Thursday, February 12, 2009

6 Months Together

Today we celebrated our 6 month anniversary together as a family! YAY!

We had cupcakes which went over very well with a certain someone who doesn't get sweets like this very often.

Nick has been doing really well at daycare recently and has gotten better than normal reports for the past two weeks or so. He even received a "happy gram" early this week for having such a good day. Its the first time he's gotten one of those! Bill and I are both thrilled by this and think maybe he has had some sort of breakthrough. The teachers have told us that recently he has wanted to be held more and is more cuddly with them. Apparently, up to this point he had been very independent. I think it is a good thing that he is forming attachments to his teachers.

He has also been talking up a storm, a storm of words that we don't understand, but a storm no less.

One of the funnier things he has started doing is telling us when he has a "poopy" diaper. He says "poopy" and points to his rear end. The other day he said "poopy" pointed to his rear end, and then proceeded to poop. I think this is a good sign for potty training, although we are far, far from going there.

He has also been practicing walking down the stairs standing up (as opposed to going down backwards). He is so proud when he finally makes it down to the bottom like a big boy. Although, he often gets so excited on the last 2 or 3 stairs that he almost misses them and falls. Don't worry, we are always there to catch him.

The weather has been so nice here over the past few days that I am itching to get out and try the new jogging stroller that Grandma Francine gave us, thank you Grandma Francine! Speaking of Grandma Francine, we visited she, Grandpa Bill, Aunt Mary, Uncle Dan and Aunt Susan last Sunday. Grandma Francine just had hip replacement surgery and is home and recovering well! Aunt Mary made a fabulous brunch and we had a great time on our short visit in Virginia. While up north, we visited Bill's high school buddy Augie and family. Augie and Kathy have 3 wonderful children who were so sweet with Nick all weekend. Nick did not want to leave! Thanks Augie, Kathy and kids for a wonderful time.

Finally, last week we found out that Bill's company is closing down the Richmond site and Bill's job will be over in early March. We weren't necessarily surprised by this announcement but in the end were surprised by the suddenness of the closure and the fact that there was no severance (not that surprising due to bankruptcy) and no coverage by the WARN act (60 days pay for massive layoffs, etc.). I don't understand how they avoided paying the 60 days, but that is the way it goes. In the end, we feel lucky that Bill is able to work the extra month because many folks were cutoff from pay and benefits immediately, with no warning.

I hope everyone has a great Valentines Weekend!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Tagged and More

We were tagged today by Joel and Clarion (who have been home for about 4 months with their darling boys) for Book Tag.

The rules:
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open to page 56.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 2 to 5 sentences, along with these rules.
5. Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual book. Pick the CLOSEST!
6. Tag five (or more) other people to do the same!

I fear this is going to be really dry since the computer is in the kitchen and the closest book is Toddler 411. On a side note, I really have used this book alot to answer toddler related questions and I think it is pretty good! So here goes...

"The good news - 75% of kids who stutter will outgrow it on their own. Although it happens equally among boys and girls, boys are more likely to need help to overcome it. The term "speech fluency" describes the ability to put sounds together correctly and flow words together into sentences. Stuttering is considered a "disfluency"."

I'm going to tag:

1) April and Dan
2) Jenny and Randy
3) Lori
4) Jodi and John
5) Tiger and Kar

Some other interesting tidbits from the past week are:

1) Nick has recently started saying "NO" and appears to like the sound of it. He isn't always using it in the right context such as in response to "Hi Nick".
2) We had our first non-family baby sitters (sisters) on Saturday night. It was our first night out alone together since September and was really nice. And, at dinner, Bill pronounced Steak au Poivre so well, our waiter asked him if he's fluent in French, too funny. Those of you that know Bill and his "love" of French can appreciate the humor in this!
3) Bill's company declared bankruptcy in Germany last week and long term viability of the company isn't looking good.
4) I signed up for a 10K in late March and was supposed to start running again this weekend, I didn't!
5) Some friends of ours gave us Amish Friendship Bread starter and I can't wait for the week or so until we can make it! I used to make this in high school and loved it.

Have a great week!