Sunday, April 20, 2008

Then and Now...

One year ago today, we found out we were expecting a boy!

See the resemblance? We sure do. ;)

Here's our gender ultrasound post for a walk down memory lane.


We see the resemblance in her, too. :)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

8 Months Old!

Can you believe it? There is no way that it's been 8 months since my water broke and we rushed to the hospital. Today, Preston is a curious and busy little man who never sits still and brings us unending joy. Even as I type this, he's crawled out into the hallway and is pulling on a drawer handle. WAIT- did I say "crawling?" Yep. In the last week, Preston has mastered the world's fastest army crawl. He's so quick, that it has been difficult to catch on camera, but I got this in his room this morning.

He's getting into everything these days, which- as I've mentioned before- is a nightmare while trying to keep our house picked up for showings. Speaking of the house, we've had more traffic this last week then every before, so our fingers are painfully crossed! Anyways, back to P getting into things. It was finally time to break down and buy outlet covers. He could be in a room full of toys and still be liable to wiggle over and prefer to stick his fingers in the sockets. He hasn't actually done this quite yet, thankfully, but let's just say it's been narrowly avoided. His favorite thing these days is swinging doors, flipping light switches, pulling the laundry chute door, grabbing open cupboard doors, and basically anything that is NOT a toy like the remote, coasters, our cell phones, etc... If it's small and colorful, forget it.

We recently stopped in to see Kevin at work and had I known Kevin wore a RED golf shirt that day, I would have dressed Preston appropriately to match. Until then, he's proud to wear pink.
He's our little prep with his little polo shirt and popped collar!

The Allen County Main Library has an AWESOME section for kids, and I've taken him before, but now that he's more interactive, Kevin and I took him this last Sunday... the weather was crap so we decided to immerse ourselves in books. What did he want in a room full of baby toys and fun accessories to play with? The metal sign. Although we were able to distract him with a block for a few minutes. Thankfully, the entire trip wasn't a wash. ;)

We've been going to the playground at Foster Park near our house a lot and just this week, tried Preston in their swings for the first time. He loved it- check it out-

These past 8 months have been the most fulfilling (and trying) of our lives. We can't wait to see what lies in store with this amazing little guy!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Daddy's home and Preston's grown!

Well, in typical Erb-fashion, it's been a crazy few weeks, so forgive my lack of posting.

Kevin just returned from a week away in Phoenix. (Oh, and by the way, my mom's family is in Hawaii and my dad's family is in Turks and Caicos.) Hmmmm..... it seems everyone is someplace warm while Preston and mommy are stuck in cold, cloudy, murderous Fort Wayne. (Yep- 7 homicides in 9 days here.)

While Kevin was gone, P and I kept busy by spending a day at the outlets with a few of my pregnant girlfriends. We all went crazy buying baby clothes, but they had great deals- tons of items were less than $2, and I got Preston stuff that would fit him next fall and winter, so I was practical, too.

Thankfully, we had some nice weekend weather and spent tons of time outside... here are some pictures of us in the sun last Sunday morning.

On Monday afternoon, when we picked Kevin up from the airport, Preston immediately became super chatty and animated. I'm not sure if he fully understood that he was gone for 5 days, but I do think he noticed Daddy was missing and was very happy to see him. Also, coincidence or not, the entire way home, he did this new "dadaddda dada daddddad" sound. It was a nice afternoon so we put Preston in the Adams' jogging stroller, (that they are generously letting us borrow!) and took a stroll to the new house. It was nice to be there and see all the bulbs popping up in the landscaping. We took a blanket and had an impromptu picnic in back yard. It was the first time Preston has really experienced being in grass and he was a little unsure of it. He'd reach out and touch it and then quickly pull his hand away. Then, repeat it again and study the blades- it was fascinating to watch him try to figure it out. Here's a little video where you can see he's rolled over onto his belly, but won't lay completely flat because of the grass. Too cute!

He had his 7-month well-baby check this week. He's 17 and a half pounds and almost 30 inches in length! Preston falls into the 50th percentile for weight and 75th for height. His head circumference is in the 80th percentile. Yes. I said 80th. Have I mentioned my long labor? He's eating solids 2 or 3 times a day lately and we've even begun giving him cheerios to practice his pincer grasp. Sometimes, we'll let him gnaw on things we are eating, especially fruits which he loves. I've been reading lately about how children learn to feed themselves by exploring with foods that are presented by the parents - without cleaning their face or hands. I don't plan on doing this often, but did attempt it the other day. This is what happened.

Needless to say, he went in the tub IMMEDIATELY afterwards.
He really does enjoy eating in his high chair for the most part. Although he usually studies how to get out.

We are still attending weekly moms and play groups and he's really starting to become more social with the other babies. It's so awesome to watch him grow in that way. His interaction with others is one of my favorite things about him right now. And even though it keeps me on my toes, his mobility and curiosity is such a delight. I am so thankful that we have a such a sweet and engaging little boy. Here are few other shots from the past couple of weeks- enjoy!
At our mom's group reading. ;)

With his new cousin, Jacob:

Almost crawling!

Fresh out of the bath:

Playing with Ruby: