Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Photo Shoot

I realize I've been posting a lot about Aidan lately. And that's exactly what I want. This blog used to be more about me and a little about Aidan. But my life pretty much revolves around him and I am so proud of my little man. That being said, be prepared to read much more about this wonderful baby boy in the coming weeks.

I'll still post about what's going on with me, just not as often. Aidan takes center stage for now!

Here are some pictures I took of him the other day when he was playing with Jason on the bed. His array of facial expressions are priceless! :)







He's growing up so fast!

One of his favorite things to do now is to have us run a finger (or his fist) over his lips while he is talking. He loves the funny noise it makes! He always "talks" now so that we'll do it for him.


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Until next time....


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Work in Progress

Sorry for the mess around here! I'm trying to spruce things up. I'm playing around with the idea of switching to Wordpress since it's a cleaner palette. We'll see what I decided to do.

Anyway, for now I'm cleaning up the page and making things a little easier on the eyes. Bear with me. :)

~E

Monday, June 28, 2010

Jump Around

Our little man is becoming quite the active wiggle worm. That being said, he is starting to get a little bored with his toys. He's been looking at them for a few months, started picking them up and banging them around and now he enjoys ceremoniously shoving each and every one of them in his mouth. He spreads the love. No toy left behind and all.

But, I notice that he is getting fussy in his bouncer. If he could talk I'm sure he'd say to me, "Mom, it's just not THAT fun anymore!"

So, off Jason and I went. We had a mission in mind. To buy Aidan a jumperoo. You know, an exersaucer without a bottom that he can "jump, jump, jump around" in. We visited three different Target stores. At the third one, a Super Target (HEAVEN!) we finally bought him the jumperoo.

Oh, and a picture I really wanted for our bedroom.
And some new razors for Jason.
And a Father's Day card for my Dad.

Is it possible to actually go into Target and JUST buy what you wanted to go there and get? I really think it's impossible. You always see something else you need!

We were SOO excited to get it home, put it together and let Aidan go crazy. He loves to stand up and squeals with joy when we bounce him around on our laps, so we knew he'd like this.

We placed Aidan inside and....

Nothing!

We think he was a bit overwhelmed. Out of his element, perhaps? That and the fact that his feet didn't touch the ground.

Whoops!

After placing some books under his feet and popping a binkie in his mouth, the little guy was ready to explore.



And explore he did.

Once he realized he could turn in his seat he was sold on his jumperoo!


Aidan's favorite part of his new toy?

Having Mama bounce him in it, of course!



Friday, June 25, 2010

Kissin' Cousins

While we were in Ohio visiting family last month, Aidan got to meet his cousins for the first time.

There's 6 year-old Brandon. He's my oldest nephew and holds a very special place in my heart. I spent a good deal of time with him when he was a little guy- playing, cuddling, laughing, talking and nurturing this young man. He is one of the most intelligent children that I know and was very excited to meet baby Aidan.

Next is my little niece, Miss Alyssa. Do not be fooled by the sweet smile and the short stature. She is 2 1/2 and a WILD CHILD! She has her Mommy's fierce determination, stubborn nature and outgoing personality. I love this little girl and can't wait to watch her grow up into an independent woman.

And finally, Aidan's cousin Tristan. He and Aidan are only 11 months apart. They were immediately hooked on each other! Aidan loved to watch him...


And Tristan loved to watch my little man. Aidan is the first baby Tristan has been exposed to, so he was very interested to see what the baby would do.

They decided that they were going to be good friends.

What better way to seal their new found friendship, that with a big sloppy wet kiss?

Too bad they both like to kiss with open mouths!


I can't wait to get all of the cousins together again next month when we travel back to Ohio!


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Would you wear a barrel?

I've gotta tell ya, I'm pretty bummed. I bought a gorgeous dress at Ann Taylor last May. Black and white with a sweet little ruffle on the bottom. I loved it! And wouldn't ya know, I've never gotten to wear it? Not too long after the dress was bought I discovered I was pregnant. My beautiful dress, still in its pretty Ann Taylor bag, with the tags still on, was put on the rack in the back of our closet.

I pulled it out yesterday. You see, Aidan will be getting baptized this July when we go back to Ohio. Jason's mom reminded me that I had it, so I thought I had better try it on to see if it still fit. Well, I could zip that baby up and it fit everywhere... but my chest! It was SOOO tight! One false move and that dress would rip right down the front!

