Monday, February 23, 2009

Sean Goes to NYC For the First Time

Too bad it was only for a few hours. Sadly, it was an unpleasant mission - Sean's Great Aunt Mary entered the hospital for the last time late last week, and we wanted to get down to the city one last time. She had battled cancer for 15 years, and it was time. She was a great lady, and was her true self until her final days. Her many friends and loved ones will miss her for sure.

Sean made the best of it, though, as he always seems to do (save the meltdown at the rest-stop due to no mid-day nap). We even got to eat in a real live NYC restaurant - probably nothing you'd see in Zagat's, but we needed something fast, and UrbanSpoon didn't let us down. We tried to get a picture with a taxi in the background, but no luck. And despite the sad circumstances, Sean had a nice visit with his Nani and Popi, as well as Auntie Laura and Uncle Pete.

In other news, Sean has been saying "please" when prompted, for some time now, but has been giving an unsolicited "thank you mommy" whenever Mom gets him something he's asked for. It is simply the cutest thing ever. So sweet. Makes you want to give him stuff just to hear him say it. It's a nice companion to "bless you Mommy", or even "bless you Sean-ie" after a sneeze.

Sean also discovered his shadow. Much like the photos of his friends and cousins on our fridge, he offered the shadow some of his dinner, and bid it "good-bye shadow" when it was time to turn off the light and go upstairs for tubby. We now have another tool to try to get him to eat his dinner. Usually after he offers a bite to shadow, Cookie Monster, Elmo, Pooh, or any number of his cousin's photos, he pops whatever it is into his mouth.

Heaven help us when that stops working too...

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

New for Spring: Pooh Sunglasses

Sean loves Winnie-the-Pooh. He also loves watching the Pooh DVD in the playroom downstairs on weekends. When he goes to school, he asks mom to put Pooh on the stereo (we have the "book-on-tape" version on the iPod). When it's time to go home, Sean asks for Pooh again. When it's time to sit down for supper, Sean wants to have a little background music.

You guessed it, Pooh again.

So mom has heard the Pooh story many, many, many, many times. But hey, if it keeps Sean happy...

For some time, Sean has had a little Cookie Monster figure that never left his hand. We went out and got backups, in case something ever happened to Cookie. Everything was fine.

Or so it seemed.

Suddenly, Sean isn't talking about Cookie so much - now it's "glasses". Which happen to be Pooh glasses. God help us if something happens to them. We have no backups.

Birthday #2 is coming, in case you needed a gift idea ;)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Time to Reactivate BSM

We are back from a blogging hiatus of sorts. We've been having so much fun around our home that we haven't had time to tell you all about it.

A quick re-cap:

Sean has had several firsts, including beach vacation, pony ride, trip to the Scottish Games, trip on an airplane, wedding, meal at the big table with no high-chair, and many more.

He's been talking in sentences for about a month now, and has a rather extensive vocabulary that seems to grow daily. We've stopped counting at 500 words.

Favorite things of the moment include: Cookie Monster, Elmo, Winnie-the-Pooh, his broom (for sweeping up around the house), mini Dyson vacuum cleaner, and the Cat in the Hat (especially the goldfish who serves as the voice of reason.)

Sean has been in fairly good health this winter, thankfully, and hasn't had a seizure in several months (thanks to the anti-seizure drugs). Our little guy is not a baby anymore, but a little boy now. Which is a little sad. It's true what they say - kids grow up just too fast.

Stay tuned for more timely updates and photos.