Pots & Spoons R Us

June 7, 2009

We made a visit to Toys R Us today, and I was amazed at the sheer number of toys in the world today.  So many, so colorful, so loud!  We managed to get out without buying any (though I did pick up a bunch of half-price summer clothes, 12-month size), and I’m glad we did, since Patrick spent the rest of the afternoon being thoroughly entertained by a soup pan and a wooden spoon, a mixing bowl full of water, and an empty laundry basket.

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Just add beret

June 4, 2009

I thought it might be fun to see what Patrick would do with crayons.  Unsurprisingly, he wanted to eat them.  But he did manage to make a few marks on a piece of paper–even if only when Daddy was helping.

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Hooray for the Tot Spot!

June 1, 2009

We finally got around to trying out the Children’s Museum of Houston membership my dad and stepmom gave me for my birthday, and it’s clear we’ll get our money’s worth out of it.  The museum is wonderful!  They’ve just completed a major renovation/expansion, and they have this great section called the Tot Spot.  I didn’t think a museum could have much that would interest an eight-month-old, but I was wrong.  Patrick was completely enthralled by the toys, the crawling and climbing areas, and, of course, the other kids (even the little bully who tried to shove him out of the way to play on the toy car).  I was far more impressed with the whole set-up than I expected to be, and I’m sure it will be a frequent destination for us in the months and years to come.   Thanks to Nonno and Pat for the fabulous birthday gift!

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First pho

May 30, 2009

After a trip to Babies R Us to look for a bigger carseat, we went to a Vietnamese noodle shop for lunch.  We had to put the garnish plate out of Patrick’s reach (he really wanted to grab a slice of hot pepper), but he tried a couple of soft noodles and enjoyed eating his cereal snacks from Micah’s chopsticks.

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New wheels

May 30, 2009

Micah found another fun toy for Patrick: a convertible ride-on car/walker.  It has lots of excellent features, including a spinning rattle, a clicking gas-cap, and a removable hood (which, it turns out, can be used to play the keyboard).

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Follow me to freedom!

May 30, 2009

Yet another inevitable milestone has been reached: Patrick has figured out how to get out the dog door.

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Beach bum

May 30, 2009

Well, I’m really far behind on blog updates because Patrick has entered the proto-toddler phase: very active, sometimes moody, and into everything.  As I’m typing this, he’s grabbing the wireless mouse USB thing and trying to bite my leg.  Oh, now he’s off to crawl through Snow’s tunnel. Type fast, Mommy!  Type fast!

Our May highlight was a long weekend in Florida, visiting my grandmother and sister.  My mom was there, too, as were my uncle and aunt, who drove up from Tampa to see everyone.  It was a challenging trip because Patrick was battling an icky cough, but he was still a big hit.  Nothing like a baby to brighten up a nursing home!

Despite feeling under the weather, Patrick did get an introduction to the beach.  His verdict:

  • Ocean: cold and scary
  • Sunscreen on face: terrible, terrible
  • Sand: awesome

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Little Papi

May 7, 2009

When people ask us what we call Patrick–presumably because they want to know if we shorten it to “Pat” or “Rick”–we say we call him Patrick, but that’s not strictly true.  Following the lead of his day care teachers, we’ve taken to referring to him as “Papi” (they also use “Papa” and “Papito”).  I was surprised when looking at pictures of a friend’s trip to Boston to see a bar sign reading, “Who’s your Papi?” which my clever librarian research determined to be a reference to David Ortiz.  And what an amazing coincidence that his other nickname is Cookie Monster, the name my brother hopes one day to give his child!

Come on in, the water’s fine!

May 7, 2009

Patrick had his first visit to the swimming pool this past weekend.  We got a membership at a nearby outdoor facility that has two big pools (one of which I hope is devoted to lap swimming; it’s currently being repaired), as well as a baby pool and a splashpad, and it’s open on Saturdays and Sundays in May.  Good thing, too, since temperatures here are already in the high 80s.

Our little fella wasn’t too happy about the chilly water at first (the baby pool is nicely shaded, so the water isn’t warmed much by the sun), but once he got used to it, he seemed quite happy.  He especially liked playing with an abandoned toy sailboat.  He tried the big pool, too, and next time we’ll take along the little floating baby seat Micah got him.

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Head-wetting

May 1, 2009

It seems like whenever a lot is going on–and thus when I have many things I could blog about–I can’t find time to sit down and do it.  The past week has been very busy, plus we’ve all been sick.  Now that everyone is on the mend, I can finally give you some updates.

The big event last weekend was Patrick’s baptism.  Two grandmothers came to town for the celebration (and to help out with the puking baby in the middle of the night), and we were joined by many other relatives and friends as well.  It was a beautiful service, and I particularly liked having my mom preach the sermon.

(For those of you wondering, like Patrick’s Aunt Juliet, if he wore a dress, the answer is no.  He wore a stylish Old Navy baptism ensemble of an embroidered white linen shirt and blue twill pants.)

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