Saturday, January 29, 2011

Animal Sounds

Most children probably start out with moo and baa and maybe woof. He loves dogs, so woof or some form of it would make sense.

His nursery is in a jungle theme, so he has a picture of a lion and other animals hanging above his changing table, as well as on his bedding and wall hanging. His first animal noise was a kind of lion's roar; really cute. Just yesterday, I was going through a book of animals and when we came to the pigs, he didn't oink, but made a snorting sound! Whenever I pointed a pig out to him, I'd oink and also snort like a pig. He'd laugh like crazy when I did the snorting,! But hearing him snort is so funny, when I realized what he was doing I couldn't help, but laugh! Also, when we look at his baby animals book and get to the gorilla, he beats his chest. Oh my gosh, this is adorable.

He also says wawa for water and mil for milk and he says and signs more. He also signs fish when we sing the fish song or sometimes when he sees a picture of fish. I bet he'll enjoy "Finding Nemo" when he is a little older. He says feet and shoe, also. He tries to repeat us a lot. He's starting to put block shapes through the right holes. It takes a little bit for him to figure the right hole, but he is getting there. Well, he is awake now, so I better get going!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Smart Shopping and Great Deals

Last week, while I was checking my couponing sites, I saw this deal. had the Garth Brooks The Limited Series Box Collection for $5. That's right for $5 dollars, I got 5 CDs: Sevens, Scarecrow, Double Live- 2 CDs, The Lost Sessions and a DVD with Interview Footage, Music Videos, Live Performances, etc. Tax and shipping only came out to an extra $2 or so and then it turned out to be delivered by FedEx, not the post office (no offense to those of you with the USPS, but you know what I mean).

Also, last night, I went to Walgreens and spent only $5.70 for all this: (I was going to take a picture, but forgot and unpacked everything. I got a jumbo package of Huggies diapers, paper plates, 6 Hershey bars, and 3 packages of Jello. Actually, now that I check the receipt, I should have saved 30 more cents, because the candy bars were 80 cents each and I had 3 buy one got one (BOGO) free coupons and she entered only 70 cents for each of the coupons, but the diapers at regular price were 10.99 (now I'd never spend that much), so basically everything else was free and the diapers half price. Oh yeah, I also got $2 in register rewards to use next time!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Things I've Done and Words I Say

Joshua's first experience playing in the snow.

Joshua meets Santa for the 1st time.

Joshua's First Christmas
I just wanted to take sometime to mark down a few things about Joshua.
When we brought him home at 8 1/2 months, he was already pulling himself up and almost immediately was cruising, holding onto furniture
His first doctor's appointment, he weighed in at 19.6 lbs. (38%ile) and was 28 inches tall (53%ile).
7/10 was his first trip to Brookfield Zoo.
Over Labor Day weekend, he took his first overnite, out-of-state trip to Michigan and met his Grandpa Bill and Uncle Jeff.
He took his first steps in 9/11 in front of me and his grandma, my mom (Kevin was at a H.S. football game at the time). Actually, he walked across the living room. For the first couple weeks, his walking resembled the song, "Monster Mash". It really was cute to see.
He puckered up and gave me his first real kiss when I was getting out of the car to catch the train for work on October 14th.
Joshua turned 1 year old on October 16th.
On October 17th, he had his baby dedication at Cary Grove Evangelical Church.
Poor kid on October 28th, he had a circumcision. He bounced back remarkably. He was walking around that afternoon when we got home and before the end of the weekend, one would never know he had had surgery. He mended incredibly quick.
On November 13th, he went to Illinois State University, his mom's college alma mater to watch the H.S. volleyball championships, his probable high school alma mater, Cary-Grove H.S. vs. Lyons Twp. H.S., his mom's high school alma mater.
November 14th, he started saying nana for banana. He already says mama and dada.
November 19th was the 1st time I celebrated my birthday as a mother.
Although, it probably snowed some before, December 11 was his first experience playing in the snow.
December 11th was also the first time he saw Santa. He did very well with him. I wasn't sure how he'd do, but he didn't cry or anything. Of course, he didn't really understand the significance. I really wasn't that thrilled about this Santa, but after all this Santa was at our local Walgreen's.
Christmas Eve, Joshua weighed about 23 pounds and was 31 inches tall.
January 2nd was his 1st visit to Immediate Care. He had an earache and cough/cold.
He went to his 1st gathering with other kids adopted from Ethiopia to celebrate Genna -Ethiopian Christmas, on January 8th.
Words he says: mama, dada, daddy, bye, hi, nana - banana, peas - please, teet - teeth, ba - ball, hat, baby, cookie, and doggy.
I really need to keep this up, even if it is only a short little blurb of a couple sentences.