Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Getting closer...

 A little more than a month left to go! Here's my ~35 week belly!

I took a crazy video of baby moving all around last night, but I can't figure out how to get it to transfer from my phone to my computer. I'll keep working on it...

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

One Year Ago This Week...

Oliver showed off his new Hawkeye diaper while working on his crawling...

Danced to some tunes (LOOK at how chubby he was! Oh my gosh!)...

And he actually took a nap in his crib! (I don't think it lasted too long, though!)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Oli "WarBug" Tice

Yeah, Oliver already has his fight name. Here are a couple videos of him practicing his MMA skills, so he can be just like dad.

Bragging Rights

Here's the post where I list some of the awesome, smart things my son is doing lately.
-Talking! Well, close. He says a lot of things that Ian and I have no problem understanding, but others might be a bit confused. But I have a feeling he'll be talking for 'real' any day now...He signs and says "Pees!" (Please) and "Eee!" (Eat), says Hi, Dog, "Po" (hippo),  "Coh" (cold), "Hah" (hot), "Sat?" (What's that? - he says this all day long, pointing to everything.), "Beebee" (belly button), "Mom!" and a few others. He also continues to sign for 'more', 'all done/gone', and 'drink'. His recent favorite way to communicate is coming up to me, grabbing my fingers, and dragging me over to whatever he wants or needs help with.
-Animal sounds. He's getting pretty good, I am running out of animals that are easy to imitate. He can make these animal sounds: dog, cat, pig, cow, sheep, lion (RAWR!! - our favorite), duck, snake, alligator, dinosaur....probably a few more that I can't think of.
-Following directions. Besides when he's being a bit ornery, Oli is great at following directions! He is getting better at helping pick up his toys, put things in the garbage, and going and finding his cup, bowl, spoon, or whatever else escapes from the kitchen into the rest of the house.
-Body parts. Oliver can point out his (or your) eyes, nose, mouth, ears, belly button (watch out, he'll pull your shirt up to find it!), toes, fingers, head, and hair.
-Wrestling/boxing. Yeah, maybe not the best thing to teach; we are going to have to start setting some rules regarding the roughhousing soon, so he doesn't think he can attack just anyone. But he loves to put Ian's boxing gloves on and run around pretending to punch things (or he'll put shoes on his hands if he can't find gloves), he wrestles with Ian all the time (and sometimes with me, until he gets tired of me not falling over when he attempts a takedown), and loves to beat on the punching bag downstairs. He also got a blow-up lion for Christmas that he likes to practice on (have I posted those videos yet?).
-Eating with utensils. Yup, this big boy is now using a fork or spoon almost all the time. He has recently started eating cereal (froot loops are his favorite) just like a big boy (or like his cereal-loving dad!). Of course, he still ends up with food all over the place and for some reason he can't eat his yogurt without putting it in his hair.
-Generally being the coolest kid ever. I know, we are completely biased, but Ian and I just think Oliver is the most amazing kid. We had to make fun of ourselves last night; we went to see The Lion King at the Civic Center (AMAZING show!), and during the show we kept talking about how Oli would be 'rawr'ing with the lions, and asking "Sat?" over and over, pointing to everything on stage. Oliver is constantly cracking us up, and he had me laughing so hard I was crying the other day.
This boy brings so much joy to our lives. We can't wait to see what kind of amazing relationship he develops with his little brother or sister. (And all the things they do to amaze us!)

(Thanks to my friend Julia for the photo!)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Screamy Pants

What Ian and Oliver do most of the day (turn your volume on, but not too loud!):

Friday, January 22, 2010

Helping Dad

I have really been slacking on the photos of Oliver lately. I have several excuses ready: He never stays still for a picture; He is always grabbing for the camera when I get it out; and I still don't like my new camera (although the old one works again! I just need to get the lens cleaned off.)
But really, I'm just a slacker.
Last week we finally had a day that was warm enough to go outside for a little bit, so Oli helped Ian clean up the driveway. I supervised.

He figured out how to throw snowballs, all by himself!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Early this fall Oliver and I had the chance to help out one of our favorite stores, Little Padded Seats, with a commercial. Here it is! (The actual commercial starts at 10 seconds.)