Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 28, 2013
We just wanted to take a quick minute to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

We have so much to be thankful for this year! At the top of the list is this beautiful little boy God has blessed us with. He continues to amaze us every day!

I hope you all have a wonderful day. From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!!!

What are you thankful for this year?

Ten Months

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Cullen has been 10 months old for a little over a week now.  In case you don't know, this is part of the reason I'm a little late with this month's update.  Anyway...onto the fun stuff.

I feel like Cullen is learning so much these days!  He can say 'Momma'.  (He only says it when he is pulling on my leg telling me to pick him up, but I'll take it.)  He also babbles 'Dada', 'hey', and says 'no'.  I think.  Some times it is difficult to discern what is an actual word and what is just babbling.  Which he does a lot.  Very loudly. I can't even tell you how many times I have heard Corey say "I can't hear you over Cullen."  I'm sure the noise level will continue to increase as he gets older.  Boys are just naturally loud, right?  I just wish a knew what he was saying.  Sometimes, he seems to have some pretty serious conversations.   I love watching all of the little conversations he has with himself, Macey, us, even his toys.  It is just so cute!

He is still trying to stand on his own. He actually does pretty well sometimes.  He can practically run if someone is holding at least one of his hands.  My mom is convinced he will be walking within the next week.  We shall see.

Some of his favorite things to do these days include unloading his diaper bag, banging coasters on the coffee table, pulling all of the diapers out of their basket, and going up the stairs (supervised of course.)  Remind me again why we buy him toys?

When he is not being a little tornado, Cullen has actually started to pay attention when we read books, instead of trying to eat them.  His absolute favorite is Five Little Pumpkins, but he also loves this puppet bookGoodnight Moon, and Hey! Wake Up!  I love watching his face light up as he takes in the pictures on every page.  We are starting to love story time in our house!  Even if it is the same few stories over and over again.

Cullen is also giving lots of kisses these days.  He even tries to give the dog kisses.  It is the sweetest!  Sure, they are open mouth slobbery kisses and can land anywhere: cheeks, nose, eyes, arm, etc.  But, I absolutely love them!

I haven't had a chance to weigh or measure Cullen this month, but based on his stats from last month he is doing okay in the weight department.  Who needs the gym when you can lift this adorable chunk?

I will be back later this week with an update on Cullen's first Thanksgiving and the start of our Christmas festivities.  Until then, have a great week!

Life with a 10 Month Old Boy

Monday, November 18, 2013
As of yesterday, Cullen is now 10 months old.  I should be posting his monthly update complete with stats and pictures, but that will have to wait until later.  Hopefully no later than the end of this week.

Why?  Because my sweet little boy has turned into a rambunctious little boy.  To keep your interest until I can get him to stay in one spot long enough to take a picture or two, I will share some of the most recent shenanigans that are keeping me from getting anything done.  

1.  I caught him feeding the dog.  Is he supposed to know how to do that already?  The other night, after eating his dinner, I left Cullen in his high chair with a teething wafer thinking it would give me a few minutes to clean up the kitchen.  I'm standing at the refrigerator with Cullen in the high chair behind me, and I hear little giggles.  Eating should not be that funny.  I turn around to see Cullen leaning over the side of his high chair and Macey standing on two legs trying to lick the teething wafer in his hand.  Then he proceeded to grin at me to try to feed it to her again after I told him NO.  

2. When I came home from work last Thursday Macey's blanket was no longer in her crate.  According to Corey, it had to be washed because Cullen decided to hold a McDonald's cup upside down over the crate and watch the drink come out through the straw.  Really?  

3.  On at least 3 occasions, he has managed to escape the baby blockade and dump over Macey's water bowl.  Up side?  That part of the floor has been mopped a few times. We have got to start making sure that gate is closed.

3. If you didn't know already, he has figured out how to turn the cable box off.  Then we turn it on again.  Then he laughs and turns it off again.  Best. Game. Ever.

4. Corey and I couldn't find the remote Saturday night.  After searching everywhere we would have put it, we found it in one of the cubbies in the sofa table.  So now, he is also hiding things.

5. He can crawl up the back of the couch to get onto the sofa table.

6. He likes to try to unplug lamps from the wall. I was not aware that baby proofing required removing everything from the room.

This is all within the past week. Did you sense a trend?  He is already blatantly defying me.  I tell him NO and he does it again and laughs.  How in the world am I going to survive the next 18 years?

I blame Corey for this.  From what I hear he was the same way.  At least we don't have a VCR for Cullen to shove a PB&J into.

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