Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Book Love

Mom is soo happy and proud that—at least so far—Joseph is a big book lover. As a little guy he always carried around a cloth book to mouth (already devouring books). Ever since he really started to be a somewhat conscious person (8 months?) with his own likes and dislikes, he has been into books. His first favorite was a book with pictures of baby faces. He would sit in his car seat and stare at the pictures and then he started kissing the babies, which was adorable. Around a year it became clear that books were a favorite thing. He would sometimes spend a good 20 minutes looking at books on his own and also finally figured out how to turn them right side up. This was one of my favorite of his activities. He would just sit there with his pile of books thumbing through them. Now his library has grown and he continues to enjoy reading on his own and with others. He is really moving now a days, so he doesn't usually last 20 minutes anymore, but he still loves his books. Even Muffy (his daycare provider) has commented on how much he likes books. Over the holidays he has met lots of new people. Very often he would go up to a new person with a book, get them to pick him up and read him the book, and then he wouldn't leave the poor person alone. Sometimes he brings his books to bed and tonight he fell asleep with his head literally in his book! I look forward to the time when we can read real chapter books together at bed time. I also really enjoy giving these books to other babies who will hopefully enjoy them as much as Joseph. No pressure, but hopefully the book love will continue!

Joseph’s Favorite Books (Birth-1 1/2):

Baby Faces DK Publishing

His first favorite! This makes me particularly happy because it was also actually one of the very first and few things I personally picked out for him.

Hush Little Baby Marla Frazee

First 100 Animals Roger Priddy

A long-time favorite. From about 11 months on he loved this book and the funniest thing was he would always turn to a picture of an orangutan and start kissing him. Of all the 100 animals in the book it was always the orangutan—which was even one of the smaller pictures. This book is so well loved it is duck taped together now.

Mr. Wishy Washy Joy Cowley and Elizabeth Fuller

This is one of the free books we get every month thanks to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. I have been volunteering with this organization since Joseph was a couple months old and have dragged him along to many meetings and events!

Baseball ABC and Baseball 123 DK Publishing

He loves these books so much that he thinks "baseball" is another word for book.

The Very Quiet Cricket and The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle

It is clear why these are classics.

Happy Baby Words Roger Priddy

Sesame Street Let's Sing and Farm Sounds Play-a-Sound

Books that play music we received from Selma (great grandma or GG). For a long time the music one was the best way to get Joseph to go to sleep in the car.

Alphabooks Baby Einstein

A collection of books, one for each letter. Lots of fun.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Holiday fun

Sorry it has been so long since I have posted. It is pretty difficult to get photos nowadays since Joseph moves sooo FAST. He is full on running now. However, here are the best I could get from Thanksgiving.

"Helping" make pies

Brad actually got dressed up!
However, this was the best picture we got of all of us.
Sorry about the red eyes.

Being crazy with cousins and a pink boa

The day after Thanksgiving we got together again to make gingerbread houses and Christmas cookies. It was really fun to see that Joseph can actually do and enjoy projects now!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

September and October Pictures

Lots of Halloween fun! "Roarrrrr:"

He loves his puzzles!


In the right mood, he is so incredibly loving and cuddley

Singing with Grandfather Bob

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Signs that Joseph is getting to be a “big boy:”

  • He gives the most amazing kisses and hugs. This is probably Brad and my favorite new game. We all hug and kiss away. He even says, “mmmmmmaaaauuhhh!” while he gives you a big wet kiss right on the lips.
  • He has his own little desk area set up. It is so adorable!
  • His favorite activity at his desk is to draw with crayons. He loves it. He also brings his artwork directly to the fridge because he knows that is where it goes.
  • He is also really into puzzles! I recently got him some more puzzles and these are probably his favorite toy right now.
  • He has used the potty a couple times! I’m trying not to get too excited about this . . .
  • Probably one of cutest and clearest things he says is baseball. In fact, he sometimes starts chanting, “baseball, baseball, baseball.” He has a t-ball set and baseball books that he adores.
  • He pretty much will repeat anything you say, though who knows how much he actually understands. It is also still quite hard to understand and I tend to have to translate for people. His first phrase was, “up in the air” which he learned from Grandfather Bob (in September—this is a bit tardy).
  • He still is a super dancer. A couple friends have watched him for me recently when daycare was closed and everyone comments on his dancing abilities! Just like Mommy J.
  • Also, like mommy, he loves his books. I have been meaning to write a whole post about how much he loves “reading.” This makes me very, very happy.
  • He has very definite opinions and ideas about things. And he lets you know. Sometimes instead of just screaming he actually screams no. The other day in the car he yelled, “no, no, no” over and over again and when he wakes in the crib this is what we hear on the monitor. When he wants to go outside he goes and gets his shoes and jacket. He knows exactly where the snack cabinet is.
  • Speaking of which, he still loves to eat. He does tend to spit out the green veggies though and he likes it best when dad cooks, because it is either pizza or spaghetti.

Monday, October 20, 2008


each night I lay down
thinking of you in snuggled slumber
and am happy

New Goats!

About two weeks ago we found some more free goats in the newspaper that happened to be in Shoreham. So George (the baby) now has two pygmy goat friends, Buck and Little Buck. They are much more skittish then George so it was hard to get pictures of them. However, they are getting used to us and ate out of my hand for the first time tonight. We have lots of fun with all the goats and take George out to play almost every day!

You might notice in these pictures that they are actually all out of their pasture. The pygmies are very good at escaping and sometimes when we take George out to play they have to join in. However, as soon as we put George back in the barn they follow right along!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Minnesota Visit!! Yay!

I am such a slacker; I never posted pictures from my wonderful amazing fantastic Minnesota visit with Jenn, Sophia, Travis, and lots of Travis' family. It was such a treat and privilege to meet my best friend's daughter Sophia at just one month old. And even though Joseph can't yet appreciate the gravity of the situation, he also had a wonderful time (well, as usual except for sleeping: that didn't work out too well for either of us.) I so appreciate all that Jenn and her new family did for us and seeing her as a mom was AMAZING! I remember her dreaming up plans for our visit while she was pregnant and I figured she was crazy and with a newborn we would just hang out on the couch all day (which would have been fine). But, no, somehow she has more energy and calmness (it takes lots of both even though that sounds strange) then any new mom I could imagine. Were able to do all sorts of great stuff. Sophia is one lucky gal! So here they are, a bit dated, but still a great reminder of the wonderful time we had.