Saturday, December 30, 2006

I'm Just So Sleepy!


Elijah hasn't been sleeping well at night so he has been pretty tired lately. Here is a picture of him after his bath the other night--he just couldn't hold those eyes open any longer and crashed in the chair. (Yes he is really long--took him to the doctor to see if there was any reason he wasn't sleeping and there wasn't but he is 18 lbs and 28 inches long--not bad for an almost 5 month old).

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

A Boy and His Dog


Thought this was too cute not to post--Daddy snapped this great shot yesterday morning.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Merry Christmas!

We headed off to Nana and Papa's on Christmas Eve to start the festivities.

Papa made Elijah a chair-turned the wood, assembled the chair and wove the back and seat.

Then Christmas morning rolled around. Here is Elijah on his present from mommy and daddy--a swing! It served its purpose well--it was raining cats and dogs and we were still able to swing. This should be a lifesaver on the days when it is too wet to go to the park.

Here is Elijah modeling the hat that Granny and Grampy got him--pretty cute huh?

Finally, we headed over to Great-Grandmama and Grandpa's house. It was about 80 degrees inside so Elijah was decked out in his onesie--nothing more needed. The biggest hit of the day was the walking toy that Grandmama and Granpa got him. The handle was apparantly very tasty because he loved to chew on it.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Ridin' Along on my Daddy-mobile

Elijah got to go for a walk back-pack style with his daddy this week.
Elijah is SUPER-drooly, especially today since he is leaking out of his nose and his mouth. Here is a picture of him in his jumper--check out the bib!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Long Time No Post!

Elijah helping mommy do laundry--those are all of his cloth diapers. He is growing so fast we have to use two of the small ones in each diaper which means we have 1/2 as many :( I am hoping to get some for Christmas, but if not, it will be our first major purchase of the new year!
Sorry all you blog readers--haven't had much time to post lately. Elijah's great-grandpa came home from the hospital last week and I have been over there helping out a little bit. My friend Jen also needed some help as she is 7 months pregnant and using a walker due to a fractured pelvis. I have been visiting her and helping her to run some errands in preparation for the holidays. Also, loaned my camera to a friend so they could take some Christmas portraits so I haven't had a chance to take many cute pictures lately either--Excuses Excuses!!

Update on us: We are pretty much geared up and ready to go for Christmas. Got the cookie dough chilling in the fridge (Dutch Windmill--YUM!) just have to find the time to roll it out! Tree is up, presents are wrapped and we are eager for Monday to get here.

Elijah and Sleeping: Well, it isn't going so hot with Elijah. For about a month now we have been only doing one feeding a night. I have been stubborn and strict about that! Unfortunately I think Elijah just doesn't have a very good internal clock--he doesn't seem to get tired at the same times or want to eat at the same times or any of that. So it didn't matter if he at at 10pm or 8pm, he would still wake up and want to eat 4 or 5 times a night (sometimes we get up even more than that). The only thing I could figure is that he was thinking "Sometimes mommy feeds me sometimes she doesn't, lets see if she feeds me this time!" The pediatrician said to try and not "reward" him when he wakes up by feeding or rocking him. Just do the minimum to get him to sleep. Two nights ago I decided to not feed him at all during the night. (He is 20 lbs now so I know he has enough body weight to make it for 8 hours). We have made it through two nights--I was sure Elijah wasn't going to starve but he really didn't believe me. Last night he fussed from 1:30am-5:00am (I finally gave in at 5am because he had eaten at 9pm so that was 8 hours). The night before was pretty much the same except he slept from 3-4am and got fed at 6am instead. He isn't all out screaming or anything just very fretful and whimpering and if I let it go on it will turn into an all out wail. I don't really have the heart to let him cry it out so I go in there and comfort him. Last night's big improvement is that I didn't pick him up at all. I laid him down and just re-swaddled or patted him or gave him a paci to calm him back down. I think I am doing remarkably well considering how little sleep I am getting an how weak my reserves are at 3am!! We are determined to try this for 7 days and see if there is any improvement. If there isn't we are going to try something else.

Finally--Most of you are going to get a Christmas Letter from us--here is the picture at the bottom of the letter in case you want to see it a bit larger--I love the look on Elijah's face!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Happy Birthday Covey!


Today is my birthday. My wonderful husband took the day off of work to celebrate with me. This morning we did gifts (Elijah was sleeping but I just couldn't wait!) and then I left Elijah in his daddy's capable hands while I went and got a haircut. Here is a picture of the new 'do.

