Sunday, December 28, 2008

A visit with Pops

Doug, Stone, and I headed to Sedona, AZ to see my dad for a couple days at the beginning of December. I was a little worried about the trip. We were leaving at 6 AM!! To my surprise Stone did wonderfully on the airplane. He woke up as we went through security, and I thought he wouldn't go back to sleep. We were able to bring his car seat on the plane, because the flight wasn't full. I fed him as we took off and then he fell asleep for the rest of the flight. He woke up 20 minutes before we landed!!! Yeah Stone!

While we were there, we decided to try out a high chair. Stone loved it. He played with his toys and relaxed in the chair. No more bringing in the car seat! Doug and I are very thankful for that. He is so big now, that it is nearly impossible to carry him in the car seat.
We enjoyed the beautiful scenery of Sedona. As you can see my dad has a great view of all the beautiful red rock.
Stone and I in front of my dad's house.


On Friday, we got in the car and headed up to see Montezuma's Well, and Montezuma's castle. Montezuma's castle is old Indian ruins in the side of a cliff. It is amazing to me that people once lived in these cliff dwellings. I can't imagine climbing up ladders to get to them. I would love to have been able to climb up into them and look around, but no such luck of course.


Montezuma's Well is a large natural spring in the middle of the desert. There were cliff dwellings there too.

Doug and Stone at Montezuma's well

We enjoyed our time out in Arizona. Stone enjoyed spending time with Pops.

Our plane ride home was great as well. Stone was awake much more, but he never once fussed. There was a 3 week old baby behind us on the flight!!! I can't imagine that. I purposefully sat next to them so that if she cried and Stone cried, it wouldn't be so noticeable.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Braces free...well almost

I just realized that I never posted a picture of Kimbralie with her braces off. She only got the top ones off, but is super excited to have that. You can't really tell she has the bottom ones on still. Nothing has been said about when the bottom braces will come off. Here is a picture of her beautiful smile.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Catch-Up

So, it has been quite a while since I have posted anything. I think it has been about a month to be exact! That is way too long. So many things have happened in such a short time. We had Stone's 6 month check up.
Here are his stats:

Weight- 17 lbs 5 ozs. (50%)
Height- 25 3/4 inches (20%)
Head- 17 3/4 inches (85%)
Both his height and weight have dropped in the percentiles, but his head just keeps going up. :) I like to think that he is going to be really smart.

Stone is now reaching up to us when we go to pick him up. I think we are in the beginning of weariness towards strangers, but it quickly goes away after he has given them the once over and his is their best friend. He has started to attempt crawling. He is up on his knees rocking, and if you put your hand behind his feet, he pushes off of them. He is no longer in his infant tub. He was much too big for it. So we have him in an in-between tub that sits in a regular bathtub.

He loves bathtime!
Sippy Cup
We have introduced him to a sippy cup. He just plays with it mostly, and I hold it to his mouth for him to suck on and see that water comes out of it. Here are some pictures of his first time holding the cup.

Which end is up?

Maybe this handle tastes good.

It feels good on my gums.
Almost got it.

Success!!

As you can see most of the water ended up on his shirt, but he is getting better at it. He is eating cereal now, and we are about to introduce veggies to him. We waited until he was 6 months old to start solids, because our pediatrician didn't think he needed the extra calories. I don't know why he thought that. ;)
Sleepy Little Man
About a month ago, I was cooking dinner and trying to entertain Stone at the same time. It had been a long day and I don't think a good afternoon nap had been taken. Stone was sitting in his walker playing with toys. I was singing to him which he was enjoying. He would fuss at me whenever I stopped singing. I looked over at him as I was singing and all of a sudden his eyes shut and his head bobbed forward. He completely fell asleep. I had to grab my camera and snap a few pictures before I got him out of the walker.

Poor Little Guy

Stone's first tooth!!
Stone now has his first tooth. I got a great picture of it. I didn't even notice it was there until my friend, Kim, was feeling his gums and told me it was poking through. Well, it is doing much more than just poking through now. Doug used to let him chew on his fingers, but no more now that the tooth has arrived. It hurts to have him chomp down on your finger.

My first attempt
I have started to crochet. My friend, Kelly, refreshed my memory on crochet, and I attempted my first project a hat for Stone. I absolutely love little beanies on him, and what a cheap way to make them. It is a tad on the big side, but he will grow into it.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

The power of praying

Ok, so I found this on another friend's blog, and I loved the idea. I long to raise Stone to be a godly man. I want to help in laying the foundation of his faith. I love the idea of having specific prayers that I can pray over him when we are going throughout the day. I plan on writing these prayers/verses out and putting them all over the house, so that I can see them and pray them out loud for Stone.

