Thursday, December 30, 2010

Catching Up...

Geez...I'm behind in blogging, but in the spirit of starting the New Year caught up, here is what we've been up to since my last post.  

We took Lincoln to the Arboretum for his 6 month photo shoot about a week before he turned 6 months old.  I wanted to take the pictures before he received his helmet the next week.  He isn't quite able to sit up on his own in these photos, so we propped him up as best we could and stood VERY close by to catch him when he titled over.  Oh, the things I will do for cute photos.

Just after he turned 6 months old, Lincoln received his cranial remolding helmet.  He had a distinct flat spot on the right side of his head and refused to sleep in any other position except on that spot.  We learned more than we ever wanted to know about plagiocephaly (the technical term for "flat head").  Check it out here if you are curious.  

I'm happy to report that his sweet little head looks more symmetrical every day and we are hopeful that he will only have to wear the helmet for another few months.

Thanks to an ear infection that just wouldn't go away, we were unable to visit our family in Iowa for Thanksgiving.  Luckily, we were in town and very near Children's Medical Center ER on Thanksgiving morning when Lincoln experienced a side effect to one of the antibiotics for his ear infection.  As it turned out, it wasn't serious and for that we were VERY thankful!

 (note:  his jammies say, "who are you calling a turkey?)

Since we ended up being in town for Thanksgiving, we had an impromptu family day at the Dallas Arboretum over Thanksgiving weekend. 

I think John may have enjoyed playing in the leaves more than Lincoln!

And...because we just couldn't get that ear infection to clear up, our little guy got tubes the week before Christmas.  Here he is right after surgery.

I asked the nurse where my certificate of bravery was...apparently mommy's don't get one.  ;(

At 8 months old, Lincoln is doing new things every day!  He has started saying "mama", and while I LOVE this, I'm not feeling incredibly special, because he calls everything mama...the dog, his toys, the ceiling fan.  He has also started crawling on a very limited basis (limited to at school when mommy and daddy can't see), and just this morning I walked into his room to find him sitting up in bed.  He loves books and our dog Bailey and thinks that his Daddy is the funniest guy in the world!

We had a wonderful first Christmas with our sweet boy and family.  I can only imagine how much more fun it will be when Lincoln actually knows what is going on and is excited himself.  This is the main picture from our Christmas card this year, again taken at the Arboretum, one of our new favorite spots!

And, because I took more photos of Christmas than I can possibly put up on the blog, here's a video of all of our Christmas festivities...enjoy!