Fun in the Sun!

Today is a gorgeous day in Dallas!  It is about 75 degrees and very sunny outside, so Frank and I decided to enjoy some patio time this afternoon.  Here is a picture of the only thing blooming in our backyard right now, our camellia.  It is so pretty, and I love that it blooms in winter.  When Heath and I did the landscaping last summer, it was the only plant I actually picked out.  Heath likes to say he has the soul of an artist.  I laugh at this, but it is true.  He has the ability to visualize greatness while looking at disrepair.  If it were up to me, we never would have bought this house, because I could not see past the hideous wall paper and master bath painted bright orange and decorated with grecian columns.  But, I digress.  Here’s a pic of my flower!! 

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Frank got some much-needed Vitamin D in his bouncy seat.  Mommy polished off her Diet Cherry Limeade from Sonic Happy Hour.  Life was good!

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Then Mommy brought out the treat she bought earlier at the local Walmart: INFINITE BUBBLES!!  This bubble machine is so fancy it required 4 batteries!

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Trouble was, she had a hard time taking pictures of Frank enjoying bubbles while also operating fancy bubble gun.  Oh well, trust me when I say he enjoyed them!

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In other news, we went to neighborhood playgroup today.  Frank is liking it more and more each time, because he is finally getting big enough to play with the other kids.  The first time we went, he was only six weeks old!  Today, he got to show off his new skills of sitting up and scooting backwards.  I think he will be scooting forward in no time!  Anyway, the playgroup is made up of 6 mommies and babies.  Three of the mommies have two kids, two of us have only one, and one mommy (we’ll call her Supermom) has three!  Supermom has two girls, ages 5 and 3, and a little boy that just turned a year old in November.  I call her Supermom, because in addition to raising three kids under 6, she also works out everyday.  EVERYDAY!  The first time I met her, her youngest son was 8 or 9  months old, and she was like a size 2.  Of course, I want to hate her, but I can’t (a) because she is super nice, and (2) because I NEED her for advice.  She is like the head therapist in our playgroup/mommy therapy sessions.  Why am I going on about this woman?  Because today she told us she’s pregnant AGAIN!  Due in the middle of August.  And, by the way, she was dressed in workout clothes when I saw her this morning and she does not look the slightest bit pregnant.  Barf!

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New Friend, New Food, and a Road Trip

I love Miss Jessica!

I love Miss Jessica!

 

 This is Frank’s new babysitter, Jessica.  She is a senior at SMU, studying to be a teacher, and a member of Alpha Chi Omega (my sorority!).  She comes over twice a week for a couple of hours, so I can run errands, go to the gym, or do whatever I need to do.  Frank really likes her, and she likes him so much that she has volunteered to babysit this Thursday night so Heath and I can go to dinner with friends!  Parents’ night out, woo hoo! 

This week has been really busy, and it’s only Wednesday!  Over the weekend, we ventured into the attic to fetch the high chair among other things.  Now that Frank is sitting up better, he is taking his meals in the high chair at the kitchen table.  We’ve also taken him out to a couple of restaurants, where he sat in high chairs like a big boy!  He is continuing to enjoy the world of solid foods.  He seems to like vegetables better than fruits and cereal.  This is a foreign concept to me, as I once went a whole semester in college eating nothing but Special K and Snapple.

Veggies are my favorite!

Veggies are my favorite!

 We are also trying to introduce the sippy cup, so I keep one filled with water on his tray while he eats.  He reaches for it every once in a while and gets it to his mouth.  I’m not sure he actually drinks any of the water, but I guess he’ll figure it out eventually.

Quenching my thirst

Quenching my thirst

 On Friday, I got the news that my good friend Andrew’s father passed away.  Andrew is very special to both Heath and me, because he is actually responsible for us getting together.  Andrew and I were law clerks together at Hughes & Luce during the summer of 2001.  We officed next door to each other, and I credit him for saving my life (or at least my reputation), when I fainted in the office after eating 6 desserts at my 24th birthday lunch.  Long story.  Anyway, when I joined the firm in September 2002, Andrew had been there a few months already and had become good friends with Heath.  The three of us hung out a lot during my first year in Dallas and made a ton of memories.  Andrew and I ended up working together on the same trial team for the whole 6 years I was at the firm.

