The Adams Family

We’re kooky, but hopefully not too creepy…

A New Experience December 30, 2008

Filed under: Elyse — hjhadams @ 1:04 am

At Elyse’s 4-month check-up we were given the go-ahead to start her on solids.  The doctor recommended starting with rice cereal, and then working up to vegetables and fruits.  While most people jump at the opportunity to start feeding their baby something other than formula or breastmilk, I wasn’t so excited.  She is just growing up too fast!  Since the consensus is that it’s ok to start solids anytime between 4 – 6 months, I wasn’t in any hurry.

We did rice cereal sporadically over the past few weeks, but it wasn’t all that exciting.  I figured if we were going to have to take this next step, we might as well try something fun.  So, yesterday I mashed up some avacado and we gave it a shot.  She loved it!

Sitting in the high chair for the first time, waiting for the good stuff.

Christmas2008108.jpg picture by heddajo

(Please ignore the mess in the background.  The house has been a disaster since we got back last week.)

Part way through the bowl.

Christmas2008110.jpg picture by heddajo

All done!  It was num-yummy!!

Christmas2008120.jpg picture by heddajo

Today I made homemade apple sauce…she enjoyed that, too, but not nearly as much as the avacado!

 

Holiday Picture Overload

Filed under: Elyse,Family — hjhadams @ 12:43 am

The last week and a half have been absolutely crazy.  And that is an understatement.  It all started on Friday, December 19th…the day we were supposed to fly to Mobile to spend a few days with Jim’s family for the holidays.  We were scheduled to come back on Monday the 22nd.

Old Man Winter…well, he had other plans for us.

Christmas2008009.jpg picture by heddajo

This is what your driveway looks like when you get 12 inches of snow in just a few hours.  And also what it looks like when you’re too cheap to break down and buy a snowblower.  At least it’s pretty, right?

Christmas2008005.jpg picture by heddajo

Needless to say, our flight did not leave on Friday.  Thankfully it was cancelled before we left for the airport.  And thankfully I was smart enough to stock up on groceries on Thursday…you know, “just in case”.

We finally got out on Sunday…after waiting in line for over 2 hours to check in for our flight that was supposed to leave at 6:40 AM, we had to be rebooked on another flight because our plane was having maintenance issues.  The positive about the whole situation?  We got to sit first class!  Elyse’s first plane ride was in first class, and she loved every minute of it.

Christmas2008012.jpg picture by heddajo

Thankfully 7 hours of waiting in the airport wasn’t as trying on her as it was for us!

We finally got to Alabama on Sunday evening and Elyse was so glad to see everyone.

Hanging out with cousin Kelsey.

Christmas2008014.jpg picture by heddajo

Daddy, Elyse & cousin Collins.

Christmas2008015.jpg picture by heddajo

(Thanks for smiling, Collins!)

I absolutely love this outfit.  You would be surprised how hard it is to find a jean skirt in December!

Christmas2008017.jpg picture by heddajo

While down south, we got to visit our friends Brian & Jenny who had a little man named Miller in July.  Aren’t they adorable together?

Christmas2008026.jpg picture by heddajo

Here’s Elyse with Nana, Dede & Daddy at the Mobile airport before we headed home on Tuesday afternoon.

Christmas2008031.jpg picture by heddajo

We got home late Tuesday night, and the plan was to drive the 2 1/2 hours on Wednesday (Christmas Eve) to visit Grandpa & Mimi in Illinois.  We were worried about the weather, but it ended up not being as bad as they were predicting.

Hanging out in front of the tree at Grandpa & Mimi’s house on Christmas Day.

Christmas2008043.jpg picture by heddajo

With Grandpa & Mimi on Christmas morning.

Christmas2008061.jpg picture by heddajo

Helping Mimi open a present.

Christmas2008048.jpg picture by heddajo

Opening presents is tiring!

Christmas2008050.jpg picture by heddajo

Playing in her new jumper-thingy.

Christmas2008054.jpg picture by heddajo

We got home on Christmas night and had a little Christmas with just the three of us.  Santa left some presents for Elyse while we were gone.

Christmas2008066.jpg picture by heddajo  

Christmas2008068.jpg picture by heddajo

And finally…I didn’t get pictures of Elyse in her Christmas dress before or after church on Christmas Eve, so she wore it again to church yesterday.  Isn’t it the cutest?

Christmas2008095.jpg picture by heddajo

Christmas2008104.jpg picture by heddajo

 

The Leo Baby December 19, 2008

Filed under: Elyse — hjhadams @ 5:22 pm

“The Leo baby is strong, dramatic and loyal.”

