Anyway, we had a lovely Valentine's Day. Our attention is rather occupied these days by the impending arrival of The Poppy, but we still were able to celebrate our love for each other a little bit. It's nice that it was on a Saturday this year, because I could spend the whole day doting on my love and occupying The Boy so the pregnant mommy can take it easier than she does on a workday. We started out by heading out, just us guys, to pick up some supplies. He helped me pick some flowers and chocolates, and then we grabbed Mommy's favorite breakfast burritos on the way home for some breakfast in bed.
|Such a good messenger... And Mommy was still (almost!) in bed when we returned home with the goods.|
|They're harder to find these days than one might think.|
OH, and there was this surprise that I did a few days early as part of a 30 day art challenge. I call it The Wife: An Ode To Motherhood. At first I almost didn't include The Boy, but then what was I thinking?!? The point is to recognize and celebrate this woman and the wonderful mother she has been and is and continues to be, so he had to be in there. Happy Valentine's Day, Wife! You are my forever love.
And just a week later marked The Boy's last three-month mark before hitting another big birthday (The Wife posted a fun and photoful post just yesterday here). He's growing like crazy and looks less like a baby and more like a little kid every single day, which continually blows my mind. He's much more independent and strong-willed, but he's still sweet and (sometimes) snuggly and always amusing. His appetite comes and goes, even when it comes to his usually favorite things (like bananas and avocados), but he'll always be glad to have bread anything, sometimes to the point of spurning absolutely everything else. He looooooves going outside, even when it's nippy (not that this miserable excuse for a winter has given us much reason to hunker down anyway), and is getting better at resigning himself to coming inside after a fun walk to see the horses down the street or jumping on the trampoline or going down -- or, more preferred, up -- the slide. His vocabulary is exploding, and it has a lot to do with how well and how much he mimics what he hears. We were just driving in the car and talking about something, when he repeats, "Ooohhhh, maaaaan!", much to our delight. He sometimes mutters little "prayers" while we're blessing the food and he likes to jump in while reading books with the parts he knows. He's learning that he's much more likely to get what he wants if he says, "PeeeeeeeeEESE?" and he's pretty good at thank you too. He sometimes wakes up pretty early, but he's always glad to just sit and play in his crib for a while until we get up and fetch him, and he's always glad to see us. He always gives a nice, "Bye!" or "Sya!" (See ya) when I head down to work, and he always rushes to the top of the stairs when he hears me heading home at the end of the day. Few things give me greater delight as I'm heading to the store or coming home from a run than looking up at the windows and seeing my boy peeking down at me and waving with a huge smile on his face, and his mommy sitting beside him.
Time for some Instapictures!
|The Boy knows BCEs when he sees 'em.|
|Riveted! And rightly so. (Also, Goodnight Moon.)|
|It's amazing to see him discover totally everyday things.|
|Such a good one! He was a bit of a snuggly duckling this morning.|
|He prefers the original too, I think.|
|It still doesn't feel like a Disney movie, but he liked all the go-karts.|
|Aaaaand THE END! It was quite a year. Also, he started crying the instant LIG started. Make of that what you will.|
|Coloring!!! He loves it. At this point he knew green and purple, but by now he knows just about all the major ones (though he still sometimes struggles with red for some reason).|
|Many thanks to Baby Einstein for making haircuts an easier and more pleasant experience for everyone involved. (And also for helping him get through the occasional rough morning.)|
|Free day at the zoo! It has changed a lot in the last 20 years.|
|I thiiiink this might be a little above your reading level at present, son.|
|These stickers provided days of entertainment as he passed them from one canvas to another.|
|He's loving the out of doors these days! He wouldn't take those mittens off all day, and recently his snow boots have been given the same treatment.|
|The static hair on the trampoline makes me laugh every single time.|
|Ummmm, wherrrre did this come from??|