Monday, January 31, 2011

Paper towel roll at dinner

While recovering from ear infections and a fever over the weekend, Chase summoned enough imagination to build a food rocket. At least his uneaten dinner didn't go to waste.

Next, the rocket became a spyglass which he used to look for Dora's map. We saw a lot of cartoons this weekend while waiting for Chase to feel better.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Role reversal

Maybe Chase and Lilly have influenced each other too much -- Chase snacked on the Dora DVD insert, and Lilly found a regal rest in Chase's chair. (wish you could have seen her circling in it to find just the right spot!)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A conversation with Chase

After Chase's bath last night, he noticed his hands and fingers were wrinkled from the water. He held them out and rubbed them.

Me: Your hands are wrinkled.
Chase: I need gloves.
Me: You need gloves?
Chase: I want to go outside. (nevermind he was half-naked as we were putting his PJs on)
Me: It's cold and windy outside.
Chase: I want to go outside in snow with gloves.

Lots of "ah's" and "eh's" as he really tries to put longer sentences together. You can literally hear the wheels turning in his mind. Amazing!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Chase's new bed

Chase got a new bed on Saturday after showing us his acrobatic crib climbing skills. Chris had the great idea to entice Chase to sleep in the new bed with linens featuring his favorite animal rescuer Diego.

How does Chase like it, you ask? Daytime naps, no -- he ran around his room instead. Nighttime, yes -- a little crying at first, but he slept pretty well. Funny, now he requests every stuffed animal in sight put in the bed with him.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The boo-boo is broken

We decided to end Chase's nighttime pacifier (boo-boo, to him) habit last night. He only uses it for sleeping, so there's no cutting back, just cutting out. And, boy, does he love his boo-boo.

Taking some friends' advice, we cut a hole in the paci and told Chase it is broken. He understood that as soon as he put it in his mouth, but he didn't like it one bit. He wanted it fixed. After about an hour of crying in total, he was asleep by 10pm, slept until 7am, and woke up as the happiest little kid. Woo-hoo! So far, so good, right?

At today's nap, Chase was still unhappy about his broken boo-boo. After about half an hour of crying, we heard a thump from his room. Chris found him standing by the door trying to get out. Chase had climbed out of his crib, and he could too easily show us how he did it.

So, Chris is now at the store finding us a solution to the crib problem before tonight's adventures begin: kicking the paci habit AND getting Chase to stay in his new bed? We'll let you know how it goes!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


The playdough we made at home last weekend has entertained Chase morning and evening. He stretches our imagination and creative skills as he requests cows, ducks, and cats. His favorite part: pounding it all flat.

Thanks for the recipe, Nana.
1 c flour
1/2 c salt
2T cream of tartar
1T baby oil
1/2 to 3/4 c water -- add more to reach consistency
food coloring

Monday, January 17, 2011

My Parents went to China and all I got was this crappy Communist T-shirt

I'd like to think he is happy we are back....

Oh is a preview of what Mom and Dad did in China:

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Christmas 2010

To start the holiday, Chris cooked a beautiful and delicious Christmas Eve turkey.

General silliness at dinner. For some reason, Chase found a few words hilarious during the week: winter, singing iguanas, and again. We were all surprised at his giggling reaction when we unsuspectingly said those words. Then, Chase would say the word and ask everyone in the room to repeat it back: Mama, winter! Daddy, winter! Nana, winter! We thought it was as funny as he did.

Christmas morning. Chase definitely understands presents. In fact, the day after Christmas, he looked at the empty space under the tree and said, "Presents?".

Chase and Aunt Mer-mer disassembling Mama Kat's nativity scene. He loves animals.

Preparing to play in more than six inches of snow on the day after Christmas. Ma-Daddy (Chase's name for his granddaddy) has a hat like his.

Ma-Daddy is an expert snowman builder. The tall one is wearing a Mickey hat and has eyes of sidewalk chalk and arms of icicles. The little one is Chase-sized.