Wednesday, May 14, 2008

It's FUN to be ONE!

On April 3rd Sean celebrated his first birthday with mom and dad, followed by a big bash a few days later with lots of family and friends. That's right, our little baby is a baby no more! He's officially a walking, talking, regular-food-eating toddler! How did that happen?! What a year it has been—he's gone from a teeny 6-lb-9-oz baby to a 22-pound little boy with quite the personality.

One of his favorite things to do is dance, whether music is playing or not, that boy has got moves! Now that the weather has gotten nicer, we have been spending more time outside, which Sean loves. When he's outside he's on a mission-he walks around looking for sticks, then just carries them around talking and pointing. Every night while I'm getting his tub ready he likes to play hide-and-seek, naked of course, laughing and squealing while he "runs" around the bathroom hiding behind the vanity. He's also become very affectionate, and loves to give lots of hugs and sloppy kisses which we think is just the best.

Did I mention he's talking?? It seems like every day he adds words to his vocabulary. Right now he's in a B-phase preferring words beginning with "B" such as bye-bye, ball, book, ba-ba(for bottle), bah (as in "what does a sheep say?") but he also says dada, mama, nana, more, dog, door, stick, sock, hi, ut-oh, no, pooh, and his most favorite of all "what's that?" which actually sounds more like "zat?" which he says while pointing at everything he sees.

Now that he is walking (sometimes so fast it's practically running) he is into everything. We can't turn our back on him for a second because he's either heading straight for the dog's water bowl, the light cord, the outlet, the fireplace, or the stairs. He's learned to open drawers and cabinets, and although we thought we had baby-proofed pretty well, he's always finding new dangerous things to explore and get his little fingers into.

We are having so much fun watching our little boy grow and learn and can't wait to see what the next year will bring!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Our Beloved Amber 12/5/94-2/9/08

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear Amber. She was a wonderful dog and we we feel such a large void without her greeting us with a big wag when we come home. We have so many great memories of those short thirteen years she lived. From her crazy puppy antics chewing everything to the most recent days when she loved to lick little Sean's hands clean after he'd eaten. Anyone who spent any time with Amber could tell she was a special soul. She was so smart that we had to spell some of her favorite things so she wouldn't get too excited. C-A-M-P, where she loved to run around, swim, take rides in the boat and in her younger years make running jumps off the dock to fetch sticks; and W-A-L-K, she loved all walks from a short little jaunt around the neighborhood to the longer walks during the winter months when we'd take her to the golf course where she loved to make snow angels. She will be greatly missed, and we only hope that our fond memories will remain as the pain we feel from her loss decreases.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Super Bowl Sunday - Many Firsts For Sean!

Greetings, loyal BSM readers, and happy halfway through winter...Sean has had a very big month (number 10 if you're counting) in January, capped off by his first ever Super Bowl, Super Bowl party at Al and Judy's, and first ever football pool win.

Al and Judy are our very dear next door neighbors, and are one of the best things about living on our block. For years now, they've had a Super Bowl party, and this year Sean was invited too. Naturally, he came dressed appropriately, wearing his Jeremy Shockey #80 jersey. Sean didn't realize that Al (and most of the gathered fans) were rooting for the Giants, and that his dad was a Giants fan back when he was a kid, growing up downstate, when they were having 4-12 seasons, before they won the Super Bowl in '86 and everyone became a Giants fan...but I digress. Our neighbor John is such a big Giants fan that he needed to watch the game at home where he could focus.

One of the traditions of Al and Judy's party is a high-stakes pool - $2.50 per person for a jillion squares. (The winning grid can be found right here). Turns out that Sean had the magic numbers for all of the quarters plus the final - that's $32.00 more for the college fund. Thanks Al and Judy!

Sean is cruising about very easily nowadays, and is making small strides towards eating more grown-up foods. He's got the Gerber Puffs pretty well down, but hasn't quite taken to some of the other entrees. Apparently, it may take up to a dozen or more tries before a baby will like something new. In the meantime, he's still doing fine with his old standby, cereal and baby food.

Next Monday Sean is moving to a new school - after 4 long months on the waiting list, Sean's number finally came up. This is a brand new, state of the art facility, with lots of classrooms named for woodland creatures, an indoor race track with baby cars, and super soft flooring everywhere to catch stumbling babies. We can't wait.

In unfortunate news, we learned that our furry oldest child, Amber, has developed some tumors that don't appear to be treatable. We are brokenhearted to learn this - she is the best dog ever, and even though she's 13, it still seems too short. They say that's a dog's only real fault - they just don't live long enough.

- James