Saturday, November 7, 2009


Hi Everyone!
No, I didn't get sucked into a wormhole (unless you consider Facebook a wormhole) I've just been busy with work and baby and...I need to move the computer out of the nursery! That was a good idea in the beginning but now the only time I really have to blog is when Lathan is in dreamyland (which he is right now...I'm on the laptop).

It's been an amazing couple of months with lots of milestones. He now has 8 teeth (yup) and they're sharp--don't get your fingers caught in there, ouch! He crawls. A lot, and fast!! He can stand up in his crib (and outside it with support). He's eating all kinds of things (we shared some of daddy's chicken salad that he made the other day) including lots of solid foods (he's cool with Asparagus, Pot Roast, Chicken Salad, oatmeal, plums, parsnips, apples...the list goes on).

You'll see some of the milestones in the photos below. I'll put a brief caption with each--they're not exactly in chronological order so don't be surprised if you see Halloween next to a September event~

Here's a little video to get you started off. It's his first "playing in the leaves" experience.
Enjoy! :)

These are some pics of from our childbirth class group Halloween get together. We wanted all of the babies to get dressed up early (we did brunch) so the most appreciative group (other parents of little ones) could see them all together--so adorable. This is pre-costume. I love the one with Lathan and Clara in Lathan's crib. He has such a sly look--kind of a "she has no idea what she's getting into" look!

Here are some of Lathan in his costume. He was a rainbow trout (yep, his Granddaddy is pretty proud)--costume made by me with lots of help from Coco. What you don't get out of a photograph is the priceless wiggling--he really looks like a caught fish when held up like that. Who knew you could catch a 22# rainbow trout in the suburbs?

Here are just a couple of cutie ones. I love his little Merrell shoes and his all-brown outfit. And those stripey "babylegs" are so hilarious.

Here are a few from the state fair! We took tons but I tried to edit down. He was a total trooper--stuck with us for over 2 hours and not a peep. He even slept for about 30 minutes or so (see middle pic). Amazing.

This is us the day of the fair pre-trip. He looked so cute in his outfit I couldn't help but sit him down for a quick shoot. Love this little anchor onesie that Wendy & Benton gave us and
his cute Chucks.

Here are the first pictures of him crawling! He decided to start on the morning of his 9 month"well baby" doctor's appointment. We haven't been able to catch him since!

Awww. Here's a picture of Lathan and his daddy at 3:00am when Lathan had his first fever. It was around 102 degrees+ and he was pretty unhappy. A cool rag and some baby Tylenol helped though. From what the doctor said later it looked like he fought off some kind of little virus. He was hot for a couple of days but in good spirits. What a great kid!

These were taken at Great-Aunt Fran's house when we celebrated Nana & Coco's birthdays. We had a great time with awesome food (as usual!) and Lathan got to do some major socializing with the ladies! He also got to show off his Sophie teether--one of his favs.

I just love these pictures. He was starting to scoot around and I thought it would be fun to sit outside in the shade with Mooshu. He loves the grass (pulls it up, squishes his fingers through it) and he really digs herbs outside. He'll eat a basil leaf in a heartbeat if you let him!

Just a couple of fun ones. Out for a walk with mommy and chillin' with some toys and his favorite fuzzy/scootchie toy Mooshu.

I like to call this "swing day". The first time out in a swing and he LOVED it. We may have to install one at home. He could have sat in that thing all day.

Here's a nice set of monkey-tee shots. I really love this outfit--a Paul Frank Julius t-shirt (it says "Chicks dig scars" and the monkey has a band-aid on his head!) and his homemade t-shirt pants & hat. Now that I think of it--the whole freakin' outfit is t-shirt!
Sounds like a dream come true for his daddy :)
I don't know how this pic of mooshu and his plushie likeness wound up in this group but that was made for Lathan to take on his first plane trip out west.

A couple of random ones. some brownies I made for Uncle B for his birthday (made Lathan Cherry labels for them) and the baby boy and his dog doin' laundry. What a helper!

