Friday, October 31, 2008


Happy Halloween everyone!

I had a really hard time deciding what to do for Joseph's costume this year, and in the end thought that it would be appropriate to draw inspiration from one of those "life lessons" that everyone has to learn at some point: everything you do will eventually come back to haunt you. So since our sweet boy insists on waking up with the chickens at 6 am every day, as he has for the past year, there was no question that he just had to be a rooster. And amazingly, there's actually a pattern out there for a toddler rooster costume, so we were in business! He surprisingly thought the get-up was hysterical, neck ruffle, chicken feet, and all.

Here's another view with the tail feathers showing:

With all the time and effort involved in making his costume, I kinda let mine slide, and threw together a decent Indiana Jones at the last minute. My partner at work pulled off Hannah Montana (at my suggestion).

This years pumpkin carving project (always wanting to outdo myself, I carved two pumpkins that went together and put them on top of eachother on the front steps). I got a lot of compliments tonight!

Even roosters need some sleep, so it's off to bed after a nightcap. See you at 6!!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Game On!!

Papa had to work yesterday when the LSU game started, but we knew the Tigers needed our support. So while Joseph took a nap, I made him a fun hat out of polar fleece (left over from various Halloween costume projects) to coordinate with our game day shirt. Isn't that what everyone does when their kids nap? ;)

If you'll notice, he's standing. I think he's the only kid who learned to walk before he stood.

When Brent came home, the TV went on immediately. But I'm still crazy about that (too), so Joseph only got to watch the game for 2 minutes. Unfortunately the Tigers didn't do so well this time, but we'll always be there for them!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Miracle Grow

Can you believe this "little" guy was Joseph 1 year ago?!

My, how our pumpkin has grown!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Joseph at 15 months

Right off the bat, I owe Joseph an apology. Based on the fact that he was nearly 31 pounds at 1 year old, and didn't start walking until a few weeks ago, I've been telling everyone who asked that he had to be between 33 and 35 pounds. It sure felt that way. But today at his check-up, Joseph only weighed 31 pounds 4 ounces. So he's only gained a whopping 6 ounces over the past 3 months. Which means I really need to go to the gym more, since it seems I'm just getting weaker instead of him getting heavier.
But he has surely grown, and is 35 1/2 inches tall, a full 2 1/2 inches taller than 3 months ago. It shows:

You can tell he's thinning out, since I can fit him into some 18-24 month clothes instead of all 2T's now. All the walking toys from his birthday keep him on the go, and it's amazing that he can just walk across the room all by himself. It still shocks me when I get up to go get something, and out of the corner of my eye I see a little blond person just run from one room to the next, when I'm used to finding him in the same place I left him a minute before.

We've got a few words, like "dada," "papa" (which often sounds a bit like yia yia, but we know he means Brent), "uh-oh," and the latest, which is "woof" every time he sees a dog. He's quite fascinated by all moving animals - dogs, cats, and squirrels alike. Joseph can feed himself really well with a fork, go up and down the stairs, climb up onto something low, points at pictures we name (as well as some body parts), and my favorite, blows kisses. Everyone following along on the blog knows he still rocks out to music, and he loves all books, especially if they make noise.

No complaints on the eating and sleeping front (he ate chicken with garlic sauce, beets, and spinach for dinner!), but I'm expecting him to buck the system any day now. Don't they all at some point? Only complaint is, as in the last picture, that he keeps trying to get up and walk away every time I want to take his picture. May that be the worst of my problems......

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Happy Birthday Ethan!

One of Joseph's boyz in the 'hood turned 2 and had a birthday party yesterday. It's so cute to hear all the older boys run around calling out for "Joe Joe" and trying to make him laugh. Ethan is so sweet and shares all his toys with Joseph.

Check out the cute party favors - pumpkins with the kids' names on them to take home and decorate. Feel free to steal the idea if you have a party coming up!

Ethan's grandparents are wonderful. Joseph is fascinated by dogs, and points at every one we see on the street. When Barb brought out buddy, Joseph pointed at him and said "woof" for the 1st time (which he repeated several more times!) And Bob gave Joseph his 1st piano lesson.

Saturday, October 18, 2008


We just returned from a wonderful trip to Boston. The main goal was to attend a pediatric conference, but a big plus was returning to the city that I lived in for 9 years while going to Boston College and Tufts Med, which I still love and miss greatly. Brent and I took turns watching Joseph while the other went to a lecture. The 1st morning there I took Joseph on a walk along the Charles River, and got all sentimental seeing how gorgeous Fall in New England can be.

The conference was very family friendly, and there was a huge private reception at the Boston Public Library. In the children's wing they had essentially recreated the entire Boston Commons and Public Gardens. "Make Way For Ducklings" is a very well known children's book set in Boston, and they had actual ducklings for the kids to pet, and Mother Goose reading the book during story time.

And of course we had to stop by the statue in the Public Gardens devoted to the same book.

We walked the Freedom Trail (how could you not push that red stroller along the red line painted through the city?), and visited the North End, which is the Italian district, where we treated Joseph to a fantastic meatball sub. We're saving a stop at Mike's Pastry for another trip when I'll actually let him eat something there.

In our down time I tried to teach Joseph to say "Obama." We're getting close!

The famous John Hancock building was right across the street from our hotel. It seems like everywhere we go, the clouds are begging to be photographed!

Did I mention that Fall in New England is breathtaking? Usually that's all in the good sense, but this particular time we were thrown a curveball when Joseph developed croup. Luckily it was a simple thing for 2 pediatricians at a pediatric conference to handle, and he's a remarkably happy kid even when he's sick. He was a little less than an angel on the plane this time compared to our previous flights, but all-in-all it was phenomenal trip!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Friends with benefits

Although Missy and I are very close, we've never had that kind of relationship. But it seems our boys might....not that there's anything wrong with that.


Well, it's official: we no longer have a little baby, we have a toddler now.

Although it's been a few weeks since he took his 1st steps, it's really been the past 2 days where Joseph has decided that walking is actually the preferable way to get around from place to place. But he's got that typical Frankenstein toddler gait going, which is sooo cute!

Trying to reach me to grab the camera may have provided the inspiration to really get him to go the distance.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Apple of our eye

Yesterday, despite having the busiest schedule with both of us being on call, we decided to take Joseph apple picking for the 1st time. It's something we've had fun doing many times before, and we've had just about the most perfect Fall weather to enjoy recently! At 1st he was more into tearing the leaves off the trees, but he eventually got the hang of it......

......especially with a little help.

He definitely knew what to do with the apples once he got them! And I can't blame him - I eat a Granny Smith apple every day with lunch.

Our little Red Delicious:

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Older women

Joseph has had his eye on a few (you know who you are!), but Saturday was all about Maya, whose fathers invited us over to help celebrate her 2nd birthday. She's so cute!

But don't worry ladies, Joseph is still playing the field...