Monthly Archives: June 2013

First Cars

First Cars

Video of the boys playing together with a toy car.

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…the boys have really started to enjoy playing together.  My favorite thing to watch is when they share a pacifier.  Anthony will have one in his mouth and Nathan will reach for it, take it out of Anthony’s mouth, and put it in his own.  Then Anthony will take it back again.

Grandparent Help

Grandparent Help

Steve’s parents came this weekend to help us out since our kitchen is so close to being usable.  We were actually able to cook our first dinner on the stove… spaghetti!  Yum!  It had been way too long since we had spaghetti.  Grandpa had to drive back to Pittsburgh so his trip was very quick, less than 24 hours but Grandma is sticking around for another week to help us move into the kitchen.

Today was a very busy day with two runs to Lowes and lots of painting.  We are so excited about our new kitchen!!

Games for Baby

Games for Baby

I get an email every now and then with information about the boys and what to expect.  There was one today talking about games that they’d enjoy playing.  I thought it’d be interesting to post just to give everyone an idea of what the boys are like right now… so much fun!

http://www.babycenter.com/0_20-fun-silly-development-boosting-games-to-play-with-your-ba_1479310.bc?page=3#articlesection3

7 to 9 months

Your baby’s becoming an expert at sitting and may soon be crawling as well. Encourage these physical feats by celebrating each new milestone: “Joshua, you sat up! Amazing baby!” Include a big hand for the little fella.

The ability to transfer objects from hand to hand and the fabled pincer grasp are part of your baby’s increasing hand control (which means you’ll be forced to carry a container of O-shaped cereal with you at all times for the next year).

Your baby also begins to understand that when an object disappears, it hasn’t fallen off the edge of the earth. This discovery makes games like peek-a-boo a favorite.

Touch It, Hold It, Bang It
If your baby has one object, he’ll bang it on the table. If he has two objects, he’ll bang them together, hold them up to the light, squint at them, bang them separately on the table, hit the table with both at the same time, see if the object sounds different when hit using the left hand rather than the right hand, and on and on.

Help him out by handing over objects that make interesting sounds: hollow containers, metal spoons, bells.

Pay attention to tactile sensations as well: Your baby will be fascinated by a greeting card laced with glitter or the slickness of Mom’s enameled jewelry box. A baby with strands of cooked spaghetti to play with wouldn’t notice if a bomb went off.

I Can Control the World
Babies love cause and effect at this age, as in: I do this, the light comes on. I do that, the light goes off. Showing your baby how to work light switches, remote controls, cell phones, and more will thrill him — but can make life more difficult for you when he insists on being held up to work the lights yet again.

Instead, you may want to offer a toy phone or remote to satisfy his craving for control, or a jack-in-the-box to provide a thrillingly surprising result. Or, let him manage his environment by filling a low-lying cabinet or drawer with safe objects and letting your baby rummage around. Make sure there are no sharp edges or other dangers (dressers with drawers pulled out can turn over on a child) and then let your baby go to town.

Obstacle Course
If your baby’s crawling, scooting, or walking, he may enjoy the challenge of having to move over things. (This is great for developing his motor skills, too.) Pillows, phone books, tired parents, and laundry make good obstacles. Sleeping cats do not make good obstacles.

So Many Variations on Peek-a-boo
The classic: Hold up a towel between your face and your baby’s and ask, “Where’s Sam?There’s Sam!” over and over again. You can vary this game in a million ways. Hide behind a door and make your baby push it open to see you. Hide behind a chair and pop out first from above then from the sides. Go behind a corner with another person and alternate who jumps out and yells “Boo!”

Keep a selection of hats behind the couch and pop up wearing a different one each time. A surefire laugh-getter is to put a hat on your head, hiding your eyes, and let your baby take it off, saying “Oh!” in surprise each time he does it. (This will also guarantee that you’ll never wear a hat in peace again.)

Roll Play
Babies are fascinated by balls and how they move. You’ll get a big laugh by juggling or tossing balls up in the air and letting them hit the floor while you make a silly sound effect: “Whoops!” Roll a soft ball toward your baby and watch him grab and squeeze it. Eventually, with encouragement, he’ll roll the ball back toward you. And someday he’ll be able to kick and toss the ball or drop it into a big bowl or bucket. For now, bounce and roll.

Father’s Day Brewery

Father’s Day Brewery

For Father’s Day the boys took Steve to a local brewery for a tour and tasting.  Heavy Seas Brewery.

They were both a little unsure when we walked in to a quiet room and all eyes were on them.

However, they were pretty good during the tour except for a few times when the loud noise from the compressor scared them.

Only 20 years and 5 months to wait…

This is Steve’s first Father’s day as a dad.  The boys are so in love with their daddy and watch his every move.  Thank you Steve for being an amazing father and partner in parenting.  I couldn’t do it without you!

“Any man can be a Father but it takes someone special to be a dad.”  Anne Geddes

Happy Fathers Day

Happy Fathers Day

Happy Father’s day to all you dad’s out there.

I love you dad!  You have a way of looking at life that is always positive. Growing up listening to your silly rhymes and calling home to hear “Kathy Seacat’s Answering Service” always makes me smile.  Thank you for passing down to me all of your good qualities. Now that I’m a mother I appreciate how important it is to have a strong and loving partner.  …Luckily I was a good kid and never gave you a hard time.  I’ll always be your little girl.  I love you!

iBaby

iBaby

Nathan is moving around all over the place.  The other day Steve and I were hanging out on the floor with him and we ran into the kitchen and left him.  When we got back he had crawled across the room to Steve’s iPhone and started surfing the internet!

Check out those pinch to zoom skillz.

He’s going to love gadgets and technology like his mama.

Anthony Toes

Anthony Toes

I posted before about Nathan sucking on his toes and now Anthony is also doing it.  Anthony is a little more chunky so it’s a little tougher for him to get his toes into his mouth.  To equally embarrass both boys it is only fair that I post pictures of Anthony as well as a video of his toe sucking skills.

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Kitchen progress

Kitchen progress

The kitchen is coming along, only 6 months in…

Latest updates:

  1. We got the granite in and it’s gorgeous!
  2. The hole for the bathroom sink was cut too small so they have to come back to make it bigger, so the sink isn’t connected in the bathroom.
  3. They have to buy some clips for the kitchen sink so we’re waiting on that to install the sink, garbage disposal, faucet, and dishwasher.
  4. The tile backsplash is ordered and will be here on Monday so we can start installing that.
  5. Steve finished his bookshelf and the molding is done*  (still needs to be painted and won’t officially be done until the range hood is in and it’s cut to fit snug.)

We’re so close… yet so far away.  Lots of little things that still need to be done but hopefully we’ll be able to move into the kitchen here in the next week so Grandma DeLuca can help us settle in.

Anthony jealous

Anthony jealous

Anthony has been showing some jealousy lately when Nathan is playing with a toy that Anthony wants or if Nathan is being held.  He looks at Nathan, sticks his little bottom lip out to pout, and then looks at [insert name of adult who is in the room] and then cries.  Here’s video proof.

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I love how Nathan just looks back at him like, “why are you crying brother?”