Saturday, April 29, 2006

Nine whole months!

My John Henry was nine months old yesterday. For some reason this month stands out to me. I guess because for nine months I carried him in my womb, and he's been in my arms, in this big world for the last nine. I just thought I'd let everyone know what he's up to.
His biggest accomplishment lately is crawling. I actually thought he might skip crawling all together because he just loves to stand, but about two weeks ago I left Johnny in the living room and headed into the kitchen. I wasn't alone for long when Johnny comes cruising in with a big proud smile on his face. He is everywhere and into everything, but it's a lot of fun to see him choose who he wants to go to or what toys (or household objects) he wants to play with.

He is just growing like crazy and has a great head of hair, with little curls around his ears. Makes me wonder if he will have the ringlets I did as a toddler. He has also sprouted 4 new teeth giving him a very toothy grin and allowing him to enjoy things like cheerios and whole peas. Aside from the curls, he is pretty much an mini version of his Papa.

Johnny is also developing quite the personality. He loves to fake laugh, and fake cough and fake cry. Funny thing is, they kind of all sound the same, they are just accompanied by different expressions. He especially likes to fake cough during the really quiet parts of Liturgy, like right before the Great Entrance. He loves people and will show off when he has an audience. By show off, I mean, he yells and laughs and rolls around, jumps and makes ridiculous faces. He is definitely providing plenty of entertainment these days and we are so thankful and blessed to have him.

Monday, April 24, 2006


We celebrated Pascha(Orthodox Easter) this weekend. The service is a nocturne service, so it begins at 11:30 at night and is followed by a Liturgy which ends around 2:30 am. After that we have break fast, everyone brings a basket of food and drink which they have been fasting from during the Lenten period, it is blessed and around 3 am we feast. I was a little nervous about how Johnny would handle Church at such wee hours of morning. He was actually awake for quite a bit of the services, and was passed around by his numerous admirers, so I was able to pay close attention to the beautiful celebration. Here are a few images from our weekend.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Kids (plural)

I have started taking care of a little boy a couple times a week. It's really been a blessing because it has provided me a chance to make a little extra money with my sweet Johnny in tow. And he just loves his new buddy. We've been spending a lot of time at the park. Seeing the boys play really a makes me excited about having more children, I just love the interaction between them.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

What do you do to cheer up a baby who is teething,has a runny nose and big tears in his eyes? Put him in front of a window and let him watch the cars, the crows in the grass and the neighbor boys on their skateboards. He especially liked the skateboarders.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Say Cheese!

I swore, I would never pay to have a cheesy studio portrait of my kid, but Johnny's Gigi ( great grandma) wanted an 8x10, so with a coupon in hand I marched into JC Penney and let the silliness begin. They do make me smile.