Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas 2011

Christmas Eve - Conor left cookies for Santa (baked and decorated by Madeline and Aunt Kelly), and an apple for the reindeer.  If you asked him who the apple was for, he said "the goats."

Santa came!

Christmas morning there were lots of packages to be opened.  He was much more interested in opening packages this year.

Buzz Lightyear ruled supreme this year.  Aunt Kelly made an autograph book for our Disney trip in February.

Conor received two Buzz Lightyears - one plush and one action.  The action one he calls "Baby Buzz", I guess because it's a little smaller.  He could hardly wait for dada to open it.

A kiss for Buzz...

... and a hug, too :)

Merry Christmas y'all!

Monday, December 12, 2011

After nap

After his nap Saturday, Conor decided to crash dada's nap.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Princess Conor

Tangled is one of Conor's new favorites.  He really like the songs and will sing/dance/act along.  The other day, he stood on his stage a bench singing "I've got a dream, I've got a dream..."

Here he is singing with "When Will My Life Begin?":

(Notice the super awesome tent there???)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Tree

Our little Christmas tree, just Conor's size.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Shorter Days

Watching the dogs play in the backyard yesterday afternoon - this was at ~4:30.  With DST ending today it's going to be getting dark way way way too early :(  

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


It's a bird, it's a plane, it's....


Jazz hands.

at Pumpkin Palooza in Plymouth.

at the Justice League of America Baby Association Halloween Party.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

What we've been up to

Shame on me for not updating the blog in almost over a month!

Mimi and Grampy visited and we had lots of fun!  We went to Greenfield Village - the train was a huge hit.  We definitely need to go back and are contemplating an annual pass.

Conor and I have been having lots of fun together on Mondays, my day off.  A few weeks ago, we went to Domino's Farms, which of course he loved.

Tim is working long hours coaching after school this fall and winter, so some nights it's just Conor and I for dinner.  Last week we went out for a special date.

We had our family photos done in Ann Arbor by Melissa Palomo.  Love them - will share when I get them downloaded and organized.

Conor is really growing up fast.  He says the funniest things that make him sound like such a big kid.  The other morning, on the way home from swimming, we saw a man walking two dogs.  Conor said, "Hi dogs!  I'm Conor.  Pleased to meet you."

No progress on the potty training front, not that we're really even trying.  He will sit on the potty when prompted, but hasn't actually gone in quite some time.  For now we'll just keep offering and see what happens.  I don't get the sense that he's really ready and I think we'd be in for a lot of frustration if we tried to force it.  He does love watching "Elmo's Potty Time" so maybe he's getting curious.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Conor eats lunch (again)

Just another video of Conor eating lunch.  

Thursday, September 1, 2011


Starting today, I am officially part-time at work!  Woohoo!!!  I'll be staying home with Conor on Mondays :)

More time to play outside with mama and ignore her camera.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011


Oldies have taken over the top spot for Conor's favorite music genre, replacing cartoon theme songs.  His favorites right now are Sh-Boom ("Dream") and Route 66 ("66") - clearly influenced by Cars, but DON'T YOU DARE EVER play the John Mayer version of "66".  He also likes Yakety Yak.  I think he needs Grampy and Papa to make him a new playlist :)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Career Plans

Mama: "Conor, what do you want to be when you grow up?"

Conor: "Firetruck!"


when asked again during his bath, he said "a teacher giraffe."

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

Growth Charts

Update growth charts, from birth to two.



Saturday, July 9, 2011

Counting update

As if to mock my last blog post, Conor surprised us today by counting to FIFTEEN, straight through, no shenanigans.  Stinker!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Counting, Conor style


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Happy 2nd Birthday!

My baby boy turned 2 today!  He's grown into such a funny, lovable, rambunctious little guy over the last year.  This year has flown by - I wish time would slow down because I love this age.  While at times he certainly fits the profile of the "terrible twos", he keeps us laughing and loving every day and I wouldn't change a single thing about him.  I can't wait to see what the next year brings!

