Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Do you like raspberries?

Graham does! (making them at least)

All the practicing of his motorboat sound has finally paid off, and he has now mastered the full blown Bronx cheer! It's a bit slobbery but I'm sure it'll neaten up as he gets more practice. (For now he enjoys all the bubbles he makes) Video below.

A quick eating update- Like his Aunt Abby, Graham has started the habit of humming when he enjoys a meal. This is funny when eating at the table, but even more so when he's breastfeeding (at least for me).

Graham has now enjoyed sweet potatoes, squash and green beans, along with his regular rice cereal, and tomorrow we will start a routine of fruits in the morning and veggies at night. Bananas will be the first offering and after a few days peaches, pears, and applesauce will follow. I'm starting the fruits soon because Melissa has already been a hero by introducing him to Clementines and whipped cream, and I don't want to be known as the guy who forces only nasty veggies on him.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Phone Calls

I think that I speak for Aunt Abby and myself when I say how great it is to talk to Graham on the phone. He is quite a good communicator. I love to hear the stories of what he has been eating and how much he loves sweet potatoes. I can sense that he will be quite a chatter bug when he finds his words.


Friday, February 22, 2008

4 month photos


Ain't it sweet! (potatoes, that is)

Graham had a check up on Tuesday, and has been given clearance to start on veggies! (I was told to be patient in introducing fruits and pizza.) We chose sweet potatoes, and he seems to like them as you'll see in the video below.

Melissa mentions his new stats but due to my errant zooming and subsequent noise you may miss them, so here's a recap:
Weight: 17 lbs.
Length: 26 inches
Head circumference: 17.5 inches (And nicely rounded, not egg shaped like mine!)
He's rated in the 90th percentile, and Dr. Mooney says he's doing very well.

While being weighed in the seat style scale our nude young son created a fountain; he got it on his right eye, his head and the office equipment behind him including the complicated looking phone system and a copier. (I never have the camera for these good action shots!) Melissa offered to clean it, but the nurse just shrugged and said she'd get it when we were done. (Hope no calls came in.)

Sunday, February 17, 2008

It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing!

Weekend fun at our house as Melissa suprised Graham with a new "Johnny Jump-Up" swing. This is just one of several toys he has that I wish they made in adult sizes simply because it looks like so much fun. My own baby book has an entry stating I got sick and threw up in the jump-up swing I got for my first Christmas, earning me a "Poor Jim", but I think I could handle it now. Luckily Graham is showing no fear, or outward signs of nausea so this looks like the start of a very active lifestyle. This is good, because roller coasters are not too far off!

Friday, February 15, 2008


Graham got lots of Valentine love yesterday, which just goes to show he has super cute powers. Here he models his new hat (hand knit by Grandma in the "big boy size" to fit his super big head) with Daddy sporting his new toy basket (crocheted by Aunt June). They are quite a pair, aren't they?

Graham also got special snuggles from Great Grandma Shirley, Aunt Dawn, and Judy Morris who all stopped to visit. It was quite a love fest until Jim and I left for dinner. Graham cried and cried. Grandpa left us 2 messages on our cell phone. Grandma wore out a pair of shoes walking Graham, trying to comfort him. Aunties Amanda and Abby were consulted, too. But alas there was no cell phone reception at Pizza Land and we were blissfully unaware until we were already on our way home. Of course, as luck would have it, he fell asleep 5 minutes before we drove in the driveway.

There's nothing we could say but, "Thanks Mom and Dad. We love you!"
P.S. He slept straight through until 6 a.m. this morning -- my favorite Valentine gift EVER.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Love From the West

Happy Valentines Day!

I think that it has actually been about five years since Doodle and Peanut have joined our family, time flies when you are having fun.

My littlest valentine looks very cute in his festive outfit. I hope that he is enjoying his date with Grandma and Grandpa while Mommy and Daddy have dinner together. I miss all of you, and Aunt Abby and Uncle Jason too. I can't wait to see you in person.

Aunt Amanda

What do you mean that big chocolate heart is not for me?

Happy Valentine's Day everybody! Mommy thinks I look like Daddy's baby picture when I make this cute face. You may notice I sprouted an extra chin. I have also increased my drool production... maybe there's a tooth coming? (Mommy is hoping I'll wait a little longer!)
Check out my eyebrow wiggle in the middle of this video, and as Uncle Cookie always says, "Keep the love real!"

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Birthday Wishes for our furry baby

It's hard to believe but it's been almost 4 (actually FIVE!) years since these little

cuties joined the family. Happy Birthday Pepper Louise!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Boys will be boys

NEWS FLASH: we have our first amputee stuffed animal thanks to a run in with Korky.
White Bear seems happy with the surgery and is resting comfortably high up from the floor. Korky is nursing a sore behind.

And onto the main story...
So, Graham had a bath and his pj's were on. He and Daddy decided to watch a little TV while they waited for me in the bedroom. As a joke, Daddy flipped to the Monster Truck rally. Graham was delighted. In fact so much that he made his motorboat sound complete with bubbles. It was cute, I thought, until I tried to settle him down for his bedtime snack. Turns out he REALLY liked the rally, so much that he contorted his head backward and around (still attached to his primary food source) to try to keep eating whilst not missing a second of the action (mothers who have nursed can tell you, this = ouch). Turning off the TV didn't help. He gave up the nipple to voice his dismay. So like very bad parents, we postponed bedtime and propped him up. It's a little dark, but here he is recapping the action: