Sunday, July 26, 2009

Shake, rattle, and roll

I sat in Graydon's room and watched him do this. All his rolling and shimmeying is getting him around. This area under the crib was just waiting to be explored. The crying out began when he realized that this area wasn't all that fascinating and that he didn't know how to get out. Mommy to the rescue.

Here he is trying to get around downstairs. The photo is a little blurry, but he's still cute - even out of focus. :)Big news in the Graydon department: we have teeth! Well, the beginnings of teeth anyway. Little Mister was VERY cranky on Tuesday morning. I couldn't put him down without him screaming. Whenever he seemed extra irritable in the past, my first reaction was to always feel around for new teeth. My search always came up empty. Until that morning. I felt them. Little sharp ridges. My precious boy with the precious gummy grin was about to get teeth. Good thing I am also a huge fan of the adorable two-toothed grin.

Poor Graydon was pretty miserable. Teething is no fun. When nothing was working, Andy propped him in front of the window. Instant calm. He sat like this for a while (with Andy just outside of photo range), watching the cars go by. Bella kept busy this week with Vacation Bible School. Monday was a little rough as she didn't want me to leave her. By game time she totally forgot about me. The music was pretty catchy. Later in the day, she fell asleep during a car ride and woke up yelling, "Son Rock Kids Camp!" (our VBS theme). Crafts topped the favorite list of activities. On the last day, they decorated bug jars and even had fake bugs inside. She loved these little plastic bugs and even took them out to play. There were two. She said that they were brother and sister, like her and Graydon. She was very upset when she lost one. I found it in the couch cushions. Good thing too - it was pretty real-looking and would have freaked me out if found at any other time.

Thursday night was Parent's Night. We listened to the kids sing the songs they'd been learning all week. They gave a great performance.More scrapbooking. Graydon started babbling quite a bit this week. Up until now, it's been a lot of 'ooh', 'aah', 'ow' and stuff like that. This week were heard more 'goo', 'ca', 'ga', 'da' and that occasional 'ma'. I asked him to say 'Mama'. He said 'da da'. Figures.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Getting Creative

A little bit of salt + a lot of flour + some water + a few drops of food coloring = homemade play dough (and fun for hours)! Bella and I made some and it turned out really well. We were going to make more colors than red and yellow; but a certain little boy was needing some Mommy attention at that point. Bella took this dough out several times this past week.
Snow White has re-emerged. This costume definitely rivals Sleeping Beauty as her favorite dress-up outfit. I think Tinkerbelle comes in third. Playing in the puddles. The sun was actually shining in this picture. It rained the previous night and Bella wanted so badly to go jumping in the puddles. I told her that we could in the morning. Well, morning came and all of the puddles dried up. No problem. A few buckets of water later and we saw the return of those glorious puddles. A photo of Graydon - just because. This week he is tackling the skill of sitting up. He’s a bit top heavy and ends up folding in half after a few seconds; but he is just about there. I think the longest he’s sat unassisted is about 10 seconds. I’ll try to get a picture of him doing it sometime. Some new head ware - courtesy of Big Sister Bella. What do you see here? It looks like Bella in a mess of toys. It is really a picture of a bird in its nest. At least that’s what Bella would tell you. This little lady has quite the imagination - I love seeing all the different things she comes up with. There’s more to all this than meets the eye. You wouldn’t believe all of the blankets and toys she managed to stuff behind the couch. Catching some post-bath snuggles with my favorite little boy. I love him so much.
Poor baby had to get more shots this week. He had his 6 month check-up and now weighs in at 17 pounds even, is 28 inches long and his head circumference is 17.5 inches. That means he's gained 10 pounds and 8 inches since birth. It really is crazy how much they grow in the first year.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Who likes gummy smiles?

I do! And I love when they come from my son! I thought he'd have teeth by now, but I'm kind of glad that he doesn't cause I can't get enough of those gummy smiles.Graydon pretty much spends all of his time on his tummy lately. As soon as I lay him down, he'll be rolling over. The little guy is trying with all his might to crawl but just hasn't figured it out yet. All is wiggling does end up moving him a bit, but it's not in the direction he wants; which just frustrates him. I restocked our sidewalk chalk supply.Bella's artwork. This is ME. Graydon thought that was funny. I got a little crafty this week and used my mediocre-at-best sewing skills to make something for Bella to wear out of this extra pillowcase we had. Here is my inspiration.
I already had the pillowcase, thread, and ribbon; so my only purchase was the .97 cent elastic. This project was still a gamble, however, as Miss Bella is VERY particular about what she wears. I made the dress on Thursday night and asked if she wanted to put it on the next morning. No. I was kind of disappointed. I think Bella could tell. Saturday morning came and when it was time to get dressed, guess what she wanted to wear! It was her idea.She liked it! And, it has been classified into her "comfy clothes" category, which means that she'll wear it again and again. Now that I know she likes it, maybe I'll be on the hunt for some cuter pillowcases. Then again, I should probably wash this one first. That will be the true test to how well my sewing holds up.

We haven't done this in a while.
I always take a bottle of pumped milk with me to church, just in case. It's a little church and I just don't feel comfortable nursing there. Graydon didn't need it today, so I let Bella feed him when we got home. He sure has grown since the last time she fed him.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

6 months old, 4th of July, and green beans!!!

Graydon's first month of life may have been the longest month of my life. . . but each month since then is FLYING. "Soak it in. It won't be like this for long." This is my mantra. Six months down. Another six month stint and my baby will be one. Sniff. On a cheerful note - isn't he getting so handsome?!
This photo just warms my heart. Nothing brings me more joy than seeing happiness written on the faces of my children.Bella keeping busy with a 4th of July craft. The finished product. The princess didn't want to wear her crown, so we put it on someone who was too young to protest (though based on his expression, he didn't seem too hip on the idea of weaing it either.)We took the kids to a 4th of July parade. Due to our late arrival, our seats weren't the greatest. We also had a moody Bella who wanted to leave as soon as we got there. Graydon thought it was pretty neat though. And Bella was slightly pacified with a lollipop that was thrown to her. (Notice her pink top. I had a red one with a flag all ready for her to wear; but needless to say, I lost that battle.)Later in the day, we went to a friend's house for a picnic/pool party. This was definitely the highlight of the day for Miss Bella. That evening, we watched the fireworks display from our front porch. It sure was nice to avoid all of that traffic.

Green beans for Mr. Graydon. I made Bella's babyfood out of financial necessity; but since it was so easy, it was a no-brainer that I'd make it for Grady-boy as well. First taste: how is this going to go? Thinking about it. Success! He ate it all up!Of course, he's generally not too picky about what goes in his mouth. The kids and I survived several days without daddy this week. He counseled at a church camp and was gone from Saturday to Thursday. This was my longest stretch, alone, with both kids. Thankfully, it went faster than I thought it would - though we are all glad to have him back. Bella's prayers last night went something like this: "Thank you Jesus for Daddy. Thank you for his work and for him playing with me, and bouncing on the purple ball, and playing hide and seek. Thank you for him watching tennis (Wimbledon)." She missed him and was very happy to have him home.

Still catching up on my scrapbooking.
Hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend!!!