Sunday, December 20, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like...


...CHRISTMAS!! Only 5 more days! Well, 3 days until extravaganza part 1 of 3 starts. Monday is baking cookies and buckeyes day, Tuesday is a nice relaxing day (only one of the week), Wednesday is packing day and then over to Jamie and Fred's!

It seems like Aden is doing a new thing every day lately. He has learned how to open drawers (by the knob handle, not the top) and pull out things. His favorite drawer is the one with all the whisks. We have at least 5 whisks that he pulls out, walks around with in his walker, drops them on the floor, and then goes back to get another one. I don't know what I'd do without his walker.
Today he actually army crawled! He doesn't pull up on anything yet but he sure does try to crawl.

Also, today I had a GREAT parenting moment, truly fantastic. Aden was walking around in the walker in the kitchen like he usually does. I went into the fridge to grab some chocolate covered pretzels (yum) and was in there a max of 45 seconds. About a minute later, I see Aden walking around with a blue cap. Not a big deal, I figured my mom gave it to him. He seems to be entertained by lids. Another minute passes (probably less than that) and I look at him, he seems to have something all over his face and hands. I grabbed the cap out of his hands... it was the lid of the Dijon Mustard. Do not ask me how I did not notice he was in the fridge with me, let alone how he got the cap off!!! That stuff is SPICY too! He seemed to be fine and actually cried for more... I gave him some water and crackers to wash it down. I think I need more sleep.

He has been waking up at 5 lately! This morning it was 5 and 7. He took one nap at 9:30-11:30 and that's all I got. He went to bed at 6:30 so you can bet i'll have another early morning tomorrow. Friday morning he was up at 2 or something crazy like that. I was so tired that I put his diaper on backwards. How did I even get the flaps fastened?! I do not recall a diaper change ever occurring. Once again, good parenting.
Aden babbles like a little man now. He just talks non stop. He can also clap really well! He almost has the "how big is Aden? SO BIG!" down, and is really starting to want to wave. 9 months is such a fun age for us! Right now I am loving the limited mobility. If he wants to move, I just put him in the walker. If I don't want him to move, I lay him on the floor.

I love that walker but MAN, the thing has destroyed our christmas tree. Okay, maybe the baby IN the walker destroyed it, not the thing itself. We have gold garland strung over the lights and Aden has removed it about 125 times now. I'm thinking next year we might have to omit the garland. He hasn't gotten into any of the presents yet, thankfully. They are in a corner that his walker can't get to so I don't even think he knows they are there.

So I bet you all are asking "What does ELLYN want for christmas?". Clothes. I need clothes. I think about every sweater I own is about 3 or 4 years old. By every sweater I mean the 3 that I have. I don't weigh much over what I did before I was pregnant but 14slim jeans just ain't cuttin it anymore. That is all I want for christmas. Clothes. But, this christmas isn't about me of course, just Aden Joseph.

OH! I did something really neat on Wednesday. Well about 2 weeks ago I got some research thing in the mail saying if I signed up I would win a $50 giftcard to Victoria Secret. Being the loser I am, I signed up. What's the worst that could happen? It was a 30 minute talk (so it said) and a free giftcard. Plus it was on a wednesday so I could have Ryan's mom watch Aden for a little! Guess what? I GOT A $50 GIFT CARD TO VICTORIA SECRET. All I had to really do was talk about what I liked about the store and what not. Of course I spent it right then. I've been wearing the same bra for 2 years now. I don't even wear the size anymore.

I've also made a New Years Resolution already. I think I've made one once in my life and I can't even remember what it was. I obviously stuck with that one really well. Anyways, my resolution is to take better care of myself. I'm so stuck on being a mommy and doing everything I can for Aden, sometimes I forget about myself. I'm going to try to do my hair more often (meaning style and dye it), I'm going to try and lose my "loose jelly" - I'm not even kidding, that's what my mom told me I had today. I'm going to paint my toes and nails more often, and I'm going to get dressed more often. This probably sounds like I'm a huge scrub, but getting dressed seems so pointless to me! haha, I'd rather be in comfy clothes then 4 sizes too small pants. I'm thinking Ryan might appreciate this as well.

Well! I might post before christmas, I might not. I might not even post before New Years. You never know! Good night all!

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