Sunday, November 29, 2009

Bonus Post!

I wasn't able to post to the blog while we were out-of-town, so here's a bonus round for all to enjoy!

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Chris taught Colin to kick a ball while we were hanging out at his mom's house. Future soccer star? His Pap wouldn't have it any other way.

Turkey Day 2009 and Fort Wayne, IN

Since we will all be going into Pittsburgh for Christmas, we made a trip to Fort Wayne to see Chris' family for Thanksgiving. Chris has always said that it is one of his favorite holidays with his family so I was very excited to be a part of the festivities!

We arrived Wednesday evening and Mr. Colin proved to be very helpful in the kitchen. Here's a picture of him helping to prepare green beans with Chris and his Dad:



For the big day, we went to Michelle and Marc's - Chris' sister and brother-in-law's- house for dinner with the DeBolt side of the family.  Colin napped through the early dinner but we managed to set aside some of the turkey, sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes for him. As you already know, his allergies did not allow him to have everything but he was very THANKFUL for his hefty portion:


One of the best parts of Zahm household is the playroom. A kid could get lost in the thing for days! Colin found a little stroller to rest in and Miss Hudson pushed him around the playroom as if he were a little doll. He loved it!


Saturday morning, we joined Michelle, Marc, Hudson and Chris' mom, Diane, for Breakfast With Santa at the Pine Valley Country Club. It was great! Santa and Mrs. Claus came around to each table before reading the kids a story. Then we waited in line to sit on Santa's lap. Of course, it was already past our nap time so my little bandit did not have a very pleasant Santa photo shoot. He cried and cried and finally calmed down for us to get a few quick shots:

Isn't he handsome? 

First time with Santa!


Christmas picture? I don't think I'm ready to go that route just yet. Maybe next year!

Hope everyone's Thanksgiving was filled with great memories among your wonderful family and friends. I don't know about you, but I try daily to give thanks for the blessings He has bestowed me but I fall short of even that task! I'm glad that we have a holiday dedicated to giving Him thanks - because you can't have Thanksgiving without giving thanks!

"Give Thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done" 1 Chronicles 16:8

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Colin!

BabyGap makes these adorable, pop culture one-pieces for little guys and gals:



Before he took off flying around the room I was able to get him to pose for a few quick pictures. Nearly impossible these days! Hopefully his super powers will be able to help us all get better before the holidays. We're both home sick again!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Colin-Proofing and Butt-Proofing Adventures

Yes, I said "butt". Colin and the other little boys at daycare are now sharing a stomach bug that has left Colin's little behind as red as a tomato. I cringe every time I change the poor little guy! Your cringing now, aren't ya? 



I have heard that rubbing Maalox or other such antiacids on a baby's bottom using a cotton ball will help to reduce the irritation because it lessens the acidity just as it does in the GI. Very interesting! We were willing to give anything a try. Two days later, the redness has all but disappeared and diaper changings are MUCH easier. 

In between diaper changes, we finally got around to baby-proofing the cabinets. We have lived in the condo since April and I have been putting off and putting off the annoying baby-proof locks as long as I could. I was hoping we could reach an understanding but one-year-olds do not come to understandings, as it turns out. Therefore, we opted for the locks. 

Leave it to Mr. Colin to get passed them: 

 

Don't worry, we were able to fix it. And our condo is now officially Colin-proof. For now. 

Monday, November 16, 2009

Favorite Moments

I recently just compiled and organized ALL of the pictures from Colin's first year. VERY tedious. I was amazed how much he has grown and changed in such a short time! They sure do grow fast and it has been quite a ride! I have been very blessed to have been a part of it. Here are a few (just a few!) of my favorites:






I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did! And one more just for giggles:

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Here We Go Steelers!

In preparation for the big game, Colin has been practicing his Steelers' Touchdown Victory Dance. It goes a little something like this:


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Sorry it's sidewise, I think. Oh well. Go Steelers! WE DEY!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Traveling Man

This weekend, we packed up our bags and headed to Chicago! Of course, little Colin was happy to go along for the ride and get his first look at a BIG city. The weather was surprisingly warm so there was no need for these:


One of my neighbors kept saying he was a 'beautiful little girl' so maybe I should get rid of the hat anyway. But back to the trip...Mr. Personality kept the city of Chicago in good spirits. If you passed him in his stroller, you got a little wave and playful smile. You would be surprised how many people waved back! I think it really put a little hop in their step. 

We walked around Millennium Park, strolled down Navy Pier and gorged ourselves at the renowned Giordano's because you can't get go to Chicago and not try the deep-dish pizza. I wish I had taken a picture so you could see the size of this thing! Chris asked for a large and they laughed at him. Huge I tell ya!


Me and the squirmy, little guy at Navy Pier


It was nice to see the sights and explore Chicago, but the rush of the big city made me happy to be back home in Cincinnati!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

NOOOOO!

So I just figured out how to post videos on the blog - yay! They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but there are definitely moments when a video says a LOT more. You can't always capture the cuteness!

Here's a look at one of Colin's first 'NO' responses:

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GENIUS I tell ya! It's amazing what their little minds can comprehend! They are always watching, always listening, always processing. Monkey see, monkey do. Hopefully potty-training will be this easy!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Trick or Treat - But Hold the Peanuts!

This was Colin's first TRUE Halloween. He was around for last year but was way too little - he slept through the entire night! Since we live in a condo, we went to my mom and dad's neighborhood so we could show him off in his MICKEY MOUSE costume! So cute! I knew that this would be one of the few Halloweens that I actually get to pick out his attire so I took advantage. Enjoy!


Ready to go...


Nightmare on Wooded Knoll Drive!



I had to chase him around to get a decent picture



Trying to get away from Pap and Nana. The boy never stops!

Happy Halloween to all! Enjoy your treats!