Thursday, September 29, 2011

E-Aunties are the best!

Over the weekend, we got a package in the mail for Pookie. It was a box full of birthday goodies from a caring, intelligent, beautiful group of ladies I have befriended online.

What was in the box? Pookie was delighted to find, appropriately, a stuffed Pookie doll (a Sandra Boynton character), some Sandra Boynton board books, and a personalized Jeff Gordon outfit! It has been a long time since we've received such a thoughtful gift. I was just a bit teary eyed as Torin, Joey, and I opened the box and unwrapped each gem.

I hope to post some pictures here soon. It's the least I can do to show Torin proof that genuinely kindhearted people do exist and care about us.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Walk this way!

Last Thursday night (3 nights ago), we got a tremendous treat when Torin took several steps on his very own for the first time ever! He even repeated the feat then, only to fall and hit his head on the tile floor afterward (poor guy). And, well, tonight, he was at it again, taking 3-4 steps at a time. Even though we don't have any recorded proof yet, I'm making it official: Torin has walked!

This weekend was full of fun stuff for Pookie. We had a play date with his friend from daycare, Morris, on Saturday afternoon. He and Morris are like peas and carrots. Morris hugged Torin at one point, and Torin, not knowing what to do in return, fell against Morris happily. They both had a great time, eating snacks and playing with Morris's toys. I hope this is the first of many play dates for them.

Later in the day on Saturday, we met Andrew, Jennifer, Preston, Sarah C., and Hannah at the Plano Balloon Festival. It was hotter and more crowded than we expected, so we didn't stay too long. But it was good to see friends and watch Preston and Hannah play on the blow-up rides. Because the weather was unpredictable, we didn't really get to see any hot-air balloons, unfortunately.

Tonight, I guess all the walking made Torin thirsty, because he quickly learned how to use his new sippy cup with a straw. Within just a couple of minutes, he was slurping down water like a pro while he munched on his Cheerios.

It was a tiring but fulfilling weekend, to be sure. As we count down the days to Pookie's first birthday, we cherish every moment we have with our growing baby, who will be a toddler in mere days.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Of smiles and tears.

We're finally getting two more teeth (upper front), bringing the grand total to four. I'll miss that gummy baby smile. It makes me want to cry to think about how quickly our little Pookie is growing up.

Tonight, he began walking while pushing a toy--another first!

A couple of weeks ago, Pookie had to undergo an endoscopy because of his eating issues. The good news is that the doctor didn't find any problems. The bad news is that the eating issues are most likely behavioral. For this reason, we have set up Pookie to work with a speech therapist once a week to help him overcome his "texture aversion." Ideally, he'd be about ready to wean off the bottle and formula by now, but that's really his only source of nutrition until we get his issues resolved.

On a lighter note, Pookie has made a friend at daycare, a cute little boy named Morris. They only play with each other, the teachers say. They're like peas and carrots. In fact, we're meeting Moriss's parents next weekend for what will be Pookie's first official play date.

Also on the agenda for next weekend: the Plano Balloon Festival!

So, in less than a month, Pookie will be one year old. He'll be a toddler. When people say kids grow up so fast, it's true. I always thought that cliche was overused, but really, it is the truth. I'm sure Mom will shed some tears come October 6.