Monday, December 29, 2008

9 Months Old


Leo is now 9 months old and he has advanced so much in just the last few weeks. It is becoming abundantly clear that these photo sessions are getting more and more difficult now that Leo is on the move. He just wants to show off his mobility all the time so it is hard to catch him still. Leo is now a "power crawler." He is so quick, but in addition to crawling, he is now climbing. I thought we would have a transitional period between crawling and climbing, but he seems to have taken on these skills simultaneously. He can now get into the standing position by reaching for objects and pulling himself up. It is so dangerous and very scary to watch, but I know he needs freedom in order to learn, even if it means a few bonks on his head.

Leo has also had a few nights of amazing sleep. He slept from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. last night! That is a record, but it also meant that I had to start my day at 5 a.m. I really can't complain though...if this is a new pattern, Joe and I would be thrilled!

Leo is also a tremendous eater. We have started to give him things like Cheerios and crackers to chew on. He eats about 1 in 10, and plays with the rest, but his hand eye coordination is improving and he is learning to chew very well. Speaking of chew, Leo's left incisor came through. This is a tad out of order since he doesn't have his front (top) two teeth.

On a side note, I just had to get a nude photo of Leo. I think it is in good taste and I hope he doesn't hate me someday for posting it. I am just so proud of all the weight he has gained recently. He really is getting quite chubby!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Leo's 1st Christmas

Leo and Butterscotch

Leo and Elmo share similar expressions!



What a cute face!

The stripey trio - Shelly, Kim and Barry

Uncle Martin, Aunt Tiffy and Leo

We had a great 1st Christmas with Leo! As with most days, we had an early start at 6 a.m. Joe had put together his new horse, Butterscotch (compliments of Joe Sr. and Grandma Paula), the night before. We took Leo into the living room and presented him with the horse and he was very pleased. Next, we helped Leo open his presents and he had a great time trying to eat the wrapping paper.

If I could make a theme for this year's Christmas, it would be called "a very Elmo Christmas", because almost every gift was Elmo related. The Sesame Street Corp. is making a killing off our family! Leo didn't disappoint though, and gifted us with huge smiles for every Elmo toy he received. He also received a new outfit and ride-in car from Great Grandma Naomi, a baseball outfit from Grandma Rita, a red hoodie and Elmo drum from Grandma and Grandad Cleveland, a bunch of cute clothes and a toy walker/car from Craig, Lauren and Tegan and a ton of Elmo stuff from us. Leo was definitely the star of this year's Christmas. Joe and I did pretty well too.

We spent most of the day playing and relaxing and then went to my parents house for an early dinner of ham with all the fixings. Yummy! While there, we watched Kim and her boyfriend Barry swing dance and played Taboo. Leo was mezmerized by the dancing and wanted to join in on the fun. Unfortunately, we had to leave just when things were getting really fun with the game on account of Leo's 7 p.m. bedtime. It was a great day!

Leo Crawls!

Leo's Dad Here making a post.

There have been some requests for footage of Leo crawling. I wish I knew how to make this file smaller and could put it into a better format. Maybe once I get more familiar. But for know please enjoy this short clip of Leo crawling!


video

Monday, December 22, 2008

Winter Wonderland





It is still snowing and the Portland area hasn't experienced weather like this in 40 years. Although it makes for very beautiful scenery, it is difficult when you have an 8 month old. We are all getting cabin fever. Usually, we leave the house a couple times a day, but we haven't left the house in 2 days! Luckily, our neighbors stopped by and Celia, who is 6, gave Leo a Jack in the Box (it's actually a cute bear that pops out) and a new book as an early Christmas gift.

As you can see by the photos, Leo is fascinated by the snowy outside, but when Daddy took him for a quick walk, he came back as cold as an icicle. Leo sure does look cute in his little snow suit!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Danger Baby!


With Leo's new mobility, he has become very dangerous and mischievous. Everything that he should not get his hands on, he gravitates toward. He loves cords and strings (see snow picture above with Daddy), his diaper pail, and sharp metal objects. He is quite the little menace and this means that we have to baby proof the house immediately!

Our poor little guy is still teething and this combined with a week of cabin fever due to snowy weather, and a propensity toward danger has left us a bit exhausted. We are still so proud of Leo for making such great strides.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Crawling!


Wow, what a week it has been. So much has happened, but the big news is that Leo is now officially crawling! It's hard to say exactly when this milestone was achieved because he has been working on this skill for a while, but Joe and I agreed that on Thursday, he was confidently crawling. We are just so proud of him and we can tell that he is proud of himself too. Now we will see what trouble awaits us!

