Saturday, March 28, 2009


Last weekend was a great one. My mom and dad came out to visit us for a few great days. But before I saw them I was out in South Carolina and Georgia for work. While in Savannah I was able to see my Granny (my mom's stepmother), who I hadn't seen in over ten years. It was great to get to see her and talk with her and spend time with her. She's getting along very well, and we had a good time eating at a little English pub and walking down on the river. The waitress didn't do a real good job of centering the picture - oh well....
That week Susie was able to visit family as well down in Baton Rouge. Some of her extended family hadn't met Cade yet so it was good for her to head down there and introduce him. The way our flights lined up, my parents actually flew into Nashville before we got back so they picked us up at the airport. We went by the Opry Mills Mall to eat lunch and Cade got to watch the fish in the Bass Pro Shop there. He had a ball seeing them swim around. It made us want to get an aquarium at home for him to watch. It's a little hard to see due to the reflection, but there is a pretty big fish at the glass looking right at Cade and I.
My mom and dad got a lot of holding and playing and feeding and cuddling time with Cade, but I don't think any amount of time is ever enough for grandparents. :)
Cade was all about trying to eat the zipper on my dad's jacket.
You think your baby is pretty cool? Well, can your baby shake a toy with his left hand while making a foam block levitate with his right hand? (Ok, I'm actually holding it.) And as you can see, Chili takes his guard dog duty very seriously. He likes the upstairs sun room because he can keep an eye on the entire backyard as well as most of the block. Squirrels and birds don't dare enter our yard for fear of the verbal scoldings Chili hands out. The only animal that doesn't seem to care much is the neighborhood possum. He mosey's around wherever he wants. One time Chili had him up a tree and it was hissing at him and baring his teeth pretty menacingly, but that's about it for him. It drives Chili bonkers if he's in our yard (and yes, I realize I sound like a hick talking about a neighborhood possum, but we really do live downtown, it's just a downtown in Kentucky).
It's a little tough to tell, but Cade's front four teeth are in pretty well and they're anything but straight. Honestly, they look more like tire treads. I guess as his mouth grows they'll have more room to spread out and straighten out (we hope). Susie needed braces, I didn't. Hopefully his teeth take after Daddy's.
Rolling around on the floor with Grandpa. Lots of fun!
If you want to hold Cade you'd better be aware of the risks involved. He loves to grab things, and I mean anything. If you aren't wearing a hat, glasses, necklace, earrings, or a hoodie with drawstrings, he'll go right for your ear, nose, lip, eyebrows, cheeks, throat, or chin. And you'd better hope he'd recently had his fingernails trimmed or he can definitely leave a scratch with his strong little grip. Sometimes if I'm talking to him he'll put his hand in my mouth and stare at my face like he's feeling what my tongue and lips are doing to make the different sounds.
He's always been super ticklish, and I test him a lot to make sure he retains that quality.
Cade and Grandpa share a deep love for Cheerios. Susie found this Cheerios container at a garage sale, and it's perfect for stashing them in the diaper bag for a quick snack on the go. And my dad is the most consistent Cheerios eater I've ever known. It's what he eats pretty much every morning. I think he's got a jealous eye on that Cheerios holder. Oh, and if you look at the end table in the background, you can see the trophy my dad won for winning his age group in the local 5k we ran in last weekend. Cade and I have large shoes to fill.
Cade up in the branches of a cherry tree down on Griffith. My parents have similar pictures of both my sister and I when we were this size. He was pretty tired during this photo shoot. That bear hoodie cracks me up. He looks great in it.
As I mentioned in a previous post, Cade LOVES to swing. This time he's holding on and smiling in the breeze. Check out the post to see a picture from last July in the same swing. He sure has grown a lot.
As one of Susie's friends pointed out on her facebook page, he really looks like Mommy in this picture.
All that activity and fun with Nana and Grandpa sure tired Cade out.

I don't know how long it will be before he's crawling, but he's scooting himself along the floor on his stomach and pushing himself up onto all fours. It's just a matter of time before we have to learn to sprint while bent at the waist. He's also developed this super cute laugh. It sounds like a half cough, half laugh/chuckle. HIGH-larious. I think he's just learned to make that sound and likes to do it to make us laugh. Something else he's started doing is showing preference for certain things. If we give him a something and he's got his eye on something else he'll just shove the first thing off to the side.

He's eating great, he's been sleeping very well, and he's growing like a weed. We sure are blessed to have a super fun kid in our house. The other day "Wires" by Athlete (hear it here)came up on my iTunes shuffle and I hadn't heard that song in months. The last time I heard it I couldn't stop a couple tears from leaking out. But the lines that stood out to me this time were "I've seen Christmas lights reflect in your eyes," and "Looking at you now, you would never know." The first week with Cade was scary and stressful at times, but God is good and he provides health and growth.

Speaking of growth, Cade has his nine-month checkup on Monday so I'll update with measurements soon after. I think the oddsmakers in Vegas currently have the over/under for when he passes Susie's height set at 2 years 7 months, but I haven't checked lately. Lately he hasn't been growing as fast as he did the first few months, but in the last couple days it seems like he's eating more, so maybe he's starting another growth spurt. Thanks so much for all your prayers and thoughts. We appreciate them all. And thanks for checking in on us.

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