Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Dad was deeply involved with a Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity when he wasn't chasing Niko.
Mom and Kat model their gifts.
"For Me?" Niko couldn't believe that he was allowed to play with the fire truck that Santa left him. He just stared in shocked amazement for about 2 full minutes before he even tried to get in it. I think he's still surprised to see it when he gets up in the morning.
"Hows about a Nutcracker Ale? Right Now." Maureen got kegerator full of Boulevard's best, I got to test for quality.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
The most incredible thing about Niko lately is his exploding language skills. While he still just says one word at a time, he understands way more than we’ve been giving him credit for. He can pick up objects from across the room and bring them to you if you ask (comes in handy for having him bring me laundry off of the floor to put in the machine. He will drop clothes in the washer if I pick him up.). He will also “throw the ball to daddy” or mommy, and understands if I tell him that we’re going upstairs or downstairs together. If I tell him that daddy is almost home, he will go to the front door and look out the window for him. He will also bring you his shoes and socks if you ask him to.
Nikolai is a master house cleaner, and loves to sweep, pick up dust bunnies from the floor and wipe things off with paper towels. He also likes to share his food and milk with his stuffed toys. Yesterday, for the first time, he was pretending to eat food. He would pick up imaginary food from his pile of blocks and nibble it, and then give Colin and me a bite of it. It was hilarious!
Over the weekend he enjoyed playing in the leaves with our next-door-neighbors, his good buddies Gretchen and Otto. They shared some fantastic photos with us…
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
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Thanks Bill, for clueing us in on this amazing option!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
The photo below isn't from today, but is an awfully cute shot of Niko rocking his Led Zepplin T. I'm also posting it because he is pretty much off the pacifier now! We just stopped giving it to him for a few days, and he was completely fine without it. Now, if he sees one still laying around the house, he will pick it up and suck on it for a bit, and then just drop it and move on with more interesting things. So, this is one of the last photos of Niko with a pacifier!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
So, please help us torment the poor baby some more by coming up with a caption for this photo! Use the "comment" function at the bottom of the photo, and I'll post the results. I want to know who is out there checking in on our blog :)
Monday, September 1, 2008
But, in between, we managed to have quite a bit of fun, logging about 9 hours at different parks! We saw the Bodies Revealed exhibit at Union Station on Friday night with the Donegans, which features real bodies plasticized to show off organs, muscles, bones and everything in-between. We were a bit worried that Niko might be scared by all the stiffs. We walked into the first big room of skin-less bodies posed to show how muscles work together, and Niko immediately saw the body of a man posed to throw a baseball. He saw that body and all he could say was "ball, ball, ball!" I swear the little guy would have knocked over that exhibit and robbed a corpse of a baseball in 2 minutes flat had we given him the chance. When we got there our worst fear was that he would be scared; when we left, our worst fear was that he would knock over a body and we'd get charged with some kind of misdemeanor for molesting a corpse (I'm pretty sure that is a real crime).
After the exhibit, we went back to the house for dinner with Grandma, Grandpa and Uncle John, and had an impromptu party when Gabe & Robin and Eddie & Christy stopped by. We did some serious damage to the wine rack and had a great time.
On Saturday, Niko and I went to lunch at Grandma & Grandpa's to say 'bye' to John and Mr. Bojangles, who headed back to Chicago on Sunday. We'll miss them both - Niko and Mr. have become good buds over the summer, and I swear that Niko tried to say 'John' on Friday night before he went to bed. It was the first time I'd heard him do a 'J' sound.
On Sunday we had a great cook-out with Gabe, Robin, Heather, Mike & Braden. Robin showed off her engagement ring and wedding programs, which were both gorgeous! Then we hit the park to race the awesome Dale and Dale Jr. racecars that Aunt Kat sent to Nikolai in a gigantic crate from Alaska. Niko is terrified of them, insisting on being held anywhere near them. He didn't even want to walk onto the tennis court where they were. Braden, however, was fearless, chasing them around and experiencing a couple of near-misses thanks to our expert driving teams!
Monday was pretty laid back. We swung by Loose Park to get one last run through the splash park in after I was finished working. We are sad to see the summer go, and made a resolution to spend more mornings at the park next summer, and visit the pool more often. However, September was fabulous last year, with visits to North Carolina, Oklahoma and Chicago the first weekend in October, and we expect that this September will be a good one too. We're already lined up to head out to the Wichita Zoo and Robin & Gabe's wedding, and will be getting ready to have our house on the Hyde Park Homes tour. Work isn't quite as crazy now as it was this summer, so hopefully I'll manage to make regular updates!
So, here's to good summer memories and a fun fall!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Niko is also going through a biting stage - fortunately saving most of the bites for me, and a few for Colin. I don't think he has bitten anyone else. Anyhow, I checked out his mouth on Sunday, and discovered 4 new teeth. Wow! No wonder he was biting. I'm hoping that will subside as the teeth finish coming in. They have all broken through, and though I'm no dentist, I'm pretty sure they are molars.
Niko's new favorite word is "more!" At first he used it in conjunction with the sign language for "more" - usually when he wanted more milk. But now he uses it all the time - pointing at the things he wants and saying "more." He also requests more milk continuously, even if his cup is half full. It is just kind of his mantra - "more, more, more." I can't wait until he puts his two favorites together to request "more ball." We'll never hear the end of that one!
Niko is also in the business of getting more cousins! My cousins Elaine and Nadia are both expecting babies in late winter/early spring. I saw them over the weekend and they both look fabulous. Also, my cousin Sean has gotten married and now is proud papa to 2-year old Brook. Congrats and welcome to the family, everyone!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
When I picked him up at daycare yesterday he greeted me with a ball in each hand and ran up to me saying "ball, ball, ball, ball, ball . . ."