We had a small family birthday party last weekend.  Both sets of grandparents, as well as his Aunt Kelly, Uncle Jason and cousins Madeline and Clara, and Uncle Brian and Aunt Katie traveled to celebrate with him.  We had a great time with them - I have lots of pictures to share that I need to post.

This weekend, we did lots of fun family stuff.  Friday, Conor and dada went to the zoo.  Yesterday we took him to see Cars 2 in the theater.  He did wonderfully.  It was hard for him to sit still but he was really interested in the movie and made it through the whole show without incident (except for almost grabbing the hair of the woman seated in front of us.)

Today we took him to his first baseball game.  We had a blast!  Our seats were great - shaded, and in a section with extra space and a little table.  He watched the entire game and cheered his Tigers on to victory.

(I did bring my camera, but forgot the memory card - doh!  Cel phone pictures will have to suffice.)

Stealing mama's sunglasses:

He enjoyed the little table for snacks and playing with firetrucks:

Perfect day for a game at Comerica Park:

and finally, one more monthly update.

Age 2 years!

Weight 30 lbs. (UPDATE - officially 31.6 at the Pedi - 75-90th percentile)

Length 35" (UPDATE - officially (also) 35" at the Pedi - 50-75th percentile)

Size 2T clothes, size 7 extra wide shoes, size 5 diapers, 3T hats

Hair Another buzz this month.

Teeth Improving with brushing but still doesn't like it.

Sleeping Sleeps through the night, ~8pm to 6am.  Takes one nap in the afternoon, usually ~2 hours.

Eating Will eat almost anything, loves snacks, prefers breakfast and lunch to dinner.

Movement Kicks a soccer ball well, likes dunking a basketball, loves to dance to the Shrek ending song ("I'm a Believer"). 

Milestones Gave up his paci! (again)  This time was more difficult than the last.  He was only using it for sleeping (at home), and we threw them away a couple weeks ago.  He still asks for them but does okay without.

Outings Swimming lessons, first baseball game, Cars 2 (in theater), strawberry picking, zoo.

Favorite toys/activities Books (favorites are “5 Little Monkeys”, “Best Word Book Ever” (especially the garbage truck page), "Busiest Firefighters Ever" and "Healthy Monster Triathlon"), movies, trucks, swimming, playing outside, going for wagon rides.

Words/sounds Vocabulary continues to expand, very conversational, uses several word sentences.

Memorable Moments Visits from Mimi & Grampy, Aunt Kelly, Uncle Jason, cousins Madeline and Clara, Uncle Brian & Aunt Katie.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Some of my favorite Conor-nunciations

milk = MEEEEE-yulk (Southern roots)
strawberries = STRAW-bees
Little Einsteins = Steins
banana = mana
orange = oonge
cereal bar = CE-re-al BAH! CE-re-al BAH!
Conor's car = Canahcah (Michigan roots)
city bus = shity bus :)
tickles = TEE-kools
delicious = WEE-cious
Debbie (our neighbor) = Bebbie
Lucy (classmate) = Weezy

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Strawberry Picking

Yesterday we went strawberry picking.  

Please take note of how clean his shirt is here.

I can't imagine why when we told him the strawberries weren't for eating yet, he got upset.  It's not like we put him in the middle of thousands of his favorite food and told him he couldn't have any.  Oh wait, yeah, that's basically what we did.  Oops.  So, if you have the "dirty dozen" list posted on your fridge or the thought of eating a non organic strawberry covered in dirt and pesticides and possibly bugs makes you a little ill, probably best to turn back now.  (I justified it because it had just rained, and he only ate a few, and after all they are organic if by "organic" you mean carbon based.)

Oh, the mess.  Thank God for wet wipes and Shout.

We picked almost six pounds of strawberries.  Conor mostly just ate them - his picking technique needs some work as it involves just squeezing the strawberries until they disintegrate off the plant.  Hopefully by blueberry season he will have figured it out.