Posts Tagged ‘Baby’

Harrison’s first birthday party was a success! I was pretty nervous about the whole thing. There is a lot of pressure for a perfect 1st birthday party.

We decided on a pirate’s treasure theme to incorporate his golden birthday in there. I googled and researched and practiced and made a really awesome treasure chest birthday cake. Brice’s dad, Bill, made an amazing nearly life-sized ship. Both of Brice’s parents helped us prepare a ton of food. It was so fun to celebrate with lots of our friends and family.

Harrison was a little tentative with his birthday cake, but he eventually dove in. He had a blast opening gifts, too. He didn’t understand why as soon as he had finally gotten one open and found out what was inside, I took it away and made him open another one. He just wanted to start playing!


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Brat Fest

Memorial Day weekend in Madison means one thing – Brat Fest!! Last year I was quite pregnant with Harrison and bought a onsie planning to put my future baby in it 12 months later. I’m so glad I planned ahead!

(Oh yeah, Emily and Kyle came to visit! I didn’t get a chance to see them since I was at work, but they got to play with Harrison.)

The three of us went Friday for dinner. The Hippo ate a half of Boca brat himself. He tried a little sauerkraut, but it’s definitely NOT one of his favorites.

We got to hear an amazing young musician. Scotty Fish is quite a talented guy and he can’t be more than 13 or 14 years old.

Harrison got to meet local news anchor Susan Siman from Channel 3. She was our celebrity cashier and she was smitten with the Hippo.

H and I went again tonight for dinner. (Brice had to work, but he got a leftover brat in the fridge.) We had to do our part to beat the record!

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Bear Crawl

Harrison isn’t a huge fan of the grass on his legs and knees, so he does a funny bear crawl in the backyard. (don’t mind Brice being a goof in the background… )

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Since Brice and I met working at a movie theater, a lot of our dates have been movie dates. We used to see every single movie that came through our theater. Once our theater closed, we still went to the movies just about every week. Once Harrison came along, that came to a screeching halt. Until today, we’d seen exactly ONE movie since he was born. We saw Harry Potter in July, and that’s it.

It’s hard to find time together to go, and when we do have time off together, we’d usually rather nap! We also don’t really like to have to get a baby sitter when he’s already in day care a few days a week. Turns out, there’s a perfect solution!

Our local theater has Matinee Movie Magic. They play first run movies at 10am on Tuesday mornings especially for parents! Babies are welcome, so we don’t even need a sitter. We saw Iron Man 2 today. Harrison got a little restless, so we took turns holding him and walking near the door. There were at least 4 or 5 other babies in our theater, and several others in the other shows. They all took turns getting fussy, so no one needed to feel bad. We brought some puffs and I nursed him in the theater. I’d heard that going to the movies with a little baby was a good place to try nursing in public, and I totally agree. It’s pretty dark and everyone has something else to pay attention to!  No need for a cover or anything. It’s also a really good way to keep the baby quiet when he’s getting crabby.  About halfway through the show, Harrison fell asleep in Brice’s arms and slept until the credits rolled. I’m not sure if I’d recommend Iron Man, but I definitely recommend the baby friendly movie showing.

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The mover in action

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He is moving!

Harrison had a huge leap in mobility in the last week or so. He’s now all out hands-and-knees crawling. He’s pulling up on EVERYTHING, and cruising across the furniture. He has a walker toy with wheels and walks laps around his room as long as I hold on to it and don’t let it slide away too quickly.

I know… I need to get some videos of these new feats, but he’s gotten a little camera-shy. He’ll be crawling/cruising/walking happily, but as soon as I get the video camera ready he plops down and stares at me.

This world of a mobile baby is a pretty big change! He really enjoys pulling on the cables to the TV/laptop/baby monitor, dumping the cats’ water and food dishes, and pulling over garbage cans. A big part of the day has become chasing him around, taking things away and moving him back to his toys. It’s a whole new world of parenting!

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Still sick

The little guy is still pretty sick. I came home early from work today and Brice went in a little late so Harrison didn’t have to go the babysitter today. He’s still running a fever, crabby, and clingy.

Hopefully the doctor can figure out what’s going on with the little peanut and we can get him on the mend!

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