Thursday, May 31, 2012

Happy Nap

I love when this boy wakes up from his nap happy.

*Sigh.*  Life is good.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Blue Spring

Our family took a little stay-cation this weekend.  We planned it kind of at the last minute (by my standards anyway), but it all came together really well.

Saturday morning we drove up to Orlando and met our friends Lane and Kerline.  They moved up to Tallahassee recently (Lane is working for the governor), and we miss them a ton.  Orlando is close to halfway between West Palm and Tally.
Lane and Kerline

We went to the temple in Orlando.  Levi and I used to go once a month, but it's a lot more difficult with the baby.  Levi and Lane went first, while Kerline and I watched baby Levi, then we switched.  Afterwards, we went out for Mexican food.

Clearly we did not go somewhere very authentic.  Oh, and it was called "Garibaldi's."  Italian-Mexican?

We all shared a hotel room (and baby Levi kept everyone up for about an hour in the middle of the night) and Sunday just relaxed at the hotel and went to church.

Monday we went to Blue Spring.  It's a natural spring north of Orlando, with some of the clearest water you will ever see.  There is an underground cave that you can dive, and it goes down about 150 feet.  Levi and Lane dove the spring.  There's a sign about 60 feet down warning that people have died in the cave.  Levi and Lane didn't go down much farther than that.  They said it was amazing, though.  We'll have to go back sometime so I can dive it.

Why can't I dive too?

Baby Levi and I kicked out feet in the spring a little, but it was cold (72 degrees, brrrr!).  He did bust out his new lifejacket, though.

We did get rained on, too, so we definitely got wet even if we didn't dive.

Levi and Lane saw a group of otters in the spring.  I was so bummed that I didn't see them, but on the drive home we saw a posse of wild pigs, including at least four babies.  And I also saw a red-headed woodpecker pecking on a tree.  So I was satisfied with my wildlife viewing.

All in all, Florida is pretty dang awesome.  There is always something new to see and experience. 

Baby Levi loves being a Floridian!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Creepy Crawly

Baby Levi crawls!  Woot woot!  He's a lot happier now at playtime, because he can get where he wants to go without telepathically transmitting his desires to mom.  Unfortunately, it has also corresponded to less napping, but hopefully that's just temporary.


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

What a Lucky Rabbit's Foot

Today my penny-pinching ways paid off!  The mom's group I'm in had a kind-of yard sale, with people bringing baby things they want to get rid of and either swapping, giving them away, or selling them for a low price.

I really hit the jackpot.  I'd been envying my friends with the Ergo carrier, but couldn't stomach paying over $100 for it.  Snagged one today for $35!!  It's the organic one, too.  My jaw dropped when I saw it.  I'd also been planning on buying baby Levi a neoprene lifejacket, but just hadn't gotten around to it.  Got one of those today too!  Yippee!

For those of you who know my dad, you can tell I am my father's daughter.  Nothing makes me happier than a deal.  Ha.

Baby Levi got to play with his buddies (play, and squash, and pull hair, par for the course), and the mamas got to unload a little.  I talked about our doctor's visit from yesterday, and at least four other moms had gone through the exact same thing.  It made me feel so much better.  I'm so thankful to have my mom friends!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


I swear, as soon as I stop worrying and feeling guilty and something baby-related (like sleep), something else baby-related (like weight) jumps in to initiate a hostile takeover of my brain.

Does he look hungry to you?

We went to the pediatrician today for baby Levi's 9 month appointment.  I was excited.  Since about 3 months, he's been in the 95th percentiles pretty regularly for height and weight.  It's so amazing to see him grow.

But today they weighed him at 20 pounds.  That means he hasn't gained ANY weight in three months.  Wha?!  He's now in the 95th percentile for height but the 50th percentile for weight.

The doctor looked a little worried.  She said she just wanted to wait until his next appointment (12 months) to see what happens with his weight before getting concerned, but she looked concerned that he dropped so low in percentile in such a short amount of time.

So now all I'll be able to think about all day, and probably tomorrow, and probably for the next three months, is, "Is he eating enough?  Is he hungry?  Should I give him a snack?  I wonder how much he weighs today........" so on, and so forth.

Bleh.  I NEVER pictured myself as one of those moms who worries about everything.  And I do know moms who are much worse than I am.  But I WORRY a lot more than I expected myself to.

Baby's sleeping right now, and I should be tackling my to-do list, but I thought blogging might help me get the "am-I-starving-my-baby"s out of my system.  Don't really think it worked.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Tongue Twister

Can you see his little sideways tongue in this picture?  I know I posted this shot yesterday, too, but it's the only picture I have where you can see him doing it.  I can't twist my tongue that way!  It's yet another trait he gets from daddy.  I'm starting to wonder if this little guy has ANY of my DNA in there!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

9 Months!

Baby Levi is 9 months old today! 

