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Monday, May 24, 2010

Video: Little Kitchen

Grandma and Uncle Jim delivered Liam's new favorite toy yesterday. He was literally squealing with excitement and did not want to go to bed last night. There are working buttons, a cordless phone, dozens of little food items and countless cabinets and drawers to open and close. I wish that I had captured a picture of him offering Kitty a little strawberry. He is a very generous little boy.

Sneezing is funny business

Liam thinks sneezes are really, really funny! Big, fake sneezes get the biggest giggles. He has even started imitating sneezes. So cute.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Video: We've got a full-fledged walker on our hands

The boy loves practicing his new skill. I'll look away for a moment and out of the corner of my eye I'll see him barreling towards me with a fabulous grin stretched across his face. He is so proud of himself!! It's really cute.

He is also getting better at drinking out of a sippy cup, or should I say swigging out of one? He throws his head back and takes a giant swig like it's a beer. Hysterical! Unfortunately, most of what goes in runs back out over his lips. Maybe it's more like wine tasting than drinking beer. We need to get him one of those spittoons.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

3-D glasses and a walk in the woods

My little Elvis Costello

Liam is really walking now! He will be on the opposite side of the room and just turn to give me this delighted grin before he starts to toddle drunkenly in my general direction. He's not quite ready for hiking though so he rode in his carrier for most of the way. But it won't be long before he is leading us on a merry chase.

Eatin' some Dairy Queen and more spoon pictures

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Liam continues to amaze me with all the things he's learning to do.

Today was totally crazy. We were kicked out of the house so that our kitchen counter top could be repaired. We drove up to Grammy's and Liam destroyed her house in about 45 minutes. Refusing to nap, it was back in the car to drive around for an hour which brought us to Framingham and some shopping for a much needed gate for the bottom of the stairs. (Did we mention that Liam can make it to the top of the stairs in a blink of an unsupervised eye?) Liam was not pleased to wake up and learn that he had errands to do but a big bag of cheese puffs was offered and Mama bought herself 20 minutes in Babies R Us.

Off to Kohl's for a return and some general purchasing so Liam was coerced to ride in the very expensive, custom baby carrier that he never wants to go in. That lasted 10 minutes before Mama was pushing him around in a clunky and most likely filthy shopping cart while still wearing the baby carrier. More cheese puffs.

Finally back at the ranch, Liam has excess energy to burn off by doing laps pushing his dump truck around and scaring the fur off Kitty who never decides in time which way Liam is going to turn. Fortunately, Liam eats about a half a pound of peas to make up for the dietary indiscretions of the early part of the day.

A "calming" bath (with far too many toys and trying to drink the bath water) finds us upstairs trying to settle down towards sleep. This is Liam's cue to practice more walking. He wanted to do laps between the chair and Mama without really slowing down at each turn. This led to many near concussions as he drunkenly stumbled and plunged near hard plastic toys. A new game was also invented where by he would pull a stuffed bunny through the crib slats and Mama would tickle his face with it. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

Baby is sleeping. Mama is enjoying some wine and the rumble of baby laundry going 'round in the dryer.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

At one year, Liam weighs 23 pounds 12 ounces and he is 30.5 inches tall.

On this second Mother's Day since Liam was born, I am astounded by the difference in the two experiences. Last May, I was bringing a newborn home from the hospital, both exhausted and buzzing with excitement and nervous energy. This year, I am reaching out to catch my toddler as he walks into my arms. It has been the most amazing year of my life. There are no other words.

Here are a few pictures of Liam helping us to plant a tree in our yard to commemorate his first year of life.

And a couple more of him with Daddy enjoying our trip to the Mall yesterday. He rode on the merry-go-round and then enjoyed a grande Frappuccino.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

video: Liam can use a spoon

While I am floating through memories of one year ago tonight, I also take time to marvel that my little guy can use a spoon all by himself! He is definitely a righty. I tried to hand him the spoon to his left several times and he wouldn't take it.

Another "first" from the tail end of year one: Liam's first Big Boy shoes! I love those chubby legs!

And another ear infection. The birthday trip to the Boston Aquarium that we planned will have to wait. Instead, we have a more low key day planned that includes playing in his new sandbox and going to get an ice cream and pet the goats. Stay tuned for birthday cuteness!!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Liam's First Birthday Party

May 1st was the perfect day for a backyard party. It was sunny and in the 80s!! Mama and Daddy decorated the house and yard with green streamers and balloons and of course lots of monkeys. Daddy even dressed up like a banana! We were so blessed to be joined by all of our family and friends to celebrate the birth of one very special, very loved little boy:


Liam was such a good boy. He visited with everyone, enjoyed playing with his cousins and friends

and he really enjoyed his first ever piece of cake!

Some favorite gifts were an honest to goodness lawn mower

trucks of all shapes and sizes, his very own chair, boats, books, a bouncy horse, some new duds and lots of sandbox toys to enjoy at home and at the beach.

Thank you to everyone who was able to be with us in person or in spirit. It was a very special celebration for our whole family. Looking around our yard, we were able to count our blessings in the smiling faces of our loved ones. The greatest blessing of all is the little boy we held in our arms.


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