Friday, June 19, 2009



Sunday, February 1, 2009

sorry 'bout the family blog atrophy...


... but life gets in the way sometimes. Rest assured that Matthew is growing like a weed and surprising us every day with his "smartitude". ;-) If you are so inclined, I do have a personal blog that I keep updated on a regular basis that you may visit, and I have been trying to post more pictures of Matthew there. Posts featuring him are not so much about noting specific milestones as they are about just life in general. Unlike this one, it is a public blog, so instead of using his name, I refer to him as LO (or, Little One). The blog is called Feel free to stop by anytime!

~ Keisha

Monday, January 12, 2009

bo peep vid

Friday, June 27, 2008

"this calls for some celery!" said linny...

Ah, Wonder Pets! I had thought for whatever reason that this gem of a children's show was my little secret. Turns out, it's the top-rated show on Nick Jr. (or at least it was a year ago). I have to admit, I dig this show as much as a grown-up can dig a pre-schooler's show. And maybe that's why I allow my child, who isn't even one year old yet, to watch it. Today, I decided we would leave the TV off all day, and in fact we did - I didn't even get my Today Show fix this morning. But by 7pm tonight, I broke down and turned Wonder Pets! on (not as originally aired... because, YES, I DVR'd it!!). And Matthew sat in the floor - not in front of the TV, but worse - he was in the middle of playing with his big car, not even paying attention to the show, but then Linny, Tuck, (and Ming-Ming too!) started their operatic warbling, and Matt's eyes were glued to the TV for the entire 12 minutes of the segment. At first it was cute... and then it was just sad. This, as Ming-Ming would say, is "sewious!!"
I've been kind of fretting over the whole TV-for-toddlers thing lately. The TV is on all day mainly for Mommy - sometimes it's my only connection to what day of the week it is, sadly enough. But it's completely doable to limit how long the TV is on during the day, if not completely eliminate it during the day. I mean, Matthew doesn't just sit in front of the TV all day like a stone, but surely we could find better background noise than Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford.
Well enough about that - let's get down to a couple of pictures of our beautiful boy. ( I still need to post those Aikido / Iaido pictures I'd mentioned in the last post, will do that soon.)
A close-up of a happy Matthew while he is riding his "big car"

One of his favorite pastimes - getting into the plastic container drawer in the kitchen

Saturday, June 21, 2008

busy, busy, bzzzzzzzzy bees

Some days it's hard keeping up with a toddler (yes, I said it... it just doesn't seem like he is a "baby" anymore!). Matthew is walking around the house, though he has no problems dropping down and crawling if he's looking for more efficient means of travel.

I haven't updated in a while. We've been busy lately - Chris has finally wrapped up some frequent business travel for now, which is nice. Matthew has been growing and changing a lot lately. He's not yet saying any *true* words, but he recognizes a lot: books, fan (ceiling fan - his favorite thing in the whole wide world for whatever reason), toy box, Nosey (our dog), remote control (his second favorite thing), blocks, clap hands, hugs, car, sippy... the list goes on and on, and sometimes I find myself treating him like a trained seal, having him crawl to or point to something just to see that he knows it: "Matthew, where is your car? Where is your remote control?"

As far as his walking goes, Matthew took his first unassisted steps in early May, and then for a few weeks it was really just a couple of steps here and there. But the transition from a couple of steps to walking several feet at a time seemed to be quite drastic.

He also has several teeth now and tends to get the left ones of a pair in first. So if I count the little white tips that have poked through the gums, he has eight teeth now.

I tend to skip over Chris' and my goings-on on this blog, but I did want to mention that a couple of weekends ago, Chris' aikido group (Tulsa Aikido Club) was asked to participate in the Asian-American Festival at the Martin Regional Library in Tulsa. There are a few people in the club who train in both aikido and iaido (including Chris, who leads the iaido class here in Tulsa), but for the purposes of the demos, Chris was the sole demonstrator for iaido, while the other iaido students participated in the aikido demo. They all did really well.

It's time to get Matthew up for the day, so I will post pictures of the demos later.

Friday, April 25, 2008

chris and matthew

Daddy and Matthew sitting on the back porch this evening. (Click on image to enlarge.)

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

random pics

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

9 months old!

Matthew turned 9 months old on the 12th. We don't have official height / weight stats just yet, but we will be making another well appointment soon - his last one was a little late because he had a cold, so it will be another couple of weeks yet. What I can tell you is that he is tall enough to pull up and reach about everything, so gone are the gratuitous coffee table books and the displays of little picture frames on the end tables, thank you Mr. Grabby. They currently sit on higher tables, places which are not their permanent homes, but conveniently out of reach. As far as weight is concerned - well, he weighs enough to make my arms and back ache, that's all I can tell you for now.

He has two upper teeth making their appearance; however, it was not in the order in which we had expected. First came the left 2nd incisor, and now the left front is showing a little. Bless his heart, those teeth gave him fits when they were both coming in, and I think once the 2nd incisor broke through, it made things a little more bearable until he cut the middle one. I will be glad when the incisor stage is through, mainly because I have these lapses where I forget how to pronounce the word 'incisor'! I'm driving Chris crazy with my "in-scissor / in-size-or" vascillations.

Matthew had his first "active" park experience the Sunday before last. While he seemed unimpressed by the slide (I mean, how fun could it be to have someone holding on to you and slowly dragging you down a piece of wavy plastic?), he really seemed to enjoy the swing:

I should also note that he was bigger than the one-year-old that sat in the swing beside him...

He likes to hold his own bottle now and is slowly mastering finger foods. At first we tried the little puffs, as they supposedly melt in babies' mouths more easily, but it wasn't long before he was able to move onto Cheerios:

Matthew loves books! And he has some favorites, too. Additionally, he has some favorite pages within certain books. But one that he has expressed seething disdain for recently is a poor, little tome called "What's Wrong, Little Pookie?" He will take the book out of our hands and toss it to the floor. Hm. Chances are he will tolerate it in a couple of months when he is finally tired of "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish" (which I hope never happens!).

So this post is longer than I had planned. So I will wrap it up and finish off with some recent pictures of our beautiful boy.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

like mother, like son

We had some pretty rough weather this morning; at 3:15am I heard Chris say, "I don't want to wake the baby, but we may have to go into the middle bathroom."

Why? "When I heard the weather sirens go off, I turned on the TV, and it looks there's a severe tornado warning for this area."

The sirens, the crash of thunder, whirring of tornadic wind, the heavy pelting of rain, the TV... apparently I'd slept through it all.

We turned the TV back on, and the severe weather warning was just about to expire. It's funny how I waited for those minutes to tick by, as if once the warning expired, the weather would miraculously be safe somehow. But when it did expire, we turned off the TV and went back to sleep. And Matthew - like his mom, not once did he stir. He slept soundly until after 7am.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

2 toy cars + 1 cardboard box = 1 very amused baby

Click here. Who knew toy cars were so darned funny?