Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Easter Eggs...

Hannah came over this weekend. We had planned to go to the zoo but since Mother Nature can't decided if it's winter or spring, our trip was delayed. Instead of going to the zoo we decided to color Easter eggs. Just thought I'd share a couple pictures. If you can't tell from the pictures...Hannah loves pink.






Keira's Baby Shower...

This past weekend Lauren, Michelle and I threw Keira a baby shower. We had some much fun and hope Keira did too. Here are some pictures from the shower.







Monday, March 30, 2009

Friends...

These pictures were taken a couple weeks ago when Laurel and I took Cole and Camden to the park. I am so happy that Camden is going to be surrounded by such great friends. When I first told Laurel I was pregnant we talked about how we could plan play dates, take the boys to the park, etc. and here we are! I love it!!!









Thursday, March 26, 2009

Big Boy Car Seat...


Look at Camden in his big boy car seat! His expression was priceless when I first placed him in it. He seemed pretty excited to be able to look out the back window!

We bought an infant carrier with a weight limit of 30 pounds thinking it would last through the first year. And although Camden J only 19 pounds we decided to move him into a new one anyway. He was getting too long for the infant carrier and honestly it was just a pain to take in and out of the car. Yesterday was his first day in his new car seat and it was a learning process for me. The daycare requires you to remove your shoes before entering the infant room. Normally, I would collect Camden’s things, put him in his infant carrier, and set him down in the hallway while I put on my shoes. Yesterday, I collected Camden’s things, put his coat on (he has to wear a coat now) and stood there trying to figure out how to put my shoes on while holding Camden! No more just setting him down. I just looked at his teacher and said “How am I supposed to do this?” She just laughed and said “Let me hold him for you”.

Here’s picture of Camden hanging out with his girlfriend at daycare. I can't believe how big my little boy is getting!!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Happy Birthday!!!

Saturday we celebrated Brian's 29th birthday by hanging out at BW3's with some friends. Brian's parents also headed over for the celebration which was nice. One of the most memorable moments of the day had to be when Brian did a shot called Statue of Liberty. For those of you who have never heard of it, a Statue of Liberty consists of dipping your thumb in the shot, lighting it with a match, downing the shot and then blowing out the flame coming from your thumb. It was actually pretty funny. I think Brian's finger was still a little sore Sunday. OH! Let's not forgot, I was the typical "You have a baby...In a bar" mother Saturday afternoon! After BW3's we headed over to another "bar" to hang out. The night ended with Brian cooking Ben, Steph and myself dinner.Iit was actually very good. But again, pretty amusing.

Sunday we headed to Ikea for a new new piece of furniture. I love that store. I could have spent the entire day there but Brian's more of an "in and out" shopper. We went there for a particular item and that's all he really wanted to look at.

Which brings me to the huge change occurring in the Laurent household. Brian will no longer be working for the Columbus BlueJackets! We are taking a leap of faith and venturing out into uncharted territory...at least for us anyway. Brian is going to be an independent consultant for two different companies. We are turning Camden's playroom into an office, hence the reason for our Ikea trip. We had to purchase a new desk (and some lucky bamboo). He will be working from home on the days he's not traveling. We are both extremely excited about this opportunity but also very nervous. I've been praying every night and have realized that sometimes you just have to take a chance. It's a huge step but I truly believe it's a step in the right direction.

Honey - I am so proud of you and excited to be taking this journey with you.

I'll post pictures of Brian's new office when it's done. He's actually painting it right now!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Enjoying Bathtime...

Camden enjoying bathtime...

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I can't wait to see how he does at the lake this summer! He really seems to love the water.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Enjoying the nice weather...

Enjoying some time outdoors today with Camden and Hannah...



Wednesday, March 11, 2009

To My Husband...

I still love saying it and hearing it, husband and wife. The past three years have just flown by. To be honest, the past ten years have flown by. Can you believe we've been married for three years and that this fall marks ten years together?

You are such a great husband - supportive and loving and now seeing you as a father...I can't put into words how much you mean to me. Thank you for always being there and for loving me with all your heart.

Here's to three years and to the lifetime of memories still to come....

Happy Anniversary!

