Monday, November 30, 2015

G is for Gratitude

Got to see so many relatives the week prior to Thanksiving and the week after, we are feeling especially grateful for our sweet family members that make up this crazy pack. We appreciate all that all of you do to help raise this kooky kid, from babysitting to daily FaceTime chats that light G up with smiles to the warmest of hugs when you visit. This kid is so lucky to have such a loving village. Thank you. We love you.

We spent actual Thanksgiving Day up in Cazenovia at Dave's dad's house. We watched cheesy holiday movies, ate until our bellies were about to burst, and lazed about for three days while Graham ran laps around the yard. Seriously. He loved Grampa Chris' backyard SO MUCH he hardly spent any time indoors the entire weekend. He would wake up each morning, walk immediately over to the sliding glass door that faced out back, press his face up against the glass and stare longingly at the grass until someone would take him outside. The weather ended up being absolutely lovely throughout our whole visit, so we were easily able to log a lot of outside time, much to Graham's delight.




Monday, November 23, 2015

G is for Growing

I missed last Monday's post - first time in a year (!) I've missed one of G's weekly updates. It's been a wild week and a half since his birthday, but I'm set to get back on track with the weekly G updates - starting with this belated post!

Since starting to walk for real on Halloween, just a few weeks ago, this kid has begun attempting to SPRINT anywhere there's room to build up some speed. He holds his arms out at his sides like little t-rex appendages and hobbles along with a bit of a Frankenstein gait, but he's getting better every single day. It takes about 15 minutes to walk to the park on the corner, but he is SO PROUD to walk every inch of the way.  

And once there, he is no longer content to hang out on the baby swings. He'll humor me for a while, sure, but before long he's kicking his legs and reaching to be pulled out, then tugging me along toward the big kid areas once his feet hit the ground.

He's sprouted two more teeth, for a total of six now. He knows where his shoes and socks go when we get dressed, and often spends time trying to put them back ON now instead of just yanking them off every chance he gets. One of his favorite games is pulling my shoes off and then putting them back on my feet. He also loves being around family and it's amazing to watch him form individual relationships. So many photos to share of my family and Dave's from the past few weeks - we are lucky folks to receive so many visitors and take so many lovely trips!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

What. A. Week.

Last week started out super positive what with our return from vacation and Graham's actual birthday, then veered into not-so-fun territory for us very quickly  and only got more miserable as the week progressed. G had to get FIVE shots at his doctor appointment on Wednesday and then caught a stomach virus that had him unable to keep any food down for two days straight, while I got food poisoning just as I was started to improve from a nasty cold. Friday night, which found two-thirds of the family barfing non-stop, was definitely the low-point. Things made a turn for the better by Saturday evening, as we had collectively recovered enough to host a guest, and Sunday we actually had a lovely, relaxing day. But boy were there a rough few days to get through.

VERY MUCH looking forward to the start of a new week and a clean slate.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Go Shorty, It's Your Birthday



Well, that sure was an abrupt change. Crawl. Wobble. Sprint.

The suddenly reinvigorated ferocity with which G is exploring this apartment is admirable.

Golly, I'm tired.

Monday, November 9, 2015

52 Weeks Old!

Last day of being zero!

And how did this little goofball spend it? 

- Sleeping in until EIGHT THIRTY (!) when we finally had to wake him up in order to start the day.

- A crazy, giggly reunion with his school friends, who all jumped and screamed "GamGam!" upon his arrival.

- Exercising his new skills and showing off his new kicks by walking up a storm all over Jelly Bean.

- Sneakily trading snacks with a pal during lunch while the teachers' backs were turned - such a big kid!


He's already celebrated with a brownie and a cupcake and a whole lot of frosting, 
buuuuuuuuuut we think we'll let him enjoy yet another treat 
at our intimate family birthday party for three tomorrow after school.  


Hip hip hooray!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Birthday #1

Some very belated pics of Graham's first birthday party...


Monday, November 2, 2015

51 Weeks

  Nearly one year old!!!

Visiting California this week - LOTS to do, people to see, steps to climb, so my sincere apologies for the belated second-to-last weekly update of the first year. We had a BIG first weekend in LA - stayed in an amazing airbnb, started walking like crazy, visited both new and old friends, first attempt at trick-or-treating, suddenly can clap and point...WHEW! Our smiley little dude is really rounding out the year with a bang. 


Let the birthday week begin, Mr. Smiley!