Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Holiday Preparations

In the middle of all of the Christmas preparation Emmy started to be able to sit up. We went to a Christmas party on Saturday night and there was a little boy who was nine months old and sitting on his own. Emmy watched him and then the next morning she decided that she could do it too. Nothing like a little peer pressure! Aidan loves that she can sit with him and look at toys. He is really good with her and doesn't push her over or anything (yet!). It seems like she is a real person to him now - he was kissing her last night and telling her that she was his best friend. It really can't get much better than that!

Aidan and Emmy playing together
Emmy sitting in the kitchen
Emmy LOVES avocados
Aidan in the uniform he has been wearing constantly since last week

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Emmy's on Solid Food

So it's a very exciting time for us here in the Cullinan household. Emmy's chair finally came and I started her on some solid food. She LOVES it - no suprise really! Here are some pictures of her first meal of rice cereal. Since then she has mastered both sweet potatoes and bananas. Avocado will be next followed by yogurt! She just loves sitting at the table with us and tries to grab the spoon out of my hand. She does get a little frustrated that it doesn't go very quickly but a hungry baby is a motivated baby - I'm sure she'll be eating steak by next week!

Christmas Tree

We put up our tree last week! Emmy thought it was great - she loves the lights. Aidan thought it was great too - he wouldn't hold still for a picture so we don't have any of him with the tree but I'll try tomorrow to get some! Here are some pictures of ornaments - I am still learning how to use my new camera and lenses but I thought these came out well.

Christmas Picture Trauma

I just love having a Christmas picture of Aidan and now Aidan and Emmy. I am a total dork because I love the cheesy Christmas backgrounds and props so we went to Kiddie Kandids to get the picture taken. Last year Aidan's picture came out cute and I actually had a few to choose from so I thought we should go back. I made the appointment for 10:30 which is great because it's after Emmy's feeding and between naps and Aidan is better in the morning than the afternoon. So we get there on time - a little early even! - turns out to be one of the biggest mistakes that I have made in a while - and believe me that is saying a lot! We were on time but they were running late - there were still two people ahead of us. Aidan was fine for about 20 minutes and then he started climbing on stuff. He was bored and he's 2 so really that was to be expected. But then I turn my head for literally 2 seconds and he had gotten himself wedged UNDER the desk where the computer is to view the pictures. And then he started screaming -because he is terrified that his head is stuck and he can't get out. Everyone is staring at me as I pull him out from under the desk by his ankles - now he is red and what's even better - has rug burn on his forehead - awesome. Then Emmy starts fussing because she has been up for an hour and a half and is starting to run out of steam. We get started with the pictures about 10 minutes later which is an eternity in tired kid time. Emmy can't sit up on her own and the photographer - who may have never used a camera before he started working at Kiddie Kandids yesterday - doesn't know how to pose them and just watches Aidan throw himself around the backdrop and keeps saying "I can't get the baby to smile"

We walked out. I've never walked out of anything in my life. It was horrible.

We did end up getting a picture the next day - it was almost as bad but Brendan was back from his business trip so he was there to help wrangle the kids and hold back the crazy lady.

Totally worth the pain and agony........