Friday, August 24, 2007
Carol came to drop Ashtin off (so I guess it wasn't just to see us!). We were able to meet Ashtin's roommates, see her new apartment, go to the opening banquet and see all her classmates, and then some.... She's even been back to do laundry and hang out. (That was just because it was the first week and she didn't have a million things to do yet!) We did get to have a very nice visit with Carol. One thing I always look forward to when we are with my mom's family is the games we play! I am a big game person (though I married a non-gamest...I am still trying to convert him); I love all manner of games. So, we played games, shopped and Carol got to hang out with Canaan and see how true the rumors were that we have the MOST WONDERFUL BABY ON THE PLANET! It was great!
Just a note: in the picture, Canaan is giving Ashtin a kiss. He has started to do this recently- on his own terms, of course. They are the wonderful, first, slobbery, wet kisses that toddlers give! You can tell by the foto how much Ashtin is enjoying hers!
Thursday, August 23, 2007
The other morning, Dougle and I both went into his room when he woke up. We stood over his crib. Dougle said, "Can you say Daddy?" and I said "Can you say Mommy?" Canaan crawled over to me and said, "Up!" I guess mommy and daddy are words for another day. Right now, everyone responds when a cute, ornery, little boy crawls to their feet and says, "Up!"
Sunday, August 19, 2007
With Canaan and Grant being the exact same age, it has helped me not be so anxious about how and when
Maggie was a great dog. Her name was actually Veronica, but we changed that. It didn't sound very doggish, and it didn't have many cool nicknames. Maggie, however, had lots. We called her Magdelaina, Maggs, Deli, Maggifer, and Deliana. (I am all about nicknames...except with my son. Cain typically doesn't bring to mind an image of a sweet little boy.) Anyway, Maggie was a wonderful dog. She was house trained from the time we brought her home. At the animal shelter, they told us that she was an escape artist. However, Maggie never tried to run away from our home. In fact, once when the door to our backyard was left open, we came back to find her standing in the driveway, waiting for us to come home.
Maggie was the perfect dog for Dougle and I because she was pretty low maintenance and not very demanding. She loved going on walks and running around the park when we lived in town. Once we moved out in the country, she would spend lots of time chasing rabbits and roaming around the open fields.
Maggie had several friends. Since moving in with my parents, Maggie had an adopted kitty sister, Zoey. Zoey was very un-impressed when Maggie came to live at her house, but they grew close. Maggie loved to chew on Zoey whenever she could; Zoey would lay down and take what she could handle and then stick out her claws to signal when chew-time was over. Maggie and our neighbor's Rhodesian Ridgeback were also friends. They loved to chase each other and rough-house together.
It took Canaan several months until he started noticing Maggie. When he did, he would just watch her as she walked through the room. Maggie wasn't too sure about Canaan when he first came home; she wasn't getting much attention at first, until Dougle and I realized we needed to do better at playing with our puppy too! When Canaan was first born, Maggie would run into his room or stand outside his door and whine when he would cry. She also liked to lick his face, or hands, or bottom. :) Recently, Canaan was very taken with Maggie. Whenever she would walk into the room, his eyes would light up and he would get a big grin on his face. I think 'dog' would have been his next word had she lived longer.
On Friday, August 10th, Maggie was run over. Some guys driving by saw her lying in the road and stopped. They brought her collar to us, saying they didn't know who hit her, but that they found her dead. It looked as if she was hit fairly hard and probably died instantly. Dougle and my dad buried her at the back of my parent's property. We were all pretty depressed over Maggie's death for a few days. Now, over a week later, Dougle and I will catch ourselves wondering where our dog is or making comments about our dog as if she were still around. Maggie was a great dog. We will miss her.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Canaan has also just got the hang of picking up small objects (off the floor, or cheerios) and putting them in his mouth. We were at Vanessa's adoption shower on Sunday and I put Canaan on the floor to play while I helped set up some things. Next time I looked over, he had a big piece of fuzz sticking out of his mouth! I think that this, coupled with the crawling, is going to change how much I can get done in a day! Life is so wonderful with a baby: never boring and always something new! I just love being a mommy!
Friday, August 3, 2007
PS> Can you see his hair in this picture? It is getting longer!
If you can get over staring at those beautiful eyes and the charming smile, you will be able to see Canaan's upper teeth. He has three on top that are large enough to see. The one to the left of the middle two is still not fully through. Every time I look at my boy (and pictures of my baby boy), I can't get over how precious and perfect God's creation is. I can't believe God has entrusted us with such a tremendous task of raising a little boy. It seems overwhelming at times, but yet so very wonderful. I know we won't be accountable for Canaan's actions and choices as an adult, but raising him to know God and to come to love God as a child is something Dougle and I take very seriously. We pray every night that we can teach and model God's love to him. Our biggest dream is not that he graduate college or be successful in the world's eyes, but that he becomes a faithful follower of Christ. I don't know how long God has given us Canaan, but I am extremely grateful and thankful for every moment with him, and with my other favorite sweety, Dougle.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Canaan Kirt McDougle
- 9 months, 2 days old
- 6 teeth (one we can just barely see)
- 18.0 pounds (25th percentile)
- 28 1/2 inches long (50th percentile)
- head circumference: 45 cm (85th percentile)
- cute as a button
The doctor was impressed with Canaan's vocabulary. He said boys aren't usually so vocal at such a young age! I've always known he was smart! Canaan continues to say "uh-oh" and sometimes "a-boo" for peek-a-boo. He says "up" at times when he drops things that he wants back. He is also saying "ab" for bath every night. He loves his bathes!
Canaan also can clap. He loves the noise he can make with his hands. He also gives kisses. He gives people kisses sometimes, but more willingly will kiss his book with family pictures in it. He opens his mouth wide and leans in! Canaan has also started mimicking us when we laugh. Dougle and I will be talking with each other, laughing about something and Canaan will join in laughing too. It is so adorable.
Canaan still isn't crawling, but is extremely close. He wants to crawl so much; he gets on his hands and knees and tries, but then lands on his belly. He can scoot backward on his belly, but usually this just makes him more frustrated as he gets farther and farther from the toy he so desperately wants. Canaan also wants to walk. He loves holding onto our hands and strolling around. He even thinks he can do it on his own sometimes and lets go of our hands. Good thing Mommy and Daddy have quick reflexes to catch him before he crashes to the floor. He also runs around in his walker, around the kitchen and dining room area. Being mobile is just a crawl or step away....