Archive for November, 2005

Christmas is a-comin’

Monday, November 21st, 2005

And everyone keeps asking us for ideas for Lauren for gifts for Christmas and her birthday, which is not far away!

So We’ve started a registry at for her that you can view by clicking. Some of the things listed are toys that I think are really neat but that she’s not quite old enough for.

What we’d really love is to encourage Lauren to grow and develop without all the bells, lights, whistles, and baby bling that you can find in any toy store. Wooden toys, traditional and old fashioned toys, and things that encourage creative exploration are the best things we could ask for her to play with.

We’d also like to avoid toys and clothing that are based on a tv character or show, things like Elmo, Strawberry Shortcake, and Bratz are not her style. She has many stuffed animals already, and she can always use books!

Toys-R-Us and TJMaxx carry “Melissa and Doug” toys – wooden handcrafted toys that are reasonably priced. Lauren has the sandwich set, the pizza kit, the farm cube puzzle, and the alphabet 1″ blocks. She’d like the stacking train, some simple knobby puzzles, the locks and doors set, and more!

PLAYmatters is a neat store at Avon Commons (and they have stores on the east side) full of more traditional toys and games. Imaginarium and Zany Brainy are also good stores for finding things.

And if you want to shop from a catalog, just stop over, we have a bunch!

10 months old..

Saturday, November 19th, 2005

Yes, Lauren turned 10 months old yesterday… and it’s been a long time since I’ve left any postings for y’all to read.

She weighed in at exactly 20 lbs. on Weds. when we were visiting our friends at the LC group at SJWS. She’s also sprouted a grand total of 6 teeth, 4 on the top and 2 on the bottom. She’s crawling amazingly fast, Ryan thinks maybe 3mph. :)

Let’s see, other fun milestones. She eats food now. Not many different foods, but she likes to eat. Her current favorites are puffed millet (they stick to her fingers) and chicken, and she really loves it when we hand her an apple. She’s cruising the furniture pretty quickly, and standing for a few seconds alone, and babbling a few things that we like to think of as words… (mommy, dada, doggie) and using the potty a lot.

Oh, and we gave up all the reflux meds. She’s just taking mama milk, table foods, and lots of love now.
Beautiful day to play in the leaves!