Tuesday, September 30, 2008

6 Month Checkup

Here are Anthony's stats for his 6 month checkup...

Weight: 15lbs, 70z (20%)
Height: 26 3/4 inches (60%)
Head circumference: 41cm (3%)

He's functioning at the level of a baby between 7 1/2 to 8 1/2 months! Big boy!!!
So, we'll go back in to the office next week to get a couple more shots (including the flu vaccine).
Then, we don't have to go back until his 9 month checkup!!!

Here's a picture of his silly grin.

Oh, and by the way, he's finally babbling some bababa's!!!

"Uncle" John Comes to Visit

Here's a pic of Anthony and John Blake...he came to visit us on Friday. They seemed to hit it off pretty well, wouldn't you say?

John is beginning his own company/ministry called TBCC (Teambuilding, Coaching, and Consulting). Their mission is to assist Christian education leaders to more effective ministry by understanding their unique role within the Body of Christ. Over 80% of churched students from Christian schools fall away from the Lord when they go to college. His hope is that through his ministry, he can help to lower this statistic. Please be in prayer for him, and if you are interested in financially supporting him, let me know, and I'll get you in touch with him.

Saying Goodbye

This very well may be the last picture of our thumb sucking. We are limiting the pacifier to night time only, and both daddy and mommy are being persistent in redirecting Anthony's hands to a toy when the thumb starts going into the mouth. (Some days Anthony is more persistent than both of us!!! haha!) However, we couldn't resist one last picture of it because it is just too darn cute! I think there's a picture of Mario when he was about this age sucking his thumb with the same irresistable expression on his face!!!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Sitting Yesterday/Sitting Today

Sitting on the sofa yesterday

Sitting on the changing table today

Okay, he's growing so fast even I can hardly keep up!!!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Any textbooks you have shoved in a closet?

Mandy??? Anyone?

Just go to www.cash4books.net and enter the isbn number (on the back of the book) to see if they will buy it back from you. They specialize in textbooks, but I think you can luck up with other books too. If they are buying it back, they pay for shipping, so it's a great way to make a little extra cash!!! I think you need to have a paypal account. We just did this with a couple of books Mario wasn't using anymore and got about $30!!!

And, yes, I got this idea off of moneysavingmom.com!!! :)

Good Luck!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

CVS Deals

Okay, so, I know this blog is mostly about Anthony, but I couldn't resist sharing with you the great deals I'm getting at CVS by implementing the couponing techniques from moneysavingmom.com! I have a link to her blog on the right. I've been doing this for a little over a month now. Here's what I got at CVS today...

One Accu-Chek monitor
One Dawn dish soap
Two Colgate toothpastes
Two rolls of paper towels
Two bags of Sour Patch Kids
Two Cover Girl lip glosses
Five BC/Goody's pain relievers

Total spent out of pocket...(are you sitting down?)...$2.90!!!
It would've been even cheaper, but I messed up on one of the coupons!!! So I don't exactly need an Accu-Chek monitor, but why not if it's free? It originally retailed at $78, so it's a good one! Let me know if anyone needs it!
So, this is becoming a sort of fun game for me (plus a way to save our hard-earned cash and be a frugal wife/mother). I'll keep you posted with more deals in the weeks to come!

Anthony Playing

Here are some pics I took today...I'm the luckiest mom in the world!

So much for laying out a blanket for him to play on...now he just rolls right off!

Such a happy child! Getting stronger arm muscles! We've caught him on his hands and knees a couple of times lately!!!

Anthony and Brody

here are a couple of pics of anthony and his buddy brody (jenn's little boy) from when i babysat him week before last...

i tried to get them both holding their tools, but they never would both do it at the same time! here's anthony just smiling away while brody was fussing at me.

take 2: anthony is still smiling; i had to plug the other kid up!

take 3: anthony is looking at me like "you've got to be kidding me...you're going to keep trying to get this other kid to smile? i'm so done. who is this kid, anyway?" :)

First Foods

Well, we're starting solids around here...I don't think we've got the hang of it quite yet!!! We've been attempting it for about the past couple of weeks. Anthony has tried rice cereal, bananas, avacado, and carrots. I know I just have to have time and patience to figure all this out...for him it's a new taste, new texture, new place to sit, new experience...but as of yet, we haven't accomplished more than a couple of bites (and those were my feeble attempts at distracting him and shoving it in!)

something's gone awry!!! when i told him he needed to eat, i forgot to explain that it's actually what goes "on" the tray that he chews and swallows!!!

i made the rice cereal as thin as i could with a lot of my milk so hopefully it wouldn't taste that different from his usual meals...evidently it did! (classic face!)

we'll continue forging ahead into this unchartered territory. let me know if you have any tips!

Bathtub Shenanigans

if he gets any more flexible, he'll turn himself inside out!!!

Anthony's Baby Dedication

hi everyone! sorry it's taken me so long to get these pics out...we loved having you all here! can't wait to see you soon. anthony's baby dedication weekend was a huge success! here are the pictures courtesy of gramma mammina. thanks to all of you for making the trip down...it meant so much!