Friday, February 29, 2008

Words & pictures

So Matthew says a few things now, in addition to babbling and saying "Dad" and "mama". He can say "dut" as I posted before, but he also says:
- "at" (cat)
- "at?" (what's that?)
- "ite" (light)

And here are a couple of pictures we've taken recently. Such a big boy!
It's official - he has a toof:

Looking cute in his new Gemini t-shirt:

Standing beside the coffee table, VERY proud of himself :)

Thursday, February 28, 2008

One of my favourite things...

By far one of my very favourite things right now is when I am reading Matthew stories, and he is tired enough that he will sit in my lap and rest his hands on my arms. It is the BEST, his warm little hands just sitting there on my forearms, I am practically tearing up right now thinking about it, it's so sweet. *sniff*

I just want to bottle him up and keep him this widdle forever...

9 month check-in

We had a visit with the doctor today for Matthew's 9-month check-up. Thankfully it was a "no shots" visit so everyone was happy about that!

The doctor was really pleased with Matthew's growth and development. Funny, when she came into the room - after the nurse had been in to see us and weight and measure Matty - she said, "Well Matthew just charmed the pants off the nurse!" Haha. They all love him, and he was in an especially chatty, wiggly, rolly and giggly mood today so it was fun.

Now for the numbers - he weighed in at 8.86 kg (19.5 lb) and his length is 74 cm (29 "). That puts him in the 75-90th percentile for length and 25-25th for weight - yep, he's still our long and skinny string bean! :)

This week he has mastered the pincer grasp - picking up Cheerios and grated cheese like an expert with his thumb and forefinger. He's still rolling all over the place and is getting better and going across the room to reach things. Fun! :) And just yesterday I think he did the sign for "All done" when he was finished eating. I'm telling you, the kid is a genius.

Finally, he IS in fact cutting his second tooth! The first one, on the bottom left, is in, and now he is working on the bottom right. Right now it's just a hole in the gum but it's getting there. I think he's going to look so different with two widdle toofs!!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Few pictures

I know every post has a similar theme, and that is where the heck has the time gone?? But seriously. Our little boy is almost 9 months old :O Sheesh!!

Anyway here are some recent pictures for you all. Enjoy!

Standing, holding onto the coffee table:

First time eating out at a restaurant, Boston Pizza. He loved it!

Happy roller:

Telling a very interesting story :)

Giving his giraffe a kiss. He's the sweetest, I swear.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

A busy week

Well this has been quite a week for our busy little guy. That tooth that he's been working on for months finally popped through two days ago - wooo! Right now you can feel a sharp little edge on the bottom left gum, although it's still hard to see. And wouldn't you know it, the second tooth is not far behind! We can see the right one just below the surface.

As if it wasn't enough to be teething, Matthew's also getting over his very first cold :( I thought it was just teething but then he got really stuffy and starting pulling on his ears. Thankfully the doc says there's no ear infection... and he's already getting better today. Poor guy!

Something interesting he's doing, suddenly, is flipping onto his tummy!! He had done it a couple of times before, but since this is the kid who HATES (or, rather, hated) to be on his tummy, he never wanted to do it on purpose, until now. It's like he realizes he can get to things out of reach and explore the world in a whole different way from his tummy. And yes, he is pushing up on his arms and kicking those little legs like he really wants to GET somewhere... so I am sure it won't be long before he's up on all fours.

And finally, although he's been standing up in our laps hanging onto our hands for a while, he now wants to stand holding onto furniture. :O He can't quite pull himself up yet, but if I put him beside the couch or coffee table he will hang on and stand there looking very proud of himself! Not only that, but he's taken to standing in front of me, holding his hands, and taking a few steps. The steps are still a bit shaky but he is getting it. I can't believe it! Such a big week for our little guy!

We go see the doctor next week for his 9 month check-up, I'm curious how our little string bean is growing. :)

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Giggle fest!

Matthew was in an especially giggly mood tonight so we took this movie... Okay, maybe Mama was being a bit more silly than usual but it's pretty funny regardless!
video

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Maybe... possibly... a tooth??

Well I think we might have a tooth on the horizon! Matthew's gums were red yesterday so I had a peek and it looks like there's a little line and a little hole on his lower gum. Hard to describe but those of you with kids will know what I mean! :) It definitely looks like a little tooth is getting ready to pop through. About time!

Thankfully *knocking on wood* it doesn't seem to be bothering him too much. He's been drooling a ton - nothing new about that - and his nose has been a bit runny. He was also refusing to nurse yesterday in favour of solid food. I hope it comes through without too much difficulty... poor guy.

Red gums:


Tooth? (bottom right) I had to catch him taking a bite of toast to get this picture ;)

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

New words!!

Matthew's so cute lately, he is really learning how to say a few things and I get so excited hearing his little voice... it's like he's a REAL boy! LOL

He's been saying Dada for ages (up until now this meant anything from his dad to the light to just babbling, but recently he says it differently when he means DAD), and says Mama now too - when he's upset of course :/

But this week he said his first real word! DUCK!! When he gets in the bath, or when I turn on his duck block, he will say "dut". It is SO CUTE!!!!

Earlier today when I said "What does a cat say?" he looked at our cat, and said "at at", I was like, Yeah, cat cat!! and he was all smiles.

AND he's also started making more animal sounds - in addition to the lion roar, he'll say "ath ath" (sortof a quacky sound) when he sees his duck in the bath, and says "teet teet" - always in a whisper for some reason? - when I point out the birds in his books.

WOW!! I can't believe how big he is getting! Seriously.

Monday, February 04, 2008

and what does a LION say?

"roaaaarrr", of course!

Matthew definitely knows his lions. If I ask him, "What does a lion say?" he will roar. (You know that cute, baby roar? hehehe, I HAVE to get it on video!). When we say goodnight to his room, he roars at the lion hanging on the wall. And when I put him down in his crib, the sheets have lions on them so, more roaring. It is SO CUTE.

He also has a set of blocks that are animals, well of course now his favourite one is the lion. Anytime he picks it up, or one of us puts it on the top of a tower, he roars.

Of course we tried to show off his new trick at a Superbowl party on Sunday, but all he did was look at us like we were crazy. Haha! Kids.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Mama!

He is saying mama now! I'm pretty sure he's talking about me too - yayyyy! :)