Boys and their balls…

We had a nice long weekend, ate lots of food with family, did a little shopping, watched the first snow fall, and discovered Enzo’s latest obsession.

Who knew a large bumpy ball could incite such giddiness?

There are only a few things that get the little man laughing to such an extent, and apparently balls are one of them.  Thankfully, I managed to find one for him while we were at Target. He was getting fussy in the cart, so I gave him my phone – hey, he asked for it – and then I remembered I wanted to look for a ball anyway.  Turns out it was a great idea – he was thrilled and happy to stay in the cart.

It is definitely his new favorite toy, along with an overly large bear who he has also become quite fond of and gives kisses to.  Love this kid.

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Hypnotism via Football

The wee man is all about scootin’ at the moment. I imagine he’ll be crawling soon, but in the meantime he is still managing to get around and pretty dang fast too. We were hanging out in the office when I turned around and saw him headed out the door where he was sidetracked by our rack of CDs.  He’s been fascinated by these things whenever he’s been in his jumper, so he was thrilled when he could get his hands on them finally.

While he enjoys exploring on his own, he loves being able to “chase” after mom and dad and has a much easier time upstairs where there isn’t carpet.  We have a gate, we just haven’t put it up yet, and with how fast he’s moving, we’d better get on top of that.

Our weekend was fairly uneventful, though we did get out and run some errands and Enzo got to ride in the shopping cart for the first time sans car seat.  He thoroughly enjoyed himself!  I’m glad we bought a shopping cart cover as well since he likes to chew on everything and we were able to clip a toy or two onto the cover to help keep him occupied.

No weekend is complete without a little bit of football, even if it’s Josh checking scores quickly. We try not to let Enzo watch a lot of TV, and for the most part he doesn’t even care, but if there are sports on – the kid becomes completely enthralled. I had put him in Josh’s chair for a minute and Josh decided to turn on the TV to see what games were on and Enzo just sat and watched, wide-eyed and not moving – not even when Ziggy jumped up into the chair with him and sat on his feet.  Really?  The kid loves the cats and is always after them, but he could care less that he had a giant ball of fluff just waiting to be mauled on his lap.

We laughed for a few minutes and then turned off the TV waiting to see what his reaction would be.  A few seconds passed, the glaze left his eyes, and he looked at us and adamantly spoke, “Dah Dah Dah!” and looked for the remote control. Oh dear.

Sippy Cups and Skyfall

We finally got out yesterday and went to see a movie, and I will just start by saying that ‘Skyfall’ was pretty much awesome.  Josh felt it was a little long at times since they started with so much action and then kind of slowed down for a while, and I can see that, but even then we still both enjoyed it.

The month of November is well underway and Enzo continues to grow and explore. We started giving him a sippy cup with dinner, and he has been very into that… I think more because it’s soft and feels good on his gums when he chews it, but that’s okay.  He’s had a few sips of water and will most likely be a pro in no time.

Enzo has also decided he doesn’t mind a spoon so much, and has been getting better with one, so we’ve decided to start doing some breakfast in the mornings, so he had oatmeal and some homemade applesauce (just apples and a dash of cinnamon) mixed in, which he ate a ton of.  I’m wondering if we have a growth spurt on our hands. We do still like to give him larger pieces of food to try and experiment with as well, though, like banana and sweet potato sticks and we tried some carrots too.

We also picked up a small pumpkin, so I’m going to bake that tomorrow and give him some chunks, but then probably do a thick puree of the rest and throw in some nutmeg and stuff to see if he likes his own version of pumpkin pie.

In other events, our little man is on the verge of crawling.  He’s sooo close!  It’s fun to watch him scoot around on his belly until he gets frustrated he isn’t going places fast enough.  He was going after the cat this morning, which serves as really good motivation for crawling.  I imagine it’s only a matter of time, so baby gates are going to get pulled out and now we just have to figure out how to baby proof the rest of the house. :p

Squash for life

Enzo’s day care often does a lot of fun little projects and arts and crafts, and during the month of October they were especially busy.  Unbeknownst to us, they carved out a pumpkin and stuck each of the kiddos in it for pictures… I think our son was the only one who tried to eat the prop.  The other babies have big smiley photos, and our son… well, he had other things in mind.