Monday, July 7, 2014

One year!

I can't believe we kept this baby alive and relatively happy for one whole year. I remember worrying when we brought him home from the hospital that I wouldn't be able to keep him alive, that I would forget to feed him, or change his diaper, or help him sleep. But I soon realized that this model of baby is the enhanced model, with an advanced alert system that notifies parents and anyone within .25 miles of his needs. Loudly, and determinedly. 

At any rate, we celebrated the Beast's birthday at the end of May. I'm a bit late in recording the joyous  celebration of the anniversary of his birth.



This is a picture of TC with BB. BB was mesmerized by the flame (future pyro?).




After snapping this picture of BB, I happened to scan some photos of TC, and this is what I found:



Yep. That's TC in the blue overalls on his first birthday. His lovely mom is holding him up. If there was any doubt that BB and TC share DNA, I think these photos dash those doubts into tiny tiny pieces.

Dashed.




New skills:

Standing.
May was the month that the Beast discovered standing. His friend and secret crush Kairisti taught him he could stand up while holding her hand, and it was all over from there. All he wanted to do from that point on was stand with help (much to the pain of my back). 


Dancing.
This kid discovered that when one hears a beat, one must move their body. He twists from the waist while he swings his arms.

video


Drinking from a straw.
We've been hoping he'd learn this skill for a while. Now his life of enjoying Slurpees and Big Gulps can begin.



Firsts:

Riding in his new carseat
Being able to see out the window? Priceless.
Pretty much the best thing ever.



Eating grass/Being licked in the face by a dog.
This one is a twofer. The kid was having a bad day, and I was having a bad day, so we went for a walk. We walked to Memory Grove and sat on the grass. Beast Boy grabbed a handful of grass and tasted it. He also tasted dried leaves and other lawn paraphernalia. It was non-awesome for me. Also, while tasting grass a rather large, unleashed dog bounded our way, and before I could effectively scoop him up to safety, said dog licked the Beast in the face. The Beast was bewildered and unsure of an appropriate reaction.

Me? Eat grass? Why I never!


Finally met a creature more slobbery than he.




Selfie.



Words:

Yeah. 
This kid discovered the word, "Yeah." And he often uses it in context. 
Me: "Hey, do you work out?"
BB: "Yeah."

Me: "Would you like to eat yogurt?"
BB: "Yeah."

Me: "Are you the cutest ever?"
BB: "Yeah."





Yight.
Also said several times in context before he began to refuse to say it. 
Me: "Where's the light?"
BB: Pointing at the light. "Yight."



Favorite Activities:

Playing with Dad. 
No further explanation needed.








Thursday, May 8, 2014

I still sew sometimes! Vintage Simplicity 6063

Way back in November 2010, back when I used to blog, I found a bunch of great vintage patterns at a thrift store (Deseret Industries). When I saw this pattern, Simplicity 6063 from 1965, I knew I needed it, even if I had no idea if I'd ever even have a little boy of my own. I'm glad I invested that whole dollar, because this pattern is the shiz!






I just fell in love with the overall shorts.


Well fast forward three plus years to now. I wanted my Beast Boy to have something special to wear for Easter, plus he has outgrown all of his church clothes, so he needed something new anyway. I imagined little overall shorts in blue and white seersucker, with a white button down shirt. And then I remembered that I had this pattern.

It sewed up really easily. Because the seersucker is kind of thin, I lined it all with white cotton. That actually eliminated the need for facings, which made the whole thing come together a lot easier. The pattern called for a zipper on the overalls, which I skipped. I knew these would be roomy on the kid, so I figured he'd get in and out without a zipper just fine.

I used white cotton for the shirt, and made the short sleeved version. I didn't use any interfacing on the shirt. I figured it's supposed to be soft and pliable for a baby to be comfortable in, so I skipped it. I absolutely love the cuffed sleeves!

The pattern is a size 2 for toddlers, and my boy is 11 months, but two things to note: 1. Beast Boy is giant. 2. The overalls are still a bit big on him. The shirt however is a bit short (like wouldn't be suitable to wear with pants because the bottom of his belly would show).




This is the best photo I have of the overalls. A bit long, but roomy enough to be comfortable, and he will be able to wear them for a few months. And you gotta love his socks that have fallen down around his chubby ankles. Sigh.