Andrew lost his mom a few years ago after a horrible, ten-year battle with Alzheimer’s.  Andrew’s dad (Big Ed) took care of his mom in their house for those ten long years without complaining.  After she died, Big Ed got a new lease on life!  He began writing poetry (I have signed copies of his two books) and traveling the world.  Unfortuately, he became ill last fall.  He held on for about six months, but he died at home in Ashdown, AR on Friday.  I made the road trip to Ashdown on Monday for his funeral, and I’m very glad I did.  It was a great service.  Andrew’s wife, Danette, delivered a wonderful eulogy, and Andrew read two of Big Ed’s poems.  The most beautiful part, however, was when Andrew’s oldest daughter Lorin sang Amazing Grace a capella.  She has an amazing voice.  If you couldn’t see her, you wouldn’t believe that voice belonged to a very petite 13-year-old girl!  Side note, she was just cast in a local production of The Sound of Music (my absolute favorite movie) as Brigitta.  I’ll report on that when I see the play in March!

Another reason I am glad I went to the funeral is that my mom met us in Texarkana and watched Frank for me while I drove on to Ashdown.  Frank and Gammie got to spend a couple of hours touring the Texarkana mall.  Chick Fil-A and Baby Gap — what more could you ask for?!

Silly Gammie!

Silly Gammie!

 Of course, Gammie couldn’t resist buying Frank a new outfit at the mall.  He wore it yesterday, so I snapped a picture for her to see (below).  Isn’t it precious?  It is made to look like two layered shirts — so stylish!

Please pardon my drool.

Please pardon my drool.

 That’s about all I have to report today.  We have a busy weekend planned.  Frank is going to the Y this Friday night to play while we go to dinner and movie for Valentine’s Day.  This will be the second movie we’ve seen since July, so we are choosing carefully.  I am hoping for Slumdog Millionaire.  If you could see only one movie prior to the Oscars, what would it be?  Suggestions welcome!

Relevant Stats

As you know from the prior post, Frank turned 6 months old last Friday.  We went in for his check-up that morning.  His current stats are as follows:

Weight: 17lb, 13 oz (50th Percentile)

Height: 27 and 3/4 inches (90th Percentile)

Head Circumference: 42.6 cm (20th Percentile)

So, he is tall, fit, and has a tiny coconut!  Of course, a trip to the doctor meant more of the dreaded shots, but Frank was a real trooper.  He only cried for a few seconds and then forgot all about them.  In celebration of his half-birthday and making it through round three of immunizations, we bought Frank a new bouncy ball!  It keeps him interested in sitting up for more than a few seconds, which is fun.

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Yesterday, Frank had his first stomach virus.  It turned out to be very mild, as viruses go.  I only had to clean two sets of his clothing, one set of my clothing, one area of carpeting, and one piece of furniture.  The hardest part of the whole thing was that I couldn’t put Frank down.  He was so cranky and just needed to be held all day.  Eventually, I put him in the Baby Bjorn and carried him around while I did laundry, cooked dinner, etc.  Unfortunately, he’s about to outgrow the Bjorn, so I’ll have to come up with a creative solution for next time…Anyway, he is doing much better today.  He’s back to his playful self, and he’s eaten some applesauce and blueberries today with no apparent problems.

In other news, Frank’s growth spurt has prompted us to look into replacing the infant carrier with a “big boy” carseat.  He will outgrow the carrier at 29 inches.  I’m hoping that he will be able to sit unassisted by the time he outgrows it, so I can let him sit in grocery carts and high chairs when we take him out.  The infant carrier, although bulky and heavy, is super convenient, as he always has somewhere to sit!  So, Heath and I did some research this weekend, and we ordered the Britax Decathlon carseat from Amazon…and it arrived today!!!

 

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Hard to believe he’ll be in that seat until he’s about 4 years old!  Actually, at this rate, he may outgrow it sooner than anticipated!

We hope all of you are doing well.  I’ll leave you with a random picture of Frank getting ready for his bath the other night.  I was calling him the Queen of Sheba.  Such a ham!

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