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Friday, November 21, 2008

MOMS Club

Today I joined our local MOMS club and I'm super excited about it! It stands for MOMS Offering Moms Support. I thought this would be great for Anderson and I as I could use some support and friends with babies the same age as AJ and great for him so he can have little friends his age too!

We started our venture at Little Monkey Bizness which is a place similar to Gymboree where AJ can play and run around with other kids. Well, for now since he's so young mainly he got to lay on soft colorful things and watch TONS of other kids play. It will be even better for him when he can crawl or walk as it's geared towards kids under 5. Even at his age, he LOVED IT! He was completely enthralled by all the kids, noises, colors and sounds that were going on around him. I was also very happy because the place was PACKED with stay at home moms and I met some great people. MOMS Club has many different meetings each month; ice cream socials, cookie decorating days, play dates and so much more. I really hope to meet some new friends for both AJ and me and hope to also find some great new things in our community to do.

Here are a few pictures from today:







Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Big Day for AJ!

Today was a BIG DAY for Anderson. I installed his convertible car seat in my car today. It was a challenge, but I did it. It's so nice! I put him in it and he looks like such a KID! Not a baby anymore!! Here's a picture:



Sadly, he didn't love it like I'd hoped. He didn't totally hate it either, but it was pretty much the same reaction as his other one. sigh...

Then, I decided that I needed to get him a high chair. We've been feeding him on the island in our kitchen in his Bumbo which was fine, but he's growing out of it. Also, I want him to get used to being in a high chair. So, we ventured to the consignment store near our house and found a GREAT deal! I've never been a big consignment store shopper, but I've been into this store a few times and really like the owner and the things she has. She only takes the best things. I've also realized how expensive it is to buy new and figured why not buy "pre-owned". (Aren't you proud mom??)

So, I got there and they had one high chair. It was a Peg Perego high chair which is the TOP of the line (they also have strollers and other things) Well, new this high chair would be $225. I would NEVER NEVER pay that for a high chair. Used, it was being sold for $90. Even that was too high. I'd planned to pay in the neighborhood of $60-80 or so. Well, I told the owner thanks, but no thanks. I'd come back in a week or so and see if she had anything else. She was so nice! She told me that since it had been there for a few months that she'd lower the price to $60 and then went ahead and explained just how great it was. Maybe I'm a sucker, maybe she's a great sales person, whatever...I think paying $60 for a $225 high chair is a deal! And best of all, Anderson loves it!




Happy Baby Boy

Here's a video of AJ from this morning. He was just having a good ole time :)



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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

More Progress!

I took Anderson for an HOUR long walk tonight and he didn't make a peep! Actually, I caught him looking around at all that was going on (dogs walking, the leaves blowing in the wind, etc) and he ENJOYED it! Yah!!! The bad news is that we're supposed to get snow and see 30 degree temps tomorrow so I'm not sure when we'll be walking again. Regardless, this is great news for us!

Wish us luck on the new car seat! I'm installing it tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

HE TOOK A BOTTLE!!

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Wow, what a day! Started out with a nice walk with the boys- I took AJ in the stroller and he did great! He was happy and watching all that was going on around us. I'm starting to use the stroller at least once a day to get him used to it.


Then later in the day we met up with Holly and the kids at this wonderful new park near our house. It's amazing! It's huge and is separated into 3 smaller areas for different age kids. AJ is still too small for any of them really, but once he can walk he'll have a blast! I did put him on the swing for a while and he was loving it!


While I was catching up with Holly I mentioned how AJ's still not sleeping well and she asked if we've tried the bottle lately. I haven't, and really I think I haven't thought much about the bottle because I just assumed he wouldn't take it- especially from me.


I got home from the park and realized that Anderson was probably hungry so I decided to try the bottle! I mean, it couldn't hurt could it? So, I just grabbed any bottle I could find- didn't even try to get the best one or one I thought he might like the best- and put in a few ounces of milk and gave it to him. I had no idea what he'd do... He played around with it in his mouth for a bit as he didn't know what to do with it. He got a lot of milk on his shirt, but eventually figured out that there was good stuff in there! I actually had to refill a few ounces because he drank it! I AM THRILLED!!


Thank you Holly for reminding me to try it again! I think he finally likes it because he's older...who knows really? Who cares! haha!


The true test will be later tonight when I'm asleep and Jason gives it to him. Wish us luck!!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Bye Bye Baby Bjorn

It's official. I can no longer carry Anderson in the Baby Bjorn. He's just TOO DARN BIG! I took him shopping last week and had him in the Bjorn while carrying his big diaper bag and some shopping bags; at the end of the day my back hurt so bad! Then and there I decided that I'm done with it. He's going to HAVE to like his stroller- that's all there is too it. Last night we took him for a walk in the stroller and he did pretty well until the end. Then today I took him again and he did great! Only fussed when the sun was in his eyes. I'm going to keep working on it with him because we've just got to make it work.

After our walk ...



Part of me is looking forward to him being able to sit up on his own so that when we go grocery shopping or to Target I can put him in the cart. The other part of me doesn't want him to grow up that fast! For now, I will either carry him or have him in his stroller.
On another note, we've started feeding him sweet potatoes. He likes them MUCH better than avocado- I can't blame him!

Sweet Potato Face!!



Also, he's really learning how to entertain himself more lately. Obviously I have my eyes on him at all times, but he's able to hang out on his Little Einstein mat and roll around and play while I clean the house or cook dinner. It's so nice to get a LITTLE time to do these things while he's awake and not have to cram it all into nap time. Don't get me started on nap time.. hahah!





Sunday, November 16, 2008