Then last night, after playing with balls for a couple hours, he insisted upon taking a tennis ball to sleep with him. When I went to go get him this morning, he sat up in his crib, threw the tennis ball at me (and hit me in the shoulder with it) and said . . . (wait for it) . . . BALL!
He fussed when I dropped him at daycare this morning, so I suggested that he go find a ball to play with. All of the sudden there were 3 little kids at my feet all saying "ball, ball, ball" like little lemmings. Except for Niko. He just pulled on my legs and cried, but I imagine as soon as I left he took off to find a ball :)
We returned from a long weekend at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri on Monday evening and we had a GREAT time. We were long overdue for a vacation, and we got to spend the weekend with both sets of grandparents, Uncle John, and Uncle Jack & Aunt Margaret. Niko went boating and HATED the lifejacket, but otherwise had a good time, even taking a break for a little on-board napping. We also enjoyed the good life floating in tubes on the lazy river and taking a wildlife tram tour at Dogwood Canyon, where we hung out with some buffalo and fed the trout. Niko was great at tossing the trout food in the water, and only tasted one piece before he decided to keep throwing it in the pond. We had some over-the-top delicious steaks and other great food, and lucked out with an un-seasonally cool August weekend.
We promise to get some photos and video up soon - it was a weekend to remember :)
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
On with business . . . Niko is 15 months now and absolutely a wild man. He sprints rather than walks, and climbs rather than sits. He is still the smallest kid in his class, but on occasion he eats more than Colin or I at a meal, so I imagine we're on the verge of a growth spurt.
He can say 'more milk' in sign language, wave, and say the occasional word. His most understandable words include "George" (as in Curious George), "drop" (as in, "I just dropped my food/milk/toy") and da (dad). We're pretty sure he also says "mine, mine, mine." He also can brush his own hair and teeth and pull his shirt over his head.
A special thanks goes out to Daddy, Grandma & Grandpa Donegan for covering for me the past two months and making sure that Niko had a good summer and didn't become the smelly kid in his class due to lack of a Mommy.
I'll chase down some photos and post them soon, I promise!
Friday, May 9, 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
BUT, today I got home and rushed to daycare to pick up Nikolai. When I got there, he was sitting in his new classroom eating graham crackers and drinking milk from a sippy cup like it was no big deal. He ignored me for a few minutes, then stood up with his graham cracker and took two steps!!! This was his first bono fide step without holding onto anything! Then he just got down onto the floor like nothing happened and crawled away (to steal another kid's graham crackers). It was pretty amazing. . . I feel very lucky that I showed up just in time to see Nikolai's first steps, although I've convinced myself that he knew he could do it ahead of time and was just waiting for me to show me what he figured out (look Mom, no hands!).
He was pretty fussy still tonight - I'm pretty sure he is mad at me for disappearing while he was sick, and Colin is pretty sure that he is mad at him for not taking good care of him while I was gone (since he was so sick himself). So, we hope he forgives us, or at least forgets . . . .
Friday, April 25, 2008
My co-worker Sara just reminded me of how I stayed at the office until 4:30 on the day I went into labor because I was trying to finish a spreadsheet! I was having contractions, but thought that I was just really uncomfortable. I don't think I ate anything all day because I felt so strange. We went to the hospital at 11 that night, and Niko was born at 3:25 am on April 25th. We got a lot more sleep last night than we did this time a year ago.
Niko is celebrating with cupcakes at daycare today, and then we have a party with all his grandparents and great grandma. I'll post some pictures later.
Happy Birthday Baby!
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
He has quite a will of his own, and expresses it every few minutes with either screams and whining or giggles, depending on what he thinks. I'm pretty sure that he is working on something approximating "ah ma ma" and I even heard an "addy" the other day after Colin had walked out of the room.
While I was dropping him at daycare one morning this week, his teacher told me to wait before I put him on the floor to play, because she had to lock some doors and put some things away so that he couldn't get into them. All the other babies are too little to get into trouble. I guess it is a good thing he is moving up to the toddler room this month!
We've also been having fun at swimming lessons at the YMCA. He had his first lesson last week and seemed to like it. He was a little intimidated at first, but soon got the hang of splashing and kicking. He didn't cry when we went under water, but he seemed pretty put out by all the water in his face. Since his first lesson last week, bath time has become a mess. He is so excited and splashes water so far across the bathroom that I can only fill up the tub a little bit for fear of causing a flood downstairs. I'm looking forward to seeing him play in the pool tomorrow morning! Also, he took a 2 hour nap after last week's lesson, which is highly unusual. I just found out from my mom that he is going to the same Y where John and I learned to swim. I remember how much fun we had with the kick boards, but they use noodles now instead. I hope Nikolai has similar good memories someday :)
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Congrats to the KU Jayhawks - NCAA Champions!
Nikolai slept through the game, but with the volume of basketball that has been played on our tv lately, we're pretty sure he thinks of the tv as the "basketball machine." Since Niko has been born, we've won the Orange Bowl and the NCAA B-Ball Championship. Coincidence? Who am I to judge. . .
Friday, April 4, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
His second skill is saying "da da." He started out with "la la," and transitioned it right into "da da." He says it all the time, without really relating it to Colin yet, but I use it as an excuse to pass him along to Colin whenever it is convenient :)
He is also trying all sorts of new table foods. He shared my roasted fish with avocados and black beans at Cafe Sebastian last week, and loved the rotisserie chicken that I picked up at the grocery store.
His last new skill is that he is just starting to "cruise" around rooms by walking while he holds onto furniture or objects big enough. He is starting to move his feet really well. In fact, he moved his feet more today than Chenowith did during his 4 years at KU!
Ok, I know this isn't a Niko picture, but since it is 14 degrees outside, I thought I'd share another Florida photo from earlier this month. . .