5.19.2014

Liam | 11 months


Growth and Looks
I'm pretty sure Liam has plateaued  in the growth department.  His 12 month clothing still fits well, and his cheeks and thighs haven't increased in size ;)  I'm curious to see if his hair will get any lighter this summer, or if it will start to darken so that he looks like he belongs to his parents! He's still lacking in the teeth department, with a grand total of two.   

Baby boy in our new living room! This was inspection day.
Sleeping
Aside from any time that he has a cold (which is more often than I feel like it should be!), Liam has been sleeping through the night well and napping solidly.  The kicker is that his early morning rising is creeping earlier; he's normally awake by 6:15am.  He had his last sleeps in our apartment on May 17th, the day we moved. 


Liam crashes pretty hard sometimes.  Don't worry; I move his head to the side.
Eating
Liam eats lots of things!  I've stopped keeping track of "new" things and pretty much feed him whatever we are eating (as long as it's not too spicy or has too much curry!).  Anything with garlic and onions gets his vote of approval, and he definitely prefers veggies over fruits still.  He loves "chicken soup" (aka chicken with whatever veggies I throw in and lentils or beans).  Liam sometimes refuses to eat purees unless he has things to pick up and eat with his fingers by himself, so we'll alternate bites of puree with pieces of green beans or something (extra cooked, for our Toothless Tom!).  (Any great bite-sized foods to give for babies lacking teeth?  I just mainly do veggies or cheerios in half, but that's so boring!).  

My first mother's day!  The ring was my husband's grandmother's; it has stones from her mother's wedding ring.  My sweet husband had the band made thinner so that it wouldn't look silly on my hand.  It turned out beautifully!

Firsts 
Our little mover and shaker went from crawling (on 4.7) to pulling up three weeks later (on 4.28).  I feel like that was a pretty quick transition for the boy who took 7 months to roll over for the first time!  Our coffee table suddenly seems lethal.  He wasted no time figuring out how to cruise along the furniture, and squat back down to sit.

 
Liam also figured out how to wave the day his dad graduated from medical school.  His cousin was sitting in the row behind us, and she waved to him and he did it back!  He does big back and forth waves up high, but his little finger waggle waves are down low towards the floor.  

Hobbies, Likes & Talents
This boy is a ham to the max.  If he's intentionally being silly, he'll squint his eyes shut and laugh, then peek to make sure that you've noticed how cute he is ;)


Liam loves to do "SOOO big!" particularly while getting his diaper changed.  I never thought that seeing a baby throw his hands over his head when asked how big he is would about break my heart, but it does.  I have an adorable video, which I should post. Maybe in time for the next post ;)

5.09.2014

Moving for Residency

Happy Medical Mondays Week ;) 

We are moving to a city with an crazy housing market where homes are sold unbelievably fast (half of the time before they are even on the market), normally for over asking price.  The supply of available homes was SHOCKINGLY low, and we would tour places that would sell for literally half as much in our current town as they were selling for in our new town.  We looked quite a bit in the suburbs surrounding our new city but it was the same story.  

Buying a house is not fun.  But to rent a 3 bedroom (totally horribly completely emerald green wallpapered slightly outdated) house in this new town of ours would have cost us twice what we pay in rent right now.  That's nuts, yo.  So despite the fact that we might only live here for three years, my accountant father-in-law ran the numbers and we determined that buying was the way to go.

So, without further ado: 

Relocating: the numbers 

89: The number of days that we had between Match Day and my husband's first day of orientation for residency. 

22: Houses toured.  

6: The number of times we've driven the five hour round trip in the past seven weeks.

2: Offers put in on houses. 

1: Offer accepted!

1: Number of times we saw our home before putting in our offer.  

1: Nerve wracking inspection

1: New home for our family!

The landscaping is a disaster but it's been empty for two years.  Maybe by the time we move out it will have an ounce of curb appeal!

Our little (I mean little like finished area is smaller than our current apartment, ha!) 3 bedroom 1 bathroom ranch on a city street that we closed on yesterday. 

We move in eight days.  I suppose I should pack something?