Saturday, June 28, 2008

Colin's Very First Haircut!!!

Well, today was the big day. The day that I have been both excited about and dreading for a long time. Colin got his hair cut!!! I know, I am such a mother to freak out over such a thing, but it was a big deal. This was the first time my little baby was having those little baby hairs touched, for goodness sake!! Colin was, as usual, amazing. He was SUCH a trooper!! We went to a place that specializes in little children and I am glad that I finally decided to go that direction. They had tiny chairs just for little ones and there were movies playing right in front of him. Dena cut his hair and she was wonderful!! She was incredibly sweet and Colin liked her instantly. She was very gentle and worked FAST. She did not use the clippers and only scissors for his first time and he did not mind her messing with his hair at all. She even had a big stash of Goldfish snacks on hand and Colin ate them the entire time. He loved them so much that he barely noticed his hair getting cut! I think he looks incredibly dapper now and a little too much like a boy instead of a baby. But all in all, I am glad that we went for it since his hair was getting wild! We went to the pool this afternoon and his hair did not get anywhere near his eyes, which was wonderful. It was totally out of his way. What a big day for my little baby!!!!
The first two pics above are before the cut, the middle two are during, and the last one is the after shot taken by the stylist. In the "Baby's First Haircut" package, we got the picture printed out with a little memento frame and pouches of his hair. I scanned it in, so the quality is not great, but her picture turned out cuter than the one on our camera. Also, we took video and I just posted it on youtube since I think the quality remains better that way for sharing. The links for the two videos are:
If that does not work, you can search on youtube for "Colin's First Haircut". You will find take one and take two. :-)

Friday, June 27, 2008

My Husband, The Comedian

So, per our usual "It's Friday, let's eat food that I did not cook" way, we went out to our little Mexican joint for dinner. For the first time, I actually ordered Colin his own little plate of kiddie quesadillas. Our sweet waiter, who knows us well, even brought it out way ahead of the grown-up food so that Colin would not get restless. I love that place! Colin really liked it and only threw about half of it on the floor. He also ate a whole plate of guacamole. I should really start ordering his own plate of that too, as Jer and I no longer seem to get any of it. Anyhoo...after dinner I was itching for a treat and I convinced (read: whined) Jer into taking us to Marble Slab for an overpriced ice cream. A little back one and only craving while pregnant was Sweet Cream with chocolate sprinkles in a waffle cup from Marble Slab. Only that one flavor with that one topping in that one cup. It was insane. I would have seriously injured someone to get one. I don't even want to know how much money I spent all total on those damn things. So back to the story...I had not been back there since Colin was born and decided that I needed one pronto tonight. We went in and ordered and attempted to sit with Colin in the store to eat, but he was not in the mood to sit in a chair and quickly tried to start walking on their really dirty floors. Since the little man was barefoot (I really need to buy some shoes that he will keep on his feet) we decided to take it to the car. Which is where the fun really begins. It is almost 100 degrees here today and the wind was blowing heat like a hair dryer in our faces. Jer had ordered a mint ice cream with chocolate chips. Their mint ice cream is neon green. Jer is holding both ice cream cups and I am holding Colin. As I am strapping Colin in his car seat, I hear Jer begin swearing loudly. By the time I get myself into the front seat beside him, he has neon green ice cream all over his hands, and better still, his lap. I grab some wipes (the best part about being a parent is always having wipes on hand!) and hand them to Jer. Now, I will admit that I was laughing. Loudly. Vigorously. I mean, face it, a grown man covered in neon green ice cream is pretty damn hilarious. So what does my sweet husband do? He leans over and pours melted neon green ice cream in my lap. Over my lap and onto the seat. Now I, too, am covered in neon green ice cream. He, of course, is rolling. And alright, I am laughing too. We are both crying with laughter and I am busy telling him that I cannot believe that he did that and that he is in big BIG trouble. What a freak. I am sure that my son was in the back seat thinking, "Are these really my parents??" Happy Friday, everyone!! ;-)