Here are a few outside pics before he could crawl. He would sit in one place and wiggle his legs so much that he would rub holes in the grass!
Now he's just burning knee tracks through it!

Here are a series of knits from Great-Aunt Fran. He had gotten a bit big for the sleep sac when I took these pics (see the foot sticking out) but he was SO adorable in it. The other is a great little wrap kimono type sweater that looks great with his t-shirt pants!

Just a couple of fun ones. Great smile in the cloud pic. Making "zerbert" sounds
in the second.

Here are a couple of pics from when Anna & Papa came up from Gastonia to see the Grandson! We had a great time and they brought with them an adorable little German hat that was Andy's when he was a toddler. Once it fits a bit better you can count on a bunch of pics of Lathan in it. Anyone know where we can come up with some lederhosen?

Sweet baby w/Mommy on the stoop. Love that belly and his cutie feet.

More of the same.

Could he have been singing showtunes in these shots? Possibly. I'm bummed that hat doesn't fit anymore--it was so cute!

He LOVES our door knocker. Chris took it and gave it a bronze/copper finish a while back and it really stands out now. Every time I'm holding Lathan coming through the door he grabs hold of that thing with a strong could seriously pull me over.

Introspective in his Marley onesie on mommy & daddy's bed. Just looking at the trees move in the breeze (one of his favorite pastimes).

These were from a trip we took out to Harris Lake park
(by Sharon Harris nuclear power plant).
No, we didn't see blinky (the 3 eyed fish from "The Simpsons") but we had a hellofa walk. That trail isn't what I could call "stroller friendly". Next time it's the backpack for sure.

A few random pics. Us kissing on the baby (he likes to kiss now--he just hasn't figured out how to pucker up--he just opens his mouth and launches towards you.
Pretty cute, just a bit sloppy!
Here he is riding daddy's shoulders and then woofing down some PURPLE. Some kind of blueberry breakfast...he likes color.

I had to scan these once we got home from a visit I had to the dermatologist. While we were in the waiting room (Lathan and I) another mother and her two kids came in. They were something like 4 and 6ish I think. They were completely ENAMORED with Lathan...couldn't stop entertaining him. They were super sweet but after a while the mom thought they might be over stimulating Lathan (thanks Anonymom!) so she had them chill next to her and draw some pictures. They each drew Lathan and gave him their drawings. How super sweet! So here are their two portraits of Lathan.

Ok, present day. Here's Lathan one day after I left for work and he was having some separation anxiety. Andy took this picture after his nap and sent it to me at work to ease my mind. So sweet (and what a happy baby--Daddy days are SUPERFUN!)
Also, here are our two pumpkins from Halloween. I went with an easy "play with your food" approach this year!

Here's the childbirth class party pic set. Lathan crashed out near the end for a little bit (see the first pic) while lots of action was going on! He didn't want to keep his fish-head hat on but loved looking through it--PEEKABOO! And here was the zoo of babies at the house. They were hilarious and it was amazing that we could get them to hold this still for a pic. They were all crawling all over each other seconds after these were taken. I love the one on the right where Lathan and Braydon are "talking" to each other. Lathan had his arm around him for a while when they were sitting there...such a pal. We had two monkeys, a butterfly, a rainbow trout, a giraffe and a turtle. I'm glad I opted not to make Lathan a "sushi" costume (although-it would've formerly been a creature). I would've hated to ruin the critter theme.

Ok, last two (you can't complain though--this has been a mountain of photos!). Here's one of the munchkin with a big toothy grin during bathtime (easily his favorite activity). He LOVES the bath. And a priceless expression from him as I'm trying to get pics of a new fleece hat I made for him. He kept pulling it off (even though his mommy kept telling him "it's cold out--you need a hat!") and then gave me this look. What a character.

We are having the absolute best time with this little guy. Every day even better than the one before. He's so sweet and cute and funny and smart and amazing. Is it not obvious how proud we are of this little guy! We're so lucky! LOVE HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well, my goal is to start blogging more regularly so keep a lookout for new posts. It's doubtful that they'll continue to have this many pics but at least you won't have to wait for 3 months to get an update!!

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