Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Big Talker

Warning: you may need to lower the volume on this one. In a less than one minute video, we have screeching, squealing, babbling, cooing, and whatever other noises Joseph can come up with! It's hysterical that he gets so shy in public, but this is a glimpse of his real personality.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Up, Up, and Away!

Life on a horizontal plane is getting kinda boring for JT, so he's decided to try going vertically. Yeah, we lowered the crib mattress after finding out he could do this.

He's really trying to stand, and it helps to give him motivation to work harder - like putting some dirty shoes that he'd love to put in his mouth just out of reach. Actual toys don't inspire him. Go figure....

Monday, April 21, 2008

Gerber Baby

Yes, I am completely biased, but this is one CUTE kid! He could totally sell some baby food!

And I would ROCK as a "stagemom!"

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Go, Joe, Go! - The Sequel

There I was, trying for the 20th time to take a video of this cute little head shaking/dancing kind of thing that he does, when he just up and crawls on his hands and knees towards me, for the 1st time, EVER! I really think I just have dumb luck sometimes. (Then again, other times no so much. After all, I still haven't recorded the head shaking thing yet).

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Joseph at 9 months

Yesterday Joseph turned 9 months old! He is now 30 1/2 inches long and 26 pounds, 13 ounces. Yep, off the charts. Maybe we should have held onto those giant sandals - they might fit by the end of the summer.

He's still a wonderful baby, though he's become a fireball of energy, constantly on the go. Even though he's only crawled a short distance on his hands and knees, he's a speed demon with the military crawl, and makes a beeline for every houseplant, electrical cord, or unsuspecting cat he may spy. He also started clapping and waving recently, and can pull up to standing pretty well. And he's got 3 adorable little teeth!

As an aside, this is my 100th post!
I should make a Blogger logo cake and have a party. Thanks to everyone who encouraged me to do this. I really love being able to share our lives with "y'all" so easily, and I love looking at your blogs too!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Big G's, little g

Grammy and Grandpa came back to town to visit the littlest "g" there is, even though he's not technically all that little. For a cool perspective, we hung out at the Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, where you can see the Lincoln and Washington Monuments and The Capitol all in a row.

There were tons of tulip beds just aching to be a beautiful background for a baby portrait, but Joseph was too distracted by them to ever look at the camera. :(
He looks so serious! Or is it just determined?

Next time we'll remember to bring a slice of bread with us and dangle it in front of him so he'll look up when we try to take a picture. We had a great dinner al fresco, and that slice of bread kept him busy the whole time!

The Bodyguard

Kevin Costner has nothing on Joseph G.
JT knows how to block his buddy Jack from the paparazzi (namely his mom and "Uncle Mister Doctor" Carl). Hang back, Jack - Joe's got this situation under control!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Joe Joe and the Giant's Shoes

Awwww, wouldn't that be a really cute title for a children's book? (Wait, maybe I should google that!)

Alas, it's a true story: Mimi wanted to be sweet and send Joseph a present for Easter, and we said he needed some new shoes. She asked what size he wears, and we broke out the tape measure and referenced the charts, coming up with a size 5. And here's what came in the mail:

Silly Mimi must have ordered a boys size 5 instead of a toddler size 5. But we tried them on anyway!

Nothing a quick trip to Target couldn't fix. We love you Mimi - it's always the thought that counts, and you're incredibly thoughtful!!!! Thanks for letting us have a giggle at your expense.

And for the record, he really could fit into a 4.

Monday, April 7, 2008

The "B" Word

Around this time of the year, in DC, that can only mean "blossom." As in the famous cherry blossom trees surrounding the Tidal Basin, which are in full, glorious, bloom for a few fleeting weeks. You just have to be ready to drop everything and get down there to see them before they're gone, or you have to wait til next year. Even though we had just gotten back from Miami the night before, we knew we had to show Joseph those beautiful trees for the 1st time. Unfortunately he wasn't really up for it yet:

But we just stolled around for a while, and eventually he woke up and took notice.

Just another great thing about living in DC! Come visit if you haven't been here in a while!!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

That's a wrap!

Enough already with Miami, right?! Here's the last pic from that trip, so now we're back to photos from the homefront.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Too Cool for Pool

Look, we just bought some $3 sunglasses for Joseph at The Children's Place since we were going to the beach. We never even tried them on him.

We didn't know they would make him look like the Terminator.

Not a shock that he loved the pool, since he loves the tub too.
He splashes like this in the tub as well, so in the end we all wind up taking a bath.

Fair child at Fairchild

One of the great things we did in Miami was go to Fairchild Garden, an absolutely enormous and gorgeous tropical botanical garden, where they were also having sculpture exhibits by Lichtenstein, Botero, and Chihuly. The best part was that Joseph finally got to meet Leonel, Brent's best friend!

This was the 1st time Joseph really got to sit in the grass (hey, it's winter where we live!), and he was pretty amazed by it.

Here he is with "Tio" Leo (brush up on your Spanish, people). Unfortunately one of his new things is sticking out his tongue and making "raspberries" all the time, so we have a lot of pictures like this.

Try to guess how many people saw us in the park and said, "Hey, three men and a baby!" Very original...

Leonel loves photography like me, but he has a way better camera, and a much better eye than I do. He took the pic of Joseph checking out the grass above, and this one of me with him by a pond.

A Botero sculpture: widow's peak, chubby cheeks, but Joseph doesn't have a goatee, yet.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Bienvenidos a Miami

Last year, for my 40th birthday, we took a trip to London. This year, for Brent's, I was starting to plan a trip to Ireland. Or maybe Grand Cayman. But it turns out we can't get a passport for Joseph for a few more months, so we headed somewhere warm and friendly in the States.

Gee, can you guess what resort we stayed at?
We had taken him to the beach when he was a little over a month old, but this time JT was actually aware of it, and he was completely fascinated with the waves.

We also took a little road trip to Ft. Lauderdale, so we could visit "Auntie" Nadeen. We loved seeing her again, and Joseph especially loved playing with her necklace, and her cool coffee tables.

More from this trip to follow....

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

You've come a long way, Baby Brent

Most importantly, we're back in business!! Apple service ROCKS!
So the business at hand: catching up on blog entries!

1st up, Brent's 40th birthday, which he was kind enough to share with Easter Sunday. We had a pretty good turnout to ring in a new decade of Brent's life.

I received a few raves about the invitation, but most credit goes to Olga, for dressing him in those um, adorable(?) outfits.
Brent chose his own wardrobe for the party, and I took care of the catering.

YES, I made the cake!! To help your mouth water, it was chocolate cake, filled with chocolate buttercream, and frosted with caramel buttercream. I was petrified it would collapse before the party, and we even had to put a shim under the cake stand to help keep it upright! We only ate one layer at the party, and gave the rest away, since we were headed off to Miami - more posts about our trip are on the way....