Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Daily Jude 3/31/11

I had to work late today and Jude has an awesome cold, so you get a sleeping picture. Oh and yes, that is his nighnight on his face. I swear I didn't put it there.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Daily Jude 3/30/11

Jude "The Flash" Heyer

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Daily Jude 3/29/11

You might not catch it, but Jude is doing his newest sign, "please." It's the first thing he learned completely at school!

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Daily Jude 3/28/11

The Daily Jude 3/28/11

Happy birthday, Grandpa!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

And Jude and the Pool lived happily ever after.

Today was Jude's second swimming lesson at the Foss Swim School in Maple Grove.  And let me tell you, that little Pisces loves the water!

Sure, he spends the 30 minutes after swimming lessons burping because he has ingested so much water.  And sure, part of it probably has to do with the fact that they keep the swimming pool water at 91 degrees.  But I like to think it is really because it is something special that he gets to do with Mommy!

He splashes from the minute we get in the pool until the last step.  I am definitely the mommy who gets out with the wettest hair.

He loves the game where we throw the squirting fish and then he reaches to go get it.  Today, he even started to kick his legs!

Swimming class is extra fun because June and her mommy Amber are in class with us!  The JuJus were just adorable sitting on the edge of the wall waiting to Humpty Dumpty into the pool.

Great job in swimming class, baby!

The Daily Jude 3/27/11

Hey moms! Check out my ride!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Daily Jude 3/26/11

Saturday morning snuggles in bed... After Jude woke up at 10:00!!!!

Sleeping Like A Baby

It's 8:43 am and Jude is still sleeping. He went to bed at his normal time last night... 7:30. He's teething something fierce, so maybe he's just sleeping off the pain - either that, or he's going to wake up and start speaking in complete sentences.

UPDATE: He wound up sleeping until 10:00!!!!!!! AND THEN, he did it AGAIN today! That kid is in for a RUDE awakening when Lindsay goes in there tomorrow morning at 6:45....

A baby who sleeps until 10 am two days in a row... should I be worried (how's that for classic "mom looking for a problem"?)

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Daily Jude 3/25/11

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Daily Jude 3/24/11

Jude has a new word... "kitty"
Can you tell what Lindsay's word is?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Daily Jude 3/23/11

I know, Jude. That's how I feel about the return of the snow, too.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Daily Jude 3/22/11

Walkin my duckie back home...

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Daily Jude 3/21/11

Wow, tower!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Daily Jude 3/20/11

First day of swim lessons with Mommy. Swim! Swim!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Daily Jude 3/19/11

Yay! We can go outside!

Friday, March 18, 2011

The Daily Jude 3/18/11

Someone should tell him that door is for dogs, not babies.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Daily Jude 3/17/11

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Daily Jude 3/16/11

Ready for the first walk of the season! (and yes, those are baby crocs!)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Mommy rejects "Abby's Flying Fairy School"

I never considered myself a purist, really, about anything.  I like to try new things -- I think that my friends would say that I am "adventurous" (not in the outdoorsy way, of course.  Don't be ridiculous.).  But when it comes to Sesame Street, I demand the original.

About a month ago, we started recording Sesame Street so that we had some saved up in our DVR for those "can't Mommy just have some coffee" moments.  We also have a fantasy that watching TV will turn Jude into a cuddler extraordinaire.  So far, it hasn't worked for either of these reasons.  We still can't drink hot coffee, and he still won't cuddle with us.  What is has succeeded in doing, however, is helping me realize that the only Sesame Street worth watching is the Sesame Street of my youth.  These new-fangled Sesame Streets that kids are watching these days just aren't worth it!  Sure, they have Gordon and Maria and Luis.  Sure, some of the classic characters are there.  But there are issues.

Lindsay's Gripes About Today's Sesame Street

1.  The theme song is all wrong.  Okay, it's the same theme song, but the last 4 notes of the chorus are wrong.  Children of the 80s, sing it in your head and then listen to the current theme song.  Something's a little off, right!?
2.  There is way too much Elmo.  This isn't Elmo's street!  Why does he get his own world, for crying out loud?  And I can't stand Mr. Noodle.  As if the fish isn't enough, then we have to watch Mr. Noodle and his brother Mr. Noodle.
3.  Claymation does not belong in Sesame Street.  They are Muppets, for crying out loud.  Take your claymation Ernie and Bert and shove 'em.  I want the puppets where sometimes you can see the wires that control their arms but you don't care.
4.  Along the same lines, fancy animation also doesn't belong on the Street.  Abby, your flying fairy school song may be catchy, and I can support the messages that you are putting out there, but again, are you too good for puppets?  Go back to your roots, Sesame Street!
5.  There is not enough Grover.  The only time we get to see Grover, he is "Super" Grover.  Well, Children's Television Workshop, some of us think that Grover is Super enough on his own.

So to avoid these gripes (and so that Liz can escape my moaning about the good old days every Saturday morning when she is trying to drink some hot coffee and cuddle with Jude), we bought the 2 DVD Set "Sesame Street: 40 years of Sunny Days."  DVR days be done...we will only be watching the throw-back Sesame Streets from now on!

I know, Jude will be that kid who asks the other kids in kindergarten if they saw the episode where Mr. Hooper goes surfing and they won't even know who Mr. Hooper is.  But he will be well-versed in such classics as:

We couldn't believe how many of the different skits we could remember...and we are so excited to share them with Jude.  Maybe when he is over at a friend's house, they can watch that Flying Fairy School garbage.  Here, we kick it old school on the street.

Now I've, had the time of my life...

