Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Not-So-Silent Film!

P to the teradactyl!
This blog entry was originally going to be all about our busy weekend with friends visiting and Oliver's first tailgate, BUT, a fun development happened that moved up on the must share priority list. Little Oliver had a major giggle fit and we happened to capture it on video. Finally! Not only that, we managed to successfully upload it for your viewing pleasure. :) I like to call him our little pteradactyl these days because of all of his shrieking. He is definitely entertained by the sound of his voice.

More Firsts
Okay, now to the not-as-visually thrilling but still pretty interesting stuff:
This weekend, my dear sorority sister, Heidi came to visit and meet Oliver for the first time. Also, the OSU/KU football game was here in Lawrence, and some other old college friends came into town for it. It was quite the mini-reunion. Unfortunately (or fortunately), I was a bit under-the-weather, and couldn't quite live it up to the extent the others did (POKES can party!), but still managed to have alot of fun catching up with old friends and showing off Oliver.
So, Oliver not only braved a chilly November Saturday morning for his first OSU tailgate (total domination on the field by the Pokes, btw), but he had his first non-relative baby sitter Saturday night while we parents/adults went out to dinner and drinks to celebrate life, love and loving life in Lawrence! And, if that's not all, he tried his first vegetable. So far, peas have received a less than enthusiastic response. I blame Aunt Heidi, who disclosed to Oliver her life-long dislike for the little green roly polys.
Whew! This week brings us Thanksgiving, with much to be thankful for. Stay tuned to find out how Oliver's first plane ride and visit to Indiana goes....

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Rollin' With The Homies

5 Months!
Thanks to Emily Clothier for this weeks's title. I find there's a Clueless quote that's appropriate for every occasion! :)
The little man turned 5 months this week. And, he marked this event by rolling over! Even better, Nana and Pa-Pa were here to witness this amazing milestone. He surprised us while doing tummy time on Thursday night by just plum rolling over, all on his own. And, he's done it a bunch since then. Now it's going to be almost impossible to keep him on his tummy. There is no video of this achievement, but we are working on it, I promise.
Since the rolling over thing is a pretty big deal in our world, I think a short blog entry is okay today. It's quality, not quantity, right?!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Gadgets, Gizmos and Giggles Galore!

You might have noticed one of the pics from the last post that had Oliver smiling from a weird position. What exactly is it he's doing?, you might have asked yourself. Well, if you are like me, you are thoroughly confused by all of the baby toys out there today. It seems like the more sophistiated the toy, the quicker the baby is bored by it. I had been wondering what the next big toy for the next stage should be, when one of Oliver's teachers mentioned that he likes the exersaucer type thing at daycare. He is still a bit little to take full advantage of all these cool jumpers/exersaucers have to offer, but he is definitely interested. So, last week I went and got one for him. It is a jungle theme and has a ton of activities to keep him occupied, err, I mean, to develop his motor skills! :)
So, below are some pics of our latest and greatest space taker-upper. Other toys that Oliver is into these days include a sing-along book from Grammy and Grandpa, his swing (still, thank goodness), but he doesn't fall asleep in the swing anymore these days; he just likes to talk to us from it. He is getting more into teethers, but makes a face from the plasticky taste they all have. He will chomp on your finger too, if you let him. He still loves to watch his mobile go around above his bed. And, he still does a bit of floor play on his ocean activity mat, but we use that more for tummy time and working on rolling over nowadays. He is not a fan of rolling over. Well, to be more specific, he is not a fan of being on his tummy, so he will whip himself over onto his back really fast, but only after you get him to a certain point on his side. So, we're working on rolling over quite a bit.
In food news, we have graduated from rice cereal to oatmeal, and he is a champ at eating, so far! Of course, his bibs always look like they've been through a war zone by the time we're done, but more of it goes in him than down him (I think).
Oliver has been really "into" Mommy this week. I have gotten TONS of smiles and giggles out of him. Almost without trying sometimes. It is doing really good things for my ego, and I am loving it! Daddy is a little jealous, which is understandable, but gets enough of his own smiles to be a good sport about it. I am definitely not taking this attention for granted, because I know there will come a day when he just wants to hang out with Dad and do man stuff. I would like to point out, though, that just Mommy and son watched football together today for a long time before Daddy joined us. ;) Go Pokes!