We just think he’s gorgeous.
Monday, 30 July 2012
Monday, 23 July 2012
We are experiencing some amazing weather in Cambridge. Finally, summer has arrived! After days and days and days of rain and grey skies, we are thrilled to see the sun. The people of Cambridge come out in masses to enjoy the sunshine and we are right there with them. Yesterday afternoon, after a failed nap attempt, followed by a catnap in the car, we took Asher to the park. A few months ago we went and when I put Asher in the swing for the first time, he smiled for about 5 seconds and then demanded to get out. But yesterday, he loved it and likely would have sat in the swing for as long as we let him.
Today we planned to go to one of the National Trust sites, called Anglesey Abbey, near Cambridge. It has some gorgeous gardens and lots of green space to enjoy. We formulated our plan, gathered up picnic blankets and lunch for Asher, and set off. Asher took a quick nap in the car on our way there and was ready to play when we arrived.
Doesn’t he look just huge in this next picture? Long legs!
We are hoping to visit several more National Trust sites in the near future… let’s hope this gorgeous weather continues!
Friday, 13 July 2012
We were outside talking to our friend Jackie yesterday, and we said to each other, “Well, I think it’s about time to go in.” As soon as we said that, Asher waved goodbye to Jackie and headed toward Mama to be carried inside. We are going to have to pay attention to what we say around this boy.
Sometimes I click my tongue at Asher when I’m changing his diaper in an effort to keep him on his back, which is quite a feat. The past few days he’s really been watching my mouth and then this morning when he woke up (at 5.40am, poke-my-eyes-out-it’s-too-early), he sat between us in the bed and, with a very serious look of concentration on his face, clicked his tongue several times. I’m sure you’re thinking, “So what? What’s the big deal?!” It’s not really the tongue clicking that’s so entertaining or important, it’s watching this little boy learn and put together new things in that little brain of his. He’s a little sponge! He’s so much fun and I can’t even imagine what he will be like in another 6 months!
Thursday, 12 July 2012
We bought Asher some bath toys, three little boats, for his birthday. There was an orange boat, a blue boat, and a green one. Today we were walking to the store for some milk. We were on the same footpath/bikepath that we walk on nearly every other day, and sitting in the mud to the side of the path was a little green boat. We both looked at it, then at each other. At the same time, we said, “Is that Asher’s boat?” We tried to think for a minute about whether we were missing the green boat, or whether we had seen the green boat at home anywhere, to no avail… how are you really going to keep track of every single boat? You can’t. There are just too many boats. We probably would have left the boat there, thinking that surely there were a thousand of these boats floating around Cambridge, and this one probably belonged to some other kid. But, it looked so new… and, it was on the footpath about a half mile from our flat, so we took it. Sure enough, when we got home, we found an orange boat and blue boat, but no green boat. We’re still not sure how Asher’s boat ended up there, but we’re definitely certain that we are slowly but surely losing track of more and more things around our house… and there’s one little guy to blame.
Saturday, 7 July 2012
Pirates: Enter if ye dare.
Scurvy Dogs: Keep out!
Merpeople: Don’t even think about it.
Ahoy maties! What is better than a pirate birthday party? I can’t think of very many things. Asher is only one, so he doesn’t quite get all of the birthday stuff, but he had an awesomely fun time today at his party… and that makes us very happy. We taught him to clap when someone says happy birthday, so that he would know it was a good thing when people kept telling him this. We also tried to teach him to show how old he was, with some mixed success (see yesterday’s post). It gave us such joy to see him happy.
Our friends came to celebrate the occasion with us, and it meant a lot to have them here. They were all around when Asher was born so it was nice to have them here to mark this milestone! Tonight as we were putting Asher to bed, I felt so grateful for our Cambridge friends. It’s on special days, like our first baby’s first birthday, when we really FEEL the separation from family and we start to miss them fiercely. But our friends here show up. They’ve shown up for us every step of the way, they’ve jumped in and have been family to us in so many ways, and today was no different.
For his party, we tried to do food and décor that matched the pirate theme. Even though there were only a few kiddos at the party and it was mostly our grown-up friends, it was good fun to play pirates for the day. It made it feel more like a one-year-old’s birthday. Here is the food stuffs:
And a little décor:
Asher sorta-kinda-maybe liked the cupcakes. He took a few good bites of it, but he certainly wasn’t scarfing it down. This was his first real go at cake of any kind, although mom couldn’t give him the usual white flour, white sugar, white frosting recipe that dreams are made of. This was a healthier version, but still sweet and delicious :).
We really couldn’t believe how much Asher loved opening his presents. He was very diligent to tear the paper off of each and every gift. We thought he might tolerate this for a gift or two and then get bored, but he was focused.
He got TONS of great toys, clothes and books from everyone. What sweet friends we have! (What? We already said that?) I couldn’t believe all of his fun stuff. Asher wanted to play with every single thing he opened before moving on to the next gift.
He even listened while daddy read him the cards:
Check out all the pirate booty!
It’s a been a fantastic year, and has gone by even quicker than people said it would. It’s hard to believe that he’s not a little baby anymore. He is SUCH a big boy now. He understands so much of what we say and do. Today he was fussing on the bed because we wouldn’t let him play with the stuff on the nightstand (a daily battle). We were trying to read him a book, but he wasn’t very interested. So we said, “Asher, you can either sit up on the bed while mama and daddy read you a book, or you can get down on the floor and play.” He promptly headed for the edge of the bed and threw his legs over, scooted down the side, and sat on the floor. SO.BIG.
One year down, Little Man. Happy happy birthday to you.
Friday, 6 July 2012
Today is Asher’s first birthday. He’s such a big boy, and he’s so much fun to hang out with. We had a good day of playing and laughing together. We’ve been asking him how old he is for the past few days, trying to get him to show us that he is one! Today, he finally figured it out, and he was very pleased with himself.