I have another dress that I also bought last year which I have never worn. Red with flowers on it, very fitting and slimming. I then proceeded to try that dress on. Yep, couldn't even zip it up once we got to the chest area....

I'm starting to get a little irritated people! My chest is huge and nothing fits! I hate the thought of having to go out and buy a dress just for this occasion.

*le sigh*

I scoped out the Banana Republic Outlet yesterday (I have a giftcard) and I had the same problem. All the dresses I tried on, in my regular size, fit me everywhere but up top. When I go up a size I look like I'm wearing a tent! What's a girl to do?

Maybe I'll just wear a barrel...

Thoughts?



Thursday, June 17, 2010

Thursday Five- 6/17/10

Thursday Five


I haven't jumped on the blog carnival boat in awhile, so I thought I'd join in with Ms. Keely's Thursday Five. All you have to do is post 5 things that have made you...

Happy
Grateful
Jubilant
Ecstatic
Thankful

So, without further ado..

1. Aidan rolled over! Yes he did! He partially attempted it on Monday night. But, last night he produced the real deal! Of course, it was in his crib while he was supposed to be sleeping... details! Jason and I are so proud of our little man. He's growing up so quickly. Next thing we know he'll be driving a car! *tear*

2. I got Jason a rockin' Father's Day gift! I'm uber-excited to give it to him on Sunday. I can't tell what it is though... because there might be the possibility that pigs will fly and Jason will read the blog. Ha!

3. We head home to Ohio in 21 days! This time Jason will be coming with Aidan and I. I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to travel home twice in the past few months. It means so much to me to spend this time with family and friends. And it's great for Aidan to get used to his wild and crazy extended family!

4. I finally feel that I'm starting to get "creative" with my sense of home decorating style. After my recent trip to heaven, I mean Home Goods, I've been playing around with my mantel a lot. Right now I like how I have it set up. Who knows how long I'll keep it this way. But it gives me a sense of accomplishment that I made it look pretty! Well me and the 1000+ blogs I read about home decorating.... :)

5. It's almost the weekend! My week has been pretty busy and social. Not that I don't love running around and spending time with friends. But, I'm definitely looking forward to hanging around the house with my two favorite guys. After I work on Saturday morning, of course! Now, if only it were football season... then my weekend would be perfect.



Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Buzzz....

Today is only Wednesday and all ready I'm exhausted after the week I've had!

Monday Aidan and I did some major running around. Which included over TWO hours at Home Goods. Why on EARTH have I never been to this store before?! It's deliciously wonderful! I used to tell people that when I died I wanted to go to Target. Oh no no no... NOW I want to go to Home Goods! Heaven. On. Earth. I don't know how Aidan managed not to kill me after spending two hours in there and buying....

one thing.
For a friend's baby.

I was so incredibly overwhelmed that I made a desperate phone call to my girlfriend Jenn, begging her to come down to Texas and decorate my home for me. In the end, I took a bunch of pictures of stuff that I liked, so I could dwell on what to purchase. People were probably wondering who the freak with the camera was. Yep, it was me!

Monday night we went to Aidan's Baptism class. In the midst of complete silence while our presenter was talking about family values, Aidan thought it would be convenient to let rip a magnificently loud fart.

Twice.

The people in front of us were red-faced with laughter. I couldn't even look at Jason for fear I'd start to laugh uncontrollably!

Tuesday we met our friends Andrea and Alonso for Mother Goose story time at the library. We then went over to their house where Andrea made us a great lunch of sandwiches and chicken noodle soup. Our little guys are only 8 days apart, so it's fun to see them interact together. I'm glad that I've found a friend who has a son my age! She's wonderful and we always have fun together. After our lunch date Aidan and I headed BACK to Home Goods, where I bought some stuff. After I had done my dwelling. This evening Jason had a colleague over for dinner and some basketball watching. We ordered food from my favorite local Italian restaurant and I made some chocolate chip cookies for dessert! Yum-o!

This morning Aidan and I headed out to Babies R Us to buy a breathable bumper for his crib. Somebody got both of their legs stuck in the crib slats last night, so an intervention was in order. I also spent some time playing around with the stuff I bought at Home Goods. I'm trying to make my mantel look pretty. It's not easy!!
This afternoon my wonderfully, pregnant friend Rhea and her little guy Eston came over for lunch. We haven't seen each other in a few weeks and a had a lot to catch up on!

