Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Bring it on!!

We are armed and ready for winter, so let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

He looks like a big blue Pillsbury Doughboy!

This snowsuit was a gift from one of my patients who happens to also be a neighbor, because her son never wore it. The size range says "3-12 months." For a frame of reference, Joseph is about the average size for a 7-8 month old baby, and his hands reach the elbow area and feet are just at the top of the leg openings. Maybe he can wear it next winter!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Without getting too terribly sentimental, it's obvious we have so much to be thankful for this year, when you see this gorgeous, smiling face! Hope you all have a wonderful holiday today!

A visit with Mimi & Poppy

Brent's parents flew up from Louisiana to spend the week of Thanksgiving with us. Mimi was excited to see JT again, and Poppy finally got to meet him in person. While we were both at work, they babysat for us, and took the opportunity to have a little photo shoot with him outside in the gorgeous fall weather.

Poppy was able to make Joseph laugh constantly!

It's obvious they just love him so much, and we're looking forward to spending Christmas with them and the rest of our relatives in Louisiana.

Joseph at 4 months

Just 4 months ago that alligator used to be the same size as Joseph, but now it looks so tiny next to him!
His current stats are:
Weight: 18 pounds, 4 ounces
Height: 27 & 1/2 inches
Those numbers are perfectly proportional, but both are off the charts for a little guy his age. His best friend Jack weighs exactly the same, but he's 2 months older!
Joseph still loves his hands, and is even trying to hold his bottle with them. He's a nonstop talker and he has the most adorable giggle. Even though his head is still quite wobbly, he's rolled both front to back and back to front. Now he's even kicking and pushing off with his legs. He's also incredibly affectionate, and just loves to snuggle and grab onto you tightly. If he'd only give up that 3:30am feeding!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Hometown, Homeboy

Unfortunately last week was Brent's final week of paternity leave, and when we realized we actually had a day off together, we decided to do something as a family, and showed Joseph around his home town a little bit.

His 1st Metro ride downntown, where we introduced him to some history at the National Archives, and the fine arts at the National Gallery (we quite enjoyed the J. M. W. Turner exhibit, and I had never even heard of him before!).

WAAAAAY back there in the distance is the Capitol building. We'll reserve that tour for another time. He was about as interested in this as he was in the
Liberty Bell and King Tut.

And lastly, here's our little thug - dressed by the nanny. Who knew one could pull together such a "gansta-chic" look with clothes from LL Bean and Janie & Jack? I think the little airplane on the hat gives him extra "street cred."

But the best news of all is that now I work part-time, so I can be back at home with my baby, where I belong, and truly want to be!!!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

...and baby makes 3

All 3 of our boys, blissfully unaware of eachother, in bed while we fold the laundry.

All 3 of our boys, who haven't moved a fraction of an inch, while we folded the laundry.

Heads up!

Joseph is getting stronger all the time. As pediatricians, it's fascinating to watch the developmental minestones unfold in real time with our own son. He loves tummy time, and can hold his head up for long periods, and doesn't need the boppy pillow anymore - he just supports himself on his forearms. He rolled over once, the hard way (from back to front), right in front of my eyes, but has yet to repeat it for Brent.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

New faces, new places

Road trip #3!

This past weekend we took a trip to NJ, inspired by my best friend Lance. He was going to NY with his niece, and suggested we meet halfway between NY and DC, which just so happens to be right where my parents live. I mostly think he wanted to meet Joseph, but I'm a little suspicious he was just craving my Mom's baked ziti (which he got, and then some). My parents live very close to Princeton, so while waiting for Lance to arrive, we took Joseph on his 1st college tour, at Princeton University.

I'd love for him to go to Princeton, but right now I'm still planning on him going to American University. AU just so happens to be within walking distance of our house, so he could live at home, come home for lunch every day, and never party - every college students dream!

Uncle Lance!! (Notice how Joseph is still into his hands - this time he's learned the universal sign for "hang 10!")

Our niece Samantha has been so excited about us having a baby. It broke my heart last year when I asked her what she wanted for Christmas, and she said "for you and Uncle Brent to adopt a baby." (But then she followed through with the list of presents too.) She was so sweet with him, making him smile and laugh.

Our nephew Michael, who's 12 - looking a little less excited than Samantha was.

Trip #4 is coming up soon, on an airplane to Houma, LA for Christmas!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Green thumbs and Rosy Cheeks

So Brent tells me that, according to Gran, if you plant a baby's umbilical cord stump under a rose bush, he'll have rosy cheeks. Now, we don't have any rose bushes, so Brent, the one with the green thumb in this relationship, decided to plant it under our Japanese maple tree. (Hmmmm, what on earth would that do to him?) It's one of those things we've been meaning to do since it fell off when he was 3 weeks old, but it took until October to actually get it done. Lucky for us the weather has been so mild.

We're hoping that Joseph thrives like this tree, which we planted to celebrate our 1st anniversary in this house. And in the summer, hopefully we'll plant a special tree just for him.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Joseph's 1st Halloween

Pre-holiday pumpkin picking, wearing a jack-o-lantern bib from Grammy and Grandpa.

Not sure which weighs more, Joseph or the pumpkin!

He seems to be getting into the holiday spirit! He's really laughing now!

Naturally I was in charge of carving the pumpkin, as I am every year. (Yes, I am wearing my mom's kitchen smock and rubber gloves so I didn't get pumpkin guts all over me.) I had elaborate plans for that gourd, but parenting got in the way. Still, the result was pretty amazing! (I can't take credit for the pattern, which I got off the internet)

On one of my 1000 target runs shortly after Joseph was born, I snatched up 2 costumes that I thought were TOO adorable to pass up. How can you decide in July what costume to use in October (and why are they even out in July?)? Yes, I had joked about dressing him up like a roasted turkey and carrying him around on a silver platter, while I was dressed up as Martha Stewart, but who really has that kind of time? I LOVE halloween and promise to make him the most amazing costumes EVER, but this year it just wasn't in the cards.

So which costume do you like better?

The penguin was absolutely my favorite! Mostly because it's just so darn cute, but also because the 1st childrens' book we ever got, even before he was conceived, was the story of a baby penguin named Tango, born at The Central Park Zoo, that had 2 daddies, just like us. (It's a great book - thanks Missy!)

I also bought the tiger suit, because even though I don't watch college football myself, I knew all the LSU fans out there would appreciate me dressing Joseph up as Mike VI, the LSU mascot. The 2nd pic isn't the greatest of JT, but look at that little tail! and his tongue!

Off to bed in some comfy jammies from Aunt Suthern, Uncle Glenn, and cousin Leyton. It was a fun holiday! Next year will be so much better, when we (might) let him eat some candy. Happy Halloween!