And let me assure you that he's never felt that way before.  This I swear. 

Jude had the time of his life at Miller and Sullivan's first birthday party! 

There were six babies at the gala.  Each came in wearing the standard baby party wear.  However, as soon as they had their coats off, the babies were changed into their assigned onesies...each with the number 1 on them! 

Kelly, Miller and Sully's mom, had let us know ahead of time that there was going to be a cake smash and a photographer there.  She took first birthday to a whole new level.  She had cleared out their dining room of all furniture (and, frankly, all items not frosting-friendly).  Each of the babies was set up at his or her station in the room.  The stage was set for chaos.

The birthday boys had already started working on their cakes, each one already wearing their coordinating onesie...and some of the coordinated frosting from their cake.  Then, each of the babies was presented with a cupcake (with either an M or an S on it, of course).  We let them loose.

And yes, that is my son's foot in the cake.

Observing the babies eating cupcakes helped me to understand the concept of nature versus nurture at a whole new level.  For a moment, move your eyes across the picture below from right to left.

First, you see Isabelle.  She wasn't really interested in eating any cupcakes -- maybe the boys were just a little too overwhelming for her.  Then you see Liam.  Liam ate his cupcake, and, using the frosting on the floor as lubricant, turned 180 degrees and started in on Miller's cake.  Liam went fast...and strong.  Then we have Jayden.  Jayden peacefully sat in the corner and neatly ate all of his cupcake.  I don't think that there was any frosting in his hair when he was done.  Amazing.  Then we have Sully.  The cake just wasn't enough for Sully, so he started in on the plate.  Maybe it is a "palette-cleanser" before the next course of cake.  On Sully's right, is Miller.  Miller is doing some jaw stretches before going back in for more.  You may notice that none of them are actively eating cake.

And then, there's Jude.  Not only is the baby on the left disguising a chipmunk-style mouthful of cake, he also has the sneakiest secret eating look ever!  And you can also see that he still has a chunk of cake in his right hand.  This is food "insurance" -- basically, if someone is to say that he is "all done," he knows that he still has this piece of cake in his hand.  As I said, it is extremely obvious that the devious stuffed-cheek one belongs with me!

After the picture above, most of the babies wandered off to go downstairs and play in Miller and Sully's dream playroom.  They've got it all down's basically like baby heaven. 

And then, there's Jude.  He goes in for round 2.  Jude notices that he is the only baby left on the floor, and sees and opportunity to ham it up for the photographer.  Jude never passes up a photo shoot.

Jude loves celebrating birthdays with all of his friends, but Miller and Sully's Cake Smash of 2011 will hold a special place in his heart...and under his fingernails, considering we are just now getting the blue frosting out.

The Daily Jude 3/15/11

Guess who learned how to hug?

Monday, March 14, 2011

The Daily Jude 3/14/11

Bubble bath!!!!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Daily Jude 3/13/11


> It's cool. I'm just sitting here on the couch, eating my snack.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Daily Jude 3/12/11

Playgroup today at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Jude mistook the foam block basket for a ball pit. A really small ball pit, but he didn't seem to mind. It takes all kinds.

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Daily Jude 3/11/11

Jude likes to kiss chicks.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Daily Jude 3/10/11

The Royal Duke of York
He had ten thousand men
He marched them up the hill and then he marched them down again

And when you're up, you're up
And when you're down, you're down
And when you're only halfway up you're neither up nor down!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Daily Jude 3/9/11

This is Jude's trusty bowl. He carries it most everywhere he goes so he can conduct experiments. He's currently working on his thesis: "What fits in the bowl? A comprehensive study"

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Daily Jude 3/8/11

Who knew that building a tower could be more fun than knocking one down? (actually, it isn't. It's pretty cool, though...)

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Daily Jude 3/7/11

Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Daily Jude 3/6/11

Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Daily Jude 3/5/11

Jude enjoying a cupcake at Miller and Sully's "smashing" 1st birthday!

Friday, March 4, 2011

The Daily Jude 3/4/11

It was 80's day at school today so, obviously, he's popping that collar.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Daily Jude 3/3/11

When just one ring isn't enough...

Ain't Snow Party Like a 1st Birthday Party......

Take that, snow! You tried, oh you tried, to thwart our birthday plans. But we prevailed! We partied like it was the first birthday Jude's ever had (because, um....)

Try as we might to not force Jude to play with "boy" toys, there's no denying that Jude loves things that move, especially things with wheels. So it seemed only natural to have a car-themed party. There were the little car party favors...

Car cookies (beep beep!)

And Jude couldn't help but show off his walking skillz (which, btw, he wouldn't have been able to do a week earlier)

Since our place is really only big enough for maybe three babies and their grown-ups, we had the party at Amma Maternity, our second mom-home. We had plenty of room for so many of Jude's buddies to come by! There was Tas....


Aunt Kasey... (ok, there were a lot of other friends, but sadly, I was just having so much fun that I didn't get to snap pictures of everyone)

I'm 1!

Oh, and the cake smash..... 

Clearly, he hated it 

And then there was our lovely friend, Kasey, who just couldn't let winter ruin a party, so she decided to make a slideshow of the story of Jude's birthday party. She'd emailed all the party-goers and asked them to contribute. So sweet! I was so amazed that she'd gone to all the trouble, and then I remembered that she doesn't have kids.

All of this is to say, we finally got to celebrate that Jude is one!

In other news, did you notice that I've tech-ified myself enough to make my Daily Jude pictures upload directly to this here blog?! The Internets are amazing! Enjoy!