Wednesday, January 31, 2007

New Tricks

Here are some new things that Steven has been doing in the past week:

He wants to crawl so badly and is tired of being stuck in one place unless Mommy helps him. This push-up was a big break-through. It won't be long now!

Notice that I'm fixing his hair differently- it just started to naturally part this way and so, as usual, I just try to go with the way the hair flows! It's very grown-up looking, with a little extra height in the back courtesy of his cowlick. A friend even commented that he was having a good hair day on the day this picture was taken (pic below).

Now that he is eating cereal, the pediatrician said it would be good if he started drinking a little of water too. He won't take it out of a bottle so we introduced his first sippy cup. As you can tell, he knows just what to do with it; although, there's not as much drinking going on as there is teething. Today was cold and rainy AGAIN. I was desperate to find new things to keep him occupied, and then I saw the mirror! He found a new friend and practiced sitting up. He's doing pretty well- a whole 30 sec. before tipping over. (It's because he saw a picture of Saige sitting up and he wants to do it now too!) He's looking cute in his new pajamas from Mamma.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Starting Solids

Steven has officially been on solid food for a week now. We started with rice cereal as recommended by our pediatrician. It was very watery, so he wasn't that into it (I followed the directions on the box- but quickly learned from other moms that it doesn't need as much liquid as it says- how's a first time mom supposed to figure that out!). He can't quite sit up by himself yet so the highchair was a little hard for him too. He kept falling over so he basically just wanted to chew on the spoon and highchair tray.

That's Ok...this family knows the meaning of determination...or at least stubbornness. We tried again the next day with him sitting in his Bumbo seat on the kitchen table. That worked very well; he loved the cereal after I thickened it a little. He likes to hold the spoon himself and try to shove it in his mouth. Sometimes I'm not sure if he likes the food or chewing on the spoon more. If I take too long between bites though, he leans toward the bowl, reaches his hands over and grunts for more. Today we are going to try oatmeal cereal (such a difference from rice), and we might even try some sweet potatoes tomorrow. We have to wait for Daddy to try the good stuff because he's not convinced that these cereals are "solid foods."

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Steven's Room: All about Bugs!'s cold outside, so we are spending a lot of time indoors. Steven is able to play by himself more now that he can grab and interact with his toys. He spent some time playing in his room this morning. Several of you have asked for pictures of it, so this is for you. The wait is finally over! Exciting, I know.

His room (and the above outfit) are all about bugs. It might seem like a strange choice, but if you know us very well, you know that we are not really into sports all that much. And in case you haven't noticed before, a large portion of baby boy things are sports related. When we were decorating his room, we really wanted something that reflected us but weren't sure how that translated into a baby's room. Charlton collected bugs when he was little and so when we saw this crib bedding set we thought it was the answer. Plus, it was different from everything else we had seen (and we like being different).

Charlton painted the blue and green

stripes, and very patiently stuck each wallpaper bug along the wall. His hard work paid off because those bugs were the first thing that Steven focused on. He first discovered them while laying on the changing table; by 8 weeks he was totally in love with the little guys and "talked" to them like they were old friends. He now talk to us instead of the bugs, but the changing table still remains one his favorite places to hang out. My mom says that she's never seen a baby so happy to be on his changing table!

Friday, January 12, 2007

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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

A New Era

Steven's hair started laying down last week. Charlton says it's the beginning of a new era. We had his 4 month check-up yesterday. He is 14 lbs. 15 oz. and 25 inches. He is in the 50th percentile for everything (including head circumference). Our doctor said that his top gums are a little swollen but that we probably have at least a few more months before we see any teeth. I was starting to wonder since he is drooling uncontrollably and biting down pretty hard on everything (and I mean everything!).
Steven is growing up so much; he has dropped his late afternoon nap. I was anxious for this to happen so that we could get out of the house more, but once it actually did I wasn't so sure. He's never been awake for longer than an hour and a half, and he gets cranky later in the day because he's tired but doesn't want to sleep. So, this week we've been going outside a lot- we've had beautiful weather! Today we walked down to the park and watched the "big kids" play on the playground. Steven was fascinated. He can't wait to join them! I couldn't resist taking this picture of him in his stroller when we got home.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

New Year's

Steven went on his first road trip New Year's weekend. We drove to Stephenville, Texas (about 5 hours) to have Christmas with Charlton's grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Papa & Mama

Charlton & I

Steven, cousin Saige,
& second cousin Billy

The Wimberlys