Last week I did a family photo shoot for a new friend of mine! Candice and her family came to my house and I did the shoot right here in my yard. This was a nice thing for me as I was able to use my old door backdrop Sammy made for me and I also didn't have to travel and worry about the children. Sam was able to get off work a tad early and he kept them occupied while I did the shoot and that arrangement worked out nicely. Candice and her family were great to work with and I think the photos turned out awesome! Enjoy.
We officially have a walker over here! Not only did Timothy decide to take his very first steps (alone) yesterday, but he did so and walked a good 5 feet too! You should have seen his face! He was sooooooooo proud of himself!! And after he did it one time, well, he decided to do it again.....and again and again and again! This allowed us the opportunity to take a few videos of him with our phones (our camera card reader is broken, so you get the phone videos, not the camera videos).
Here's our big boy! :)
Today he has been a walking fool. He still crawls to get to where he wants to go, but he'll pull himself to a stand and take a go at walking every couple minutes or so, laughing and smiling the whole time. Yeah, he knows he's awesome! We are so proud of you, Sugar Plum! Oh! And he got another tooth this morning! A top one! That makes 3 teeth now. :) With love, Mama Hauck
This weekend I was able to get in a little horse time while Timothy napped. It had been A YEAR since I've ridden and that's pretty ridiculous. I honestly just can't find the time to get down to the barn and spend time with my horse. It's not like I can bring Timothy down to the barn with me. During the week, the only productive time I have is when Timothy is napping.....and to be honest, I usually spend that time pooping and taking a shower. So I guess that's pretty productive, yeah? Haha On the weekends we're usually busy with grocery shopping or some sort of project and have very little down time. I really need to focus on carving out more horse time (and me time). Maybe when Sam gets home from work since it stays light out longer now. Anyway, Molly helped me brush Nik. She loved that. It was really windy out and he's loosing his winter coat, so hair was just flying everywhere, lol. Since it had been a while since riding and Nik can get a little (a lot) frisky, I wanted to work out some of his kinks by lunging him. I did that for a bit and then hopped on bareback as I didn't want to take the time to mess with the saddle. Timothy's nap time is very precious and you waste not one second! I was pleasantly surprised by Nik, he listened very well and so I felt comfortable giving the kids each a shirt ride around the arena. They had a blast and so did I! Hopefully there will be much more riding going on now.
I keep forgetting to tell everyone that Timothy FINALLY got some teeth, at 10 1/2 months old! His first one pooped in on Easter, and his second one on April 5th. As adorable as his two little teeth are, they have caused a fair amount of pain already. Timothy has accidentally bit his own fingers while eating snacks, he's bit me a few times while nursing...OUCH!...and for some reason he thinks its fun to bite my toes. Timothy is such a little explorer. Once he discovered there was a "behind the couch" and he could fit behind there, that became his go-to spot for fun. Can't find the baby? Just check behind one of the couches, he's sure to be back there with a handful of toys banging on the living room window. He has a fascination for the dishwasher and fridge. I can't open up either of them without him going in to "turbo charge" mode while crawling so he can get there...fast! I've never seen a baby crawl so quickly. You know he means business when he puts his head down while crawling....turbo charge....it's no joke. Haha And while he might think its fun to pull out the dirty dishes that I'm putting in the dishwasher, it's not. And the fridge, he loves that even more than the dishwasher. Sometimes I open up the fridge so he will go play in that just so I can finish the the dishes!
When Anthony was little, we received a push and ride on walker toy. This toy has been kept and passed down from kiddo to kiddo and it now belongs to Timothy. You should have seen Timothy's face the first time he realized he could walk with it! He pushes it all around the house now, sometimes chasing me with it and giggling when he hits my legs. Not only does he walk with his walker, but he walks with anything he can get to move across the floor....his music table, the kids' little chairs, the big heavy kitchen chairs....he is just a pushing and walking fool.
Last week he stood all by himself for the first time. It was only for about 3 seconds, but ever since then he's been getting braver and can do it for upwards of 10 seconds, usually on the hard wood floors with no socks on so his tiny toes can grip the floor for balance. And he knows standing by himself is something special that will get him attention too. When he's standing he will look over at you with a big 'ol grin on his face, just so proud of himself, making sure you are looking at him! lol I think he will be walking on his own soon...perhaps before he turns one on May 11th! We'll see!
Not only has Timothy learned to clap and give high-fives (both of which he's been doing for a couple months now), but he's added waving bye-bye to his list of skills. I taught him that. ;) I'm also trying to teach him to say "Mama." He does a lot of babbling and will babble mamamamama, but I won't be writing down "Mama" as his first word until he looks at me and says it intentionally. Yes, he is one smart cookie. He's learned that if he gives a little whine when something displeases him....like the kids taking a toy away or Molly hugging him and not letting him go....that Mama will come and take care of the situation for him and he'll get what he wants. Haha Sometimes he'll do his cry/scream/whine and look over at me to see if I'm paying attention, as if to say, "Uhhh, Mama...yeah....you want to come take care of this for me? Thanks." And he mock coughs. Yes. He will fake cough after you've been coughing. A mock cough. And Molly taught him to make that "clearing your throat" sound. In fact, she teaches him how to make a lot of annoying sounds. And she and him will just be chasing each other around the house making throat clearing sounds and blowing spit bubbles. You're something else, Timothy. I love watching you learn and grow.
Sometimes, just sometimes, no matter how much mess it's going to make or how long it'll take you to clean or mop it up.....
You've just got to smile and let them play.....
Timothy was having so much fun and he was far
too cute for me to stop him. I let him splash and splash until all the
water in the dog bowls was splashed and spilled everywhere. He was
soaking wet and it took me a while to clean everything up, but the smile
on his face was worth it. Will he do it again? Only if he sneaks in there while I'm not looking!
They're only little once. In a year he will have no interest in the dog's bowls and the only time the water will be spilled out of them will be when I accidentally kick them while doing laundry. I'll probably look down at them with a tear in my eyes and wish I had a little one to chase out of there.
Spring is here in Goldendale, and that means so is the wind and the on and off again rain. But rainy days aren't all that bad. While Sammy is at work and Anthony is at school, the rest of us pass the time by window gazing and being silly.