loved the few mornings last week when he was so busy playing with the other kids that he didn't even know I left. 

We have a very busy week ahead this week with doctor's appointments, work, and getting Daddy ready to go away for 1 night.  We are also hoping to take Eli to the pumpkin patch next weekend.  I expect that this week will fly by and we'll be back to Monday before you know it.  We hope that you have a good week and will check back in with us later in the week for a report from Eli's 9 month checkup.

I found Mommy's bottle of hair spray and stole the cap!

Now it's my favorite new toy.  I hope Mommy doesn't need this. 

By the way, I'm through sitting on the couch this morning.  You got lucky and I cooperated for half a minute. 

Now let's see if I can find the dog's bowl.  Yep, it's in the laundry room.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Eli - 39 Weeks (9 Months) and Very Busy

Where have the last 9 months gone??? For that matter where has my child gone at the moment? Oh wait, there he his.  (Eli, baby, don't play in the dog bowl, stay away from the potty, and come play in the floor with Mommy.)  We are super mobile these days so I rarely go 3 minutes without redirecting Eli's attention to something he CAN play with.

This morning Eli was far too busy to worry about having his picture taken.  I was barely able to get him still long enough to get him dressed.  It was one of those challenging mornings where we had very different ideas about what we should be accomplishing.  Eli wanted to play and move and squirm and I needed to get him dressed.  He went to be 30 minutes earlier than normal last night so he woke up ready to go this morning.  Lots of times I have to wake him up but today he was standing up in his crib waiting for me.  We settled in on the couch for his morning bottle and 10 minutes later he was ready to roll.  I don't think I put Red Bull in his bottle this morning, but I'm not entirely convinced he didn't sneak it in there on me. 

When I dropped him off at daycare he saw one of the big boys building a tower of blocks and he was ready to go.  He wasn't happy that I slowed him down to take off his jacket.  I don't think he even knew that I left he was so into playing with the other little boy. 

Given his energy level, I did good to get 3 pictures today and those weren't very good ones.  I hope you enjoy them anyway. 

Ahhhhh..... Don't take my picture, Mommy.  I'm too busy.

You get one shot at a good picture and you blow it.  I'm not going to make this sweet face again.

If you try this just one more time I will be forced to wack you with my hair brush.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

38 Week Pictures

Eli's Pictures for this week.
Happy morning playing with his hair brush.

Monster Face.  See my bottom two toothies.

Cruising around the table after daycare.

Hi there, World!

See my top two toothies beginning to poke through!
Toothie Zoom In.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Eli - 38 Weeks

I'm a dope and can't get everything where I need it this week to get Eli's picture posted.  Uploading pictures and videos from home is just too slow so I ususally do it at work during my lunch break.  Unfortunately, I can't get the pictures off my camera or video camera at work without going to a special computer and jumping through some serious hoops.  So while it's way quicker and easier to upload it and write the post at work, I have to have my act together to be able to do it.  This week, that isn't happening.

Yesterday I had the camera, but not my hard drive necessary to be able to get to the files.  Today I have my hard drive but I left my camera at home.  Fortunately, I did get my video camera to work with me today which means that even though I don't have pictures to share today I do have a cute video. 

Eli is a very busy little man this week.  This week he had his two top front teeth come in.  I was so pleased to get a picture of them last night but you'll just have to see that tomorrow.  Eli is loving all of his mobility and thinks one of the best games at the moment is to try to crawl away really fast when he's headed for the dog's bowl and I start coming toward him.   I don't think he believes that he'll actually get there before I can get to him, but it's fun to try.  He is also becoming a champion Patty-Caker.  He can do all the moves when he wants (not when you want, when HE wants).  I've yet to be able to catch that one on camera but I'm trying. 

The other fun thing is drinking from Mommy and Daddy's glass.  I got a video of Brian playing with him while he was wanting a drink from Brian's cup.  I know it looks like tea, but it's really very watered down.  Brian had finished his glass of tea and then just filled the cup without rinsing it for Eli to get a sip or two. 

Enjoy the video and check back tomorrow to see if I managed to get the pictures I've taken posted.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Finally Back Home

Last night after a long day of meetings and almost 3 hours sitting in an airport, my flight finally went wheels up heading out of DC.  Have you ever flown over DC at night?  I've flown out of DC multiple times but this was my first night flight.  In spite of the hour long flight delay it was a beautiful sight.  I didn't have my camera out and probably couldn't have gotten a decent picture anyway since I was sitting over the wing.  I did, however, find a picture online very similar to what I saw last night.

 By the time I got home Eli was asleep so it was first thing this morning before I got to hold and cuddle him.  Brian went and got him up and he was still very sleepy so he was just laying his head on Daddy's shoulder and trying to slowly get his eyes open.  Then he finally turned and looked at me and gave me the biggest sleepy smile I think I ever saw.  When I took him he put his arms around my neck and held on tight for the next 20 minutes or so.  It was a good morning and I hate that I had to come to work and leave him again.  We are nearing the end of our work day so I'm looking forward to picking him up from daycare and spending the long holiday weekend cuddling him. 

The up side of coming into work today was that I had two pictures in my inbox that were taken at my nephew's soccer game last weekend.  Congrats to Brady and his team on playing a great season.  Love that little face. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Eli - 37 weeks

This week I had to go away on my first business trip since Eli was born.  I'm not ashamed to admit there were a few tears after I dropped him off at daycare.  My flight wasn't too early so I got an extra hour or two to play with him this morning before I had to leave.  We played and then I got to cuddle him while he took his morning nap.  I held it together through dropping him off at daycare.  When I left him he was happily playing with a toy drum and grinned really big at me as I walked out the door. 

Anyway, I did get a couple of pictures of Eli and a video this morning while we were playing.  I hope you enjoy and I hope that I don't tear up every time I look at it for the next 3 days. 
Good shot of my toothies.

I like beating things with my red bat.