Friday, February 29, 2008


Adam in his Lake Region onesy...I teach there remember. He's practicing sleeping in class already - I guess Mama's lectures are that boring!

Adam at Applebees

Dawn and I went to Applebees last night and Adam went too. He was SUCH a good little boy. He was awake most of the meal, but just checking out the world and not crying! Mama was so proud of him!

Dawn and Adam


Adam's pants said "CAUTION" across his butt. While I think it has to do with the vehicles on the outfit, it made me think of dirty diapers!

We've been putting him on his tummy for a little bit each day and he's working on rolling over. Last night, Ray was putting his hands against his feet and Adam was using them to push himself forward. He is working on trying to figure out how to use his legs and arms!

Adam's Hands

Adam's hands have been fascinating me...aren't they so cute? And he has such long fingers!

Adam on my Bed

Adam and I snuggle up and take naps in my bed at times. It freaks Ray out to nap with Adam, but it doesn't bug me. Adam likes it, too.:) Adam sleeps in his crib at night, but during the day, Mama likes to cuddle! You can see that Olga even joins us - her head is peeking up behind the comforter.

I liked this picture - you can see his binky (pacificer) under his hands. It was like he was hiding it from Mama so she wouldn't take it away while he napped.

Let It Snow!

Adam's outfit to go with all our snow! We got more snow today.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Funny Kid Pictures

I got a forward of these - they are just so hilarous!
This will be Adam - my little guzzler!
What are siblings for?
Poor omen of things to come!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Dad in Talkeetna

Some pictures from my father's last snowmaching trip

Adam and Ray

Adam partying with Daddy

Adam's Onesy

Adam in his Weber University onesy (his Aunt Mary and Uncle Wilf sent it). It's a 6 month outfit - he's definitely growing into it!

Adam's Toys

Adam is starting to really notice stuff so we hung his mobiles and got out his play yard.

14 inches later

I cut my hair and donated 14 inches to Locks of Love.


Ray loading Adam into his stroller

We had Adam in the cart and then Ray had to put in the new cat litter box, so it was above him - made me laugh!


This amused me so much! Socks on both his hands (to try to keep him from scratching himself), but missing one of the socks off his feet!

My cutie

My Big Boy

That's a 3-6 month outfit. We had to move out of the 0-3 month stuff because he's too long.

Adam Wiggling

Adam wants to move so bad he can taste it! He can get his body almost over, but not his head.

Pictures from Michigan

Ray and I gave this puzzle to Gramma Weber for Christmas and after she put it together, Pat and Dave framed it for her. Isn't it cool?
Adam's new playpen at Grammy and Pa-Pa Weber's

Friday, February 22, 2008

Adam getting ready for his meeting

Adam went to his first pro-life meeting (actually two) this week. I was taking pictures while I was getting him dressed.
See how nicely he is filling out his 0-3 month onesies now? When we first moved up from newborn clothes, they were all too big in the chest.
In his jeans - gotta look like Daddy!


Adam - field goal hands as usual while he's sleeping.
Adam checking out the world

Adam and Olga

The cat and the baby checking each other out.


I thought Olga had been left a recent picture of her weirdness.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Check Up Report

Adam had his 1 month check up yesterday. He is now 9 lbs, 2 oz and 22 3/4 inches. The doctor says he is a month ahead on mobility - he really surprised the doctor. The doc put Adam on his tummy to see if he could lift up his face (which he is supposed to do) and he picked up his entire body! I think the doctor thought we were kidding when we said he was trying to roll over, but turned out we were right! Adam is definitely into moving - he has figured out how to wiggle himself around. He can get his body on its side, but can't move his head yet. Although he can head butt really good when you are trying to burp him!

Adam Pictures

Adam in his stroller at the mall
Adam hanging out with Mama in the basement while I balanced the checkbook. I think he had more fun!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

First Trip

We took Adam up to Cleveland on Saturday - his first major outing as it meant we had to feed him outside of the house. All went well, though, because as soon as Adam hits the car, he falls dead asleep. Feeding and changing his diaper even went pretty well. We have his one month check up this week and I can't wait to see how much weight he's gained - he definitely is growing!

Not much else to report from here - Ray and I are both in the middle of the semester, so pretty busy there. I just bought a ticket to go to Alaska in June (10 year class reunion and Adam's first trip to up Alaska). My mother is going to come back in May for Adam's baptism. I think Grandma Cottle will come as well. We are trying to talk Gram Stannard into driving down as well with Auntie Sue. It could be a big party as there are several other people talking about coming as well!