Special Moments with Colin

The question of the day on my message board today is to describe your favorite time or moment during the day with your baby. I have been pondering this question, wondering if it is possible to pick just one moment that is my "favorite". I love breakfast with Colin. He sits in his high chair, which I pull up to the bar so that I perch beside him on a bar stool. I crumble breakfast on his tray and then proceed to eat some of whatever I made for him...this morning it is strawberry eggos. We sit together, usually watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. He thinks it is hysterical when I make exaggerated faces while I eat, which I do for him every morning without fail. He laughs hard and claps his hands and scatters food everywhere while Enzo paces the floor beneath to pick everything up. I sing songs to him from his shows to crack him up and we just enjoy eating together. Then again, there are those special moments before bedtime that I adore, too. I sit and rock him in the glider for about 20 minutes. I sing softly to him and stroke his hair and cheeks and kiss him. Lately I have begun using one hand to softly rub the muscles in his legs while we rock. I would imagine they are sore after a long day of learning how to walk and he really seems to love that. I massage each leg and then each little toe. These are the few moments where he is actually still and I love to feel him laying in my arms and watch his little eyes drift shut and then open again as he tries to stay awake. I am very aware that these moments in particular are fleeting and I try to memorize the way he feels in my arms each night.

Colin is such a happy baby. He laughs all the time and is very quick with a smile. He finds joy in everything he sees. He is loud, just like his Mama. He loves Enzo more than anything and squeals literally every time he sees him. The best way I can describe his personality at this point is silly and content. Not much ever seems to ruffle his feathers and he is always laughing and "talking". As we get ever closer to the big birthday, I try more than ever to etch every single one of these little traits into my mind so that I can remember what it was like to be loved by this amazing little 11 month old.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Cutest Little Baby Butt!

I decided to bust out the baby pool that I bought at Wal-Mart a couple of weeks ago. It certainly does not hold a candle to the big pool, but on the plus side, Colin can go diaper free! He had a great time splashing around. There is no doubt that he is my little fishy! You really have to click on the first picture to see his face...he LOVES it! :-)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Great Mashed Potato Debacle

I made homemade mashed potatoes tonight and Colin refused to let me feed him. So I put a huge dollop on his tray and the rest is video history. Let me tell you, there was a very long bath afterwards! :-)

Monday, June 23, 2008

Crescent Chicken Squares - Recipe Post

My friend Shannon frequently posts delicious recipes and she asked me a couple of weeks ago to share some of my own dishes. Tonight I made Crescent Chicken Squares and let me tell you, for something that is so simple, these are to die for!! We ate all of them and even Colin loved it!! I even managed to remember to take a picture before we devoured the last one, but I apologize for how bad the picture turned out. :-) I served them with fresh green beans sauteed in lemon and butter and iced tea. Simple and easy!

Crescent Chicken Squares

3 oz cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons butter, melted and divided
2 cups finely chopped cooked chicken breast
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon of seasoned salt
1/8 teaspoon of pepper (I added a little more than this of both the salt and pepper...I do this to taste)
1.5 cans of refrigerated crescent rolls (this will make 6 pouches total)
1 cup of seasoned croutons, crushed

Combine cream cheese and 2 tablespoons melted butter, stir in chicken, milk, salt and pepper, set aside.
Unroll crescent dough, separating into 6 rectangles, press perforations to seal. Divide the chicken mixture evenly into center of each rectangle; bring corners of each rectangle together over chicken mixture and twist gently to seal.

Brush packets with remaining two tablespoons of the melted butter; dredge in crushed croutons, and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 20 -25 minutes (25 minutes is perfect in my oven) or until golden.

**these are AWESOME with chicken gravy...I made the instant McCormick gravy packet and served it along side. It really made the dish and I would not make these without it!**

The only thing I will do differently next time is to make just a little more of the chicken mixture so that I can use both cans of the rolls. It seems silly to waste the other half of the second tin and that would have made a good lunch tomorrow! As I made it tonight, this should serve 4 people easily, but Jer and I are huge pigs and Colin ate one by himself, so there go the leftovers. ;-) I hope you enjoy!!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Video of Colin WALKING!

Here it off the presses! This is the first video of Colin walking! We took this in our pj's this morning, so forgive the poor lighting. The end may be my favorite part of the whole thing...what a smile!! :-)

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