Sunday, April 25, 2010

Somewhat Lazy Sunday

Soooo… as my teammates know we didn’t make it to March for Babies this morning.  I don’t really have a great reason for skipping out, I was just really worried about the weather and I didn’t know what I would do if we got a storm in the middle of the walk, and I couldn’t leave Luke behind with Tommy because Tommy was cutting grass and trying to get stuff done outside before the rain.  But, I still wanted to walk.  I thought maybe you guys would feel me with you in spirit :)  I had planned to start walking at 9, just like the real walk, but Prince Luke decided to sleep in until just before 9:30!!  So, when he finally got up I gave him breakfast and we headed out.  I had planned to walk 5 miles, but after four I was DONE!  I am honestly glad that I didn’t go to the official walk today because me after walking down to the water and back was not a pretty sight.  I was truly embarrassed by what a huffing, puffing, sweaty mess I was.  Right past my street is a very steep hill, which begins the descent to the water.  It was a blast going down it.  I was borderline jogging!  On the way back up I almost quit.  Like I seriously wanted to sit in the middle of the street and catch my breath.  I am way more out of shape than I had ever imagined. 

Despite my ridiculous description of my walk, it was a good experience and I’m glad I finally made that walk that I’ve been meaning to do in the 2 1/2 years since we moved here.  I hope to do it more frequently.  So, I feel terrible for not going, and I hope Taking Big Steps for Little Feet had a great turnout and a good time!     

Here’s a few pictures I took when we got down to the water.  Luke LOVES being walked in his stroller.  He started out very excited, he was sitting straight up holding on to the bar across his seat.  Then he kind of starting laying back a little bit, and then was finally so relaxed he fell asleep :)





For the rest of the day we’ve just been relaxing.  Have you all seen the movie “Up?”  Oh my gosh!  Most depressing Disney/Pixar movie ever!  I mean, I know it ended happily but there was some serious heartache in that movie!  We’re heading to Marsh Hall for dinner with my family pretty soon. 

P.S.- I passed the first half of my state board test yesterday :)  Sooo close to finishing school, taking my other test, becoming licensed, and getting in the salon!!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Spring Season Begins!

Tommy played his first softball games last night and unfortunately they didn’t win either game.  They played well, though, and it was pretty close.  Silly me thought that Luke would just sleep right through the games, but he was up the whole time.  We left around 10:30.  So far it doesn’t seem to have thrown him off too badly.  He took a bottle around 5:30 this morning, and then slept in until around 9. 

Amanda played last season, but being 18 weeks pregnant is kind of holding her back this year :)  So, she just took really good care of Luke!


Tommy pitching


me and my big boy


Uncle Mitch and Luke


Tommy and his BFF


Luke didn’t get a bath last night, so he just took a long fun bath.



When Tommy gets home from work this afternoon I’m going to take the written portion of my state board exam for cosmetology.  Say a prayer for me please!!  My stomach is in knots!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

8 Months

Luke turned 8 months on Monday and I haven't taken any new pictures since Sunday, so I don't have any new pics to update this post, but just wanted to post some 8 month stats.

*Luke is about 18.6 pounds and is in a size three diaper and 6-9 month clothes.
*He is very squirmy and is into everything he shouldn't be. In a room full of toys he will go for shoes, cords, and electronics.
*Changing his diaper and clothes is now a two man job. He immediately rolls on his stomach as soon as I lay him on his back. Will this ever change?
*He holds his own bottle most of the time now.
*He is very vocal and says "mama" and "baba" alot, though I don't think he knows what either of them are.
*He is sleeping through the night sometimes and has done it for the past three nights in a row! A record!
*He loves being outside and I hope he stays that way!
*I've mentioned before he's crawling, going from crawling to sitting up, and has pulled himself up in his crib a couple of times. (His crib is now lowered to a safe height!)
*He's much better around groups of people or people he doesn't know. Thank goodness! I wasn't sure I could hear him cry his way through another party or holiday!
*He apparently finds me telling him "no no" very amusing. This morning when I was trying to steer him away from Grandpa's shoes I would tell him no no and he would look at me for a second and then get a big smile on his face and let out one little chuckle before heading for the shoes again... I've got my hands full.

He's so much fun and I love making him laugh and seeing him grow and change every day! I'll have some new pictures tomorrow!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Half Marathon Day

Well, today is the day Tommy has been training for for just twelve short weeks.  Maybe thirteen.  Anyways, not a long time for someone who has always been in shape, but has definitely never taken on anything this difficult.  So, he had really high hopes, but sadly didn’t finish as well as he wanted to.  He finished in just under three hours.  We are so proud of him and wish he was more proud of himself!  The marathon started and ended in Blue Crabs Stadium and we kept anxiously waiting to see Jason and Tommy round the corner into left field.  Jason came around that corner… but no Tommy.  My heart dropped.  I was so scared!  Turns out Tommy got a cramp and had to slow down somewhere in the ninth mile.  They argued- Tommy wanted Jason to go, Jason wanted to stay with Tommy.  He ended up going ahead without him.  Jason crossed the finish around 2 hours, 34 minutes and stayed down on the field until Tommy came through and he cheered him to the finish :)  Tommy has said throughout his training that he’s never running again after this, but since he didn’t do as well as he wanted, I think he’s already making plans to do much better next year.

patiently waiting for Daddy


patiently waiting for Jason


Jason heading toward the finish line



Tommy coming in with his best friend’s encouragement



don’t they just look miserable??  Well, they were.


Tommy and my Mom.  She made it 8 miles and we’re so proud of her!


