Thursday, September 24, 2009

Standing Tall

Derek's newest accomplishment - standing up in the middle of the floor.
He has never attempted to stand up, but tonight as I was cleaning up dinner, Elliott said Derek is standing up and falling back down. I was doubtful, but as I watched, this is what I saw (beware loud screeching ahead)...
He finally got the hang of it. Once he got up and stood there for a good 30 seconds. Of course the video was processing so I couldn't get a picture, but here's a great one from another successful attempt. I absolutely LOVE the face!

Go, Derek, go!

He's finally making some progress. Hooray!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Elliott Update

I've been a bit behind on getting this update out. Elliott has had an exciting month. He loves school. He started playing soccer. He has a lot of fun, even if he doesn't usually get anywhere near the ball. He has a good coach and teammates. Their team is the Green Goblins. It's fun to see him play and have a good time. Elliott finally got a new bike too. It was time to get him a "real" bike with training wheels. He loves to ride it. A friend of mine was selling it, so it was a good deal too. Finally, last Saturday Elliott lost his first tooth. We were at the Wymount Opening Social. He was eating a cookie and felt something hard, so he took it out of his mouth. He thought it was just a sprinkle from his cookie. I glanced at it and realized it was his tooth. He thought that was pretty cool. And since he was eating something, we didn't have to deal with any blood. It was nice all around. It's funny to see him smile without the tooth because the new one is already as big as the other teeth in his mouth, just a bit further back. He was very excited for the tooth fairy to come. Elliott LOVES to play the Game of LIFE. We play it almost every day. He is really good at being the banker too. He can calculate anything - 2 paydays minus something he has to pay, etc. He's pretty amazing. It's fun to watch him learn and grow.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Derek Update

Derek is 15 months old (ok, almost 16 now)! He still weighs less than 20 pounds. He's not walking or talking yet, but he's got the cutest personality. He figured out how to climb slides and now cannot be stopped. I have to keep a close eye on him anytime we go to a park. He has no fear. He'll climb up any slide, no matter its size! His other favorite things are reading and animals. So, he can usually be found looking at books with animals and making animal sounds. I can distinguish his animal sounds, but many of them do sound alike. It's pretty cute when he does them. What a sweet boy!
This is where he can usually be found (or more often in the living room corner surrounded by books). I love it!
Derek LOVES playing outside, especially in the dirt. He found this great truck at the park. He loves to play with it.

Chillin' at Elliott's soccer game.

I was sweeping the other day. When I put the broom down for a minute, he was all over it. He sat there pushing it back and forth for several minutes.

Slide time. (The first slide he climbed.)