December2008025.jpg picture by heddajo

About the Leo Child

Warmth, loyalty, and generosity are just a few of your Leo child’s many shining characteristics. Leo children are enthusiastic and affectionate, and they experience life with the whole of their enormous hearts.

Sensitive, proud, and often just a wee bit vain, Leo children seem lionhearted on the outside, but they’re actually rather vulnerable emotionally. One harsh word can knock a Leo’s self-confidence right off balance, so you’ll have to be careful about how you talk to your Leo son or daughter, especially when it’s time for discipline.

Leo’s primary needs include attention and approval, and a Leo child will do what it takes to secure the appreciation of his parents, friends, and anyone else around. These little ones have a natural dramatic flair. Your child might treat you to impromptu performances from an early age, and you may notice him looking into the mirror often or dressing himself with a colorful sense of style.

Just as criticism can wound their souls, Leo children thrive on compliments and recognition of their accomplishments. And they’re likely to rack up accolades throughout childhood and into adulthood: Your little Leo could easily become the star performer in his school choir, drama group, soccer team, or any other venue that allows him to shine.

Be sure to reward your child for his many strengths, including his bone-deep sense of loyalty and morality. He may not realize that these internal gifts are even more important and admirable than his ability to impress others with his humor or good looks.

 

Baby It’s Cold Outside! December 17, 2008

Filed under: Elyse — hjhadams @ 5:17 pm

Winter has come on with a vengeance the past few weeks, and the bitter cold is here.  Unfortunately, it seems that this winter is going to be just as bad, if not worse, than last year.

We bundled up this morning to head out to do some errands.

December2008066.jpg picture by heddajo

 

We are supposed to be heading to Alabama on Friday morning, but I am a bit worried that Old Man Winter is going to do his best to see that things don’t go as planned.   From weather.com:

… WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THURSDAY TO 3 PM CST FRIDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THURSDAY TO 3 PM CST FRIDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

A WINTER STORM WILL GATHER STRENGTH OVER THE CENTRAL PLAINS ON THURSDAY… THEN TRACK ACROSS NORTHERN MISSOURI… REACHING NORTHERN INDIANA BY FRIDAY MORNING. WIDESPREAD SNOW WILL DEVELOP DURING THE MID EVENING HOURS ON THURSDAY AND BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING. THE SNOW WILL TAPER OFF INLAND EARLY FRIDAY AFTERNOON… BUT LAKE EFFECT SNOW MAY CAUSE ACCUMULATING SNOW TO LINGER THROUGH THE DAY NEAR THE LAKE.

SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 8 TO 12 INCHES ARE EXPECTED BY EARLY FRIDAY AFTERNOON… WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE. ADDITIONAL LIGHT ACCUMULATIONS MAY RESULT FROM LAKE EFFECT LATE FRIDAY AFTERNOON. ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE… WHICH WOULD RESULT IN SNOWFALL RATES EXCEEDING 2 INCHES AN HOUR.

IN ADDITION TO THE HEAVY SNOW… STRENGTHENING EAST TO NORTHEAST WINDS OF 15 TO 25 MPH… WITH HIGHER GUSTS… WILL PRODUCE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW THROUGH EARLY FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

 

Four Months! December 8, 2008

Filed under: Elyse — hjhadams @ 5:25 pm

Elyse turned four months old last Thursday, and we had her appointment with Dr. Young today.  Here are the stats:

Weight  –  14 lbs 5 oz  –  75th percentile
Head  –  42 cm  –  75th percentile
Height  –  25 3/4”  –  95th percentile

Yup, you saw that right…95th percentile for height.  Not sure where she’s getting it, but I have a feeling it will eventually even out.  The nurse asks, “Is Dad tall?” every time we visit.  She got two shots today, and was great.  She cried at first, but as soon as I picked her up she was over it.  I have a feeling it won’t be that smooth as she gets older. 

In other news, we’ve been given the green light to start giving her rice cereal.  On one hand I’m excited, but on the other I’m sad…she is just growing up too fast!

Elyse chillin’ in her Bumbo

December2008007.jpg picture by heddajo

 

And I just had to add this one…gotta love the “bed head”!

December2008002.jpg picture by heddajo

 

Santa, Baby… December 3, 2008

Filed under: Elyse — hjhadams @ 1:32 pm

Elyse and I were exiled from the house yesterday while foundation work was being done in the basement, so we spent several hours at the mall.  Thankfully, since it mid-morning on a weekday, the crowd was not bad.  We decided to kill some time by having Elyse visit with Santa to let him know what’s on her Christmas list.  As you can see, she was taking the meeting very seriously.

 

ElyseandSanta.jpg picture by heddajo