Monday, April 24, 2006

Little Fish

Mason absolutely loves his new swimming pool! The first time we went swimming, he just sat in the same spot and played with his toys. But now he is all over the place. He loves to splash. He tries to pick up the bubbles and doesn't understand why none of them will stay in his hand. He crawls around from side to side and even looks like he's actually trying to swim sometimes. He also loves to swing in his new swing. He enjoys being outside so it looks like I'll soon have a little helper when it comes to pulling weeds in my flower beds and garden.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Mason's 1st Easter

"Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it . . . The angel answered and said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay." . . . So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word. And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, JESUS MET THEM, saying, "Rejoice!" So THEY CAME AND HELD HIM BY THE FEET AND WORSHIPED HIM." -Matthew 28:1-2, 5-6, 8-9

Mason went to the pediatrician last week for his 9-month check-up and got a glowing report. He is a very healthy, growing boy. We started weaning him from the pacifier last week. I don't think he's ever been too attached to it anyway. It stays in his crib now, and that is the only time he can have it. He doesn't even seem to miss it. We are also beginning the process of weaning him from the bottle so hopefully that will be done by his 1st birthday. He is also starting to experiment with table food now.

We went to the Easter egg hunt at our church on Saturday. There were 5,000 eggs waiting to be found. Mason's age group "hunted" for their eggs on the playground so they wouldn't get trampled by the bigger kids. I sat him down and put some eggs around him. He didn't seem too interested though. He preferred to pick up the gravel instead of the eggs, but we managed to come home with a few. After the egg hunt, we went to a crawfish boil at Mason's PawPaw and MawMaw's house. Seth let Mason play with one of the crawfish before they were dumped into the pot. I just held my breath and kept my eyes closed.

On Easter Sunday morning, there was a big (literally!) surprise for Mason in the living room - a purple wading pool in the shape of an elephant. His trunk comes up in the center of the pool and sprays water into the air. Inside of the pool were a swing, swimsuit, and sunscreen. We went to church and then to Mason's PawPaw and MawMaw's for lunch. When we got home, Mason posed for some pictures in his new pool. His cousin Abbie gave him a beach towel with his name monogramed on it. Cousins Avery and Beau gave him a book ("Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?"), stuffed kangaroo, and farm animals dining set. Mason also got two more teeth for Easter! His top two middle teeth finally came in so now he has 6 teeth.

So much for spring . . . we've been "enjoying" temps in the 90s this week. Yesterday we went for our first swim in Mason's new pool. He had a lot of fun splashing in the water and playing with his bath toys. I'm just glad it's big enough for both of us to get in it!

And today Mason waved bye-bye for the first time! I've been teaching him for about a month how to do it. This morning I was telling everyone bye as we were leaving the Threads of Love meeting at church, and Mason started waving. It just seemed to come from nowhere. I didn't ask him to do it or prompt him to do it. He just heard me say the word, "bye." I thought I was seeing things so I asked him to wave bye-bye to Faith, and he did it! I bragged to Seth when he got home from work that Mason waved bye-bye today. I don't think he believed me. He asked Mason to wave bye-bye, and he did it again!

Saturday, April 08, 2006

In a Week's Time

It's so amazing what can happen in a week's time in Mason's world!

Easter started early for Mason. He received a huge Easter basket filled to the brim with all sorts of goodies from his Pop and Mimi. I think the basket is bigger than he is! It is lined, and his name is embroidered on the lining. He can't wait to show it off at our church's Easter egg hunt next weekend.

Mason is no longer doing the "Army crawl." He can take off on his hands and knees now. But why is it that he always takes off to the places that he is not supposed to go? He always makes a bee-line for the fireplace! I have no idea why . . . it's not very interesting, and, at his vantage point, it's rather ugly. Another favorite place is underneath the side table where I keep the books I'm currently reading. I guess I'm going to have to move those. Now I understand why they have those little shirts and bibs that say, "I think my name is No No!"

Not only is Mason crawling, but he's pulling up, too. He can pull up on the couch without any help from Daddy and Mommy. He doesn't really go anywhere though. He just stands there and "bounces." I think he's still a little unsure about putting one foot in front of the other.

But the best thing of all happened yesterday. Mason has been talking up a storm for the past several months, but he finally said those words every mother longs to hear. I was feeding him dessert after he made a happy plate at lunch, and he looked at me and said, "Ma ma ma ba ba." For those of you who are not versed in the language of Mason-ese, let me translate for you. Mason said, "Mama, I love you so much, and you are the best mommy in the whole wide world!" Yes, that's exactly what I heard him say! I've been waiting to hear "ma ma" for months. I thought I would jump up and down and whoop and holler when I finally heard it. But that's not the way it was at all. It seemed like, for a moment, that time stood absolutely still. And I was in awe at the awesome privilege and responsibility of being entrusted to care for this beautiful boy. My mommy heart smiled.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Lions, Tigers, and Bears

Last week Mason went to the zoo for the very first time! We went with our MOPS group. I would like to be able to say that Mason was baffled by the baboons, tickled pink with the ostriches, amazed at the elephants, scared of the tigers, laughing at the lions, and zany about the zebras, but he really had no clue what was going on. To him, it was just another stroller ride. At least we got some cute pictures for his scrapbook!

I think I can, I think I can . . .

During the past month, Mason has been an avid explorer of his bedroom and our living room. He is learning to crawl! At first we thought this would be a good thing - he could follow us around, and we wouldn't have to pick him up all the time. But now we are beginning to realize it might not be such a good thing after all - he no longer stays where we put him! He can easily scoot across his bedroom, and he is doing pretty good in the living room, too. He isn't really crawling on his hands and knees though. He pulls himself along with his arms and hands. It's more of an "Army crawl." He hasn't quite figured out how to get those knees and legs going. Once he gets up, he usually falls flat again. But it won't be long . . .

Mason's Adventures

Our precious little baby boy is growing up right before our eyes! Everyday is a new adventure, and he never ceases to amaze us with what he is learning and doing. There are so many moments that words can not describe. We want to share with our family and friends, both near and far (mostly far!), a glimpse of Mason's world. It is such a joy and an honor to be Mason's Daddy and Mommy. We are so blessed!