Love,
Your Wife

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

7 Months...

You are now approximately 19 pounds and 29 inches long! There were so many bigs changes this month; I’m not sure where to begin. I guess we’ll start with your sleeping habits. You are FINALLY sleeping through the night! Hooray!!! There’s no more running in at 4am to give you your pacifier. I think you’re finally sleeping through the night for several reasons. One, we let you “cry it out” a couple of nights. Two, we introduced you to your tiger blanket. And what I consider to be a huge milestone, number three…you can put your pacifier into your mouth all on your own!!! YEH!!! We have about three pacifiers in your crib so no matter where you end up, you can always find one. We said goodbye to your mobile this month and replaced it with a musical aquarium which you quickly learned how to turn on and off. I heard a banging noise coming from your room the other day. When I ran in to see where the noise was coming from, I saw you laying there in amazement just kicking the aquarium on and off. Adorable!




You are definitely not the helpless little boy you were just a few short months ago. You have come to understand words and know what you want and how to get it for the most part. Take your eating habits for instance. You still love food and love to eat but you are now more vocal about it. You seem to understand what I am saying when I say and sign the words eat and more. We have to hide your bottle or you cry until we give it to you. Depending on your mood, you cry when we give you a spoonful of veggies and stop when we give you a bite of fruit. This started after we introduced you to Stage 2 fruits. Mommy makes your veggies but buys most of your fruit. I just can’t bring myself to cook fruit. Come to think of it…Are you crying when we give you veggies because you don’t like my cooking? Hmmm….




Finger foods have been added to your menu this past week. Let me rephrase that – puffs have been added to your menu. The first time I gave one to you; you picked it right up and put it in your mouth. Okay so it took you a few tries but you did it. I was able to get a quick picture of your face. You’re definitely not sure of the texture but it’s a start.





This month we also introduced the Sippy cup. You haven’t quiet figured out that you have to put your head back to drink from it and you can’t actually pick it up and hold it steady but you’re learning. It’s all about the basics.




The weather is slowly improving and spring is just around the corner. There were a couple of nice days this past month so were able to get outside. We walked around the neighborhood a couple of times and you even experienced your play set for the first time. I put you in your swing and pushed you lightly. You seemed to be a little unsure at first but then started to enjoy yourself. I can’t wait for more days like that.




You have mastered rolling over to your tummy! Every time I put you down, I lay you on your tummy and within 2 second you are on your back. Sitting is new favorite of yours also. You still fall over a lot but if you have a toy in front of you to focus on you can sit for a longer period of time.




The pups are your favorite things in the world. You just can’t seem to get enough of them. You did however pull Griswald’s hair for the first time this month. You pulled his hair so hard he cried. I felt so bad. He just looked at me like I did it and ran away from both of us. Other than that one incident you seem to be doing well with them.

You have found your voice! You talk all the time – scream mostly. It’s adorable. You’ve also realized crying or laughing, or screaming will get you what you want. Mommy needs to work on this a little….



Your daddy and I have come to realized the Camden we know really only comes out when we are at home. Anywhere else the “taking it all in” Camden comes out. Whenever we’re in a new place it’s like the wheels are turning in your head. It’s like you're studying every aspect of your new surroundings. You don’t laugh or smile until you’ve had a chance to study everything then once you’re comfortable you start to come around.

This month has been huge for me too. I finally feel like I have a grasp on things! I’m not saying that I’m organized or up-to-date on things but I feel like I’ve finally settled in to my new role as a mother. However, one thing that I am now struggling with is the fact that my little boy doesn’t want to cuddle as much! I have rocked you almost every night before bed and this past month you have decided you’d rather me not. And the naps with mommy on the couch are gone for the most part. You’d rather me put you in your crib. I’m hoping this is just a phase and you will want to cuddle more this month but for now I take any cuddle time I can get…even if it’s only for a minute.

Okay I have to mention it, if I don’t your daddy will point out the fact that I didn’t. This month you had your 1st bloody nose. Now, it wasn’t horrible and you were only bleeding for 1 minute. And it hurts me to have to admit this but yes.. it was my fault. Your mommy gave you a bloody nose…with a Winnie the Pooh golf club of all things. We were playing on the floor and it slipped out of my hand and hit your nose. I was so upset. I’m so sorry! I love you!




Other exciting things that happened this month:
1. Your Grandpa Adams, Great-Grandma Adams and Great Aunt Debbie visited and helped us celebrate your 1st Valentine’s Day
2. We visited your Grandma and Grandpa Laurent
3. You met the Bakers and they adored you…of course.