Sunday, September 28, 2008

Someone's Got "The Scoots"

So yesterday I left Aiden on his mat and walked into the kitchen to wash his bottles. When I returned to the living room--not even 5 minutes later, this is what I found:It's official. Aiden is mobile. Let the games begin. :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Aiden went to the pediatrician yesterday; he's 26.5 inches long (between 25 & 50 percentile), but only 15.5 lbs (10 percentile). He's small, but mighty! Dr. Brown said he's just a bit petite, but by no means unhealthy. And he just loves our little guy's curls, as did a woman in the waiting room who told me Aiden is so cute he should be on TV. I got quite a giggle out of that!
In other news, the electricity is still out for a good part of Columbus. No power for the sitter and no work for Mimi means that she's been watching Aiden this week. I think the temporary arrangement is going well for all parties involved!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Hurricane Ike in Columbus

So yesterday pretty much sucked. Saturday night sucked worse (35-3?! Are you KIDDING ME?!), but yesterday was not cool. From about noon until 9 PM, we had constant, crazy, hurricane-force winds. I kid you not--there were gusts up to 75 mph! At about 2:30, Mike & I were talking in his parents' den when we heard this loud cracking, and then an even louder crash. We jumped up at the same time and ran to the front door to discover that the tree across the street had fallen across the road and into the driveway. As you can see, this was a BIG TREE. Mike & a few of the neighbor men all got into Paul Bunyon mode and decided to chop it apart as the winds continued to whip around them. I was too afraid to even stand on the porch and watch because it was crazy. The power went out not long after they finished, and then the rest of the tree fell, so they had to go back out with all their axes and saws and manliness. We ended up staying the night there because more trees fell both up and down the street, so we were a bit stuck. I was thrilled to finally get back to our house this morning and discover the only thing wrong was a blown-over trash can. Whew. And the power was back on when I returned home from work (instead of four days from now like the electric company warned), so I do not need to throw away the contents of my refrigerator. I don't think I will ever move anywhere that is constantly threatened by hurricanes--this was enough for me!!!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Six Months Old!

We are halfway to Aiden's first birthday already--can you believe it?! He is certainly wearing his age well (at least in my humble opinion). He's learning more things and getting more personality everyday. I was a bit shocked the other day when he turned his head away from me, and somehow I got a glimpse of how he's going to look in the coming months (just one of those weird epiphany moments we all have). I know he's still a baby, but it seems he's racing through all these first stages at an ever-accelerating pace. We're enjoying every minute of it, though!
Here are a few of Aiden's six-month facts:
--By my estimation (the old standing on the scale without, then with him), our little guy weighs around 15 pounds. He's not the biggest guy, but he is the cutest! :)
--Cereal and orange vegetables are no longer an issue; he's eating both with ease. He's also sitting in his high-chair to eat, and the transition was seamless, much to my surprise!
--Last week, he rolled from his back to his belly unassisted for the first time, and of course I missed it! I was cleaning something in the living room on the other side of the couch after I'd laid him on his back on his mat, and when I popped up to take a look at him, he was on his tummy & elbows, reaching for a toy. I was so proud!
--This is one grabby little boy; it's getting harder to feed him, give him a bath, change him, or do virtually anything without him reaching for whatever is around him.
--Aiden LOVES to suck on his toes, which Mommy just doesn't understand--after all, she has to tell him all the time about his "P-U, Stinky Feet!"
--No teeth yet, but he sure slobbers up a storm!
--He's not all that interested in football yet, but I haven't lost hope--I think a big win by OSU this evening would help a lot!
--Aiden can sit up pretty well as long as his hands are on the ground to prop him up--he's liking his bouncy seat less and less because it doesn't allow the range of motion he wants. The bouncer, however, is quickly becoming a favorite.
--This guy LOVES Bailey (Mike's dog that lives with Mimi & Grandpa); he giggles hysterically when she sniffs him and wacks him with her tail. :)
Being the sentimental, nostalgia-loving sap I am, I created the scrapblog below to document how Aiden has been changing over the past six months. I hope you enjoy it!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Back Porch

One of the things that I absolutely LOVE about our new house is the back porch. We live in a very quiet neighborhood, and it is so relaxing to just sit back there and browse the internet and just enjoy being outside, ESPECIALLY on a day like today (sunny and lower-to-mid 70s--ahhhhhhhh...). I love to bring Aiden out there with me so he can enjoy some fresh air and do some "tree-watching." Seriously. He likes to stare at trees. It's even better when you take him up to one and let him touch the leaves--then he breaks into giggles. Love that kid :)

Monday, September 8, 2008

Sunday, September 7, 2008

New Camera

Mike decided to sell his Nikon last week, and he bought a Canon instead. Just wanted to share a few photos we've taken while playing round with it--you can tell a color difference for sure. :)
In other picture-taking news, Angie & I took Rachel & Aiden to have their photos taken together today. It was a lot of fun, and I can't wait to see the proofs--we even caught their first "kiss!"
Not much else going on, other than being frustrated with OSU's pathetic effort yesterday against OU. Lord knows our next opponent will eat us alive if we try that again...