Saturday, March 27, 2010

He's on the move!

Lock your doors and run for your life! Fletch is crawling! 

Of course he goes straight towards food bowl, water bowl and the grocery cart of doom. Which is why we had to purchase a baby corral.

He doesn't seem to mind being trapped in his colorful contraption. As if crawling wasn't a monumental enough of an achievement, the boy has decided that crawling was so last year and now he is working on learning to walk. He has begun to pull himself up! The toy box is the perfect height for him right now.
The hard part is learning how to get from standing back to sitting. Right now he's mastered the free-fall technique. That consists of him just letting go and falling backwards. Sometimes he ends up on his booty, but most of the time he puts a dent in the floor with his head. I'm seriously considering purchasing some foam padding to put inside the corral. Sometimes he tries the sideways fall. That never ends up well. Usually he goes crashing into another toy or object with that technique, which always ends in loud howling.

Now that Fletch is contained, the dog, cat, daddy and I feel much more comfortable around here. No tails will be yanked and no electrical wires will be stripped from their rightful place causing baby electrocution. Fletch is still a free-range baby since we opted not to put him in a dog carrier.
See, we are good parents :)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Some Bunny Loves Fletch

We recently took a trip to the mall to visit the DMV so Atom could get a new drivers license. While daddy was in line, Fletch and I roamed around the mall. I completely forgot that the Easter Bunny visited the mall this time of year. It was our lucky day because there was no line! As soon as I sat Fletch down on the Easter Bunny's lap, he looked up at him with a look of "What the heck is this giant fuzzy, long-eared thing my mother just gave me to?" I was waiting for a freak-out, but he didn't cry or scream or whine. He just saw the camera and did what he does best, gave us a grin from ear to ear. I think someone is going to get a fabulous Easter basket from the Easter Bunny in a few weeks. I may or may not have bribed a certain bunny with tasty carrots.
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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Let's go swimming!

We signed Fletch up for Baby and Me swimming lessons. There is indoor pool/rec-center pretty close to us and they offer all kinds of classes. I took a lap swimming class last fall, and that is how I found out about the baby swimming classes. The purpose of the class is to get babies used to the water and teaching proper safety. Both parents can participate, so Atom and I took turns throughout the class. There were tons of cute little kiddos in our class, and one little girl was not a happy camper. Fletch however did fantastic. He wanted to splash the entire time. This did not surprise me in the least since every time we take a bath, I end up wetter than Fletch. Depending on how well this class goes, we will probably continue with the program. Who knows, we may end up with the next Michael Phelps! I know he liked to swim around when he was in the belly, so maybe it just comes natural.

Shock Family Tour to Texas

My spring break was the first week of March. We figured it was an opportune time to take a trip down to Texas to see family and friends. My oldest brother and his family still hadn't seen Fletch nor had any of my close friends. This was Fletch's first time flying. He was given a pair of wings on our flight out of Baltimore. He did really great on the plane, probably better than I did. We didn't get any of "those" looks the entire flight, so I'd say it was a success. (Even if we had gotten any looks, I really wouldn't have cared.) I found out soon after I arrived that I had a ticket to a Spurs game that Sunday. My sister-in-law Penny scored us some excellent seats for the Suns vs Spurs game.  It must have been my presence that helped them win the game in the last 9 seconds.

Not only did we go to visit important people, we did some future-home scouting in Austin. We plan to move to the Lake Travis area, so we met up with an awesome realtor who showed us around. We are in love and can't wait to move to Austin.

Thursday night, we went to see our nephew John Jr. at his track meet at South San Stadium.  I was a little disappointed that my high school was not at that meet, but it was cool to see all the different schools competing. We only got to see one of John's events because we had to leave to pick up our niece Sarah. We did get to see some hurdling. I have great respect for people that run hurdles. The one and only time I tried it, I landed face first on the ground with the wind knocked out of me.

I scored a pretty cool Groupon for a tasting at Dry Comal Creek Winery in New Braunfels. We paid $10 for a full tasting and a free bottle of our choice.  Some of the wines were pretty interesting, especially the Mongrel Bastardo. That wine had a really interesting story to go with it's interesting flavor.  We took Bubba and Penny, well actually they were the ones driving, so they took us. After our little wine excursion we met up with David and Angie and all the kids at Clear Springs Seafood Restaurant. They had spectacular catfish. It's hard to find it in our area.

Unfortunately we did not get to see all of my friends that I had wanted to, but we'll be back soon for good.  It was hard to believe we hadn't been back to Texas since our wedding in 2007. Time flies! Even after a scary flight experience on the way home, we made it back safely.