Justin got me an extra large Pampered Chef Pizza stone (something I have wanted so much but been too cheap to buy for myself!) and some bubble bath for dry skin and some body wash that I love the smell of. Way to go hubby!! My parents got me 10 personal training sessions at the gym!! I am so excited! Maybe now I can get my bottom to be the same size as my top and I can buy dresses!

Tonight I a going on a date with my man. Where did I choose?? Quiznos Subs--the best subs on the planet! I love the subs there and Justin doesn't and they are very expensive for a sandwich so we hardly ever go. I am so excited! If we aren't too stuffed from the subs we might go down two doors and get some ice cream from Cold Stone since I didn't want a birthday cake.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Merry Christmas Sadie-Pooch

After coming downstairs to a big puddle in the middle of the living room carpet and a sleeping dog on the couch Justin decided that it is time for a crate at night. Ever since we got Sadie she has used the living room as her personal lavatory when mad at us. The frequency has only increased since Elijah arrived. Here is Sadie exploring her new "bed."

A new development over the past week or so is that Elijah finally realized that we have a dog. He is absolutely thrilled when she comes up to him and sniffs him. He also looks around for her when we are in the living room. (For those of you with good eyes-yes that is a bib FULL of drool!)

Friday, December 08, 2006

Little Rocker


Elijah is strong enough to sit and rock on his own!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Elijah James is 4 Months Old!


Today is Elijah's official 4 month anniversary!
He is really coming into his own--he is laughing, smiling, sitting up (for about 40 seconds), grabbing things, eating cereal, and only eating once a night (though he continues to wake up about 4 times a night). Yep--every month seems to get better and better. It hard to believe that a year ago I was sick as can be and he was just a little lump of cells inside me.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Daddy and His Snugglebug

After a long day in Durham with no naps, Elijah snuggled down with his Daddy on the couch at 7:30pm.
On a completely unrelated note--"Happy Harley-days." It is cold and windy today and time for some long clothes once again. We broke out the Harley jumpsuit and it was so cute mama had to take a picture.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Swing Baby!!


Elijah went to the park today and enjoyed the almost 80-degree weather. Click on the picture for a video of him enjoying himself on the swing.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Elijah's Giggle Box


Today we made cookies with Elijah--mama had the bright idea to dip Elijah's hand in sugar and press it on the sugar cookie to decorate it. That didn't work-he grabbed the dough instead. Elijah also grabbed the bowl of silver sugar balls and decorated the floor in the dining room. While daddy vacuumed mama took Elijah in to see the tree and he sat for almost 30 seconds looking at it. Later at dinner, daddy figured out if he made bull horns on his head and "charged" Elijah that Elijah thought it was pretty funny. Click here to see the video.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Friday, November 24, 2006

Growing Boy

1 week old:

15 weeks old:

Happy Turkey Day!!


Happy Thanksgiving!!We had a good, uneventful Thanksgiving. After helping Mommy in the kitchen baking some pies, Elijah decided he would rather go back to be and snuggle with his daddy.

That gave mommy a chance to finish baking and to get herself ready to go. Here is a picture of the happy bunch ready to head over to grandma and grandpa's house.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Vroom Vroom!


Justin and Covey are now the Proud owners of a brand new Honda Fit Sport! It had 13 miles on it when we bought it. We were able to trade in Covey's old Mazda for the Blue Book value and we got a good deal on the Fit. Originally we had considered the Civic but upons closer inspection and a test drive decided the Fit was a better "fit" for us. Here is a picture of Covey driving her new car this evening. Click on it for a link to the Honda page for a Fit car.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Elijah's New Noise

This is pretty funny--it can be seen here
One note--he is so out of breath because he is standing in my lap. I have one hand under an armpit to keep him from falling but that's it--he is working pretty hard to stay upright.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

For Your Viewing Pleasure!

Elijah is super cheerful today and we got some cute videos this morning. As always--click on the picture for the video.

Here is one of Elijah and his super funny daddy:Here is another one of Elijah in his jumper (this one you can actually see)

Here is a cute picture of our future coffee connoisseur--Elijah loves watching the coffee come out of this coffee maker.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Is This Normal??!!?? I need feedback!