I had this bright idea to take a cute picture of him holding this red foam "9."  This probably would have been a doable project at around 6 months.  But at 9 months he is way too active to sit still for a picture, especially with a prop.  This is how the photo shoot went:

This is going to be so cute!

Throws the "9".

 Tries to lunge off the couch.

Mama takes a picture of the couch while trying to catch the baby. 

Okay, this is a "6," not a "9."

 Let's try the floor.  Baby Levi claps.

Decides to try to stand up.

Attempts crawling.

Maybe holding the "9" is too much.  Let's just set it on the floor.

Baby now wants to grab it.

I tried.  Well, even if I didn't get the picture I wanted, I definitely got a lot of laughs.  C'est la vie!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Let's Cruise the Caribbean

Baby Levi is cruising 24-7 lately!  For you non-moms, cruising is walking while holding onto something, usually the couch.  We put some foam pads all around the couch so he can go back and forth all on his own, without Mama hovering so much.  He's not going too fast in this video, but it's hard to catch his best moves with the camera.

My baby is always half-naked in the videos I post!  It's because he does so much first thing in the morning, when he's well-rested and full of food.  So he's always in jammies or naked or a combination of the two.  I usually don't take the time to get him dressed early on.  :)

He's still working on crawling, too, but he doesn't enjoy it like he does cruising.  

Friday, May 18, 2012


I can't get enough of these baby giggles.  Daddy is a pro at getting the baby laughing.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Baby Insomnia Equals Mommy Insanity

Today was an *exhausting* day.  Baby Levi decided to take no naps today.  Zero, zilch.  When I put him in his crib at naptime and closed the door, I heard baby talk, which progressed to baby yells, then baby cries.  And when I went in the room, this was him:

Sitting straight up, blankie off, giving me the stink eye! 

I did manage to get him to sleep in the car on the way home from baby picnic.  I even sat in the car on my phone and reading my book for more than 1/2 hour in the garage so he could get a few extra Zs.  Other than that, there were no naps.

On the bright side, he went to sleep at 7:00 pm!  Hope that doesn't mean he'll be up at 5:00 am.  I am one tired mama.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Arty Farty

Yesterday baby Levi and I went to the Society of the Four Arts Sculpture Garden.  We were in need of a little culture.

Baby Levi with FDR and Churchill.  He was pretty fascinated with Churchill's bald head.  And doesn't it look like Churchill is grinning at baby Levi with a creepy smile?

Check out this crazy lizard.  That orange thing was going in and out, and he was bobbing his head.  Very cool.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Gimme Gimme

Baby Levi wants to grow up too fast.  He is so determined to be independent even though he's too young for most of the things he wants to do.  One thing he always wants to do is feed himself with a spoon.  He fights me with all his strength (and he is strong!!!) for that spoon, only to fling food all over himself.

Look how delighted he is to get that spoon!  And can you see the smear of pear on his face?

Speaking of meal time, look at my good little Mexican baby eating his lime.
I can't get enough of that grin.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

I am so thankful to be a mother!  This little guy is the apple of my eye.  I fell head over heels for him the minute I met him, and every single day I am so thankful to be his mama.

I'm so blessed to have so many amazing women in my life who are mothers, whose examples I think about and rely on every day.  Above all, my own mommy!!

My mom and her mom!

I have so much of my mom in me, and I'm thankful for that.  She is an amazing woman.

And lastly, if you haven't seen these videos, they are amazing.  Have a tissue handy; they WILL make you cry.  The first one is about the Olympics and the second one has a cute fat baby.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Suck It

Baby Levi is still a binky boy.  But now he's discovering new ways to suck it.
This is a preferred way lately.  He can cram the entire thing in his mouth!  It doesn't seem so long ago that same binky was as big as his face.

Look at that teeny tiny guy!  That face looks the same to me, though.  It will probably look the same to me when he's 20 years old, too!  I'll always see this little infant face, no matter how old he gets.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

World War Z

 I read a lot of fiction (duh).  Levi does not read very much fiction.  He prefers non-fiction.  So when he started to really get into the book World War Z by Max Brooks, he suggested I read it to so we could talk about it together.  It turned out to be a great idea for a lot of reasons.  One was that I probably would not have read this book otherwise, and it was fantastic.  Another was that the things that stood out to Levi in the book did not always stand out to me, and it was really interesting to think about the book from a different perspective.

