Tuesday, December 30, 2008

2008 in Review

2008 was a crazy year - and even though I thought I would be pregnant forever (Matthew needed some medical intervention to make his debut!), this year flew by. Here is 2008, in review:

1. What did you do in 2008 that you've never done before?
Had a baby - if I did anything else that I've never done before I can't think of it at the moment - how can you top having a baby!

2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make any this year?
I don't think I made any resolutions last year - if I did they went out the window when I found out I was pregnant! I will make some this year - and I will write them down so that I will remember them.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My friend Anna (on the same day I did!) and my friend Sharlene's sister Nicole (the day after I did!). Also my cousin Diane - to beautiful little Kara - and Matthew's cousin Stacy to Julia, both in December.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Not this year.

5. What countries did you visit?
None this year - I did get to Rhode Island in November for a long weekend and I was happy for that!

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
Less stress, more money!

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched in your memory, and why?
September 19th - the day Ish was born.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Giving birth to my son and completing my MBA.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Failure is a strong word - I'll have to think about that one.

10. Did you suffer an illness or injury?
Yes, but I'm getting better every day.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Swaddle blankets...ahhh, sweet sleep!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
I'd have to say Ish - sleeping through the night is his latest accomplishment!

13. Whose behavior was appalling?
No need to name names - they know who they are.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Home improvements and Babies R Us.

15. What did you get really really really excited about?
Meeting Ish.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
The ABC song - Matthew loves it!

17. Compared to last year, are you:
A). Happier or sadder? Happier
B). Thinner or fatter? Sigh, much fatter
C). Richer or poorer? Sigh again, much poorer!

18. What do you wish you had done more of?
I wish I had exercised more and I wish I had organized my home better before the baby was born.

19. What do you wish you had done less of?

20. How did you spend Christmas?
At home. With my extended family on Christmas Eve and my immediate family on Christmas day.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?
Yes - one day he will call me mommy.

22. What was your favorite TV program in 2008?
How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate last year?
Yep, sure do. I don't like to use the word "hate" - but it's okay to hate evil.

24. What was the best book you read?
I started The Professor's Wives Club - I really liked it, but then I had a baby and haven't been able to finish it.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
That the Baby Einstein CDs really aren't bad.

26. What did you want and get?
A healthy happy baby boy.

27. What did you want and not get?
My body to whip right back into shape!

28. What was your favorite film of the year?
There were so many I wanted to see but never did. I'll have to wait for the DVDs to come out.

29. What did you do on your birthday - and how old were you?
I turned 31. I think we went to dinner - I really can't remember!!

30. What one thing would have made your year measurably more satisfying?
Winning the lotto - hands down.

31. How would you describe your fashion sense in 2008?
Two words - stretchy pants.

32. What kept you sane?
No one has ever accused me of being sane.

33. Which celebrity did you follow most?
All of them - I love that trash.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
I hate to talk politics.

35. Who did you miss?
My grandpa.

36. Who was the best new person you met this year?

37. What valuable lesson did you learn in 2008?
Good things come to those who wait.


Monday, December 29, 2008

I Have Feet!!

Matthew is just starting to notice his feet - this morning he spent a good 10 minutes just staring down at them while he was in his swing. It was like discovering a new toy for him! He also started rolling from his belly to his back this weekend - I'm trying to capture it on video, but typical Ish, he freezes when the camera is on!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Monday, December 22, 2008

Loving his crib!

Last night we moved Ish from the bassinet in our room to his crib in the nursery. HE LOVED IT! We swaddled him and put him in (drowsy but awake) a little after 8PM and he slept until 6:30AM. He woke up happy and smiling! I think he liked the change of scenery and probably liked the quiet - his father snores like a bear! I think I might try a night in the crib too! ;-)

All swaddled up!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

3 Months Old

Ish turned 3 months old on Friday - and to celebrate, mother nature dropped a foot of snow on us! Matt and I had to go to work so we couldn't really enjoy the snowfall with Ish but we made sure to take a picture for the scrapbook.

Ish's 1st Snowfall

A Close-Up of the Big Boy!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Even More Random Cuteness

Hanging out with daddy on a random Monday night in December - right before his bedtime routine of bath, bottle and swaddle!

Monday, December 15, 2008

How We Roll On Sunday

Sunday mornings are pretty lazy at our house - we hang out in bed and watch tv, sing, talk and play. Not much else to it!

Friday, December 12, 2008

He makes me a liar everytime

This kid will giggle, coo and "talk" up a storm all day every day - but the minute he sees the light on the camera he clams up! I don't think anyone believes me when I tell them how vocal he is. Here he is, making me a liar again. He's lucky he's so cute!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

More Random Cuteness

Ish used to HATE being naked - diaper changes, baths, etc. all brought out the worst in him. Now, he doesn't mind so much. He was more than happy to let me take this picture.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

London Calling...

Baby Matthew has a very good friend that he hasn't met yet. Her name is Colleen ("Aunt Cool") and she lives all the way across the pond in England. This post is for her - baby Matthew is sending her a virtual hug!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Trying out the bouncer

Matthew gets bored easily so we had to pull out a new arsenal of toys this weekend - one being his Rainforest bouncer. It's so cute, his legs just dangle! He loves all the sights and sounds - let's hope this doesn't get old fast!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Under The Tree

Matthew loves lights - it doesn't matter if it's ceiling lights, lamp lights, light from the TV, light from his toys or good old-fashioned sunlight. I thought he might like an up-close look at our tree this year - and I was right! Between the lights and the dangling ornaments, he was hooked!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Random Cuteness

It's only day 3 of our new routine but I think he recognizes the pattern we are in. He just lays there and lets me bundle him up every morning!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Off to Grandma's - Day 2

Yesterday was my first day back at work. Our new routine is getting up with daddy at 5AM (or earlier as the case seems to be lately - baby Matthew gets hungry about 4-4:30 and refuses to wait any longer to be fed!), morning bottle, quick nap (giving me a chance to shower and get dressed), diaper change as needed and off to grandma's house by 7AM. Matthew doesn't seem to mind the new routine - look how happy he looks in his carseat, ready for the day's adventure! It's more sad for me than for him to leave for the day - I leave him at my mom's house happy as a clam, watching Noggin, getting a bottle, laughing with grandma and Auntie Dana. I wonder if he misses me at all!