This evening Aidan and I took Starr Kitty to the Vet. The lil' guy has a sinus infection and is one unhappy kitty. Hopefully a round of antibiotics will help it to clear up.

Phew!

Aren't you tired now? And just think... tomorrow we're meeting friends for coffee and I'm hoping to get my hair done! Who knows what Friday holds?

What a busy bee I've become!



Friday, June 11, 2010

There once was a little boy...

who had turned 4 months old and was grown up enough that he was able to eat REAL food! The Dr. advised his Mommy to start him on this:

At first Mommy was a bit skeptical. She wanted to skip this cereal and wait until he was 6 months old to start him on vegetables. But the Dr. told her it would help with his horrible acid reflux, so Mommy decided to give it a go.

She put the sweet little boy in his booster chair for the first time and gave him some toys to play with. Meanwhile, she was concocting this little mess for him to eat.


The little boy must've known something was amiss. Mommy had a camera in her hand and Daddy was on the other side of him pointing a video camera at him. What was going on he wondered?


Then Mommy put this little blue spoon in his mouth. There was something on it. It tasted funny! The little boy didn't know what to do. He wasn't sure how to chew yet or swallow something in this way.


He was not a happy little boy.


He gave his Mommy a look that said, "What are you giving me? I don't want this!"



The little boy kept spitting out the REAL food. He wasn't ready to eat it just yet.

All he really wanted to do was play with his toys.


And suck on his fingers.


We'll try again next week and see how it goes!



Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Father Dearest

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In honor of Father's Day, Amanda at Serenity Now is dedicating this month's Dishing it Party to all the Dad's out there. Click her button above if you'd like to play along. It's easy to do and a great way to discover some new bloggers out there!

Name your favorite TV or Movie Dad.
Probably Hal Karp from Undeclared. The show was only on for one season, but it's one of my all-time favorites! Hal tried SOO hard to spend time with his son, but Steven is in college and wants to be left alone. Hal ends up spending much more time in Steven's dorm than needed.. but all of his friends really like him and welcome him into their group. Here is a clip I found on Youtube dedicated to "Steven's Dad"... Enjoy!



What's the best thing about your Dad?
Growing up he worked long hours, usually during 3rd shift. So, we didn't see him very much except at dinner time and the few hours afterward before we'd head off to bed and him to his job. But, he would ALWAYS be there to watch our extracurricular activities. I was in band, played lacrosse and softball. My dad would always be in the stands rooting me on. My sister, Elizabeth, was on the track team. She will be the first to tell you that she was the worst runner they had. But, he'd be at every home meet, cheering her on with pride written all over his face. He was always so proud of us. I know that he has a hard time expressing himself, but the fact that he always made a point to be there at those moments for us means the world to me.


What's something you enjoyed doing with your Dad when you were a child?
My Dad treated me as a second son growing up. My brother is the oldest of the 7 kids in my family, and by the time I was 6 he was off to college. So, my Dad desperately needed another "male" around to help him stay sane. Enter Emily.. the tom boy! He would take me to Indy car races, drag races and I'd help him tinker with his '31 Model A Ford from time to time. I had never been a big fan of barbies, pink and dresses, so it was a good excuse for both of us to get away from all that estrogen running rampant in our home!

What makes your husband a great Dad?
Everything. His willingness to help me out with Aidan, the overwhelming love he displays everyday for our son, the smiles he receives when they play together.


Tell us a funny story about your husband or Dad.
My Dad lived for our family vacations when we were younger. We'd take great trips across the country, with Dad planted firmly in the driver's seat. For years he would always wear an old derby hat on his head on vacation and every morning as we sleepily piled back into the car he'd start to sing "On the road again..." by Willie Nelson.


Do you have any great father's day activities, crafts or recipes you can share or link to?

Any dad will love these easy, mini chocolate pies that I made last week!

Mini Chocolate Pies
Ingredients
1 pkg. refrigerated pie crusts (should have 2 crusts per pkg)
1 pkg Jell-O instant chocolate pudding mix
Redi Whip

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 425F.
2. Unroll pie crusts on flat surface. Using 4" round cookie cutter, or wide glass cut circles out of pie crusts. Bunch up and re-roll out remains until flat and continue cutting out circles until crust has been all used up.
3. Place crust circles into pre-greased muffin tins. Pressing firmly so they fit snugly into muffin cups. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden.
4. Pop mini crusts out of tins and let cool.
5. Meanwhile, prepare pudding according to package directions.
6. Once crusts are cool, fill with pudding and top with Redi Whip.

