Monday, December 22, 2008

All I Want for Christmas are NO front teeth!

Well, it looks like Danny will be teething over Christmas. HOORAY! :::can you sense my sarcasm?::: I know he's young, but I definitely think he's teething. Let's review his symptoms (I know you're excited). Excessive drooling, crankiness, the CONSTANT need to chew on everything (this isn't regular "baby puts everything in his mouth" activity... this is a really constant and driving need to GNAW really hard on things... especially mom's fingers) crying when there's nothing in his mouth, loss of appetite (nursing sessions last about 2-3 minutes before he gives up)grabbing his ear, red bumpy gums, etc, etc, etc.

Unfortunately, he's not old enough to hold a toy or teething ring well enough to get a good "gnaw-on" so it looks like mom's fingers are going to have to do the trick. Anybody got any other advice!?

Friday, December 19, 2008

The Cleaning and Scrubbing Will Wait Till Tomorrow

Daniel just had his 4 month appointment! He is a very LONG 27 3/4 inches long! That puts him in the 95% for height and the 50% for weight. Doctor says he's long and lean, and doing fantastically well!

I stole this off one of my friends' blogs... but I found it extremely touching, because I often feel like I can't keep up with the mess in my house.... and that I should be able to since I'm only working 24 hours per week. Anyway, this is from a poem entitled "Song For A Fifth Child"...

Song for a Fifth Child

Mother, oh Mother, come shake out your cloth
empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
hang out the washing and butter the bread,
sew on a button and make up a bed.
Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She's up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

Oh, I've grown shiftless as Little Boy Blue
(lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
(pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo).
The shopping's not done and there's nothing for stew
and out in the yard there a hullabaloo
but I'm playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
Look! Aren't her eyes the most wonderful hue?
(lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).

The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
for children grow up, as I've learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep.

By Ruth Hulburt Hamilton, 1958

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Special Delivery From Santa!

What fun! Santa has delivered some special pictures and videos of Danny.
I especially love the first video where Rebekah is playing with Danny and in the middle he stops to look at the television! I guess being 4 months old makes one prone to distractability!

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Here's a cute pic of Jay and I on our special night out! We went to the KMNL office Christmas bash. Had a great time. Jay sure was the life of the party! I wish I'd gotten video evidence, but he was tearing it up on the dancefloor. It was nice to get some time by ourselves to let loose!

Baby Birthday....

Saturday December 13th, we went to Ryan Handley's for his 1st birthday! I remember when he was born. 5-odd pounds, and so tiny! It was fun to see him cruising around and being so interactive with everybody. My sister Rebekah was with us. I think she enjoyed seeing all the little babies. I was just looking around thinking about how my life has changed so drastically in such a few short years. 5 years ago, I was going out to the bars with Stacey, Katie, and Steph. Now we are all married and either have kids or are pregnant! Time flies!

Smile Ryan! Its your birthday!

Jason and Steph practice parenting. Annette offers advice...

Christopher enjoying himself...

Rebekah and Danny watch the birthday festivities.

Steph and Ryan

Mmmm..... card!

Poor Danny was so tired and not used to so many people! Jay was such a good Dad and provided a good comfortable place to catch a nap! Danny holds on for dear life...

This one is mine!

The best part of the party was putting party hats on such small children and then sitting them at a table like adults.... cracked me up!

Ever seen a 4 month old in a party hat? I didn't think so!

Meyer 9 survivors...

Meyer 9 survivors plus those who have abandoned us! The gang's all here!

Sadly, this is the best picture I got of Ryan eating his birthday cake! I'm a terrible photographer!

Christopher just looks sneaky in this picture!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Silent Night, Yeah Right!

Hooray for Christmas! You've gotta love it. Family, friends, presents... cookies. Even better though is a baby in a santa hat. How could you not smile?

Things are great around here. Danny is getting WAY better at taking his naps. Now we just have to work on the nighttime sleep! When I'm home, he usually wakes up twice at night.. which isn't so bad, I guess. The frustrating part is that when I'm gone at work, he sleeps all night! On Saturday night, he slept from 6pm until 5am! What gives!?

Other news... Daniel is obsessed... I mean OBSESSED with two things... his feet... and sitting up. The first thing he does in the morning is grab his feet... and he doesn't really let go until he's asleep again! Also, he refuses to sit back and RELAX.... he loves to sit forward and look all around. He even holds himself up when he's in his bouncy seat. Check out this video to see what I'm talking about!

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It's been a while!

Sorry I haven't posted in so long! We've had a busy two weeks. We went up to New Jersey for Thanksgiving. I really enjoyed the visit. There's something so nice about taking my son home. I am really thankful that I have such a wonderful family! Here are some pictures from Thanksgiving!
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Also, in other news, my sister Rebekah got engaged to her boyfriend Jason! I'm really excited. Jason is such a nice guy. I'm happy for my little sister! I get to be the "matron" of honor. I don't know if I like being called a "matron"... it sounds so... well.... matronly!