Yesterday I volunteered to help out in the childwatch at the gym for a couple of hours and took Elijah with me. I was playing on the floor with a 10 month old and had Elijah sitting next to me leaning against my leg as support (he can't sit up by himself yet.) The 10 month old reached out, grabbed the seat of a nearby chair and pulled himself up. Elijah watched him do it, then reached out himself, grabbed the seat of the chair and pulled himself up too. He stood there holding on for about 3 minutes by himself (with a very nervous mama waiting to grab him should his little legs give out). Now, he routinely pulls himself up when in our laps and we are holding his hands and he loves to jump in his jumper and exersaucer so I know he has strong legs but is it normal for him to pull up like that by himself and stand unassisted?? He is 3 1/2 months old.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Jumper-King


Here's Elijah trying out his Jumper for the first time. Turn your monitor on its side and click the picture for a cute video. He really likes this jumper--this morning he played for 30 minutes while mommy ate breakfast and emptied the dishwasher.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Cereal Time!

Click on the picture to see Elijah eating cereal for the first time.When we went to the doctor a few weeks ago, he said to try some cereal if Elijah didn't start sleeping better. Saturday night Elijah got up 5 times between 10pm and 5am so last night, for the first time EVER, we let Elijah try some oatmeal mixed with mama milk. Boy did he scarf it down (kinda). He didn't gag and didn't try and push it out and he really attacked the spoon when we offered some more. We gave it to him at 6pm and he went to bed at 10pm, after nursing at 9pm. He slept for 6 hours!! He didn't get up until 4am! It is a miracle! We are going to try cereal again tonight and see if he has a repeat performance. We are hoping so!

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Mama's Little Slingling Take 2


Many thanks to Jenn Carpenter for this sling. It works great now that Elijah is 16lbs!! We even figured out a new front carry (seen here). No more indian style for my little boy!

Friday, November 10, 2006

Car Shopping


Elijah and his Daddy surfed the web for a little while this evening trying to find a car to replace Mommy's old 626.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

What's In A Number???

180
That's how many pounds Covey has lost since Justin proposed 4 years ago (40 lbs are post Elijah-thanks to the promise of a hot shower at the gym and nursing).

Monday, November 06, 2006

Lighthouse Trip


Covey is proud to say that she climbed her first lighthouse this past weekend. It was over 200 steps to the top and we made it up in under 6 minutes. It was pretty darned cool!
Elijah was too little to make the climb (no one under 8 years old) so he hung out with his granny and grampy in the gift shop.

It was a big weekend of firsts for Elijah--first boat ride, first time in Grampy's truck, first time at the ocean, first time swimming in a swimming pool (It was heated but too cold--brrr--we ended up going back to the room and taking a Jacuzzi bath instead!), first time eating shrimp (2nd hand of course). It was a fun trip.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Mama's Little Beefcake


Went to the doctor for Elijah's 3 month checkup. It went well--he actually laughed at the doctor while he was checking his hips, heart and lungs. The only part he really didn't like was getting his ears checked, even then he didn't cry.
Our "little" man is in the 98% for height and weight for his age. He is 15lbs and 25 inches long! WOW! That is a gain of 3 inches and 5 lbs since his last visit.
Here is a picture of Elijah enjoying his Execersaucer (how much is that baby in the mirror?)

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The Not-So-Scary Scarecrow


Here is Elijah in costume. He is sitting in his new Bimbo seat (which arrived today--thanks Granny and Grampy!!). He ended up losing the first set of freckles on mama's chest (he decided to eat after I painted his face) and losing the second set of freckles to tears on the way to church (boy does he hate the car ride!). Elijah's favorite part of the evening was the balloon we got to bring home from the church festivities.

Trick-or-Treat!


It's a good thing he's too young for candy--if this little boy got much sweeter he'd melt when it rained!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Slinging Out in C'ville



As we are here for a week while Daddy is on a business trip to Memphis, Elijah is getting a chance to be slung by various members of the family. Here he is with his Uncle Cody and his Granny.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Elijah's Got Apples!


Today we went apple picking at Carter's Mountain Orchard in Charlottesville, VA. Apart from too much time in the car, Elijah had a good time. Here are some really cute shots of his first Apple picking adventure.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Elijah Rolls Over!

Today, during the DREADED tummy time, Elijah rolled himself over. He has done this before, but it was in a fit of rage when his body thrusts just happened to turn him over. Today, he actually meant to turn over. Just to be sure I put him back on his belly two more times to see if he would repeat the feat--he did! Here is a video of the 4th time--by this point he was pretty darned mad at me for flipping him back over so many times, but as you can see, he is successful!
Click the picture to see the video.