When I started the book, I didn't notice that the subtitle was "An Oral History of the Zombie War."  I knew the book was about zombies, but I did not know the premise was "an oral history."  It was a very interesting and successful technique for this subject.  When I think about a book about zombies, I assume it's going to be all horror and supernatural.  But this book was written in the style of recounting history.  Each chapter is an interview with various people around the world to hear their experiences during the world zombie epidemic.  It is clinical, not fantastical, and even includes footnotes with references (fake, of course), dates, etc.  For me, that made a book about zombies seem interesting, serious, and not goofy.

The book is plot driven, not character driven.  It looks at how the zombie epidemic progressed throughout the world, how it turned to defensive war, and eventually to offensive war, and how the world strove to recover.  I really like that the author took a real worldwide geo-political view and not a strictly American view.  It really made me think about world politics in a way I never thought I would. 

One of my favorite parts discusses how Cuba became the world's new superpower.  Cuba did not get hit with the epidemic as seriously as other countries because it was already so isolated physically (being an island) and politically/culturally (due to travel and import/export bans).  When countries like the US got hit hard, people started jumping on rafts and becoming refugees to Cuba.  Cuba somewhat ironically responded by putting these white, American refugees in work camps. 

Other sections look at survivors in space, escape made by submarine, frozen zombies, zombies driving cars, zombies walking off buildings like lemmings!  Okay, I know it's starting to sound cuckoo now, but I swear it all makes sense in the book.

And if that didn't pique your interest enough, the movie starring Brad Pitt comes out in December!  Read it so you can sound oh-so-highbrow declaring, "Well, naturally the book was so much better."

100 Blog Posts!!

I have now written 100 blog posts!  To celebrate I am going to post 100 pictures of baby Levi that you have not seen yet.  Haha, just kidding, I won't force that on you.  Or on my poor computer.
Thank you everyone for reading this blog.  It is really nice for me to reflect on each day with my family, and especially my little guy, to put into words what is fun or special or frustrating about that day.  And it means a lot that you want to share in that with me in a small part.

On to another 100 posts!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Blondes Have More Fun

I think baby Levi is looking pretty blonde lately.  He's still pretty bald, though.  :)  Thoughts?

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Early Bird Catches the Tablet

I love our morning routine.  Usually, the baby wakes up around 7:30 am.  Levi will get him from his crib and put him in bed with us for a half hour or so while we wake up. 
If he wakes up especially early (sometimes he's up at 6:00), baby Levi gets to play games and watch movies on Daddy's Kindle.  That usually distracts him from his other favorite activity, which is pulling Mama's hair by the handful. 

I always thought it was kind of weird when parents let their kids climb in bed with them, but now I think it's nice.

Sunday, May 6, 2012


Every May there is a huge 5-day music festival literally at our doorsteps.  The great thing about where we live is that we can see and hear two of the three stages from our pooldeck, without paying for admission! 

View of Sunfest from our roofdeck.

Baby Levi did not get to go to his first concert, but Levi and I switched off (while baby slept) and saw a few great bands.  I saw Counting Crows, All American Rejects, and Joan Jett.  Levi saw Third Eye Blind.  We could even hear a little of the Fray, Snoop Dogg, and Foreigner just by opening our sliding door ("How To Save A Life" is playing right now!  Always makes me think of Grey's Anatomy, ha).

The weekend ends with a big fireworks show tonight, which we can usually see from our living room.  Love love love where we live!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Queen of the Castle

Since I'm the queen of the castle, I've taught baby Levi to kiss the ground I walk on.  Observe.
Haha, pretty gross.  He's building up antibodies every day, I guess.

You can see in this video how he pivots and scoots around.  I've thought for *months* that he is SO CLOSE to crawling, but so far no go.  He's already working on walking, so maybe the two will happen simultaneously.  

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Sharing Is ... Not Gonna Happen

I think teaching baby Levi to share is going to be a long, hard road.  He is always grabbing toys right out of his friends' hands.  Today took the cake when he got his foot right on Maddox's back in order to pry a toy out of his hand. 

Luckily, little Maddox is a very chill dude and didn't make a peep.  I might have a baby bully on my hands!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

I Wish They All Could Be Florida Boys

Baby Levi and I went to the beach today with a friend.  It was pretty windy, but it was sunny and warm.  The only people out in the water were surfers because the waves were huge (well, Florida huge). 

I love that my boy gets to grow up on the beach.  He's been going to the beach since he was two weeks old.
With dad at two weeks old.

With Aunt Lexi at about two months.

With Mom and Dad at about three months.

With Dad at about 6 months.

I know Levi can't wait until the day the baby is old enough to swim and snorkel with him.  I can see it already -- I won't be able to get either one of them out of the water until the sun goes down.  Love my beach boys!