I have seen prayer calendars, where you pray every day for a different quality for your children, and I love that idea. This is a different take on praying for your kiddos. I think the bottom line is that we just need to be praying. If you want to put the button on your blog, just click here.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Our little penguin

My mom, Stone, and I headed to Canton on Halloween to enjoy the beautiful weather and look at the fun things out there. Stone was such a trooper and enjoyed the day. He just rolled with the punches as we walked around. I am so thankful that he has such a laid back personality. He loves to be around people and see what is going on around him.

We spent the evening at home. Doug and I dressed Stone in his costume and headed outside to pass out candy. We had the best seat in the neighborhood as we sat on the driveway in beach chairs and watched the trick-or-treaters. Stone enjoyed himself for about 10 minutes and then he was ready to go inside. He was ready for his bath, bottle, and bed. We were able to snap a few pictures of him in his costume.


Our little guy was done! Can't you tell. :)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Costumes and Surprises

We had a busy week last week. It started with a costume party with our church playgroup. The kids all looked so cute in their costumes. It has been fun to watch the kids grow and see how they can start to interact in some ways. Stone is always fascinated by the other kids in the room when we go. Stone dressed up as a penguin. Here are some pictures from the day.

Then on Wednesday Stone, Nonnie (My mom, we were calling her Nonna, but figured with would be too confusing having a Nonna and Nana. Sounds too similar, thus a name change was needed.), and I headed out of town to surprise Nana for her 86th birthday! We stopped in Wimberley to stay with Aunt Joyce and Uncle Andy. Stone was such a trooper during the day, but a horrible sleeper at night! I was thankful to get home and have Doug take over nightime for a break last night.

While we were in Corpus, we decided to try some rice cereal. Our hope was it would give me a break, and Stone would sleep more. No such luck though. I think he is going through a growth spurt, because he seems to be hungry all the time, and I am starving all the time.
Here is Nana. She is looking down at Stone. We set him on her doorstep and rang the doorbell. When she opened it she was shocked to see Stone.

He loves his Nana. The whole time we were there, he would look over at her and just smile. She could make him giggle and smile instantly.
Stone trying cereal. He didn't quite master pushing it back with his tongue, but he would open hisd mouth when he saw the spoon coming.
Nana bought Stone a jumper that you hang in the doorway. He absolutely loved it, as you can see from the pic.
We also discovered that a water bottle lasts for quite a long time as entertainment for a 5 month old. When in doubt, give him a water bottle.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Farmer's Market and the Arboretum

Well, we had quite a fun Saturday this weekend. We had plans to go to the Farmer's Market with my mom. I have lived in Dallas almost 30 years, and I don't think I have ever been down there. It was a lot of fun. We bought some fresh fruit and tasted a lot of it as we went. I had grand plans of getting some pictures of Stone with the huge pumpkins, but of course he slept the whole time, which I was fine with since he hadn't had a nap at all. Some of these cost $120...Really for a pumpkin?!
So, Doug and I took a picture in front of the pumpkins instead.



We decided to head to the Arboretum since they have their pumpkin patch right now. The weather was so great, so we decided to head that way. Of course, everyone else decided that it was a good day to go as well, so it was a little crowded. Stone was such a trooper. He truly is an easy baby. He is so social and loves to look around and see what is going on. It is fun to watch him notice the trees and birds as we walk outside. Here are a few of our favorites from the weekend.

Sitting amongst the pumpkins

Mischievious little fellow

Sunday, October 5, 2008

A busy weekend

We went to Tyler last Friday night with Doug's parents. Stone didn't sleep well at all. He enjoyed being around the family. He is becoming such a social baby. He loves to see what is going on and enjoys being involved in everything.

Then on Saturday, we went to a wedding of our friends, Gary and Emily. Stone was such a great baby. He stayed up until 9:30 and didn't even fuss until we were heading to the car. It was so good to catch up with old friends and to see two sweet friends get married. To add to a wonderful day, Stone slept from 10 pm to 5:30 am!!! A whole 7 1/2 hours. I was in shock when I woke up. Then he went back to sleep after I fed him for another 3 hours. Oh how I miss sleep, but it is well worth the sacrifice for our sweet boy.

Our wonderful family!

