October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

You'll have to forgive me. This is Cole's first Halloween and I've gone overboard. For awhile when people asked what she was going to be I'd say, "Asleep." And I meant it. Until I saw some costumes on clearance. So Cole is going to be a dinosaur. And flower.

She was a dinosaur at Zoo Boo on Saturday and today she is a flower. Then tonight, she'll be asleep.

And Gunther, well, he is a reluctant hotdog. Best $4 Target find ever. 

Happy Halloween!

October 30, 2012

October 29, 2012

Fake It 'Til You Make It Photography: Maternity

I own a pretty decent camera and a couple of very decent lenses. I also like to take pictures. This does not make me a photographer. But I'm willing to fake it.

When my girlfriend asked me to take some maternity pictures for her I happily accepted. I promised to take a gazillion pictures in the hopes of getting two good ones. And it worked!  After snapping 426 pictures, I managed to find a few gems.

Lucky for me, it's a photogenic family. And mama bear knew exactly what she wanted the pictures to look like. I tried to accommodate.

Yeah, yeah, this is not a maternity picture.
But this sweet four year old is just as cute as a button.
She's going to be a great big sister. 

The nursery is nothing short of amazing!
It's bright and colorful and full of playful patterns.
Basically, it belongs in magazines.

October 24, 2012

Peggy Sue

Look at this puppy, Miss Peggy Sue!
That face. Those wrinkles. Can you stand it?
Peggy Sue belongs to my mom and Bigs.
She's growing up so fast. 
While we were in Maryland, I just couldn't stop taking her picture. 

October 22, 2012


As I mentioned, my dad's folks live in the Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. They don't go by any fancy grandparent names, just Cathy and D. Cole met Cathy and D a few months ago but she was much more engaged this time around. It didn't hurt that Cathy bought Cole her own set of keys which were and are a big hit!

While we were at the beach, Cathy and D came over for dinner. Actually they brought us dinner: Royal Farms fried chicken, coleslaw, squash casserole, baked beans, and biscuits. And it was delicious. I wouldn't mind having a Royal Farms in Memphis.

Then Thursday before we left Rehoboth, we stopped by Cathy and D's house for one last visit. Cole hammed it up for the camera ::of course:: while Cathy kept a close eye.

October 19, 2012

National Aquarium in Baltimore

If you've been reading this blog for any significant length of time you know that Cole and I are regulars at the Memphis Zoo.
While I love our zoo, truth be told, I long for a nearby aquarium. Like the one in Baltimore. Or Atlanta.
When we were in Maryland my dad told us that he had two free tickets to the National Aquarium.
We had to go!

When we got to the aquarium we were surprised to learn that strollers are not allowed.
Conveniently the aquarium provides a stroller check and loaner baby carriers.
We borrowed one of the carriers.
So that worked for about twenty minutes.

As we strolled the Australia exhibit we found out our timing was fortunate. Or unfortunate. Depends on your perspective, I guess.
For twenty minutes every three weeks, you can see the snakes eating.
Wouldn't you know it? We happened upon the snake exhibit at meal time.
Watch a snake feed is now crossed off the bucket list.
(Yes, I have pictures of the feeding. No, I did not feel compelled to post them. You're welcome.)

Admission to the dolphin show was included with our tickets.
The show was no longer than 20 minutes which provided the perfect opportunity to nurse baby girl.

Cole was completely mesmerized by some of the sea creatures.
She banged on the windows and screamed with delight.
I'm not sure the other aquarium guests appreciated her enthusiasm.

Back when Aunt Lisa was in Memphis we decided we'd visit the the Georgia Aquarium next time we're in Atlanta.
I can't wait. 

October 18, 2012

Cole :: 8 months

Today Cole is eight months old.

This month she's become more independent.  She's taken to feeding herself snacks and exploring our house with a sense of boldness. She's pulling up on everything and even taking a few brave steps from one support object to the next. 

Cole still isn't much for sleeping. She's started to take more regular naps but they are rarely for more than an hour. Every morning, she's so excited to start the day she gets up before the sun. She is a big fan of eating. Cole enjoys her solids though maybe not as much as she enjoys nursing. Cole still nurses about six times a day. This month she's started to sign a few words like milk, mommy, and daddy. The most frequent sign she uses is "milk."

At school, she finally got over the separation issues. So much so, that now she loves school. Cole's daily reports in the last month have been extremely positive.  She doesn't even cry when I drop her off. It's lovely. 

October 17, 2012


I've been hunting for a playground nearby with a baby swing.
It's been harder to come by than I imagined.
Yesterday my girlfriend told me about one.
So after Peter got home from work last night we went to the playground.

Cole liked swinging. She liked it a whole lot.
Her whole face was smiling! 
I took a million pictures.

And I decided to use minimal discretion and post five pictures of the same thing.
I'm sorry I'm not sorry.
Is there anything sweeter than a happy baby?