Saturday, October 12, 2013

Pumpkin Patch

Stephen is gone at a scout camp today so Ephraim and I went to the Pumpkin Patch this morning.

This little man is a go-go-going all the time.  I got MANY pictures of the back of Ephraim's head as he ran away from me.  But persistence pays off, and I did end up with some fun pictures.

After exploring what the Pumpkin patch had to offer we decided to check out the petting zoo.  Ephraim kept asking to see the "ho-oh-oh"rses, but once we got inside and he realized how big the horses were up close he got nervous, but loved chasing around the ducks and seeing the animals.
Deciding what to get into.

"Kucka" (Translation: Duck or Quack, I'm not sure)

Still chasing the ducks.

Ephraim definitely liked the ducks most.

A little apprehensive about the size of the pony.

The chickens made Ephraim very excited.  This boy loves birds.

Look, I found another one.

This goat thought Ephraim looked tasty.

After watching this little boy pet the goat, Ephraim decided that it wasn't scary to touch the animals.

After the ducks again.

Petting the pony from the safety of mom's arms.

Ephraim's goat friend.

Where to now?

Getting really brave, and going over to pet the pig all by himself.
Then we went over and I tried to get Ephraim to humor me by taking some pictures with the pumpkins.  He wasn't too into it, but he did like the little mini pumpkins.


Managed to get one where he was kind of looking :-P

The Clark's were there and snapped this picture for us :)
After all this running around Ephraim was very thirsty.  I went and bought him a water bottle.  I think this was the happiest that he was the entire trip.
Soooo thirsty.



Now I have a happy boy
 After his water break, Ephraim was much more willing to humor me, and I got a few more pumpkin pictures.
Ephraim's silly scrunchy face that he does all the time now.

Happy boy.

Silly smile.

I sure do love this little pumpkin man.
It was a fun day, and Ephraim loved it!  Ephraim was hot and tired and ready to go home.
Resting for a minute before we decided to go home.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

15 Months

Ephraim went in for his 15 month check-up this week.  He weighed 24 pounds and was 32.5 inches long.  He is my tall skinny boy.

I love love love this age.  It is so much fun!  Ephraim is really starting to communicate.  He has a lot of "words" and speaks a language that only Stephen and I can begin to understand.  He has words for daddy, mommy, no, fish, bird, food, banana, cheese, milk, cereal, water, tubby, dog, duck, horse, baby, bye, ball, shoe, batman, blue's clues, cars, more, please, and probably more that I can't think of right now.  The only words that really are recognizable are dada (daddy), nana (banana), and ba' (ball). He loves to mimic people and is very observant.

He is such a happy boy.  He is very silly, and loves to laugh and make mama and dada laugh.  He much more cuddly than he has been since he was a newborn. He loves to give cuddles and kisses.

Exploration is the name of the game.  He likes to put things in things, and climb up on anything he can. Things are finally not going straight into his mouth, so he can have more freedom with his exploration.  He loves walking and running, and it's so fun to watch him learn more independence.

He's developing preferences.  He loves Blue's Clues, and perks up at the mention of it.  He still loves books, but especially loves to play with mommy's iPad, and our phones.  He loves going for walks in his stroller.  He loooooves animals.  He points out every bird, dog, and deer we see when we go walking.

He's settled into a great routine.  He sleeps very well at night, and takes a 2-3 hour nap almost everyday.  He is a little pickier with his eating, and loves throwing things on the floor, so that has been a challenge, but has recently decided that he likes milk.  It's so funny to watch him tell me "no" after he throws things on the floor.

It's so fun to watch this silly little boy develop his personality!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Mama's Boy

Lately Ephraim has become a bit of a mama's boy, and I kinda like it ;-)  I get a lot of attention.
Here's a little animation of my silly man asking for mama.
I'll blog about our Utah trip soon :)

Sunday, July 7, 2013

1 year old

A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun.  Enjoy the trip.  ~Author Unknown

Ephraim is one year old! And what a fun little toddler he is!

Ephraim has 8 teeth now, and is always teething.  At his one year appointment he was 31.25 inches long (90th percentile), he weighed 23 lbs 14 oz (around the 60th percentile) and had a head circumference of 19.75 inches (99th percentile).

Ephraim is starting to get the hang of walking.  He is really good at walking while holding mamas hand, and can walk for longer times.  Once he figures out how to stand up on his own he will walk everywhere!  He giggles and smiles everytime he walks, and takes teeny tiny steps.  He's very cautious and so cute!

Ephraim's language is exploding!  He signs "more", "cereal", and "finished" with little prompting, and calls all food "nananas."  He is always saying "hi" and "hey." He knows who mama and dada are.  He makes sounds for cars and airplanes. He tries to mimic sounds that you say.  He says "ssss" for "Jesus" and "ba" for ball.  He points to everything and says "ah" to ask what it is.

Ephraim is into everything.  He loves attention and doing anything "grown up."  He giggles when he thinks he's going to get in trouble.  He loves animals right now, and is always pointing out the birds, squirrels and dogs that he can see from the windows in our apartment.

Ephraim still loves to have attention from everybody, but has become a little bit more of a mama's boy lately, but I am loving the extra hugs and kisses.

Ephraim's first birthday party was a lot of fun.  Grandad Beckman flew all the way in from Florida and was a huge help with the party.  

When it came time for Ephraim to eat his cake he wasn't sure what to do at first.  He tried eating it one sprinkle at a time for a while, but after a couple tastes of frosting he decided to dig in.

After a while he was pretty full, so he just decided to crawl around and spread the frosting with him.  

He loved having a little bath in the sink.

Ephraim really loved spending time with Grandad, and we had Karolyn and Jeff visit as well.  We explored San Antonio, and Ephraim explored too.

Ephraim had his first fourth of July.  He enjoyed the food, the pool, and the fireworks.

All in all it's been an awesome year.  The time flew by so quickly!  Ephraim is such a fun little boy, and I look forward to many more years with him!

More Photos Here