Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Merry Christmas from California!

We spent Christmas in CA and had a great time. Here is the whole crew!

Presents from Grandma and Grandpa Porras!

Bath time with my cousin Grace. (Aren't they going to just love us for these pictures when they are in high school?)

"Yep, cuz, I've really put on the pounds this holiday...I have got to start working out to lose these rolls!"

With cousin Grace and second cousins Jon and Raquel

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Christmas in Austin

Do you think it's time to retire the swing? He's having a little too much fun in there!

Opening presents

New toys!

(I admit, I am back dating these to make up for my lack of blogging over Christmas!)

Chris, Aidric and I opened our presents from each other (and Aidric opened some that were sent to him from Grandma Hanewich, Grandma Sytsma and Gretchen too!) on Dec. 22nd- the day before we left for CA. Surprisingly, Aidric really did participate in the opening! While he and I were in the living room waiting for Chris, I put all of his presents in front of him. He reached for one and started tearing! We put together a few of his toys and he immediately started playing.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Our little reader

Aidric is finally becoming interested in books! This makes me so happy, but tonight he went above and beyond. He sat there like this for over five minutes studying this book. No turning pages yet, but he checked out this one page pretty thoroughly!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

vote for Ava!

Remember the pics of Aidric and Ava in the high chair? She is my friend Meghan's daughter, and their Christmas card design is in a contest. If you have 30 seconds (and you know you do!) click on this link and vote for card #9!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

1/2 year

Dad, I'll let you know when I'm done with the jumperoo!

Yes, it was this warm in Texas last week!

And it was this cold a few days later...

I honestly don't know how half of a year has already passed!! 6 months ago today, Aidric was still in the NICU. Now, he's home but dealing with his first ear infection and cold. Poor little guy was diagnosed with an ear infection at his 6 month appt. over two weeks ago. We went back for a re-check and unfortunately, it's still there. He is now on his second course of antibiotics. He is having some cranky times b/c of it, but overall, I am thankful it hasn't been as bad as I think it could!

Here are some pics of him since turning the big .5!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Aidric has been busy!

It seems that in just the last few weeks, we've seen a real personality emerging from our little guy! He is, for the most part, full of smiles and giggles for us. However, he also seems to have a bit of a temper. When he is playing with something, he usually tries to pull whatever it is off (like a toy that is dangling). Then, he gets MAD when the toy doesn't come off- he scrunches up his face and screams. Yikes! Isn't 5 1/2 months a little early for temper tantrums?

These pics are from a little over a week ago. I accidentally left his beanie on when I put him down for a nap. I could see on the video monitor that it was over his eyes while he slept, but it didn't seem to bother him so I left it. When I went to get him, he looked so cute laying there, moving his head from side to side like he was trying to figure out who turned the lights off.

When I started laughing while taking the pics, he started laughing right along with me! The kid was not in the least bit bothered by the fact that he couldn't see a thing.

Later that night, reading with daddy.

Trying green beans for the first time. Did he like them?

Hard to say...

A few weeks ago, he was sitting up on his own for just a few seconds. Now, it is all he wants to do! This is one of his favorite toys....

Lastly, here he is with his new friend, Ava. I know I previously announced a future wedding for Aidric and Claudia, but Ava is local.....only time will tell....

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A Random Update...

One of my best friends, Gretchen, had her baby last Thursday. Since little Claudia is likely Aidric's future wife, I thought it would be appropriate to share her very first pictures here on his blog.

On another note, I have been going through our digital pictures and putting them on-line so I can order them. I thought I would share a few that haven't made it on to the blog yet!

I have mentioned before that Aidric and I do a Mommy/Baby yoga workout. Here are a few pics of Aidric working hard. It's not easy to be so fit and trim, you know!

Here's how I often find him after his nap or in the morning. He likes to kick his legs up on the side of his crib and just stare at his mobile and cuddle with his lovey. (He is turning into such a cuddler- when we pick him up, he usually throws one arm around our neck and squeezes!)

We have started giving Aidric one meal of solids a day. These pics are from his cereal days. I have some green bean shots on the camera, but haven't downloaded them yet. Those are some very pretty pictures. For now, enjoy the cereal!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Happy Cows Do Not Come from California

The Whole Zoo

Whoa, is that a spider?

Colton, aka "spidey" gets fresh with Grace the Smurf

Dude, are you ok?

Trick or Treat!

Our litle cow was not so happy at the Mom's Group Halloween Party. The poor little guy started screaming as soon as we put his costume on. We took as many pics as we could in less than two minutes. I felt like a horrible mommy, letting my baby cry for a photo shoot.........but, then I saw these pictures- and it was worth it. Credit for the captions and photos go to Mollie (mom of the adorable penguin).

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

5 months old

"What? I'm 5 months already?"

"Alright, well, I guess that's OK- it's not like I am turning 60 in two days like my grandma S. is!"

"It just so happens I am turning 5 months old on my first Halloween, so here I am in my costume!"

"Enough mom- they get it. I'm 5 months old and I'm a cow. Can we stop taking pictures now?"