Monday, March 31, 2008

One Year Old

He really is an entire year old! It is amazing to look at newborn babies and realize how much Logan has changed in such a short amount of time. He really is fun to be around and we can tell he already has a sense of humor.

I have also grown so much in the last year. Becoming a mother is something that no one can explain to you, everyone has such different experiences, and children are so individual and unique! I am glad that Logan, Josh, and I were such a great fit! He belongs in our little family and we are so lucky to have him.

Logan's Latest:

*The best word to describe Logan lately is Busy. He is constantly on the go. He has to be involved in anything we are doing. He constantly wants to un-do what was just done, mostly just to figure it out.

*It is considerably harder recently to take a picture of him, he will never sit still!

*He has finally started pulling himself to a stand! He has also become quite the fast crawler, especially when he sees us coming to get him.

*He loves books! His favorite thing to do is unload the book shelf with his books on it. I let him do it, because I figure at least they are his own books.

*Stacking, stacking, stacking. Blocks, toys, cups, everything. This kid is a stacking maniac.

*He says a couple of words, "Shoes" is a definite, and I thought I heard him say a few more, but he will never say the words when we want him to!

*Weaned to a cup. This is bittersweet for me, I really liked nursing, but 9 months pregnant, 12 months nursing, I am ready for my body back!

*Growing, growing, growing, finally! We went to the doctor on Tuesday and he was 31" 90%, 22 lbs. 8 1/2 oz. 45%, and 50 cm on his head 100%, it's like an orange on a toothpick, literally! He almost doubled his weight since he was 6 months old, he has finally put on some weight!






This is Logan's latest little trick!

Friday, March 28, 2008

And of Course, Eating the Cake!

In my family my Grandma always makes fun themed cakes for everyone's birthdays, so I thought it would be fun to make Logan a special cake for his first birthday! Josh and I made the cake together (with some supervision from my parents and some borrowed pans from Josh's parents). We spent a lot of time on it and decided next time we should choose a simpler cake! It was a lot of fun and I love the saying that it is more about the process than the product. I also enjoy working together on projects with Josh!

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Josh blew out the candle and Logan just looked at him, I don't think he quite understood the tradition yet!

We got the idea from a website I found called Coolest-Birthday-Cakes (which I know my grandma would love), but we decorated the whole cake ourselves.


We gave Logan the caboose as his very own cake and I was very surprised that he didn't get as dirty as I thought he would, maybe because I let him get messy 3 times a day when he eats! He picked at the cake a little and tried to put some of the pieces back on the cake that he took off. I don't think he every put both hands on the cake.

He also was watching everyone that was at the house. He loves to watch people, and sometimes doesn't pay attention to what he is doing when there are a lot of people around.

[Bloated] "I am not used to eating this much sugar."

This is Logan at the very end (before wiping him down). He really didn't get very messy. We didn't even put a bib on him, and that is the extent of his messiness. I expected him to smear it all around like most kids do, but he didn't! I never know what to expect from him.



I grabbed this video in the middle of his cake experience. It is pretty shaky, because I was talking to him the whole time, but still fun to watch.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Easter Egg Hunt


This year was Logan's first official Easter Egg hunt. Although last year he was 2 weeks old, he didn't participate in the hunt. This year I tried to tell him to go get the eggs, his were strewn on the grass, easily accessible, but I don't know how much he understood!






He did crawl to many of the eggs and even put a few in the basket, but he was also as interested in twigs and black walnut shells, which I found in the basket after the egg hunt was done.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Opening Presents, First Thing!

March 23, 2008

Logan woke up early, about 6:40 (he usually sleeps until at least 7:15-30). We gave him some breakfast, followed by a bath, and got him all dressed in his Sunday best! Then we gave him his presents!

Logan opened his presents from Josh and I bright and early! We kept singing and saying "Happy Birthday" to Logan, but I don't think he ever really understood!

He is quite the mover by crawling these days, but once he started opening presents he loved it and sat through all of them.

He did really well at opening the presents. He would rip off a little piece and hand the little piece of paper to Josh, then rip off another little piece and hand it to Josh. Opening his presents ended up taking a long time, but it was a lot of fun for all of us. (This was the first time Josh and I had ever celebrated a birthday with our own child :)

He was very concentrated as he opened the presents!

Yay!

His face is so funny in this picture! It looks like he was just posing for the picture! He loved playing with Mr. Potato head. He cried when we said it was time to put him away.

1st Birthday!

We celebrated Logan's first birthday yesterday. I still can't believe it has been an entire year since I had him. It was special, because he was able to celebrate his birthday on Easter, which probably won't happen very often. We had a long, fun day, with lots of pictures to come.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Peek-A-Boo

Logan started doing the funniest trick! He will squeeze his eyes shut and then open them! I think he is playing peek-a-boo and he always laughs like it is a fun game.

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Friday, March 14, 2008

Utah Early Childhood Conference


Last weekend I was able to attend the Utah Early Childhood Conference. I went a couple of years ago and so I was excited to go again. I love learning about early childhood education and the keynote speaker was Kathy Hirsch-Pasek. I am currently reading her book (on the sidebar :). She was so great and talked about the importance of play which reminds me so much of when I was going to Utah State in the Early Childhood program. She gave us a few good quotes,

"Dream Big and Dare to Fail"

"How you learn is as important as what you learn"



"Play = Learning"


There is huge difference currently between what science and research show is good for children and what is really being practiced and marketed by companies who gain profit from parents buying their products.

I really enjoy and drink up all the information I can get about young children. I have always loved learning about how they think and why they do the things they do. I love talking about children and I am so lucky that right now I am able to teach others who also love children through Child Care Resource and Referral. But most of all, as I realized the other day that I left my job a year ago this Sunday, I am so glad I am able to play with Logan and stay home with him!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Mr. Sandman

The weather has been really nice outside lately. Our apartment complex has a little sandbox/swingset area and I have taken Logan out to play several times. I realize he is really young, but he loves it! (And honestly so do I! I miss playing with kids everyday.) He even cried one day when I started to leave the sandbox.

He spends most of his time watching the other children (as the first two pictures show him looking in the distance). He likes to see what they are up to, and spends some of the time actually paying attention to what he is playing himself. I help him fill-up buckets and make sandcastles . We also fill up dump trucks and dump them out again. Logan likes to put him hands in the sand and take handfuls from one place to another.

We both end up dirty and every time I have swept since I started taking him in the sandbox I still end up with sand in the dustpan.

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