Friday, January 29, 2010

2:00 AM Chatter

It's been a long time since we've been awakened in the middle of the night by Dylan. But last night around 2 a.m., we awoke to him talking away in his crib. No crying, just chatter.....for an hour and a half. I have no idea what needed to be said at 2:00 in the morning, but apparently Dylan had some things to express. :)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

New Sippy Cup

As many of you know, we've been transitioning Dylan to a new sippy cup, because he was biting through the lids of his old one, and milk was spilling everywhere. He has not "taken" to any of the new one's we've presented yet. Here are some reactions:


Wrestling Alligators Can Be Tiring

Raising Truly Great Kids Conference

Marc and I went to the most amazing parenting conference this weekend. Dr. Tim Kimmel taught about "grace-based" parenting, which refers to parenting kids the same way God fathers His children. The content was phenomenal, and unlike any other parenting "advice" we've read. We highly, highly recommend it to anyone who is a parent or plans to be! Keep your eye out for the "Raising Truly Great Kids" Conference coming to your area, or any of the Family Matters books/material that you come across.

Fall Photo Shoot

My friend Jen referred me to, a fabulous site that allows groups of people with shared interests to schedule get-togethers. We belong to two "Meetup" Moms Groups, that have exposed me to so many things going on for kids in the city!

One of the best opportunities came in the fall, when a new photographer in town offered a free photo shoot along the lakefront, in an effort to get her name out there. Her name is Leah Salkhoff, and she does amazing work! I would highly recommend her. She's wonderful at capturing kids "on the go." Please keep her in mind if you live in the Chicago area: 

At long last, I've had time to download the pics from the CD. Here are some of our favorites:




"D" Downtown

With my sore throat going on day 12, I scheduled a spontaneous doctor's visit Friday before the weekend came, and brought Dylan with me. The hospital is downtown, so D got to enjoy the sites.


We joined Gymboree for the month of January, and Dylan LOVES it. Here are some shots of him in action:





Last week, we visited two homes with dogs in them. Dylan was one happy boy.


Checking out Kevin and Vanessa's dog Zoe.

Playing "chase."

Our neighbor Dan has two dogs, and Dylan gets so excited every time he sees them heading out for a walk. He associates Dan with his dogs, so every time we see Dan, even without the dogs, he says, "doggie." I asked Dan how he feels about being called a dog, and thankfully he loves kids/Dylan and understands. :)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Sit Back, Relax, and Enjoy The Show

Dylan was sick (again) last week, so he got to watch more videos than usual. One thing we DON'T need to teach him is how to get himself relaxed.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

8, 9, 10

We learned yesterday that Dylan can count - sort of. We heard him saying, "8, 9, 10" and went into his room to see if we were hearing correctly. We were! We're not sure where he learned that, but he picked it up from somewhere! (Still working on 1, 2, 3.) :)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Navy Men

Both Marc and Dylan wore striped Old Navy sweaters to church today. Then, ironically, we ran an errand to Old Navy. :)


When my mom was in town for Christmas, she and Dylan started a game of pretending to sneeze. Then one of the toys D got for Christmas would say "ah-choo!" so it's a consistent part of Dylan's "repertoire" now.

Care For A Drink?

Track Suit

This is Dylan's latest jogging outfit. :)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Snow Day

Chicago is getting lots of snow today, so Dylan woke up and said, "I have just the shirt for that!"