Well, we've had a great week. We eliminated dairy and high acid foods from my diet and it's really paid off in Lathan's demeanor. He's been Mr. Sweet Baby this week with very few crying "episodes" and lots of alert sweet coo-time. It's been a challenge figuring out what to eat (I'm a cheese & milk fiend!) but Andy has been a champ! Just this morning I was treated to a lovely salmon & sweet potato hash with poached eggs. YUMM! Where am I, Commander's Palace or something. It's nice to be the queen-mother sometimes.
Yesterday Nonni (Alyce) came out to Apex and we went out for a bit while Daddy (Andy) watched Lathan--and yes...Lathan was wearing his green yesterday. He looked like a little leprechan with his red hair and green outfit! Aww.
We had a lovely lunch at Coquette and a big fat Soy Mocha Latte afterwards-my new outing treat. We also bought two gigantor boxes of diapers at BJ's Wholesale. He's already moved up a size (this is going to be a big boy!) so we had to ditch half a box of the old size...actually we plan to give it to a neighbor who just have a baby too. Nonni gave Lathan lots of stimulation with his favorite "birdy" sounds and lots of conversation. You can tell he's going to be seriously attached to Nonni already! :) Just wait until she's got him for the day and they make their way to LaFarm! He'll be spoiled on french pastries before you know it!
On Sunday Anna & Papa came up from Gastonia (Andy's folks) to see how the baby has grown (and man has he!!). We had a great visit with lots of smiling, alert eyes and face making. Last time there were here Lathan barely opened his sweet eyes! This time they got much more of a show! LouAnne (Anna) brought all kinds of info about Andy's lineage including a photograph of the original Lathan Hicks. So cool to see who you're named for.
Last weekend I attended a baby shower for Heather Newberry who is due in May--she looks great and I had a great time at the shower. I met several of her friends who were either pregnant or who had babies of their own. There was lots of conversation about the first few months that put my mind at ease. While at the shower one of the mommies spilled the beans about UNC's tournament loss. That was a bummer but at least we didn't waste our time watching a game with a sad ending. We'll just keep our fingers crossed for the big dance.
Speaking of the dance...I hope everyone is geared up for the tournament! Have you all done your brackets? I went pretty conservative this year with only a few upsets. I usually go with a slightly more risky set of picks but it rarely pays off. I would be happy if Syracuse won the whole thing after that insane 6 overtime win against UCONN. Wow.
There's something that we've been considering for Lathan...we thought we should get everyone's opinion. Check out this important video and let us know what you think.
Lastly, you may notice the facebook thingy on the side of the blog. I just broke down after much hounding by some of my friends and signed up. It has been fun though. It's like a big high school reunion without having to lose 20 pounds and then listen to Paula Abdul all night--wait a minute. After just having a baby and watching American Idol last night I think I have to scratch that last comment. :)
Finally, check out this gorgeous sweater that Aunt Fran knitted (she is a master knitter!!--this is the second amazing piece we've received from her talented hands!). He's grown out of it already! (Sorry Fran) but he did look adorable in it. I love the shot at the top...that was during our "shoot" when the backdrop slid. Happy accidents make for the cutest pictures!