Saturday, June 30, 2007
Next week we will be celebrating the 4th of July. This year it will be different than any other year now that we have Tate. We would love for him to see the fireworks, but assume he'll be in bed by then. We still don't know where we're going to be for the 4th, but plan on doing something.
Then, the next few weekends will be full of fun! Next weekend, we celebrate Bode's 2nd birthday! I can't believe that he's already going to be 2! Then, the next weekend, we will be celebrating Brigg's 6th birthday! That's even more crazy! It seems like just yesterday that he was born! Also, that Saturday, Sean and I are going to be speaking about our personal adoption story at a class at Bethany Christian Services. Then, the next weekend, we leave for Florida! We have so many fun things planned that will surely keep us busy! After we get back from our Florida trip, we'll already be into August. The summer always flies by so fast, but this one feels like it's going faster than any other ever has! In 3 short months, we'll be celebrating Tate's 1st birthday!
Well, that's what's on the agenda for us. I am sure I will fit blogging into my schedule frequently! :)
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Tate LOVES books. On Father's Day weekend, Tate got a new book from his Aunt Sara and Uncle Travis. He loves it so much and wants to prop it up and look at it all the time. He turns the pages and points at the objects and gets SO excited! It is so fun for us to see Tate getting into new things...he's growing so fast! Also, Tate got his name officially, completely changed today when we went to get his SSN this afternoon! No more paperwork or changing of anything...everything is DONE!!!! :)
When Tate gets mad and cries, he sticks out his bottom lip so far! He has done this since we got him. Whenever he does it and someone sees, they always comment on it. I have never seen a child stick their bottom lip out so far! My mom said that I needed to capture it on camera sometime, but the problem with that is that we have such a little poser! Even if Tate is crying, I can get out the camera and he will smile...even through tears. It's pretty unbelievable! Today he was mad and doing the lip thing so I got out the camera and tried to capture it. He had tears and everything, but still, as soon as he saw the camera, he'd smile! FINALLY, I captured the lip! He has several variations of the lip, but this is the one I got, so it will have to do! Notice how he has tears and a red face in the smiling picture...that's because he was in the midst of crying, but had to smile for his photo! Ha! I probably look like the meanest mom ever for taking pictures of my crying son, but honestly, I only took pictures for about 15 seconds and then as soon as I picked him up, he was happy as a lark! Little stinker!
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
A Little Turkey
Monday, June 25, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
We had a good time this evening. Sean got a call this afternoon to see if he could fill in for someone on his friend's soft ball league. He said he would, so Tate and I packed up a blanket, some toys and Tate's new bubble machine and sat on the blanket to watch Daddy play soft ball. It was so cute...Tate clapped almost the entire time. He always clapped whenever anyone else did. When people were yelling and cheering, he'd squeel and laugh. He loved it! Sean played well, despite the fact that he was a bit rusty. He hasn't played soft ball since he quit his league 3 years ago! It was fun for him and I think he'd like to get back into it, but it just doesn't fit in these days. Hopefully he'll get to fill in again sometime and Tate and I can go watch him play again. It was perfect weather and a lot of stimulation for Tate! Here is a picture of the boys when we got home from the game!
Tate was hammin' it up for pictures this evening! I thought he looked so cute in his camo outfit! He loves his John Deere Hat, which by the way is a 2T-3T and fits quite well! He has lately been obsessed with clapping and also says "hot" about 3,000,000 times a day. Right after he says "hot", he'll look at Sean or I and smile really big and clap his hands! It is too funny. It seems like he's learning something new everyday! I love this age!
Thursday, June 21, 2007
“In her daily experience with a child, a mother’s time is not her own. She has to respond constantly to unclear verbal and preverbal demands from her child. Often she has no idea what to do, many times no good solution is available, so she’ll suffer guilt and anxiety no matter what she does. The child constantly explores the boundaries of her patience and power. When the child’s control lapses, her own control is required. She must consider using force on a helpless human being who sometimes invades her bodily privacy and psychological integrity like a monstrous, consuming enemy. She deals with the world of child rearing, where hundreds of experts give contradictory advice; the outcome can’t be measured for fifteen to twenty years. She has to process this advice through her intuition and a constant stream of her own childhood memories dredged up by her child’s dilemmas. And she must do all this with others - mother, mother-in-law, neighbors and school teachers - looking over her shoulder, marking her report card, measuring her against their own standards. Though it would be a relief to give up and follow some set of packaged rules, she must dare to be different - the fate of her child depends on her decisions. Besides, no set of rules seems exactly right.”
-Roger Gould, MD
Click on the link below to watch Tate saying his first word and clapping! Listen closely, or you may miss it! It's possible that all you'll hear is me saying, "YEAH...GOOD JOB!!!" I was obviously pretty excited :)
Tate's First Word
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Sean had a great Father's Day weekend. He got to spend time with all of his family and on Father's Day he got to spend time cuddling with Tate, golf and eat...all of his favorite things to do!
I love you Sean...you are an amazing father and Tate is SO BLESSED to be able to call you "DADA"! :)
I know when I write this I am going to look like the worst mother ever, but until this last weekend, Tate had never been on a swing. Seriously, I have driven by several parks looking for a free infant swing and I have never had any luck. So when we were in Waverly this weekend with the family, we went to the park (it's practically right in Mike and Sarah's back yard) and Tate, at the age of 8 1/2 months, got to swing for the first time! He loved it of course! Here are some photos and a short video from this momentous occasion! :)
Leah and Tate
Friday, June 15, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
2. The constant hummmmm of our ceiling fans rings in my head.
3. The froggy baby pool sitting in our front yard.
4. The potted plants on my front porch.
5. The permanent sunburn on my nose.
6. Late dinners because it stays light for so long that I lose track of time!
7. There is never anything good on TV in the evenings and I don't care because I'd rather not be inside confined to my couch! :)
8. All of the flip flops sitting by the front door.
9. Every single major road in Des Moines is under construction!
10.The addition of beach towels and swim suits in my dirty laundry.