On another note, Kimbralie will be getting her braces off in a couple weeks. She is so excited to have them off and we are excited to see what only one year of braces will do! I will post her brace free smile once that happens.

Stone is finding his voice. He gurgles and babbles all day, especially as he wakes up from naps and right before he goes to sleep.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Here are some pictures for you to enjoy.

Our big boy sitting up!



Stone sometimes holds his own bottle!







Friday, September 26, 2008

Update on Stone

Stone had his 4 month check-up on Monday. He is growing like a weed.

Here are is stats:

15 lbs 13 oz- (Wow!! He is a little chunky monkey.)
24 1/4 inches long
Head circumference- 17 1/4 inches

Apparently he has a large head because is in the 80th percentile for that. My OB kept telling me that he was going to have a big head when he was born, but at the 2 week check up his head was only in the 25th percentile. Maybe my OB can tell the future, because Stone has a big head now.

He did really well with his shots this time. Of course he screamed, but that ended shortly, and I didn't cry this time. Yea me!

So last night after I changed his diaper and his outfit after spitting up everywhere, I decided to see if he could sit by himself. He did for about 3 seconds. So I put him on the ground and after a few tries he sat up again! I couldn't believe it. We took a video of it, and I will try to get that up later. I can't believe how fast Stone is growing. I feel like just yesterday he came into our lives. Before we know it he is going to be crawling and then walking. :)

I will post some pictures later today, but for now we are off to take a walk.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

It's been a while

It has been some time since I have posted. So this may be a longer one. Stone is getting so big. He loves to stand up and is started to dislike being held on his back when he is awake. He has started rolling over automatically when he is laid on his tummy. We still aren't sleeping through the night, but 4:30 isn't too bad. :)
Our sweet friends Melissa and Colton thought Stone would like to play in Colton's exersaucer. Well, Stone loves it. He will only tolerate it for about 5-10 minutes at a time, but he gets so excited when he sees it. Here are a few pictures.

I am not so sure about this blue seal that is staring at me.

Stone has now discovered that he enjoys chewing on fingers. Not necessarily his own. Mostly Daddy's. He will grab onto a finger and start focusing really hard to get it into his mouth. Poor Doug gets super slobbered while Stone chomps down.

Yum! Yum!

We went over to Dena's last Tuesday to spend time with Hudson, Colton, Dena, and Melissa. We had a great time. I can't wait for all three boys to be able to play together. Right before Melissa was about to leave, Melissa was talking to Stone and Colton started patting Stone on the chest. Then he leaned over and gave him sweet sugars. Colton was so gentle and sweet to Stone.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Famous little one...

Stone is famous, well almost. When he was at his 2 week appointment we took pictures of him with our pediatrician (Dr. deVilleneuve). My mom is their billing supervisor, and she showed some of the ladies our blog at her office. Well, the office manager loved the picture so much that she said she wanted to use it on their new website. So, he has made his big debut. You can see his picture at www.northdallasped.com and then click on Dr. deVilleneuve. There our little guy is.

On another note, Stone rolled over on Friday. I layed him on his tummy while I did some work at our church. He is holding his head up so high now. I walked about 4 feet away from him and when I turned around he was on his back. He has only rolled over one more time since then. So we are still working on it. :)

We had family pictures taken today. Thanks Beth for taking some great shots of us. I can't wait to see them! Stone cooperated so well. He didn't fuss at all until it was time to go home. He is fast asleep now and I am wasting time instead of cleaning house.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Weekend away with the family


Last weekend we went to the lake with Doug's family. We stayed in a really nice house and enjoyed time outside. The weather was great in the upper 80's and low 90's all weekend. Doug stayed until Sunday and then had to head home for work. Stone was kissed and snuggled a lot and we all enjoyed out time. Here are a few pictures from the weekend.

We rented "Mules" for the day. Now, don't think we road around on stinky animals all day. Mules are like 4 wheel drive golf carts. Tons of fun to ride around on the back trails through the woods. Kimbralie and Susan (Doug's sister) however, didn't find them so fun when they got a flat tire and had to walk back 45 minutes to the house. Then 2 days later they ran out of gas on the trails. Not much luck for them. :)

Stone with big sissy (Kimbralie) and Granddad
Doug about to go out on the trails.

Doug and Kimbralie taking a swim in the lake.

We enjoyed playing cards. As you can see Stone enjoyed playing too. :)

Stone was actually holding the card as Kimbralie held him over the table.

So tired after such a long trip.