You can find a printable for this recipe here.

Voila! Yummy, yum, yum! :)

Happy early Father's Day to Jason and my Dad!

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Airport fun, or something like that.

And it's back to reality. Aidan and I returned to our Texas life this past Saturday in the mid-afternoon. We had a wonderful trip to Ohio, introducing him to his great-grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, and some friends of ours. I'm homesick all ready and am truly looking forward to visiting again in a month's time.

Now, I would be a liar if I told you I was a bit anxious about embarking on a 3 hour flight alone with an infant. I was terrified! This was my constant cause of stress and fear leading up to our trip. Aidan is a wonderful baby, but I was very concerned that he'd flip out being confined to one space for that period of time with just me and a few toys that I carried on for entertainment. Sure, I was also worried about the possibility of changing a very poopy, explosive diaper in a teeny, tiny bathroom built for oompa loompas and not for harassed mothers with crap on their hands! The thought of my not quite 4-month old crying uncontrollaby for 3 hours with bouts of "I'm-so-upset-but-don't-know-why-therefore-i-am-making-my-face-turn-purple-from-screaming!"was also rather unsettling. But honestly, I could have handled all of that. Those scenarios are nothing compared to my biggest flying fear with my little man. What would that be you're probably wondering? What could be worse than a screaming baby on an airplane? Well, let me paint a little picture for you...

Picture a sweet little baby standing on his Mama's lap on the airplane. He is all smiles, giggles and coos at the passenger next to him who happens to be a self-important businessman, tapping idly away at his laptop, trying to pass the time by working on some report for an upcoming presentation he has to give. This businessman is trying his best to ignore the little baby, as babies disgust him and he doesn't understand how anybody can handle all of that drool. Then suddenly it happens. The sweet little baby leans over towards the businessman and projectile vomits curdled breastmilk all over the laptop, shoes and $500 suit of the businessman. You see this little baby has acid reflux and will projectile vomit without any notice whatsoever. This is how he strikes fear into his mother's heart...

I shudder at this thought. How on Earth do you talk your way out of that scenario?! I think I would probably attempt to jump out that little plane window rather than have to deal with that mess of a situation. Luckily, this did not happen to me. However, the following story did...

Mckmama- Not Me Monday

This is where I will be playing along with MckMama in her Not My Child Monday carnival. I've never had to write one about Aidan.. and I'm sure this will be the first of many!

After we had made our way through Security at the airport on our return flight (thanks to the helpful people at TSA who wouldn't give my mother a pass to come through security and help me with my things since I was a single parent with 2 bags and a baby... anyways...) I stopped to gather my things, put my shoes on and gather my senses. A woman nearby was sitting on a bench nearby and noticed Aidan. She proceeded to point him out to her husband and then tell me what an adorable baby he was. At that point Aidan did NOT decide to vomit all over my sandal-wearing feet in front of this woman and her husband. They then did NOT get up and walk away, clearly disgusted by what he had just done. After cleaning up my feet as best as I could, Aidan and I headed towards our gate which was NOT as far away as humanly possible from security. *sigh* I did NOT get stares from everybody who passed by as I pulled my two bags with one hand and held Aidan with my other. After we finally arrived at our gate, Aidan and I sat down to rest before boarding the plane. He did NOT decide to vomit on my shirt 3 times and explode out of his diaper within 5 minutes while we were waiting. The other passengers did NOT give each other the "Oh shit, I hope I don't have to sit next to that woman and her freaky, vomiting baby on this long-ass flight" look. I did NOT have to leave the gate and find a family bathroom to change my shirt, clean up Aidan and change his extremely, nasty diaper in quickly so that I wouldn't miss our flight. Luckily, I found a bathroom, got us both cleaned up and on the plane in good time.

After that our flight was wonderful, with Aidan behaving like a perfect little gentleman the rest of the time. I don't know how people who travel with children frequently can do it with such ease. I am definitely looking forward to our next trip when I will have Jason with me so that I can avoid things of this nature!

I'm off to bed now. Stay tuned for some stories and pictures of our trip to Ohio!

Good night. :)

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