 To complete the outfit, I found these shoes at Payless ($7), white dress socks at Kohls ($1.80), and a newsboy cap on super clearance at Gap (less than $3). So all in all, the outfit cost around $15.


Thursday, May 1, 2014

11 months!

This little goofball is 11 months old. This is what he's up to.





Likes:
Happy, Pharrell Williams

Reading [1]
Yogurt
Toast
Ice cream
Spoons [2]
Flowers [3]



[1] An avid reader, BB prefers to spend his time in intellectual pursuits...

[1] Reading books that answer existential questions, like "Where IS baby's belly button?" Where, indeed.




[2] Spooning

[2] More spoons


[3] The only thing he will be "soft" with are flowers. Mom's cheeks, Dad's face, Mom's hair, Dad's eyes... Those do not require softness. But flowers on the other hand... 

[3] Flowers!



Dislikes:
The blender, vacuum, drills, saws, hammers, hair dryers, anything loud

Our construction site [4]
Being told "No" or anything in a firm voice
Quinoa
Sprouts Farmer's Market (despite the balloon) [5]
Having his hair towel dried [6]
Mom taking a shower (it's a hard knock life for this boy)


[4] The hope is that he will enjoy the house once it's complete. For now, it's pretty much torture to be there.




[5] It's unclear why Sprouts Farmer's Market is the bane of his existence. Is it that he's surrounded by "natural" foods? Is it the ridiculous prices on all things not produce? We may never know.


[6] And don't use a blow dryer either.




New skills:
Rolling over (This one is more new-found than new. Learned how to roll over around 5 months, decided he didn't like it, and refused to do it. Now he's discovered it again and is all about it.) [7]

Drinking his bottle vertically [8]
Growling while happy. [9] Growling while angry.
Cheesy smile [10]
Pointing at lights


[7] Rolling rolling rolling...




[7], [8] This combines two new skills: rolling over and drinking vertically.  


[8] If you suck out all the air, you can drink in any position you want. Convenient when you're on the go like this baby.



[9] So happy to figure out growling.




[10] Excuse the toast on his face (see "Likes"). 


Expert Skills:

Getting really, really angry. The 2% of the time that he's not happy, he's raging mad. Red faced, yelling, grunting, growling kicking, pounding of fists... 30 inches of epic fury. [11]
Shoe removal [12]
Going to sleep! [13]
Lounging [14]



[11] This is BB 98% of the time...




[11] Happy even when tired...




[11] Happy even when in the dreaded carseat.




[12] It's an art, nay a craft. Now you see a shoe on his foot, now you don't. Sometimes he uses his hands for removal, sometimes he uses nothing but his feet. And sometimes, on the rare occasion, he removes a shoe with nothing but the foot it's on.




[13] Asleep in the carseat, asleep at church, asleep in the stroller, asleep in his bed. This Beast figured out how to sleep, and figured out that sleeping is awesome. His mother was beginning to wonder if he was really her child. Now, with his love of sleep confirmed, she is certain he belongs to her.




[14] Lounging on the couch...




[14] Lounging with Dad...



[14] Lounging in a restaurant...


[14] Lounging on the floor... Also with his newfound love of lounging, his mother is even more certain they share DNA.



Curiosities:

The way different materials feel against his teeth
Teething gel
Finger painting with yogurt all over the table, chair, wall...


Favorite Toys:
Easy button [15]
Anything he can bite [16]

[15] Click. That was easy.




[16] Biting's my favorite.

New sounds: 
Bbl bbl bbl
Lalul lalul
Dee DEE DEE!
Dah!

Firsts: 
Ride on a swing [17]
Taste of gelato [18]


[17] Wee!

[17] Still fun a few days later.


[18] Lemon gelato with Dad.




Best friends:
Dad [19]

Mom [20]
William [21]
Clara [22]


[19] Dad had to travel for work without Beast Boy, and it was sad indeed. The only saving grace for this little boy was FaceTime. Being able to hear and see Dad, and babble to him was the highlight of each day.

[20] Sometimes Mom loves too much.



[21] Sometimes, Beast Boy may love too much. Hereditary?


[21], [22] Baby buddies William and Clara



Stats:
Weight: 22 lbs
Height: 30 inches
Teeth: 8