Thursday, January 29, 2009

He's A Big Boy!

Life with the Walk-man is always lots of fun! Okay, there may be times when he wakes up at 3 a.m. that I am not necessarily thinking "fun" in my head, but really life is definitely always interesting. He recently had his 4-month check up and was in the 75 percentile for his height, weight and head size. He's now 14.5 lb and 26 inches and growing. He's a big boy!

He is making more sounds now, like funny little squeals. He also likes to blow bubbles and has become quite the drooler. He's definitely teething, but so far that just means that he tries to gnaw on everything, especially our knuckles. He loves the teething rings that you put in the freezer. And he likes to look at his stuffed animals, grab them, head but them, and then put whatever will fit into his mouth.


The monthly photo shoots are hilarious. This time he was easier to prop up (since he's always trying to sit up by himself), but he kept sliding down and then getting really mad at us. We can't help but laugh when he gets mad because he rolls his bottom lip down and it quivers for a second until the big scream comes out.

His foot is always in his mouth, with or without a sock. Walker likes to make it hard to put his clothes on after bathtime because he loves to eat his little foot!
Daddy and Walk-man love to laugh together.
Here's Walker's new bath seat. We finally found one that helps him sit up in the tub since he recently outgrew his baby bath. He makes this funny face every time he first gets in the tub. Today we had to take two baths because he tinkled all over himself right after he got in the first time. Oh, life with a baby boy! So full of surprises.
Walker really loves bath time! How funny does he look covered in wash cloths? This helps him to stay warm in the tub. One of the downfalls of having a really old (like from 1939) house, is the lack of insulation and old windows. We love our house, but it doesn't stay very warm when it's 26 degrees outside.
We have a baby gate at the entrance of Walker's nursery to keep Belle out. Otherwise, she will literally chew up every toy (and the rug) in site. When we have Walker in the nursery, Belle paces back and forth in front of the gate. She has some serious OCD.
The Walk-man recently learned how to pet Mei-mei. Thank goodness Mei-mei is so sweet. Sadly enough, we haven't had her groomed in a while, so you can't really see her eyes these days.
Walker and I fell asleep while Belle cuddled with us. Notice that I have a bandaid on my hand. Apparently I have some weird infection on my hand. The doctor told me today that she had no clue what it was and just gave me a prescription. Let's hope it's gone in a few days! I love that I didn't have anything weird like that in Ethio...only in Jax, Fl.
He's our little Super Baby! Matt was so excited when his little Superman onesie finally fit him. Now he tries to make him wear it several times a week.
Oh, the ways you know you're a new parent...when you are so exhausted that you prop the bottle up with your hand so you can take a little nap while the little man eats.
Love those big blue eyes...I am still amazed at how precious he is. I'm constantly thanking God for such a sweet boy. I'm also constantly amazed at how much he does NOT look like his mom. Blonde hair, blue eyes, fair skin...but he's quite the extravert, and that definitely comes from me.
When he isn't sleeping on his back with his arms next to his head, he turns onto his side and sticks his thumb in his mouth. Yep, that's right...he loves to suck his thumb! It's hilarious watching him try to find it. But it's a lifesaver in the middle of the night when he cries out and then finds his thumb and goes right back to sleep.
We love to take Sunday afternoon naps together. Sundays are pretty busy, long days because set up starts early in the morning. After the service, breakdown and lunch, we usually get home around 2 p.m. Then it's nap time! It's one of my favorite parts of the weekend.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Happy New Year!

We are just plugging along, enjoying each new day together as a family and watching Walker grow. He changes so much every week right now. We had a doctor visit recently and found out he is now 13 lb 6 oz and almost 26 inches long. He's a big boy! I love the chubby thighs...they are so cute!

We are SO EXCITED about Ashley and Kyle's wedding, which is in less than a week now (Jan. 24)! WOW! We can't believe it's already here. It's going to be a great day! We can't wait to celebrate with them and to see all the family. This week is going to be very busy and VERY fun!!
Walk-man is finally enjoying his tummy time (at least some of the time)! He absolutely loves playing on his floor mat with the hanging toys, especially because of the big mirror on the side. He really loves looking in the mirror at the cute baby who stares back at him. He also loves his books. Reading his books to him is so fun because he intently studies the pages. His favorites are "Elmo So Big" and his toddler Bible (that's my boy!).
This is Walker's "what up" pose with his tiny little hands propped up on his face (nothing new here).
He loves his daddy!
YEY for Margs! We went to Savannah for a day last week to meet our friend Margs (Margaret) for lunch. It was a great day! I have always loved Savannah--it's just a very artsy, historic city. We hadn't seen Margs in over a year (since she came to Ethio to visit us), so it was very special to finally see her after such a long time. We had a blast together, as always! Back when we were first married, Margs lived with us for a couple months and she always kept us laughing.
Walker finally got to meet Margs! She's in nursing school in Tennessee. We hope it won't be so long in between Margs visits next time. This pic is from one of our fav places, Starbucks (which I lovingly refer to as "SB").
Walker is supporting his Gators (a.k.a. National Champs)! He's also showing off his new trick of sticking his foot in his mouth. Oh, to be that flexible...
He really enjoys holding his feet these days. He's getting good with his coordination and being able to grab things in front of him.
No outfit is complete without the matching bib. Walker is a fountain most of the time. In fact, he covered me in soy spit-up last Sunday on the way to church. It was a crazy morning, but we eventually made it to church wearing spit-up free clothes (a necessity since I was speaking that morning; I didn't get to sing, though, because I was late and missed rehearsal). Thank goodness Walker got a Gator onesie, bib, socks and paci from the fam. The Walker's are all big Gator fans! Matt isn't so into the Gators. In fact, he says we are going to use the Gator items as baby wipes. So wrong!
We celebrated on New Year's Eve with Maria and Jeannel. They got a fire pit for Christmas, so we gathered around it and ate Smores. So yummy! That was our last night of eating goodies like chocolate. On Jan. 1 we started New Year's diets, so we aren't eating anything quite that delicious these days. We had Walker bundled up since it was a chilly night. He was so good while chillin with his Auntie Ria.