Friday, October 22, 2010

our little musician

Cory has had an early start with music. If you've been to our place you know this boy is not lacking for musical toys. He has two guitars, a drum, another tiny rattle guitar, a tiny piano, and various other toys that play music.

We let Cory play with my real guitar the other day and he didn't try to climb on it, but sat down and played it. He knows how to strum the strings just like a real rock star!

I think even cuter was when he played Rock Band with Chris. Cory got to be the vocalists. He carried the microphone around, even put it to his mouth a few times. How could be not be musically gifted?

We'll continue to nurture his talent. Which means lots of loud toys. :D I can't wait till he's old enough to play real instruments! I bet I'll be eating those words when I have to plug my ears cause he wants to practice his drum set all the time... but it's okay.

This little dude just keeps getting cuter and cuter!!

Friday, September 24, 2010

new best friend

Cory has found a new best friend in this stuffed penguin that's half his size. He carries it around the living room and he has to have it in his crib at night. When I go to get him up in the morning or naps he's usually sitting up, holding his penguin. It's the cutest freaking thing EVER!! I'm so glad that he picked a really cute toy to cling to.

Cory colored his first picture the other day. Well, he didn't do much coloring. Hasn't really figured it out yet. He did make some marks. We'll work on this more as he gets a little better at holding. Soon the fridge, and the fridges of grandmas will be full of nice pages filled with squiggles. :D

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Eating like a big boy

I'm excited to say that Cory is no longer eating any sort of Gerber food. Not even the toddler snacks. He has real cereal for breakfast, cheerios or kiks is the only ones I could think of were good for him. He has pasta, chicken nuggets, grilled chicken, bits of hamburger, and just about anything else we eat. He ate dinner with us last night and really enjoyed the lemon pepper breaded chicken.

Veggies are a bit of a battle. He does okay with carrots, likes peas and corn, but hates, and I mean HATES green beans. Try to feed him green beans and he'll give you the dirtiest look, cry, and then throw them over the side of the high chair. So no green beans for awhile. I know we'll come back to them at some point.

Fruits, on the other hand, are his favorite thing. I can't give him enough! We share a banana in the morning, then he has strawberries with his lunch, pears with his dinner, and watermelon for an evening snack. He sure does love fruit.

We're still doing 2 bottles; one in the morning and one before bed. I know we'll get away from those soon, but we've got a little time. I'll be sad when those finally go cause that's still a bonding time when I just get to hold him. It's not very often anymore when I just get to hold him without him wiggling away to go run around.

Speaking of the angel, I hear his starting to wake up so I should get his breakfast together so we can start the day!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Mr. Attitude

Cory has developed a fun new habit of giving us furrowed eye brows and pouty lips to show his displeasure. We can't help but laugh at him and his frown very quickly turns into a smile. I mean, how could you NOT laugh at that? Priceless.

We have started Cory on real food. Before he was only eating Gerber ravioli and other packaged meals. Now we're starting to let him eat food with us. He had some BBQ chicken the other night and loved it! We haven't really gotten utensil usage down so he sticks to using his hands.

We've discovered that he has a fondness for fruits. Loves strawberries, pears, bananas, and watermelon. Today he'll be having mac n' cheese, pears, and cooked carrots for lunch.

It's just hard to believe how big he is, how much he has grown and how smart he is getting. He learns so quickly. The other night, the fan in his room was turned off (which it never is) and while Chris was feeding him his night bottle Cory sat up, looked at the fan, did some baby talk and snapped his fingers at it. Chris turned it back on and Cory went back to his bottle. He knows stuff and he watches us so closely. He learned to snap and call the dog because that's what we do.

Another wonderful discovery for us is The Wiggles. Apparently it's a big deal, but we didn't know that. Found them on Netflix as a full length dvd of just music and dancing. Cory loves it!! No matter what he's doing or how upset he is, this dvd captivates him. He sways, claps, and stomps his feet. It was during one of these viewings that he figured out how to walk backwards and sideways. Everyday it's something new!

I believe this weekend will be Cory's first try at coloring. We have big paper and fat crayons. I'll just be happy if he doesn't mark up the table or eat the crayon!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

the party of parties

What a day, what a day!! Started off at 0630 so I could get the chicken in the crock pot. Cory didn't get up till a little before 8am. He had a good breakfast with Grandma, and even got some blueberry muffin. Took a nice nap after playing for a few hours. Then he had a nice lunch and played for a little bit before the party guests started to arrive.

What a party! Lots of close friends. There was lots of yummy food, but of course Cory's favorite part was the cake!! He got his own personal cake, which he tore into. He went straight into a bath. Then he was ready to play some more. He really had a great time hanging out with all his friends.

Tomorrow is another exciting day. Cory is being dedicated in First Baptist Church Temple at the 11am service. Well, we should be getting to bed.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Cory the 1-year-old

What a day!! We can hardly believe that our little dude is the big 0-1. Seems like only yesterday we were waiting for him to come on out. We wanted to make this a great, fun day.

Cory slept in this morning, rightfully so. After a nice breakfast of oatmeal and yogurt we headed to Whistle Stop
to swing and play. Cory loves the swing! He liked walking around the playground. Then it was time for a nice mid-morning nap.

After a nap and some tasty ravioli for lunch, it was off to the mall. First we grabbed a new traditional birthday cookie fo
r later, and then we headed to the kiddie area so Cory could run around. He made some new friends. We got him some fancy new clothes and a new taggie ball on the way out.

Once we were home it was time to play a little longer before dinner. Cory took a nice nap after dinner and was up in time to play some more and then have his birthday cookie in
his jumper while enjoying Stargate SG1 that he and mommy used to watch on the computer when he was a tiny baby and our tv was still broken.

Grandma Harrell called and Cory talked her ear off. He's just so excited for tomorrow when Grandma Harrell and Great-grandma Poland get here!

What a day! Full of fun! One whole year and our little man has gone from a teeny tiny baby to a walking, talking toddler. He does something amazing everyday and I just sit back and think about how blessed I am that God would pick me to look after this precious little darling. Happy Birthday, my sweet, sweet boy.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

sicky, sick sick

Cory has not been having a good past few days. On Thursday we went to visit our BFFs, Josh & Andie Campbell in San Saba. That's about 2 hours away from us. Cory did really well in the car, but we could tell that his throat was a little sore. He liked walking around on the hardwood floor in their dining room. He didn't hold all of his lunch down, and he developed a fever. So after some tylenol he took a good nap. We all got to play some fun games and have a great lunch. Their little yorkie followed Cory around and licked his hands. He ate all his dinner, but then it all came right back up, projectile like. It got all over the place. It's a good thing I brought two changes of clothes for him. I was already wearing a shirt of Andie's because he got me once. He had to be washed off a bit in the tub and changed. Andie and I went to the store to get him some fluids and some nice mild pears. He took a short nap and then was happy and playing again. He slept the whole way home.

Yesterday he did pretty well until his night time bottle. He got himself, me, and a lot of him books. Daddy was nice enough to clean it up while I gave Cory a bath. He went right to sleep. Today he has been a bit cranky, but we went out and he had fun playing in the kiddie area at the mall with all the other kids. He fed himself apple pieces and baby sausages. He drank all his night time bottle and quickly passed out. Sundays are always interesting, so we're hoping that he gets a good night sleep and is happy for skype with Grandma Harrell!!