Wednesday, February 25, 2009

My first haircut

Around noon today, Cohen got in the bath tub, his hair well washed and conditioned, combed out and ready for our big day at the barber. We were ready. When we got there, he sat up straight in the chair, like he'd done it a hundred times before. He loved touching the clippers and feeling the vibration on his skin. He didn't budge while Jonte (the barber) began. We did have to resort to some goldfish when we were near the end, but overall he did great and sat almost perfectly still. Unbelievable that this busy little boy could sit that still!!! As the hair came off, I really began to realize that this was going to make me sad. Hadn't thought much about it before right at that moment, but as his appearance began to change, my heart grew very sentimental.... all I could think was that 'my baby is gone!' He is growing up so so fast. I can't stand it. Karen-I almost cried... when we left and I was in the car and looked back at him...but I managed to hold it together. I guess I need to start bringing that tobagon along when we leave the house now!! As he was working Jonte said that Cohen now needed a barber name. So, he gave him the name "cheeks" for when he is there seeing him and getting his hair cut. Isn't that awesome? He has a barber shop name! Anyways, as you can see below we did some before and after. Which do you like best???

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

a tribute to the afro

After 11 months of much enjoyment of Cohen's hair, the time has come to say goodbye. We are sad at our house tonight, but I must admit a little excited at the thought of much less time spent with the afro pic and detanglers of many kinds. Tomorrow will be our first trip to the barber which I will post pics of for sure. Just for added sentiment, I wanted to share with you all some memories of our little man's hair growing experience.

wikepedia definition of afro: An afro, sometimes called a "natural" or shortened to "fro", is a hairstyle in which the hair extends out from the head like a halo, cloud or ball. This may or may not include wearing such afros long, to several times the diameter of the head. An afro requires very curly hair.

I'll never forget that first day in the hospital as we admired him through the nursery glass and the nurse pulled his cap off....WHOA! Look at that hair!!!!

newborn- one week old

at 2 months old

at 3 months old

at 5 months old

at 9 months old

tonight at 11 months old

the lopsided afro-which is frequent at our house
and...the very good reason to rid our son of his afro..... his cousin loves to grab and PULL!
We will miss you, little afro although some how I feel we have not seen the end of you yet!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Okay, if anyone still checks in on this blog, despite the fact that it has literally been months sense I last posted anything... I need help! How on earth do you make your blog designs??? I want to do something different with the template or whatever, but I am not computer or internet savvy and am wondering what to do. Anybody got any suggestions?

So, our first Christmas as a family of 3 was fantastic! Not much to say other than just that it was great to spend time with family and celebrate Jesus's birth. Cohen is 11 months in about 2 days from now!!! He started WALKING 5 days after he was 10 months, and seriously, he just took off, like he'd been walking for years! He is getting pretty good at it now, almost able to run at times...closely followed by a crash. I am pleased to report NO ILLNESS for the little guy! No runny noses, no cough, just great health wise. I was beginning to wonder if he was gonna have a permenant running nose. yuck. but no nose sucker, no raw upper lip from tissue wiping, no coughing in the night and we are just so thankful for our health over the past few months!

Hmmm.... what else... I think he said "dog" today and we think he is calling my inlaws dog "jack" (which is his name) although it is not completely clear. I am finding it totally amazing how much a child changes daily. I just will look around and find him doing things that I didn't know he could do. Its a beautiful, wonderful thing to watch and be a part of! We went to our first hockey game last week. He sat mesmerized by the noise, lights and players. He absolutely LOVED it and looked too cute in his preds sweatshirt.

Here are some new and not so new loves of Cohen's:
  1. HIS DADDY- attached at the hip, literally. He is so obsessed with Eric that today he was hugging, kissing and smelling Eric's coat that was hanging on the back of the kitchen chair. Man he LOVES his daddy.

  2. FOOD!!!- any food. period. baby food, big people food, dog food (no, just kidding), but really he loves to eat and gets really excited and kicks he legs and dances when he eats...which leads me to....

  3. dancing- One day in pier 1, I was holding him and kinda dancing to the music (its kinda loud in there) and he was dancing (bouncing up and down) in my arms. I guess I started kinda bobbing my head sideways and so since then that is his new move that he loves to show off. sideways head bobbing. Its too cute.

  4. books- he has just started really liking to turn pages in books and really loves it these days.

  5. outside- today (beautiful day) we went outside to eat lunch and see Riley (our boxer) and after like an hour of being out there, we come in and he sits at the door and cries because he wants to go back out. Oh my goodness, he is only 11 months old and ALL BOY!!! (and our dog riley leads me to.....)

  6. dogs- as I said earlier he is saying "dog" and calling the inlaws dog by his name and he has a book with different dogs in it and he kisses each dog as we read. He yells at dogs when he sees them.

  7. Kids- He also "yells" in his own sweet way at other kids. When he sees his cousins Houston or Aubrynne he gets so excited and starts kinda hollaring at them and kisses them. He plays so well with kids and it is so awesome to watch him interact with other children his age, so so awesome.
Okay, enough of the list. He is just such a joy to Eric and I and we are so in love with him! Sorry it's been a while. Will definitely try and do better for anyone who still reads.

"He upholds the cause of the oppressed...He sustains the fatherless and the widow" -psalm 146:7&9