Saturday, March 28, 2009

What Patrick's Been Up To

Here are a few things Patrick's been doing lately...

He's figured out how to unscrew the legs underneath our kitchen table. There's one nut that's a little loose and he crawls under, pulls up on the chair and uses one little finger to unscrew it until it falls off. Then he pulls the washer off and tries to go to work on the next one. You'll notice he's completed step one in this picture (blue arrow pointing to the result).

Patrick also attended his first pig roast last weekend. It was a birthday party for our good friends Alex and Kim. We'll spare you the picture of the pig roasting over the fire and just show you this one of the birthday boy and me; both proud parents.

Patrick also learned his first official "trick." If you ask him "how big is Patrick?" he'll respond with this (to which you reply "Sooooooo big!")

And here are a few more pictures from the last week or so

Talking and making a silly face while playing with his new ball.

Looking at babies on book covers.

Just playing.

We also had our first "bleeding from the face" incident this week. Patrick slipped while playing and his two new teeth cut his top lip when he bumped his chin on the way down. It's really perfect timing because we're getting his 9 month photos taken tomorrow. The pictures are doubling as Easter pictures which means there will be a live bunny in them. So, we may also have our first "being bit in the face after tackling a stuffed animal that turned out to not be a stuffed animal" incident, too. We'll let you know how it goes.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The St. Patrick's Post That Isn't

This was supposed to be a St. Patrick's Day post but unfortunately Lil' Rounds is sick and does not want to play dress-up with Mommy. So, I am posting some pictures from last week when the weather was beautiful. We opened up the windows and let Patrick explore the curtains waving in the breeze. I caught a couple sweet moments of him with Daddy as well.

Hopefully tomorrow he'll feel like dressing up in his holiday shirts and bibs and do some pictures. If so, we'll post them later this week.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Monday, March 9, 2009

8 Months Old!

Patrick turned 8 months old on Sunday! He celebrated by taking the last few weeks to learn all kinds of new skills. He started his "combat crawl" about 3 weeks ago but later in the week went straight to full-on crawling! Here's a short video of him making his way across the family room. We have to bait him with things that aren't toys to get him to go across a whole room. This time it was a glass of water.

Patrick's also started trying to walk from one piece of furniture to the next, or from Angie's leg to a chair, or from Roxy to the Wii - anything really. He's all over the place. We're still baby-proofing the cabinets but we've got the fireplace and all the other sharp corners covered. Foam padding really has a way of making a room look classy sophisticated safe.

Once Patrick started crawling, he was obsessed with it. It's all he's wanted to do. He loves it so much that he even started practicing crawling and standing up during the night. We'll hear him crying at 2 AM (and 3 AM...and 4 AM...) and walk in his room to find him standing up in his crib, too tired and disoriented to lay himself back down. It's a lot of fun (no it isn't). Luckily, that's only been happening about a week now and last night was a great night with no waking up. Hopefully it means he's "over the hump" and can go back to just dreaming about standing and not actually doing it.

The other big news is that Patrick cut his first tooth today. We've seen the little "buds" for a bit now but Angie discovered this morning while feeding him that one of his teeth has broken through the gum. I'm sure that's exactly how Angie wanted to find that out.

Here are a few more pictures of him in a great dino outfit he got from Alex and Jenn. We had nice enough weather this weekend for shorts so we took him to Uncle Jonathan's birthday party in this. He looks so grown up!