Jason and Brit


enjoying an ice cold beer to finish off their 13.1 miles



Now, two Luke related things.  His top tooth finally decided to poke through!  Hopefully he’ll find some relief from the pain now.  Secondly, I forgot to mention that he’s now a pro at going from crawling position to sitting position.  He can crawl across the room, sit up and play for a while, crawl some more, sit up and play some more.  Very cute!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Busy Saturday

Today Luke and I accompanied BOTH of my sisters in their hunt for the perfect wedding gown.  We went to Serendipity (the new place in White Plains) and David’s Bridal.  Bonnie is pretty sure she found “the one,” but Carrie still has some searching to do.  Luke was a complete angel and rolled right through his naptime with only a little fussing.  He gave his approval on a couple of the dresses :)  Then we went to the grocery store and came home to relax for about an hour before heading to Jason and Brittany’s.  Today is Brittany’s birthday and she bravely donated bone marrow to her Mom earlier this week, so she’s taking it easy and relaxing.  We brought dinner over from Ledo’s and then Brit’s sister Michelle and her family came over for cake made by her brother-in-law Jesse.  We stayed until way past Luke’s bedtime, so he crashed as soon as we got in the car.  Tomorrow morning is Tommy and Jason’s half marathon, so Tommy is in bed early tonight resting up to kick some butt tomorrow!

Luke… lay off the booze buddy!  Doesn’t he look drunk in this picture?!


Michelle holding Mason, Brittany holding Chase


Chase- 5 months old


Brit and Michelle


making a wish!


Jason and Brittany




Oh!  When Luke woke up last night (no luck in the sleeping through the night dept. last night) he was STANDING on the side of his  his crib!  It scared me so bad!  The crib was like up to his waist, so one little tip and he could have been on the floor!!  Needless to say, lowering the crib was definitely on Dad’s to do list today. 

It’s an early night in the Baldwin house tonight.  Tommy, Luke, and Krystal are all in bed and I’m watching While You Were Sleeping for the 100th time. 

Friday, April 16, 2010

Same Old, Same Old

Pretty sure this week was one of those crappy "auto pilot" ones where it just feels like I floated through it in a sleepy haze. Not sure what's up. Actually, I think I do know what's up. I'm so burned out from school and can't wait for it to be OVER!

Luke has some very stubborn teeth that are causing him alot of grief! His little gums are so swollen and he pretty much tries to put his whole hand in his mouth to gnaw on it. He's been feeling a little better the past couple of days, and slept through the night again last night. I think that makes four or five nights in the past two weeks. We're getting there!

On Wednesday I put some grapes in the freezer for a while in the little "safe feeder" mesh bag thing and let him chew on them. I know they were nice and cold and soothed his gums and he LOVED it. He went through about 6 grapes sucking the juice out. Shortly after he finished with the grapes I noticed a rash completely covering him except for his arms and legs. It was on his face a little bit, down his neck, and all over his chest and back. Small red bumps everywhere! Hundreds of them. He didn't seem bothered at all, and was really tired, so I put him down for a nap and kept an eye on him. It hadn't changed at all when he woke up so I called his doctor. I told her that he had grapes for the first time, but she didn't seem to think that was the cause. She said to just keep an eye on it and if he became ill or it got worse to call them in the morning. It was a little better in the morning, and is completely gone now except that his skin still feels rough, but do you guys have any idea what it could have been??

Here he is enjoying his grapes... which he may not ever have again because I'm freaking out about the rash!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Blog Party and a Visit with Girlfriends

Thanks ladies and babies for coming all the way down to my house for Saturday’s blogger party!  Maybe we’ll see you again when the pool is open?  I had a great time, and although Luke was a little fussy, he’s definitely getting better with crowds and noise.  DSCN1393





In a room full of toys one has a sock and one has a hanger…


The next great American Bromance?





We had some people over Saturday night for the fight to help eat some leftovers!!  Sunday we headed to my Mom’s to put together the crib she bought for Luke and all future grandchildren, and on the way stopped by Sarah and Brad’s to visit with the girls and give not-so-Baby Claire her quilt that I made her.  I made Claire a quilt because Sarah said that Katie (2 yrs, 7 mos) got about 7 homemade blankets and quilts when she was born and Claire (16 months) has none!  So, that became my mission for my first quilt. 


Katie giving Luke kisses


Claire with her quilt.  Poor baby has a little road rash on her face from a bad fall :(


Sarah and Becca with Katie, Luke, and Claire


Then, Luke swung for the first time!! 



I’m on the verge of being late for school so I have to end this one, but looking forward to a great weekend coming up with my best girl Morgan!  I’m sooo excited she’s finally coming home!!!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

After a long day…

12 hours at school and a rainy drive home…


I quietly walk in the door…


walk down the hall…


sloooooowly and oh so quietly open the first door on the left…


and this makes my day…


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

He Did It!

He slept from 7-7 :)

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Luke’s First Easter!

Luke got his very first Easter basket this morning!IMG_0303

he got his very first Tonka trucks.  They’re kind of soft for babies and he loves them!


he got a hold of the grass, of course


aaaand right in the mouth


Krystal, Tommy, and Luke


We headed to Aunt Dot’s this morning like we always do for Thanksgiving and Easter.  He got to spend time with his aunts and cousins and did really well.  He’s getting better and better with “crowds.”





and then Luke had his first Easter Egg Hunt!


He got an egg!


with his cousins Toby, Carter, Mikayla, and Anna


yesterday with his “Mommy thinks I’m a chick magnet” shirt on… and a comb over apparently?


After Aunt Dot’s we headed to Tommy’s Aunt Joanne’s to see his family, and then to his sister’s to visit with them.  The camera didn’t make it out for those outings, though :(  I think I did pretty well for the beginning of the day!


*Christ has died, CHRIST IS RISEN, Christ will come again!*