Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Mother's Day 2016

We had a wonderful Mother's Day this year. We heard great messages at church, and the women had an awesome lesson about motherhood/womanhood, complete with a beautiful spread of food (pastries, cookies, cheeses and crackers, fresh fruits and vegetables, chocolates, M&M, etc.).

Chandra, Joe and Christian came over for dinner that evening. Chandra made lasagna, and it was delicious! Her lasagna is honestly the best I've ever tasted. My mom made a salad and a lemon pound cake for dessert. I'm not a huge lemon fanI'm a chocolate cake girl all the waybut the lemon cake was actually really good!

My sisters and I went in on a couple of gifts for our mom: a digital kitchen scale and a book Mom had said she wanted. I ordered the gifts, had them shipped to Chandra, and Chandra wrapped them and made a card. (I love the pretty wrapping paper Chan usedso colorful and happy!) It would've been great if my other sisters have been able to be here for Mother's Day, but they live too far away to come over for dinner.
She loved her gifts and seemed surprised. Chandra also made this for Mom to hang up. Mom definitely is a caring, loving grandmother!
Chandra took off Christian's shirt and tie during dinner, so he didn't get his mashed up hard-boiled egg yolks on his shirt. I was disappointed that this picture of Christian was out of focus, because he was looking so cute! The next picture of him back in his shirt/tie turned out nice and clear, though. He looks so cute sitting on Grammy's lap. :)
I had Joe take a picture of my mom, Chandra and me. Christian had to be in the picture, too, since this was Chandra's first Mother's Day since having him. [The lighting fixture over the kitchen table always makes for terrible lighting in pictures, with or without a flash!]
Chandra is such a great mom to Christian. They are lucky to have each other!
And finally, a couple pictures with Joe, too.
In other Mother's Day news, I found out that my sister Annette is going to have another baby this October. I always love getting another niece/nephew. This makes 25!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Christian: Eight Months Old

Christian hit the eight-month mark this past Saturday. It is such a joy to watch him change and grow! As you can see, Christian's hair is growing, especially on the top of his head and on each side. It's still pretty sparse in some spots, but it's growing.
 Giving standing a try:
 Christian got his first two teeth this past month:
He loves to suck and chew on his fingers:
Christian loves to rummage through his mom's bag. That keeps him entertained for a long time, and he prefers to do that over playing with toys. Christian loves to push/pull things, like my over-the-bed table that he is sitting under in the pictures below (he also loves to open/shut drawers in the kitchen and bathroom). He loves to go through the Tupperware cabinet, too, as you can see in the second set of pictures below.
He's been getting up on all fours and he rocks back and forth. He's able to get around the room by scooting around on his stomach, even though he isn't crawling yet. Somehow he only manages to go backward, instead forward, though! And just last night he was grabbing onto the leg of the table and was trying to pull himself up to a stand. He didn't quite get to his feet, but he was close. I'm sure he'll be standing in a month or two.
Christian liked using this teether, since he was getting his first teeth. It looks like a popsicle, but you unscrew the handle, and you can put ice cubes in the mesh bag, which the baby can then suck/chew on. More bath pictures under that. Christian LOVES baths.
Chandra went shopping with one of her friends, and Chan carried Christian in the wrap she made. I imagine Christian is around 25 pounds, so she definitely got a workout! The picture below on the right makes me laugh. One of Chandra's friend's mothers loves to shop at thrift stores, and she bought this "vintage boys outfit" as she called it for Christian. Chandra tried the outfit on Christian, and she and her friend got a good laugh out of seeing Christian in this rather feminine-looking outfit. 
Above: new dino jammies. Below: looking like a pretty cool dude in these shades.
Something else Christian does that makes me laugh, is to sit on the floor (as pictured above) and he bangs one of his heels into the floor over and over. I'm not sure why he likes doing this, but he's been doing it for the past couple of months.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Christian: Seven Months Old

Christian is now seven months old! These first pictures show Christian sitting on a little quilt that my sister Annette made for him. She recently mailed it to Chandra, and she was so surprised to get it. I suggested that we take some pictures of Christian sitting on it, and that he wear his monster shirt to match the monster fabric on the back of the quilt. I think he likes it! :)
These next pictures were taken a few weeks ago when we had that reunion to celebrate my grandpa's 94th birthday. With so many people around, Christian didn't get his naps like usual. Even though he was worn out, he was so overstimulated that he wouldn't fall asleep. When his dad arrived, Christian finally succumbed to sleep and got a nice, long nap.
He woke up a couple times and we thought he was awake, but he fell asleep again (even though he was sitting up). It was actually pretty funny.
Christian and his great aunt, Jackie.
Here are some pictures from Chandra's cell phone. Christian loves to look at books and point at the pictures. He also likes to suck on them, apparently.
Something else he's started doing recently is holding on to his ear. Sometimes he even falls asleep holding it, as you can see below.
He loves bath time, and I love his rolls!
Chandra started Christian on solids when he hit the six-month mark. The first two things she gave him were rice cereal and oatmeal, and then she started him on vegetables (green beans first, and then peas and carrots). She is making baby food instead of buying the little jars from the store. It's a lot cheaper that way. Christian has liked everything he's eaten so far, so that's good.
The pictures below are from St. Patrick's Day.
The picture below on the left is of Christian and his cousin, Matt. I love the picture in the middle (it's one of few pictures where I think he actually resembles Chandra) and the picture on the right shows Christian in the Pack 'n Play that Chandra got a bargain on. Below that are pics of Christian and his cousin, Rachel.
Christian love getting kisses from his Grammy, as you can see in the pictures above. The pictures below are from Christian's first Easter. My mom and I always send cards to my sisters' kids for the holidays. I think Christian liked his. Chandra and Christian looked so classy for church on Easter, too.

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