Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Uh oh...he's a climber

It didn't even occur to me that Nolan would already be able to climb. I clearly don't understand about child development. I figured that if the kid just barely learned to crawl, he surely wouldn't be able to climb steps. I was wrong.

Nolan kept trying to grab my shoes. Since they were pretty dirty, I decided to place them up a couple steps to keep him from playing with them. Well, that was no deterrent. Nolan proceeded to climb a step to get those shoes!!

I guess you should never underestimate a willful child!

Monday, July 25, 2011

"Traditional" Crawler

Nolan is now crawling on all fours. No more asterisks needed when people ask me if he's crawling (having to disclose "yes, but army crawling"). He's just crawling. Period!

It was actually funny because Jenn asked me today how Nolan was doing with his crawling. I said, "Great! Still an army crawler, but getting around so well!" But that night, after picking him up from my mom's house, I realized he's moved onto more of a traditional crawl now. Things change quickly! My answers your Nolan questions change by the second!!

Sunday, July 24, 2011


So Nolan-bear is starting to take the next leap: cruising!! Today he pulled himself up using the ottoman, then took a couple steps to the couch as he grasped the ottoman.

Little man is getting so mobile!!! Should I be excited or scared?!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

What ingenuity!

Today Nolan pulled himself up using a turned over basket. I was so proud.
But then he BLEW MY MIND! He proceeded to climb onto the basket - using it as a stepstool - in order to grab the remote off the couch!!!
What men will do for TV remotes :)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Continues to pull himself up

Nolan-man is getting better each day with pulling himself up. Today, he pulled himself up using his toy table. I think he was quite please with himself...and his toy-table playtime reward :)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Pulling himself up

Today my little Nolan-man pulled himself up, using a box for support! Unfortunately, the box was flimsy and he just about toppled over.
Hopefully he didn't get too freaked and will continue trying. Charge on, little man!!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

5 years without my Dad

It has now been 5 years since my dad passed away. I still remember the exact moment I found out that he died, and seeing his yellow-bike-glove-covered hand peeking out from under that tarp. My (and my family's) world fell apart that day.
He was this family's strength; I always knew things were going to turn out right if I had his support. What were we going to do without him? How are we supposed to go through the rest of this life without him?? We were supposed to have him for at least another 20 years!!
My father did everything for our family; not only did he mow my lawns when I worked too many hours to do it myself....or help install a new front door on my brother's house....or wash my mom's car every Saturday morning.....but he did something so much more important than all that. He listened to us. He hugged us when we felt broken down. He loved us with every cell of his body. He was the most amazing met I've ever met.

I miss you, dad. I think about you every day. I really hope I get to see you someday again. I wish I could believe there is a God and that we'll meet in heaven one day, but what God would take a man like you from this earth at such a young age?

All I know: I love you and miss you terribly, Dad.