Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Socks, dresses and dressy socks

Levi. Went on his first dress shopping trip.

As I myself have probably been dress shopping only a dozen or so times in my life, it wasn't from a happy habit that I felt like introducing the boy to.

I'm in a friend's wedding next summer and the bridal party got together to try on some dresses at a few locations to see what was most comfortable and fit well. It was a good day, and Levi got passed around among the ladies while we all tried on a variety of cute dresses. Probably one of the few times in his life he'll hang out in a women's dressing room. And good news! We found relatively affordable dresses that have pockets!! Truly a selling feature for me :) I'd like to say Levi's cuteness inspired the better price, but I think the store had a legitimate sale.

In Levi's own wardrobe developments, as the weather has turned cooler Levi has become a pants- and socks-wearing man. I'm not one to overdress a baby - there's a little girl at his daycare who comes in every day with a hairband in her hair, a perfectly matched outfit and tiny shoes on. She even had a belt on today (she's about three months old). I've had Levi in onesies for quite some time. Sometimes I put him in jean shorts too. that's about it. But now comes time for coordination, layers and actually getting fully dressed every day. ah the life of wearing just a diaper and a onesie, you shall be missed.

While getting dressed or into his jammies every day, Levi has begun to use his new rolling talent to flip himself over on the diaper changing table. He banana-rolls sideways and then onto his tummy, and it turns into a game for him to flip him around and the moment he's back to facing right-side-up he flips again. He thinks its quite hilarious, and it's fine because he's not known for the pee fountains (barring Tim's unfortunate experience). Though I'm sure one day my down-to-the-minute morning prep time will be sorely harassed by his antics :)

Shawn, my brother and his favorite nephew
Levi has been perfecting his (for lack of a better term) hand-to-mouth skills. he can hold toys or anything else he gets his hands on and bring it to his mouth to suck/chew on. If he can't get it in his mouth, he just drools all over it with gusto. and if he thinks he should be able to get it in his mouth, like a pacifier he's holding backwards, he gets upset at his lack of dexterity. Considering a few weeks ago he couldn't even grip a toy, I'm sure he'll get there soon.

One of Levi's favorite new activities is "bungabungas." I'd like to have a guessing contest to see how many of you can figure out what that is.

Tim says we should leave it at that and do a video post in a few days with a prize for the winner. Ready, set go: post in the comments or comment on this link on Facebook before Friday at 10:23 p.m. and whomever is the closest to what a bungabunga is will win a prize. the prize will some drool from Levi, or, maybe something better when we come up with it.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Roll, Tide, Roll

The name of this post is in honor of Jason Mitchell, the student ministry pastor at our church, who SKIPPED CHURCH tonight to stay home and watch the Penn State - 'Bama football game. It is also apropos since we have both rolling and tide in this post!

Last weekend we took the three days to head to my Grandma Norton's house, also known to Levi as GiGi, for some beach, good company and good food relaxin'.

We got in late Friday night and Levi was a doll the whole weekend, minus one freak-out we think caused by constipation (but as you know, that cannot be discussed here ;). Saturday after relaxing for some time, we headed out to the beach at Cupsaugue. The island was recovered from Hurricane Irene, but the wind was still something fierce. We wrapped Levi up in a thick towel and sat watching the waves and reading, perfect therapy! We did the same on Sunday at a bay-side beach instead where the wind was less harsh. Levi did a little standing in the ocean and didn't seem to care one way or the other about his feet getting wet. The water was pretty warm, being early September and all, but none of us got in because the wind was strong enough that we knew we'd be freezing when we got out :)

Levi has also begun rolling himself around a bit. He does it "banana style" as Tim calls it - rather than throw a leg/hip or a shoulder over, he just arches his back in extreme until he rolls to the side. He can only roll from his back to his tummy. If he lands on his stomach for too long he gets mad because he can't roll back over from his tummy.

And now, a loverly photo show!