Monday, February 25, 2013

12 Months Old!

It happened.  My baby is now one year old.  Yesterday we had his birthday party with just his Grandparents, Gg-ma, and my brother's family.  It was a great party.  Very low key and simple with good food and lots of baby cheek pinches.


Confused by singing and cake.

Chocolate cake w/ red whipped cream core & blue whipped cream icing!

Cake goodness sinking in.

Now that we've got that party stuff out of the way, on to the main event.  Why my 12 month/1 year old is better than a meatball sandwich!

My 12 Monther
~ Crawls.  Crawl fast and with skill.  That developed fast.
~ Pulls himself up onto knees and cruises on knees solo.
~ Pulls himself up to standing while assisted and cruises while up there.
~ Crawls at top speed and rams his head into whatever part of your body is handy as a way of showing his love.  Will rub his forehead back and forth against you like a puppy while laughing.
~ Will imitate you doing something.  Especially a cough or toy manipulation.
~ Will use 2 words together.  Specifically "Hai kitty!"
~ Is getting slowly better with table food.  New favorite is beans.
~ Is an expert ring stacker and enjoys stacking his blocks as well.
~ No longer obeys "No!" even though he clearly understands it. 
~ Continues to be a champion sleeper and has started taking his afternoon nap upstairs in his crib without fuss.

12 Months Owl!

Happy 1 Year, my sweet little Pud!

Update from Dr appointment:  Weight is 22 pounds 11 ounces, 50%.  Height is 31 3/4 inches tall, 95%.  Head size is 19 1/2 inches, 98%.  So his stats are staying the same and he's growing proportionally.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Crazy Balls

Tomorrow is Sam's first birthday party!  Which means today is mega prep time.  Mostly cooking.  Including these delicious little beauties.  A recipe for the most amazing meatballs ever that I snagged from my grandma who snagged it from the mother of someones boyfriend long ago.  So they are also known as Forbidden Balls.

Crazy Meatballs
2 lb ground beef
1 envelope onion soup mix
1 can cranberry sauce
1 can sauerkraut
1 bottle chili sauce
1/4 C bread crumbs
3 eggs
3/4 C brown sugar

Mix together hamburger, bread crumbs, soup mix, and eggs.  Form into meatballs the size of a cotton ball.  Arrange in a large casserole dish with lid.  Make sure there's plenty of room in the dish to allow for bubbling juices and possible overflow.
Meanwhile, in a sauce pan combine and heat till saucy the cranberry sauce, sauerkraut, chili sauce, refill the chili sauce bottle with water and add that, and brown sugar.  Pour over the meatballs making sure they are all covered.
Bake at 325 for 2 hours, uncovered for the last 30 minutes.

They are a wonderful mix of meaty, sweet, and tangy.  I love them.  And I would love to know who the mad scientist cook was who first thought "Hey, I bet if I throw cranberry sauce, sauerkraut, and chili sauce into something together it'll be awesome!".  Cause yeah, I never would have thought of it.


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Little of This, Little of That

Lets play a quick round of photo catch up.  Cause I likes it.

Nobody puts baby in the corner.  Except baby.

I'm loving this toy organizer.  He's loving the access to his books.

I'm also lovin this DVD steal.  Ho-tep in a tiny Elvis jacket!

He's lovin the stuffin out of this $3 bunny I picked up at the grocery store.


He's getting more sneaky in his pursuit of the trash can.

Butt Paste!  Shark Towel!  Red Crawler Knees!  Woot!

That is all.  Thank you.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


We have a new game called There's A Puff On My Spoon!

Now that he's wanting to self feed, and I'm not willing to spot bot my dining room floor every day, this works for us.  Puff on spoon, wild look in baby's eyes, see if the spoon gets to the mouth with the puff still on it.

Of course, that is assuming he cooperates and doesn't just try to cut out the middle man.

Progress.  She lives here now.  Making my baby a toddler.  Word.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

With 15 Days to Spare

This morning Sam decided it was time to start crawling.  You know, cause that's probably something he should do before he turns a year old.  Just to prove that he can do it.  So what if most babies do this task around 6-9 months of age?  He was just taking his time.  Back off.

And all the motivation he needed was the cabinet of no-no.  Why, oh why, was this entertainment center designed without a door over the center section where you put all your players of various kinds?  I spend about 70% of my day telling him to get away from _______ .   But if that's where his motivation lies, then so be it.  

YAY for Samuel!  15 days till you turn one and you're off and crawling!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Children's Song Fail

I don't know a lot of kids songs.  This means that most of the songs I sing to Sam are made up of whatever silly things I see in the room at the time.  But there is a song I remembered hearing at some point in the past and I wanted to learn it.  It took me a while, but I happily found it!

So I'm reading the lyrics aloud and kinda half singing it to my husband to see if he remember the song "Tie Me Kangaroo Down".  The song goes through a list of Australian animals, each one getting it's own verse.  Then I came across this verse:

Let me abos go loose, Lew
Let me abos go loose
They're of no further use, Lew
So let me abos go loose
Altogether now!

Abos.  I've never heard of an abos.  What's an abos?  Was it a kind of bird or lizard?  Hubby didn't know either.  To the internet we went!

n. pl. Ab·os or ab·os Offensive Slang. Used as a disparaging term for an Australian Aborigine.

Oh.  Oh no.  No, no, no.  I gasped.  Morgan laughed, "I guess you can leave that verse out!"  Yeah, we don't need to be teaching that to our offspring.  But I still love the song and will be bouncing Sam on my knee to it.  Besides, I'm pretty sure most people leave out that verse as well.