Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Bath Time

Steven loves taking a bath. He always liked being in the water but he can really play in it now. He loves his rubber duckie that Aunt Cheryl got him for Christmas, and giggles when I sing him the rubber duckie song (I learned it from Sesame Street when I used to watch it). A couple of months ago, Charlton and I decided to move his baby tub into the big tub to bathe him, because once he discovered how fun splashing was, water was getting all over the bathroom. He can sit up on his own in the tub very well now; although, he doesn't understand that the water makes his tub a little more slippery because sometimes he tries to crawl over the side to check out the "big tub." These are my favorite bath time photos.

Monday, February 26, 2007

You might think that you know us...

but I bet most of you assumed that when you saw Harry Potter under "books we are currently reading," that I was reading them. You, in fact, would only be half correct. After years of raving about the Harry Potter books, I finally convinced Charlton to read them. He started with Book 1 (of course) and just finished Book 5 last Tuesday. His assessment is that #1 and 2 are good but once you get to the last 100 pages of #3, you won't be able to put it down. He is as obsessed as I am! I've caught him taking books with him all around the house and standing up reading because he can't put them down. "I'm going to take a break before I start the next one" are famous last words. In preparation for the 7th and final Harry Potter book coming out July 21, I decided to re-read the series with him. We've been reading them (admittedly) too much, so we decided that we needed to give Harry Potter up for Lent- that is why they have disappeared (though temporarily) from our "currently reading" section. Yet, somehow I feel validated that an Ivy League school graduate reads and loves HP as much as I do. I even see a little resemblance to HP when I look at Steven...ok, ok, that might be pushing it, but he definitely has the hair!

If you haven't read them....you are missing out!

Monday, February 19, 2007

He really does chew on everything...

even his cousin! I had to post these pictures I took today of Steven and Saige. Cheryl and I were taking pictures of them sitting up, and Steven decided that he wanted to give Saige a hug (and chew on her shoulder or shirt- I'm not sure which)...poor, sweet Saige. Cheryl and I were busy laughing and taking pictures, and Saige kept looking at us like WHY DON"T YOU HELP ME! It's a good thing that Steven doesn't have any teeth yet...sorry, Saige!

Second Haircut

Steven's hair was getting a little shaggy, so he got his second haircut this Saturday. This is also in preparation for his 6 months portraits that he'll be taking in a few weeks. He's such a clean-cut little boy in his jeans and cute sweater (thanks Sara O.)!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Happy Belated Valentine's Day To Everyone!

Steven says he loves you. You realize, though, that this comes from a little, hairy man that sucks on his toes. (His momma used to do the same thing when she was a baby so she thinks it's cute!)

Sitting Up

Steven can sit up all by himself now. He's been working on this for a while but, until recently, has needed the Boppy or Bumbo seat to support him. A week or two ago I started sitting him up without either one to see how long he could last before falling over. He started sitting longer each time, and then last Thursday, he never fell over. The only problem is that now he's not satisfied with just sitting there- he wants to crawl. So, he has started lunging for his out-of-reach toys and is upset when he can't move any further. I keep telling him (and myself)...one thing at a time. I took these pictures of him today in this adorable Winnie the Pooh outfit (Thanks, Sarah and Ryan).

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Steven's Exersaucer

Here are some action shots of Steven in his exersaucer. He loves it!
Thanks to Michelle, who works with Charlton, for giving it to us! We had tried putting him in it a couple of times before he turned four months but he couldn't hold himself up very well and would end up with his face in the toys. About two or three weeks ago, we tried again and he started squealing with excitement. Charlton and I love it too, because he can stand, play, chew, and listen to circus songs all by himself! It came in very handy this last week while we were sick. His favorite toy is the red and white striped circus tent you see in most of the pictures. It lights up and spins while it plays music (like "Pop Goes The Weasel and Do Your Ears Hang Low") and has a rubber flag on top he likes to chew on.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Sick Days

If you check our blog regularly (Julie Perry- this is for you), you might have noticed our prayer request box on the right side has been changing every couple of days. I woke up Saturday morning with whatever virus is currently making the rounds. Steven seemed fine for a day or two, but then woke up at 3:30am on Monday just to be sure that we knew he had caught it. Then yesterday, Charlton started feeling not-so-great. I am, thankfully, feeling much better today, and so my recently cleared mind started thinking again...and here's where it wandered...
Moms don't get sick days. Just about any job position you can have, your benefits include sick days, right? Before I was a mom and I got sick, I would divide my day between sleeping in my bed and watching movies on the couch. I still got to do some of that this week but mostly in spurts between feedings and Steven's naps. I was already convinced that being a mom is the hardest job you can have. And this week added new level of meaning for me...there is no one that can fill in for you and I will never be on vacation (not even when I'm sick). Upon my realization about the benefits of this job, a new thought couldn't help but pop into my head...WHY do we do it- normally no one in their right mind would take a job like that? The answer is obvious; I look at my precious baby's face and know...I have the best job in the world.
Here's my beautiful, sick baby on our bed. The "benefits" are actually pretty good, don't you think?
P.S. Happy Birthday to Mamma!

Friday, February 02, 2007

A Mommy's Valentine

Steven and I had some friends from church over today to celebrate Valentine's Day and being moms. I have a new love in my life this year to celebrate! We had brunch and a few valentine goodies.
My inspiration
Our neighbors, Ashley and Jackson

Amanda and Daniel
Steven with Jackson
Kim and Lucas

(The After-Party)
In the mirror again
Mommy's Little Valentine
Happy Baby = Happy Mommy
Steven wanted a party favor too!
Checking out Mommy's candy basket

Thursday, February 01, 2007

One thing to add....

Steven rolled over for the first time last week- it went along with learning how to push-up. He rolled from his tummy to his back. He's never liked being on his tummy so I think rolling over was just a pratical way of getting off it. No picture since he's only done it once, but my mom (Mamma) was here so I do have a witness that he actually did it! I meant to post this with the last one but forgot. =)