Thursday, November 29, 2007

More Holiday Musings

I promise not to post soley Christmas-related material for the next month. Ok, scratch that. We all know it's probably not true, so let's just say I'll try my best to make them interesting.

The other night we took Preston to see the downtown Santa because we didn't make it to the big lighting the night before Thanksgiving. We bundled him up and stood in the parking lot, squealing and clapping our hands until his eyes finally caught the giant blinking Santa. I think he enjoyed it, but not nearly as much as we did. Go figure. Here he is staring at the lights:

Then we raced home to watch the original "Charlie Brown Christmas Special." We watch it ever year, because- truth be told- Kevin is obsessed with it. He loves the message about non-commercialism during the holiday season and even though we try to limit Preston's TV time, dad "felt good" about him watching this! ;) And watch it, he did! This kid was GLUED to the TV screen. I'm not sure if it was the lights, the children's voices, or simply the spirit of the positive message (the most likely reason) that Preston was so enthralled with, but he certainly enjoyed it. Just look at him totally zoned-out while it was on.

During the special, Kevin decided that Charlie and Preston share a resemblance.

You may notice in the background of the picture we have our neighborhood traveling "Red Rider Leg Lamp" from the movie A Christmas Story set up. Preston has been a fan of this the past couple of days, but last night, while Kevin was wearing him in the bjorn, it caught his eye and he started laughing hysterically. The biggest belly laugh and giggle we've ever heard out of him. I scrambled for my camera to catch the laugh fest on video, but could only get this shot. We'll see if it can tickle his fancy again and I'll be more prepared to catch it on tape... it's totally worth it. I'm not sure who was laughing harder, us or him.

Recently, I snapped this and wanted to share because we can't help but crack up at the look on his face. It reminded us of the following video:

In a more general (non-holiday theme) update- Preston weighed 13lbs and 10 oz yesterday at his weigh-in during our moms group meeting. What a big healthy boy he's becoming!!! Last week and the week before, I was in a panic because I thought he might not be reaching and grasping for objects (other than my hair and necklaces) as much as my development books said he should be. Never fear- he has started deliberately grasping and holding onto objects now (phew!) and even began bringing them up to his mouth. His mouth, which just so happens to be constantly drooling lately. I'm wondering if this could mean teething is his next step?


Holli said...

OMG! Between your writing and Preston's facial expressions...I was laughing SO hard reading this!! You might have to keep the leg lamp another year just to keep the little guy laughing!

Jessica & Todd said...

Very funny! It is great to see you are enjoying your first holiday season with Preston so much! It only gets better! :)

Em, Jim and Baby Herndon said...

LOVE the leg lamp! You guys are awesome.

Anonymous said...

Aunt Kristin doesn't think another baby has ever been so beautiful. Patrick and I just stare in awe of him! Love you.