Monday, June 22, 2009

Duck Races for Father's Day





Two thousand ducks came rushing at me...I didn't know what to do or how to react, so I smiled, laughed, and got really really really excited. I shuddered with joy!
After Vander's first nap we headed over to Vasona Lake Park to see the duck races. When we got there we walked around and enjoyed the atmosphere. Vander visited with the geese and hung out with them in a backpack on Justin's back. Then we went and played on the playground. It was lots of fun, and then the real fun began. Grammy and Pops found a great spot along the creek and we watched the preliminary duck races. 2000 rubber ducks were dumped over a bridge into the water and proceeded down the water in a race to the finish. Vander was thrilled and enthralled. It was really awesome. Afterwards he got to pet a dog, see more geese, and eat some lunch. It was a really nice way to spend Father's Day.

For Father's Day Vander got his daddy Finding Nemo (because it's a movie about a father and son) and Memory, so they can learn to play a game together...these are two of his daddy's passions: DVDs and games.


Pomona Paradise (the theme of the party).




From Wednesday, June 17th to Sunday June 21st Vander and I went on an adventure. He experienced many firsts... We flew down to Longbeach and stayed with Andrea Lombardo (my best friend). Vander got to sit in his car seat on the 1 1/2 hour flight (which was great). He munched almost the entire time, which was good for his ears and kept him entertained. When we got there we went straight to the beach. Vander LOVED it! He enjoyed the sand, kept trying to surf on Josh's board (Andrea's boyfriend), and then we went in the waves. I have never seen him so happy. Every time a wave came and crashed on him (I let him go in up to his waist) he would get so excited and babble and make all kinds of happy noises. He was beyond thrilled. He was entertained by his feet sinking in the sand too. He did not want to leave.
The next day we went and played at the park. Vander will gladly swing for an hour if you let him. He does not seem to get tired of swinging. That night Andrea and her roommate Kyle hosted a party. I am pretty sure Vander thought it was in his honor. He worked the crowd and everyone enjoyed him. They started it at 5pm instead of 7pm so Vander could enjoy the festivities. He definitely did. He was conning everyone out of their food!

On Friday we went swimming, and Vander loves to swim. The water was a bit cold, so we couldn't stay in too long, since he started to shiver, but he absolutely loved it. That evening we also headed out to go for a hike and let Vander play in the creek. Andrea helped him navigate and again he was ecstatic. Andrea patiently was teaching Vander how to drink out of a glass, and he ended up learning how to blow bubbles into it.
On Saturday we stopped in on a South East Asia museum and then went to the park again. We also went shoe shopping and grocery shopping. It's always fun to be out and about.
Sunday morning we woke up dark and early to head to the airport (4:45am). We had a pretty good flight back.
Vander didn't sleep super well while we were there. In fact the first day he skipped his naps all together! He got up between 3:15am and 4:50 every morning for a bottle (which is usually between 5:30am and 6am), and he got up for the day every morning at 6am (which is usually between 6:30am and 7:30am). Though he did some crying, mostly due to being tired, he also did a lot of laughing. I also learned that I can take care of him by myself (though I do prefer having Justin's help especially at bed time, and that is not to say Andrea didn't help with him during the day of course). Vander missed his dad the most at bath time....it's usually one of his favorite activities, but he screamed during bath time every night. I felt really bad, but it's just not as good without your dad.
Vander's first vacation was a success and we had a great time! Thank Andrea! (Her roommate Kyle and her roommate's dad, John, were really awesome too).

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Two new teeth

Vander was extremely cranky yesterday... we looked in his mouth hoping that it was a teething issue... and... there were two new teeth poking through. They are both back teeth. He has 7 up front 3 on top and 4 on the bottom. We didn't see any more until I felt in back and he has one on each side of the top, a couple spaces back. Yow. No wonder he was an unhappy little man.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Out to dinner

Vander's first experience eating dinner at a restaurant was a success. We went to Mandarin Gourmet for Chinese food. He had Moo shoo pork, fried rice, and even had some of the beef and broccoli. He did scream once, but it was a need to go to the bathroom, not anything he could help. Overall, a very pleasant experience.

I'll unplug that, and other updates.

Vander's new favorite pass time is unplugging things and that includes the the socket protectors that are supposed to be baby proof. He also enjoys eating paper and leaves. He likes to pull grass, but that and sand he generally just plays with, he doesn't eat those. He loves playing with pens (luckily he doesn't know how to take the caps off). He is quite the little explorer. When he is in the grass he doesn't like the way it feels on his knees, so he crawls around on his hands and feet...it's pretty cute. Vander enjoys standing up at the window and looking out over the neighborhood.

Where food is concerned he is learning to eat all kinds of fun stuff. It appears that quiche is his favorite so far. He also likes bueberries and mangoes quite a bit. Enchiladas, potatoes and bread are all winners. Mushrooms are pretty good too. Graham crackers and fruit snacks are a big hit, as are Kix and cheerios. Vander is drinking organic whole cows milk and really seems to like the flavor.

Today he got a temporary tattoo on his arm and danced it up with some other little dudes at the Mommy and Me event at Westgate mall.

New pictures are up

Finally I got the April and May pictures up on phanfare. If you would like to be added to my phanfare page to see the photos let me know.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Camera

Good news, I finally got the camera cord in the mail, so I should be able to upload some pictures soon! Yay...give me a week, I'll do my best. :)

Trim it up


Vander's hair has gotten long and unruly. So, we decided we would leave it long and wispy like baby hair is, but we trimmed his bangs just enough to be out of his eyes. We waited until after his one year appointment for pictures.

One year appointment

Vander has another ear ache...poor guy. We found out when he had his one year appointment. He had to get 4 shots: chicken pox, hep A, Pneumonia, and MMR. Yikes. The doctor also says he needs to eat 3 meals a day and have bottles with his food (slowly transitioning to cups) and two snacks. No 5am feeding. Which is awesome. Theresa says that we have to wait until we move into our own place because she doesn't want him crying. So, I guess he has to be a baby for 2 more months, and then it is time to move on to toddlerhood. He is really growing up.