Gigi’s Birthday

Gigi’s birthday is today!  We celebrated it yesterday since neither Krister nor Kristin’s employers recognize January 30th as a holiday (yet).

Gigi prepared for the big celebration with a manicure and a bubble bath (we’re pretty sure we heard Gigi say “why are you doing this to me? On the eve of my birthday?!” but we’ll go with it).

Then on Sunday morning, when she woke up all clean and fluffy, she got an extra-big breakfast and some new toys:

Sorry the picture is so blurry…  Gigi wouldn’t sit still for one photo.  In fact, she squeaked until she couldn’t squeak any more.  Literally.  She broke a bunch of the squeakers after spending hours (or at least it felt like hours) squeaking that poor fuzzy cow.  Fortunately, the cow has about fifteen squeakers in it, so it should take a while before she breaks them all.

Once she was worn out from squeaking the morning away, she enjoyed a nice, quiet afternoon nap.

…and a stroll around the block…

…and then it was cake time!  She was such a lucky dog because this year, we made her a yummy peanut butter birthday cake:

After cake, we finished her big present (more details on the main blog shortly).  It’s a toy storage tube!

After all the day’s activities, she was exhausted and happy to head to bed.  Happy 8th birthday, Gigi!

Happy New Year!

The weather has been unseasonably warm, so we spent New Years Eve at Valley Forge National Park.  We enjoyed some playtime and a picnic.


So… Many… Posts!

Well, we finally got around to importing all of the posts we wrote on that pertained to family issues.  You might notice now that there are a LOT more posts on the family blog now.  Enjoy!

Merry Christmas!

This year, we were able to celebrate Christmas just the 3.5 of us.  To be clear, the “.5” is Kasen.  Gigi understands and LOVES Christmas, but Kasen is not really old enough to understand it yet.

We all had fun opening and playing with our presents!

Hope you enjoyed your holidays too!

Birthday Present

For Kasen’s first birthday, we got him a custom board book from Pint Size Productions (no, we weren’t paid for writing this post).  The board book had pictures of Kasen’s family with their names underneath, since lots of our family lives far away and we want to make sure Kasen recognizes everyone’s faces.

Here’s glimpse of the final product:

They were even nice enough to customize the font on the bottom of the page to a font that was easy to read.  It was as simple as asking (they agreed without hesitation).

In the back of the book, there is a family tree, so Kasen can understand (eventually) how everyone is related:

And, as for how Little K likes it?  Well, it makes him smile every time he opens it.

One year old!

Kasen turned one year old on Monday (12/12).  We can’t believe how fast time flies.

His stats:

  • Weight: 23 lbs, 8.4 oz (61.47%, which is up from the 34th percentile at 9 months)
  • Height: 28.25 inches (8.6%, which is up from the 2.2nd percentile at 9 months, WOOHOO!)

His head circumference, per usual, was huge.  He’s in the 90th percentile (at his 9 month appointment, his head was in the 80th percentile).

He also met this monthly milestones:

  • Pick up an object from the floor while standing
  • Says several words (“More” is still his favorite, but he also says “Mama,” “Dada,” “doggie,” and “Gigi.”  He sounds like he’s starting to learn the word “bottle” – i.e. “baba”)
  • Stand without holding on
  • Drink from a sippy cup (that milestone came a lot later than we expected!)
  • Put objects into containers
  • Holds out an arm or leg to help getting dressed
  • Looks in the right direction when asked to locate somethng (usually “Where’s Gigi?”)
  • Rolls a ball back and forth, until he decides that he doesn’t want to share

Although we don’t plan on taking monthly pictures any more (we’re admittedly relieved to stop), we will try and keep you posted about his milestones.


Gobble, Gobble

If there is one thing that Kasen does well, it’s gobbling!  He’s an expert eater and Thanksgiving was no exception:

Happy Thanksgiving! 

The Treehouse Cafe

Over the weekend, we went with some friends to try a new spot for Kasen to play: The Treehouse Cafe in Chestnut Hill.  The kids can run around and play (it’s a giant playroom… that also serves meals if you want to eat there).  Kasen had a lot of fun, and we were happy that he wore himself out trying to keep up with the older kids.

What playing outside looks like in November

Waiting for Daddy

The kiddies get extra excited when Daddy comes home from work every day.  Gigi raises the alarm when she sees the car pull in the driveway and then everyone runs/crawls over to the door to wait for him to arrive: