Saturday, January 31, 2009

New Tooth!

Finally!  James broke his top, right tooth today.  It sure has been a long time coming!  
We spent the day today in Billings with Bill and Maggie, visiting their new grandson in the hospital.  What an exciting day, and a beautiful little boy.  Today was Bill's birthday also, and it was a great day.  
I also think that James may also be over the hump with his virus and bronchitis.  Finally...

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Hello!  Well, we have had a sick boy this week.  James has Hand, Foot, and Mouth virus, coupled with a double ear infection.  Life has been tough in our house this week!  Poor little nugget is pretty unhappy but was a little better today.  Hopefully he gets a good night's sleep tonight.  I think that lack of sleep has been part of the problem with his mood swings the past two days.  We kept him home from school this week, but I think he's going to go back tomorrow.  He is still cutting those two top teeth, too!
Not much else to report around here.  Sean and I are tired, but what's new!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

January 21, 2009

Again, so sorry for the long delay in posting!  We have been pretty busy here in Bozeman for the past few weeks.  James is growing like a weed, and changing daily.  He is now a master of pushing around his little radio flyer, crawls like the wind, and loves to feed himself finger foods.  He is eating all sorts of new foods, including chicken, beans and lentils, egg yolks, toast, cheese, yogurt, cottage and cream cheese, and his ultimate favorite- Cheerios.  Although, I admit to being a total stickler, and don't let him have anything with sugar, so he has a different brand of O's.

He is currently undergoing the painful process of cutting his two front teeth.  I would be surprised if he doesn't wake up with one popped through.  It has been quite a process, and pretty tough on him.  They look like two Popsicle sticks coming down.  Poor thing.  Teething is really the pits.

He has figured out how to click his tongue in the past couple of weeks.  So now, in addition to blowing raspberries, he alternates in the clicking sound.  Really, really cute.  He is also completely enamored with hand clapping.  He loves to watch you put your hands together.  He watches, then reaches out and places his hands on the outside of yours to feel you clapping.  I've caught him on a couple of occasions trying to do it on his own, but he doesn't open up his fists, or will only open one up.  One day soon, he will get it.  Until then, I love having him hold my hands doing it.  I'll really miss that once he figures it out on his own.

James also really loves peek-a-boo. He can be screaming and having a fit, and you duck away, and jump back in front of him, and voila! Laughter!  I love it.

As James gets bigger, it is becoming increasingly difficult to change his diaper.  He now has decided that he hates it, and it is almost a two person job.  He rolls over, stands up, and makes a flying leap to grab onto your neck.  It is crucial to have a game plan, and a distraction.  I wonder if this is a phase attached to teething?  Let's hope so, because we have awhile yet to go before potty training is complete.

January has been a pretty strange month here in Bozeman.  While much of the country has been locked in with freezing temps, we in the Bozone have been enjoying record highs.  Goodbye snow.  It has been in the 40's and 50's for the last two weeks!  Town looks like spring.  Dirty piles of snow, and water in the streets.  So much for ski season! Bah!  Luckily, snow is in the forecast this weekend, and regular freezing temperatures are going to resume.  Thankfully.  It's just not right!  Although, I will say that we have had beautiful sunny days, and it has been nice not to have to wear a hat for a few weeks.  Come summer though, it is crucial that we have the snow now.

We have been all over the place for the past few weeks with work and activities, Grandma coming to visit, and various other activities.  I spent the past three day weekend sick with a stomach virus. No fun.  But things seem to be slowing down a little bit, or perhaps we are just adjusting to life beingthis busy.  Sean has a full plate at work with the project that he has been working on for the past couple of years under final review, and I added co-teaching a graduate course for my program to my plate this semester. Ok, so it isn't slowing down, we are just getting used to it.  Maybe!  Hey, at least there is something new everyday!

I will get better about posting! I promise!

Monday, January 5, 2009

So sorry for the long delay once again in posting.  The holiday time sure got away from me.  We had a great Christmas.  I stayed up late on Christmas Eve, and may have had an encounter with Santa!  Christmas morning was amazing.  The little cart was a total hit.  When we came out into the living room, he hit the floor and made a beeline across the room to it.  All of his other toys were a hit!  What a lucky boy.  He also received the cutest clothes!   I think it was the best christmas ever for Sean and I.  I can't wait for next year.  Oh, and it was great for Sean and I too. We had a great day together as a family.  It was pretty cold, so we just hung around the house and enjoyed the day.  Christmas night a wicked storm blew through and dumped about ten inches of snow in about two hours!  Talk about a white Christmas!

We had dinner at Bill and Maggie's house, and James learned to climb the stairs.  He was a bit tentative at first, but after his first run, he was off.  You would not believe how quickly he could get up and down those babies!  Everyone was pretty shocked.  

We had a great visit with Judy and Pat, who braved the weather, and drove up for a quick trip, leaving the Bay area on Christmas night, and arriving at 10AM on the 27th, which is also Judy's birthday!  It was a pretty good birthday, and we were so glad that we got to spend her birthday with her.  Their visit also corresponded with Sean's 30th birthday!  We actually goto to go on an afternoon date (sushi and Marley and me).  I think it was a good birthday for Sean as well.  We had a small dinner with Judy and Pat, and Bill and Maggie, and Greg and Lindsay.  

Sawyer and James had a great time playing together on Sean's birthday.  They were so excited to see each other.  It totally cracked us up.  

Tomorrow we go back to the regular routine, which I think will be good for us all.  We had two weeks at home together, which was fantastic, but James is starting to get a little clingly.  He only wants to be with mom and dad.  He is obsessed with nursing, and refuses to take a baba.  I guess we will see what tomorrow brings!

His first top tooth is in the process of cutting through, so he has been enduring a bit of pain lately.