Friday, April 30, 2010

Walk Aftermath

The other day Talmage and I went on a rather long walk on an pretty hot, humid day. We got home and we were both ready to cool off! So before I changed him into his pajamas, I let him play for a while in his undershirt. He was so happy!
Stoic face
Our happy little boxer.
His silly little grin again. Doesn't it make you just want to kiss his little pointy chin?? And grab his cheeks?
The camera case is always game for a good time.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Happiness

Must...get...camera!
Um, excuse me, but what do you think you are doing?
Just happy.
Just throw your head back and laugh. No seriously, try it!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tricks

Sometimes we call Talmage our "little Houdini" because he is so good at getting out of his swaddle! He is a really light sleeper and his arms often jerk in his sleep, which wakes him up. Consequently, we are still swaddling him. But ever since he was born we have never been able to keep him in a swaddle! It was so cute to see him in the hospital as a newborn. He loved having his hands touching his cheeks (he must have been that way in the womb!), so he always had them up there. We would pin his arms to his sides and swaddle him up as tightly as we possibly could, convinced there was no way he could move. And yet it was only a matter of seconds before his hands would peek out the top and rub his cheeks. He never cried about it, just very insistently took care of the problem. :) Here is a more recent picture of him getting out of his swaddle.
Here is a picture of him grabbing Daddy's cup and trying to drink out of it. He usually tips it up until he gets a mouthful (or faceful!) of water. Then he jerks it away, gasping and sputtering because it is cold and a lot of water at a time. But before he has even recovered fully he grabs the cup again and yanks it back to his mouth for another drink. I guess he figures if we do it all the time it must be fun!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

An Afternoon in the Kitchen

Talmage sometimes has a hard time keeping himself entertained while I am cooking, so I often find myself doing everything with him balanced on my hip. He loves to help me stir, put his hand on the can opener while I am using it, and try to grab pretty much everything I have in my hand. On this day, he was pretty happy for a while gumming Cheerios in his high chair. He's pretty good at grabbing the little pieces one at a time and sticking them in his mouth!
But he grew tired of the cereal after a while, and I still had some work to do. He was getting quite tired, but it was too late for him to have a nap, so he was pretty fussy. I was stirring some things on the stove when he started feeling heavier and heavier and I noticed his head hanging down. I glanced down and...sure enough! The poor boy had fallen asleep curled up on my shoulder. It was so sweet I was hesitant to wake him up!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Just Another Random Picture...

The other day one of my piano students brought her Harry Potter glasses to her lesson and put them on Talmage! I had to take a picture, of course. How is it that ordinary objects can be so delightful when they are on a little baby? :)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Fun with the Milk Carton

The other morning Talmage grabbed the milk carton from the counter and started playing with it. He had a ball! The handle was just the right size for him to wrap his hand around. :) He looks pretty intent on chewing on the lid, doesn't he?

Friday, April 16, 2010

Bath Time!

Early this week I gave Talmage his first bath in the kitchen sink! He absolutely loved it and discovered splashing right away. Now every time I put him in, he splashes like a maniac. It's so cute!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Six Months Old!

Can you believe it? Talmage turned six months old on Sunday. Monday was his doctor's appointment. The doctor said he is doing great! He is also incredibly active and grabs at everything. He kept grabbing the stethoscope and trying to yank it away from the doctor, twisting his head all over the place to see the tool the doctor was looking in his ears with, etc. I was told that I had better make sure our house is baby proofed, because once he gets mobile he is going to find trouble fast!

-He is 28 inches long (90th percentile or a little higher) and weighs 16 pounds, 4.5 ounces (40th percentile).
-His favorite toys...aren't toys. Like most babies, the most desired things are the things he can't have. However, he loves pens, spoons, magazines, and paper of any kind. He loves to crumple and tear paper.
-He jabbers almost non-stop. Often when someone enters the room or when he sees someone he will say, "Hi!" with the cutest little voice inflection. I'm not sure he knows exactly what he's doing yet (we usually can't get him to do it on demand), but it sure is cute either way! The other day I was playing peek-a-boo with him, and he started saying, "aboo, aboo."
-Speaking of peek-a-boo, he will take a cloth and cover his face himself and then yank it away with a big grin. He will also hide his face in the couch or on my shoulder and then jerk it out.
-He will drink straight water. He always tries to grab at our cups while we are drinking. One day I let him take it (with guidance from my hand, of course), and he put the rim up to his mouth to drink! I tipped it up a little, and though the ice-cold water startled him, he swallowed it down. Drinking from a cup has become something he loves to do. He will also drink plain water out of a bottle.
-I give him one bottle of milk every day, and he will hold it himself pretty well.
-He has decided he loves all his vegetables and will eat all of his solids masterfully. He eats three solid meals each day.
-He has learned how to give us high fives. When we say, "Give me five!" and hold out our hand, he will repeatedly whack it with a huge grin on his face as we cheer him on.
-He has gotten to the point where I can lay him down in his crib awake and he will go right to sleep, although he still has to be swaddled up tightly.
-He will sit and play independently.
-He absolutely loves to be outside. He loves sitting on our balcony in his bouncy seat, watching the cars go by.
-He smiles easily and laughs often. He loves to play games and loves silly faces.
-We sure do love him! It is such a blessing for us to be his parents. He has already taught us so much in this half-year we have had him, and we know Heavenly Father has been with us every step of the way. It brings such peace to know that we have our Father in Heaven to turn to as we raise His precious child.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Having Fun