In addition to crawling, Leo is now eating Gerber stage 3 foods, which have chunks. It can set off his gag reflex, but every time he eats, he gets better and better. Leo is a great eater and has been eating 3 times a day for nearly a month.

Leo has started showing us a little more attitude recently. He has temper tantrums and changing his diaper can sometimes be an all out battle. He also has had fits of rage when we take things away from him, get him dressed or clean his face. He sure is a feisty little man.

It has been snowing all week. The weather has been very precarious and my mom stayed with us most of the week because she works much closer to our house than my parent's house. Leo really enjoyed the extra time with grandma and I think she had fun too. Even though the snow was hugely inconvenient, it gave Leo more time to practice his crawling.

Lastly, Leo is teething... again!!! I think he is getting is upper 2 teeth. He has been putting his fingers in his mouth, tugging on his ears and has been fussier than usual. Poor little guy.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Snow Day

Today it has been snowing and we have had so much fun. We bundled up Leo and took him outside, but he wasn't too fond of the wind and cold, so we promptly came back in. I have already baked some oatmeal cookies and we plan to watch the Steeler's game, eat some of Joe's famous homemade chili and stay warm and cozy inside. The snow is the perfect excuse to do nothing and that sounds perfect!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Bath Time!


Leo had his first bath in our kitchen sink and it made for a great photo opportunity. Have you ever seen a happier baby? He sure does love his rubber ducky!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

More Firsts

Today I surprised Joe and dressed Leo up in his Steeler's jogging suit. I didn't think it would fit because it is sized at 12 months, but it fit perfect. It's a good thing I tried it on him because it is the cutest outfit ever! Also, because Leo got suited up, the Steelers beat the nasty Cowboys. Yeah Steelers!

Well, 2 cool things happened this weekend. We reintroduced Leo to the Santa at the Beaverton Mall and he didn't cry. This Santa is awesome...maybe the best I have ever seen. Perhaps we will get the happy photo with Santa after all.

Also, apparently, since Leo has teeth, we are suppose to brush them. I don't know why this surprised me so much. I guess it's just because he only has 2 teeth and he is just 8 months old, but none the less, they are 2 very precious teeth and deserve not to become decayed. Luckily, Leo loved getting them brushed with his infant tooth/gum paste.

We also decorated the house for Christmas. We didn't go all out, but the house still looks very festive.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

What...no photo with Santa?

Leo hates Santa Claus. It's just a simple fact, but none the less I am very surprised. I took Leo to see Santa three times this week. I know it sounds crazy, but let me explain.

The first time I took Leo was on Monday to Washington Square Mall, which is the local shopping mall. At first, Leo was stoic when he met Santa, but the session ended with him pulling on Santa's beard and then bursting into tears. He didn't crack a smile in the photos, which is very unlike Leo. I thought perhaps I would have better luck if we returned with Daddy and a toy that might persuade him to smile. On Tuesday night, we returned with Daddy and Cookie Monster and even though the Santa was a much better one, Leo immediately started crying when he met him. Today, we decided to try the Beaverton Shopping Center. We thought that maybe this time we would have better luck. Since there were no children waiting to meet Santa, we thought that perhaps if Leo were to get aquaited with Santa before he was placed on his lap, that might be better. No such luck. Leo was more hysterical than ever and even broke out into hives...which only happens when he is under great distress. I felt so sorry for the poor Santa!

Instead of the standard photo with Santa, I may just have to settle for this adorable shot of Leo dressed in his holiday sweater.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Thanksgiving in Colorado










We had a lovely Thanksgiving in Bailey, CO with Joe's dad Joe Sr., his step-mom Paula, great grandma Rita and brother Aaron. Leo was showered with attention, love and generosity and he was soaking it all up. Each day was better than the next and I do believe that Leo experienced some of the best days of his life. While in CO, he cut another tooth, started to rock back and forth in the crawl position and slept for 7.5 hours in a row one night.

The Morris family live in a log cabin about an hour or so outside of Denver and the scenery is breath taking. We enjoyed relaxing days just chilling with the family...eating great food, taking family walks and watching movies. Plus, Leo had a blast meeting his great grandma Rita (GiGi) and his uncle Aaron. He also loved hanging with his grandparents, who clearly adore him.

When we arrived, Leo was welcomed with a million hugs and kisses and a whole array of gifts. Leo now has a new toy horse he can ride named Butterscotch. He also received a Thanksgiving day outfit, a cool highchair, a blanket with his name on it, toys, food etc. It was awesome!

On the last day of our trip, we went to a cute little town called Evergreen. Leo loved cute little shops and flirted with all the shop workers. He also got an Elmo hat (a photo will be posted soon enough) and some cool new clothes too.

My favorite part of the trip was seeing my little boy in the presence of so many people who love and care about him. He is one very lucky young man.