Adam got two Valentines - one from his Grammy Weber and one from his Aunt Maureen. Ray and I didn't do anything for Valentine's - big surprise there. We usually do something as Ray proposed on the 13th (he meant to do it on Valentine's Day, but it didn't work out...he needed a story anyway, I tell him). We are going to Ray's parents for Easter.

Well, that's about it from here. Have a good week, everyone! I'll try to post updates on Adam's weight/height after his doctor's appointment this week.

Saturday, February 16, 2008


Adam is almost too long for the changing table on the playpen! He is growing really well. By the way, ignore the Christmas PJs. Someone gave us them for at the baby shower, but he won't be in them next Christmas so I figure he doesn't mind wearing them now.:)

First Car Ride

Adam and I took our first car ride alone this week! I was so proud of myself. I even had to clean snow off the car first.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Putting up Adam pictures

We printed up some pictures from Wal-Mart and I put up some Adam pictures around the house. I tend to forget that I can actually PRINT pictures as well!
The little calendar is Adam's baby book. It was a shower gift and Kris (the lady who gave it) said it worked well for her with her son. I'm hoping I'll actually be able to do it as well! I figured if I hung it up, I might remember to write stuff down!
I did up this frame for Ray's desk at work. I thought he needed Adam on his desk!


Trying out the shoulder carrier - Adam didn't enjoy it, but probably will once we don't have to mess with the straps constantly!
Adam and his daddy

Adam and his grandparents


Dad went deer hunting (for pictures, not meat) in his last few days. He got these on Monday - he was very proud of himself.

Family Pictures

Before my parents left we tried to do some family pictures. The hard part, of course, was getting Adam to look at the camera! These are the best two, but you can see in the one with my parents that Adam is more looking at me than anything and Ray in the one of us three.

Sunday, February 10, 2008


A quick update (Adam's asleep with my mother). Adam is growing - he's out of newborn clothes. I think he's over 8 pounds now - we'll see at our one month check up for sure. He is slowly getting a routine, but has been stuffed up the last few nights. I think he's having sinus issues as it goes away during the day. The weather here is really up and down (snowing today).

Mom and Dad go home on Tuesday - we'll definitely miss them, but they were a ton of help while they were here as were Ray's parents in the first two weeks. We were so lucky to have so much help. Mom says she's coming back for Adam's baptism (May...long story...the church kept changing dates on us!) with his Great-Grandma Cottle. We are trying to talk Great-Grandma Stannard into coming as well.

Ray had his FIRC this weekend and with Mom and Dad here was able to get a little sleep as they took his night shifts. They are also going to baby-sit for us tomorrow so we can get our taxes done (we think we overpaid OH last year so we are going to a professional this year). I teach in two different states (neither of which I live in), so our taxes got rather confusing in the last year or so.

Mom and I did some practicing and I think I have the car and all that stuff figured out. She also helped me stock up at home so if I don't get out I won't run out of major stuff (like formula!) for awhile.

I'm doing better, but still tender from that darned C-section. I had never had major surgery before - I definitely don't like it! I'm feeling better all the time and much more like myself. Sleep also helped.:) With Adam sleeping a little better and food figured out, we are doing better overall. I'm also glad I'm not breastfeeding as I think that is also helping as it was just so stressful for me.

Well, I have work to do, so talk to you later!

Honey Do List Camo

I got this in an email - FUNNY!

Adam's Prints

Adam just "loved"'ll note his handprint looks funny - that's because we practically had to pry it open - that little boy has a good grip! He also HATES bathing...such a boy!

Saturday, February 09, 2008

I got this email today and couldn't resist posting it! Seemed appropriate!

Mom, Mommy, Mama, Ma
Dad, Daddy, Dada, Pa, Pop

Long term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities! Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.

The rest of your life. Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs $5. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf. Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers. Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects. Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks. Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next. Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices. Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product. Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.

None. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you.

None required unfortunately.On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.

Get this! You pay them! Offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent. When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.

While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered; this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth, unconditional love, and free hugs and kisses for life if you play your cards right.

If you are fortunate enough you will become grandparents!

New Tax Deduction

Ray's parents got this from their tax guy - isn't it adorable?

Ray's FIRC

Ray's been teaching a FIRC (flight instructor fresher course) all weekend. We took him lunch today.