Monday, April 30, 2012

Six Months

Hey Friends.  Guess what? Emmett is six months.  He's been busy sitting up like a big guy and chowing down on solids.  Well, not really chowing down.  More like grimacing and barely swallowing anything. But, we're working on it.  Rice cereal, oatmeal, and banana are old news...avocado here we come! 

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Lion Cut

We are the worst pet owners.  Ever.  Poor Mr. Big had to go in for the "lion cut" this weekend.  An old Mr. Big (who doesn't groom himself very well anymore) + us having a baby and not giving him enough TLC = a big giant fur problem for Big.  And, in usual biggie style he had to be taken to the vet and sedated to get his new fancy haircut.  He came home feeling awful from the sedative and the stress of the procedure...and we felt really bad.  Hopefully he feels better now that the fur mats are gone and will quickly learn to love his new do.  He feels as soft as a little lamb.  Sorry, Big.  I promise to make Jordan set aside time everyday for kitty brushing from now on.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

It's all in the Name

I was a complete crazy person when it came to making the decision on what to name Emmett. Jordan and I literally didn't make the final decision until we were filling out the SSA form in the hospital after he was born. For some reason, girl names were way more inspiring to me. I think boy names are tougher because you want something solid for a boy. Nothing too trendy, girly, or silly. I secretly wanted a tough guy name, even though I don't think Emmett really falls into that category.

Just in case you're wondering (I know you're not, but just skip this part), I was first obsessed with "Finn" (spawn off of my love for the name "Finley"). Finn was quickly out because of its popularity and because it was featured on the now annoying show Glee. Next up was Milo. I really loved Milo and it was a strong contender (for me) until the very end. Jordan never loved it and since Emmett was born I've started seeing commercials for "Milo's Dog Treats," which has now made me thankful we didn't choose that. There were a few things that made me hesitate on Emmett: 1) no good nickname, 2) it kind of sounds like a down south farmer name, and 3) it was a Cullen name. We tossed around Rory, Owen, Liam, Easton, Levi, and Dean...but the only one we both really loved was Emmett.

Anyway, since then I've felt good about the decision, until yesterday. Jordan comes home from work and declares, "some lady in my office said she heard on the radio that Emmett was one of the top baby names last year." What!?! I immediately said that wasn't possible because the list of last year's names isn't even out yet. Duh. And, even if it was out, Emmett was only #273 in 2010 and there is no possible way it's risen to the top. I mean come on, it's no Jacob, Ethan, or Aiden. Right? Apparently, not. Nameberry published some article that says Emmett is one of the hottest new names. Here's the part about Emmett:

"Emmett and the -ett boys – There’s a new wave of boys’ names that take their cue from the girls: Emmett rising on the coattails of wildly popular sister names Emma and Emily, Everett following the trail blazed by Eva, Beckett getting notice thanks to Becca. Think of -ett at the newest “it” ending for boys’ names, following yesterday’s –en and –er. But Emmett is the hottest of them all, partially thanks to Twilight’s Emmett Cullen."

My only hope is that I personally swayed the nameberry results because of my internet traffic to the site searching about Emmett. I went there all the time because I loved that feature where it will suggest other names you might like. Interestingly enough, when you search Emmett on the website it suggests that you might also like "Milo and Finn." So it's super accurate.

Sorry, baby Emmett. I hope I didn't set you up for a life of being referred to as "Emmett F." or made fun of because your mom named you after a character in a popular teen fiction series about vampires. At least you can say that your parents we're slightly ahead of the trend and be thankful that your dad was able to talk me out of naming you after a popular dog treat.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Civilized Gentleman

Since the beginning of time, man has attempted to conquer the physical properties of water to quench one's thirst. At first there was the standard trough guzzling from a stream, but this soon became unsophisticated and likened man to his animal counterparts - but as we know animals are not intelligent and lack opposable thumbs. So hence, man began the cupping of the hands, to gracefully allow water to reach one's mouth. But this too lost poise and etiquette. Eventually, man evolved to the sippy cup. A staple of society for the past 5,000 years, the sippy cup has now been transformed once again. Behold the evolution of the sippy cup - one with handles. So advanced and refined, the sippy cup with handles is so easy a five-month-old can use it:

Monday, April 9, 2012

Zoo Day

It's official. We love the zoo. This glorious review might have something to do with the fact that the sun was finally out. But, regardless it was a fun day. Emmett was amazed by the sharks, laughed at the monkeys, and loved being in the ergo with Jordan. Biggest surprise of the day was when Jordan resisted the cotton candy (for once) and went with the dippin' dots. He later declared that it was a bad choice.


Emmett's first Easter was filled with bunny ears, brunch with family, walks in the sunshine...and one scary mall rabbit.

We took like 20 of these...and this was the best one. Just ignore the toy and the fact I have way too much bronzer on.

I love his expression in this one!

I came home from work one day last week and this little gem was sitting on our kitchen counter. Grandma took a break during mall walking to let E meet the Easter bunny. It's a picture of a picture, but you get the gist of it. I didn't really know that getting pics with the Easter bunny was a thing, like Santa pics. Apparently there are scary people in costume at the mall for every holiday. E loved the bunny.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

New High Chair

After spending hours looking at high chairs and annoying Jordan, I finally ordered the first one I looked at. (Why do I do that?). So far so good. E really loves being able to throw his toys around the room from new heights.