Monday, June 29
We started the week at Disneyland. We went straight from church and spent Father's day at Disneyland. We went back again on Monday. We were able to stay on Sunday to see the new fireworks show, Brendan actually did really well for being up so late, he loved watching the fireworks show, I thought he would fall asleep but he watched the entire thing in my arms with Daddy holding us both. This Disneyland trip was great ass Brendan is getting so much more interactive and since he is starting to walk, we were able to walk around holding his hand and letting him experience it more than sitting in a stroller.
Brendan loved it's a small world, we were impressed with the small changes Disney had made to the ride to make it more "Disney" Brendan sat very still through the entire ride, there was so much to look at!
Brendan liked meeting Sully but was a little nervous about his size.
Then he couldn't keep his eyes off of this giant blue man.
Goofy was on his way backstage and wasn't suppose to be stopping for pictures, but apparently it is hard not to stop for a baby! We were lucky to get a picture with goofy and he played with Brendan.
Sunday, June 28
Enjoy a few of the first steps, it took a few times with the video camera before we were able to really capture his steps.
Saturday, June 20
So here I am, one year later, going on a break! In California, a new parent (mom or dad) gets an additional 6 weeks of Paid Family Leave, or "Baby Bonding". It is not full pay, but disability pay, but it is nice to have the opportunity to bond with your new baby. These 6 weeks have to be taken within the first year of the baby's life. Since Brendan is now 11 months old, I figured I had better take my leave, or I would loose it.
The past few weeks have been really crazy at work as my boss and I completed our University Catalog for the president. Trying to be proactive and get it out sooner than the past two years, we set a goal for ourselves. Then we called the president to make sure that he would be available to approve the catalog on that date. Silly us, the president then moved our goal date up on us, so needless to say, I have been a little stressed lately. Luckily, we hit our goal and I was able to get everything off my desk before leaving! Whew, what I relief!
Unfortunately, I am not taking the full 6 weeks (or 12 weeks if you take the 6 weeks of non pay). I know it sounds silly, but I just couldn't be away from my job for that long! Instead I am taking a nice 3 week break. I am so excited for this time off and excited to spend this time with Brendan now that he is even more responsive, interactive and WALKING! I have quite a full 3 weeks ahead of me! Next week is our Family time to spend some real quality time together! I'll keep you posted as I experience it!
I really needed this break!
Monday, June 15
The rest of the evening he continued to make progress! He is actually a pretty fast learner. He only took about 3 to 4 steps in a row each time, but was able to master this small feat multiple times. He gained a bit more confidence each time. Although this morning, he had lost his confidence and wouldn't let go of my legs. He'll get it soon enough!
Sadly, we didn't catch it on film, in fact, Brendan never really cooperates when a camera is up and ready. But we will try to capture some footage on film tonight for you Grandparents who are dying to see him! Scott and I were exited that we both were there to witness these steps!
We are very proud of our little achiever! 11 months old! He will be running by his first birthday!
Speaking of 1st birthday...I better get planning that...
Friday, June 12
Now, I just need to survive the rest of the work day!
Happy Friday everyone!
Thursday, June 11
"Can I help? I've got the tape measure!"
"No? What about a rubber ducky instead?"
He has so much to learn! Thanks Dave for fixing our lights! We can now see in every room of the house!
Thursday, June 4
My next toy I want to buy for Brendan is one of those cheap baby wading pools for my backyard. Wouldn't Brendan & Sammy have a blast just splashing around? Maybe next weekend I'll head on out to ToysRus...
Wednesday, June 3
Now I'm not saying that it has happened to me. But it could happen to someone.
Hypothetical situation: A mischievous, crawling baby, who has been a royal terror for most of the evening, finds a bag of Ritz crackers in his diaper bag, and starts to bang them around on the floor until there is not one whole cracker left in the bag. Perhaps this cheap, non "Ziploc" brand bag then opens with crumbs flinging all over the living room tile. Let's just say that at this point the mother is probably exhausted, and just thankful for the opportunity to have five minutes to sit and eat a cup of minestrone soup. She probably would just allowed the mischievous child to enjoy the treats he has now produced, within reach, all over the floor.
Mama and Baby are both happy.