Thursday, October 2, 2008

You thought we forgot...well kind of

Where has the time gone?! It has been a long time since we last updated anyone on Gwen or our lives. Gwen is now almost 14 months old (she will be on the 5th of October). She is definitely on the GO!!! She climbs on everything, gets into everything and of course has a strong personality. (She must get that from her daddy) She is now an expert on making certain animal noises including the dog, lion, duck, cow and camel. She can also do the Monster! She likes to do the motorboat (really an undescribable experence to witness). She has a favorite morning routine of watching Baby Badger (a Wisconsin Badger video of "Raising Tomorrow's Wisconsin Fan Today". She likes this video so much that on any given day we need to watch it twice. Since this routine started she has noticed and called attenion to anything Wisconsin colored or has Bucky on it. I guess there is more of it around than I ever thought, she sure knows how to find it all. The other night she woke up in the middle of the night just screaming and crying, she did this for almost an half hour before we brought her in our room. As soon as we walked in there she stopped crying and pointed to the T.V and said her version of Baby Badger. We turned it on and all the crying stopped. We wathced it through and off to bed she went, like nothing ever happened. This movie is heaven sent. They do counting (showing jersey numbers), colors (only red, white and red & white), show the marching band, and go through Wisconsin traditions. It is so cute.

As for the rest of us. Jamie turned 30 last week. I started a new school site this year. Kobe got taken (we did get him back -long story!) and Lucy...well she started having seziures. Other than that we are doing nothing. Trying to find time to be together and relax. I will try and remember to update this more often ... so look for upcoming posts.

Monday, May 26, 2008

The Long Overdue Updates

It has been a long time since we posted last. We have been busy, busy, busy!!! Gwen is definitely keeping us busy. She is 9 months old and on the GO! She has 1o teeth...working on #11 and 12. She likes to crawl all over the place, puch her walker and wagon as well as cruise the furniture. Just this weekend she stood by herself for a bit without holding onto anything. She is getting into EVERYTHING. She likes doors, cupboards, drawers, closets, laundry, dog kennels, dishwasher, etc. You name it she has tried it. She has NO fear.
Lately her new things are dancing to music and pulling everything out of the cupboards. This weekend Jamie and I went to Menards and bought locks and corner cushions. We put the corner cushions on the end table (which we should have done when she first started pulling up on things 2 months ago... but better late than never). We had them on for about a whole hour before Gwen bit them off. So much for putting them on. Who knows what she is going to do once the locks go up. I have a feeling she is going to do anything to get to the tupperware (see pics of Gwen and her sidekick getting in to trouble in the cupboards :) ).

Two of the cutest things she has started doing is mimicing us and giving kisses. About 2 weeks ago I had a little cold which entailed a bit of a cough. After a few days of having a cough Gwen started coughing too. I thought she might be coming down with the cold as well. Come to find out that wasn't the case. She was just mimicing me. Anytime I cough (now it isn't real anymore...I do it for pretend) she coughs back. Along with the cough is the kissing. I will tell her to give mommy a kiss and she will plant a big, wet, open mouthed kiss on my cheek. I love her kisses. Oh yeah, she will only do this when SHE wants to.

Other updates. Gwen has found a new love for dolls. She carries this one particular "Dolly" around with her and sleeps with her.(see the pic she is also sleeping with her glow baby, it can be a crowded crib, but anything to help her sleep when teething so hard). She is waving back to people when they wave hi and bye. Saying words like mama, dada, nana and baba. At her last appointment (which was her 9 month appointment on May 7th) she weighed 20 pounds (with a wet diaper on). She was about 65 % for weight and height. She is slowly getting hair (it seems all her concentration is one growing teeth), but it is coming in nice.

Baby foods are becoming a thing of the past. Lately she is not wanting jared food anymore. She likes real food, especially if she can feed herself. The new foods she likes are toast, hotdogs, yogurt, pudding, beans, pasta, chicken and crackers.
It is so much fun!!! She seems to amaze us every day.

As for mom and dad... I am coming to an end with After School programming. I am getting ready for summer. I am the coordinator for the summer school program at our school. Other than that I started a part time job working concessions out at the ball diamond where Jamie is umping. Jamie is same old, same old. He is still working at his job in Green Bay and started his summer part time job of umping. We are ready for the weather to stay nice so we can get some work done in the back yard and finish our driveway.
Thats about it for now...we will try to make more regular posts.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Kalahari Water Park

Mid March I had a work conference at the Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells. Jamie and Gwen were able to join me. This was Gwen's first experience swimming, other than in the bath tub. She was emotionless while in the water but when we would take her out she would get really excited to go back in. She did really well! Jamie even took her down a child sized waterslide. This didn't go as smoothly as we would have hoped. It was a little more than I think they both expected. Neither of them cried, they both just got really wet. Sam, who works for me at the Club as well as Gwen's babysitter when Grandma is busy, was also there. We had a wonderful time and are excited to get Gwen back in the water soon.

Gwen's 7 Month Photo Shoot

Here are a few pictures I tried doing at home for Gwen's 7 Month photos. These didn't turn out that well since all she wanted to do was "GO". As stated in the last post, Gwen likes to move. She wants to explore and doesn't like to sit for anything.

Friday, March 28, 2008

New way of Playing

One of the new things Gwen has discovered is pulling herself up to standing and then playing with her toys. In these pictures she had crawled over to her walker, stood up, and liked playing with all the fun stuff on the front of the walker.

She can crawl, pull herself up on things, cruise on furniture and toys and most recently can carefully put herself back on the floor without just tipping over. She is loving her new freedom. With that freedom of hers, Jamie and I are CRAZY busy just trying to keep up with her. She won't sit still and likes to explore! She finds a way to amaze us every day. For those of you who haven't seen her lately you wouldn't believe how much she likes to move and talk! She must get that from daddy???!!! (Just kidding)

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Mommy and Gwen

We had some time one morning before I had to go into work so we tried taking some pictures together. As you can tell my aim isn't the best but some of them turned out cute either way.

Gwen's Purple Hat

When I was shopping the other day I ran across this hat. I thought "It miiiiight be cute?!" Well, I do think she is adorable in it. Jamie on the other hand doesn't think the same. She isn't much of a fan of it on the right way (she smiled right away and then took it off and threw it) but seemed to not mind so much when it was on either side ways or backwards (which are the ways I like it best too). What do they say...Like mother like daughter. She was acting so goofy that day and the hat just topped it off.