Sampling the Sutherlands: the Month with the Mobility

Hello everyone!

It’s a great time to get a cold, isn’t it? We all got sick this month, AGAIN! What is up with this year? Beats me. G is still pulling out of his, but I think the worst is over.

The good news (I think…?) is that R has discovered his mobility and is moving a LOT! Over the course of 10 days he started rolling all over the place, army crawling and rocking on his hands and knees. It’s been so fun to watch him discover the world around him. We’ve learned to hide or move all cords and electronics because he loves them the most. We can put his stuffed leopard thing, his noisy and colorful ball, and a computer cord in front of him and he will 100 percent of the time go for the cord. I don’t understand.

Though we have to protect our apartment from our new little menace, it’s been fun having him start scooting toward us, eating our feet on his way across the room, and rolling a little closer to snuggle if we happen to be on the floor with him. R has also started sitting up pretty well. He can’t get there on his own, but once we sit him up he can stay that way for quite some time before tipping over. I think he actually prefers to be sitting up or on his stomach moving toward a cord.

This last week of November has been a very happy one at our place. R has just bloomed. And I’m not talking about his newfound mobility. A couple nights ago G came home from a long day of work and class and R just about lost it he was so happy. He did his big two-tooth grin and had a mini freak-out as he contorted his body in all directions trying to get out of my arms. Absolutely adorable.

R has also been working on his eating skills. He can now eat an entire container of baby food if he’s hungry. I also gave him a “banana rusk” for the first time yesterday which seemed like a bunch of puffed rice in a banana-esque shape. He didn’t quite know what to do with it. It got messy. But hey, you gotta start somewhere.

Thanksgiving went pretty well. We had the actual feast at my grandparents’ house in Kaysville, Utah, and then had dinner with my dad Friday night and breakfast with my mom Saturday morning. The food was good and it was great to see family. It was especially nice to see my brother, Adam, and his cute family who came up from Phoenix.

Christmas music is in FULL SWING at our place. If I’m not working or doing homework, R and I play to the tune of Jingle Bells and Frosty the Snowman. πŸ™‚ We don’t have our tree up yet. With so much going on with school and work and the wee one it seems to have taken its place on the back burner. I’m hoping in the next week or so we’ll set aside time to set it up. Somewhere. (Where can you put a Charlie Brown tree that’s off the floor so the kid can’t reach it?)

The first weekend of November I went to a two-day writing workshop and it went well! It motivated me to start writing again and Erica (my sister) and I have started talking every Tuesday night to make sure that we’ve at least written something during the week. I’m excited to make progress on a goal that’s been put off for so many years!

December will be a great month. Christmas will obviously be wonderful, and school will be over (HALLELUJIAH!), but it’ll also be good to see G’s sister and cute family who will be flying in from Michigan. She and G are like twins that had to be born a year and a half apart. They’re seriously best friends. πŸ™‚

Well, I better sign off. R is crawling all over my lap trying to reach the computer I’m holding over his head. He keeps looking at me and saying, “Mamamama” as if that’ll make me give it to him. Little stinker.



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