8 month update

November 24, 2009

Woohoo!  There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s called Cole’s 1st birthday.  I won’t lie to you; I don’t particularly love the 1st year of life.  Granted, I love babies, but I’ve learned from Zoe and now Cole that I like playing with babies and then giving them back.  With that said, I am loving the fact that Cole can do things on his own now.  So, here’s the lowdown of what’s been going on in the little man’s life that past month.

New Weight Stat:  13.4 pounds ( total lightweight)

Adventure to the ER:  So everyone except for Kirk has visited the hospital here in Arlington, which is just crazy considering that we’ve seen the ER once in  Charlotte (me – sprained ankle) and had 2 hospital stays (Zoe and Cole’s births).  So, here’s the story: 2 weeks ago, I came down with some version of the flu.  I tried really hard not to pass it along, but 2 days later, Cole was running a low grade fever that lasted for about a day and a half.  He got better for a day, and then, last Sun, he started running a high fever that just couldn’t be controlled with tylenol and ibuprofen, so we hopped in the car and headed to the ER (we were smart this time – Kirk and Zoe stayed home).  After 6 hours, a chest x-ray, some blood work, and mucus sample, Cole was diagnosed (based solely on symptoms) with H1N1.  He was given Tamiflu, and 24 hours later, we had our happy little boy back.

New Tricks:  

Sitting.  The one good thing about Cole being sick – he wanted nothing to do with being on his belly or back, so he is now sitting like a champ.

Mobile Baby.  I really thought I would have at least one more month of a stationary baby, but of course, Cole had different plans.  He is now doing a version of commando crawling, and he’s pretty darn fast too.  This is a good/bad thing.  On the one hand, Cole can now go for toys that he wants instead of crying for someone to get him a new toy.  On the other hand, Cole doesn’t want his toys; he would much rather eat the crayons that Zoe is coloring with, mouth Zoe’s babies, mouth the coloring pages that Zoe has finished coloring.  See a trend?  :>) 

(Sorry about the graininess of the video.  We’re having to use our camera instead of the camcorder because we don’t have the software for the camcorder, and it takes way too long to upload onto youtube.)

New Foods: Apricots, mango, blueberries, raspberries, green beans, yogurt, peaches, winter squash, pumpkin, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice.  Cole is now eating 3 meals a day and is beginning to eat soft, mashed up food like bananas.  He really wants to eat what everyone else is eating and is constantly grabbing at our food.  (Completely opposite from Zoe.)  He is also wanting to feed himself and is always reaching for the spoon. 

Personality: Cole couldn’t be more different from Zoe.  He mouths everything (Zoe liked her thumb and thumb only.).  He is a doer compared to Zoe being an observer – he sees something he wants, and he goes for it (Zoe watches until she’s sure she’ll either succeed or it’s safe.)  He thinks everything in life is funny and constantly laughs (Zoe started really laughing/giggling around 18 months of age; until then her laugh sounded like a machine gun.)


Just Checking In

November 9, 2009

Not a whole lot has been going on around here.  Zoe, Cole, and I went to Charlotte last week – nothing major – just a chance to check on the house, turn on the heat, and see friends.  Other than that, we’ve just been doing our thing and starting to gear up for the holidays.  (I really can’t believe Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner!)  Here are a few pictures that I thought you might enjoy:

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  The fam at the National Zoo – Kirk and I thought the background was pretty cool at the Lemur Island with the waterfall and the maple tree leaf colors.

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The view from our apartment of the leaves changing.  I didn’t realize it (and I don’t think Kirk did either) that the majority of the trees you see are in the Arlington National Cemetery.