Talmage has really been having a lot of fun playing with toys lately. He tires of a toy rather quickly but is always very excited to see something new! The other day I took a bobby pin out of my hair and stuck it between my lips for a minute. He had been kicking, talking, looking around, etc. when he looked at my face, froze, fixated his gaze on the bobby pin, and immediately reached his hand up to hit it, grasp it, and discover what exactly it was. I love knowing that he is so familiar with what we look like that he can tell when something is amiss. Anyway, here are a few pictures of him just playing and having a good time!
Just being silly
He was in his swing the other day and I looked and saw him like this...just chilling, hanging on for dear life...
I strung some toys between two chairs for him to play with, which he loved.

I was mending some clothes at the time, and when he got quiet, I thought I knew what had happened. Sure enough, my suspicions were confirmed! See him sleeping with his eyes partway open?
Some of his favorite toys lately are his spoons. I was hesitant to let him play with them at first, because I didn't want him to gag himself or poke himself in the eye...but he's a fast learner! :) One or two triggers of his gag reflex was all it took for him to recognize how far into his mouth he should push the spoon.
I was taking him to get his pictures taken at JC Penny. I fed him and was then changing him into his clothes when I realized that he was probably going to soak them with spit-up since I had just fed him. So I put him on his tummy to hopefully get most of the spit-up out. He was having so much fun! The pictures? Well...that's a story for another day.

Just hanging out while I cooked and Sam played peek-a-boo
He loves stuffed animals!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Happy Birthday, Breanne!

Yesterday was my sister Breanne's birthday! You have probably read a fair amount about her already, since she just came to visit and I blogged about it, but I figured I should do a birthday post for her as well!
I decided to write about one quality I admire in Breanne. That is her ambition. She has this drive, this unquenchable thirst for knowledge, that she thrives on. I guess that's the reason she speaks Hebrew, Arabic, and Mandarin. That must be the reason she will graduate from college next year with two majors and two minors. That must be the reason she refuses to take fewer than 18 credits each semester (the maximum allowable), and usually gets special permission to take even more. That must be the reason she has lived in Jordan, Israel, and Taiwan. That must be the reason she plays the piano and organ and sings with a voice like an angel. That must be the reason she read the Book of Mormon once each month for a year when she was in high school with a different study emphasis each time. The list goes on and on...she sets her mind to something and pushes toward it with inexhaustible determination and an iron will. She is a great example to me and stands as a firm witness of Jesus Christ.
Happy birthday, Breanne!!! I look up to you so much.

Chewing His Feet

A few posts back I commented on how Talmage loves playing with his feet. Well, it's progressed into that fun baby habit of chewing on them! It is so delightful.

Monday, April 5, 2010

A Visit from Aunt Breanne

Warning: SERIOUSLY picture heavy post!
My sister Breanne got back from Taiwan, where she was serving a mission, a couple of weeks ago. Shortly after she got back, she decided to take a road trip to come and visit us! We had so much fun visiting with her and exploring different things. On the first day, we went museum hopping. Houston has a museum district full of interesting museums. On the second day, we decided to take a trip to the beach. We found out about a nature center/fish hatchery/aquarium on the way there that we stopped to see.

This was a really mean crab. Although his pincers had been removed, if you even moved your hand toward him he would violently poke your hand! Harmless, but kind of unnerving.
Talmage was very excited about all of the fish...

This one had some kind of tumor or something on its right eye...do you see it??

There were a lot of fish and even a shark swimming around in the tanks!



Walking around the wetlands exhibit


Is it just me, or does he look so mischievous in this picture?

His shoes had a hard time staying on...after he kicked them off for the umpteenth time I decided to let him go barefoot. He loved it.
Then we continued on to the beach! Talmage had a serious blowout, so after we spent about half an hour cleaning him up, changing his clothes, and rinsing out his old ones in the ocean :), we started playing in the water a little bit.

There were dead jellyfish dotting the shore! I was a bit wary of them since when I was 5 or 6 I had a nasty run in with some jellyfish tentacles and ended up with welts up and down my legs for weeks!


They felt really weird...











Love those feet!





I guess the Taiwanese people do this a lot in pictures!
Before we left, Breanne had the brilliant idea to take jumping pictures.


The next day, we went to Houston's Chinatown (see the Chinese store in the background?), where we stocked up on Taiwanese food to try! It was so fun to have Breanne there, introducing us to that culture. And she even got to speak Chinese to people there, as well as at one of the museums we went to! Houston really is a melting pot. Then we went to the baptism of a woman and her son and hit Cici's pizza on the way home (all-you-can eat pizza, salad, and dessert for only $3.99/person!). My family occasionally went to Cici's pizza when we lived in Katy, so it was fun to go back with Breanne. On Sunday, we went to Church where Breanne sang a beautiful musical number! Then, on Monday morning, we were sad to see her drive away.
Breanne took this picture of Talmage...isn't it adorable? He loved having her here so much! She made him laugh so hard over and over again. He thought she was absolutely hysterical, and he definitely loved having someone to hold him all day long! Thanks for coming to visit, Breanne! We certainly enjoyed it.
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