Saturday, January 31, 2009

A long time coming...

As predicted, going back to work has quickly limited my posts. But I'm still snapping photos and have plenty to put up tonight.

Solly has been plenty busy as well. Since I last posted, he's gotten even more social, he's flipping like its no big deal, he's sitting up on his own, he's eating lots of solids, and he's thinking about crawling.

Some highlights:

Great Grandma Fay sent him hand knitted sweaters, hats, and gloves. We get compliments wherever we go!

Grandma and Grandpa came to visit this month. Fun was had by all.

We took another trip to Point Defiance Zoo. This time we saw walruses, puffins, and even beluga whales!

He doesn't seemed too concerned about the bear... or Daddy either.

It's great to have a little zoo we can visit whenever we want. I bet he'll know every individual animal in there before he knows much else!

The whole family participated in the MLK Day of Service. We helped build an organic garden to grow food for a local shelter. Actually, I didn't do much. Mostly held Solly, the group mascot.

Poor Solly got his first real boo-boo. It cleared up really quickly, but not until after scaring mom and dad!

He's now big enough for an exersaucer! This was his first time in it. Clearly, he hated it.

The three of us made the trip to Port Gamble for our departmental retreat. Solly spent the day with a UWT student, but we got to play together a little bit.

A dreary work day for Solly!

Solly and Daddy came with me to pick up some samples from a bivalve hatchery in Quilcene. Getting changed in the middle of a shellfish farm was a first for all of us.

My little veliger in front of a giant tank of geoduck veligers. His shirt is even appropriate!

I couldn't decide on an "official" six month shot. The one on the right is cuter, but you can only see the 6 through the back of the paper! I need to rethink this process now that he's getting grabbier.

I always like to post some of the out takes from the official photo session. This month did not disappoint.

The second one is really typical of Solly right now. A drooly hand reaching for what you are holding. Sounds about right...

He has really grown up this past month!

I have a little bit of video I can try to get up in the next few days. Solly has his first little head cold, so we're pretty focused on giving him extra love (if that's possible) and fluids. Hope to post again soon!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

As Promised, California Video

Video footage of Solly's first Chanukah experience! Missing video from our Chanukah party at Lisa's but got some at the Selkin's, including candles, food, and presents, plus the fifth night with Eli's family.

Solly the future pianist! He even knows how the play "dog".

New Years and Five Month Photos

Solly has rounded the corner to five months. Looking back at the photos from when he was born, I can't really believe how much he has grown. Our big accomplishment lately has been his new ability to sleep through the night, after a difficult (and continuing) period of sleep training. Or next challenge is dealing with me going back to work. I start on Tuesday and it will be a big adjustment. Mostly for me.

Here is his "official" five month shot.

And his unofficial one. The process of taking these gets more an more fun!

Our new years was a little different this year, since Solly needs to get to bed pretty early. So we invited a few friends over with kids and celebrated Brazilian style (at 6 pm). Some shots of Erete and Elan, Anna, Aaron, and Ephraim, and Sian, Ian, and Stella.

Ephraim and Stella really got along and both didn't want to go home. Babaloo was equally bummed.

Solly seemed to be enjoying himself, despite not really understanding what was going on.

The pop-up bird book that the Selkins sent us was a big hit with all ages.

I'd say it was a successful party, although I'm not so sure I'd make that vegetarian feijoada again...

These posts will probably slow down a bit as school ramps up. Hopefully I can keep it up as a way to wind down at night? I'll do my best!